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Join thousands of Presbyterians for your choice of nine national conferences, all under one roof.
A renewed focus and new energy across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the area of leadership development are invaluable for both the church of today and the church of the future. This conference — sponsored by the office of Women’s Leadership Development and the office of Young Women’s Leadership Development — is designed for clergywomen in parish leadership and for those young women who already are and those who will be the leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Workshops designed to address issues faced by women in leadership as well as celebrate the gifts that women of all ages bring to the ministries of the church will inspire, equip and connect women to more fully realize their leadership potential in the service of God.
This is a critical time for the church to move from the many things that distract us to the essential mission of the church. The Evangelism track will focus on discipleship, evangelism and outreach to our communities. Author and practitioner James Choung, national director of InterVarsity’s Asian American Ministries, will talk about the practical ways we can authentically and compassionately share our story of faith with a culture that is dramatically changing. Debbie Rundlett, Executive Presbyter of Muskingum Valley, will talk about how churches can shift from a membership focused ministry to a disciple-making focused ministry. Glenn McDonald, pastor and author of The Disciple Making Church will focus on the disciple making essentials for ministry.
The Healthy Ministry Conference is for Committees on Preparation for Ministry (CPM), Committees on Ministry (COM), presbytery staff and seminary faculty and staff. The event is aimed at the development of those who serve in these roles, inspiring and equipping them for their calling to shape and support healthy leaders for the Presbyterian Church. It also provides the opportunity for building relationships for collaboration in this important work. This year’s conference will include offerings for beginning and experienced committee members, delve into skills needed and new models for preparing and retooling leaders for 21st century ministry.
Sponsored by the Office of the General Assembly, the General Assembly Mission Council and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, the National Elders Conference is a gathering of elders and ministers from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who want to discover how to move their session from thinking like a committee to being a community of spiritual leaders in a healthy congregation. How can we become agents for change while supporting the best of our traditions? Session moderators are encouraged to attend with your elders.
Co-sponsored by the Multicultural Congregational Support office and the Presbyterian Multicultural Network, the 12th national Multicultural Church Conference promises to be an exciting, innovative and energizing event. The conference will provide cutting-edge training opportunities led by motivated and experienced church professionals and practitioners in the field of multicultural church growth. It will offer innovative resources in the areas of communication and cultural proficiency as well as models of vital and growing multicultural congregations. Our sub-theme for this year is Stretching Out, Going Deep: Embodiment, Practice and Testimony for Vital Ministries. Participants will be exposed to a holistic approach to church growth in an increasingly diverse setting. This holistic approach will embrace and address spiritual transformation and sweeping social responsibilities as the two equally important wings for any vital ministry. This conference will provide workshops, group discussions, and models utilizing the amazing gift of “Story Telling” by Valerie Tutson and the “embodying” techniques of “Let the Bones Dance” by the Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop. Participants will also learn about models of vital multicultural outreach and presbyteries’ strategies in diverse settings.
Sponsored by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, the Peacemaking Conference is a time of nurture, renewal, inspiration, and challenge for all of God’s people. The conference community will experience peacemaking through worship and biblical reflection, engage in conversations on difficult issues, practice nonviolence, participate in public witness and address issues of and concerns for justice around the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
Join Presbyterian communicators from across the country to network, learn and share the mission and ministry of the PC(USA). At the Presbyterian Communicators Network Conference you will learn about the altered landscape of giving in America, and how to better tell compelling stories that result in a culture of healthy stewardship for the church. You’ll hear best practices for websites and blogs, newsletters and bulletin inserts, and videos and podcasts. And you’ll have the opportunity to join discussions on how to manage social media messages and create special events to promote the vitality of the church. While designed for synod, presbytery and congregational staff or volunteers, this conference welcomes everyone.
Experience and share the gifts that racial ethnic and new immigrant communities bring to the church as we gather to reaffirm and celebrate our growing diversity across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This event will be an unparalleled opportunity for participants to gain spiritual and social awareness, to explore new avenues in leadership and congregational development and to gain both a vision for cross-cultural partnerships and ministries and the power to move boldly in the mission of making known the love of Jesus Christ in these critical times.
Be part of God’s work to change the world. Join with hundreds of Presbyterians who share your passion for world mission as we work to address root causes of poverty, strengthen the global church’s capacity to witness to the love of God in Christ, and work for reconciliation in cultures plagued by violence. This conference will equip us all for more faithful and effective mission.
i would like to come world mission matter.so that i can go and witness the word of jesus
You can find out more about the youth program by downloading the schedule and information on the home page. Specifically, youth will be spending time participating in Bible study, in activities sponsored by the partner conferences, exploring what Indy has to offer, and reflecting on their experiences.
Yes - the National Multicultural Church Conference is open to anyone wanting to learn more about ministry in today's church!
Is the National Multicultural Conference open to anyone?
What is being planned for younger youth, middle-school-aged? Whether and how we participate depends on what the plans are, and it would help to know as soon as possible. Thanks!