Christ Awaits is a process that helps guide ministry leaders, and their teams, as they prepare for managing ongoing change. Christ Awaits includes a day-long retreat, pre-recorded content, live presentations with experts in the field, and bi-weekly cohort gatherings. Discover practical ways to manage ongoing change in your ministry and leave equipped with resources that will assist you in enacting lasting change.

Christ Awaits is a partnership between In Word and Witness and RCL Benziger.  Download the co-authored resource here: Christ Awaits PDF

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, December 29th

A Vision for Change
paid
9:00am (EST)
A Vision for Change

This workshop will discuss the themes of discernment, organizational culture, change management, creating a vision, and group buy-in.

Vikki Shepp

Chief Executive Officer

Vikki Shepp

Chief Executive Officer
Vikki Shepp is the Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC). She works in partnership with the GSOC Board of Directors and Executive team to lead the organization in creating the best leadership development experiences for all girls in Orange County. She also works to provide strategic direction and oversight to ensure operational excellence, financial sustainability, and achievement of the organization's fundraising goals.

Tuesday, January 5th

1st Cohort Gathering: Vision for Change
paid
12:00pm (EST)
Live Presentation: A Vision for Change

Vikki Shepp will join us for conversation.

Vikki Shepp

Chief Executive Officer

Vikki Shepp

Chief Executive Officer
Vikki Shepp is the Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC). She works in partnership with the GSOC Board of Directors and Executive team to lead the organization in creating the best leadership development experiences for all girls in Orange County. She also works to provide strategic direction and oversight to ensure operational excellence, financial sustainability, and achievement of the organization's fundraising goals.

Tuesday, January 12th

Collaboration and Stewardship
paid
9:00am (EST)
Collaboration and Stewardship

This workshop will discuss how to rethink resources and capitalize on the resources that are at your disposal. This includes how to work creatively to advance the mission.

Sr. Josephine Garrett C.S.F.N.

Minister

Sr. Josephine Garrett C.S.F.N.

Minister

Sister Josephine Garrett, C.S.F.N.,  is a native Texas born and raised in Houston, TX. She moved to Dallas in 1999 to begin studies at the University of Dallas where she completed a BA in Politics with a Business Concentration. Sister subsequently entered the banking industry where she served for 10 years as a Vice President in the Home Loans division of Bank of America in the roles of Operations Manager of a staff of 200 and later as a Project Manager. Sister entered the Catholic Church in 2005 and later in November of 2011 began her formation to be a Religious Sister with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She professed her first vows in October of 2015, and final vows in November of 2020.  Sister is now studying to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, serves in vocations ministry, and also serves as a speaker for youth and young adult retreats and conferences throughout the DFW area, and around the country.

Thursday, January 14th

Participant Retreat
paid
12:00pm (EST)
Morning Session

Join Dr. Tim Hogan for the first part of our participant retreat.

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He contributed to RCL Benziger's Family Life series, a virtues-based resource designed to cultivate spiritually and emotionally healthy relationships with children and their families. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker who is passionate about rebuilding family and partner connections against the hurricane-force pressures of the information revolution. Tim teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and has a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan.  He is married and has three young adult children. His blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. 
paid
2:30pm (EST)
Afternoon Session

This afternoon session is a continuation of our participant retreat.

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He contributed to RCL Benziger's Family Life series, a virtues-based resource designed to cultivate spiritually and emotionally healthy relationships with children and their families. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker who is passionate about rebuilding family and partner connections against the hurricane-force pressures of the information revolution. Tim teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and has a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan.  He is married and has three young adult children. His blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. 

Tuesday, January 26th

Living Into Mission
paid
9:00am (EST)
Living Into Mission

This workshop will explore how to accompany a community that is moving towards mission.

David Wells

Author, Speaker, Educator

David Wells

Author, Speaker, Educator
My teaching career began in 1985. At St John Houghton School in Ilkeston, I was promoted as Head of Upper School, often working with the 14-16 year-olds who felt most demotivated. These young people taught me how to teach. In 1990 I gained an M(Phil) degree from Nottingham University focusing on Effective Methods of Teacher In-service Training. The Master’s degree changed my direction. The following years I worked in London for the Catholic Education Service providing in-service training opportunities for staff in Catholic schools. This was followed by two Diocesan roles first as an Education Adviser in the Nottingham diocese and then in 2000, in Exeter as Director of Formation for the Plymouth Diocese. Since leaving Plymouth Diocese in May 2018, I’ve been grateful for a portfolio of projects including a two-year post working with Bishop John and the Salford Diocese. On the Road In 1997, I represented the Bishop’s Conference at a meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. This led to other invitations and since then I have spoken at more than 500 conferences worldwide. Please take a look at the endorsements page to read recent evaluations. What a privilege it is to meet and work with people from other countries. I have contributed to the production of training resources in the USA, Canada as well as here in the UK. I am a regular contributor to the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California where over 30,000 delegates gather to hear some of the world’s most prolific religious writers; and I have spoken at some of the largest teachers events in Canada and appeared on Canadian TV. Nearer to home I have enjoyed serving conferences in every diocese and corner of England and Wales and most of the dioceses in Scotland. As well as serving on several working parties for the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, I have also guest-lectured at three English Universities. Homework & Best Selling Author In 2000 I scripted and presented the video series “You, Your Children and Their Catholic Faith” which sold widely throughout the English speaking Church. It’s embarrassing now because the style is so dated, but the material still enjoys good reviews. My two books The Reluctant Disciple and The Grateful Disciple (Redemptorist Publications) have done well. The Reluctant Disciple was Redemptorist’s best-selling book of 2015. In 2019 I co-wrote a book of prayers entitled "At your side" published by Novalis. Alison and I married in 1989. That was my greatest ever decision. We have three grown-up children, Sam, Matt and Emily who each have a different way of making us laugh. Now in their 20’s, they give me hope. We also have a spoilt dog which does exactly what it likes, eats plastic and doesn’t give me any hope. In my free time, I enjoy spending time on the River Exe dodging the river ferries.

