Re-Creating a Missionary Church!
Come be a part of a new generation of leadership in theÂ Episcopal Church as we pray, work, and grow into theÂ leadership of a missionary church. Within the beautifulÂ surroundings of the Franciscan Renewal Center inÂ Scottsdale, Arizona, we will build on the momentum ofÂ spontaneous gatherings that started in the summer ofÂ 2012. They created a movement that has since spreadÂ around the country.
Acts 8 seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the creativeÂ renewal of the Episcopal Church. We take our inspirationÂ from the churchâ€™s great historic missionary societies, butÂ with a greater flair for modern communications.
Our movement is not yet fully formed. At this missionÂ gathering, we aim to more clearly discern our specificÂ mission and determine what we are uniquely called to do to help renew the church.Â Discernment sessions will be interspersed with workshopsÂ on missionary prayer, reinvigorating existing communities,Â and planting new church entities. And of course, plenty ofÂ time for prayer and community building.
Lay and clergy participation is encouraged. PriorÂ involvement in Acts 8 is not required or expected.
The conference will begin the morning of Monday, April 22 and conclude at lunchtime on Wednesday, April 24. For attendees coming from the East Coast, planning to arrive on the evening of Sunday, April 21 is recommended.