This ecumenical training event is for church leaders who seek a story-based way of welcoming and walking with seekers and those wanting to reconnect with the church. The Rev. Daniel Benedict will keynote becoming the story we tell, reflect on, pray and live in daily life as the “way” congregations accompany adults searching for faith, hope, love and meaning. Sometimes called “liturgical evangelization,” the ancient church called the pathway to becoming God’s story the catechumenate because the story of God echoed or resounded within.
The event will explore the stages of catechumenate and experience some of the elements and rites of this process through large group presentations, small group time, story sharing, Bible reflection, and worship. It is recommended for teams of two or more from your setting (clergy, musicians, lay leaders and worship and adult faith formation staff) and will provide you with the background and resources you need to begin a catechumenal process.
Rev. Daniel Benedict, keynoter, is the former Resources Director for the Worship Office of The United Methodist Church. His books include “Patterned by Grace: How Liturgy Shapes Us” and “Come to the Waters: Baptism and Our Ministry of Welcoming Seekers and Making Disciples.” Other leadership will be provided by Episcopal and Lutheran pastors as well as lay leaders from around Washington.
The cost for the training is $100/person. Housing is on your own. Registration form is now available – contact PRLC at [email protected] for more information. This event is co-sponsored by Journey to Baptismal Living: The North American Association for the Catechumenate. The event starts Friday evening and concludes on Saturday evening.