Recap on Calling to Plant Workshop-
On Saturday, August 29th , the Office of Congregational Vitality’s Rev. Dr. Bener Baysa Agtarap and Project Coordinator Maya Parmar facilitated a church planter workshop, Calling to Plant: Exploring and Assessing Potential Leaders for Church Planting. The event was heartfelt and successful especially for a Saturday! Not only did we have 34 people register but 41 people turned out.
The Workshop began with River Valley Christian Fellowship’s Lay Leader, Brother Peter Katigbak and their Praise team. Everyone joined in as we praised God together. Then, Brother Tevita Koroi of Centennial UMC Sacramento shared his sermon “Only Believe” which could be heard here on their website: www.centennialumc.com/#/sermons, a powerful message to encourage the spirit of these Church Planters.
The topics of the workshop included: Heart of Church Planting, Heart of the Community and Heart of a planter. We provided the planters with a 20-page workbook and asked them to draw their heart on the cover. We presented a demo on MissionInsite and provided everyone with an ExecutiveInsite Report on their church community to discuss within their groups. Totally, we had 30 people register for MissionInsite. With the information provided, fellowship support, and accepting of church analytics everyone seemed excited to about MissionInsite technology. In the group discussion people shared their experience with how this new process and assisted each other with registering and navigating through reports.
At the end we had a surprise visit from Bishop Warner Brown Jr. who stopped in to bless, thank and encourage the church planters for their time and hearts.