The Best Practices Conference Schedule Is Available!
As announced earlier, Rhoda Schuler will be presenting a breakout session at the Best Practices Ministry Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Conference dates are February 16-18, 2023.
- Her breakout session is Friday, February 17 from 8:30 to 10:00 am.
- Registration for the conference is still open! For more information and to register for Best Practices, click here.
Dr. Schuler’s session is titled ‘The Six-Week “New Member Class”: Repenting of This Sin.’ Here’s her summary of the workshop:
The Scriptures teach us that the Church is the Body of Christ present in the world, yet we continue to offer “new member” classes as if our congregation is a club in the business of increasing its “membership.” To replace the new member class with an extensive process of adult faith formation is a risky but rewarding challenge for a congregation, its pastor, and lay leaders. Take a risk; come and hear about the transformational possibilities of adult faith formation emphasizing relationships, not data dumps; focusing on discipleship, not membership; encountering the Risen Christ in Word and sacrament and in Christian community, not in a classroom.
The conference is a great opportunity to connect with other church professionals and laity in the LCMS on a wide variety of topics. The hospitality of the host congregation, Christ Lutheran, is truly amazing. Please join Dr. Schuler for her breakout session on Friday.