Convocation 2019

Save the Date - April 5-6, 2019

A collaboration between the Maine Conference UCC, the Maine Council of Churches, and The BTS Center

View recorded sessions of Convocation 2018 here.

At Convocation 2018 (Growing by Half: Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church), we explored how churches with part-time clergy are thriving when pastors & laity rethink roles and reimagine possibilities. But those shifts have ripple effects for the rest of the church ecosystem when they're put into practice. So how are these vital congregations rethinking or repurposing other assets - from buildings to budgets, training resources and community partnerships - in ways that provide for sustainable, impactful ministry on every level?

If your community wants to reach the next level of navigating the comprehensive organizational challenges and opportunities of part-time pastoral leadership, we believe Convocation 2019 can be a transformative experience for you and your community. Much more to come ...

Save the date: April 5 & 6, 2019. Location, title, and presenters will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned.

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash


  • 11/14/18 — The BTS Center is searching for a dynamic, creative, and visionary Executive Director (ED) to lead an organization with a unique and complex character – a non-profit start-up born of an historic educational institution. Learn more about position responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply, here.
  • 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 …
  • 10/29/18 — After four years on the staff of The BTS Center as Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Pamela Shellberg is leaving at the end of November for a new position in Madison, Wisconsin. Pam is looking ahead to being the Director of Life-Long Faith Formation at Bethel Lutheran Church – as well as looking forward to a return to Madison which was her home in the 1980s and 90s.  Read more …
  • 10/12/18 — SAVE the DATE:
    • CONVOCATION 2019
    • April 5-6
    • Theme and Location to be announced
    • In partnership with The Maine Conference UCC & the Maine Council of Churches


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