UPDATES to Activities at Brethren General Conference JULY 18-22, 2012
July 9, 2012
• UNDER THE TENT – A variety of important topics and issues will be explored “under the tent” at designated times throughout General Conference. Make sure you note the specific topics and times for each day during the morning announcements in opening sessions!
• Don't forget to connect to the live stream of the main sessions and worship if you are not able to be here! (visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/brethrenconference)
• The Friday and Saturday Ticketed Luncheon/Workshops will take place in the Park Street Brethren Family Life Center. No additional tickets will be sold at Conference.
• All non-ticketed Workshops will take place in the Arts & Humanities (A&H) Building, adjacent to Hugo Young Theatre.
• The Church Unique workshop has been cancelled.
• The 4th Annual Marty Haskins Blood Drive will take place Wednesday, July 18 from 11AM-4PM in the AU Recreation Center. PLEASE donate blood if you are able—the need is great!
UPDATED WORKSHOP LIST
THURSDAY JULY 19:
2013 Budget Discussion & Questions
11:00AM-12:00PM – A&H Room 115 - Stan Gentle & Ken Hunn
Interested in more details about the Brethren Church’s 2013 national budget? Learn how our finances are allocated and how they support the NEW DAY vision of the Brethren Church.
Nuts & Bolts: Children’s Safety/Church Finances
2:30-4:00PM A&H Room 115 - Nate Shultz (Spreng-Smith), Sarah Black (ATS)
How does your church handle its finances? What accountability practices do you have? How do you protect the safety of children and workers while they are at your church? What do most insurance companies require of our church? Learn some helpful hints for both of these topics and how your church can be better protected.
Leading from a Moderator’s Chair
2:30 – 4:00PM – A&H Room 101 - Patricia Gravatt (Mt. Olive)
Did you know there are tools to help you guide your meetings? Pat Gravatt has served the Mt. Olive congregation in many leadership roles, and enjoyed a career with a major corporation in the human resources field. Join Pat and others for an informal conversation about leading well in a non-staff role.
FRIDAY JULY 20:
Global Disciple-Making Shifts (Pre-registered Luncheon Tickets Only!)
12:00-2:00PM – Park Street Family Life Center – Ron VanderGriend (Mission India)
What sorts of disciple-making movements are bearing fruit around the world? What do we in the USA and other Western cultures need to learn from those movements? Ron has helped train thousands of church planters who have launched tens-of-thousands of churches in 30 countries. Come learn more about what the Lord is doing around the world, and what potential changes that may mean for us as we engage in God’s local, regional and global mission.
Coaching And Leadership
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 101 - Jonathan Reitz (CoachNet Global)
How does coaching impact leadership development? How does healthy leadership impact our ability to make disciples? How does discipleship fit with growing and planting churches? Join Jonathan for an overview of the power of intentional relationships, and the Kingdom impact of being healthy as a disciple, a leader and a congregation.
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 102 – Brad Leeper & Brad Cunningham (Generis)
Ready to challenge your congregation to develop a spirit of generosity that permeates the culture? The folks from Generis are experienced guides who help churches of all shapes, sizes and personalities learn and practice a more complete expression of stewardship. Learn how your church can cultivate a deeper spiritual walk as they engage biblical principles of healthy stewardship.
Global Partners Updates
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 115 - Ken Hunn
Have questions about how our Brethren Global Partners are doing in their ministry efforts? Come talk with Ken and other Ministry Team leaders as they update you on many of the exciting activities taking place around the world.
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 242 - Billy Hesketh (College Corner), Tim Garner (BCIN)
Ever been in a conversation or meeting where emotions got heated, the volume increased, and the tension in the room became almost visible? Then you probably have been in or witnessed a "crucial conversation" where the stakes were high and people were passionate. Most of us need help to know how to disagree with each other in healthy ways. This workshop offers a few tools to help you navigate high-stakes, important conversations about difficult subjects with people who may not agree with you. Learn how to increase the likelihood of coming through those conversations with healthier decisions and stronger relationships.
SATURDAY JULY 21:
Actual Missional Communities (Pre-registered Luncheon Tickets Only!)
12:00-2:00PM – Park Street Family Life Center - Hugh Halter (Tangible Kingdom, AND) & Brandon Hatmaker (Barefoot Church)
You heard Hugh tell stories about Adullam, and you’ll hear about Austin New Church from Brandon on Saturday. Take this time to learn more about how they live out the principles of Loving God, Loving Others and Making Disciples, and how applying those same principles can reshape your Christian walk and your experience of church.
Intentional Interim Ministry
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 242 - Todd Ruggles (Pleasant View), Vickie Taylor (AU)
If your congregation has not changed pastors recently, the reality is that you will eventually. Learn about the value of intentionally helping a congregation prepare for a new season of ministry with a new pastoral leader from Todd & Vickie, who both have first-hand experience with the difference it can make.
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 101 - Emery Hurd (Cheyenne), Brian Moore (St. James)
Virtually every congregation, whether it's 15 or 1500, can benefit from discovering where they are in the journey of "transformation" into Christ-likeness and taking positive steps forward in their ministry. Join this workshop for an overview of the "I-We-They-All of Us" process of healthy self-awareness and action steps. It will help you and your congregation move toward even greater Kingdom fruitfulness!
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 115 - Wende Lance (Park Street), Terry Hofecker (MissioChurch Regional Coordinator)
How well does your congregation understand the “Missional” thing? What are you and your church doing differently to intentionally serve and build relationships with the un-churched and de-churched people in your community? Join Wende, Terry and others for a conversation about ways congregations are connecting into their unique mission contexts and sowing the seeds of God’s Kingdom.
Your Spiritual GPS
2:30-4:00PM – A&H 102 - Bill Johnson (Park Street)
Spiritual Transformation matters personally, and we believe transformation matters to the Brethren movement. But how much have you reflected on what Transformation looks like? To be more effective agents of God’s transforming work we must become students of transformation. This highly interactive workshop will name and explore 7 areas of life-long transformation that are part of becoming more like Christ. It will reframe your personal walk with God, and reshape your understanding of intentional disciple-making, both individually and corporately.