SCD - Encountering God at the Edge

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School of Congregational Development: Encountering God at the Edge

Register by April 30th to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration of $375!

One hundred people have already registered for this year’s School of Congregational Development which will be in Denver, August 15th to August 18th, 2013. At the heart of the school are the Ministry Tracks which this year will be all day on Friday. Each track is designed to focus on a specific ministry setting to give participants key strategies for vitalizing their ministry. For registration and more information about this year’s SCD 2013 go to Here is a listing of this year’s Ministry Tracks:

Conference Leaders Tracks:

MT 01: Starting New Churches in Your District
Leaders: Bau Dang and Skip Strickland -- This ministry track is designed for District Superintendents and other pastoral and lay leaders responsible for or interested in planting new churches. This track will provide information, ideas, insights, challenges, and inspiration for starting new churches in districts that find themsevles in diverse settings.
MT 02: Focusing Your Conference on Congregational Vitality
Leaders: Curtis Brown, Steve Ross and Youngsook Kang -- Through an exploration of available tools, systems, and methodologies, conference and district leaders will learn the best practices for developing vital congregations. We’ll look at systems used in various conferences across the US, build understanding of basic principles, and work to develop next implementation steps for each participant.

New Church Tracks:

MT 03: Innovations in Church Planting
Leader: Paul Nixon -- Church planting has never been more varied than it is today! On a continuum from attractional to missional, with and without real estate, with and without clergy, on every budget imaginable, and almost universally built upon a bedrock foundation of small groups! Come get a taste of what’s happening on the cutting edge of planting.
MT 04: Multiplication
Leader: Christie Latona and Steve Cordle -- Discover key success factors for multiplying ministry of all shapes, sizes and contexts. Learn important multi-site myths and realities and what you need to know before you start a new site (whether starting from scratch or adopting an existing congregation). Gain practical ideas for multiplying your church's impact.
MT 05: Multiplication: The Key to Sustainability (Spanish)
Leader: Sam Rodriguez and Edgar Bazan -- This ministry track will address the challenges of lack of growth and relevancy in our local churches. The need for effective and significant ministry is evident in every denomination and church. The effectiveness and significance can be measured through multiplication and sustainability, and these are understood as the product of faithful, creative, and consistent ministry. (Track will be led in Spanish)

Existing Church Tracks:

MT 06: Young Pastors in Historic Churches
Leaders: Jessie Nelson, Ryan Canaday -- Jesus was a young clergy who bucked the old system and got crucified for it. How can we welcome young clergy into historic churches with better results? We will address the challenges young clergy face, including theology, language, generational views of sacred spaces, how congregational and denominational leaders can support young clergy in older churches, and how fellow young clergy can find their voices in these settings.
MT 07: Rural Ministries
Leaders: John Daniels and Debbie Schmidt -- Churches in rural settings often face unique challenges in ministry. Working with contextualized perspectives, cultural identities, economic realities, and resource availability are some of the many factors that have particular impact in the smaller-community environment. In this track, we will explore the values, strategies, challenges, resources, and ideas to help keep churches in rural areas strong and vital—as well as to develop new transformational ministries beyond traditional concepts of ‘church.’"
MT 08: Creating a Culture of Innovation
Leaders: Craig Miller and Junius Dotson -- Innovation is the key to growing and developing ministries that connect with your community. Participants will learn practical tools and resources for innovation based on the Innovative Leadership Project used by churches across the country. For more info go to
MT 09: Innovating Fresh Expressions: Missional Micro-Communities
Leader: Beth Estock -- Innovative leaders are creating platforms (coffee shops, house churches, bars, etc.) for convening groups that are being shaped and formed in the ways of Christ with people who are suspicious of Christianity. If you are curious about fresh expressions of discipleship formation in a post-christendom culture, this session is for you.
MT 10: Anglos + Latinos = Kingdom of God. Non-Hispanic Churches Effectively Developing a Church
Leader: Rodrigo Cruz and Nora Colmenares -- Is your church thinking about starting a ministry to Hispanics? This event is designed for non-Hispanic churches that want to start and/or strengthen their ministries with Hispanic people in their community. This track will provide strategies and best practices. Learn how hospitality and intentionality mean the same in Spanish.
MT 11: Building Multi-Class and Multi-Ethnic Congregations for the Transformation of Our World
Leader: John Edgar and Donita Harris -- This track focuses on developing intentional relationships with those on the margins, developing a multi-cultural, multi-class faith community, and transforming the community in which you serve. Examine ways to engage more effectively in ministry with poor and marginalized people in the community. Explore starting a worship service or congregation which is multicultural and or multiclass. Discover ways to Identify assets and leverage them for community transformation. "
MT 12: Native American Ministry: Pushed To the Edge
Leader: Chebon Kernell and Anita Phillips -- Recognizing history while reclaiming the future Native American communities have continued to encounter God in numerous ways throughout history. The content of this track will include segments examining the history of church and native communities, struggles currently found in contemporary church practices, new biblical interpretations for this decade, and being the church today.
MT 13: Revolutionary Restarts
Leaders: Rudy Rasmus and Dottie Escobedo-Frank -- Both leaders who teamed up on Jesus Insurgency: The Church Revolution from the Edge will share their latest insights and strategies for turning around declining congregations through revolutionary and insurgent change. Learn how to move to the edge in order to find a new way to be the church of Jesus Christ in this day.

If you have any questions be sure to contact one of the design team leaders who are listed below:

Connie Schmutz

Betsey Heavner
Nora Colmenares
Craig Miller
Emily Reece
Skip Strickland
Youngsook Kang