Convocation 2019


Saturday, April 6, 2019 
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine
A collaboration of the Maine Conference UCCthe Maine Council of Churches, and The BTS Center
Brave Change: Courageous Churches is a one-day gathering for those who want to bravely lead change in their church with prayer and planning. Whether it is grappling with helping our communities make sense of the large-scale reality of shifts in the global climate, the challenges of the opioid epidemic, or navigating the everyday ups and downs of contemporary congregational life, as leaders in ministry we intimately know that we are serving in moments of powerful, disruptive transformation.
When we do not know how to best proceed, uncertainty can make us fearful. Sometimes we feel stuck and unsure of ourselves. And yet, we also remember Paul’s words to Timothy, “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
We will talk about grief, hope, and the reality that discerning a way forward often means needing to let go of some things that are holding us back. We will hear from some exciting bright spots of change, think about the ways in which our context needs to shift, and begin to consider concrete steps for what might come next.
By the time the day is done participants will consider:
  • How to lead with the courage to take the risks you know you need to take.
  • How to begin to make plans that lead to change in your organization.
  • Tools, resources, and models that can help you with that transformation.
Change is inevitable, growth is optional. So it's said. One change in this year's Convocation is that we've moved to a one-day event in response to the constraints of time and funds many church leaders are facing. We also anticipate live streaming some elements of the event.
We have been asking you to save this date, and hope you'll now be ready to mark your calendar in ink.

Learn more about past Convocation events:

Convocation 2018

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Convocation 2017

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Convocation 2016

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Convocation 2015

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  • 2/5/19 — Convocation 2019 registration page is now open. Brave Change: Courageous Churches will be held on April 6, 2019 at the Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine. Click here to learn more and register.
  • 11/13/18 — The Board of Trustees of The BTS Center announces the retirement of our Executive Director, The Reverend Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood, effective June 2019, which will conclude eight years of leading Bangor Seminary and its transition to The BTS Center. The Board will more fully celebrate Bob’s leadership closer to his retirement date. For now, we are extremely grateful to him for his dedication to and passion for the work of The BTS Center.  Read more …


In “Practicing Gratitude and Healing,” G. Jeffrey MacDonald shares that through turning outward to focus on the needs of the world, one can find gratitude and healing.

In “Where Does the Religion Classroom Begin?” Corinna Guerrero comments on the reality of people’s hunger for religious knowledge and truth.

In “God was a Refugee,” Robin Denney reminds us of the beautiful and radical gift of the Incarnation. She states that the beating heart of ministry is found in God’s real, human presence in each of our lives.