Because God is rich in mercy, and we are recipients of His mercy, He calls us to show His mercy to our neighbors in need. That is the core mission of the deacons and deaconesses of New Covenant Fellowship—but it is not just a matter for Presbyterian deacons and deaconesses. For this reason, we wish to invite you to join the deacons and deaconesses of this congregation for what promises to be an informative and motivational Mercy Ministry Training on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 9am to 4pm.
Facilitating this training will be Chris Sicks, who was once an atheist who rejected the very existence of God but now serves Him as Pastor of Mercy at Alexandria Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Tangible: Making God Known Through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth (NavPress, 2013). Chris has also worked at a homeless shelter and drug recovery program in Washington, D.C., and served as executive director of a mentoring and scholarship program for children. Chris regularly leads workshops on mercy ministry for the Christian Community Development Association and the Presbyterian Church in America. Prior to his work in ministry, Chris was a newspaper editor and reporter at The Washington Times, a restaurant manager, and an Army officer. You can learn more about Chris at tangibletheology.com.
8:30–9am | Continental Breakfast Available
9–9:15am | Welcome & Introductions
9:15–9:45am | What is Biblical Mercy Ministry? Doing Ministry in Word and Deed
9:45–10:10am | Case Study: Stranger Seeking Help
10:10–10:30am | Helplessness Is Good!
10:30–10:45am | Break & Snack
10:45–11:15am | Using Acts 2:41-47 to Explain and Guide Mercy Ministry
11:15am–12pm | Responding to “Cold Calls” While Not Neglecting Your Church
12–1pm | Lunch & Discussion (The God Who Sees)
1–1:30pm | The Role of the Deacon and Deaconess
1:30–2pm | How to Involve the Congregation in Mercy Ministry
2–2:15pm | How to Structure Mercy Ministry and Develop Relationships
2:15–2:45pm | Using Psalm 77 to Encourage Those in Despair
2:45–3pm | Break & Snack
3–3:30pm | Putting It All Together into a Plan of Action
3:30–3:50pm | Questions, Answers & Prayer
3:50–4pm | Closing Remarks