Events & Training
What is a Vision Day?
A Vision Day is a one-day training event that provides the perfect opportunity to discover what it means to be the Church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners, learn how to renew existing congregations through fresh expressions of church, and discern what this could mean for your region, community, or neighborhood. There is active discussion as well as opportunity to build networks and relationships among those in your area.
Vision Days are a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to:
- Hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
- Talk about the development of Fresh Expressions US
- Learn more about the Mission-Shaped Church
- Discover tools to start Fresh Expressions in your area
10 a.m - Noon at the Central Texas Conference Service Center Laity Hall (3200 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, 76105)
Increasing extravagant generosity in the local church does not have to be an Everest-sized summit to climb. According to Rev. Mike Ramsdell, executive director, Smith Center for Evangelism & Church Growth, it is actually much easier than many folks think. As such, and in response to church leaders across the CTC asking for ideas on how to run an effective stewardship campaign, Rev. Ramsdell is offering a short Giving, Generosity & Stewardship workshop from 10a.m. to Noon, Tuesday April 10 at the Central Texas Conference Service Center (3200 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76105).
Rev. Ramsdell has served every type and size of local church in his 40+ years of ministry and has learned easy to implement methods of increasing giving in a local church of any size. During the Giving, Generosity & Stewardship workshop, Mike will offer ideas for stewardship campaigns, successful fund raising and building a culture of ongoing generosity for your local church. The workshop is primarily designed for pastors and laity who lead and work in this arena and is applicable to local churches of any size or community. Those attending the workshop are invited to bring information, brochures, booklets, etc. that they have used in previous stewardship/giving campaigns - though it is not required. There will be time during the workshop to share best practice as this is designed to be a partnership between CTC churches as we support one another in this important piece of discipleship.
Creating New Faith Communities - Oct. 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FUMC Burleson, 590 NE McAlister Rd, Burleson, Texas
100 New Faith Communities in three years:
The Center for Evangelism and Church Growth in partnership with Bishop Mike Lowry, Mike Ramsdell, Executive Director for Evangelism and Church Growth, CTC District Superintendents and session leaders from churches that have created successful faith communities.
- How to envision a new faith community
- Ways to kick off a new faith community
- Models of new faith communities
- Elements of a new faith community
- Growing and transforming your church through new faith communities
- Developing long term success in a new faith community
- Applying for the new faith community grant
Small Church Summit - Sept. 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at FUMC Stephenville
Click here for more event information
Lay and clergy leaders from around the Central Texas Conference are requested to circle Sept. 16 on their calendars and make plans to share in the 2017 Small Church Summit (SCS) at Stephenville FUMC. The focus of the Summit will be on the challenges and opportunities for small churches as they go about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Archives of the 2016 Evangelism Summit Resources
Click here for videos, handouts other resources are now available from the 2016 Summit.