Friday Evening Eucharist
The Rev. Johnny Kurcina served as a youth pastor at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg; an assistant minister at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Richmond; a pastoral intern at Christ the King, Alexandria (during its first year as a new church); and through the Timothy Program as a church planter in training at The Falls Church (Anglican) before heading out in 2011 to become the lead planter and rector of Christ Church Vienna. Johnny is a graduate of Madison High School (where CCV worships), UVA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Trinity College, Bristol, U.K.
Saturday Morning Prayer
The Rev. Jim Beavers was serving as Headmaster of Trinity Christian School (Fairfax) when he and his family visited Truro Church and discovered Anglicanism. In 1994, they and others were sent out from Truro to plant Christ the Redeemer with the Rev. Tom Herrick, where Jim served in several roles including Senior Warden and, later, part-time Chief of Staff. He earned an M.Div. from Trinity School for Ministry in 2009, and was ordained by Bishop Guernsey as a priest in the Anglican Church in North America that same year. Jim became vicar of Christ Anglican Fellowship (Orange, Virginia) in 2011. He also has served on the Standing Committee of the Diocese since it was first established.
Synod 2016 Workshops
Optional Lunch Sessions
1. “Exploring Lay Ministries” with the Rev. Mary Maggard Hays. The Constitution and Canons Committee has asked that we have an opportunity for members of Synod to share ideas and resources for lay ministries. This roundtable is for those interested in finding and sharing “best practices” of preparing people for lay ministries within a congregation, such as Lay Eucharistic Ministers, lay readers and catechists (teachers). The Rev. Mary Maggard Hays served as Canon to the Ordinary in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh for 17 years and Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity School for Ministry. In 2015, she also began serving as a part-time consultant for DOMA, primarily coaching clergy in crisis or transition. She has a passion to help people discover their calling in ministry.
2. “Q & A Session about Multi-Ethnic Ministry” with Dele and Oneya Okuwobi. This session will continue the discussion begun at Friday’s Pre-Synod Workshop, “Taste of Heaven: Building Bridges with other Racial and Cultural groups.” Dele Okuwobi is Associate Pastor of The Peoples Church, Cincinnati, OH, a church dedicated to building a multi-ethnic congregation. Dele was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in New Orleans. Dele is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is married to Oneya Okuwobi. Oneya Okuwobi is Associate Pastor and Director of Cross Cultural Education at the Peoples Church where the curriculum she developed has helped transform the church from a 98% Caucasian commuter church into a truly multi-ethnic church that reflects the diversity of the city: 25% African American, 25% international (with over 30 nationalities represented) and 50% Caucasian.
3. “Church Planting Internships and Residencies” with Patrick Cunningham and the Rev. Josh Kammerer. Internships and residencies are a great way to develop the leadership pipeline in your congregation. Come learn more about how you can create a place where young ministry leaders can blossom as they help your church grow and gain valuable experience that will prepare them to launch a new church plant. You’ll hear wonderful testimonies from churches that have been blessed by working with interns and residents. Patrick Cunningham is Director of Pastoral Care and Leadership Development at Church of the Resurrection in Lutherville, MD. He has worked for and is now on the Board of Directors for the Titus Institute for Church Planting. The Rev. Josh Kammerer is Assistant Rector of Church of the Apostles Anglican, Fairfax, VA, and planter of Apostles @ Mason on the George Mason University campus.
4. “Re-Missioning” with the Rev. Rick Wright. Missional planning is about releasing the potential God has placed within your congregation by rediscovering central Biblical concepts as they relate to the everyday life and mission of your church. We will discuss the use of proven assessment tools, get an overview of the re-missioning process, combined with professional coaching to improve the 8 essential qualities of healthy churches. Whether you are facing a new chapter in your life together, feeling stuck and needing a tune up for your church’s vision, or just wanting to increase the capacity of your ministry, come and hear more about how to become a healthier, stronger congregation. Included will be testimonies of churches that have greatly benefitted from Re-Missioning. The Rev. Rick Wright is Associate Rector of The Falls Church Anglican.
5. “Listening to God’s Direction in Your Life.” The ancient practice of spiritual direction provides us with a powerful way to enter into deeper relationship with our Triune God. This session will introduce you to the biblical and historical roots of spiritual direction and will give you an experience of the kind of listening presence that a spiritual director offers. Offered by the faculty of Anam Cara—Training for Spiritual Directors: The Rev. Sue Hardman is a priest at Truro Anglican Church and has been a spiritual director for more than 30 years. Desiree Barker is an experienced spiritual director, retreat leader, and teacher; she serves on the staff of the Titus Institute for Church Planting as the Resource Director. Hope Foster Britt is a spiritual director, retreat leader, teacher and the founder of Caol Ait, a retreat community in Clifton.
