2018 Diocese of Western Anglicans Synod Workshop Details

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Intensive Training Tracks: October 27 10:00-1:30

Discipling our Adults Through Quads/Triads

The Very Rev Scott Pedersen & Father James Linton

We have set aside a time for intensive exposure to the principles, processes and practices of effective disciple-making in the 21stCentury. While a few will be attracted to our worship services and programs, the vast majority of those we are called to reach will only come to Christ and a deeper walk with Him if we give them the kind of personal attention that Jesus gave to His disciples. Dean Scott Pedersen+ and Fr. James Linton are practitioners of this approach and have much to share with all of us about how to make disciples effectively. If your congregation has plateaued, is in decline or has not witnessed adult conversion in the past year or two, you and the people you lead will be strengthened by this time with these leaders. This training is designed for those involved in adult disciple-making.

Pastor-ScottThe Very Rev. Dr. Scott Pedersen has been a teaching Pastor and missionary, working with inner city homeless and poor at the Downtown Atlanta Vineyard, planted a Vineyard Church in Greenwich, London, England, taught a number of colleges, and been a priest in the Anglican communion since 2011. He is now the priest of All Saints Anglican Church, Long Beach and Dean of the Greater Los Angeles Deanery. He finished his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. He lives with his wife and daughter in Long Beach, CA.

Father James Linton

Community Development & Disciple-making Through Oikos and Deeply Rooted

Father Brian Hughes & Gabby Manriquez

The goal of this workshop is to equip and empower participants with a path to sharing the love of God with their friends, family, and neighbors. Although God has called for the Gospel to be shared in all peoples (Matt 28:18), for most of us that takes the shape of a few people in our lives. In his book 8 to 15: The World is Smaller than you Think, Tom Mercer calls this smaller circle of concern our oikos, a Greek word which means extended household. These are the people with whom God has particularly called us to invest and invite into the Christian life. Our workshop will help you identify your oikos, as well as how to invest in them so that we can have the joy of sharing in the Gospel harvest.

aRev Brian HughesFather Brian Hughes serves as the rector of Holy Spirit Anglican Church, San Diego. He obtained his degree from Trinity School for Ministry outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating with his Masters of Divinity in 2012. Since graduating, he has served as an adjunct professor for Hebrew and Old Testament for Trinity. Father Brian also serves as volunteer staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an organization which has challenged and inspired him to take a deeper look at the his own presence in his neighborhood, and how God would use him to reach those relationships.

Gabby ManriquezGabby Manriquez Gabby works as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She works in the college campuses of South San Diego where she evangelizes, disciples, and develops student leaders to plant and lead bible studies on every corner of campus. Gabby also worked as the Pastoral Associate for Leadership Development at Holy Spirit Anglican Church where she oversaw the church’s small group ministry, and worked with leaders to plant and lead the various groups that meet throughout San Diego in order to share God’s love with their neighbors.

Workshop Session 1 October 27: 10:55-11:30

Needs Based Evangelism

Father Kevin Jones

What makes you special as a congregation?  Why do you stand out?  What particular needs are present in your neighborhood and city?  This workshop will help us process these questions with an emphasis on figuring out how God might be calling us in specific ways to use our uniqueness and gifts to meet needs in our communities while we share the love of Jesus and help others come to follow him.

father-kevin-jonesFather Kevin Jones founded Grace Anglican Church, Wyoming in August of 2010. He has a passion for seeing others grow in their trust relationship with God the Father, and loves to study, teach, and preach the gospel. He has worked as a missionary with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, practiced as a licensed therapist, and served as a priest for 7 years prior to launching Grace Anglican Church.

Holistic Small Group Leadership

The Very Rev. Justin Read-Smith, Rocky Mountain Dean

Every church should have small groups, right? But what do small groups do? What is the purpose of a small group? When is a small group more than just a small group? Small groups provide relationship and growth in Christ between members of your church, but can be so much more. Effective leadership, intentional mission, missional discipleship, neighborhood impact, implementation of the Church’s vision locally – all of these can be the outworking of a small group. The workshop, Holistic Small Group Leadership, will help you to understand the importance of small groups within your church, to identify leaders, to shape the framework for effective small groups, and to reach your neighborhood for the Kingdom. 

The Very Rev Justin Read SmithThe Very Rev. Justin Read-Smith is the rector of the Community of Saint Columba and the Rocky Mountain Dean. He and his wife spent several years with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in a number of nations as they gained their Biblical Studies degrees. He earned his Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Regent College in 2007 and was ordained and served in London, England. In 2011, he and his family left England and moved to Missoula, Montana to “parachute drop” a church plant into a community, now the Community of Saint Columba.

Evangelism Through Hospitality

Caren Spilsbury & Jenna Vazquez

In Romans 12, Paul writes, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Webster’s defines hospitality as “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.”

