Churchnet March 2016 - Page 7

The Church as a Healing Presence Between Citizens & Law Enforcement – Terrell Carter, Leader

This session will detail the presenter’s experiences growing up as a black child in St. Louis, MO, a racially charged city still trying to overcome its divided past, and his five-year journey as a law enforcement officer which led him to reevaluate his views on citizens and police alike. Participants will be taken on a compelling journey as he details personal stories of the challenges of navigating the world of law enforcement and community engagement while serving as pastor of an urban congregation.

Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation – Brian Kaylor, Leader

As the ‘Millennial’ generation (those about 18-35 years-old) emerges as a significant portion of the U.S. adult population, their traits and attitudes attract attention in social, political, economic, and religious circles. Dr. Brian Kaylor, Churchnet’s Generational Engagement Team Leader (and a Millennial), will lead this exploration of unique attributes of Millennials and what they believe. This workshop will also explore practical ways churches are seeking to reach those in this generation.

The Guatemala Tabitha Ministry – Carol Bercian, Leader

The Tabitha Ministry provides a safe environment and early childhood education through the 4th grade for those who otherwise would be forced to accompany their parents sorting through hazardous and unsanitary items in the city dump of Guatemala City. Many of the children come from backgrounds of abuse. In addition to education, the children receive two meals each day--supplying much-needed nutrition. Carol Bercian, founder and director of the Tabitha Ministry, will share about her work with the children as well as programs that minister to the needs of their mothers.