The Evangelism Commission of the Diocese of Florida presents this transformational workshop at Christ Episcopal Church on May 18. Registration fee is $25. Breakfast and lunch are included.
Invite Welcome Connect, created by Mary Parmer and developed first in the Diocese of Texas, is now a ministry of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.
Invite Welcome Connect equips and empowers clergy and lay leaders to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging, rooted in the Gospel imperative to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). It is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship, and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church’s hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Invite Welcome Connect has been presented in in 50 Episcopal dioceses, Episcopal seminaries, universities, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and the Anglican Church in Canada. This transformational relational evangelism method has brought new energy and spirit to congregations and sustained real growth where the essentials of Invite Welcome Connect are followed.
Invite Welcome Connect was born out of Mary Parmer’s 10-year experience as Director of Evangelism & Adult Ministries at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont, Texas, where she began creating and developing a newcomer ministry. This initial framework, entitled “Sacred Connection” and then “Invitation, Welcome, Connection” was piloted in 2010 in four Episcopal Diocese of Texas congregations through the Newcomer Ministry Project.
Mary Parmer Bio
Mary Parmer, creator and director of Invite Welcome Connect, formerly served as director of the Gathering of Leaders, a leadership group for young Episcopal clergy. Mary has served as a Lay Deputy to the last four General Conventions and served on the Task Force on Clergy Leadership Formation in Small Churches (GC 2015-A045). She holds a degree in Religious Studies from St. Edwards University in Austin and formerly served as Director of Adult Ministries & Evangelism at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont, Texas. Ms. Parmer has two grown children and six young grandchildren, builds stone labyrinths, and spends her time away from work hiking and reading.