Taking a cue from Stacy Johnson (Dallas 2012), MaryAnn begins to reimagine the gospel through the lens of improv. She traces the “rules” of improv and notes the ways in which church communities might begin to live by these rules of engagement.
MaryAnn is pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA and a member of the NEXT Church Strategy Team. This keynote presentation was given at the Rochester, NY regional gathering on November 5, 2012.
Just as yeast makes space for the bread to rise, the work of the kingdom is making space for others. Listen to Esta’s sermon reflection on ministry in Western North Carolina.
Esta is pastor of Canton Presbyterian Church in Canton, NC and part of the For Such a Time as This program of the PC(USA). This sermon was given at the Durham regional gathering on August 18, 2012.
Amanda Diekman leads a panel of the “heroes” of the Durham Church community: Angel (from Immanuel Church), Angie (Worship leader), and Charlene (Durham Church member and candidate for ministry). They share poignant reflections on the joy and difficulty of being a multi-racial, multi-ethnic community.
Amanda is the Co-Pastor of Durham Church in Durham, NC. This testimony panel took place on August 18, 2012, at the Durham, NC regional gathering.
Franklin Golden tells the story of the Gospel exploding in the creative and reconciling work of creating community out of three distinct, yet unified, worshipping communities.
Franklin is the Co-Pastor of Durham Church in Durham, NC. This testimony was given at the Durham, NC regional gathering on August 18, 2012.
Using the image of wilderness, Lori reflects on the difficulties of living in community at the regional gathering in Durham on August 18, 2012.
Lori is the Associate Pastor of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.