Theme Speakers

Theme Speakers
Rev. Alison Miculan
Theme Speaker

Alison Roberts Miculan grew up in The United Church of Canada from the time she immigrated to Canada in 1967.  Alison’s first career was lecturing in ethics and human rights at several universities in Southern Ontario and Newfoundland.

Alison increasingly felt the call to ministry and, particularly, to growing and strengthening the church.  She began her ministry career as a Youth Minister during which time she received her call to Congregational/Ordained Ministry.

Alison is a graduate of the Atlantic School of Theology where her graduate research focused on congregational growth.  At the time of writing she is the minister of Copetown United Church.

Rev. Dr. Christine Jerrett
Theme Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Christine Jerrett was  ordained in 1982, and has worked with a variety of congregations, most of them facing a time of transition and change.

Her D. Min. focused on culture and congregational change. She worked with EDGE, animating congregational development in rural and small town churches and coordinating EDGE’s ministry renewal coaches.

She currently serves Shiloh Inwood United Church in a part-time appointment, and is the Director of Canadian Shield Region’s online training course for Licenced Lay Worship Leaders .

Alison's Lecture Topics

1)  “So you want to grow a church
An overview of the original research on growing churches presented in Alison’s graduate research and Broadview magazine – with some extra tidbits not  included in the article.

2)  “Where do we go from here?
A practical guide to strengthening and growing churches.

3)  “An invitational worship experience
A “hands-on” example of invitational ministry.

Christine's Lecture Topics

Summary of Theme
The Holy Spirit is on the move, renewing our culture and our churches. We are being led (sometimes pushed!) down surprising new roads.

We are part of a story about shaping communities in life-giving ways, where all people — the neighbour, the stranger, the vulnerable ones — are included.

Lecture #1:
When the Spirit Says ‘Move’

Lecture #2:
News from the Margins