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2024 Water and the Word Conference Resources

Updated: May 7

On April 25 & 26 close to 200 people from across the diocese gathered for the Water and the Word Conference where they immersed themselves in learning and dreaming about the future of the church in Southwest Florida.

Opening with worship and the plenary Baptism: Do you mean it?  from the Rt. Rev. Doug Scharf, the conference continued through Saturday night, offering four plenaries and nine workshops grounded in the diocese Four Pathways: Forming Disciples, Transforming Communities, Embracing Differences, and Developing Leaders.

Please see the schedule below and the resources available for that workshop or plenary.

7:15 p.m. +Bishop Doug Scharf

Baptism: Do you mean it?

9:15 a.m. Plenary — The Rev. Jay Sidebotham

What makes for spiritual growth in our congregations?

10:30 a.m. Workshop Block I

  • Pursuing Spiritual Growth

          Speaker: The Rev. Jay Sidebotham


  • Prayer Book 101 

           Speakers: The Rev. Jo Hedin, Dr. Nyle Hedin, 

     and the Rev. William Pardy


BCP Presentation
Download PDF • 3.29MB

  • Elevating Your Video Storytelling

          Speakers: Lindsey Nickel & Brad Bryan


Elevating Video Storytelling_EC Conference [Autosaved]
Download PDF • 10.32MB


1:00 p.m. Plenary — Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright

"We Believe, Now What?": DIGNITY and the Authentic Life

2:00 p.m. Workshop Block II

  • Implementing DIGNITY and the Authentic Life

          Speaker: Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright


  • Practice Along The Way: Spiritual Disciplines For A Life with Christ

           Speakers: The Rev. Alex Andujar 

         and the Rev. Scott Nonken


Prayer Practices Workshop
Download PDF • 289KB

  • Engaging God’s Mission After the Field of Dreams: The Missional Church

          Speaker: The Rev. Canon Richard Norman


3:30 p.m. Workshop Block​  III

  • Change: What It Is, What It Isn’t, & How to Manage It with Grace

          Speaker: Melissa Rau

        View Slides Here

  • The Unlikely Leader: Embracing Differences to Expand Ministry 

           Speaker: The Rev. Nikki Seger


  • The Outside-In Church: Transforming Congregations Through Community Engagement 

          Speaker: Sue Van Oss


Community Engagement Workshop 2024
Download PDF • 19.45MB

  • Rooted in Love: Everybody Has a Story 

          Speaker: Chris Vasquez

Download PPTX • 1.18MB

View a Gallery of the Event below!


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