ChurchWorks!: Ministry. Creativity. Renewal.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND:
2014 ChurchWorks! Conference
February 24-26, 2014
First Baptist Church
ChurchWorks! creates space for renewal in ministry through practices of creativity, community and worship. To teach the people of God, educators need a place to learn, reflect and laugh together. ChurchWorks! is for practitioners of education and spiritual formation in the congregational setting.
US Space & Rocket Museum Pre- or Post-Event Activity - On Monday at 9 AM or Wednesday at 1:30 PM, take part in a 2-hour group tour of the museum. Select this option when you register and specify which day you plan to attend. The tour includes the Davidson Center, Shuttle Park, and the DaVinci traveling exhibit for just $11 (normally $24.95)
15x4 Stories leading to 12 Breakout sessions - a new feature of ChurchWorks! that provides opportunities to hear colleagues and special guests from the community give short talks on a topic about which they are passionate, leading into network groups
Tracks for Children, Youth, Spiritual Formation and Pastors/Church Planters
Rev. Bill Stanfield
is a co-founder of the Metanoia Community Development Corporation of North Charleston where he currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Metanoia was begun in 2002 with support from the South Carolina Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Stanfield and his wife, Evelyn Oliveira, were hired by this coalition of churches to work to combat child poverty in the zip codes with the highest concentration of child poverty in South Carolina.
The couple spent a year of listening and building community support before building a coalition of local neighborhood leaders, members of St. Matthew Baptist Church and community residents who wanted to see the betterment of the community. Metanoia’s innovative approach to community development involves identifying community assets and luring investment to those assets. Currently, Metanoia focuses this approach in three primary areas – youth leadership development, housing development and economic development.
Rev. Stanfield is originally from Greensboro, NC and holds a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife met at Princeton Theological Seminary from which they both obtained Masters of Divinity Degrees. They are the adoptive parents to two young boys from Ethiopia. Rev. Stanfield is also an associate minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church, a National Baptist congregation where Metanoia’s programs are housed.
Storyteller Tim Lowry has been telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People
for 25 years. Telling a variety of Folk Tales and Stories from American History, Tim has presented thousands of educational programs for schools across the country. At festivals Tim entertains audiences with a mixture of Folk Tales and Personal Narrative. He also presents storytelling/communication workshops at corporate retreats. When Tim is not on the road, he makes his home in Summerville, SC, where he often performs stories of the historic South Carolina Lowcountry: Colonial Tavern Tales, Gullah Folk Tales, and Civil War Ghost Stories.
Tim Lowry grew up in southeastern Kentucky where he learned the art of storytelling from Appalachian folk who spun yarns and told tales to entertain, teach morals, and pass along local history. He studied drama in high school and toured the East Coast in 1987 with a drama school from Greenville, SC. After earning a degree in Theater, Tim taught English language arts for five years. He left the classroom in 2000 to become a full-time professional performer. He has made several television appearances, recorded a number of storytelling CDs, filmed a DVD, and written a storytelling handbook. Tim’s wife, Bonnie, is a Suzuki and O’Conner certified violin/fiddle teacher. They are the proud parents of two adopted daughters. Read more about Tim here
In this new feature of the ChurchWorks! Conference, individuals will present on a topic about which they are passionate. Presentations will be 15 minutes long and presented 4 at a time during one-hour sessions, providing the curriculum for the network meetings that follow. Stories can correspond to one of the following areas: children’s ministry, youth ministry, spiritual formation, church planting and pastoral ministry, or something that applies to ministry in general. Click here
to complete the story proposal form.
- Fill out the on-line registration form
for the conference.
For registrants from North Carolina
, CBF of NC is providing FREE registration for the first 25 North Carolina participants! To receive the complementary registration, register here
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Each year at the ChurchWorks! Conference, two Fellowship Baptists are recognized with the following awards. To nominate someone for the awards, contact Devita Parnell
Young Baptist Leadership Award
The award is presented annually to a young Baptist, clergy or congregational leader, who represents a growing interaction with and support of the Fellowship. This person has a demonstrated ministry to peers and colleagues of every generation. The recipient has also engaged the Fellowship in leadership and servanthood. The award is given to affirm the recipient, to encourage the younger generation of Fellowship Baptists, and to excite the continued interaction among the generations.
Jack Naish Distinguished Christian Educator Award
Jack Naish was a lifelong learner and career Minister of Education. Even in retirement Naish continued to teach, share and challenge adult learners and ministers. Naish’s long and distinguished career saw him active in church and denominational life, being recognized by his peers in the Baptist Association of Christian Educators for outstanding leadership and achievement. He was the long-time Minister of Education at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Contact Devita Parnell