Learn and Lead Event Series
An initiative of the Congregational Development Committee (CDC), each Learn and Lead is a day full of workshops, speakers, and sharing, to help your parish leaders (clergy and lay) learn new tools to improve parish life.
2013 Learn and Lead: Hospitality for Evangelism
PowerPoint presentations & resources from the event can be viewed by clicking on the items below:
Handouts from the June 1st 2013 event are below:
The summary of the event is below:
Our sign says “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You”! But do we really? When people venture in our doors, how can we make them feel welcomed and want to join our communities? Church growth studies show that visitors decide within the first two minutes whether or not they will return. How can we ensure that guests experience the radical hospitality of God’s Kingdom? Come learn how the spiritual practice of invitation can enrich your life and grow your church.
This year we've invited Mary Parmer to speak with us about tools and resources to form a systematic, intentional newcomer ministry. Mary is a congregational coach and speaker who serves as the director of "Gathering of Leaders" which empowers young clergy, and is a consultant to diocesan newcomer ministries across the nation.
Also speaking will be Linda Grenz, our Canon to the Ordinary, who has spent much of her career as a consultant as well. Linda will share her Open Doors program and ideas for how we can move from being a welcoming church to an inviting church.
Breakout sessions included:
• Practicality of welcoming newcomers
• Open Doors – Inviting Families to Church
• They’re Here, Now What?
• Using your facilities hospitably
• Feeding with food, nourishing the spirit