The call of the wild! Doing ministry these days is like trekking into unknown territory. Join with leaders from a variety of congregations and experiences to explore this unmapped missional journey ahead. Let's learn to navigate, watch for the signs of the Spirit's leading and share ideas, best practices and dreams for this holy hinterland. Christ beckons and we venture together!
(Funding support available for local Anglicans!)
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Our special guest is Archbishop Linda Nicholls. She has a love for nature, hiking and canoeing. She also is gifted with profound insights related to how the church of the future is to be shaped. Growing disciples and spiritual formation are passions for her. Archbishop Linda's talks will focus on DISCIPLESHIP and GROWING DISCIPLES.
Formerly the Bishop of Huron and Area Bishop of Trent-Durham, Diocese of Toronto, Archbishop Linda has extensive experience in congregational development and teaching. In her commitment to serve faith communities across Canada, she leads the church in discerning and pursuing the mission of God. We plan for her to be with us in person.
VCM 2021 is Oct. 14-16, at Inn on Prince (former Holiday Inn), Truro, N.S.
This is a SPACIOUS facility and staff are well-prepared to ensure COVID protocols are in place.
Reserve your accommodations now. Here's the link: Inn on Prince, Truro
VCM is a 3-day conference featuring plenty of inspiring discussion, Bible studies, a special outdoor worship, MEALS and much more! Congregational leaders from a variety of churches share experiences and ideas to navigate in outward-oriented ministry in this wilderness time. Two-thirds of VCM participants are lay leaders, including some from Lutheran, United and Presbyterian churches.
ONLINE OPTION: Zoom sessions are also available.
FUNDING SUPPORT is available for laity and clergy in our Diocese. (Reimbursement with receipts.)
COVID PROTOCOLS: As required by NS Dept. of Health, PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED. Conference seating includes large round tables, well-spaced with only 4 people at each. Physical distancing, sanitizing and masks are required. Provincial health and Diocesan guidelines will be followed.
Diocesan Guidelines: Diocesan Protocols - COVID-19 (*New!)
NS COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination: Nova Scotia - Proof of Full Vaccination Policy (*New!)
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Dr. Daniel Driver, (PhD, University of St Andrews) is Professor of Old Testament and a member of the Anglican faculty at Atlantic School of Theology. His vocation to study and teach theology led him to unexpected places far from his native Oregon, including old Scotland from 2004–2008 and, since 2016, Nova Scotia. Daniel provides a scriptural understanding of answering the vocational call from God to serve in unknown lands and challenging terrain. He and his family are active parishioners at St. Paul’s (Grand Parade), Halifax.
Gerald Gloade is a Program Development Officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, N.S. A graphic designer, Gerald works with the Nova Scotia Deptartment of Education’s Mi’kmaw Liason Office and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaw. His stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends in particular have captured many audiences. Gerald was brought up and lives in the community of Millbrook with his wife Natalie and their two sons. He will share about Pre-Contact Spirituality and Christianity.