Laity Convocation (Stamford Hilton)

Laity Convocation (Stamford Hilton)

WhenSaturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM to 4:00 AM
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WhereStamford Hilton
1 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT

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ContactRoena Littlejohn
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At this year's Laity Convocation our preacher/presenter Rev. Gilmore, Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization, will be calling the laity to missional community engagement. In order to whet the appetites of our attendees, here is a brief synopsis of the acronym "C.O.M.M.U.N.I.T.Y.":
"C"onnect - Being able to connect individuals together in various ways to live out works of piety and mercy. An emphasis on the Wesleyan concept of holiness being connected (or in right relationship) with God, to others in the faith community & to others in communities outside of the local church. Another emphasis on the connection between growing in love and acting in love towards others inside & outside the church.
"O"pen - In order to effect real change we, the people of God, must be and remain open to all and actively seek others! The Wesleyan model that exemplifies this open-ness is found in the classes and bands, which met the people where they were in their faith walk (i.e. babes in Christ) & helped the people to walk in holiness as they journeyed on to perfection. This type of invitation (open-ness) moves us towards commitment and accountability leading to a "stabilizing" effect in our life as we orient ourselves to Christ. This area also calls us to take a look in our individual/collective mirror to ask and answer the questions "just how inviting or uninviting are we?" and "are we really wanting and willing to do what's necessary to become open?" "Status quo" is not our friend!
"M"ercy - The Wesleyan concept of "community" is shaped by our acknowledgement of God's mercy on (and in) us and our willingness to offer that same mercy to others...who may or may not be part of our church family. It is in our worship, prayer, praise & partaking in the Sacraments that we become transformed, and as a result of our transformation we then become agents of transformation. In other words, the realization/acceptance of God's mercy on our lives changes us to such an extent that we become change agents in our community.
"M"utuality - "A transformed community means developing a different understanding of mutuality where all individuals are respected equally, and all have something to give to the community." The key to making this work is working on (or being intentional about) seeing worth and worthiness in all of God's people...inside & outside the church.
"U"nconventional - Doing the unexpected to gain expected results in the betterment of our community. We cannot pour "new wine" in "old wineskins" or do the same old thing...time after time...witnessing a lack of community...and expect a difference for the better. When it comes to community, our being unconventional means we are not waiting for the "magic", but rather putting in real work in establishing/maintaining/building community.
"N"arrative - How do we tell our story and how does our story make the Bible story work in fostering community? Our community MUST have a common narrative...and it must end with Jesus! How we encountered Jesus may vary; but, our community must have in common that our encounter with the Divine changed or transformed us. When we are truly a community we know the narrative and show the narrative! That means knowing our story and being unafraid to share (or live out) our story.
"I"nvitational - Goes way beyond sharing information. "At the heart of [our] invitation is the same invitation Jesus extended to the disciples. The disciples were invited to experience God's transformation lived out in community with Jesus and each other." Some questions to ponder..."are we truly an invitational community?" "to whom are we invitational?" "are we willing to change?"
"T"rustworthy - Key words: "authentic", "relevant" & "intentional". "When we are authentic, people are more likely to trust us."
"Y"earning - Are we earnestly seeking to be transformed into the image of Christ or working earnestly for conformation into what is acceptable in the world? "The emphasis should be on holiness and being restored into the image of Christ. It is this yearning that is enduring and interprets the narrative in a way in which all can participate...a Wesleyan missional approach focuses on yearning for transformed hearts that enable us to daily love God and neighbor. It does not settle for anything less."

LAY SERVANTS will be able to earn 10 hours of Advanced Course Credits for attending the 2016 Laity Convocation on November 19 in Stamford CT -  once the following criteria is met:  

  • Register online at NYAC.COM for 2016 Laity Convocation at the Stamford Hilton  1 First Stamford Place in Stamford, CT.
  • Read the book, “Transforming Community – the Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations,” which you will receive as part of your registration.
  •  Participate fully in all events of the Convocation.
  • Answer the questions at the end of each chapter of the book.
  • Submit written answers to your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries via mail or email.

A Certificate for completion of this Advanced Course will be then be mailed to you.
If you have any questions, please contact your District Director of Lay Servant Ministries