Gathering of Rectors, Vicars, and Priests in Charge
Join a strong network of relationships and support one other in the challenges and opportunities of professional ministry. We have so much to learn from one another. Our ministry and our spirits are enriched in the exchange of ideas, stories and wisdom.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
9:30am - 3pm
At the new home of the ECMN offices: 1101 W Broadway, Minneapolis MN 55411
9:30am: Gather with snacks and coffee
10:00am: Welcome and Worship with Bishop Brian
10:30am: Finding our Way in the Dark: Listening to the Spirit in Ministry Development
Holy Apostles, St. Paul and Spirit in the Wilderness, Grand Marais are two wildly different faith communities -- different cultures, different histories, and very different settings. When Letha Wilson-Barnard and Mary Ellen Ashcroft compared notes on what they learned in serving these two faith communities, some very clear themes lined up. Come hear the story of what they are learning in the process of finding their way in the dark.
In the afternoon, we'll return to the practice of sharing our own case studies and reflecting theologically on what we hear. Bring some thoughts about something you see currently as a challenging aspect of life in the faith community you serve, or an opportunity you see in your life together. You'll have the chance to listen to the case studies that some others have brought, and to share your own situation as you are comfortable.
By 2:30pm: Closing prayer
This gathering is a response to the expressed desire of clergy serving as rectors and priests-in-charge to gather with colleagues who hold similar positions for networking, support, and continuing education.
Inspired by the Baptismal Ministry Experience Reflection process practiced at Living Stones.
Collect some thoughts about something you see currently as a challenging aspect of life in the faith community you serve, or an opportunity you see in your life together.
You'll have the opportunity to listen to the case studies that some others have brought, and to share your own situation as you are comfortable.
Attend to confidentiality: consider changing names or identifying details in tender situations.
Presentation Template (40 minutes, with time suggestions below)
The group begins with prayer.
Decide on Roles:
- Presenter (There will be time for 2 presentations).
10 minutes: Presenter describes the case study situation
- What's the situation?
- Who's involved?
- What is at stake?
- One scriptural reference, theological idea, or other aspect of our tradition that relates to this situation
10 minutes: Group asks clarifying questions.
15 minutes: Group reflects on this situation theologically.
- What similar situations have you found yourself in?
- What might God be doing here?
- Draw connections to Scripture and theological themes.
- Avoid problem-solving unless the presenter asks specifically for solutions.
- During this time, the presenter is asked to simply listen.
Take a 5-minute break before starting the next presentation