Developed as a resource for persons in active ministry, impact seminars facilitate meaningful dialogue on important theological and practical topics. 

2022 Seminar — The Neighbor Next Door: Project 250 in Practice

Description

Who are we? Who is our neighbor? How do we neighbor well?

From rural farmlands to city blocks, our congregations exist in unique communities. We seek to love and care for our neighbors by understanding the religious, socioeconomic, generational, and racial makeup of our communities. With this information in hand, pastors can better discern how to love, care for, and serve their community well.

Using MissionInsite demographic reporting, this seminar will allow pastors to utilize data about their congregation and community to better understand the demographic realities of each. Positioned under Project 250, this seminar will provide tools for pastors to use as they engage with their communities now and in the future.

Objectives

  • Strengthen knowledge of our neighbors by assessing key community demographics including generational, socioeconomic, racial, and religious statistics
  • Consider and develop ways in which our churches can neighbor well in their communities
  • Utilize a theology of neighbor framework to make data-informed ministry decisions
  • Use community demographics of congregations in real-world applications

Cost

This is a free event, but registration is required at least one week before a seminar begins.

2022 Dates and Locations

September 22Cedar Grove BIC (Mifflintown, Pa.)9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESTRegister
October 6Mission Hill (Chambersburg, Pa.)9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESTRegister
October 10, 17, 24Webinar Series *7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ESTRegister
October 31CrossRoads (Salina, Kans.)9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDTRegister
November 3GracePoint (Chino, Calif.)9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PSTRegister
November 10Lancaster (Pa.) BIC9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESTRegister
November 19Cristo Vive (Hialeah, Fla.)9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ESTRegister

*The webinar series is hosted by the Great Lakes Conference and is open to those unable to attend other in-person seminars.

**Please note: As of May 7, 2021, our course registration system has changed. You will need to create an account with our new system to register for courses.

Resources

In order to best benefit from the seminar, a recommended reading list is available below. Familiarity with these materials will provide a foundation for our topic and enhance our group discussion.

Main Presenter

Jennifer Lancaster is the Project 250 Coordinator for BIC U.S. She has a background of teaching in higher education with a PhD in Religion from Temple University and an MA from Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is passionate about seeing the Brethren In Christ grow and develop in long-lasting, sustainable ways. She lives in Lancaster, Pa. with her husband and daughter and enjoys exploring outdoors, visiting National Park Service sites, and bicycle riding.

About Project 250

Project 250 is a collection of five initiatives to guide us to the Brethren in Christs’ 250th birthday in 2028. This year’s impact seminar is in direct response to priority five: Growing to Reflect the Demographic Realities of Our Communities. We’ve partnered with MissionInsite to obtain the demographic reports for each congregation that will be used in this seminar.

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