A New We: Image, Identity, and Community in Christ
How are we to think of ourselves – who we are – and how is that to be shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the diverse community of believers we have been called into by the Gospel?
A NEW WE, our 2018 Spring Conference, will consider the process of identity formation, especially in multi-ethnic and diverse congregations and communities, and how the truths of God’s Word both confirm and challenge conventional discussions of this topic.
Dr. Irwyn Ince earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The City College of NY and then began a successful career at Motorola. Yet after some time he sensed God’s call to full-time ministry and began studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in DC. During his studies there he served as a pastoral intern at Mount Zion Covenant Church (PCA) in Bowie, MD, being mentored by Rev. Kevin Smith. Near the end of his studies at RTS DC the opportunity arose to begin pastoring Mount Zion. During that time he was mentored by our own Rev. Michael Coleman.
After graduating from seminary, Dr. Ince was called to plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Columbia, MD, where he was the lead pastor until 2017. During this time he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Covenant Theological Seminary, studying identity formation in multi-ethnic churches. Given both his scholarship and pastor’s heart, he has been enlisted to serve the denomination (PCA) as it considers how it can grow in its ability to integrate its growing diversity. Toward this end, he has just accepted a call to serve as Pastor/Director of GraceDC Church’s Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission in Washington, DC. Irwyn and his wife, Kim, have been married 26 years and have four children, Jelani (25), Nabil (22), Zakiya (19), and Jeremiah (13).
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Session 1: Formed to Image God
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Session 2: Formed for Identity in Christ
Session 3: Formed for Image and Identity in Community
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
Worship / Session 4: Gratitude is the Attitude (Colossians 3:15-17)