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Mission Alive 2012 workshops

Workshops will be offered at the following times on Saturday, November 17:

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
11:30 – 12:20 p.m.
12:30 – 1:20 p.m.
4:15 – 5:05 p.m.

Each time slot will feature a variety of workshops. Some workshops will be presented multiple times. Please see below for the current schedule. This schedule is subject to change.

Workshop title Presenter Description
Global Mission Advocate Network

4:15

**This session will be webcast live**
Jay Wittmeyer,
Executive Director, Global Mission and Service

Bob Kettering,
Pastor, Lititz Church of the Brethren
This summer, Global Mission and Service launched the new Global Mission Advocate Network. Regular updates are provided to District and Congregational Mission Advocates for prayer support and promotion in district and congregational resources. Come to learn about the network and how you can take information home from Mission Alive to inspire your congregation and district. District and Congregational Advocates are encouraged to attend in addition to participants unfamiliar with the network.
Internet Evangelism: The ends of the earth are a click away

10:30
11:30
Josh Glacken,
Mid-Atlantic Region Director for Global Media Outreach
Every day, millions search for God on the internet and by 2020 everyone will likely be connected. You can leverage this new Roman Road for delivering the Gospel, even to places where missionaries cannot go.
Saving the Lives of Mothers and Babies in Haiti: The Midwives For Haiti project

10:30
11:30
Nadene Brunk, CNM, MSN, Midwives For Haiti Executive Director This workshop will describe the efforts of a grass roots organization aimed at increasing the number of skilled birth attendants in Haiti, the country that has the highest maternal/infant mortality in the Western Hemisphere. The efforts include a midwifery school and sending trained midwives into rural communities where lack of roads and poverty keep most women from accessing prenatal and skilled care during their pregnancy and birth. This project was inspired by the people and faith of persons in the West Richmond Church of the Brethren in Richmond, Virginia, started in 2004 and continues to touch hundreds of families in Haiti.
Engaging Communities through the Schools

10:30
11:30
Samuel Sarpiya,
Pastor of Rockford (Ill.) Community Church
Come learn how to engage your communities through the public schools system and use the message of peace as a tool in an age of violence.
Going into the World: Peacebuilding and Advocacy as Mission

12:30
Nate Hosler,
Advocacy Officer for the Church of the Brethren and Ecumenical Peace Coordinator for the National Council of Churches
The workshop will present a theological foundation for the role of the Church in peacebuilding and engagement in public life. This theology will be brought into dialogue with the concrete practice of the life of the Church and its public role in seeking peace, advocacy, and serving.
RENACER 101: An informational workshop about the Renacer Hispanic Church Planting Movement

10:30
Daniel D’Oleo,
Pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Renacer (Vir.)
Renacer, a Church Planting Movement for Hispanic Congregations, is a church planting movement that seeks to develop leaders and holistic growth in order to bring meaningful transformation, collaboration, and unity to reach unbelievers for Christ. Our vision is to become a Hispanic Ministry organization that seeks to plant Spanish speaking congregations united by one vision, one mission, and the same objectives. Renacer also seeks to establish strategies for existing congregations that want to grow and be a part of a new vision and planting model. Those who attend this workshop will learn about the movement, our vision, and how God has been blessing the ministry.
Forming Disciples through Short Term Mission Experiences

10:30
11:30
Roy Winter and
Zach Wolgemuth,
Associate Executive Director of GMS, Associate Director of BDM
Learn about and discuss the challenges and assets of short-term volunteer experiences. For some youth and young adults a volunteer experience can be life changing. Consider how we bridge this experience into a lifetime of discipleship. Discussion will include how volunteerism can help grow the church, the value of short-term missions for the receiving organization, and exploring the intersection of short-term missions with a missions program.
Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Challenge

10:30
Jonathan Bonk,
Executive Director of Overseas Ministries Study Center, Editor of IBMR, Author of Missions and Money (Orbis 1991, 2006)
What are the negative and positive dynamics of a missionary’s relative affluence on proclamation and reception of the Good News?
The Mission of the church

