You are invited to join us on Wednesday September 25th  from 8:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M. for

Worship and Justice Together: One Congregation’s Response to God

A workshop for pastors/ministry leaders and WTS students led by Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale, co-pastors since 2001 at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ.

In their 19 years of pastoral leadership at The Reformed Church of Highland Park, the congregation has grown tremendously in their worship life and in their impact on their community. Hear their inspiring story about how ministries of justice and mercy focused on housing, immigration/refugees, job creation, mental health, creation care, prisoner visitation and re-entry have developed from the prayers of the congregation at Sunday worship. The workshop will highlight how worship and justice are integrally related in their diverse context adjacent to New York City. If you long to bring worship and justice together in a deeper way in your ministry, this event is for you! Join us for a fresh experience of encouragement, inspiration and learning!

Cost: $20 which includes lunch (no charge for WTS students)
Registration:  Please register by September 11. 

Schedule:

(held in Maas Hall at Western Theological Seminary)

8:30 a.m. – Session One: Worship as a place to listen to God and to listen to each other: God’s house is where dreams are born…
9:45 a.m. – Chapel break – Mulder Chapel
10:30 a.m. – Session Two: Dramatic forms of outreach and engagement—Responses to God as a driver for kingdom significance and, as a byproduct, church growth. Growing a Matrix for Social Justice in and around your congregation’s life
12:00 p.m. – Lunch break/conversation (lunch will be provided)
1:00 p.m. – Session Three: Going deeper in the fundamentals of church life: worship, study, care and community in an ever expanding justice-focused congregation
2:30 p.m. – Wrap up

 

Tuesday night, 7:00PM

In addition, there is a free event open to the community the evening before on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Mulder Chapel at WTS. This worship workshop will focus on praying, singing and crafting worship together in ways that allow for justice and beauty. (no need to register for this — just show up!)

For more information: contact Glenn Swier, Associate Director of Formation for Ministry at WTS, 616.392.8555 x165, glenn@westernsem.edu.