Get Started Trainings in March and April
“Get Started” is our foundational training event that is highly recommended for any church planning to start a Messy Church. The training is also helpful for Messy Churches looking to expand their leadership team or simply need a refresher to move from starting to sustaining a Messy Church.
This training is theoretical and practical. They will discover how the five foundational values and four components are used as building blocks to contextualize their Messy Church. The mini Messy Church experience helps teams to understand best practices in leading a Messy Church.
Saturday, March 11th in United in Faith Lutheran in Chicago, Illinois
Join Ronda Bower in Chicago, Il for an in person Get Started in Messy Church training. Ronda is Pastor Associate at Northfield Community Church where she has led a team of Messy Church leaders for a number of years. Ronda is also the current chair of Messy Church USA Board of Directors.
A big thank you to current Rev. Carla Thompson Powell who started a Messy Church at UIF last year after attending a training in South Bend, IN. She has moved on to a new role as the Associate to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission at the Metropolitan Chicago Synod ELCA yet the Messy Church team at UIF wants to move forward with offering a training! Learn more about the format of in person training at the website.
Online Get Started on April 18,19 & 20
Join Dr. Johannah Myers, Associate Director of Messy Church USA and Leyla Wagner, Membership Registrar for Messy Church USA for three consecutive nights of learning best practices to get started in Messy Church! Johannah serves as the Director of Family Ministry at Aldersgate United Methodist in Greenville, SC. Leyla helps to direct and teach at the Preschool of Community United Methodist in Huntington Beach, CA.
Our January online class liked the three consecutive night format so we are offering it again. Class will start at 4 pm (Pacific), 7 pm (Eastern). Each class is scheduled for 90 minutes. Learn more about the format at the website.
Saturday, April 29th in Freehold, New Jersey
We are pleased to be working with the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey who is sponsoring a training in Freehold, New Jersey on Saturday, April 29th. The training will be held at St Peter’s Church in Freehold, New Jersey. They are graciously opening the training to churches outside of their diocese. Lunch will be provided by the Diocese. Rev. Roberta J. Egli, Executive Director of Messy Church USA from Eugene, OR and Cathy Brackin, Messy Church USA ambassador, trainer and team leader for Holy Family Episcopal in Laurel Springs, New Jersey will lead this training.
The cost for this training is subsidized by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.