How do we effectively do newcomer ministry and evangelism in the Episcopal Church? It is not always something that is second nature! Mary Parmer has developed the program Invite*Welcome*Connect to empower parishes to do that work successfully and she will bring that program to the Diocese of Lexington on Friday, April 21! We are grateful to the Episcopal Communicators conference taking place in Cincinnati, where Mary will be presenting earlier that week for partnering with the Diocese to make it possible for her to share this program with the Diocese of Lexington!
Invite*Welcome*Connect was born out of Parmer’s 10-year experience as Director of Evangelism & Adult Ministries at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont, TX, where she began creating and developing a newcomer ministry. This initial framework, entitled “Sacred Connection” and then “Invitation, Welcome, Connection” was piloted in 2010 in four Diocese of Texas congregations through the Newcomer Ministry Project. Mary has taken the work to forty-one (41) dioceses in The Episcopal Church, two Episcopal seminaries, University of Texas and Texas A&M college missioners, and the Anglican Diocese of Calgary.
Inviting, welcoming and connecting people who come to our churches are critical and strategic steps for building healthy, vibrant and growing congregations. Parmer developed materials, including easy-to-use check lists for each step to provide an objective assessment of a church’s current situation. The assessment tools are supported by an extensive list of creative and concrete resources and examples to form an intentional newcomer ministry that results in a systemic and positive change to participating congregations.
In the last four years, clergy and lay leaders from congregations and dioceses across the country have attended this dynamic training and report measurable results after using the materials. This transformative newcomer ministry process has brought new energy and spirit to congregations and sustained, real growth where the essentials of Invite*Welcome*Connect are followed. Please click here to read more about Mary Parmer and Invite*Welcome*Connect.
When: Friday, April 21 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Church of the Holy Trinity, 209 South Broadway St, Georgetown, KY 40324
Who: While all are welcome to attend, we hope to have multiple people from each congregation in attendance (clergy person plus a lay person or three)
What is the cost: $10 per person covers lunch and the event
How do I register: Click here.