We’re finally ready to announce some exciting news about the “Everything Must Change” event, February 1-2, at Area 15 in Charlotte—Friday “late night” discussion groups featuring some great topics facilitated by some incredible leaders!
After the regular program ends on Friday night (Feb. 1), we’ll have the following breakout sessions to choose from:
What Does Leadership Look Like in the Emerging Church?
Discussion Leader: Ed Brenegar
Ed Brenegar is a leadership development consultant living in Hendersonville, N.C. His ministry is at the intersection of the church and the world of contemporary business. He has been a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister for over 25 years, a Boy Scout leader for the past decade, and currently serves on the board of RandomKid, a national non-profit that helps kids develop social entrepreneurial projects. Ed writes two blogs — Leading Questions and The Presbyterian Polis, and a business leadership column, Real Life Leadership, which appears twice monthly in the Asheville Citizen-Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church as Art: discussion on the beautiful mission that brings the church together
Discussion Leader: Troy Bronsink
Troy Bronsink is an artist and a pastor seeking the way of Jesus. He and his wife, Kelley, and daughter, Eve, live in the Capitol View neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, where they have worked in community organizing and public education. Troy is a singer-songwriter with over 13 years of experience in youth ministries, worship leadership, and senior pastor in both the mainline and para-church fields. Troy is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and contributing author to the 2007 Baker Emersion release, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, he facilitates the Atlanta Emergent Cohort, and is an active blogger at churchasart.com. Have you been reading about this word “missional” and wondering what it’s all about? Or are you an artist wondering how your creativity can participate in the dreams of God without being domesticated by the church? We’ll talk about God’s mission of creating his world, and how we participate in his commissioned work of art with our whole lives.
Discussion Leader: Fred Burnham
Dr. Frederic B. Burnham is senior fellow for program and conference of the Institute for Servant Leadership located in Hendersonville, N.C. In October 2003, Dr. Burnham retired in as director of Trinity Institute, a program for the continuing theological education of clergy and laity sponsored by the Parish of Trinity Church, New York City. He was educated at Harvard College (physics), the Episcopal Divinity School (theology), Cambridge University, England (philosophy), and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received a PhD in the History of Science. He also holds an honorary degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He writes and lectures on the intersection between religion and culture.
Being the Change You Want to See:
Creating an Organized Christian Influence in One’s Chosen Profession
Discussion Leader: Joe Carson
Joe Carson is a licensed professional engineer (PE) with a 30-year career in many facets of nuclear engineering and technology, including weapons, power, and other applications. He is the current “dean” of federal whistleblowers, having “prevailed” in numerous whistleblower cases against his employer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). His concerns include aspects of the safeguards and security of America’s nuclear stockpile, under DOE’s sole custody. He co-founded and now leads the Affiliation of Christian Engineers to be an organizational vehicle to foster the development and expression of an organized Christian influence in the engineering profession. He is leading an effort to expose and stop systemic and persistent lawbreaking at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the government agency specifically created to protect him and other federal employees, from what he has repeatedly experienced. If you are a member or aspiring member of a secular profession and want to “be the change you want to see” in the activity you will likely spend the greatest portion of your conscious time in life preparing for or pursuing, you should attend this discussion group.
The Church In Transition
Discussion Leader: Tim Conder
Tim is the founding pastor of Emmaus Way (Durham, NC) and a standing elder at the Chapel Hill Bible Church where he served as a co-pastor for 15 years. He is a coordinating group member for Emergent Village and a member of the board of directors of Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Wash. He is the author of The Church in Transition (2006, Zondervan) and the host of the “On the Verge” podcast, which discusses “The Church on the Edge of an Emerging Culture.”
Technology for the Emerging Church: Podcasting, Blogging, and More
Discussion Leader: Nicholas Fiedler
Nicholas Fiedler is the co-creator and host of “The Nick and Josh Podcast,” an experiment in the podcast medium to have casual conversations with today’s top thinkers, storytellers, and artists and find out more about them and their journeys. The podcast operates with no budget, no paid staff, and no high-tech equipment. Yet somehow Nick and Josh have slowly grown to over 200,000 subscribers—and they covet every one. Nick and his wife Leslie are still trying to figure out what to do with their lives, and they are taking the next couple years to see as many countries, cultures, and religions as they possibly can. Currently, Nicholas calls himself a ‘hopeful skeptic’ and along with Josh they probe the ‘emergent conversation’ in hope of finding some place to experience true community. The podcast is his biggest connection to the emergent conversation. He blogs at nicholasfiedler.com/blog.
Discussion Leaders: Greg & Helms Jarrell
Greg and Jennifer “Helms” Jarrell are members of a neo-monastic community called Hyaets (hy = “living”, aets = “tree” in Hebrew), located in the at-risk neighborhood called Enderly Park in West Charlotte. In addition to their work with Hyaets, Greg serves as Minister of Client and CareTeam Services at the Regional Aids Interfaith Network (RAIN), and Helms serves as an associate campus minister at UNC-Charlotte.
