VocationCARE consists of communal practices through which congregations and other spiritual communities design and enact new ministries. VocationCARE helps individuals and communities construct a route into the heart of that mystery that Christians refer to as vocation or our unique calling from God in our time and in the particular circumstances of our lives.

When congregational or ministry teams practice VocationCARE they tap into a deep collective heart force that we call leadership, or compassionate engagement. The Source for this is within each of us by virtue of our Baptism.

The VocationCARE practices provide a framework for taking deep dives into that zone regularly as a community. This is a clarifying, unifying, and fortifying experience for those engaged in discernment.  The CARE practices are a renewable resource and can be re-enacted in the ministries you will engage over and over as they are the tether that not only sustains discernment but also assists your engagement of ministry.

Beecken Center News

Invite*Welcome*Connect Becomes a Program of the Beecken Center

May 25, 2017

Invite*Welcome*Connect, created by Mary Parmer and developed through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Newcomer Ministry Project, is a transformational ministry that equips and empowers congregations and individuals to cultivate intentional practices of evangelism, hospitality, and connectedness rooted in the gospel imperative to, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Designed to accommodate congregations of all sizes, the work has been integrated into 40 dioceses in The Episcopal Church, seminaries, colleges, and other parts of the Anglican Communion. The Beecken Center will host the third Invite*Welcome*Connect summit in 2018, date and location to be announced.

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The Bible Challenge: Renew Faith and Inform Imagination

May 13, 2015

The Bible Challenge offers an option not only for private study but also for congregations to explore together how this ancient and fundamentally informing text, so taken for granted, so often used for good and ill, still has power for Christians to renew their faith and inform their imagination. The Bible Challenge, which offers a year-long course of study for churches and individuals to daily engage the Old and New Testaments, has been an instrument not only for scriptural literacy but also for awakening the immense human hunger for “the abundant life.” This path offers an opportunity to see beyond scripture as a set of prescriptions for the human condition or propositions to be explored: to see into the reality of Scripture as a record of divine-human relationships and to see ourselves as invited inside this great mystery.

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Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership

What do you get when you enter into holy conversations? What do you experience when you seek to listen from the spiritual heart rather than the ego-centered place of ambition, competition, and demand? What do you get when nearly thirty people–both lay and ordained–from seven states come together to share their experiences of ministry? You get the incredible space that was initiated in the first Practicing Mind-in-Heart Spiritual Leadership workshop, held at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tenn.

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Beecken Center Events

Using Your Strengths for Ministry: 2018 EfM Graduates Retreat

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Progoff Intensive Journal Workshop

Join us at the DuBose Conference Center this October–November as we explore the Progoff Journaling method and work toward generating creativity, imagination, and purpose through an integrated system of writing exercises. You will gain insight into many different dimensions of your life, including personal relationships, career, health, your dreams, and life’s meaning.

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