In this workshop we will explore:

  1. what Biblical hospitality means and looks like
  2. how to develop a hospitality team
  3. how hospitality is a part of every ministry in your local Church
  4. how to use your hospitality gifts to help grow relationships within your Church family
  5. how hospitality effects evangelism

If you have these gifts of hospitality, please come. If you don’t think you have these gifts but want to see hospitality in your Church, please come. If the Lord is speaking to you and you just want to eat some food, please come!

Healing Prayer

Fr. Tim Laundrie

Fr. Tim will present an overview of Christian Healing today and introduce some key topics as relates to healing and living a holy, healthy Christian life. Topics include: Causes of Sickness, The Emotional Heart, Obstacles to Healing, Generational Healing, Unforgiveness, and more. There will be an opportunity to receive personal prayer ministry after the presentation

Rev Tim LaundrieFather Tim Laundrie is rector of Branches of the Cross. He spent many years as a senior business and I.T. systems consultant before being ordained into ministry. He was ordained a priest in the Anglican tradition at Grace Anglican Church in Carlsbad, CA, where he served until August 2012 before leaving to plant Branches of the Cross Anglican Church in Vista, CA. In 2013 the church assumed Christian Healing Center as their church’s primary outreach ministry, which Father Tim leads.

Why Alpha?

Fr. Peter Smith

Alpha is a course designed to help reach out to people who wouldn’t call themselves Christians or who wouldn’t come to a church service. This workshop will help explain what Alpha is and why it is an effective way to share the Gospel by engaging people on the most important questions of life.

PetercircleFr. Peter Smith has been the Rector at Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe, AZ since September 2017. He is a graduate of Beeson Divinity School where he received an M.Div. with a Certificate in Anglican Studies. He was ordained as an Anglican presbyter in 2014 and served for 3 1/2 years as the Assistant Pastor at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Birmingham, AL. As a pastor, Peter is passionate about preaching and teaching, sharing the sacraments, discipling, shepherding, and living on mission for Christ.

Short-term Missions

Mark Kelley

Being a Jesus follower includes taking new risks at his bidding that test and build our faith.  One such invitation is to participate in a cross cultural ministry opportunity.  This seminar will explore the idea of risk-taking in discipleship and use the Diocese’s ministry partnership in Thailand as a template for helping people of all ages learn about and participate in God’s global work.

Mark KellehMark Kelley is affiliated with Holy Spirit Anglican Church in San Diego and works full time as a deputy sheriff.  Prior to his current employment, Mark was a campus minister for 15 years.  Mark has extensive experience with short term ministry opportunities, having participated in or led trips to Sequoia National Park, Eastern Europe, South Africa, Mexico, and Thailand.

Lay Missioner Introduction

Bishop Keith will be talking through the improvements the diocese has made already while working together to deploy competent and called lay leaders for the harvest. This is a work that will require us to be excellent in our mentoring and forming of godly lay leaders who will be gathering and developing missional communities under our oversight.

Bishop Keith AndrewsBishop Keith Andrews

How to Get the Most Out of Bible Study

The Very Rev. Tom Phillips, AZ Dean

In the short time we have, this seminar will focus on the simple tools of reading, observing, asking and applying whatever text of Holy Scripture is being studied.   Despite the fact that Anglicans have been ‘people of the book’ from the beginning, many of our people remain uniformed of either Biblical content or importance.  As one wit observed, reading the Bible has as much weight in our secular culture as reading a phone book.

That should not be.  William Tyndal was one of the first to translate the Bible into English.  He did so that “…God’s word might be known throughout this realm from the lowliest plowboy to the King himself.” He said this in his preface to his translation.  In that same preface, he described his purpose and vision, “…that we might have government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Simply hearing the text read in worship on Sundays is not enough. We aim to gain an appreciation for the depth and breadth and height of revelation that will keep us coming back time and again for more and more.

the very rev tom phillipsThe Very Rev. Tom Phillips has over a 50 year  journey with Jesus Christ, being ordained for over 42 of them.  He has been an apprentice carpenter, architectural student, youth minister, campus minister, deacon and priest. He has 4 1/2 academic degrees, and has served in nine dioceses, four continents, two coasts,  three organizations as youth minister, three as rector and three as interim rector and now, Dean, DWA.  He is the husband of Elizabeth Symons, father of Fr. Ben Phillips and Jon Phillips (Area Director for Inter-Varsity in Arizona) and grandfather of David, Catherine, Thomas, Evangeline and Zachary.

Reaching Hispanic People for Christ

Fr. Juan and Maria Marentes

The Hispanic Ministry may (should?) be approached in the context of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we want to impact another culture, the best model to follow is the attitude of Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not account equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2: 6-7). One American and four Hispanic believers will briefly share from their hearts what it means to reach Hispanics with Jesus’ attitude in the context of Southern California.

