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Ministry Expo 2012 Workshops

Ministry Expo 2012 Workshops

Morning Workshops (10:30–11:45)

1    Workshop for Clergy
Presenters:
Bishop Thomas Ely and the Rev. Tom Brackett
Description:
For the past several years the congregations of the Diocese of Vermont have moved more deeply and consistently into conversations and experiences about the changes going on in the world around us as well as response to those changes. This is an opportunity to talk candidly with an experienced hand about the obstacles and grace to be encountered in our response to these changes.
Who Should Attend: Clergy

2    Episcopal Relief & Development’s U.S. Disaster Program:  Equipping the Saints for Emergencies and Disasters
Presenter:
Canon Lynn Bates
Description: Episcopal Relief and Development has developed a pilot workshop to introduce the ministry of disaster preparedness. Many of life’s surprises make us uncomfortable, distressed, or even fearful. Some of these surprises are “disasters”— events that cause human suffering or create human needs that survivors cannot alleviate themselves without assistance from others. Explore and reflect on the ministry of preparedness for disasters and other unexpected occurrences.
Who Should Attend: People interested in planning to respond as a faith community in times of emergency and disaster

3    Congregation as Foundation Board:  How to Make Congregants Want to Give
Presenter:
The Rev. E. Angela Emerson
Description: People give to causes not to budgets. The workshop will examine motivations for giving from both theological and fundraising perspectives and learn to use them effectively. It will consider what it takes to persuade a foundation to give money and also the cultural forces that work both in favor of and against generous giving.  Attendees will acquire basic skills in planning an annual commitment program through budget development and annual commitment appeals.
Who Should Attend: Clergy, stewardship teams, financial ministry teams

4    Church Finance Roundtable
Presenter:
Julie Giguere
Description: The workshop’s goals are to answer questions treasurers or others responsible for church finance might have and to share solutions and perspectives. Bring your questions for an interactive discussion where you set the agenda. This is an excellent opportunity to share experiences and/or learn about solutions to common situations from fellow treasurers.
Who Should Attend: Anyone tasked with financial reporting for their church

5    Jump Start Your Congregation’s Environmental Plan
Presenters:
Bob Wertz & Panel
Description: Panel members will share stories of what has been done by congregations throughout the diocese to steward God’s creation and share resources that are available for all congregations to use in developing a strategy for implementing an Environmental Plan.
Who Should Attend: All congregations considering the drafting of an Environmental Plan

6    Cancelled (Social Media and Connecting Your Congregation through the Diocesan Website)

7    Youth Music in Your Congregation
Presenters:
The Pink Saints of Paul (Megan Barton, Alec Murphy, Gabe Patenaude & Chris Kelly)
Description: Discuss possible music programs for teens in the congregation—including bands—and St. Paul’s experience in forming a youth rock band. Discuss those things that were successful and those that weren’t. Talk about the youth in the congregations: where their interests lie, 
how music fits into the service,
how to involve the youth, 
how to select music,
how to market,
organize rehearsals,
and engage the parish; how to include adult support, how to include music in other events at your church,
consider short and long term goals,
how to maintain a band when youth leave,
how to recruit more members, how to solicit support for equipment, sheet music, food, travel money, etc.; in short, how to rock out!
Who Should Attend: Youth and adults interested in music by young people

8    The World Café—Conversations that Mean Something
Presenter:
Karen Speerstra
Description: The workshop will introduce this effective small group dialogue technique to those wishing to use it in their own congregations in order to explore deeply any pertinent open-ended question. This easy, flexible, collaborative dialogue technique has participants seated at tables of four, with conversations around a powerful question lasting 20 minutes; then most rotate to new tables to take the conversation to a deeper level.
Who Should Attend: clergy and laity

