We may be in a time of numerical decline among denominations, yet the church has a grand opportunity for spiritual deepening. Now is the time to reclaim the traditional path of discipleship—through a faith formation process known as the Catechumenate. This ancient/future way of learning and creating disciples invites us to hear one another’s stories in the light of God’s story. It is a baptismal journey with Jesus that is life-giving and transforming—not only for individuals but for entire faith communities.
You are invited to experience this simple yet profound way of making disciples at a Training Institute being held May 4-6, 2017 in Arden, North Carolina. The event for pastors, seminarians, and lay leaders is co-sponsored by Journey to Baptismal Living (NAAC) and the North Carolina Synod (ELCA). Bring a team and be immersed in the movements and worship rites of the Catechumenate. Every participant receives a training manual and free copy of Go Make Disciples: An Invitation to Baptismal Living (Augsburg Fortress) that will help you introduce this discipling process to your congregation.
The Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden—located near the Asheville airport—is hosting the training institute. Because of a synodical grant, registration (including meals, program, and materials) is being offered at the low cost of $175 per person (or $125 to the first 25 people who register). Housing is available at the discounted conference rate of $89 per night at the nearby Mountain Inn and Suites Airport Hotel—but rates are only guaranteed through April 4, 2017 by calling 828-684-0040.
Full scholarships (including housing) are available for students/seminarians. For more information contact Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-684-0352. One can register online or download a brochure with registration form at the NAAC website: www.catechumenate.org.