Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fall Professional Church Workers Conference

One-day Event - Two Locations
Redeemer Lutheran Church
3799 East West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Resurrection Lutheran Church
100 W Lochmere Dr., Cary, NC 27518
Rev. Victor Belton - Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church, Decatur, GA, LCMS Board of Directors
Linda Hartke - President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service 

Loving Our Neighbor - Jesus' Real Presence in Our Neighborhood
In light of the events in Baltimore and Charleston (both part of the SED) and events in other major cities, we have been called to re-examine our own hearts in the ways that we are loving each of our neighbors. There are many perspectives that are important; listening to those who are leading ministry in the city and those to whom they minister, it becomes evident that:
  • The presence of Jesus in the neighborhood is the answer to racism, poverty, and systems that allow injustice to go unchallenged among us.
  • The absence of the church in our communities has left a vacuum that is quickly filled with fear, discouragement, and hopelessness
  • The answer to the present urban struggle begins with the step we each take towards our neighbor - wherever it is that we live
  • It's important to be in places to listen to the stories of people who live in the city - the real life stories of our sisters and brothers will change our perspective
  • Listening prayerfully leads to a new place in our hearts and possibly a different kind of response
At our Regional Professional Church Workers Conference we are delighted to have Linda Hartke and Rev. Victor Belton serve as our presenters leading us to explore the topic:  Jesus' Real Presence in Our Neighborhood. 
Optional Workshop - Mobilizing for Sustainable Mission Multiplication
Dr. Peter Meier, from The Center for United States Missions, will lead us through models that multiply the Word into new neighborhoods. Principles of multiplication will be introduced. Ryan Radke, SED Digital Outreach Coordinator, and Rick Steenbock, from TwoFish Media, will show participants first hand how to live stream content into homes and neighborhoods. More information 
Please contact Brent Smith, SED Director for Mission Development if you have questions.

Conference registration fee is  $50 (Optional Workshop is offered at no additional cost.)
Agenda and more information is available on the SED website 
Southeastern District, LCMS   
6315 Grovedale Drive
Alexandria VA 22310

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