Gospel Call: Sample Agendas

Gospel Call: Agenda Outline

Faith renewal event offered in two-day or four-day programs

Gospel Call, a faith renewal event bringing Christians together for worship, community, and mission, is a parish mission with an ecumenical spin. Instead of just one preacher, there are two (a Catholic and a Protestant) and the co-sponsoring congregations in a neighborhood/area take turns hosting the various events. Gospel Call is now being offered in two models:

Gospel call…

  • increases awareness of the biblical call to unity in faith, worship, and mission
  • deepens Christians’ sense of identity and solidarity with one another
  • enables the co-sponsoring congregations to reframe mission in their area

Rev. Thomas Ryan, CSP and Rev. John Armstrong.

 
 
Model 1: Sunday to Wednesday

The missioners meet with the planning committee on Saturday to “walk through” the events. During the week:

Sunday

On Sunday the missioners split up and preach individually in as many of the services in the co-sponsoring congregations as is logistically possible.

5:00 p.m. Potluck Supper

7:30 p.m. Worship service (theme: Called) 
with singing, scriptural lesson, team preaching by missioners, and symbolic action.

 
Monday

Daytime Bible study

7:30 p.m. Worship service (theme: Life in Community)
with singing, scriptural lesson, team preaching by missioners, and symbolic action.
Followed by refreshments/ social.

 

Tuesday

Morning session on “Your Work as a Spiritual Path”

7:30 p.m. Worship service (theme: Sent)
with singing, scriptural lesson, team preaching by missioners, and symbolic action.
Followed by refreshments/social.

 

Wednesday

12:00 p.m.-1:30pm Spiritual Gifts We Offer One Another 
Presentation and discussion with lunch

7:00 p.m. Theme: Together in Mission
Members of the co-sponsoring congregations involved in ministries such as adult education, youth ministry, social justice outreach, care of the sick meet to share with one another what they’re doing, the resources/methods they find helpful, and whether there is anything in which they might be able to act together or support each other’s efforts. Missioners facilitate debriefing. Evening opens and closes with brief period of worship and song.
Followed by social.

Cost: $2500, plus transportation, room and board

 

Model 2: Saturday and Sunday
Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In the morning the missioners will lead a bible study on our call to unity, followed by a session on the spiritual gifts offered by the different traditions of Christian faith. After lunch, participants will engage in discussions in interest groups relating to adult education, social justice outreach, youth ministry, and care givers. The afternoon will end with a worship service on the theme of Life in Community, with singing, scriptural lesson, team preaching by missioners, and a symbolic action.

Sunday

The missioners preach individually in as many of the services in the co-sponsoring congregations as is logistically possible.

5:30 Potluck

7:00 Worship service (theme: Sent) 
with singing, scriptural lesson, team preaching by missioners, and symbolic action.

Cost: $1800, plus transportation, room and board

 

About the Missioners:

Rev. Thomas Ryan, CSP, served 14 years as director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and 5 years founder-director of Unitas, an ecumenical center for spirituality, before answering the call of his Paulist community in 2000 to establish and develop the work of a Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C. Tom is the author of fourteen books and over 125 articles in a wide variety of journals, and editor of the quarterly online journal Koinonia.

Rev. Dr. John Armstrong is the president and founder of ACT 3 Network, a mission for empowering leaders and churches for unity in Christ’s mission. He is a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. He is also an adjunct professor of mission at Wheaton College Graduate School and the author/editor of thirteen books, including Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission Is Vital to the Future of the Church and The Unity Factor: One Lord, One Church, One Mission.  www.act3network.com

If you are interested in this faith renewal event for a cluster of local congregations in your town or city, contact Tom Ryan at 202-269-2511 or  tomryan@paulist.org.