Father Juan and Maria MarentesFr. Juan and Maria Marentes, SAMS’ missionaries, are church planters and circuit riders throughout the Diocese of Western Anglicans where they preach, facilitate Bible studies, and work to encourage cross-cultural communication. Most recently, they planted the seeds a Spanish-speaking congregation, to be called “Iglesia de la Gracia,” as part of the ministry of Grace Anglican Church in Oceanside, CA.

Workshops Session 2 11:40-12:30

How to Meet Your Neighbor

Jeff Bisgrove

For three hundreds years after Jesus returned to the Father, His church grew despite intense persecution from practically every worldly power structure. It grew in large because everyday people radiated Jesus to other everyday people in their every day lives. No fancy buildings, no fancy evangelism programs, no hierarchy. In this workshop, we will explore what is means to do the same thing in our world, with the people God has planted us with. How can each of us everyday missionaries share Jesus in a practical, authentic and meaningful way with the people right around around – so that the Kingdom will grow?

jeff Bisgrove

Jeff Bisgrove lives in Phoenix Arizona, with his wife Cindy and his two sons Benjamin and Daniel. Jeff left the Catholic church in his early teens, instead focusing on a living a secular, atheistic life. He has three Masters degrees (Physics, Electrical Engineering and Software Engineer) and he spent 25 years at Intel Corporation in California and Arizona. In 2000, he came to Jesus as part of an alpha class and has spent the last almost 2 decades trying to follow more closely after Jesus. After leaving Intel in 2010, Jeff now runs two Christian non profits. Both seek to expand the concept of Christians being active in every part of their lives to be disciples making disciples around the world, specifically using the approaches of Community Health Evangelism and Neighborhood Transformation.

 Natural Disaster Network and Risk Management Preparation—Warden’s Cohort

Myron S. Steeves, Rev. John C. King, Spencer E. Johnson

This workshop will begin to form the core network for Sr. and Jr. Wardens and others responsible for planning and understanding the local church, church plant or fledgling disciple-gathering group dynamics and need for a potential emergency response plan prior to having an incident and the resultant liability.  Fr. King will present an actual model created for his members should a natural disaster occur and how they create a network to ensure every member is accounted for and have a safe location to retreat to should an evacuation be required.  Other emergency situations and planning will be highlighted to begin a conversation with all congregations of any size.  Our Chancellor will provide a brief overview of the legal liability issues involved and how best to address them for the local situation whether start-up, church plant, small-to-large congregation, and deanery.  Every rector should send at least one person to act as their point-person in this critical area of church life. 

Myron S. Steeves is the Diocesan Chancellor and specializes in Church and Non-Profit Organizational Law. The Rev. John C. King is a  bi-vocational priest completing 29 years as a physician in the U.S. Navy; he previously served as Director of Medical Services and as Deputy Commander for a Navy humanitarian mission offering medical and disaster response services to 8 countries in Central/South America and the Caribbean. Spencer E. Johnson is President & Co-Chairman of the Diocese of Western Anglicans.

Intercessory Prayer/Intercessors Cohort

Sue Ellen Warren

Current DWA or parish intercessors (prayer team members) are encouraged to participate in this brief gathering.  Also invited are any who may be interested in the hard work and great joy of interceding for our growing fellowship.  We will get to know each other a bit, share a devotional on prayer, and of course intercede for our leaders, parishes, and people. 

IMGP2564Sue Ellen Warren teaches at a local community college.  She leads the Missions Outreach Team at All Saints Cathedral in Long Beach.  She also coordinates the Sunday Morning Discipleship Hour (adult learning hour) and serves on the communion-time prayer team.  Her personal goals include “becoming more like Jesus and less like me.”

The Need for Life-Affirming Ministry in a Broken Society

Deacon Georgette Forney, President, Anglicans for Life

Abortion and assisted suicide are often seen as political topics that don’t concern the Church, but we know there are people in our pews that are dealing with these issues. So how should the Church try to provide pastoral care to people considering an abortion or hurting afterwards? Can the Church help someone who wants to die? This workshop will seek to answer these questions and provide practical pastoral tools to equip lay and ordained leaders for Life outreach.

Georgette ForneyGeorgette Forney is president of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Abortion Recovery International Network (ARIN). She has spoken at many CPC banquets, pro-life conferences, conventions, churches, rallies, and university and college campuses and has done numerous print, radio and television interviews for local, syndicated and national shows, papers and magazines.

Youth Ministry

Eric Overholt

This is an opportunity for those interested in ministry to teens – ordained and lay, paid and volunteer – to gather and hear what’s happening in youth ministry in the Diocese of Western Anglicans.  Come share with us, get connected with us, and find out how you can be a part of what God is doing to draw students in to the full life and ministry of our church.  We’ll discuss your needs, share resources, and talk about the events that we have on the horizon as we invite young people to become disciples who make disciples of Jesus.  See you there!

