Wisconsin Council of Churches

Wisconsin Council of Churches 2018 Winter Forum

FAITHFUL INNOVATION IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD MARCH 2—3 – THE REV. DWIGHT ZSCHEILE, PH.D.

The United Methodist Church, 600 Wilshire Ave, Stevens Point

In today’s dynamic cultural environment, churches have to be more than faithful–they have to be agile. That means embracing processes of trial, failure, and adaptation as they form Christian community with new neighbors. And that means a whole new way of being church. Taking one page from the Bible and another from Silicon Valley, priest and scholar Dwight Zscheile brings theological insights together with cutting-edge thinking on organizational innovation to help churches flourish in a time of profound uncertainty and spiritual opportunity. Picking up where his recent bestseller, People of the Way left off, Zscheile answers urgent and practical questions around how churches become agile and adaptive to meet cultural change. Dwight Zscheile is associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and a consultant with churches and other non-profit organizations. He also serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. He is author of Participating in God’s Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (with Craig Van Gelder, forthcoming, Eerdmans), The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011) and editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). A graduate of Stanford University (BA), Yale University (MDiv) and Luther Seminary (PhD, Congregational Mission and Leadership), he previously served congregations in Virginia and Connecticut. Dwight’s experience growing up in a secular home in California has shaped his commitment to helping the church cultivate Christian community with new populations and generations in today’s changing world.

Forum Registration: Early bird registration (includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch): $150. After February 12, 2018: $175

Church Team rate of $300 for 3 members of the same congregation. Contact Lori at 608-837-3108 or email for details.

Other meals and lodging are not included and must be arranged separately. Refund available with a cancellation fee of $20 if registrant cancels by January 27, 2018. After January 27, there is a cancellation fee of $75. Event is limited to 250 participants.