Are you ready to spread some good news?
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at St. Brendan's, Franklin Park
Continuing the formation focus of our most recent Diocesan Convention, and on the heels of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s inspiring visit to Pittsburgh, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is partnering with St. Brendan’s in Franklin Park to host a special day of workshops and prayer focused on reaching the world outside of our church walls with the transforming message of the gospel.
|8:45 – 9 a.m.||Morning Prayer|
|9 – 9:30 a.m.||Registration & Refreshments|
|9:30 – 12 noon||Evangelism Plenary Session|
|12:00 – 12:30 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:30 – 2 p.m.||Workshop Session I|
|2 – 2:15 p.m.||Break|
|2:15 – 3:45 p.m.||Workshop Session II|
|4 – 4:45 p.m.||Eucharist
Bishop Dorsey McConnell, Celebrant
The Rev. Eric McIntosh, Homilist
Music by the St. David's Praise Band
"Everyday Evangelism: Episcopalians Sharing Our Faith in Daily Life"
Close to 90% of people become followers of Jesus through a personal interaction with a Christian friend or family member. As Christians we have all been commissioned to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. We are all called to be the hands, feet, and mouthpiece for God in our lives. But how do we even begin to share our faith? What does this look like? How do we embody good news in words and actions in a busy and hurting world? What does this look like in our family, workplace, and neighborhood? This featured workshop by special guest Carrie Headington will explore how as Episcopalians we can share the amazing story of God’s love for us in Christ.
Carrie Headington is the Consulting Evangelist for Revivals for The Episcopal Church. She also serves as Diocesan Evangelist for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Carrie is an adjunct professor of evangelism for Fuller Theological Seminary. She is an evangelist sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and equipping others to do the same.
WORKSHOP SESSION ONE
OPTION 1: Mission Vision: Cultivating an Evangelistic Parish
Presenter – Carrie Headington
Archbishop William Temple said that "the church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members."
God has strategically placed your parish in a specific location for you to reach your community with the good news of Jesus Christ. The local church is called to be salt and light in our communities. What has God called your parish to do and to be? How can your parish share the gospel in your community? How do you begin to cultivate an outward focus in your parish? Come explore God's missional plan for your church.
OPTION 2: Discipleship – The Task of the Church for the Life of the World
Presenter – The Rev. Dan Isadore
What is discipleship? How does it relate to the gospel? What does it have to do with evangelism? This workshop will not only seek to provide answers to these questions, but will also immerse participants in a way of being together that aims to work those answers gently into one's bones. Whether you're a lifelong follower of Jesus, a skeptic looking for answers, or you don't really know much about Him, this is a workshop designed for you.
WORKSHOP SESSION TWO
OPTION 1: Be a Part of the Story
Presenter – Lisa Brown
C.S. Lewis said, "We have eternity written on our hearts." People crave the epic – they want to be part of something larger than themselves. Join Lisa Brown to learn how you can effectively use the digital space to invite people to share in the story of the people of God, to tell the Good News, and to build the kingdom of God in our world today.
OPTION 2: Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ… Jesus Christ?
Presenter – The Rev. Natalie L.G. Hall
This is a powerful name, and one you may have said most recently at worship, in traffic, during a mealtime prayer, or when you stubbed your toe. In this session we will talk about what is behind this name and learn more about using it in everyday life and relationships. What would it be like to say “Jesus Christ” with confidence outside of church? This session will include a hands-on component.
Please register online by MARCH 10, 2017 at www.episcopalpgh.org/walls
While the cost of this special event is being underwritten by the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, your timely registration will allow for adequate preparation. If you are unable to register online, please call St. Brendan’s at (412) 364-5974.
St. Brendan’s is located on the corner of Rochester and McAleer Roads in Franklin Park at 2365 McAleer Road, Sewickley, PA 15143.
From the South: Take I-79 N to Exit 68, Mt. Nebo, and turn right on Mt. Nebo Road. Drive approximately 1.6 miles and turn left on McAleer Road. Drive 2.6 miles, and the church is on the left.
From the North: Take I-79 S to Exit 73, Wexford. Turn right onto Rt. 910, and then take first left onto Nicholson Rd. After 1.7 miles, turn left on Rochester Road. Turn right onto McAleer after 1.2 miles, with the church on the