Who Cares About Sexual Justice?
Discussion Leader: Becky Knight
Becky Knight is Director of Education and Programs for Sensovi Institute, an innovative organization that offers services and resources for individual and couple’s sexual concerns. She is completing a Master of Public Health in Human Sexuality degree through the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She also blogs at LivingSexuality.com. She is interested in creating a dialogue about how spirituality informs sexual ethics, morality, and justice.
24-7: The partnership of creative sacred space, prayer & social justice
Discussion Leader: Lisa Koons
Lisa Koons is the Director of 24-7, an organization focused on instigating vertical dialogue & a goodness revolution through the venue of prayer & service to the city’s marginalized & poor communities. She has 15 years of discipleship experience among individuals & groups, & mentors church leaders & congregations regarding intimacy with God, efficacy in prayer, & walking in resurrection life. 24-7 is the site of the city’s 1st emergent-style prayer room & the epi-center of The Justice Project, a yearly 400-strong volunteer effort to help bring transformation to fragile inner city neighborhoods.
Emergent Village, Cohorts, and More
Discussion Leader: Jeff Kursonis
After a decade in New York City as an artist, Jeff planted Communion of the Arts, a faith gathering in the NYC creative community. Besides pastoring artists and trying to experience communion in a crazy place like Manhattan, he is working on a theology of art and new forms of artistic liturgy (and he blogs). He is passionate about emergent friendships and the conversations that lead to good things, so he leads the Cohorts Team at Emergent Village and would love to help you start one in your area, or to make yours even better.
Food - Local, Slow, and Urban-Grown:
Jesus’ Subversive Meal-Sharing Practices and Us!
Discussion Leader: Mike Morrell
Mike Morrell lives with his wife, Jasmin and daughter, Jubilee Grace, in an intentional house church community in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is Graduate Fellow in Emergent Studies, M.A. in Strategic Foresight Program under futurist Jay Gary at Regent University. Mike makes his living as a journalist and publishing consultant. He is an editor with TheOoze and an Emerging Churches Coordinator for the global abolitionist Not for Sale Campaign, along with being active in its local Triangle-area affiliate, Jubilee. Mike maintains zoecarnate.com, an alternative Christian web directory, and is a liaison of Presence International, an eschatological think tank and activist cell funding head, heart and hands with visions of a new reality.
Consumption and Anti-consumption:
Living Reflectively in a Consumer Culture
Discussion Leader: Holly Rankin Zaher
Holly Rankin Zaher lives and breathes in the Charleston, S.C. area. She has been a part of Emergent Village for the past four years as part of some iteration of the Coordinating Group. She’s been involved with student ministry for the past 16 years, is a part of multiplying young Christian leaders through Rock the World), teaches as an adjunct at Trinity School for Ministry, was part of instigating threenails (a creative Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh), loves connecting cultural studies with typical human development, and enjoys being a friend, wife, and mom.
Thinking About Seminary
Discussion Leader: Andy Rowell
Andy Rowell is a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) student at Duke Divinity School. His primary concentration is “The Practice of Leading Christian Communities and Institutions.” He did his Master of Divinity degree at Regent College, served five years as an Associate Pastor with young adults in Vancouver, British Columbia, and taught Christian ministry at Taylor University for two years. Andy has written regularly for Leadership Journal’s Out of Ur blog and blogs at Church Leadership Conversations (http://www.andyrowell.net/). Andy and his wife Amy (also M.Div. from Regent College) have two boys under three. Are you thinking about going to seminary? Andy will discuss “Ten Things You Should Know If You Are Considering Seminary,” as well as how to pick a seminary, why you should go, why you shouldn’t go, the largest ones, theological differences, going part-time or full-time, financial issues, and other questions you may have about theological education. Are you from a seminary (either on staff or currently a student)? Andy will also be discussing how emerging and missional church movements are challenging theological education and how seminaries must change in light of Everything Must Change.
Discussion Leader: Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith is the “Resident Emerging Theologian” of the Charlotte cohort group and also serves on the National Coordinating Group of Emergent Village. He facilitates a blog, Musings of a Postmodern Negro, that is an investigation into the intersection of theology, philosophy, race, popular culture, politics, and emerging culture. His writing also appears in An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (edited by Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt) and Justice in the Burbs (by Lisa and Will Samson). There is also a chapter about Anthony’s journey into the emerging church conversation featured in Tony Jones’ forthcoming book The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier (due out March 2).
More details on these (and hopefully a few other discussion groups yet to be announced) are coming soon! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to not only hear from Brian McLaren, but also to interact with many other people from around the country who are interested in this new conversation about the role of Jesus’ message in answering the global crises of our time.
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