Thursday morning, June 16, all members of conference are encouraged to participate in the practical first steps of how to do Ministry on the Margins in their own communities. We will learn through two primary methods: 1. Missional Interviews: During this process participants will learn a process to converse with people working with those on the margins, listen to their gathered wisdom, and gain insights about how to go back home to begin these vital ministries. 2. A Prayer Walk: A book entitledPrayer-walking: Praying on Site with Insight , by Steve Hawthorne and Graham Kendrick defines the purpose of prayer walks as seeking God’s mercy, guidance and transforming power – both for the community and individuals walking as God’s servants. Walkers become more aware of their surroundings, particularly when intentionally trying to identify needs and prepare project teams for further outreach.
Learning these steps will help leaders understand how to offer the love of God to those around them. You will have an opportunity for 2 experiences during our time. Each session will be 45 minutes.
These two resources will be printed for participants:
A how to guide for Missional Interviews
Prayer Walking with Chicks Know Church:
Join some of the women from chicksknowchurch.com as they lead you on a prayer walk through Helena. This practice will help you gain an understanding of how to lead your church on prayer walk to see where God might be calling you to serve people on the margins of your community. This incredible practice has helped create new ministries, churches, and to allow God’s calling to be realized for some of the most incredible communities of faith today.
Missional Interview Choices:
Committee on Native American Ministry(CONAM)
“In order to be authentic and meaningful, an Act of Repentance must be preceded by an understanding of the need for repentance and must include meaningful consultation with Native people.” Members of CONAM will serve as our experts in how we can learn about where God is calling us in ministry with Native people in our areas. More specifically we will focus on ways for us to learn from our Native brothers and sisters how we might support and offer friendship in our local communities. CONAM has continued to work on the behalf of the Yellowstone Conference to implement our call to listen and learn in order to create healing relationships.
Joan Higgins-Smith - Long Time Advocate for People in Poverty
"I became a soldier in the War on Poverty in 1979 working for a Community Action Agency in Auburn, Nebraska (pop. 3,000). I have been a community organizer for the National Nutrition Project and the Community Resource Office, a counselor for Planned Parenthood, and a literacy tutor for the Littleton Public Schools. Since moving to Helena in 2002 I have worked at Head Start, Habitat for Humanity, the Center for Mental Health Foundation and recently retired from Rocky Mountain Development Council's Low Income Energy Assistance Program. I was one of the original organizers of Family Promise of Greater Helena."
Ann Waickman - Retired Food Bank Director and Community Advocate
As Helena Food Share’s Executive Director from 2001-2015, Ann Waickman has worked to ensure no one in the greater Helena area has to experience hunger. Ann’s leadership and guidance have expanded Helena Food Share’s capacity and made it possible to operate a dozen different programs designed to meet the needs of all who are hungry in our community. Her focus on adequate nutrition and food access for the whole community, regardless of age or income, and collaborating with community donors and partners, has resulted in a four-fold service growth.
Introduction - 9:00 in the Sanctuary
Session 1 - 9:20-10:05
Session 2 - 10:15-11:00
Locations(All options are available for both sessions)
Prayer Walk - Meet at main sanctuary doors.
CONAM - Sanctuary
Joan Higgins-Smith - Fireside Room(Susanna's Place Building)
Ann Waickman - Choir Room(Downstairs in Sanctuary Building)
Below is a link for a great prayer walk guide to use in your congregation.