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These workshops below are offered by our missioners and others. Contact the facilitator directly to arrange an event. 

Community Organizing 101

Are you interested in community organizing? Chances are you are already doing it! Join Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, your Missioner for Community Engagement, in order to learn more about the various schools of thought when it comes to community organizing. Also, learn some techniques you can take home and use to help create a better future.

Advocacy 101

Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Missioner for Community Engagement

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is an inter-faith advocacy group from around Minnesota that is currently working on family economic security. Come and learn how you and your faith community can be effective in advocating for family economic security (higher minimum wage, low income childcare, ending payday lending, etc.).

Engaging Young Adults Through Partnerships

Facilitator: Steve Mullaney

Is there a team of you who would like to more intentionally engage with young adults and young families?  Are you wondering where to start?  Join Steve Mullaney in a combination workshop/strategy session on ideas for connecting with everything from colleges to cultural groups; workplaces to workout places. (Steve is very proud of the work/workout pun-like construction).  You’ll come out of this time with concrete ideas on getting started and ways to follow up and get more support.

Understanding Spiritual GiftsIMG_3865

Facilitator: Karen Olson, Missioner for Ministry

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he makes three crucial points:

  1. All believers are given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit.
  2. God distributes the gifts according to God’s will, not because of some effort on our part.
  3. In the Body of Christ, each of us has something to contribute.

This workshop will help you learn more about spiritual gifts – and possibly help you to begin to understand what some of your own spiritual gifts might be. What gifts has God given you to help engage in God’s mission? And what are you going to do about it?

Art & Spirituality

Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, Missioner for Indian Work and Multicultural Ministry

Art and spirituality go hand in hand. For many they are so intertwined that they are two pieces of a whole. Join Rev. Robert Two Bulls for a deeper look into how these two subjects connect.

Food Ministry

Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls, Missioner for Indian Work and Multicultural Ministry

Food is really the key to a healthy home and community. Find out what one Episcopal Church is doing with a community meal, in a community filled with needs, share what is happening in your Mission Area and discover new ways to engage God’s mission through food ministry.

What does God want me to do with the rest of my life?

Facilitator: Karen Olson, Missioner for Ministry

Whether you’re in high school, college, your first job, your family, your third career or retirement – and everything in between – God has given you a specific set of passions, skills, gifts, values, and habits. Using a discernment wheel, this workshop will help you to identify those things and frame them in terms of your context. Theologian Frederick Buechner wisely said, “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” Why are you exactly where you are today, and how might you engage with God to meet the world’s needs?

Back to the Future- Understanding Mission in a New Era

Facilitators:   Amanda Ziebell-Finley, Missioner for Mission
           Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Missioner for Community Engagement

The New Apostolic Era (now) is filled with Opportunity. Find out why and how the present is similar to the early days of Christianity. What does this mean for mission today? What can the early Christians teach us about ways to work with culture in the present day?

The Missional Match Up

Join Amanda Ziebell-Finley,  Missioner for Mission, for an interactive workshop about engaging Gods Mission. This is a fast paced, discussion based activity that gets you thinking in new ways about how your faith community can open up to what God is calling you to in your unique context.

Organizational Tools for Mission

Amanda Ziebell-Finley, Missioner for Mission

How do you begin to think broadly about mission, but still plan concretely? Amanda will share a few tools that can help your faith community work through the process of discovering and engaging with God’s mission in your local community.

Demographics of Your Mission Area

Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Missioner for Community Engagement

What is happening in your neighborhood and how is God calling you to participate? Specific information about the opportunities for mission in your own backyard will be explored.

Creating a Vestry Covenant

Amanda Ziebell-Finley, Missioner for Mission

Parochial Report Q&A

Facilitator: Michael Pipkin, Missioner for Missional Management

Need help filing your parochial report?  This informative session will help walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have regarding “what goes where”.

Maintaining Church Records: What to Keep, What to Throw and How to Know the Difference
 

Facilitator: Michael Pipkin, Missioner for Missional Management

Identifying and Reaching to Local partners

Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Missioner for Community Engagement

Who is Our Neighbor?

Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer, Missioner for Community Engagement

Discernment for the Diaconate

Rev Jim E Shoulak

Christianity as Practice: The Episcopal House of Prayer

The Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville is a retreat center whose mission is to assist all in discerning God’s voice within them selves and in the world. House of Prayer teaches all forms of contemplative prayer and offers training in the inner work of the spiritual life. Through a new outreach ministry, the House of Prayer is taking this mission on the road with a short-course that explores Christianity as an interior journey to awaken the heart. Christianity as a practice. Practice renews spiritual vitality, builds community, and satisfies deep spiritual hunger. For information about scheduling a speaker at your Mission Area Gathering, contact Nance Purcell, Associate Director of Outreach. nance2@comcast.net, 952-454-4965