Here to find out more about our workshops and plenary sessions? Well, you are in the right place. More information will be revealed as we get closer to conference, but we are professional planners so have some information already ready to announce!
For times and other information, please look at the schedule of events
More information to be announced
Spiritual Retreat Day
All Day Wednesday
On Wednesday, programming will feature a 24-hour retreat. During this time we will be led by guest facilitators and authors who will help us nurture our souls after all the ministry, activism, and service we have performed over the last three years.
Keynote with Brian McLaren focused on his work with the Great Spiritual Migration.
(Bonus points if you read his book though they will be on sale onsite as well.)
Tools for Building Resilience and Renewal
Sponsored by the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Organization
This workshop will offer the opportunity for renewal and respite, and for building resilience, grounded in three essential elements of story telling, relationships, and using and building tools for self-care. Leaders will model and teach some of these tools throughout the session, which participants will be invited to practice. The afternoon will begin with a ritual of writing down our most pressing concerns and allowing them to be placed in sacred care for the time of the program. The program includes content on understanding stress and burnout prevention with a focus on identifying the self-care practices participants already know, along with new ones.
We use a combination of journaling, group discussion and table or paired conversations throughout the day drawing on participants wisdom in addition to the leaders’ presentation of material. Participants will be invited to do some brief journaling that focuses on storytelling – the prompt we use is “This has been a time in my life when…” It allows people to define for themselves what is most pressing in their lives. A section on strengthening positive relationships and building a small network of support including an intentional listening/ vent partner is also included.
Can You Say Resources?
A cacophony of resource sharing, workshops, and plenaries will finish out General Conference?
Thursday Morning Plenaries
To Be Announced
Thursday afternoons Workshops
On Thursday afternoon, a small set of highly curated workshops will be presented and to be announced closer to General Conference.
Friday Morning Resource Fair
Friday morning will feature a Resource Fair where all churches at General Conference will be asked to share their one best resource (a worship resource, a class resource, a training resource for ministry leaders, etc.). This means everyone should be able to leave conference with a whole stack of MCC-tested resources (and the info of the source church, pastor, or leader to contact with any questions)!
Wait. What about Tuesday?
On Monday afternoon and Tuesday will will hold the business of the church. We will be planning alternative activities for those who are not engaged in the business portion. This could also be a great day to hang by the pool or go to a theme park if your spouse is tied up in business.