The Art of Hosting Conversations

The Art of Hosting Conversations and Sharing the Harvest Training event comes to Province V

Join Tom Brackett, Missioner for Church Planting and Ministry Re-development for the Episcopal Church Center, and other leaders from Province V for a three-day Mission Training workshop at the Procter Center March 19-22.

Ministry leaders who have started a new ministry in the last ten years and those who intend to start a new ministry within the next three years are invited to become partners in an emerging church-wide community of practice. In addition to funding for Mission Enterprise Zones and New Church Plants, the Episcopal Church is offering a two-part training and learning event in each of its provinces to support your ministries. Our focus will be on how our longings and wisdom might inform plans to sponsor and sustain new ministries as described by General Convention Resolution AO73, as well as New Church Starts.

These events are combined with pre-event activities designed to get to know one another and the ministries you are passionate about as well as post-activities so that we can support one another and sustain God’s mission.

Participants are asked to share stories of ministry as case studies that highlight local learning.

Everyone will share their story at the event. A few will be selected and expanded before our gathering. They will serve as catalysts for our conversations and benefit a growing church-wide community of practice that is learning to lend and borrow the courage needed to sustain these efforts as a movement.

These exemplary practices and fresh learnings may include processes for developing a ministry plan, casting a compelling vision of ministry, gathering a core team, recruiting allies in local dioceses, inviting neighbors from the surrounding community, and establishing environments that welcome people from non-dominant cultures into the local faith community.

Registration is available online at:

For more information contact the Rev. Jane Gerdsen at