To work with churches in times of stress to encourage and equip for revitalized life and witness.
August 29 Living into Community
Churches can sometimes encounter betrayal, deception, grumbling, envy, and exclusion. These distresses make life together difficult. They prevent churches from developing the skills, virtues, disciplines, and practices they need as life-giving faith communities. On August 29, you are invited to "Living Into Community" with Dr. Christine D. Pohl. Dr. Pohl will explore four specific individual and communal Christian practices: gratitude, promise-keeping, truth-telling, and hospitality. These practices can counteract destructive forces and help churches to build and sustain vibrant, growing, unifying, and healthy community. The seminar will be offered at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main Street, East Petersburg (Pa.) from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Tickets are $25 before August 27 and include lunch. Information and tickets can be found online at www.reviveinitiative.com. This event is hosted by Barnabas Initiatives and Revive Initiative.
In the early church Barnabas was known for his generosity, faith, and encouragement. He was specially gifted to stir hope, confidence, and courage.
Barnabas Initiatives builds with the hopes, insights, and skills of local people. The aim is to see possibilities to build sustainable ventures for a revitalized future.
Like efforts to restore wetlands, initiatives to encourage and assist churches in times of stress strengthen the life and mission of the whole Church.