10:30
11:30
Fausto Carrasco,
Pastor, Nuevo Amanecer Church of the Brethren
Through this Workshop you will be able to learn more about the church`s mission around the world, the beginning of Church of the Brethren in Dominican Republic, and the continuing life of the church in Spain.
Mission in Postcolonial Contexts

12:30
Valentina Satvedi,
Mennonite Central Committee
What is ‘postcolonialism’? What does it mean to be ‘Anabaptist’ in this context? How has the legacy of colonialism impacted our understanding of mission? What does it mean to be in mission today? What might it look like in a postcolonial context? Join us in this conversation as we explore these and other questions.
Home Mission: Christ-centered Church Renewal, Springs of Living Water

10:30
11:30
David and
Joan Young,
Springs of Living Water
In this workshop participants will hear a stirring message from John 4 on the woman at the well and 4 dynamics of church renewal from the scriptures that can guide us in taking the Gospel of the Good News to our home town. Testimonials will be given including stories of how the Springs model of spiritually-oriented, servant-led renewal involving the entire congregation led churches to new life and how they reached out into their community. Participants will learn how to take the first steps to new life, have the opportunity to dialogue about a path to renewal in a local church and receive resources to begin the process.
Home Mission: Servant Leadership & the Life Cycle of A Congregation, The Gift of Hope

4:15
David and
Joan Young,
Springs of Living Water
Dr. David S. Young along with his wife Joan lead a church renewal initiative known as Springs of Living Water which is a spiritually focused, servant led process of renewal. In this workshop participants will learn the eight stages of the life cycle of a church and four factors at work in each stage.  Participants will learn how to help an entire congregation to grow spiritually and then apply the principles and practices of servant leadership at each stage to develop the growth side of the life cycle. They will become knowledgeable in knowing how to offset the insidious factors that lead to decline. Stories will be told of how spiritual vitality and servant leadership has helped congregations come alive. Participants will be invited to discern three strengths in themselves and their congregation and how with a servant heart they can enter the next stage of growth in their own story.
Ambassadors of Foolishness and Wisdom in God's Mission Effort

12:30
4:15
Marcos Inhauser,
Co-director of Church of the Brethren in Brazil
Mission strategy differs when planting churches in a different culture and the approach must be modified based on the circumstances, economy, culture, and theology. What makes the approach foolish or wise, and how can we embrace the possibility of both?
Christian Peacemaker Teams in the Americas: Grappling with Our Own Violence

10:30
Cliff Kindy,
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Martin Luther King, Jr. called the United States the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. What are the roles of peacemakers when our country is the primary source of the violence?
Christian Peacemaker Teams: Re-taking the Initiative From the Actors of Violence

11:30
Cliff Kindy,
Christian Peacemaker Teams
When every single aspect of society is controlled by those using guns, how do peacemakers re-shape the future?
Christian Peacemaker Teams in West Asia: Crossing the Barriers Between Us

4:15
Cliff Kindy,
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Jesus is often disguised. How can peacemakers learn from the "enemy?"
Patronage: a Threat to Mission from the Time of Paul to the Present

10:30
12:30
Irvin Heishman,
Pastor, Cristo Nuestra Paz Iglesia de Los Hermanos and West Charleston COB
The Apostle Paul sarcastically named Corinthian patron leaders as “super-apostles” who peddled “another gospel.” Paul was correct in recognizing that the formation of healthy, authentic Christian community is impossible if patronage is its informal governing system. Patronage distorts values, invites corruption, and creates dysfunctional leadership. A fair amount of literature is available addressing the detrimental impact of patronage on government and social institutions. This information is needed to help us understand and address serious problems related to patronage in mission churches and partnerships. When established, patronage will control the purpose and agenda of the international mission partnership. Patronage is not generally well understood by persons formed in western cultures. This “blind spot” leaves mission staff and supporters unaware of the harmful ways that certain generous and well-intentioned mission initiatives play out in a patronage system and serve to sustain it. We will attempt to understand the “inner logic” of patronage and explore how Paul’s strategy to deal with patronage in the Corinthian Church can inform contemporary mission theology and practice.
Providing Health Care in Haiti

12:30
4:15
Bill Longenecker and Paul Ullom-Minnich, Medical doctors Haiti is a small island nation with some big challenges. This is the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, where out-houses are still considered a luxury in many neighborhoods. Brethren church leaders in Haiti are trying a program to provide medical care to people in their communities.

