Streaming with Grace Never-ending: Baptismal Formation for those Planning Worship
Join us for this workshop for pastors and music leaders on faith formation and music, presented in partnership with the Zoar Foundation, Zoar Lutheran Church, and the Northwest Ohio Synod. Together we will explore how to model Christian discipleship in the congregation though music. Our main presenter, Pastor Paul Hoffman, is nationally and internationally known for his work on faith formation and is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Faith Forming Faith. Omaldo Perez will provide practical music examples and musically unpack Pastor Hoffman’s insights from the piano and the organ.
9:00 to 9:30 Registration (with coffee and snacks)
9:30 a.m. to 10:45 Modeling Faith (with Pastor Paul Hoffman)
11:00 to 12:00 Exploring Musical Resources though the lens of Discipleship (with Omaldo Perez)
12:15-1:15 Lunch: Baked potato bar, salad, and assorted desserts.
1:30-2:30 Split Track:
Going Deeper: End. Beginning. Middle (with Pastor Paul)
Going Deeper: Strategies and Resources for the Music Minister (with Omaldo)
2:45-3:10 Faith Formation in Action in Word and Song (with Pastor Paul and Omaldo)
3:10-3:30: Closing Thoughts
The Rev. Paul Hoffman
Since 1982 Paul has served the Lutheran Church as an ordained pastor, fully immersed in the ministry of Word and Sacrament and the lives of those he’s served.
Paul has been called by the Synod Council of the Northwest Washington Synod as a writer and teacher and shares his gifts throughout the country and world as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, teacher and clinician. While primarily teaching and writing about faith formation for adults, Paul is comfortable leading on a wide range of pastoral ministry topics related to baptismal theology and practice.
Paul is a widely sought teacher about parish renewal and bringing new Christians into the faith as disciples of Jesus. Faith formation for adults is a pathway to preparing those who have never (or at least not recently) had a relationship with Christ as a disciple. Using the tools of the ancient Catechumenate, Paul has a long history of helping congregations prepare to welcome new adults to the baptismal font and into a life of faith in Christ.
He has keynoted and led workshops in Seattle, in parishes and leadership conferences of many denominations across the country and in Oxford, Paris, St. Petersburg and, this November, Sweden.
Paul has also developed a process of mentoring newly ordained clergy in small cohorts, assisting them to find a place to study the scriptures with colleagues, pray together, and strengthen their gifts for ministry in the years of their first call.
Paul’s latest book is in the Augsburg Fortress Worship Matters series and is a manual for Ministers of Hospitality (ushers, greeters, and others) in a parish setting. This volume joins a distinguished set of similar resources that Augsburg Fortress is offering for Assisting Ministers, Lectors, Intercessors, and now – Ministers of Hospitality.
Omaldo Perez is the Cantor at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, Ohio, where he supports and contributes to the musical and liturgical life of the congregation. As a church musician, interests dear to his heart are early baroque practice and musical diversity in today’s church. Omaldo has served congregations in NY, NJ, AZ, WA, and OH, has helped lead music for regional Synod Conventions, and has been a guest musician for ELCA events. He is an occasional contributor for Sundays and Seasons and In Tempo magazine and has led workshops at both regional and national ALCM Conferences. He is currently serving his second term as a board member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.