Please note: The Agenda is subject to minor content modification.

Friday, October 31, 2014

1:30 p.m.              Registration opens
3:00 p.m.              Brief welcome
3:45 p.m.              Break
4:00 p.m.              Welcome, Introductions and Orientation

        Ms. Melissa Wiginton, Vice President for Education Beyond the Walls, Austin Seminary
        Rev. Don West, Moderator (APT)
        Rev. Ed Hook, President (NASSAM)

4:15 p.m.              Telling the Tentmaker Story
5:30 p.m.              Dinner
6:30 p.m.              Evening Prayer
6:45 p.m.              Telling the Tentmaker Story (continued)
8:15 p.m.              Meeting adjourns … Social time begins

Saturday, November 1

8:00 a.m.              Breakfast available.
8:45 a.m.              Morning Prayer
9:00 a.m.              Ordination & ‘Secular’ Work:  Why, How & So What?
        Adrienne Hymes, senior student at Episcopal Seminary, Alexandria, VA., author of thesis on tentmakers                     and chaplaincies in London, UK

  •   Describe your Tentmaking Ministry.
  •   Why do you need to be ordained for Tentmaking Ministry?
  •   How is “ministry” carried out?
  •   What difference does Tentmaking Ministry make?

            Followed by Q&A and general discussion
10:15 a.m.            Break
10:30 a.m.            Plenary Session followed by small-group discussion
Noon                     Lunch
1:00 p.m.              Views of Tentmaking Ministry

        Rev. Caz Minter, Pastor, Live Oak Church Austin and Director of the Austin Chapter of presbyinnovate
        Ms. Demi Prentiss, Ministry Developer & Stewardship Officer, Diocese of Fort Worth
        Rev. Ruben Saenz, Executive Director for New Church Development and Transformation, Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
        Rev. Vera Karn White, Associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA

  • What role do you see Tentmaking Ministry playing today?
  • What role(s) could you envision for the future?
  • What challenges need to be met for this vision to be realized?
  • What impact would the expansion of Tentmaking Ministry have on seminaries and the shape of theological education? church governance? congregations? the institutional church as a whole?

            Followed by panel interaction and Q & A
2:30 p.m.              Break
2:50 p.m.              Deployment of Tentmakers:  Abuses and Creative Uses

      Presentation by panel of four Tentmakers

  • What abuses have you observed or experienced?
  • What creative uses have you experienced? observed? envisioned?

            Followed by small-group brainstorming
5:00 p.m.              Break
5:15 p.m.              Evening Prayer
5:30 p.m.              Dinner
6:30 p.m.              General Session for General Business
                            England’s Chrism report  * Award  * 2015 conference possibilities
7:30 p.m.              Break
7:45 p.m.              Outer Fringe or Cutting Edge?

  • Reports from small-group afternoon discussions on Abuses & Creative Uses
  • Small-group discussion:  Is Tentmaking Ministry Outer Fringe or Cutting Edge … and Why?
  • Reports from small groups
  • General Discussion: So what?

9:00 p.m.              Social time

Sunday, November 2

8:00 a.m.              Breakfast
8:45 a.m.              Wrapping It Up and Taking It Home

  • What’s your take-away?
  • What two things might you continue to do, start doing, or do differently as a result of this conference?

9:20 a.m.              Break
9:30 a.m.              APT/NASSAM Business Meetings
10:45 a.m.            Break
11:00 a.m.            Communion Service with Homily
Noon                     Adjourn