Invite Welcome Connect, a ministry of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, is hosting its fifth national Invite Welcome Connect Summit June 10-12, 2020 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Rooted in the gospel directive to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” Invite Welcome Connect utilizes the God-given resources of a community to help build the Body of Christ, providing a practical theological framework and comprehensive process for engaging communities in the all-important disciplines of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging.
The 2020 Summit will feature informative workshops led by seasoned practitioners of Invite Welcome Connect. The opening worship service will include a sermon by the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Delaware, who writes, “Invite Welcome Connect is a godsend, literally, in that every single bit of this work is rooted in the God-sent good news of Jesus Christ. Mary Parmer’s brilliance here is not that she has concocted a miracle cure for what ails the church. Rather, she refocuses our vision to the evangelistic roots of the faith: proclaim the Good News (invite) with intentional hospitality (welcome) and genuine affection for every human being (connect). This is biblical discipleship that strengthens the spirit and feeds the soul. We in Delaware have embraced Invite Welcome Connect wholeheartedly, and it shapes a great deal of the language and direction of our collective work. It has sparked renewed zeal for our proclamation of God’s love and reminded us again that the church, at its humble best, really can be the living, breathing body of Christ. Time and again, in this good work we are pointed back to Jesus.”