The New Faith Communities event set for April will help churches get involved with a new movement under way in the Upper New York Annual Conference.
According to the New Faith Communities Development Team, this 23-hour networking, learning and inspirational event will feature a variety of workshops, presentations and informal opportunities to connect with other “planters” and “dreamers.”
"Moving Beyond Our Prehistoric Ways" will be held at the Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center in Moravia; the event opens at 5 p.m. April 5, closing worship will end by 4 p.m. April 6.
But how do you know if this event is right for your church?
Binghamton District Superintendent Dave Masland, who will begin his new role as the Upper New York Annual Conference's director of New Faith Communities on July 1, offers four questions to help you decide:
If you respond affirmatively to one or more of these questions, then Rev. Masland says this event is for your church.
"Anyone who has expressed an interest in working on any of these kinds of things would benefit from the learning, and the interaction with others who are planting new ministries to reach new people in various parts of the Conference," he said.
The keynote speaker on Friday night, April 5, will be John Fink, CFO of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and long-time United Methodist, on the topic "How to Build a Dream From Scratch."
Saturday’s workshops will be provided by:
Rev. Masland will offer the message during the closing worship and Holy Communion.
“If you are already planting something new in the Conference, this event is for you,” Rev. Masland said. “If you are feeling called to plant something new in the future, this event is for you. If you are just plain curious to see what God is up to, this event is (also) for you.”
The $95 registration fee covers the cost of three meals and overnight accommodations; there is a limit of 81 overnight guests for this event, but there is additional room for commuters. Click here to register.