2024 VITAL CHURCH MARITIMES CONFERENCE
May 9 to May 11, 2024 'Soaring into the Future'
REGISTRATION IS OPEN: VCM 2024 Conference REGISTRATION
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS reservations and costs are separate. (Rooms are $139/night and include a FREE hot breakfast.) Ask for our SPECIAL Anglican RATE: HOTEL Inn on Prince - LINK to Special Rate
FUNDING SUPPORT (partial reimbursement) is available for Anglicans from the Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island - laity and clergy. CLICK HERE for DETAILS: Funding Support STEPS
CLICK HERE for SCHEDULE: VCM 2024 (draft) Schedule
CLICK HERE for POSTER: VCM 2024 Poster
We are delighted to have David Robinson as our main guest presenter. He has 30+ years of congregational development consulting experience. (READ his full BIO below.)
VCM 2024 takes place at Inn on Prince, Truro, NS. (+ Zoom option)
This year’s conference features the story arc of mission – from Acts 2, through to the present realities of Christian community today. Participants will explore their church’s missional beginnings and reflect on emerging growth possibilities. David Robinson guides leaders from ‘What is,’ to ‘What could be’, on to ‘What will be.’
Includes talks on understanding our cultural context, leadership and gifting, working within ministry teams and more! There will be plenty of practical resources and applicable takeaways for parishes of all sizes, in rural, towns, suburban and urban areas. Anyone from any church or denomination may attend.
These three days are an opportunity to be inspired, equipped and supported in missional ministry. Share stories and ideas about what initiatives are growing. Unplug and spend time with your leadership team dreaming and discerning your next steps.
DAVID ROBINSON: A recent migrant to Nova Scotia, David is passionate about mission and congregational flourishing with more than 30 years’ of experience in Canadian Anglican churches. Originally from Ontario, he has served in the Dioceses of Toronto, Rupert’s Land (Manitoba) and Montreal, as well as consulted in many other areas across North America.
David was a key staff driver to the implementation of missional change in Toronto. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, supporting new church plant, reconfiguration of historic congregations. Dave also held portfolios in Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Rural Ministry Support, Conflict Management and Congregational Health. Dave was a recipient of the Canada 125 Award for his urban mission work and in 2013, he was appointed an Honourary Lay Canon of St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto by Archbishop Colin Johnson.
Born and raised in the southern Ontario area, Dave spends his free time on the water as an avid sailor, wilderness canoeist and amateur boat-builder. He now lives in Whites Lake, NS, with his spouse, The Rev. Dr. Heather McCance, President of Atlantic School of Theology, and together they support a 23-year-old child, a 6-year old border collie cross, a 6-year-old black cat and a 40-year-old sailboat.
Through Appreciative Inquiry, Dave has come to understand his purpose in life as, "I am a Skipper and a Guide; I help people to get where they need to go.” He continues to do this as a coach, consultant and facilitator in the Church through his consulting practice “Loose Canon Consulting”.
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Conference hosted April 27 - April 29, 2023.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The Rev'd. Dr. Dawn Davis, Contextual Theology Professor and Director of Leadership for Ministry Programs, at Huron University College, ON.
ADDITIONAL SPEAKER: Stephen Doucet-Campbell, Registered Psychotherapist (Ontario)/Counselling Therapist (N.S.). He will lead two sessions on leadership mental health and resilience.
Stephen studied psychology at the University of Winnipeg and Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, MN. His areas of practice include anxiety, depression, addiction, anger, grief, etc. He lives near Halifax, N.S.