Speakers

We are excited to be joined by people that will be sharing their gifts and wisdom with us for this event.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
Keynote – How a Church on the Move THINKS
A New Evangelization requires new ways of thinking and acting otherwise, it simply is not new. As we move forward in spreading the Good News of Jesus to a new generation, we need to revamp our thinking and jettison the concept of “we’ve always done it this way.” A Church “on the move” thinks with urgency and clarity of vision, shaking off the cobwebs of complacency. (Joe Paprocki, DMin, National Consultant for Faith Formation, Loyola Press)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Keynote – How a Church on the Move ENGAGES THE WORLD
Pope Francis has issued a call for Catholics to go out into the world and to encounter people “at the peripheries.” The surest way for a church to die is to turn its focus inward on itself and its own needs. A Church “on the move” shifts its focus outward and seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus and the nearness of God to those who are experiencing brokenness, emptiness, despair, and lack of direction in their lives. (Joe Paprocki, DMin, National Consultant for Faith Formation, Loyola Press)

Breakout #1 – How a Church on the Move FUNCTIONS
Parishes too often function as if they were a regional branch of a large corporation with the pastor and staff as the sales team and the parishioners as the customers. A Church “on the move,” however, recognizes that it is a “living organism” – the Body of Christ in a specific location – and functions in a manner that engages all baptized members as full partners in the mission. (Patrice Spirou is Associate Director of Evangelization and Catechesis in the Office of Formation and Discipleship, Archdiocese of Atlanta)

Breakout #2 – How a Church on the Move WORSHIPS
Vibrant worship is at the heart of a Church “on the move.” In order to be vibrant, however, we do not need to go out an mimic Evangelical megachurches. Rather, we need to do Catholic liturgy ROBUSTLY. Worship at a Church “on the move” features robust music and singing, silence, preaching, movement and gesture, and sign and symbol. Robust worship is never perfunctory and never allows ritual to lapse into a routine. (D. Todd Williamson is the Director of the Office for Divine Worship in the Archdiocese of Chicago)

Breakout #3 – How a Church on the Move FORMS PEOPLE IN FAITH
The Church has unwittingly trained parents and adults to become chauffeurs and spectators when it comes to faith formation. A Church “on the move” refuses to abide by the “drop off” mentality of religious education that is centered on children but instead seeks to engage all people in transformative experiences of encountering Christ. (Joe Paprocki, DMin, National Consultant for Faith Formation, Loyola Press)

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