Women’s lunch: Friday, march 29 at 12:30pm

“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.” -Ursula LeGuin

What if at this moment God is providing the unique gifts of women to help the Church navigate this new terrain? What if even the challenges we, as women, face actually shape us into exactly the kinds of leaders the Church needs right now?

Join Mandy Smith, Oneya Okuwobi, Tara Beth Leach, Lisa Rodriguez Watson and Juiet Liu for this lunch for women to dream together how God wants to use our gifts and even our pain to draw us into his vision for being the Church for the sake of the world!

This will be 12:30-1:45 on Friday (March 29) in the Downtown Baptist Church (DBC) Fellowship Hall.

Limited to the first 90 to register.


LUNCH WITH MADE TO FLOURISH: friday, march 29 at 12:30pm

Over the past three decades, a “Faith at Work” movement has been sweeping North America, spurred by laity leading Bible studies in their workplaces and joining other Christ-followers seeking to express their faith through their labor.

With some notable exceptions, local churches have been largely absent from the conversation. Though the typical working Christian spends 40% of her or his waking hours at work, few churches consider the marketplace in their discipleship strategies. This is not only unbiblical, but also tragic, because faithful workers are eager to understand how they serve God by contributing to the “common good,” and many are looking for churches and leaders whose theologies of vocation extend beyond the clergy.

If you are a pastor interested in building Faith, Work, and Economics into your church’s discipleship paradigm, this luncheon is for you.

Register through the Awakenings’ Ticket Site, choosing “Made To Flourish Lunch.”

Come get a great meal and hear from those who are working with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and pastors to turn the church inside out.

*Free and limited to the first 60 people to register.

The Wharf
119 King Street
Old Town Alexandria, VA 22314

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FRESH EXPRESSIONS DINNER: Friday, march 29 at 6:00pm

Introducing Re-Missioning: A Fresh Path to Re-Vitalize Congregations

Across the United States and beyond, the God who "makes all things new" is up to something. Amid a Christian landscape that looks and feels like a desert of decline, new oases of the Spirit are springing forth. Inherited congregations, with long histories, deeply rooted in their traditions, are experimenting with cultivating "fresh expressions" of church and experiencing new ways of revitalization.

The revitalization conversation, with many of its fundamental assumptions, is quite flawed. At this point in world history, amid the significant decline of the US church, our current strategies around revitalization are insufficient. Churches rarely find new life by internal maneuvering, trying to attract the dwindling numbers of already Christians playing church musical chairs.

Revitalization occurs through re-missioning from the outside in, when the whole people of God, the apostlehood of all believers, are released to join what the Spirit is up to in our neighborhoods and networks. Acevedo and Beck are practitioners of a blended ecology (inherited and incarnational forms of church living together in an amplifying fashion, for the betterment of all).

Join us for an evening conversation on the possibility of this new path for church in the future.

Washington Street UMC
109 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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