February 23, 2018

UNEXPECTED – Bishop’s Convocation 2018 @Indian Wells

September 11, 2018 -


Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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About the Convocation: Get ready for an exciting and insightful session into revealing Unexpected life in our own discipleship with our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Frank Rogers, Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy at Claremont School of Theology!

Dr. Rogers is the co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology. His research and teaching focus is on spiritual formation that is contemplative, creative, and socially liberative. A trained spiritual director and experienced retreat leader, he has written on the interconnections between spirituality, social engagement, and compassion. He is the author of Practicing Compassion; Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (and its supplemental curriculum, The Way of Radical Compassion); The God of Shattered Glass, A Novel, and Finding God in the Graffiti: Empowering Teenagers through Stories which explores the role of the narrative arts (storytelling, drama, creative writing, and autobiography) in the spiritual formation of marginalized and abused youth and children.

Dr. Rogers’ session will be based on his new book Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus available from the Upper Room via Hard Cover, E-Book, and Kindle.



  • 12:30PM = Registration
  • 1:30PM = Worship
  • 2:15PM = Welcome & Introductions
  • 2:35PM = Session 1
  • 4:00PM = Break
  • 4:15PM = Covenant Groups
  • 5:15PM = Break
  • 5:30PM = Dinner
  • Onward = Reflecting on our Personal Discipleship

  • 7:30AM = Breakfast
  • 9:00AM = Worship
  • 9:30AM = Covenant Groups
  • 10:30AM = Break
  • 10:45AM = Session 2
  • 12:00PM = Lunch
  • 1:00PM = Workshop #1
  • 2:30PM = Workshop #2
  • 5:30PM = Dinner
  • Onwards = Reflecting on Church Discipleship

  • 7:30AM = Breakfast
  • 9:00AM = Devotional
  • 9:20AM = Session 3
  • 10:30AM = Covenant Groups
  • 12:00PM = End of Convocation

Workshops include:

  • “So we don’t have any young people” – Rev. David Berkey
  • “Baptism, Confirmation, Membership, AND Discipleship?” – Rev. David Berkey
  • “The next steps of a discipling system” – Rev. Myron Wingfield
  • “Discipling in an unavoidable reality” – Rev. Tonya Harris
  • “Asset Based Community Discipleship” – Rev. Brent Ross
  • “Creating welcome for queer youth” – Rev. Denyse Barnes
  • “Practical whole-iness in the 21st century” – Rev. Erin Martin
Who Can Attend: This is a continuing education event for Clergy of the California-Pacific Annual Conference. If you are not currently commissioned, ordained clergy or appointed as a Local Pastor in the California-Pacific Annual Conference, please get pre-approval from your District Superintendent if you would like to attend. The Bishop’s Convocation is designed and formatted as a continuing education for clergy only. However we recognized that some clergy may find it prohibitive to attend due to family and child care needs. If spouses or children need to accompany registered clergy, they too must register for the event and pay the registration fee in order to receive meals with our group. If you are in need of child care, please check the box on the registration form and we will have a coordinator contact you.

For more information: For Questions, contact the Board of Ordained Ministry Administrative Coordinator Cathy Wilson (, 626-824-2284).