Saturday, March 30, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Location: Otterbein UMC - Hagerstown, 108 E. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD US 21740
Join us to hear Rev. Douglas Powe, Jr. discuss the important parallel between John Wesley’s community building skills and the entrepreneurial skills required to revitalize the 21st Century church as detailed in his new book Transforming Community. Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Powe looks to the past even as he and his students contemplate the future. “When we refer to the Wesley brothers as entrepreneurs, we’re referring to how they take practices that are already part of the tradition but then organize people in new ways, ways that created a movement,” he said.
He notes that “Transforming Community” is not just an academic work but offers a practical approach that can be embraced by congregations. “It’s easily adapted for a Sunday school or Bible study class,” he said. “The goal is that people will understand and experience what the Wesleys were doing, and then make that live in the context of their churches today.”
This book demonstrates how John Wesley broke new ground by organizing small groups of the faithful to become agents of change. “He gave people a sense of connecting, and growing in faith in a new way,” Powe said. “It was more than just coming to hear someone speak. It involved people actually doing something about what they heard.”
Plenary Speaker: The Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. is a Full Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. Powe is committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering. His research interest are church revitalization, urban theology and Methodist theology. Dr. Powe is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.
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