A program started in the fall of 2011 as a grass roots partnership between Haitian and US Brethren. It is administered through The Mission and Ministry Board, while funds for this project come from congregations and individuals.

Come hear about the role that healthcare plays in this developing nation. Learn about the hurdles in providing medicine to areas of extreme poverty. Explore what this and comparable programs are achieving, and how they might do more.
Teens and Missions: A Different Worldview

10:30
11:30
Lisa Huber,
Member of the Lititz COB
In the United States, our teens are reared to succeed, develop a stable career and have a family. Mission trips can dramatically alter how they view themselves, the world and, ultimately, the human race. In discipling our kids, beyond rearing them in the truth of Jesus Christ and His Word, we can do no greater service than to show them how two-thirds of the world truly lives.
Gujarat School of Theology: Jesus in India

10:30
Dr. Jeanne Smith, Professor Emerita, English/Curriculum & Instruction and
Dr. Herb Smith, Professor of Philosophy/Religion
From the travels of St. Thomas to the establishment of the CNI, India has had an intriguing Christian heritage, including the tradition that Jesus was in India. This presentation will feature the recent teaching of COB traditions at the Gujarat School of Theology and a visit to a leprosarium.
The Integrated Mission of the Church: Providing Sustainable Solutions to Help Address Immediate Food Security Issues

10:30
Chet Thomas,
Executive Director of Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village
Discussion of how the COB is working in small animal projects, micro credit, associating farmers to produce with irrigation on an agro industrial level and greatly increase income and quality of life. Explanation of the role of women in food security and how education, technical assistance and micro credit each have a major role in sustainable food systems by empowering local families to break out of the poverty that holds them down.
The Integrated Mission of the Church: Community-Managed Health Care Programs and Empowerment of Local Communities

11:30
Chet Thomas,
Executive Director of Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village
We will discuss and review the healthcare problems facing Third World countries and how we can empower the local communities through healthcare skills training. As local volunteers are trained, they learn to care for their children and attend to the majority of healthcare needs in surrounding communities. This sustainable model has been implemented and successfully replicated in Honduras for the past 30 years.
The Integrated Mission of the Church: Combating Domestic Violence and Empowering Women

12:30
Chet Thomas,
Executive Director of Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village
Learn about the sustainability operation and the important role of the church in the Deborah anti-domestic violence program structure, which uses community volunteers, trains paralegals and organizes domestic violence preventive community groups. As AIDS is a growing problem, we are working on how the church, the community and local governments can work together to prevent further HIV infections and develop HIV preventative educational programs for youth.
The Integrated Mission of the Church: Education as a Building Block for Sustainable Development

4:15
Chet Thomas,
Executive Director, Proyecto Aldea Global/Project Global Village
Learn about efforts to improve the quality of rural education through empowerment of community and families. Urban slum communities in Tegucigalpa are using this approach to control the quality of education in slum schools and the provision of scholarships for Christian-focused training.
"Deeply Rooted" in Christ through Service - Brethren Workcamps

11:30
Emily Tyler,
Workcamp Coordinator, Church of the Brethren
The theme for the 2013 workcamp season is “Deeply Rooted.” Stemming from Colossians 2:6-7 (MSG), our workcamp theme for 2013 urges us to not just study the word, but to “start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.” Come explore the workcamp theme and locations, as well as the ways in which denominational workcamps nurture a young person’s growth by being deeply rooted in Christ through a life of service.
The Power of Prayer

11:30
12:30
Earl Eby,
Mission Alive planning committee member
“In the New Testament Church, prayer and power and mission were inseparable. Prayer resulted in mission. There was no prayer without mission, and there was no mission without prayer. Today, also, new opportunities, innovative vision, and fresh resolve are birthed when believers pray.” Stanley Green - Executive Director/CEO, Mennonite Mission Network

This workshop will discuss the relationship of Kingdom-focused prayer and Spirit-driven missions. Special application will be centered on connecting Christ centered prayer with spiritual awakening, spiritual warfare, congregational ministries and global missions. We will study Biblical foundations for effective prayer and stories of praying missionaries. We will hold small group prayer for present day domestic and global mission efforts.
Global Mission and Service: Where Do We Go From Here?

12:30
Jay Wittmeyer,
Executive Director of Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service
Join a conversation with mission executive Jay Wittmeyer about the current mission philosophy guiding the Church of the Brethren. He will provide a basis for discussion, but participants are welcome to bring questions about Church of the Brethren missions.
Sowing Seeds of Peace

4:15
Rev. Dr. Samuel Dali,
President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN – the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)
This workshop will look at how the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) is dealing with the deadly religious conflict in that country, an issue that challenges the church’s long held commitment to peace, and against the use of violence.
Mission Minded Volunteering!

10:30
Callie Surber,
Orientation Coordinator, Brethren Volunteer Service
Thinking, praying, and discerning a possibility of volunteering within the Church of the Brethren? Come and find out information on the mission-minded placements BVS currently offers.
Sister Churches: We are One in the Spirit

11:30
4:15
Becca Kragt,
Member of the Rock Run COB
Thoughts and lessons learned from Becca’s work through Mennonite Central Committee with a sister church program in Colombia.
Mohammed and Jesus: Different Journeys

12:30
4:15
Jonathan Bornman,
Eastern Mennonite Missions
An introduction to the beginnings of Islam and Christianity. A Christ centered approach to dialogue, service and witness to Muslims.
Church Happens at the Café

12:30
Robert Crouse,
2012 moderator of the Church of the Brethren and pastor of Little Swatara Church of the Brethren
A little more than a year ago, the Little Swatara Church of the Brethren opened the Gathering Place Café in order to have a more missional focus within their community. The Gathering Place has become a safe place where hundreds of people from the surrounding community and beyond regularly gather for coffee and conversation that has opened the door to counseling, prayer, and spiritual conversations. This workshop will tell this story and offer guidelines for how other congregations can launch a missional coffee house ministry.
The Mission and the Message: A Cross-cultural Conversation

11:30
Robert Crouse,
2012 moderator of the Church of the Brethren and pastor of Little Swatara Church of the Brethren

Rev. Dr. Samuel Dali,
President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN – the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)
Samuel Dali, President of EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and Bob Krouse, current Moderator of the Church of the Brethren will engage in a conversation focusing on the similarities, differences and challenges faced by the church in Nigeria and the United States.
Mission Perspectives

11:30
Amos Stoltzfus,
Partnership Coach for Eastern Mennonite Missions

John Hawbaker, Associate Director of Brethren in Christ World Missions
A panel discussion about the work, scope and philosophy of ministry of two other Anabaptist agencies.
When Helping Hurts

11:30
Jeff Rutt,
Founder and Board Chair of HOPE International
Through Christ-centered microenterprise development, HOPE International helps men and women create jobs for themselves and others in their communities. HOPE International’s network provides a variety of services and resources across 16 countries to address the pervasive employment gap faced by the world’s poor.
The Mission Work of EYN

12:30
Rev. Dr. Samuel Dali,
President of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN – the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)
Join a more in-depth conversation with Samuel Dali about the outreach of the church in Nigeria.
Addressing Violence in South Sudan: Brethren Peace Mission

12:30
Athanasus Ungang,
Mission Worker, South Sudan, Global Mission and Service
Hear stories of post-war resettlement and reconstruction and other Brethren ministry in the new Republic of South Sudan.
Sewing Missions in Haiti

12:30
Nancy Erwin and
Nancy Wenger,
Members of Lititz Church of the Brethren
Members of the Lititz Church of the Brethren collected materials and visited Gonaives, Haiti in September 2010. While there, they delivered sewing machines and materials to women of the area and taught sewing classes. Come learn from their experiences surrounding this unique form of mission work.
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