The Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church would both describe themselves as “Great Commission” churches—committed to the Lord’s charge to “Go, make disciples…baptize…teach…” (Matthew 28:19-20). Other Christian bodies in North America share the same focus, but lack the commitment to the key role of Word and Sacrament in forming Christians who will be disciples and followers of Jesus, intentionally, authentically and with accountability. Essential to such forming of disciples is community, and developing congregational cultures which foster and support disciple-making. As simple as they sound, disciple-making and creating congregations with disciple-making cultures are not familiar or comfortable to most Lutherans and Anglicans in the 21st Century!
Join us for this opportunity for biblically-grounded Anglicans and Lutherans to meet together, get to know one another and network for greater mission and ministry in local contexts; and to acknowledge and embrace “small steps” toward disciple-making at the local level—fostering an “awakening toward action,” regardless of the size of the congregation, or the experience of clergy and laity; and to return home encouraged and empowered to get involved, to get motivated and to get moving with regard to being disciples and making disciples!
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Pastor Gemechis Buba starts off our time together with a devotional bible study on our theme passage from Acts 2.
The culture of North America is a changing landscape, and this presents challenges for today's church—especially within Anglicanism and Lutheranism. In this introductory keynote, Archbishop Foley Beach ACNA and Bishop Emeritus John Bradosky NALCaddress our shared values and cast a vision of how a renewed focus on the Great Commission changes lives, congregations, and effects real change in the culture around us. A time for questions and answers follows.
What do we mean by Word & Sacrament and what does that have to with discipleship? In this plenary session, Pastor John Pless discusses the lens of Word & Sacrament ministry for disciple-making congregations.
In this breakout session, Pastor John Pless continues his discussion of Word & Sacrament ministry in disciple-making congregations.
In this session, Pastor Jim Nestingen will share how Word & Sacrament plays out in our daily lives, not just on Sundays during worship.
In this session, leaders of church planting movements within the Anglican Church in North America and the North American Lutheran Church discuss methodology and challenges in planting faithful Anglican and Lutheran congregations in today's landscape.
This is where the rubber meets the road! Meet Anglicans and Lutherans from your area and begin to form relationships. Learn how your congregations can partner together.
We will begin our second day together with a devotional Bible study on our theme passage with a discussion of the importance of the rhythms of Word & Sacrament in our daily lives.
In this plenary session, Bishop Todd Hunter discusses a vision of the Christian life as a disciple of Jesus.
In this breakout, Bishop Todd Hunter continues his discussion on the vision of the Christian life and shares on the discipleship movement within the Anglican Church in North America.
In this session, Pastor Eric Riesen shares on the discipleship movement in the North American Lutheran Church, and the challenge his team has had to launch a denomination-wide movement that affects every parishioner, seminarian, pastor, and congregation.
Discipleship can be a complicated word. At its worst, it can denote programs and theologizing, and at its best, it can seem overly complicated with all sorts of various approaches and methodologies. Taking a step back, what does it mean to the average person who attends their church services and wants to be invested in their community? In this session, Pastors John Pless and Jim Nestingen speak to the everyday person on discipleship in everyday life.
In this plenary session, Katherine Coolidge discusses parish renewal and how the Catherine of Siena Institute has helped to foster a culture of disciple-making in local Roman Catholic congregations.
In this breakout, Katherine Coolidge discusses methods for assessing parish ''culture.''
In this breakout, Bishop Clark Lowenfield discusses tools for determining congregational health.
In this breakout, Pastor Dave Keener discusses how lay leaders are instrumental in changing the culture of a parish.
Speakers from the plenary and breakout sessions gather together to answer questions.
Speakers and breakout sessions are great, but we want to make sure there's time to process the information together. During this session, we'll focus on what action steps we're going to take back home with us through table discussions and a guided exercise.
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The Rev. John Bradosky, Former Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church
The Rev. Mark Chavez, General Secretary of the North American Lutheran Church
Andrew Fuller, Director of Communications for the North American Lutheran Church
The Rt. Rev. Clark W.P. Lowenfield, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast
The Rt. Rev. Charles Masters, Bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada
The Very Rev. Canon Dr. Jonathan S. Riches, Dean of the Reformed Episcopal Seminary
The Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen, Chair of the North American Lutheran Church Life-to-Life Discipleship Initiative
The Rev. Dr. David Wendel, Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry & Ecumenism for the North American Lutheran Church