Join us on October 1st and October 2nd for our Freeing Congregational Mission event with author and World Communion Sunday Guest Preacher, Rev. Dr. B. Hunter Farrell.
Dr. Farrell is the director of the World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and has worked for over 30 years as a PC(USA) mission co-worker.
He recently co-authored the book Freeing Congregational Missions. This book invites leaders to lay the foundation for more faithful and effective missions with three core elements:
- a Christ-centered theology of mission rooted in companionship
- an appetite and competence to engage across differences with cultural humility
- insights and strategies to accompany local and global neighbors in co-development
Our weekend will include both Friday and Saturday sessions with Dr. Farrell as well as World Communion Sunday services. All events will be in person as well as virtual. To attend the virtual sessions please go to the Trinity Live Streaming page. If you’d like to attend in person for the Friday and Saturday events, please register here. Space is limited.
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Freeing Congregational Missions Sessions
Friday, October 1 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – McCoy Chapel
Orphanages. Child sponsorship. Short-term mission trips. Meal packaging. Research shows that a significant amount of our congregations’ mission energy and funding go toward unsustainable projects that only marginally improve our neighbors’ life– and are often shaped to satisfy our need to be needed. This two-part seminar begins by providing a clear analysis of the twin aspects of the crisis facing American congregations: our difficulty in facing up to lingering colonial, top-down assumptions about mission and the more recent cultural drift toward self-transformation in mission (“selfie mission”). In the 21st century, it is congregational mission leaders– mission committee members, Presbyterian Women, pastors, youth leaders, deacons and others who seek to lead their people more deeply into mission–who hold the key: together, we will identify the tools congregational mission leaders need to begin the needed reformation in their congregation.
Saturday, October 2 – 10 am – 11:30 am – McCoy Chapel
Part Two provides congregational mission leaders with concrete strategies and tools to help create a “leaders’ circle” that can lead their congregation toward a deeper engagement in God’s mission. Together, we will propose the “liminal space” created in short-term mission trips and volunteer service activities as a powerful strategy that can transform leaders and renew churches.
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World Communion Sunday
Sunday, October 3 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
8:30 am – World Communion Sunday Worship in the Great Hall
9:45 am– Intergenerational Sunday School Celebration in Eva Joplin Hall
11:00 am – World Communion Sunday Worship in the Great Hall