Toward Daring Discipleship is a monthly, topical brochure for church leaders from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, former Minister-Faith Formation for Discipleship.

Toward Daring Discipleship: Archived Resources

February 2016: A list of issues of this publication that are still relevant and archived on the Hamilton Conference website.  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship: Thinking about Eldership

January 2016: Thinking about eldership in the church through scriptural engagement.  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship: Encountering the Story

November 2015: “Sometimes it is helpful to seek new ways to enable our encounter personally and communally with the Good News of the birth of Jesus.”  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship: Self Care Materials for Leadership and Ministry

October 2015: “This is for all of us in our tiredness and stress … and if not ourselves, then the one beside us who is quietly burning up and burning out.”  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship: Leadership Retreats

September 2015: Two simple one–two hour leadership retreats with which to start the church year, orient, get to know new members, and energize the group-  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Resources for Lent

February 2015: Resources for Lent-  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – False Selves Anonymous

January 2015: False Selves Anonymous – a 12-step program for spiritual growth. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Prayers for Advent

November 2014: Prayers for the four Sundays in Advent. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Advent Planning

October 2014: Resources for Advent and Christmas. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Congregational Resources

September 2014: Suggested resources for group study, worship leadership and personal reflection. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Restorative Spiritual Practice

June 2014: An invitation to summer spiritual practice. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Equal Access

April 2014: Towards accessibility for those of differing abilities. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Journeying Through Lent

March 2014: Individual and group practices/studies. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Navigating Creative Commons Licensing

February 2014: How to understand creative Commons (CC) rights on original works as users and as creators. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership. (Note: legal-sized paper required for printing.)

Toward Daring Discipleship – The Congregational Prayer Group

January 2014: The Congregational Prayer Group. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Greenbelt

December 2013: Hamilton Conference Pilgrims share from their experience of the Greenbelt Festival – a one of a king festival of faith and the arts in Cheltenham, England. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership. (Note: legal-sized paper required for printing.)

Toward Daring Discipleship – Unwanted Christmas Guests

November 2013: Christmas is not a time of joy for all; some experience it as a time of increased isolations and loneliness. What can communities of faith do? A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for DiscipleshipFor church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Small Group Discussion Starters

October 2013: Small group discussion starters to help with reflection upon The Sacred. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Image Sources

September 2013: On-line sources for FREE general images, slides, power-points, wordclouds, and motion backgrounds. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Epic Worship

June 2013: Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich, Connective worship: A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Living with Respect in Creation

A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Online Video Resources

March 2013: Free online video resources to encourage small group discussion engaging issues before our church and wider community A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Faithful Conversations Lent 2013

February 2013: An invitation to congregations to engage in important conversations to assist the General Council Task Group established to examine the vision and circumstances of The United Church of Canada.  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Self-Aware Leadership

January 2013: Resources and opportunities to help leaders become spiritually connected, emotionally intelligent, and have the tools and opportunities to face and wrestle with the large questions that life and ministry bring. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Advent Reflections from Overseas Personnel

November 2012: For candle lighting, studies, reflection, illustrations, Minutes for Mission… A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Interesting Endeavors

October 2012: Some ideas worth sharing from a few of the exciting new ministries that are springing to life in congregations in our conference.  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Discernment Tools

September 2012: Tools for those seeking processes for discernment, for groups or individuals. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Mentoring Disciples

May 2012: Christian Mentorship. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Not for the Faint of Heart

March 2012: Books and opportunities on topics that challenge us.  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Let the Spirit Lead…

February 2012: Approaching Spiritual Practices – Intentional, regular, and consistent practices of body, mind, and spirit, both personal and communal.  A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Children… from the margins to the centre

January 2012: Tools and resources for focusing on children’s rights. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Retreat in the Midst of Daily Life

November 2011: Some ways to “leave behind the ordinary patterns of our lives and retreat to a place where we are able to be mindful of our relationship with God.” A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Worship

October 2011: Resources and opportunities for exploring worship. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Money Talks

September 2011: Tools and resources for philanthropy and stewardship in the congregation. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Copyright and your Church

June 2011: Important information about how churches can print, distribute, record, and perform music and worship material legally. Please note: Amendments to the Copyright Act enacted in 2012 do not change the information in this brochure. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – What’s the Buzz?

April 2011: What church folks in Hamilton Conference are reading and buzzing about… A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Volunteer Ministry

March 2011: Do we take seriously enough preparing, honoring, training, respecting and thanking our volunteers? A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Journeying through Lent as a Faith Community

February 2011: Lenten resources: A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Gender Justice

January 2011: Resources and opportunities for studying gender issues. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Investing in Youth

November 2010: Opportunities for youth and youth leaders A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Green Work

October 2010: Resources for discussing issues of ecology. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Heart, Mind, Soul, God, & Neighbour

August 2010: Resources and opportunities for engaging as community. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Sabbatical

June 2010: Resources for those thinking about or planning a sabbatical. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Thinking about ‘church’

May 2010: Ed White and the Alban Institute help us to think about how we are church and how we are responding to our call and ministry as communities of faith. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – New Incarnations of Church

April 2010: A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Tithe as Spiritual Practice

March 2010: Thinking about tithing: A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Lent – Spiritual Practices

February 2010: Can we engage our Lenten journey as a time of preparation for our ministry – our living of our faith in God’s world? A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – A New Year’s Resolution… or better yet… a vision

January 2010: Caught between climate change and peak oil, we are challenged to a radical transition, a new way of living in creation. What might God be calling us to do and be? A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Christmas Guests

December 2009: While for some of us, Christmas is a time of joy… that is not the experience of Christmas for all of us… A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Vocations

November 2009: Tools for studying the question of vocation (an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which they are suited, trained or qualified). A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – What are you Reading?

October 2009: The Conference Staff share some of the good books they are reading. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – About Advocacy

September 2009: How do we exercise our political power? A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – A Place of Exploration

August 2009: Resources for exploring questions of faith. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Celebrating Creator, Celebrating Creation

June 2009Resources and opportunities for celebrating creation. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – In an economy of fear

April 2009: In the midst of change and economic crisis, we are called to be Church. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Looking to Easter

March 2009: Living discipleship in community. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.

Toward Daring Discipleship – Lenten Journeys 2009

February 2009: This Lent we are invited to think about the ‘ecological footprint’ of our churches … both our church buildings and our habits. A brochure from the desk of Lorna MacQueen, Conference Minister – Faith Formation for Discipleship. For church leadership.