Invite Welcome Connect, created by Mary Parmer and developed first in the Diocese of Texas, is now a ministry of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.
Invite Welcome Connect is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church's hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Invite Welcome Connect has circulated throughout the Episcopal Church and, to date, has been implemented in 43 dioceses, at three Episcopal seminaries, and in three universities. Invite Welcome Connect has also been presented among the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and to the Anglican Church in Canada.
Designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes, the ministry crosses all social, economic boundaries, and explores the ways creativity and relational ministry go hand in hand in effecting culture change. The assessment tools, surveys, checklists, and ministry materials are designed to be adapted based on the interests and needs of a particular locale.
In speaking of her work, Mary Parmer writes, “We need to be agents of imagination in our communities and empower people to take risks, trying new things for the sake of the gospel. In order to expand this important work, a home for Invite Welcome Connect that honors this approach is needed. I am confident the Beecken Center is just the right place for this work to thrive, to develop, and to grow.”
As of July 1, 2017, Invite Welcome Connect is a proprietary, trademarked ministry, co-owned by Mary Parmer, its founder, and the University of the South. We are pleased with the community of users and participants in this ministry to date. With its arrival at the Beecken Center of the School of Theology in Sewanee, we are committed to a faithful oversight of the use of Invite Welcome Connect in dioceses and congregations.
We value your connectedness to this ministry. If you are presenting this material to an audience wider than your congregation, we request that you contact us. The University and the Beecken Center has assumed responsibility for credentialing facilitators and coaches for this ministry. Please be in touch with us at email@example.com
Meanwhile, if you are interested in scheduling an Invite Welcome Connect workshop or other event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to making this ministry a point of flourishing for the Church in the 21st century.