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

Education for Ministry (EfM) graduates will gather in a Circles of Trust® format at the beautiful St. Mary's Sewanee retreat center in Sewanee, Tenn. to delve into the significance of individual talents as indicated by the Gallup StrengthsFinder® (SF) assessment. Elsa Bakkum, EfM associate director for training will facilitate.

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The Art of Teaching Spiritual Discernment: A Listening Hearts Lenten Retreat

The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center, the retreat will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.

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Living Compass Congregational Wellness Advocate Training

Join us at this Living Compass training at the Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tenn. Feb. 7–9, 2018 to learn and plan how to use Living Compass materials in your ministry location. In this Certified Congregational Wellness Advocate (CWA) training, you will learn how to enhance your congregation’s vitality by beginning or expanding a wellness ministry in your church. Certification requires completion of this training plus leading two Living Compass programs within one year of having completed the training.

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