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Convocation 2019

Love, Resurrected

The NEXUS Convocation is our biennial conference when NEXUS, Children’s Ministry Initiative (CMI), Youth Initiative (YI), and College Initiative (CI) all come together for inspirational worship, learning, and fellowship.

Registration ends on Sunday, July 29, 2019.  So, register online now!

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Convocation Details

Schedule (as of 7/7/19 || subject to change)

Featured Speakers

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai
Chief Connectional Ministries Officer
Connectional Table
United Methodist Church

Due to a last minute conflict, Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah will not be present at Convocation 2019.Rev. Faith Fowler
Senior Pastor at Cass Community United Methodist Church (Detroit, MI)
Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) (Detroit, MI)
Erin Hawkins
General Secretary
United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race (Washington D.C.)
Dr. Joy Jittaun Moore
Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching
Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
Woojin Kang
Youth Initiative Speaker/span>
Carlos Chong
Children’s Ministry Initiative Speaker

Special Panel

  • Rev. Daniel Cho (New York)
  • Rev. Paul Cho (Arizona)
  • Rev. Caleb Hong (Illinois)
  • Rev. Anna Moon (Michigan)
  • Rev. Daniel Park (Virginia)
  • Rev. Jonathan Park (California)

Workshop Speakers

Reclaiming the Wounded Spirit: A Soul Care Workshop for Leaders
Led by Naisa Wong

This workshop will aim to facilitate a safe space of restorative soul care for leaders. Led by Naisa Wong, this experience will engage the participant in a dynamic series of creative care modalities with the intent of noticing and attending to the impact of cultural and vocational wounding.  How does one’s cultural, traditional and faithful context impact our coping mechanisms and resilience?  How do our individual stories of wounding impact the way we lead? How do these wounds affect our view of and our intimacy with God?  In this two-hour workshop, we will begin to discover how these questions may help to address our capacity as leaders and our ability to remain present and healthy in our daily lives.

Spanning eighteen years of practice within the professional arenas of theatre, film, television, performance, and the non-profit artistic and educational sector, Naisa’s continuing mission is to support and guide individuals and groups towards discovering and living out their most creative and authentic selves. Her graduate work includes training in spiritual direction and certifications in trauma care. For the past eight years, Naisa has embarked on developing an integrative service of soul care that allows individuals and groups to examine their life and vocational stories using creative and contemplative tools to discern potential, growth, transitions, communal reconciliation, and individual restoration.

“Life of a Missionary: Short-term and Long-term Missions”
Led by Rev. Eumin Kim and Prumeh Kim

In the midst of global conflicts today, it is even more essential that churches have a clear and thoughtful understanding of missions in the world today. Speaking from personal experience, Eumin and Prumeh will share what are the greatest challenges and blessings of being a missionary as well as some practical advice to churches that serve on short-term mission trips.

For eight years, Eumin and his wife Prumeh served as co-directors of the United Methodist Mission Center of Central Asia, partnering with local leaders in planting and developing Methodist congregations in this region of the world. The Mission Center houses space for Bible study classes, clergy education, church and district offices, and serves as the Central Asia site of the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary.

The Mission is Yet Alive and the Mission is Love!
Led by Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

Rev. Bigham-Tsai will focus on the Connectional Table’s recent call to continue carrying out our mission even in the midst of uncertainty. Her presentation will highlight the needs of the world, the unchanging nature of God’s call, and the ways in which faithfulness to that call might be lived out differently in different contexts. This presentation will be grounded in Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.

Led by Rev. Faith Fowler

A Portrait of FAMILY MINISTRY in the 21st Century
Led by Trevecca Okholm

If you were to ask several churches in your community, “how do you do family ministry?” you might get several different answers. Why? Because there is a lot of confusion over what we mean and who is included. With little set curriculum and few guidelines for effective ministry with family, there is good reason for this confusion. In this workshop we will begin with a brief overview of the history and theology of “family” before moving on to explore some practical and effective models for your church’s ministry with families.

Messy Church and Belonging in God’s Covenant Family
Led by Trevecca Okholm

In this hands-on and imaginative workshop we will engage all ages in active learning together as we explore what it means to belong in God’s covenant family and why this belonging—although filled with wonder and story—can sometimes feel a bit messy.

Trevecca Okholm—professor of Practical Theology and Family Ministry at Azusa Pacific University / Family Ministry Consultant / Trainer for Worship & Wonder Models of Faith Formation / Author: Kingdom Family: Re-Envisioning God’s Plan for Marriage and Family and a veteran family pastor with more than 25 years of experience

The Love Chapter: Ideas or Action?
Led by Rev. Dr. Joy Moore

This workshop will examine Paul’s description of Love to the Corinthians in the context of a segregated society and intersecting with Jewish Law in light of the teachings of Jesus. More than biblical reflection, this session calls for resurrecting love as an action rather than an idea.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Joy is an Ecclesial Storyteller seeking to encourage theologically framed, biblically attentive, and socially compelling interpretations of familiar passages in order to understand the critical issues influencing community formation in contemporary culture (all that means is she tells community-forming stories from the Bible as a follower of Christ).

Planting a Dinner Church – “This is our Body: Eucharist as Worship”
Led by Pastor Tim Kim

The early church began with simple gatherings around food and conversation.  The most basic elements of community life can also form the basis for worshiop that is accessible and transformational.  In this workshop, we’ll look at the modern day “dinner church” movemenet, centered around the experiences of Root and Branch Church in Chicago, IL.  Learn from Root and Branch’s successes and failures as they try to birth a new church around the table.

Tim Kim is the pastor of Root and Branch Church (Chicago, IL) and a graduate of  The University of Chicago Divinity School.

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