The BTS & Maine Conference presents: Convocation 2018, Growing by Half - Part Time Pastors, Full Time Church
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 1:30 PM to Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM

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Portland, ME

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Kay Ahmed

The future is arguably brightest for those that can re-imagine part-time pastorates 
as signs of emergent opportunities, not emblems of failure and imminent death.
— G. Jeffery MacDonald

Glass half-empty, or glass half-full? As many churches face shrinking resources, and shift from full-time to part-time paid leadership, do we see them as markers of failure or signs of emergent opportunities? Convocation 2018 will name what’s been lost – reflecting on the implications of fewer opportunities for congregations to be led by full-time, ordained clergy. But our priority is to share what’s been found – learning about congregations experiencing heightened vitality through part-time pastoral leadership. Lay leaders and pastors in part-time settings will share how their communities are re-imagining once familiar roles, and how they are seeing creative energies being unleashed for vital ministries. Workshops will offer deeper dives into mindset, method, and motivation to help release your community’s potential.

Convocation 2018 is a collaboration of the Maine Conference UCC and The BTS Center

Date:            April 20 – April 22, 2018
Location:     Portland, Maine

Tickets:        Early Bird Admission - $80 (through March 23)
                      Regular Admission - $95 (after March 23)
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