Programs: Reach New Disciples

Taking Church to the Community Conference
Saturday, November 1 • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Ave., NW • Washington, DC 20016 • (202) 885-8560
About the Conference
Church members at a community event
No longer can we simply ask, “What can we do to get people to come to our church?” We must also consider, “How can we go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel?” At Taking Church to the Community, this year’s Reach New Disciples conference, you will explore strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service — meeting community members where they are and moving them toward discipleship.

Taking Church to the Community is ecumenical and designed for both laity and clergy.

Dr. Ann Michel Dr. Ann Michel Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Dr. Ann Michel — associate director of the Lewis Center
Kim Mitchel —  independent church educator who leads workshops, retreats, and leadership summits
Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.— James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Urban Ministry and associate director of the Center for the Missional Church at Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr. — distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center

The Outside-in Church
By Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
At our opening presentation, Dr. Powe will explore the reasons why focusing exclusively on the attractional approach to evangelism is no longer adequate; instead, it’s important for congregations to reintroduce themselves to their community by taking church to people where they are.

Go Where the People Are
By Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
At our closing presentation, Dr. Weems will lift up the need to take church to the community in light of the biblical model for reaching new disciples by engaging people where they are.

Each participant may attend two workshops. Encourage others from your church to attend different workshops so that you may share information with each other afterward.

Becoming an Interactive Congregation
Learn how church leaders can engage two key components of vitality — engaging their distinctive identities as faith communities and engaging the context in which they seek to serve faithfully and fruitfully.

Blessing Your Community
How can everyday places in your neighborhood become sanctuaries where people receive spiritual blessing? Learn about unique and creative ways that churches are extending their spiritual presence beyond their own walls.

Discipleship 101: Getting Ready
Are the disciples of your church ready to engage the community? Do they have the necessary skills needed to listen, serve, and lead community engagement? This workshop provides the tools for discipleship building and specific ways they intersect with how the church sends out its people.

Ministries and Community Engagement: Heading Out!
What if all our ministries “within the church walls” viewed their programming with an “outside the church walls” lens? What would that look like? How would that change the ministry itself and the people engaged in it? Learn how turning your internal ministries outward can provide life-changing, unexpected experiences.

Reaching Out through Community Events
Learn how your church can connect with people in your community through relationship-building “bridge events” that meet people where they are and offer them something they need or want.

Bring the best of the conference home to your congregation with videos, narrated presentations, PowerPoint presentations, and more. $75 $60 through November 1, 2014. Available in DVD/CD and downloadable formats. The resource will be delivered in early December. Learn more.
9-9:30 a.m.  Registration 
9:30-9:40 a.m.   Opening/Welcome 
9:40-10:10 a.m.   Opening Presentation: The Outside-in Church
10:15-11:10 a.m.  Workshop 1 
11:10-11:30 a.m.  Bagel Break — Resource Table open  
11:30-12:25 a.m.  Workshop 2 
12:30-1 p.m.  Closing Presentation: Go Where the People Are
  • Registration — $55
  • Registration plus .5 Clergy CEU — $65
  • Wesley Theological Seminary student — $20
While we urge you to register by October 30, at-the-door registration is available.

How to register
Call Joe Arnold at (202) 885-8560 to register or if you have any questions.