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Inviting People into God's Goodness

Inviting People into God's Goodness

March 2, 2019 | Birmingham First, A United Methodist Church
1589 West Maple Road
, Birmingham, MI 48009

We try so hard. We put on big events to attract people. We advertise. We offer specialized programs to reach specific audiences. We try to be friendly when people show up. We individually invite people to join us at church. And, in the end, we know it is just a simple matter of relating to people in an authentic way that shows our faith in a real and simple way. Yet, for all this, inviting people into God’s goodness remains maddeningly elusive and ineffectual for many of our congregations. Why? 

Inviting people into God’s goodness and experiencing God’s grace go hand-in-hand with each other. We invite with the hope that people will experience God's grace. Without a clear ability to articulate what we mean by grace, we are aimless in our invitation efforts. We cannot talk about our faith individually or equip people to go deeper in their faith as a congregation because we do not know how to define the goodness that we want them to experience.

During our time together, Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale will help us clarify what we believe God’s grace is and then operationalize that to extend invitations. In doing this, we will find ways that we can be more comfortable sharing our faith individually and more effective, drawing people deeper into God’s grace as a congregation.

On March 3rd, Dr. Teasdale will also be preaching at Birmingham First’s 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. services.  All are welcome.


Registration and Childcare

Registration Fee: $15

If you are local to Birmingham First, you can visit the church to complete a paper registration form if you don't want to register with the online form. You can also register the day of the event.

Free childcare is available for children birth-4 years old. Please make your reservation by contacting Amanda O'Gorman at 248-646-6407 extension 3141 or email Reservations will be accepted until Tuesday, February 26th. Please bring a nut-free snack and lunch for your child.  



Schedule | March 2, 2019

8:15 a.m.          Registration and Materials Pick Up, Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.          Greetings from Rev. Elbert Dulworth of Birmingham First United Methodist Church and from President Lallene J. Rector of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

9:00 a.m.          Inviting People into God's Goodness with Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

10:30 a.m.         Break

10:45 a.m.         Workshop continued

12:00 p.m.        Worshop concludes

12:15 p.m.        Garrett-Evangelical Luncheon for Garrett-Evangelical alums, friends, current and prospective students, trustees, faculty, and staff

Workshop Leader: Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale

Rev. Dr. Mark TeasdaleRev. Dr. Mark Teasdale

Mark R. Teasdale is a professor, author, and pastor who focuses on evangelism, church leadership, mission, discipleship, and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. He currently teaches at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and has lectured at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Southern Methodist University, and Wesley Theological Seminary. In addition, he has been privileged to consult with several local churches and denominational bodies, including the cabinet of the Methodist Church (Lower Myanmar) and the Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church.

He is the President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) and served for six years as the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education.