6. “Becoming an Incubator Church” with the Rev. Canon Tom Herrick and the Rev. Clancy Nixon. Incubation is the process of nurturing new life into existence. Being an Incubator Church means a church committed to creating, nurturing and launching new, independent congregations that will reach new communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Churches large and small can become incubators for new churches—all it takes is faith and vision. Come catch a vision for how your church can become an incubator church. The Rev. Canon Tom Herrick is Canon for Church Planting for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. The Rev. Clancy Nixon is rector of Church of the Holy Spirit, Leesburg, VA, and former chair of the Great Commission Committee.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1. “A Taste of Heaven: Building Bridges with other Racial and Cultural Groups” with Dele and Oneya Okuwobi. Heaven will be filled with people from every tribe, nation, and tongue. How do we work to make Jesus’ church on earth reflect his church in heaven? The Okuwobis who serve at The Peoples Church of Cincinnati, OH, work to make that happen. In this breakout session, they will reprise their Pre-Synod Workshop presentation on creating multi-ethnic churches and helping our churches effectively reach out to the communities where we live. Dele Okuwobi is Associate Pastor of The Peoples Church, Cincinnati, OH, a church dedicated to building a multi-ethnic congregation. Dele was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in New Orleans. Dele is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is married to Oneya Okuwobi. Oneya Okuwobi is Associate Pastor and Director of Cross Cultural Education at the Peoples Church where the curriculum she developed has helped transform the church from a 98% Caucasian commuter church into a truly multi-ethnic church that reflects the diversity of the city: 25% African American, 25% international (with over 30 nationalities represented) and 50% Caucasian.
2. “Our Fundamental Anglican Beliefs” with Gregory Strong. The Constitution of our Diocese calls for each member of Synod to affirm (and regularly reaffirm) the core theological affirmations of the Anglican Church in North America (called the “Fundamental Declarations” of the Province), as well as the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) Statement and the Jerusalem Declaration of 2008. This session will explore those key statements and what they mean for us personally and for our movement. Gregory Strong, a member of The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA), has a Ph.D. in theological and religious studies (Drew University), and an M.Div. (Trinity School for Ministry). He teaches Anglican Studies through Reformed Theological Seminary and theological education for lay people in a collaboration between TFCA and the Ridley Institute, St. Andrew’s Church, South Carolina.
3. “The New Federal Regulations on Overtime Pay and How They Will Affect Your Church” with Christine Lambrou Johnson. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new regulations which will require churches to pay overtime for all employees paid less than a baseline annual salary of $47,476—that is a more than double increase from the old baseline of $23,660. This Rule, which takes effect on December 1, 2016, will have a significant impact on some of our churches. Christine Lambrou Johnson will share with us how the rule applies to Church employees and, in particular, which kinds of employees may be exempt from the regulations under the “ministerial exception.” Christine Lambrou Johnson is Of Counsel with Gammon & Grange, P.C. She is an experienced litigator with substantial expertise in labor and employment matters. She concentrates her practice on the day-to-day counseling of employers concerning their obligations under federal and state labor and employment law, on the resolution of employment disputes, and on business litigation generally. Christine previously served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. In that capacity she prosecuted wage and hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and defended the State in employment lawsuits before the federal and state courts.
4. "Fresh Ways to Ignite Evangelism in Your Church" with the Rev. Mary Amendolia. Why is evangelism so hard? Do you need encouragement to ignite the fire of evangelism in your church? Then please attend this practical session and discover fresh ways your church can re-engage this spiritual discipline. This short interactive session will equip you to contextually share the gospel cross culturally. You will leave this session with fresh ideas for this Christmas and in the year to come. The Rev. Mary Amendolia serves as Pastoral Associate for Evangelism at the Falls Church Anglican and is a Spiritual Director with Coracle. She trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. While working at Heythrop College, University of London, Mary taught adults how to engage in interfaith dialog while she concurrently earned her M.A. in Christian Spirituality with a focus on the visual arts and spiritual transformation. Additionally, Mary holds a B.A. in Art History.
5. “Finishing Life God’s Way” with Georgette Forney. The acceptance of legalized assisted suicide, combined with the erosion of conscientious rights in healthcare decisions, demands that we as Christians be better prepared to address aging and dying concerns for ourselves and loved one. In this workshop Georgette Forney will outline ways to equip and empower yourself so you can finish your faith journey in God’s time and in God’s way! She’ll also highlight valuable resources for your church to use in education and pastoral care. The Rev. Georgette Forney, Deacon, is President of Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to helping the Church address abortion, abstinence, adoption, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research. She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Georgette had an abortion at age sixteen and later experienced healing, forgiveness and reconciliation after going through an abortion recovery program.