Bridge Teams Conference

Sept. 23, 2017 • Camp Tekoa • Hendersonville NC

About

What is the Mission Engagement Team?

The purpose of the Mission Engagement team is to equip the local church in the mission of God through collaboration, resourcing and communication.

The team engages and actively facilitates the connection of congregations and disciples to service in their local communities and the world at large. They will work to encourage general church mission efforts and emphases, provide appropriate avenues for training of mission leaders, and promote and foster abiding relationships with mission projects and mission workers throughout the world.

What is the Mission Engagement Team?

The purpose of the Mission Engagement team is to equip the local church in the mission of God through collaboration, resourcing and communication.

The team engages and actively facilitates the connection of congregations and disciples to service in their local communities and the world at large. They will work to encourage general church mission efforts and emphases, provide appropriate avenues for training of mission leaders, and promote and foster abiding relationships with mission projects and mission workers throughout the world.

What is a Bridge Team?

The missional call in the hearts and churches of the Western North Carolina Conference is strong. Many individuals and churches serve in a myriad of ways around the world and in the US. Bridge Teams are being formed to facilitate collaboration and resource sharing.

Bridge Teams will gather as many individuals and church teams as possible to share what has been learned in the country or region of focus. Team members will collaborate to discern how God would have us make a transformational impact with ministries and churches in each country or region,  with a focus on the development of sustainable partnerships.

Costs

Saturday , NO lodging, 1 meal  – $15*

*Add $10 late fee after Friday, September 15.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 20
Refund Policy:  Refunds will be made after the conference if received via email by September 15.

Schedule

Saturday September 23

8 am – Registration (until 9:30 am)

9:15 am – Welcome: Brian Mateer, WNC Conference MET Leader

9:20 am – Keynote Address: Caroline Wood “Casting the Mission Vision for the                    WNC Conference”

10:30 am – Break with Bookstore Browse

10:45 am – First Bridge Team Meeting Getting Acquainted and Project Sharing

12 pm – Lunch Buffet with Bookstore Browse

1 pm – Keynote Address: Rev. Patrick L. Friday “Developing 50/50 Best Practices for the Next Decade”

2 pm – Second Bridge Team Meeting                 Developing Sustainable Partnerships and Relationships          

3:45 pm – Break

4 pm – Closing Observations – What’s Next? Rev. Patrick L. Friday Caroline Wood

5 pm – End

There is an option to stay at Tekoa Saturday night for an additional $25. plus meals. Those interested should contact Dick Weaver at WhitewaterRPh@gmail.com.

Bring your own sheets, pillows, blankets and towels.

Who Should Attend?

Domestic and international mission trip leaders and members, missional pastors, local church mission and outreach leaders and committee members.

Keynote Speakers

Caroline Wood, Director of Mission Engagement and Connectional Ministries, WNC Conference UMC, Charlotte NC http://wnccumc.org/

 Her heart for missions and ministry spans 30 years of passionate leadership in the United Methodist Church and beyond. She and her husband Gary live in Bostic, NC where they attend Salem UMC, Bostic. They have three grown children, five grandchildren, two cats and three dogs.

Patrick L. Friday, Connectional Engagement Strategist, UMC Global Ministries, Atlanta GA http://www.umcmission.org

Patrick Friday is an accomplished speaker and trainer. Rev. Friday equips conferences, districts, churches and individuals around the world with sustainable development and mobilization strategies based on the 50/50 framework for missional engagement. He has over twenty-years of experience in pastoral leadership, missionary service, church planting and partnership development. He is passionate about lay mobilization, Wesleyan class meetings and bi-vocational ministry. Prior to responding to the call to ministry, Patrick was a public policy consultant and writer/producer for CNN International. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and is an ordained elder of the North Alabama Conference.

From I-26, Exit 49-B – Travel 64 West (Four Seasons Blvd.) toward Hendersonville, turn left on Church Street. (25 South). Travel 8 blocks and turn right on Kanuga Road, which later becomes Crab Creek Road. Travel 5 miles and turn right on Thomas Road (Camp Tekoa’s sign is on the right) Travel .2 miles on Thomas Road and the entrance is on the left.

From I-26, Exit 53 – Exit toward Hendersonville on Upward Road for 1.2 miles, where it changes to Highland Lake Road. Turn left on Hwy. 225, travel .8 mile and turn right on Little River Road. Travel Little River Road until it dead ends at the intersection of Crab Creek Road. Turn left on Crab Creek and travel .4 mile. Turn right on Thomas Road. Travel .2 miles on Thomas Road and the entrance is on the left.