Concurrent Breakout Workshops will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013.  Members’ will be invited to select an afternoon and evening workshop when they register online.

When the online registration form was set-up, some workshop names were not finalized.  For these instances, the ‘working title’ is noted in [brackets] and this is the title that corresponds to the registration form.  We apologize for any confusion this has caused. 

  • The roots of the New Hope Anglican Ministry, with the Rev. Esther Deng

The basics of church planting for those with an interest in growing a congregation of new Christians.

  •  Starting a new service in a small church, with the Rev. Martha Tatarnic

The grace and the foibles of imagining, creating, and developing the new worshiping community—Saturday “Fam Jam”—at St. David, Orillia.

  •  Your church on social media, with Henrieta Paukov and panelists

Information and inspiration for clergy and lay workers who are wondering about the why and how of social media for their church.

  • Redeeming the Power of our Communities, with Murray MacAdam

We all have talents to share in building a society that reflects the biblical vision of dignity for all, with no one left out. Explore ways to strive towards that goal, inspired by our faith and by real-life examples.

  • Collaboration With Economically Marginalized People; New Opportunities To Live Out Our Faith-Based Journey with the Rev. David Opheim

In a world filled with competing interests and vacuous distractions, Mainline Churches in North America are prayfully struggling to  determine how to be faithful to existing members and at the same time encourage the acknowledgment and acceptance of changes essential to continuing the work that God has entrusted us with in a broken world. On behalf of the Diocese of Toronto, All Saints Church-Community Centre is taking this challenge very seriously and thus engaging the fringes of Toronto culture – the poorest of the poor – in new ways which we hope reflect the deepest desires that we all share in an effort to be good stewards of all that we have been tasked with by God on this journey. This time together will provide an opportunity to learn more of how this is unfolding in our context.

  • [Redeem the Commute] Matching Mission & Context with the Rev. Ryan Sim

Followers of Jesus have great news to share, but the many new ideas, programs, resources and technologies to support the church’s mission can be overwhelming, especially when they were developed for very different contexts.  We’ll explore a process that begins with missional listening to help us discern where God is at work in our particular contexts, and will dream of creative and contextual ways to serve, build relationships and help others learn to follow Jesus.

  • [Contemplative Fire] Creating a Community of Christ at the Edge: Contemplative Fire with the Rev. Anne Crosthwait

This workshop would suit the curious, contemplative and creative types. You will experience a taste of what Contemplative Fire offers and we’ll have a conversation around the joys and challenges of offering innovative and creative ministry.

  • Spirit of Invitation with the Rev. Mark Kinghan

Is invitation optional? How do we bring a “Spirit of Invitation” into the DNA of our parishes and Diocese of Toronto.

  • Messy Church/St. George-the-Martyr, Parkdale

The workshop description will be posted as soon as it is received.

  • [Spirituality/Alliston] St. Andrew Anglican Church – Retreat House Ministries – A Monastic Sacred Footprint in the Heart of Alliston with the Rev. Kim McArthur

It takes a village to raise a child, to care for the sick, and to reach out to the lost.  Through the ministries of our Retreat House we invite our community in.  We listen, pray and discern how God might be calling us within these conversations.  And because our Retreat House is a century house and not a church … people come.  It is an exciting journey of sharing the gospel message as disciples of our Lord Jesus while we serve others showing God’s love and care.  This servanthood ministry stretches and challenges us.  We are seeking to know our neighbour better and their spiritual needs.  We are currently developing strategic partnerships in our community in an effort to discover the ‘gaps’ of social support for the vulnerable locally.  We can’t be all things to all people, we don’t have the resources… we are asking God to reveal His plan, and equip us.