Holy Shift, Spirit Rising

Start Date: 
Apr 22 2016 - 7:00pm - Apr 24 2016 - 1:00pm

The world is rapidly changing. And so is the church.

As our congregations diversify, struggle and restructure, leaders and members are experiencing many expressions of change.

From technology to language, leadership to eldership, faith to hope – which expressions do we pay attention to?

Which of our skills and abilities can we use to help our congregations evolve with these changes?

What do we need to equip our church for change?

Holy Shift: Rising Spirit is a three-day event designed for United Church ministry personnel and congregation members to connect, learn and share our unique ways of shifting with the rising Spirit.

Register now!

Hear from three prominent leaders in our church who are working with the shift:

  • Keynote Jason Byassee: Author, teaching pastor and educator at the Vancouver School of Theology.
  • Keynote John Pentland: Author, speaker and Lead Minister at Hillhurst United in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Guest Preacher Deb Bowman: Former BC Conference President & Executive Secretary; 2015 Moderator Nominee; Coordinating Minister at Ryerson United in Vancouver.

Discuss how to be effective “shift practitioners” with leaders from our very own conference:

  • Jennifer Swanson: Communication Diva; Minister at Ioco United in Port Moody.
  • Ivy Thomas: Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery Conference Minister for BC Conference.
  • Treena Duncan: Conference Personnel Minister for BC Conference.
  • Richard Bott: Technology and communications enthusiast; Minister at Dunbar Heights United in Vancouver.

Explore in workshops the impact and possibilities of expressions like:

  • Techno Shift: Communication technology and social media
  • Knee Deep in Shift: Leadership burnout
  • Sand Shift: Maintaining hope
  • Talking Shift: Framing the new context
  • Elder Shift: Creating eldership in congregations

With music leadership from Donna Dinsmore!

Cost to participate is $50 per person and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday.

Register now!

Questions? Contact tduncan [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca.

Schedule of events:

Friday, April 22

  • 7:00-9:00 pm Worship and Speaker

Saturday, April 23

  • 8:30-10:30 am Worship and Speaker
  • 11:00-12:00 pm Workshop
  • 12:00-1:30 pm Lunch
  • 1:30-3:00 pm Workshop
  • 3:30-5:00 pm Speaker
  • 5:00-7:00 pm Dinner
  • 7:00-9:00 pm Evening Activity

Sunday, April 24

  • 10:00 am Worship with Trinity United
  • 12:00 pm Lunch

Accommodation options:

The following options have been made available to event participants. Booking is the responsibility of the participant.

  • Billeting: Spots are limited. Request billeting from Betty Chenoweth (chenb [at] telus [dot] net, 250-542-2763)
  • Holiday Inn Express: Call 250-550-7777. Rates are $105 plus taxes per night, one queen or two double beds, per 2 adults. $10 per person charge for additional people. Includes hot breakfast and access to indoor swimming pool. Reference group rate code “United Church” until March 29.
  • The Sandman Inn: Call 250-542-4325. Rates vary depending on room type. Use group rate code “United Church 20362” until April 8.