Tuesday, February 2nd

3rd Cohort Gathering: Living Into Mission
paid
12:00pm (EST)
Live Presentation: Living Into Mission

David Wells will join us for conversation.

David Wells

Author, Speaker, Educator

David Wells

Author, Speaker, Educator
My teaching career began in 1985. At St John Houghton School in Ilkeston, I was promoted as Head of Upper School, often working with the 14-16 year-olds who felt most demotivated. These young people taught me how to teach. In 1990 I gained an M(Phil) degree from Nottingham University focusing on Effective Methods of Teacher In-service Training. The Master’s degree changed my direction. The following years I worked in London for the Catholic Education Service providing in-service training opportunities for staff in Catholic schools. This was followed by two Diocesan roles first as an Education Adviser in the Nottingham diocese and then in 2000, in Exeter as Director of Formation for the Plymouth Diocese. Since leaving Plymouth Diocese in May 2018, I’ve been grateful for a portfolio of projects including a two-year post working with Bishop John and the Salford Diocese. On the Road In 1997, I represented the Bishop’s Conference at a meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. This led to other invitations and since then I have spoken at more than 500 conferences worldwide. Please take a look at the endorsements page to read recent evaluations. What a privilege it is to meet and work with people from other countries. I have contributed to the production of training resources in the USA, Canada as well as here in the UK. I am a regular contributor to the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California where over 30,000 delegates gather to hear some of the world’s most prolific religious writers; and I have spoken at some of the largest teachers events in Canada and appeared on Canadian TV. Nearer to home I have enjoyed serving conferences in every diocese and corner of England and Wales and most of the dioceses in Scotland. As well as serving on several working parties for the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, I have also guest-lectured at three English Universities. Homework & Best Selling Author In 2000 I scripted and presented the video series “You, Your Children and Their Catholic Faith” which sold widely throughout the English speaking Church. It’s embarrassing now because the style is so dated, but the material still enjoys good reviews. My two books The Reluctant Disciple and The Grateful Disciple (Redemptorist Publications) have done well. The Reluctant Disciple was Redemptorist’s best-selling book of 2015. In 2019 I co-wrote a book of prayers entitled "At your side" published by Novalis. Alison and I married in 1989. That was my greatest ever decision. We have three grown-up children, Sam, Matt and Emily who each have a different way of making us laugh. Now in their 20’s, they give me hope. We also have a spoilt dog which does exactly what it likes, eats plastic and doesn’t give me any hope. In my free time, I enjoy spending time on the River Exe dodging the river ferries.

Tuesday, February 9th

Tools for Engagement
paid
9:00am (EST)
Tools For Engagement

This workshop will explore the tools and resources that will assist with engaging your community.

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He contributed to RCL Benziger's Family Life series, a virtues-based resource designed to cultivate spiritually and emotionally healthy relationships with children and their families. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker who is passionate about rebuilding family and partner connections against the hurricane-force pressures of the information revolution. Tim teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and has a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan.  He is married and has three young adult children. His blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. 

Tuesday, February 16th

4th Cohort Gathering: Tools for Engagement
paid
12:00pm (EST)
Live Presentation: Tools for Engagement

Amy McEntee and Tim Hogan will join us for conversation

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He contributed to RCL Benziger's Family Life series, a virtues-based resource designed to cultivate spiritually and emotionally healthy relationships with children and their families. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker who is passionate about rebuilding family and partner connections against the hurricane-force pressures of the information revolution. Tim teaches at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and has a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan.  He is married and has three young adult children. His blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. 

Presenters

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation.

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

David Wells

Author, Speaker, Educator

David Wells is an author, educator, speaker, and teacher.

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Dr. Jem Sullivan

Professor of Catechetics

Professor of Catechetics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA.

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D.

missionary priest, composer, theologian, and author

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D., is a Paulist missionary priest, composer, theologian, and author.

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Sr. Josephine Garrett C.S.F.N.

Minister

Vocation minister and professional speaker.

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Tim Hogan

Speaker, Author, Psychologist, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Dr. Tim Hogan is an author, speaker, psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

 

Vikki Shepp

Chief Executive Officer

Vikki Shepp is the Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC).

Bio

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.