Navigating the Shift;
Blessing the World: Part Two
March 18-19, 2016 at
Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston
(Please note the change in location)
Together we are working to respond to the changes we are experiencing as People of Faith by prayerfully listening to God and adapting our lives and churches to live in this new reality.
We had one of the brightest minds of the church help us begin to interpret and engage the future God has for us when the Rev. Dr. Dwight Zscheile spoke to us in September. Dwight, professor of congregational and missional leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota is an Episcopal priest and the author of The People of the Way and The Agile Church. His engagement with and study of the realities the 21st Century Church helped us hear of the call of God to join God’s mission in the communities and neighborhoods where we live.
No matter the size, no matter the age, no matter the resources, every church has an opportunity to learn a new vocabulary and way of forming ourselves to honor our baptismal vows — individually and collectively.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina is pleased to announce a second opportunity to hear and interact with Dr. Zscheile. This engagement will be a presentation and workshop format designed to dig more deeply into the implications of being church in a time of change. Joining Dwight will be his wife, the Rev. Dr. Blair Pogue, Rector of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Teams from churches are encouraged to attend. Attendance at the first conference is not required.
Friday, March 18: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Coffee and Registration at 8:30 am
Saturday March 19: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration fee of $30 includes two lunches
Or mail registration info and a check ($30 per person) with “Navigating Conference” in the memo line to TECSC, P.O. Box 20485, Charleston SC 29413.
Meet Dwight Zscheile
Dwight Zscheile joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Stanford University, Calif., in 1995, having also attended Oxford University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn., in 1998. He completed the Doctor of Philosophy degree at Luther Seminary with a focus on congregational mission and leadership in 2008.
Zscheile is the author of The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective (with Craig Van Gelder; Baker Academic, 2011). He is the editor of Cultivating Sent Communities: Missional Spiritual Formation (Eerdmans, 2012). His essays and articles include “Disruptive Innovations and the Deinstitutionalization of Religion.” Journal of Religious Leadership, 14, no. 2 (Fall 2015), “From Establishment to Innovation: Rethinking Structure in a New Apostolic Age” in What Shall We Become: The Future and Structure of the Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, 2013), “Christian Biblical Understandings of Leadership” in The Sage Handbook of Religious Leadership (Sage, 2013), "A More True 'Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society': Toward a Missional Polity for the Episcopal Church" in The Missional Church and Denominations (Eerdmans 2008), "The Trinity, Leadership, and Power" (Journal of Religious Leadership 6, no. 2 (Fall 2007)), "Beyond Benevolence: Toward a Reframing of Mission in the Episcopal Church" (Journal of Anglican Studies 8, no. 1, 2010), and "Social Networking and Church Systems," Word and World Summer 2010. He has also contributed to WorkingPreacher.org and Leading Ideas, an online publication of Wesley Theological Seminary. Zscheile's doctoral thesis, "Reframing Mission," focused on a large-scale action-research intervention into a mainline denominational judicatory that mobilized grassroots members to address challenges of decline, crisis, and renewal.
Zscheile was ordained in The Episcopal Church in 2005 and has served on mission and leadership task forces in the Dioceses of Minnesota and Virginia. He served on the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church. Before coming to Luther, Zscheile was executive pastor at St. David's Episcopal Church, Ashburn, Va. He currently serves part-time as associate priest at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in St. Paul, alongside his wife, Blair Pogue, the rector. Zscheile has been involved in leadership roles in congregations in Connecticut, Virginia, and Minnesota.
The Rev. Dr. Blair Pogue has been the rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul since 2005. Before that she was the Associate Rector for Adult Christian Formation at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia. A desire to understand God’s missional nature as well as the changing nature of church leadership led her to undertake a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership and Mission at Luther Seminary. She grew up in a secular family in Southern California, and is interested helping those inside and outside the church participate in God’s life more fully by developing a biblical imagination and engaging in intentional spiritual practices including prayer, simplicity, discernment, hospitality, generosity, gratitude, and reconciliation. Before completing a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School in 2000, she was a doctoral candidate in American history at the College of William and Mary. In her free time she likes to read, play tennis, go to the theatre, and spend time with her husband Dwight and son Luke.
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