Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Shane Hipps to lead workshops on faith in a media culture.

"Navigating the Technological Storm: Leadership and Faith in a Media-Drenched Culture" is the title of a pair of workshops scheduled for early November in Pennsylvania, to be presented by Shane Hipps. The workshops are offered on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chambersburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, and on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Carlisle (Pa.) Church of the Brethren.

The events are sponsored jointly by the Church of the Brethren General Board’s Congregational Life Team, Area 1, along with Atlantic Northeast District, Mid-Atlantic District, Middle Pennsylvania District, Southern Pennsylvania District, Western Pennsylvania District, and the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center.

Hipps is pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church in Phoenix, Ariz., and previously was a strategic planner in advertising who worked on a multimillion dollar communications plan for Porsche. He is a contributor to "Leadership Journal," host of a "Third-Way Faith" podcast on, and author of "The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel, and Church" (go to Hipps will speak on the broader impact of the electronic culture on the church.

"This is an event for pastors and laity concerned with the changing cultural realities and how we stay connected to the spiritual heritage of the Church of the Brethren," said an announcement of the workshops. "We live in a media-drenched culture, confronted with a legion of options for how to communicate, how to be more productive, and how to be entertained from blogs and Blackberrys to plasma screens and iPods. Nearly every aspect of culture and the church are altered by them.... Amid these perpetual changes, the challenge of leading God’s people has never been greater."

The individual registration fee is $35 for pastors, $25 for laity. An "early bird" group discount registration rate is offered for a church that sends a pastor and three or more laity, saving $5 per person. Register by Sept. 28 to receive the group discount. Registration includes the workshop, lunch, and .5 continuing education credit for pastors.

To register, go to For more information contact Stan Dueck, Congregational Life Team, Area 1, 717-335-3226,

Source: 7/19/2007 Newsline Extra

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