Regional Gathering — Charlotte, NC

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Building Community. Building Trust: The Power and Practice of Personal Storytelling

A Leadership Conference with Mark Yaconelli

Sponsored by Charlotte Presbytery, NEXT Church, and Union Presbyterian Seminary



Union Presbyterian Seminary – Charlotte
5141 Sharon Road. Charlotte, NC 28210


Friday, November 20
Session 1: 9:00am – 12:00noon
Session 2: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Participants are encouraged to attend both workshops, but may attend only one.


This one-day training will be an exploration of personal storytelling in ministry. Through presentation, contemplative exercises, theological reflection, and a variety of narrative practices, Mark Yaconelli will lead participants to encounter the power of personal storytelling for spiritual formation, outreach, social justice, and other ministries. The workshop will give participants practical skills for telling stories, creating narrative events, and assisting others in “giving testimony” to the work of the Spirit in their lives.


Mark Yaconelli is the founder and executive director of The Real Stories by Regular Folks, a registered non-profit that assists cities and service-based agencies in producing personal storytelling events designed to help communities and individuals deepen relationships and cultivate compassion. Mark is an author, retreat leader, and popular speaker. His most recent book, The Gift of Hard Things, will be released in 2016.

Full Schedule

This collaborative initiative is offered on Friday for leaders seeking authentic community. These other gatherings with Mark Yaconelli are also open to all.

Thursday, November 19

5:15pm – 6:15pm – Community Meal
6:30pm – 7:30pm – The Well at Selwyn

Authentic Community. Diverse Voices. Deep Conversation. Inspiring Worship.

Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church 2929 Selwyn Ave. Charlotte, NC 28209

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Friday, November 20

9:00am – 12:00noon – The Power of Storytelling (1) at Union Presbyterian Seminary
1:30pm – 4:30pm – The Power of Storytelling (2) at Union Presbyterian Seminary
7pm – 10pm – Real Pastors Tell Real Stories of Broken Trust.

8 stories, 1 band, All fun. Have a story to tell?

Location, TBD*

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Sunday, November 22

9:30am – Sunday School
10:30am – Worship – Mark will teach and preach at Selwyn Ave. Presbyterian Church

2929 Selwyn Ave. CLT, NC 28209