Celebrating the Great Co-mission
“The Image of Mission” Working Session
Join with individuals and church representatives who are actively engaged in planning, leading and implementing mission and outreach initiatives within their faith community, as we consider as individuals, church communities and the Body of Christ...
- What are we called to do?
- What are we not called to do?
- What are we called to do together?
While we hope this working session might stimulate the bonds of affection and create opportunities for working together, the session will be geared principally as a platform to share... What are the things our church does well? Where do we struggle? How do we spread a missional spirit within our congregations? Should we use a targeted approach or a broad “portfolio” approach? What methods do we use to decide what mission efforts to fund? How do we raise funds? Are we accountable and act as good stewards of our resources?
If your church’s mission/outreach leaders wrestle with such issues, you are not alone. Many churches do. Led by our keynote speaker, Andy Crouch, we will provide an atmosphere, setting, and structure to not only learn from others about their successes and challenges, but also, spend time with our own colleagues to process what we’ve learned.
We all want to share the love of Christ in our community, our region, and the world -- “Jerusalem, Judea, and the Ends of the Earth”. We share that Great Commission. Join us as we spend time together talking and sharing simply about “How do we do the “mission” of the Church?”
Saturday, September 30, 8:00am-3:00pm @ Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, PA
The Great Co-Mission Welcome/Registration - 8:00-8:30 am
First General Session--8:30 am
Remembering the Image of Mission
Made in the image of God, we seek to reflect God’s image in and to the world. The church’s mission arises out of both our original calling to bring flourishing and fruitfulness, and also out of God’s urgent concern for the restoration of His image in the world.
Breakout Sessions--9:45 am
Second General Session--11:00 am
Restoring the Image of Mission
Restoring the image as the goal of Christian mission. God’s call for justice and worship serve as the fundamental building blocks to God’s mission. Ever since Babel, the people (Israel/the church) have been called to restore the image in a world of false images.
Third General Session--1:00 pm
Renewing/Celebrating the Image of Mission
Renewing the Image of Christian Mission today requires both Incarnational and Institutional approaches. On the one hand, the deeply personal, embodied, vulnerable presence of persons with one another is one key part of restoring the image; and on the other hand, the building of lasting, multi-generational, multi-cultural patterns and structures (what sociologists call “institutions”).
Saturday - 4 Breakout Sessions
Helping Without Hurting Referencing the best selling book “When Helping Hurts,” conversation will focus on best practices, pit falls, and effective strategies for ensuring mission partnerships which create and sustain viable and empowering relationships.
Who Is My Neighbor?
Church World Service (CWS) The founding member of ACT Alliance, which is a global partnership of faith-based humanitarian agencies in 140 countries, will lead us in a discussion which will focus on the international refugee crisis and the church’s role, responsibility and opportunity to love our neighbor.
The Heart of Poverty
Using the “Bridges Out of Poverty” constructs, we will discover a holistic way to look at the contributing factors to poverty in our community. Moreover, we’ll begin to look at proven models for addressing strategies and systems to alleviate poverty.
Evangelism and Social Action “Co-Mission”
Join in a lively conversation focusing on the premise that the mission of the church is not an either/or proposition but both sharing the gospel AND advocating and working for social justice in an unjust world. How do we live an authentic Christian life in a secular world and make a difference?
THE GREAT “CO-MISSION” 2017-FAQ
What is the Great “Co-Mission”?
Guided by and with the power of the Holy Spirit, all Christ-followers are called to be witnesses of and for the Gospel. Join us as we look to reclaim and restore God’s mission for His people, and His church. We seek to find and proclaim our common unity as we build a stronger and deeper community of faith.
Who is the Great “Co-Mission” for?
Simply put, the Great “Co-Mission” is for anyone who is passionate about, involved with, or interested in what it means to be a missional church. More importantly, we are looking for people and churches who want to join together to help build the kingdom of God in our community.
What can I expect?
Friday’s “working session” is geared for individuals and churches involved in the “nut & bolts” of mission and outreach including:
- Best Practices
- Funding Criteria
- Short/Long Term Mission strategies
Saturday is intended to provide an opportunity to listen to, and participate in engaging, informative and, with God’s help, inspirational conversation, prayer and worship focusing on the proclamation and sharing of the good news of the Gospel.
Who is hosting this event?
The host venues are Paoli Presbyterian and The Church of the Good Samaritan. Additionally, we are inviting other churches to join as Partnering Churches.
Do I have to be a member?
No membership required. All are welcomed and invited to participate. Registration IS requested for logistical purposes.
Does it cost anything?
The only cost is your time, and we are working hard to ensure your time is well spent. There will be a free will offering for those who want to help defray the costs.
Keynote Speaker: Andy Crouch
Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today (CT), including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He currently serves as Senior Strategist for communications for the John Templeton Foundation. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.
From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of Re:generation Quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. Andy studied classics at Cornell University and received an M. Div., summa cum laude, from Boston University School of Theology. A classically-trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
His books include most recently: “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place,” (2017), “Strong and Weak: Recovering a Life of Love, Risk, and True Flourishing”, “Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power”, and “Culture Making”.
Andy is committed to the support and renewal of the local church and its place and opportunity in the community.
Join us as we welcome Andy’s wisdom and insight.