Eric OverholtEric Overholt is transitioning into a Greenhouse Staff role here in Western Anglicans to serve as the Youth Pastor at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Montrose, CA as well as the Youth Missioner for the Diocese of Western Anglicans.  Before he was called into ministry, he spent fifteen years as a professional french horn player in the classical music world culminating in a position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  His playing career ended when he developed a neurological condition that took his playing ability.  What the world would see as tragic, God is using for good as this ministry through Greenhouse is the fruit of those circumstances.  With a passion for drawing teens into full life as a disciple of Jesus, his calling involves leading them and their churches to embrace their purpose in  the body of Christ.

Children’s and Family Disciplers

Ron Offringa and Cindy Frost

There are many things clamoring for the attention of families. Changing diapers, school schedules, sporting events, after school projects. It’s easy to throw up our hands and wonder how we might have time to build into these younger disciples.

The Mustard Seed Cohort is a community of families who have accepted the call to raise up the next generation of Jesus followers. We are a newly formed group, attempting to be a community to help each other accomplish the most important work we’ll ever do: Raising our families to follow Christ.

Come learn a bit about this new community and what it would look like to be a part of resourcing our families to raise disciples.

Come learn a bit about this new community and what it would look like to be a part of resourcing our families to raise disciples.

Treasurers Cohort

Cindy Drennan
The objective of this workshop is to introduce the new Treasurer’s handbook to administrators and treasurers.

Cindy DrennanCindy Drennan is a finance director and administrator, currently at St. John’s School. Before that, she spent fifteen years in this office at St James Anglican, Newport Beach. She is currently worship music director at St. David’s Anglican, Burbank and has acted in this role at Grace Anglican, Oceanside, All Saints’ Anglican, Long Beach. She has assisted a number of entities to organize their accounting departments including St. Stephen’s Anglican, Tustin; Global Mobilization Ministries, Inc.; and Sharing of Ministries Abroad USA, Inc.

Music and Liturgy

Chuck Maggs

Music and Liturgy is a workshop intended to provide the parish musician(s) with the background, ideas and resources needed to provide traditional and contemporary music that complements and integrates into the liturgy of worship services.  Some of the questions that will be addressed in this session are:

  • How do you select music (hymns, praise songs, anthems, worship songs, preludes, postludes) for services?
  • What resources are available for selecting music?
  • Where can sheet music and chord charts be downloaded (both paid and public domain / open source)?
  • How do you introduce new music to the congregation?
  • How do you build a music team to provide music?

Part of this session will also be an open forum to provide the opportunity to ask questions that were not addressed in this session, as well as allow participants to share their experiences.

ChuckMaggs_Squared-284x300Charles Maggs is Director of Music Arts at St. James Anglican in Costa Mesa. He has served as choir director, organist, worship leader, accompanist, vocal section lead, and handbell choir director at a number of churches in the Orange county area. He also has led music for several diocesan events, including the consecration services for the first and second bishops of the Diocese of Western Anglicans. In addition to his musical duties at St. James, he directs handbells and arranges music for the All American Boys Chorus, and has over 100 pieces of handbell music in print.

Administrators Cohort

Nioma Gardner and Jenna Vazquez

Nioma GardnerNioma Gardner is children’s director and administrator at St. Paul’s City Church. She has an extensive background in administration and communication. Her passion is to work for reconciliation among single mothers and the under-resourced and she has a big heart for the local church.

Jenna Vazquez

Adult Disciplers

Deacon Mat Allen & Ryan Eddingfield: Part 1: Discipleship at Holy Spirit Anglican Church

Part 2: Who’s Following You? Successful seeds grow and create a harvest and make more seeds for the next season. So do Disciples. It is a process of growth. Where are you on the pathway? Are you beginning? Are you following someone who is following Christ? Are you trying to decide the next part of your journey? Are you ready for someone to follow you? That’s the deep water to which Jesus Christ is calling us, where he stands ready to help us into the harvest. So, who’s following you? If your answer is, ‘no one’ then you are somewhere on the road to being a disciple but you are not yet making disciples, as Jesus called us all to do. This will be a discussion about that pathway leading from learning, to following, to leading, to being followed, to dying to self and living for Jesus Christ and fulfilling our calling, answering his calling.

Missions Team Leaders Cohort

Fr. Rob Holman and Mark Kelley

Rev Rob HolemanThe Reverend Rob Holman is rector at St. Luke’s Church, Crescenta Valley. A priest in the Anglican Church of North America, he received his MDiv at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge PA and is a graduate of University of Virginia. Prior to coming to St. Luke’s in July 2008, he served at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, in Elizabethtown, NY in the “North Country” of the Adirondacks.


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