Appreciative Inquiry Workshop #1 – Friday from 3pm – 9pm.
Exploring the Provocative
By Richard Manley-Tannis
• Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a philosophy and worldview that guides people through an intentional process of generating more of what is good in their lives and communities. In this introductory workshop, participants are introduced to this affirming and life-giving approach in a ministry context.
• This curriculum is based on a workshop developed for Winnipeg Presbytery and co-created with Stacey Milne-Cieko and Erica Young. This curriculum was used with 30+ ministries and over 1,200 participants in the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario from 2013 to 2017.
Social Media and Evangelism Workshop #2
Saturday 9:30am – 3:30 pm
Using social media as a catalyst to explore mission
By Deacon. Richard Manley-Tannis
• How we share the good news has dramatically changed. How we enter new social places will help us appreciate how to nurture new, life-giving, and Christ-centred relationships.
• This workshop will use story throughout. Stories connect us with the best of what was and help us imagine carrying this forward in new ways. Stories foster community, trust, and relationality. The aim is for participants to recognize social media as a catalyst to (re)explore mission. Often participants come expecting to acquire skills and quickly learn that social media reveals ways to be the church that are both old and often new.
This workshop was first published in the Fall 2018 in The United Church of Canada’s denominational magazine, Mandate, which “provides tools for use in all areas of congregational life, including spiritual growth and discipleship formation, justice and advocacy, worship, stewardship, outreach, and Mission and Service Fund awareness.”
Through social media people share ideas, content, and relationships online. It is different from mainstream media in that anyone can create, comment on, and add to the content. Social media can be text, audio, video, images, and communities.
This workshop will use story throughout. Stories connect us with the best of what was and help us imagine carrying this forward in new ways. Stories foster community, trust, and relationality. The aim is for participants to recognize social media as a catalyst to (re)explore mission. Often participants come expecting to acquire skills and quickly learn that social media reveals ways to be the church that are both old and often new.
This workshop is for participants who are excited about imagining ways to harness social media as one component in visioning and revitalizing mission in communities of faith. As well, it can (re)connect missional activities such as social justice, pastoral care, and life-long learning. For those who imagine discipleship as an ongoing exploration in which change is a constant, this workshop will challenge, excite, and energize.
By nurturing the trust that comes with storytelling, this workshop will allow participants to recognize that as a people of faith, we have always responded with creativity. This technology affords us a new medium through which to share the good news. As an Easter people, we must consider such an opportunity to bring hope to our longing world.
The workshop is intended for teams of four to six. The reason for teams, not individuals, is that the implications of social media require more human resources than are traditionally allocated financially in most United Church of Canada contexts. Creating a group with a shared identity and passion serves to create a cohesive team.
Dea. Richard Manley-Tannis is the principal of St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan.