Missional Network Gatherings: The Great Pause: The Rebirth of the Church in COVID Time

posted on August 24

The Great Pause: The Rebirth of the Church in COVID Time

September 20th OR September 27th

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Presented by: Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, the Co-Founder and President of Neighborhood Seminary

We’ll be meeting via Zoom and offering the same content on both dates so choose the date that works best for you and your laity, and join through the links provided below.



Each Fall our Missional Networks gather to reflect on our common mission and to explore ways we can be more effective and faithful in making disciples of Jesus Christ, loving and serving our communities, and joining in God’s Kingdom work of forming beloved community.  This year we are pleased to have Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath lead our time together. 
Clergy and laity are invited for a time of learning and conversation. This invitation has been sent to clergy, lay leaders and council chairpersons. Please feel free to share the links with other key leadership in your churches.

Discussion topics:

  • What are the five biggest challenges our church must face in this new day?  
  • How must the role of the clergy change, to help the church meet those challenges?  
  • What is the critical role that will belong to the laity?  

 We look forward to seeing you on September 20th or September 27th


Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath is the Co-Founder and President of Neighborhood Seminary, a program in missional lay theological education with a strong focus on dismantling racism and fostering asset-based community development.  An ordained Elder in the Western NC Conference and the former Dean of Duke Divinity School, Dr. Heath has written numerous books including, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse: Reading the Bible with Survivors (2019), Five Means of Grace: Experience God's Love the Wesleyan Way (2017), The Mystic Way of Evangelism, (2017),  God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (2016), Missional.Monastic.Mainline (2014), and Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities.  Dr. Heath teaches and preaches across the nation and around the world.  With her spouse, Randall Bell, she lives at Spring Forest, a multicultural, interracial intentional community in rural Orange County, NC.
Rev. David C. Hockett
District Superintendent

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