Our Story

Mary Parmer

Founder and Director
Invite Welcome Connect

Invite Welcome Connect is a ministry of transformation that equips and empowers individuals and congregations to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging. Rooted in the Gospel directive to “Go and make disciples of all nations” this ministry provides a practical theological framework and comprehensive process for engaging communities of faith to move from a maintenance culture to a gospel driven mission culture. 

 

Designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes, Invite Welcome Connect crosses all social and economic boundaries and explores the ways creativity and relational ministry go hand in hand in effecting cultural change. Invite Welcome Connect relies on the collaborative creativity of clergy and laity who choose to actively and intentionally embody the principles of hospitality, making this method adaptable to any parish, age group, or location. Invite Welcome Connect has established a certified facilitator and coach training that will identify gifted teachers and leaders who will support the implementation of this ministry.


Invite Welcome Connect has circulated throughout The Episcopal Church and has been presented in 60+ dioceses, three seminaries, three universities, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and the Anglican Church in Canada. The award-winning book, Invite Welcome Connect: Stories & Tools to Transform Your Church, was published by Forward Movement in 2018.

The Beecken Center of The School of Theology
The University of the South
335 Tennessee Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-0001