Gordon College Hosts Regional Faith Leaders at Workshop


Originally Published in The Pilot

(Re-posted with permission)

Father Harry Winter, OMI, participates in the Gordon College workshop. Pilot photo/courtesy Gordon College

WENHAM — Gordon College, a Christian college located in Wenham, recently hosted a Faith Leader workshop for New England pastors and ministry leaders. This event brought local faith leaders into a conversation around the shift in faith for rising generations through sessions led by J.R. Briggs, founder of Kairos Partnerships and friend of the college. Representatives from more than 20 faith communities across New England attended to network and encourage each other in their vocational ministry.

Father Harry Winter, of St. Mary Parish in Georgetown, (harrywinter.org) was one of 60 attendants. As director of the Ministry of Mission, Unity and Dialogue for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the USA, Father Winter has seen the progress of evangelical Christians and charismatic Catholics growing together.

“During J.R. Briggs’ presentations, it became very clear that most evangelical parishes are not faced with the problem of clericalization that Roman Catholic parishes are. As some develop into mega-churches, this danger emerges. But for the many which do not, Roman Catholics can learn from them, to involve the laity more in leadership,” says Father Winter. “It is also clear that with so many different Christian denominations, today’s men and women are increasingly frustrated. Christian churches are no longer in the majority but have become a confusing minority. Briggs showed the participants how to present Christianity to the rising generations.”

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