Overcoming Barriers: Creating an Invitational Culture

No one wants to be part of a church that overlooks, stigmatizes, marginalizes or ostracizes the mentally ill, addicted, developmentally disabled, those lingering with the scars of abuse, and those who are bearing shame for a variety of reasons.  This workshop is not about how to establish a program but about creating an environment where all are welcome and feel like “equals” among the Body of Christ.

Presenters: Debbie and Mark Teike
Debbie Teike, LCSW, earned her BS from SIU-Carbondale in 1979 and her MSW from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University-St. Louis in 1983. After 30+ years in long term care, abuse and neglect, hospice, and church ministry, she began the Art of Invitation, a framework for assisting individuals, small groups, organizations, and churches to build and restore healthy relationships. Debbie is married to Mark, and they have three adult children, one son-in-law, two grand dogs, Barkley and Chuck, and a dog, Salsa.

Mark Teike has been the senior pastor at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN since 1992. He has a passion for seeing the lost found and the found reflect the person of Jesus to their neighbors. He and the people of St. Peter's served in a mentoring role with the Pastoral Leadership Institute from its beginning in 1999. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for PLI. Mark's wife Debbie is the author of "The Art of Invitation" that has numerous applications for building and restoring healthy relationships, in the church, in the home, and in the community.