Mark DeVries: Sustainable Ministry Beyond the Offering Plate?

Date(s) - May 1, 2017
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

St. Andrew's Hall

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How Missional Entrepreneurship Can Turn Hair-Brained Ideas into Sustainable Ministry

 Millennials’ entrepreneurial spirit is widely touted, but the world’s first missional entrepreneurs may have been the early Christians, whose innovations contributed to the common good. As churches today wrestle with rapid cultural changes that have influenced institutional giving patterns, we are radically reimagining how Christian ministry is funded. Is it possible for nextgeneration leaders to follow in the footsteps of Issachar, who “knew the times and understood what should be done” (1 Chronicles 12:32)? Can congregations learn to faithfully “hack the giant hairball,” borrowing business principles for mission, without losing our souls…or our shirts?

Mark DeVries is the founder and president of Ministry Architects, the co-founder of Ministry Incubators, the author of Sustainable Youth Ministry, and the coauthor of Reimagining Young Adult Ministry (to be released in 2017). For 28 years, Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, Tennessee, where he continues to serve as a volunteer. Mark and his wife Susan have three grown children and three grandchildren.

When: May 1, 2017 9:30 am to 3 pm

Where: St. Andrew’s Hall 6040 Iona Drive, UBC

Cost: $20 per participant, includes lunch

Registration: Mavis Ho  / 604.822.9372




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