Programs: Serve Your Neighbor

Doing Good Well Conference
Saturday, March 7 • 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Ave., NW • Washington, DC 20016 • (202) 885-8560
Women sorting cans for food drive
About the Conference
Vital congregations are increasingly committed to serving others through mission. And congregations are asking whether their good intentions always yield good results. Doing Good Well, this year’s Serve Your Neighbor conference, explores the fruitfulness of mission efforts and provides practical strategies to make sure your mission hits the mark.

Doing Good Well is ecumenical and designed for both laity and clergy.

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Dr. C. Anthony Hunt Dr. Asa Lee Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Jake McClothin Dr. Ann Michel Dr. Ann Michel Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.

Dr. C. Anthony Hunt — pastor of Epworth United Methodist Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Asa Lee — associate dean of community life of Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. David McAllister-Wilson — president of Wesley Theological Seminary
Jake McGlothin — director of serve ministries at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia
Dr. Ann Michel — associate director of the Lewis Center
Kim Mitchel — church revitalization consultant
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr. — distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center

Doing Good Well through Mission
Dr. David McAllister-Wilson
What do we seek to accomplish with our missions? And how do know when we’ve met the mark? This opening presentation highlights key considerations in the debate over what it means to “do good well.”

What is God Doing in Our Midst?
Dr. Asa Lee
The church’s mission can never succeed unless its missional priorities express the heart of God. This closing presentation reminds us that our essential task is to discern what God is doing and join in!

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.

Best Practices for Mission Trips
Short-term mission trips, although increasingly popular, are often criticized as costly junkets that amount to nothing more than religious tourism. This workshop identifies some of the risks and benefits of mission trips and outlines best practices to make your next mission trip impactful for all involved.

Building Genuine and Effective Mission Partnerships
In today’s world, mission is not undertaken for others but with others. This workshop explores how creative partnership can be a vehicle for making mission more effective.

Identifying Real Community Needs
To be relevant and impactful in a changing world, churches must continually reassess their mission in light of what’s really happening in their community. This workshop will outline ways to accurately assess community needs.

Maximizing the Impact of Your Church’s Donations of Goods
Virtually every church has projects that involve collecting and donating items needed by others, whether it’s canned goods, school supplies, clothing, or relief supplies. Explore best practices to assure that these ministries meet legitimate needs, honor the recipients, and help contributors grow in missional awareness.

Measuring Success: A New Mission Scorecard
How can churches focus on outcomes rather than activities and develop metrics that reflect the true impact of mission engagement? How can churches review existing efforts to make sure they are still fruitful? And how can churches track mission impact to go along with their attendance and giving results? This workshop provides answers to these important questions.

Spiritual Growth through Mission Participation
Our mission endeavors can be instruments God uses to open our eyes to human needs and instill compassion in our hearts. This workshop considers how we can maximize the spiritual benefits that flow from participation in mission so that participants grow in discipleship.

Bring the best of the conference home to your congregation with videos, narrated presentations, PowerPoint presentations, and more. $75 $60 through March 7, 2015. Available in DVD/CD and downloadable formats. The resource will be delivered by early April. Learn more.
9-9:30 a.m.  Registration 
9:30-9:40 a.m.   Opening/Welcome 
9:40-10:10 a.m.   Opening Presentation: Doing Good Well through Mission
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: What is God Doing in Our Midst?
Through March 5:
  • Registration — $55
  • Registration plus .5 Clergy CEU — $65
  • Wesley Theological Seminary student — $20
While we urge you to register by March 5, at-the-door registration is available.

How to register
Register online through March 5.

Download PDF to register and pay by mail.
Registration and payment must be received by March 5.

If you have any questions or to register by phone, please call Joe Arnold at (202) 885-8560.