The future is arguably brightest for those that can re-imagine part-time pastorates
Glass half-empty, or glass half-full?
as signs of emergent opportunities, not emblems of failure and imminent death.
— G. Jeffery MacDonald
As many churches face shrinking resources, and shift from full-time to part-time paid leadership, do we see them as markers of failure or signs of emergent opportunities? Convocation 2018
will name what’s been lost
– reflecting on the implications of fewer opportunities for congregations to be led by full-time, ordained clergy. But our priority is to share what’s been found
– learning about congregations experiencing heightened vitality through part-time pastoral leadership. Lay leaders and pastors in part-time settings
will share how their communities are re-imagining once familiar roles, and how they are seeing creative energies being unleashed for vital ministries. Workshops
will offer deeper dives into mindset, method, and motivation to help release your community’s potential.
Convocation 2018 is a collaboration of the Maine Conference UCC and The BTS Center
April 20 – April 22, 2018
April 20 and 22, 2018 will be at Mariner's Church Banquet Center, 368 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
April 21, 2018 will be at Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106
Early Bird Admission - $80 (through March 23)
Regular Admission - $95 (after March 23)
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