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Holy Shift: Innovation and Our Story

Oct 20
Holy Shift: Innovation and Our Story

What is the future of Church in the 21st century and how do we tell the story of our faith in this context?

Holy Shift is a dynamic learning conference for congregation members, staff and clergy to share ideas, connect and dream about the unfolding of Spirit in their communities. Held in Parksville at Knox United on Oct 20-22, this year’s event features Beth Ann Estock, author of Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century, and Kelli Walker-Jones, author of Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership. Beth Ann’s book meshes spiral dynamics with analysis and examples of new expressions of faith communities in the 21st century. A must-read for anyone daring to innovate!

Knowing your story is an essential component of effective leadership, but finding your story among the myriad narratives that fill your life isn’t a simple task. Kelli Walker-Jones offers a path to finding your own story amid the powerful family and cultural narratives that may be obscuring your vision. Her work as a minister and educator at Duke Divinity has led her to show leaders how to explore their story of reality, tell it to other group members, and consider how it can be used as a resource for leadership.

Other workshops will include: Right relationships- working with First Nations communities, Adaptive leadership, Building your discipleship programs, Church plants and intentional Christian communities, and more!

Deep discounts for groups of 7 or more.  Click here to register. If you are looking for a hotel for the event, we have secured a discounted rate of $79 for a regular room and $99 for an oceanview room at the Quality Resort Bayside. The Group Account number is 3028135. To get these rates folks need to phone the hotel at 250-248-8333.

Questions? Contact Rhian at

Conference Agenda

Friday, October 20, 2017

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Music rehearsal (if needed)

Music & Worship (Jeff Poynter of Cadboro Bay)

Beth-Ann Estock, Keynote Speaker: Church in the 21st Century

Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Music rehearsal (if needed)

Music with worship

Kelli Walker Jones, Keynote Speaker: Storytelling: the Cradle of  Leadership

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

(please choose one workshop to attend)

Rev Kelli Walker Jones: “Practices for Narrative Leadership” 

Location:  Sanctuary


Rev Meagan Crosby-Shearer and Rev Rob Crosby-Shearer: “Church plants and intentional Christian communities-The Emmaus and Abbey in Victoria

Location: Sunday School 1-2


Rev Dave Anderson: “Still practicing Jesus: discipleship for          the liberal church”

Location:  Lounge 50

Rev Rhian Walker: “What next? Uncovering your congregation’s new vision and mission”

Location: Chapel 12


Beth-Ann Estock- Private ½ hour coaching sessions          Location: Office room

 Pastoral care room: Filming

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

(please choose one workshop to attend)

Beth-Ann Estock: “Making your critical shift and understanding your mission”

Location:  Sanctuary

Rev Keith Howard and Rev Beth Walker: “(Re)New Ministry: pressing restart and the Fairfield United experience”

Location: Sunday School 1-2

Kelli-Walker Jones- Private ½ hour coaching sessions     Location: Office room

Pastoral Care room: Filming

3:00 PM-3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Panel discussion: What can we imagine for churches in the 21st Century?

Megan and Rob Crosby-Shearer of the Emmaus Community, Beth-Ann Estock, Jennifer Ferguson of Knox United, Philip Spencer of Qualicum United

Moderator Rev. Rhian Walker

Megan and Rob Crosby-Shearer to lead closing music

5:30 PM-6:30 PM DINNER
7:00 PM-9:00 PM Social Night at the Quality Inn Ballroom

Sunday, October 22, 2017

9:15 AM Music rehearsal (if needed)
10:00 AM-11:30 AM Kelli Walker Jones, Guest Worship Leader. Rev Jennifer Ferguson presiding.
11:30 AM Light lunch to be eaten in place or taken for travel

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop with Kelli Walker-Jones
“Practices for Narrative Leadership”

In every situation, there is always more than one story at play. Knowing your story is an essential component of effective leadership, but finding your story among the myriad narratives that fill your life isn’t a simple task.

In this workshop, gain the skills to tease out the stories in your congregation and community, as well as learn to tell your own, so that you have a powerful tool for engagement!

Workshop with Rev Megan Crosby-Shears and Rob Crosby-Shears
“Church plants and intentional Christian communities-The Emmaus and Abbey in Victoria”

Start a brand new church plant and intentional community, complete with a social enterprise brewery? Sure, why not? Meagan and Rob will walk you through the trials, blessings, tribulations and moments of grace in their journey of creating a new spiritual community in Victoria.

Hear candid conversation about what assumptions worked and what didn’t, tips on the questions to ask before you get started, and a chance to ask those burning questions you have been wondering about when it comes to starting your own new community!

Workshop with Rev Dave Anderson
“Still practicing Jesus: discipleship for the liberal church”

Since the demise of Christendom, the mainline church has been casting about in an effort to rediscover both its purpose and direction. Many churches have found answers in the early church’s discipleship paradigm as a faithful and fruitful focus for congregational ministry.

This workshop will provide you with an understanding of the discipleship model in our time, as well as concrete material about to implement it in your church, including Dave Anderson and Richard Bott’s UNITED Spiritual Practices and associated programs.

Workshop with Rev Rhian Walker
“What next? Uncovering your congregation’s new vision and mission”

So you are ready for a change, but now what? This workshop will walk you through some tools and processes to help your congregation understand what might be next for its mission, purpose and community.

Using tools that include asset mapping, storytelling, and complexity theory, this is a surprisingly quick and simple way to get a sense of what might be rich and alive for your community. And oh yes, it will be fun too…

Workshop with Beth-Ann Estock
“Making your critical shift and understanding your mission”

What is the future of your church? While there is no one answer, Beth-Ann’s research shows us the various possibilities that have been tried and tested in the North American context.
Using her research, this workshop will help you better understand the culture and longings of your church and your community, and start your visioning process for what might be the next phase for your church.

Workshop with Rev Minnie Hornidge and Brenda West
“Working in Right Relationship alongside First Nations communities”

What does the journey to Right Relationship with First Nations communities look like when we actually practice it in our neighbourhoods? Minnie and Brenda use storytelling and honestly to explore the very vulnerable and transformative space that trying to live out Right Relationship created for Alberni United and its neighbours.

Get inspired to start your own process and begin on a journey of discovery, release and healing.

Rev Keith Howard and Rev Beth Walker
“(Re)New Ministry: pressing restart and the Fairfield United experience”

This workshop will introduce a model for use by those wishing to start or restart a congregational ministry. Participants will explore, in detail, one dimension of the larger model. The experience of Fairfield United Church will provide an on-the-ground example against which to test the model.

You will leave with worksheets, questions and exercises that will help you “jump start” the process of congregational reformation in your own community!