Live Webcast August 17 to Promote Church Revitalization


Guaranteed: innovative group interaction and discussion. Houston area church leaders can enjoy the Satellite Experience August 17 at Blueridge UMC, Houston designed to “beam up” expert insight and a national conversation of new ideas and energy for the work of building vibrant congregations.

Clergy, laity, ministry team leaders, lay speakers, young adult leaders and everyone who is interested in church innovation can tune in to the Saturday Satellite event coming August 17 to Blueridge UMC at 2929 Reed Rd. in Houston, TX 77051. According to Rev. Wanda Bess and District Superintendent Rev. Lawrence Young, the first 40 to register are free (when they mark the ‘paying by check’ option)!

The event is $49 per person with a discount for the first 40 participants at each site! Simply click on the URL below and get registered today for you and your team.  

The "Church Revolution from the Edge" Ministry Track, hosted by General Board of Global Ministries’  School of Congregational Development, will be sharing the latest insights and strategies for turning around declining congregations through revolutionary and insurgent change. Rev. Rudy Rasmus and Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank will lead the conversation to find new ways to be the church of Jesus Christ in this day and age. Could this one event be the step that your team needs to set the stage for future growth and revitalization for your local church?

Keynote address: Ideas and More

Charles Lee is the CEO and Chief Idea-Maker at Ideation, an idea agency that specializes in helping businesses and organizations create and implement remarkable ideas via creative business design, organizational innovation, branding, design, marketing, social media, and divergent problem-solving. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation. In addition, Charles is the creator of grassroots efforts including Ideation Conference, the Idea Camp, and the Freeze Project as well as the co-founder of JustOne. He regularly speaks on topics such as creativity, innovation, idea-making, branding, collaboration, new media, and social entrepreneurism.

Revolutionary ReStarts

Ministry session leader Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank is a pastor at CrossRoads UMC. She is on the leading edge of church vitalization and transformation. Dottie has served in progressive roles and responsibilities including feeding the homeless, founding a church Farmer's Market, working with immigrant populations, and gathering a community rich in diversity. Worship, preaching, justice, mercy and creating space for revolutionary change define Dottie's work and passion.

Rev. Rudy Rasmus is a pastor and author with a passion for outreach to the world's poorest citizens. Pastor Rudy co-pastors the St. John's United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston with his wife Juanita that began with nine existing members in 1992. St. John's has grown to over 9,000 members in 21 years.

All remote sites will meet Saturday, August 17. More Information and to Get Registered