October 15 – October 17, 2018
Christ Church | Charlotte, NC

This national conference series explores Christian formation for discipleship, scripture engagement, habits of daily prayer, serving the poor, and sharing the Good News. The conference will offer keynote presentations, workshops, and networking time, and will be undergirded with Eucharist and the Daily Office.

The conference will include findings from RenewalWorks, a research-based Forward Movement initiative that has identified key catalysts for spiritual vitality in congregations and for individuals. A focus on discipleship is one of those primary catalysts, based on research from nearly half a million participants across the country.

Begins: Monday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. (registration opens 12:30)
Ends: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

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Christ Church Charlotte
1412 Providence Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28207
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Speakers & Workshops

Keynote:  Robert Wright, Bishop of Atlanta

Monday Plenary:  Courtney Cowart, Exec. Director, Society for the Increase of Ministry

Closing Plenary: Albert Cutié, Rector of St. Benedict’s Parish in Plantation, FL

Conversations with Anne Hodges-Copple, Suffragan Bishop of North Carolina
and with Sam Rodman, Bishop of North Carolina. Moderated by Chip Edens

Workshops (listed in alphabetical order according to last name of presenter and subject to change):

  • Discipleship in smaller congregations, led by Kimberlee Auletta and Sarah Koopercamp, Holy Apostles’ Church, Brooklyn, NY
  • Equipping Disciples for Ministry, led by Jenny Beaumont, Christ Church staff
  • Discipleship and Youth, led by Cookie Cantwell, St. James’, Wilmington, NC
  • Case study of a congregation focused on discipleship, led by Doyt Conn, Church of the Epiphany, Seattle, WA
  • Case study of a congregation focused on discipleship, led by staff of Christ Church, Charlotte
  • Christian Essentials: a program to foster spiritual growth, led by Christ Church clergy
  • Helping lay leaders grow as spiritual leaders, led by Dawn Davis, Diocese of Niagara, Canada
  • Discipling Youth Leaders, led by Alice DeVries, Christ Church
  • Justice-making in a disciple’s rule of life, led by Miguel Escobar, Episcopal Theological School at Union Seminary, NY
  • Intentional Home Group Discipleship–Forming Disciples and Eradicating Aloneness, led by Jerusalem Greer, author, speaker, Episcopal lay ministerKnowing Our Story: Scripture Engagement in Your Congregation, led by Miriam McKenney and Scott Gunn, Forward Movement
  • Case study of a congregation focused on discipleship, led by Bonnie Perry, All Saints, Chicago, IL
  • Communications, led by Makeda Pennycook, Christ Church parishioner
  • Update This Place (Episcopal Asset Map), led by Tamara Plummer, Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Cultivating Leaders, led by Mary Davis Smart, Christ Church parishioner
  • Lay leadership for discipleship: a panel of parishioners from St. James, Wilmington, NC, St. James’, NYC and Christ Church Charlotte
  • Discipleship and public policy, led by Alan Yarborough, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations

Draft Schedule (updated 6.8.18)


$125 early bird, through August 31
$175 after August 31
$75 for seminarians, missionaries, church planters

This includes all conference materials and 5 meals onsite at Christ Church. Lodging and transportation arrangements are not included with registration and should be arranged individually. More details about hotel blocks, travel, meals, etc. here.

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