Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs
Leaders of new church plants or missional initiatives along with applicants for Church Planting and Missional Enterprise Zone grants are invited to the inaugural Genesis Gathering of the Episcopal Church on Nov. 16-17 at the Church of the Ascension, Dallas. The event is sponsored by the church’s Advisory Group on Church Planting.
“The Genesis Gathering is a community of passionate, faithful people starting new Episcopal churches and worshiping communities,” said the Rev. Zachary Nyein of the advisory group. “We are a community of practice that gathers online and in-person to share in learning, nourishment, prayer, storytelling, and fellowship.”
The two-day conference begins Nov. 16 with worship and dinner, followed by introductions and conversations. Nov. 17 will focus on roundtable conversations and networking.
“This Genesis Gathering will have a particular focus on How to Get Started, what planters should do when they are at the very beginning of starting a new ministry,” said the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, who leads the advisory group. “We will have talks and group sessions for people starting both traditional and nontraditional ministries.”
Registration costs for the event are offset by the advisory group, and participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
A block of rooms is set aside for Genesis Gathering participants at several hotels. The next Genesis Gathering will meet in the spring of 2017.
Advisory group members are:
- The Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Diocese of Southern Ohio
- The Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, Diocese of Newark
- Erendira Jimenez-Pike, Diocese of Kentucky
- The Rev. Michael Michie, Diocese of Dallas
- The Rev. Alex Montes Vela, Diocese of Texas
- The Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers, Diocese of Alabama
- The Rev. Zachary Nyein, Diocese of East Tennessee
- The Rev. David Perkins, Diocese of Lexington
- The Rev. Canon Jesus Reyes, Diocese of El Camino Real
- The Rt. Rev. George R. Sumner, Jr., Diocese of Dallas
- The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, Diocese of Fort Worth
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue of Georgia and the Rev. Canon Tanya Wallace of Western Massachusetts are liaisons from Executive Council. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, are ex officio members. The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers is staff adviser. The Rev. Tom Brackett is staff liaison.
The Genesis Gathering is timed to allow participants to participate in Evangelism Matters, which meets Nov. 18-19 at Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas.