Synod 2013 Breakout Sessions
Optional Breakout Sessions • 12:30-1:30 p.m.
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1. “Church Planting Internships, Church Planting Residencies” with the Rev. Tom Herrick, Director of the Titus Institute for Church Planting. Come learn more about how these programs work to help your church grow and plant.
2. “Natural Church Development” with the Rev. Joe Acanfora, Rector of Church of the Apostles Anglican. Natural Church Development is about releasing the potential God has already implanted in our lives to emphasize church health. NCD assists churches in rediscovering central Biblical concepts and helps relate them to the everyday life and mission of the church through the use of assessment tools, planning and coaching to improve the 8 essential qualities of healthy churches. Included will be testimonies of churches that have greatly benefitted from NCD.
Breakout Sessions • 2:15-3:30 p.m.
1. “Heaven, Hell and Universalism” with the Rev. Gerald McDermott. Is there an eternal hell? Or is heaven the destiny for all? This session will examine the history—and growing popularity—of the false doctrine of universal salvation, scrutinizing it biblically and theologically, and showing how damaging it is to mission.
The Rev. Gerald McDermott, a priest of our Diocese, is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College. He has written thirteen books in systematic theology, church history, and spirituality. His co-authored The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press) won Christianity Today’s 2013 Book Award for Theology and Ethics.
2. “DOMA’s New Protection of Children Policy and Program” with Lindsey Feldman, the Rev. Becki Neumann and the Rev. Andy Terry. The Diocese has adopted a new policy for the protection of children, which must be implemented in the coming year. This workshop will help clergy and lay leaders understand the importance of this policy and the steps that you’ll need to take to put it into practice and safeguard our children.
Lindsey Feldman is Children’s Ministries Director at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge, VA; the Rev. Becki Neumann is Rector of Christ Church, Loudoun County, VA, and the Rev. Andy Terry is Deacon at All Saints’ Church, Woodbridge, VA.
3. “Life Issues and My Church” with Georgette Forney. Abortion and Euthanasia are two well-known life issues that are often seen as political topics to be avoided in church. But our people are dealing with these issues, and they need the church to address them from a pastoral perspective. This workshop will provide practical pastoral tools and resources to equip lay and ordained leaders for life decisions and to reach out with the love of Jesus.
Georgette Forney is in her 15th year as 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.
4. “Social Media and the Great Commission” with Mary Ailes. Sometimes it may seem like everyone is using online social media to communicate. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope are regular users of Twitter. Most churches now are expected to have an active Facebook page as well as their website. How do we effectively and responsibly use social media tools to reach out in practical ways with the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ? Where should we be cautious and discerning in using these tools? How do we develop social media resources?
Mary Ailes is Director of Communications for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. She has extensive experience in communications and social media in the church, including seven years as an international media accredited blogger for BabyBlueOnline.org covering Anglican events including conventions, synods, councils, and the Lambeth Conference in 2008.
5. “Who, Me, Plant? Who, Us Plant?” with the Revs. Clancy Nixon and Tom Herrick. This workshop will illuminate several ways any size church, its rector and any parishioner can participate in church planting in our Diocese. Hint: money is not necessary! You will learn: how to inspire and identify potential church planters; how people with spiritual gifts of mercy, helps, administration, intercession, and evangelism can participate; and the many ways L10-2 (the planting arm of the Great Commission Committee) can help you and your church.
Clancy and Ginger Nixon began Church of the Holy Spirit in Leesburg in their living room with ten people in 2000 and now average 190 in Sunday worship on three campuses. He also chairs the Great Commission Committee and L10-2. email@example.com. Tom and Carol Herrick planted Christ the Redeemer Church in Centreville in 1992. For several years now, he has been full time with the Titus Institute for Church Planting, coaching planters, consulting with dioceses and churches, and teaching at Gordon Conwell Seminary. firstname.lastname@example.org.