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Unleashing the Power is a North American program intended to combine spiritual formation and practical skill-building to energize and equip Friends in nurturing healthy and faithful congregations.

Nine virtual workshops are proposed for 2022–2023.
Most, if not all, of the series workshops will be an hour-and-a-half in length and held on a weekday evening. Beginning in October 2022, these monthly Zoom workshops will cover topics such as the following:

• Community ministries (shelters, tutoring programs, food pantries, etc.)    
• Having grounded conversations across differences    
• Conflict within congregations    
• Gifts and leadings and how these can guide nominations and service in the Meeting    
• Small congregations    
• Children’s ministries    
• How congregations can be supportive of parents    
• Hybrid worship communities and the implications of this beyond worship    
• Faithful closure for congregations reaching the natural end of their life cycle

We hope that many of our North American churches and Meetings will send one or more members to each of these workshops. Dates, facilitators, and registration information are coming soon, and we will all be enriched by the presence of Friends throughout North America.

“…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”— Ephesians 4:12-16


March 2023

Faithful Always: Adjusting Meeting Structures to Flourish as Who We Are Today

Emily Provance

Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m. ET

Many North American Meetings have changed a great deal in the past ten to twenty years. A lot of our numbers are smaller. In this gathering, we’ll talk through many of the ways in which Meetings and churches can faithfully adjust to changing conditions. We’ll touch on each of the following areas, spending extra time on those that are of the most interest to Friends who are present:

• Rethinking our distribution of responsibilities among members—do we really need all the same committees and positions we used to?
• Adjusting from a full-time pastor to a part-time pastor—how does the relationship change to honor the released minister’s part-time status?
• Becoming a Meeting without a pastor—how can a church make the shift from having to not having staff?
• Reassessing our relationship with property—is it time to think about selling our building, or maybe consider sharing it with others in new ways?
• Combining congregations—what are some of the different ways in which this can be approached?
• Changing a Meeting’s status—could there be times when a congregation is called to transition to a virtual Meeting, or maybe a house church? What would those transitions be like?
• Considering legacy—how could a congregation respond faithfully to the need to close, and how could the Meeting’s ministries be honored in closing?

The gathering will focus on recognizing who we are as congregations now and finding the institutional structures most likely to support the work to which God calls us.


April 2023

Hybrid Meetings

David Coletta

Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m. ET

If we are called "to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ," is this the same when part of our body is on the internet? How so? And what is different?

While this workshop may address a few technical questions, the majority of the emphasis will be on the spiritual aspects of how worship and other meeting activities unfold in a hybrid (partly online, partly in-person) setting.


May 2023

Connecting to your Local Community through Community Service

Gar Mickelson

Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m. ET

Have you ever had a burning desire to serve within your local community in some way, but really didn’t know how to get started? This workshop will provide practical insights for you to consider as you navigate your way forward to rewarding, impactful, and sustainable service. This workshop will discuss community networks, community systems, and community organizations that are present in every community—how they work, and how to connect with them. This workshop will also touch on how to see service to community as an exercise in real-time discipleship, and how this shapes and transforms our spirituality.

Pastor Gar Mickelson has been bridging the gap between the Church and local communities over the last 25 years of ministry. Street side, Gar has provided catalyst leadership for numerous local outreach initiatives in his local community including hands on work with at-risk youth, returning citizens from prison, isolated seniors, addicts, those stuck in cyclical poverty, and street homeless. Church side, Gar has provided training and discipleship to hundreds of volunteers in his local community, and throughout the Pacific Northwest, through his practical workshops and coaching.