Beecken Center Offers Continuing Education Opportunity


The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South is offering a new continuing education opportunity for clergy and lay persons of all denominations. Engaging Ministry: Practices of Prayer, Worship, and Community will explore two aspects of congregational vitality: cultivating practices that invite Christ’s indwelling presence in both ordained leaders and in communities, and processes for creating dynamic and transformative worship that stirs the senses and opens the heart.

This two-part workshop will be held Jan. 30–Feb. 1, on the University’s campus in Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants will leave refreshed, inspired, and better equipped to form faith communities that are spiritually vital and alive, and with ideas and tools for creating non-traditional worship.

 Part 1, The Heart of Ministry: Deepening Practice, Deepening Community, will be led by the Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia, and will focus on how practices of prayer can nurture leadership and help communities listen more deeply to the Spirit’s indwelling presence.

Part 2, Entering the Mystery: Planning Non-Traditional Worship, will be facilitated by Kate Eaton, president and founder of Mishkhah, an organization devoted to inspiring new visions for worship through the arts, music, movement, and interaction. Kate will lead participants through a four-phase process for creating engaging worship on an on-going basis that is life-giving for a group of people responsible for carrying out the service week to week.

“We may live in a time when we see a decline in religious affiliation,” says Beecken Center Executive Director Sheri Kling, “but those churches that are growing seem to share several characteristics: they are described as ‘spiritually vital and alive’ and worship is experienced as ‘joyful’ and ‘vibrant.’ We offer this Engaging Ministry event in the hope that we can help clergy and lay leaders create such communities.”

Participants may register for one or both segments. For more information and to register, visit <>.