The East Central District
The Fresh Expressions movement is in place to reach new people, in new places by new ways. We believe that God can move in creative ways through both clergy and laity to reach people who would likely not step foot in what we know of as church. This movement is meant to work together and go alongside the work that our existing churches are doing.
Clergy Surge Retreat
Our Clergy Surge Retreat event is October 24th and 25th at Warren Willis Camp. This retreat is open to all clergy in the conference that are interested in learning more about Fresh Expressions. This retreat will go into what Fresh Expressions is, and allow for a time where clergy can look at how Fresh Expressions can be implemented in their own communities. The keynote speaker for the retreat will be Dr. Jay Moon, Professor of Church Planting & Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary. Click HERE for the flyer.
There will be an evening session on Monday, October 24th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm and a session on Tuesday, October 25th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Fresh Expressions Multisite Spark Day
All are welcome to the Multisite Spark Day event on Saturday, November 5th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. This event will be held at seven different locations around the state. The one in the East Central District will be at Tuskawilla UMC in Casselberry. Spark Day will be a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions for those that don't know much about the initiative. Click HERE for the flyer. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to:
- Hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
- Learn more about the Mission-Shaped Church
- Discover tools to start Fresh Expressions in your area
Click HERE to register for the Clergy Surge Retreat and/or Spark Day. If you have any questions about Fresh Expressions, please contact Matt Harrell the Fresh Expressions Coordinator for the Florida Annual Conference - firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Central District Fall Clergy Meeting has been rescheduled for January 9, 2017
Canterbury Retreat Center
1601 Alafaya Trail
Oviedo, FL 32765
Our schedule is 9 am - 4 pm with fellowship and morning refreshments beginning at 8:30 am. Rev. Janice Virtue will lead our time together. This is the new date for the meeting that was cancelled in October due to Hurrican Matthew. We are asking all clergy who are planning on attending to register, even if you had registered for the October meeting.