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Innovative Ideas for a Hard Season
Annual Conference Moderator’s Town Hall
Thursday, November 19th, 2020, at 7:00 PM EST
The focus of the Town Hall will be: “Innovative Ideas for a Hard Season.” Multiple factors press in on persons and congregations during our current, difficult life chapter. As a result, it is easy to become immobilized by the gravity of weighty issues and emotions as they swirl around us. Our calling, however, is to be adaptable and innovative despite the challenges before us. To that end, practical ideas for flourishing in a hard season will be shared, applicable to clergy, laity, and congregations.
A native of Texas, Mark DeVries is a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1986-2014, Mark served as Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Mark has engaged in a career of entrepreneurial ministry and coaching. A serial entrepreneur, Mark has founded or co-founded numerous sustainable ministry enterprises, including Ministry Incubators, the Center for Youth Ministry, Justice Industries, and most notably, Ministry Architects (2002). Ministry Architects has worked with over 950 churches, schools, and nonprofits, deploying over 80 consultants and offering counsel in strategic initiatives for entire congregations as well as youth ministry, children’s ministry, young adult ministry, small church ministry, and executive coaching. Since his beginning as a part-time consultant, Mark himself has worked with over 1000 congregations.
|Mark is the author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry, Sustainable Youth Ministry, and The Indispensable Youth Pastor (with Jeff Dunn-Rankin). Mark and his wife, Susan, co-authored a marriage book (with their good friends, Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth) entitled The Most Important Year in a Woman’s Life / The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life.|
|To register for the town hall, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/modtownhallnov2020|
The Town Hall will once again feature a Question & Answer format. You are invited to submit your questions for Mark DeVries during the Town Hall, or you can send them in advance. To send your questions prior to the Town Hall, please email: email@example.com. Though we cannot commit to answering every question, we’ll do our best to use what is submitted.
Questions or issues related to registering for the Town Hall can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Afternoon Retreat and Journaling Experience
Thursday, November 19, 2-5 p.m. ET OR
Saturday, November 21, 2-5 p.m. ET
It’s been quite a year. Take some moments to de-compress, to pause, to be. Join us for The Journaling Experience Afternoon Mini-Retreat. Author Camelle Daley will be a our Journaling Experience Facilitator.
Instructions: Choose and register for ONE of the two times. This is a time of retreat and refreshment in which journaling will be key.
Our speaker and facilitator writes:
“I am excited and honoured to be your Facilitator for this Journalling Experience
Attendees will need to:
- wear comfy clothing, slippers are highly recommended,
- be seated in a comfortable, quiet environment,
- (I am British 🙂 so a cup of tea in your favourite mug would be perfect,
- a lovely book to journal in and a pen or two as we will be doing a lot of writing and processing.” –Camelle Daley, Author of Finding Divine Flow and the Finding Divine Flow Podcast.
Clergy Tax Seminar
January 16, 2021
Register by January 6, 2021
More information & register
Peacebuilding courses from the US Institute of Peace
Online peacebuilding courses are now available from the US Institute of Peace (USIP) in a program recommended by the Church of the Brethren Office of Peacebuilding and Policy. The entire catalog of 33 online courses will be tuition-free from now until the end of 2020. The online training includes introductory micro-courses that require at most three hours of study and full-length courses that may require 10 to 20 hours to complete. Online trainees receive a certificate of completion. Go to www.usip.org/academy/catalog-global-campus-courses .
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