Growing by Half: Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church

A collaboration of the Maine Conference UCC and The BTS Center


Friday, April 20, 2018:


368 Fore Street, Portland ME 04101

Time Description
12:00pm Convocation Registration opens
1:30pm Welcome
2:00pm Gathering and Grounding – Dr. Pamela Shellberg
“Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision he had seen.” (Acts 10:17)  

We gather to ground the convocation in the story of Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10), to discern its biblical wisdom for our own times of great puzzlement.
3:00pm Break

Keynote – G. Jeffery MacDonald
When congregations shift from full to part-time clergy and then experience new growth, how do they do it? Journalist and part-time UCC pastor G. Jeffrey MacDonald will share insights and lessons from 20 vital mainline congregations that have found new vitality after making the shift. Having visited all of them with support from a grant from The BTS Center, he’ll explain how strategic adjustments have borne fruit from Maine to Nevada and how they can be applied more widely.

4:30pm Dinner on your own
7:00pm Evening Program – A late night talk show format with Jeff MacDonald and guests (and a cash bar)



Saturday, April 21, 2018:


Southern Maine Community College 
2 fort rd, south portland me 04106

Time  Description
8:45am Gathering and Welcome
9:00am Introducing 3 Approaches to Part-time Ministry
9:15am PechaKuchas – hearing from 3 communities
10:30am Break
10:45am Workshop first session – click here for details
12:00pm Lunch
1:15pm Workshop second session – click here for details
2:30pm Break
2:45pm Workshop third session – click here for details
4:00pm Break
4:15pm Re-Gathering & Closing
4:45pm  Dinner on your own
7:00pm  Evening options – We will have some engaging options for you to consider. But this can be your free time, too!



Sunday, April 22, 2018:


Mariner’s Church Banquet Center 
368 Fore Street, Portland ME 04101

Time  Description
8:45am Re-Gathering with Coffee and Muffins

Keynote 2 – G. Jeffery MacDonald
Jeff MacDonald will share reflections on his personal journey in part-time ministry. He’ll share thoughts on what’s been both challenging and rewarding about serving in a role that isn’t always well-understood, either in church circles or beyond. How can part-time ministry be a pragmatic vocation in a gig economy? Jeff is living it and hopes you’ll join in the conversation.

10:00am Refreshments
10:15am Worship


Click here to register for the 2018 Convocation.