REGIONAL ASSEMBLY 2020
November 13-14th, 2020
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."—Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
Join with Georgia Disciples of every age, ethnicity, background, experience – as we unite in spirit and technology through Christ into one body of faith
at the 169th Regional Assembly.
EXPLORE THE 169TH REGIONAL ASSEMBLY
Friday, November 13
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ignite, Inspire, Interact!
Get ready for the Assembly!
Friday - November 13th
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Worship Hosted by YAC
7:30 – 7:35 pm - Break
7:35 - 8:30 pm - Fellowship & Sharing Our Stories
Saturday, November 14th
Saturday, November 14th
9:15 am – Photo Prelude & Spoken Word
9:25 am – Opening of the Assembly
Greetings from Rev. Terri Hord Owens & our General Church Partners
Parade of Churches (Part 1)
10:00 – 11:00 am – Workshop - "Now what? Restoration
and Resilience in a Season of Uncertainty"
11:00 - 11:50 am – Parade of Churches (Part 2)
11:50 am – Worship and Communion
Offering - Reconciliation
Sermon (Rev. Dr. Ron Allen)
12:45 pm – Charge & Benediction
Rev. Dr. Ron Allen
Rev. Dr. Ron Allen taught preaching and Gospels and Letters at Christian Theological Seminary from 1982 to 2019. Prior to that, he and his spouse, the Reverend Linda McKiernan-Allen, were co-ministers of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Grand Island, Nebraska. He loves leading Bible studies in congregations.
He has published more than 40 books, most recently: I Will Tell You the Mystery: A Commentary on Preaching from the Book of Revelation (2019). Three of his books are widely used in small group studies in congregations: A Faith of Your Own: Naming What You Really Believe, Reading the New Testament for the First Time, and The Life of Jesus for Today. He was an editor for the pioneering Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Commentary on the Lectionary, which comments on every reading in the lectionary and introduces 22 new Holy Days for Justice (e.g. , Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Peace in the Home, Yom haShoa, Gifts of Sexuality and Gender, Sojourner Truth Day). With O. Wesley Allen, Jr., he urges thinking of preaching as conversation, as for example, in Allen and Allen, The Sermon Without End: A Conversational Approach to Preaching.
Allen and his spouse have five young adult children: Canaan, Genesis, Moriah, Barek, and Sabbath, as well as five grandchildren. He and his family spent summers teaching in Zambia and Jamaica. He has also traveled in Israel, India, South Korea, Belize, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Aruba, Canada, the countries surrounding the Baltic, as well as Mexico, Spain, the Canary Islands, Uruguay, Argentina, Greece, Italy, Croatia, and Antarctica.
This year, since our assembly is virtual, we will host a special panel discussion workshop titled "Now What?: Restoration and Resilience in a Season of Uncertainty." The purpose of this workshop is to discuss being the church now, in the wake of the pandemic including topics of: 1) How do we worship?, 2) How do we learn from this time?, 3) How do we do mission work? and much more! Please join us for this important discussion on bringing our church forward!
EXPLORE WORKSHOP PANEL MEMBERS
Rev. Adam Bradley
Cherry Log Christian Church
Rev. Adam J. Bradley is the Senior Pastor of Cherry Log Christian Church. Pastor Adam and his wife Michele, lifelong Disciples, were called to Cherry Log Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in October 2017. The Bradley’s have two children, Emily, and Ethan. Adam attended Chapman University and received an M.Div from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he also received the David Esler Award in Homiletics.
Rev. Rebecca Hale, serves as Executive Vice President. Her role with the NBA continues to adapt to the needs of the NBA and the church. Rebecca represents the NBA within appropriate general church settings in order to support the broader work of the church, catalyze a forward-leaning programmatic vision and strategy for the NBA, and maintain missional consistency and integrity across program areas, developing a program infrastructure to ensure both innovation and sustainability. Rebecca is based in Lenoir City, TN.
Two core commitments energize Rev. Hale's ministry: The first is her commitment to helping Disciple communities explore landscapes for ministry opportunities and develop faithful missions based on assessment of those landscapes. The second core commitment to her ministry is partnership development that encourages communities to more clearly visualize and formulate a shared mission and to fulfill that shared mission in powerful life-changing ways.
Rev. Yvonne Teresa Gilmore has been critically engaged in collaborative leadership, spiritual care and praxis, and creative community engagement as Associate Dean of Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago (DDH), and as a co-teacher in the MDiv Arts of Ministry sequence at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago since 2013.
She holds a BA in International Relations from The American University, and an MDiv from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She was ordained at Michigan Park Christian Church in Washington, DC.
Rev. Gilmore is a former member of the Board of Directors of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM), and the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is also a poet and a spoken word artist, and has preached, lectured, and/or performed at a wide variety of educational institutions and events as a solo artist and with the band, the Cornel West theory. On December 1 she will begin serving as Interim Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation, and Associate General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Pastor Terrell L McTyer is the founding pastor of Manifestation Christian Center (Kansas City, MO) which was an innovative, cause-driven gathering of young people steeped in unique tactics for discipleship, social enterprise and leadership development. Today, Terrell works to teach, equip, assist and multiply leaders through the New Church Ministry with an aim to increase missional efficacy and efficiency towards starting sustainable, world-changing churches.
Pastor Terrell L McTyer serves as the Minister of New Church Strategies for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. He works to teach, equip, assist and multiply leaders through New Church Ministry with an aim to increase missional efficacy and efficiency towards starting sustainable, world-changing churches and making disciples. His mission is to equip leaders to equip leaders.
Evan is an organizational “geek” who specializes in transformations and transitions. As an expert in team management and leadership development, he is most excited when working with groups tackling change: helping them identify hurdles, address conflict and develop clear, exciting visions and implementation paths for the future. Evan helps clients include churches, navigate strategic planning and communications strategy. He also leads the Leadership Coaching Program facilitates retreats.
Evan’s background includes roles as political campaign manager and consultant for numerous candidate and issue-based campaigns. He served as Senior Project Manager for the Saint Consulting Group, Executive Director for the largest Unitarian Universalist State Action Network in the country and was a founding board member of the Coalition of Unitarian Universalist State Action Networks. He has served on numerous non-profit and small business boards of directors and is happy to be helping organizations succeed through work at Reach Our Goals.
Evan matriculated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington, holds a certificate from the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program, is a trained Open-Space Technology Facilitator, is a certified Strategic Planning Professional, and is a Registered Parliamentarian. He resides in Danielsville, Georgia.
Rev. Linda McKiernan-Allen, a life-long Disciple, currently serves God as one of the ministers of West Street Christian Church, Tipton, Indiana. She actively engages in community connections, working with Mustard Seed (working with families struggling from poverty-induced challenges), Jubilee Christmas (providing gifts for young children of low-income families), Tipton County Ministerial Association, and Backpack Blessings (providing weekend food for elementary age children). She is married to Dr. Ron Allen, parent of five young adults and happy "Mimi" of five pre-school children.
Executive Vice President
Rev. Yvonne Gilmore
Incoming Interim Administrative Secretary of The National Convocation
Minister of New Church Strategies
Consultant and Strategist
Rev. Linda McKiernan-Allen
Registration and Donations:
Deadline November 11th
Given the virtual nature of our assembly , we are asking for a registration donation of at least $20 to help cover the costs associated with the event. Although this is not an in-person assembly, there are still costs incurred to bring this to you, wherever you may be.
Checks or money orders can be mailed to:
Christian Church in Georgia
2306 Vineville Avenue, Suite B
Macon GA 31204
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