Engage 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Washington First UMC
29 N College St
Washington, PA 15301-6711

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Engaging Your Community for Christ

The dictionary defines engage as “participate or become involved in”; “establish a meaningful contact or connection with”. Engage 2020: Engaging Your Community for Christ is a morning filled with workshops designed to help local churches “engage” with those in their neighborhoods and communities to bear witness to the love, hope and help offered in Jesus Christ. This is a no cost event.


Recovery Ministry Within the Local Church 
Rev. Mark Ongley, Pastor of Ashes to Life Ministries, Beaver Falls
The opioid crisis continues to impact hundreds of families within the reach of local churches.  Those reaching for help from a “higher power” are absolutely interested in spirituality.  They will enter a church’s basement for an AA or NA meeting, but feel the Sunday worship service is the last place they will find help.  Mark and members of Ashes to Life Ministries will share how local congregations can build a bridge with people in recovery.  Ideas shared will cover the spectrum from initial engagement to ideas for discipleship.

Fresh Expressions of Ministry-Bringing the Community to the Table
Rev. David Ewing, Pastor of Greenstone UMC & Daniel Ducap, COVE Assistant Director
 Engaging a community for Christ requires bringing the community to the table where your local church’s ministry planners gather. Too often, plans for community engagement are made only by the familiar leadership voices in the local church.  What happens when other voices are given a seat around the table?  We need to invite people outside the church to the table to hear from them and consider fresh expressions of ministry that will engage the community for Christ.  This workshop will discuss a process called one-on-one community interviewing.  This process of bringing fresh voices to the table will assist the local church in positioning itself to minister with the community in new, fresh ways.

Living Life God’s Way-Becoming the Community God Calls Us to Be
Rev. Laura Saffell, Pastor Amity/Liberty & Rev. Dr. Brad Lauster, Washington District Superintendent
The concept of a covenant between God and God’s people is one of the central themes of the Bible.  In the church, a covenant is a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel. Holding one another accountable in love to biblical principles brings about transformation in our individual lives and helps us become the community God calls us to be.  This workshop examines what it means to be a “covenant people” and presents practical applications of biblical covenants in the local church.




8:30        Registration and Gathering
9:00        Opening, including welcome, introduction of participants and speakers, opening prayer
9:15        Workshop begins
10:30     Break
10:45     Workshop continues
11:45     Closing, including take-aways and closing prayer
Noon     Going Out