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Annual Meeting 2016

Workshops & Faith Formation Sessions


Please indicate your session choices when registering so that we can better plan for space needs. 

SATURDAY MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Through small group sessions (about 20 people per group) on Saturday morning we'll deepen our connections, share our experiences, and learn about resources available to support our efforts to move in new directions. These breakout groups will be organized around the five areas of ministry emphasized in the SHIFT Conversation process:

  • Faith Formation
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Alternative Models for Ministry
  • Social Justice 
Participants will select a breakout session based on the area of ministry that their congregation is focusing on, or the one that is of greatest interest to them. These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to share stories and explore important questions in a small group setting.



SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

For complete workshop descriptions click HERE

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Dismantling Walls, Building Community, with members of the Immigration Working Group

Faithful Citizenship: Addressing Poverty in Wisconsin

How a Mission Focused Congregation is Dipping its Toes into the Waters of Justice, with Sara Companik, Stephanie Gyldenvand, Steve Hirby

Finding Our Place in Nature, with Rev. Steve Gifford

ONA Stories, with five ONA congregations


FAITH FORMATION

Life Beyond Traditional Sunday School, with Kristin Underwood

Messy Church 101: Hints & Tips in Planning, with Marilyn Brink, Nikole Chapman, Rita Treece  and the members of the McFarland United Church of Christ Messy Church Team

Youth Ministry and Confirmation: Shifts and Success

Exploring Lay Academy, with Rev. Paul Veldman and Lay Academy participants


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Money Matters: Reimagining Stewardship, with Rev. Cameron Trimble

They Shall Be God's Peoples, with Rev. Brad Brookins and Mary Penninga

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, with Bonnie Andrews and Cathleen Starck Wille


ALTERNATIVE MODELS FOR MINISTRY

Strong, Healthy Small Church Ministry, with Rev. Rob MacDougall

Preventing Alzheimer's, with John Whitcomb, MD


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Conflict is as Natural as Change: Accepting Conflict as a Positive Force, with Wendy Cooper, M.Div., MSSW

An Introduction to Clergy Communities of Practice, with Rev. Joanne Thomson


SUNDAY FAITH FORMATION SESSIONS

Making Room for Friendship: The Spiritual Practice of Connection & Vulnerability, with Rev. Holly Whitcomb

Praying in Color, with Susan Vornholt

The "To Do" List, with Jerry Hancock

Experiential Prayer, with Lisa Hart

A Healing Service, led by Julie Garber, Mugs McFadden accompanist

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