"Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations" with Dr. Steve McMullin
October 6-10, 2014 @ Smith's Cove, NS
This fall, thanks to the determined efforts of pastors like Mark Cress and Patty Beals, I will be teaching the course “Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations” for Acadia Divinity College during the week of October 6-10 especially for pastors and church leaders in your Association. The course will be located in Smith’s Cove—a location just off of the highway that is fairly central. The practical content of this new ADC course is specifically designed for churches in Atlantic Canada and is based on my own pastoral experience and recent research. The course will provide more than 30 hours of practical classroom instruction about how to lead congregations in Atlantic Canada to spiritual renewal and evangelistic growth. Because of my own experience of congregational renewal, I am passionate and excited about teaching this course in your Association this fall.
In addition to any students who take the course for credit as part of their degree requirements, I hope that many church leaders (especially pastors) in your area will audit the course. Because of rapid social and technological changes that are taking place in Atlantic Canada, many pastors who were trained quite adequately in previous decades are no longer sure about how to lead their congregation to carry out their Christian mission today. Many churches are struggling and dying. As you know, being a pastor in today’s society is very different from what it was just 20 years ago. This course will address the important aspects of change that pastors today must face and understand in order to lead their church to renewed spiritual vitality.
I am writing this email to encourage you as a pastor to audit the course this fall, and to ask you to invite other key church leaders to attend with you. I can guarantee that you will be challenged to think in new ways, you will be better equipped to give effective leadership, and you will have a deeper understanding of what church renewal means. l pray that this course to make a real difference in local congregations, and for that to happen I know that it is important that pastors be in the class.
The course will be held from Monday to Friday, October 6-10, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. . That provides a full course in just one intensive week—it will be a full week with a real “retreat” feeling as we focus entirely on practical aspects of church renewal. The cost to audit is $200 per person; you can register by calling ADC student services at 1-866-875-8975. We need at least ten people to pre-register in order for the course to go ahead.
Let me know if you have any questions about the course, or contact Mark Cress or Patty Beals who have both taken the course in Wolfville. I have a real vision and desire for renewal in local congregations, which is why I have gladly agreed to add this course to my already full teaching load this fall. I ask for your prayers that this course would be a means that God would use this year to make a difference in churches in the Annapolis-Digby Association.
Thank you for your ministry and for your leadership during these times of great change and great opportunity.
Steve McMullin, Ph.D.
Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Associate Professor of Evangelism and Mission
Acadia Divinity College
Wolfville, Nova Scotia