Invite Welcome Connect Summit 2020

Invite Welcome Connect, a ministry of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, is hosting its fifth national Invite Welcome Connect Summit June 10-12, 2020 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Rooted in the gospel directive to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” Invite Welcome Connect utilizes the God-given resources of a community to help build the Body of Christ, providing a practical theological framework and comprehensive process for engaging communities in the all-important disciplines of evangelism, hospitality, and belonging.

The 2020 Summit will feature informative workshops led by seasoned practitioners of Invite Welcome Connect. The opening worship service will include a sermon by the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Delaware, who writes, “Invite Welcome Connect is a godsend, literally, in that every single bit of this work is rooted in the God-sent good news of Jesus Christ. Mary Parmer’s brilliance here is not that she has concocted a miracle cure for what ails the church. Rather, she refocuses our vision to the evangelistic roots of the faith: proclaim the Good News (invite) with intentional hospitality (welcome) and genuine affection for every human being (connect). This is biblical discipleship that strengthens the spirit and feeds the soul. We in Delaware have embraced Invite Welcome Connect wholeheartedly, and it shapes a great deal of the language and direction of our collective work. It has sparked renewed zeal for our proclamation of God’s love and reminded us again that the church, at its humble best, really can be the living, breathing body of Christ. Time and again, in this good work we are pointed back to Jesus.” 

Invite Welcome Connect has circulated throughout The Episcopal Church and has been presented in 60+ dioceses, three seminaries, three universities, the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and the Anglican Church in Canada. The award-winning book, Invite Welcome Connect: Stories & Tools to Transform Your Church, was published by Forward Movement in 2018.

Location: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee

Single residential hall-style room: $395
Double residential hall-style room: $365
Commuter rate (no accommodation): $275
For travel information and nearby accommodations, visit our accommodations page.

CEUs are available. Please contact for more information.

Rooms are located on the campus of the University of the South.

Meals are included with your registration.

Guest Preacher: The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown, 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Delaware

The Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and has been an Episcopalian since the age of five. He is a 1991 graduate of Duke University with a double major in Psychology and Mathematics. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of West Florida in 1996, while serving as an acquisitions officer in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he worked in multiple roles in finance and marketing for FedEx Express and helped launch and manage a successful money management firm. Kevin received his Masters in Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York. He then accepted the call to become Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, Tennessee, in 2007. He was called to serve as Rector at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2010. While there he led the steady growth of parish membership and annual giving. He is a past Board member and Executive Committee member of Loaves and Fishes of Mecklenburg County and an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte (Class XXXIII). Kevin served as the Dean of the diocese’s Charlotte Convocation, and was an active member of multiple diocesan committees.

Kevin’s wife, Caroline, is also a Duke graduate and is an accomplished artist. Kevin and Caroline have two college-age daughters. Kevin enjoys jogging and reading, though not at the same time. Kevin was ordained and consecrated the 11th bishop of Delaware on December 9, 2017, by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, at Delaware State University in Dover.


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