B.O.O.M.: BOOMERS OUT ON MISSION
Organization: GO Center
Host: Ken Priddy
Location: Room 407
Many of our churches are in plateau or decline, and many of our congregations are aging. In short, we are growing older as we are growing smaller. Seniors—who are mostly Boomers these days—often are the largest demographic within a congregation. Though the future surely demands that we meet the challenge of reaching younger generations, the present could be greatly strengthened by mobilizing Boomers for vitality within the church and strategic, proactive outreach and evangelism outside. Join us and learn about the GO Center’s Boomer mobilization resources that capture this timely opportunity. Tap into what the GO Center now provides to get your Boomers Out On Mission. B.O.O.M!
Ken Priddy serves as Executive Director of the GO Center of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.
BUILDING RETIREMENT SAVINGS AND TAX-EXEMPT HOUSING EXPENSE WITHDRAWAL
Organization: EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
Host: Bart Francescone
Location: Room 405
Join BRI’s Executive Director for an informational session about the EPC’s 403(b)(9) Retirement Plan, and the investment counseling and retirement planning resources available to help you build your retirement savings and guard against losses. Did you know that ordained EPC ministers can withdraw funds to cover housing expenses on a tax-exempt basis? Come and find out how.
CREATIVE OUTREACH WITH YOUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Shawn Stewart
Location: Chapel Suite 3 (Room 317/319)
Find inspiration and resources to assist your church members in reaching their neighbors with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can help your church family learn how to welcome and reach recently arrived Afghans or local diaspora communities. And we can walk with those seeking to do outreach beyond your church, such as college or young adults through denomination-wide mission cohorts. EPC World Outreach has some unique missions hubs being developed, where High School student ministry leaders can participate in retreats to learn how they can reach the unreached right here in the U.S. Join us and learn how you can help your congregation gain a heart for reaching those with least access to the gospel, and also share what your church is doing.
Shawn Stewart serves as Mobilization Coordinator for EPC World Outreach.
DISABILITY MINISTRY MEET AND GREET
Organization: Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic
Host: Michelle Munger
Location: Room 423
Does your church have a connection with those with disabilities and their families? No matter how big or small your disability ministry efforts might be, let’s connect and share both what we are doing and what we hope to do to build belonging with our brothers and sisters with disability and their families.
Michelle Munger serves as Peninsula Director for the Faith Inclusion Network in Newport News, Virginia, and leads the Accessible Church ministry of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.
DISCIPLING THROUGH DECONSTRUCTION
Organization: Ward Church Women’s Ministry
Host: Nicole Unice
Location: Room 350
Ladies—join Nicole Unice for a facilitated conversation about what discipleship looks like in a deconstruction era.
Nicole Unice serves as Adjunct Teaching Pastor for Ward Church.
EXECUTIVE PASTORS AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATORS
Organization: EPC Office of the General Assembly
Host: Patrick Coelho
Location: Room 421
Get to know your fellow Executive Pastors, Church Business Administrators, and others involved in church operations for this time of fellowship and sharing best practices.
Patrick Coelho serves as Chief Financial Officer for the EPC Office of the General Assembly in Orlando, Florida.
FAITH AND WORK MINISTRY AT YOUR CHURCH
Organization: Made to Flourish
Hosts: Case Thorp and Brandon Addison
Location: Room 413
Faith and work ministry is a growing approach for churches seeking to reach the lost, deeply disciple Christ-followers, and make a community-wide impact. Come and learn some practical ways you can build a faith and work ministry, or perhaps a general ministry in which faith and work integrate. Sponsored by Made to Flourish, a ministry that empowers a growing network of pastors to better engage, equip, and encourage each other as they integrate a more robust theology of faith, work, and economics into their churches. Free books!
Case Thorp serves as Senior Associate Pastor of Evangelism at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and is the Orlando city leader for the Made to Flourish network. Brandon Addison serves as Pastor of Neighborhood Church in Denver, Colorado. He also is a coach with Tin Man Ministries and is the Denver city leader for the Made to Flourish network.
SHARING THE GOSPEL IN TIMES OF TUMULT: ANCIENT WISDOM FOR NEW CHALLENGES
Organization: Westminster Society
Host: Joey Sherrard
Location: Chapel Suites 1-2 (Room 307/309)
We are in a time of rapid, unexpected change. Any Ruling Elder, ministry leader, or Pastor knows this to be true from their own experience of leading and serving the past few years. But God has not left us to ourselves; we have not only the testimony of the Scriptures and the promise of the Spirit, but also the communion of the saints and the witness of how the Church has responded in times past—not retreating, but faithfully continuing to extend the word of truth. In this session we’ll learn from one particular pastor—Augustine of Hippo—and how he winsomely shared the gospel in a time of theological confusion, political upheaval, and cultural change. As we learn from Augustine, we’ll learn what evangelism looks like in our own time and context.
Joey Sherrard serves as Associate Pastor for Discipleship at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF THE SMALLER CHURCH
Organization: EPC Smaller Church Network
Hosts: Roy Yanke and Ed McCallum
Location: Room 113
Join a conversation with other leaders of smaller churches hosted by Roy Yanke and Ed McCallum on the topic “The Essential Role of the Smaller Church.” We will discuss two short articles by Karl Vaters and consider what the smaller church in the U.S. can learn from the global church. We loosely define a smaller church as having one ordained Pastor (or Commissioned Pastor) on staff. But don’t worry—we won’t be checking IDs at the door. Attendees will receive a copy of Karl Vaters’ book, Small Church Essentials.
Roy Yanke serves as Executive Director of PIR Ministries in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He has served Grace Chapel EPC in Farmington Hills as a Ruling Elder and Transitional Pastor. Ed McCallum was the EPC’s Assistant Stated Clerk for 20 years and now serves as Associate for Site and Program Management with EPC World Outreach’s International Theological Education Network.