Common Learning Day: Relational Discipleship
Date: May 11 – 12, 2022
Place: Mills Church, 911 Falls Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Gathering Time: 9:30 am
New Faith Communities invites you to join us as we come together for a common learning day to discuss theological and practical training in Relational Discipleship. Specifically we will discuss how Covid-19 showed us how profoundly alone and disconnected we can feel from each other. And while the church was able to pivot and add in digital forms of discipleship, we still have a lot of unanswered questions moving forward. In this Common Learning Day, we will look at the ways we’ve failed and succeeded in staying connected as a church and a denomination over the past two years. We’ll also look at the practical ways we can meet people in physical or digital spaces and invite them into the journey of relational discipleship. And finally, we will have a chance to share and connect with each other, deepening our network as spiritual innovators in a time of chaos and change. “And best of all is, God is with us.”
The guest speaker is Rev. Rachel Gilmore a church planter, coach, author & consultant, who most recently served as the Director of Recruiting, Training and Assessing for lay and clergy church planters in the United Methodist Church. In 2009, Rachel planted a church in Virginia Beach and started two non-profit preschools, growing her church plant from 10 young adults to over 250 during her ten years there. Rachel and her husband, Rev. Brandon Gilmore, are currently pastors at Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona where they are creating a new faith community while revitalizing the existing congregation. In the spring of 2022, she launched “Connect: a Faith Community for the Journey” with Deontez Wimbley which is a digital and hybrid faith community reaching a diverse group of young adults.