Invite Welcome Connect Summit 2019

Invite Welcome Connect

Mark your calendars for the fourth Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held once again on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Join us June 12–14 as newcomers and seasoned practitioners from around the world come together to share ideas and learn more about this powerful ministry.

In addition to plenary talks and presentations, there will be workshops introducing first-timers to Invite Welcome Connect, and workshops for more experienced practitioners who want to further explore the theological truths and practicalities of each aspect of this ministry: Invite, Welcome, and Connect.

The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, will preach during worship in beautiful All Saints' Chapel. Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism for The Episcopal Church will deliver a plenary talk, "Taste & See: Creative Evangelism & the Way of Love." The Rev. John Ohmer, rector of The Falls Church Episcopal, will also speak.

Conference registration with lodging closes on May 30, 2019. Commuter registration (no lodging) will remain open.

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.

Check-in will commence at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12; and the summit will conclude at noon on Friday, June 14.

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

Meals are included with your registration.

Registration with lodging closes on May 30, 2019. Commuter registrations will remain open. Register here >>

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Participants at the 2018 Invite Welcome Connect Summit at the University of the South


These are just a few of the workshops we're offering, all of them hosted by seasoned practitioners of evangelism and hospitality:

  • "Bringing the World Together: Evangelism in the 21st Century Public Square," Jeremy Tackett and Chris Sikkema;
  • "The Power of Story," Miriam McKenney;
  • "Invite Welcome Connect with Special Needs Children & Young Adults," The Rev. Gar Demo, Sue Elliot, and Eric Kling;
  • "The Role of Spiritual Gifts in Connecting," Mary MacGregor;
  • "Where the Rubber Meets the Road," The Rev. Brent Owens;
  • "Creative Ideas = Crazy Ministry," The Rev. Donna Gerold;
  • "Surprise the World! – Evangelism for Today’s World" The Rev. Chris Harris;
  • "You Had Me at Hello," The Rev. Abi Moon;
  • "Connect, Listening and Spiritual Practices," Catherine Pryor Miller;
  • "Invite Welcome Connect in a College Setting," The University of the South Invite Welcome Connect Team;
  • "Building Church & School Connections," Sally Mahon;
  • "Invite Welcome Connect in Small Churches (ASA 150 and Below)," Hal Foss;
  • "Bringing Invite Welcome Connect to an Urban Context," The Rev. David Andrews;
  • "How2charist: Reconceiving Evangelism & Formation in the Digital Age," The Rev. Callie Swanlund.


This year's honored preacher will be the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Hughes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Texas in Austin, and for 20 years she made her home in New York City, while pursuing a career in Human Resources as a corporate trainer, mostly in the hotel industry. While in New York she discerned a call to the priesthood and attended Virginia Theological seminary, earning a M.Div. in 2005. After a Lilly Fellowship at St. James’ Church in New York City, she was called to serve as rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Peekskill, New York. Most recently Hughes served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Hughes describes her ministry as one in which she helped others “discover the ways they are called to serve God and God’s people: supporting, encouraging, and empowering them to go and do what God created them to do." Hughes states, “Today’s church is not one that can rest on the past while waiting for people to come and ask about the faith. Instead God is guiding us to be active participants in the world. An important element of my ministry is to nurture and guide our capacity to build relationships with neighbors locally or on the other side of the globe.”

Upon her consecration on Sept. 22, 2018, Hughes became the first woman and African-American to serve as bishop of the Diocese of Newark.

Plenary Speakers

Jerusalem Greer

Jerusalem Greer is the staff officer for evangelism for The Episcopal Church, and is a member of the Way of Love creation and leadership team. Additionally, Jerusalem is a board member of Forma: The Network for Christian Formation, and serves on the Council of Advice for Episcopal Relief & Development. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons in rural Arkansas, and is the author of At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises, and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming. To learn more about Jerusalem’s work visit

John Ohmer

The Rev. John Ohmer has more than twenty-five years of experience as a parish priest in The Episcopal Church. He joined The Falls Church Episcopal as its rector in September 2012 in order to help "replant" the church in its own property, the congregation having been separated from it for six years due to a church split. Prior to his call to The Falls Church, John was the rector for thirteen years of the vibrant congregation of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Virginia. He is a graduate of Wabash College and earned a master of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Prior to ordination, John had a brief career in government and politics, working as a Capitol Hill and presidential campaign staff member, and as a press secretary in his home state of Indiana. John and his wife, Mary, an elementary school teacher, have three children. He is the author of Slaying Your Goliaths: How God Can Help (Forward Movement) and irregularly blogs at Unapologetic Theology.

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