9    Creating Safe Spaces for the True Self to Emerge, I
Presenters:
The Rev. Caroline Fairless & David Leo-Nyquist
Description: This introduction to Parker Palmer’s circles of trust, as described in his book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life, gives participants a taste of the conditions necessary for retreat-based settings that support reflection and authentic conversation. Each participant will receive a copy of Palmer’s book. This is the first of two sessions that will share the same structure with different content. Participants are welcome to attend both sessions.
Who Should Attend: Clergy and congregational leaders

10    Our Hymnal in a (Music) Box
Presenter:
Sr. Laurian Seeber
Description: The workshop will make a technology available to any who might need it. What is the Gilbertson Digital Hymnal? What is it not? How does one put more things in it? Limitations. Cost.
Who Should Attend: Members of small congregations

Afternoon Workshops (1:45–3:00 p.m.)

11    Workshop for Wardens
Presenters:
Bishop Thomas Ely and the Rev. Tom Brackett
Description: For the past several years the congregations of the Diocese of Vermont have moved more deeply and consistently into conversations and experiences about the changes going on in the world around us as well as response to those changes. This is an opportunity to talk candidly with an experienced hand about the obstacles and grace to be encountered in these efforts.
Who Should Attend: Wardens and others who have a particular interest in new developments in church life and mission

12    Generosity Ministries: From Many Threads to Beautiful Tapestry
Presenter:
The Rev. E. Angela Emerson
Description: The workshop will identify the basic components of all generosity ministries; explore what “successful” financial stewardship work looks like in a congregational setting and how to set reasonable goals for a congregation; examine roles and responsibilities for all the teams involved in financial stewardship; and consider what it takes to change the culture from begging to generosity.
Who Should Attend: Vestry members, stewardship and financial ministry teams, anyone interested in teaching and promoting generosity

13    Annual Fiscal and Management Audit
Presenter:
Julie Giguere
Description: The workshop will review the components of the annual audit process, discuss why it is important, and review in depth the questions asked on the internal control checklist.
Who Should Attend: Vestries, clergy, treasurers, administrators

14    The Congregation Newsletter in the Digital Age
Presenter:
Dan Mackie
Description: Discuss how to create a compelling newsletter, both print and digital. Do we do both, stick with just print, or move solely to the digital format? Explore examples of both, and learn some key features of a strong newsletter.
Who Should Attend: Congregation newsletter editors and other congregational communicators

15    Caring for Earth: a Movement or a Ministry?
Presenter:
The Rev. Norman MacLeod
Description: An introduction to the Christian theology and Biblical witness calling us to care for “this fragile Earth, our island home.”
Who Should Attend: Those who are not sure about the church’s call to care for Earth—and those who are.

16    Got Taizé? Practical Suggestions for any Community—and, yes, we will sing!
Presenters:
Taizé Planning Team at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Description: Presenters will share all aspects of Taizé style worship in a practical, usable format, including the history of the Taizé community in France and their current missions; structuring Taizé Worship; Taizé music; Taizé feng shui; and sharing Taizé within and beyond your community.
Who Should Attend: Episcopal communities of Vermont

17    Creating Safe Spaces for the True Self to Emerge, II
Presenters:
The Rev. Caroline Fairless & David Leo-Nyquist)
Description: See morning session description. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.
Who Should Attend: Clergy and congregational leaders

18    Being a Daughter of the King
Presenter:
Donna Abramov
Description: This workshop will provide a brief history and description of the Order of The Daughters of the King, give an explanation of what the Daughters are called to do, and discuss the difference between an order and an organization.
Who Should Attend: Women in the Diocese of Vermont

19    Technological Liturgy
Presenters:
Laura Hunter and Elizabeth McEwen
Description: The workshop will present an alternative way of doing a Sunday service; a PowerPoint Eucharist will highlight the use of images, music and traditional liturgy. The presentation will discuss how this use of technology can be helpful in attracting new families, the un-churched, and others who are looking for an alternative service.
Who Should Attend: Worship Team members, Christian Education coordinators, Lay Leaders, Musicians, Clergy and others who have input in the Sunday service

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