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A Vision for Forming Disciples
Through Word and Sacrament

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

-Acts 2:42

February 13-15, 2020
Sheraton Orlando North

Registration includes participation in conference events and all meals.

Hotel Information

Rooms are available at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel for $149/night. Reserve your room by January 13.

Join us for this first-ever joint ACNA/NALC conference

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!

DiscipleLife 2020 is the beginning of a missional partnership between Anglicans and Lutherans in North America.

Speakers and topics are being updated periodically. Keep checking for additional information on the conference!

Word, Sacrament & Spirit | Missionary Discipleship & Church Planting | Kingdom Collaboration & Missional Partnerships | Engagement with Culture

The Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba NALC
Assistant to the Bishop for Missions, North American Lutheran Church

Pastor Gemechis Buba starts off our time together with a devotional bible study on our theme passage from Acts 2.

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach ACNA & the Rev. John Bradosky NALC
Archbishop, Anglican Church of North America & Bishop Emeritus, North American Lutheran Church

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.

The Rev. Dr. John Pless LCMS
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN)

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.

The Rev. Dr. John Pless LCMS
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN)

In this breakout session, Pastor John Pless continues his discussion of Word & Sacrament ministry in disciple-making congregations.

The Rev. Dr. James A. Nestingen NALC
Lutheran Theologian, North American Lutheran Church

In this session, Pastor Jim Nestingen will share how Word & Sacrament plays out in our daily lives, not just on Sundays during worship.

6:15 PM

The Rev. Canon Dan Alger ACNA & the Rev. Brad Hales NALC
ACNA Provincial Canon for Church Planting (Dan) & NALC Director of Domestic Mission (Brad)

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.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter ACNA
Bishop of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, Anglican Church in North America

In this plenary session, Bishop Todd Hunter discusses a vision of the Christian life as a disciple of Jesus.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter ACNA
Bishop of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, Anglican Church in North America

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.

The Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen NALC
Chair, NALC Life-to-Life Movement; Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church (Ashland, OH)

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.

The Rev. Dr. John Pless LCMS & the Rev. Dr. James A. Nestingen NALC
Respected Lutheran Teachers & Theologians

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.

12:00 PM

Katherine Coolidge RCC
Catherine of Siena Institute (Colorado Springs, CO)

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.

Katherine Coolidge RCC
Director of Parish & Diocesan Services, Catherine of Siena Institute (Colorado Springs, CO)

In this breakout, Katherine Coolidge discusses methods for assessing parish ''culture.''

The Rt. Rev. Clark W.P. Lowenfield ACNA
Bishop of the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast, Anglican Church in North America

In this breakout, Bishop Clark Lowenfield discusses tools for determining congregational health.

The Rev. David Keener NALC
Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church (Evans, GA); Member, NALC Life-to-Life Discipleship Movement

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.

6:00 PM

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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Planning Team

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