Video and Resources from Transforming Congregations - Engaging Communities Conference

View the outstanding preaching that captivated the audience at the Evangelism conference in Detroit 2-5 November 2011. 

Use these segments to encourage and excite your church to move forward with planning new evangelism ministries.  Suggested questions to ask after viewing each segment are:

  • What does this message say to me and my congregation?
  • How does this message challenge me and my congregation to understand evangelism and community outreach differently?
  • What best practices did I hear in this message on: creating a culture of extravagant welcome, growing spiritually, and reaching out to our community and neighbors?

Also available are some of the handouts from the various workshops.

Sermon manuscript from Rev. Dr. Marian Plant - Jesus Has Left the Building

Workshop by Rev. Jamesetta Ferguson, From Death's Door to Abundant Life - Recognize that what seems small to you in God's hands can translate into abundant life.

Workshop by Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, Effective, Affordable, Entrepreneurial Ministry - Discover ways to move from 'church as usual' to 'church unusual' and how to afford to do it. Also included: Just Abundance.

Workshop by Dr. Alan Hoback and Rev. Stephen Archer, Stewardship is Green - Greening a building is good stewardship. Save money and the environment. Other resources from this workshop: Lights, Tips, Work Sheet.

Presenters include

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, Senior pastor of City of Refuge UCC, San Francisco, CA and the presiding Bishop of The Fellowship For Affirming Ministries

Rev. Dr. Marina Plant, Associate Professor and Schauffler Chair of Ministry Studies, Coordinator, Design for Leadership, Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio

Rev. Eric Hoey, Director for Evangelism and Church Growth of the General Assembly Council for the Presbyterian Church USA, Louisville, Kentucky

Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister for Local Church Ministries United Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio

Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, President, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois

Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Senior Pastor Fellowship Chapel UCC, and President of the Detroit Chapter NAACP, Detroit Michigan

Rev. DaVita McCallister, Associate Conference Minister for Youth and Young Adults in the Connecticut Conference UCC

Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Professor of Systematic Theology Neal and Ila Fisher Chair of Theology Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston Illinois

Rev. David Schoen, Team Leader, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio


Rev. David C. Schoen
Minister and Team Leader, Congregational Assessment, Support & Advancement (CASA)
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115