Shortly after the 2016 Day of Encouragement (DOE), the planning/review team met and, after a great discussion, recommended that DOE be put on hiatus for at least one year. This recommendation was based on a number of factors including falling attendance (from more than 900 in 1999 to less than 250 in 2016), the fact that less than 20 of the attendees were under 30 years of age, and a strong sense that the event needs a major make-over.
So, while we recognize that the Ancaster Day of Encouragement (DOE) has been a blessing to many people for many years, we have decided that the DOE will be put on hold for at least one year during which we will re-evaluate, refocus and renew the vision of this event. This decision was made by the DOE committee consisting of Classical representatives, affirmed at the recent Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) strategic planning session, and ratified by the DMC board.
Being intentional about this process of reflection affords many exciting opportunities in the long-term: the potential of re-imagining the format, of establishing new partnerships and of reinvigorating this event. In the short term, however, it provides opportunities for regular attendees to participate in other events that are available to them.
Here are a few that we’d like to recommend:
Lots of conversations with deacons are being organized by our Diaconal Ministry Developers. Be sure to catch one of the following diaconal gatherings in your area. Don’t see one in your region? Contact your DMD to set one up or to arrange a meeting with your deacons.
Look back here soon for more Deacon training opportunities and local conferences of interest implemented by DMC…
Worship Ministries is planning three excellent training opportunities in May. You don’t have to travel and you don’t have to pay anything! All you have to do is sign up and then connect to the training and conversation on your computer.
These sessions, led by experienced and respected leaders, will be one hour long, with 20-25 minutes of teaching followed by Q&A. Note that the times listed are EDT (please convert to your own time zone).
Saturday, May 27 – 9:00am-3:00pm
North Burlington Baptist Church – 1377 Walkers Line, Burlington, Ontario
Sent to Neighbour explores the calling to love our neighbours – what is it really all about and how do we really keep it?
Reflect on texts and contexts, share stories and explore postures and practices that empower us to embody ‘The Kingdom of God come near’ right where we live. Karen Wilk is a national team member for Forge Missional Training Network, and a missional leader developer and ordained pastor with the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Cost: Before May 6th – $30/person or $25/person with groups of 5+
After May 6th – $35/person or $30/person with groups of 5+
Thursday, August 3 (all day) to Saturday, August 5 (all day)
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
Inspire 2017 is a conference to connect people from across the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s 1,000+ churches for three days of practical workshops, engaging speakers, worship, and energizing conversation. Let’s gather to refresh, refocus, and re-imagine how our shared calling finds expression in our local communities and beyond. If you’re involved in ministry at any level in your church, this event is for you.
Cost: $50-72 US (use Discount Code ‘CANADA’)
Early registration discount in effect until April 1
Visit the Inspire 2017 website for additional information or to sign-up for email updates.