Learning Weekend

Join Us for
Learning Weekend: Christ-Centered Communications
May 10 and 11, 2019 | St. Cyril Center, Danville, PA
Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you – Romans 15:7

Do your congregation’s communication tools need sharpening? Communicating can seem mundane at times—the Sunday bulletin, announcements, weekly e-newsletters, websites, and social media are necessities but there are ways to make them effective and exciting. Attend our Learning Weekend and learn how to communicate clearly and effectively. These tools will be helpful to any church leader—clergy or lay member, experienced communicator or novice. Churches will benefit most if they send two or three participants as a team.


  • Clarity of messaging in the ways we are communicating and to whom with we are communicating
  • Increasing our ability to analyze our own cultures as well as our parish cultures in order to communicate more effectively
  • Tools for communication—best practices for use in the culture of parish life.


  • Wardens and vestry members
  • Communication leadership from each congregation
  • Search committees
  • All SSFM students and
  • All are welcome!

Cost $150.00 for room and board one night, at the St. Cyril Center, Danville PA. If you are commuting daily, the registration fee is $45.00. To register as a commuter, click here.


Christopher Sikkema, Coordinator for Digital Evangelism, The Episcopal Church—Communication and The Way of Love and Digital Tool Kits.

Christopher Sikkema serves as the Manager for Special Projects in the Office of Communication for The Episcopal Church, working with the Way of Love, Becoming Beloved Community, Episcopal Revivals, Sermons That Work, and the Episcopal Asset Map. He is currently based from Rochester, Minn. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a Masters in Theology, focusing on the history of religion in America, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Before serving in this role, he served with Jubilee Ministries of The Episcopal Church and studied Appalachian serpent handling and the Catholic Movement in the 19th century Episcopal Church.


The Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, Understanding the Culture of your Parish through an Understanding of your own Culture

The Rev. Dan Morrow is Canon for Congregational Life and Mission in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Dan has extensive training in Congregational Development, Intercultural Competency, Discipleship, Church Growth, Healthy Communication and Conflict Transformation. He has served churches in California, Oregon, Zurich, Switzerland and Paris, France. In the diocese of Central PA Dan acts as the chief pastoral representative, counselor and assistant to the bishop in all areas of congregational life and ministry in the diocese, including; clergy transitions, conflict management, mutual ministry reviews, resourcing for mission and growth, missional initiatives and diocesan projects such as the Bishop out of the Box series and the Appalachian Camino. He has been elected twice to serve at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and was appointed by the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies to serve on the Episcopal Church’s Task Force for Evangelism and Church Revitalization.


Canon Alexis Guszick, Communication Matters: The Best Methods of Communication

Canon Alexis Guszick joined the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania as the Canon for Communications and Events after working as the Administrator of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral for over five years. Prior to working at St. Stephen’s, Alexis held positions in corporate advertising, marketing and public relations. After graduating with a B.S. in Psychobiology from Lebanon Valley College in May of 2016, she decided to put medical school on hold and chose to remain in Communications. She enjoys spending time with her family and giant dog, Chloe. Alexis is a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral.


Friday, May 10

11 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Welcome, Intro and Prayer (McDevitt room)


Prayers & Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Intro to the weekend Co-Presenters (McDevitt room). Overview and focus outcomes – Canon Dan Morrow, Canon Alexis Guszick

  1. The importance of Culture in self and in parish
  2. How to determine the best ways to communicate.
  3. The best practices in Communication used in CPA.

1:15 p.m.

Keys to healthy communication—Canon Dan Morrow

2:00 p.m.

Parish Communication Styles—Canon Alexis Guszick

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Church Size Dynamics—Canon Dan Morrow

3:30 p.m.

Communicating the Way of Love—Chris Sikkema

4:15 p.m.

Gather in the McDevitt room, gather in small groups to work with models of communication and creating a project. The small group is designed to build accountability.

4:45 p.m.


5:00 p.m.

Prayers and Dinner

6:00 p.m.

Large group meeting in McDevitt Room—Creating a culture of communication:
4 part feedback—work in small groups

7:15 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

Free time

Saturday, May 11

8:30 a.m.


9:15 a.m.

Bible Study– David Zwifka

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Digital Evangelism – Chris Sikkema

11:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

Force Field analysis for better communication—Canon Dan Morrow


Prayers and Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Communication Project: Return to small groups and consider one communication project you would like to work on when you return home.

Ask and write out:

  1. Who is your audience?
  2. Determine project outline and necessary steps
  3. How will the new learning you experienced support your project?
  4. What tools do you need to complete the project?

1:45 p.m.

Wrap Up

2:00 p.m.

Eucharist with Graduation

3:00 p.m.


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