Synod 2021


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October 22-23


Presbyterian Church of The Master

26051 Marguerite Parkway,

Mission Viejo, CA, 92692


We have a group rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Mission Viejo for $140/night. It expires September 20.

Either call and mention Diocese of Western Anglicans for the discount or visit website using this link:

Phone Number: 949.429.5222


Group Code: D21

Hotel Name: Hampton Inn & Suites Mission Viejo

Hotel Address:

28682 Marguerite Pkwy

Mission Viejo

California 92692

WHAT: The Synod is a Diocesan gathering of the leaders, both ordained & lay, who can expect to be inspired, encouraged, taught & trained for ministry.

This year’s Annual Synod will feature The Rt. Rev. Kevin Bond Allen, Bishop of the Diocese of Cascadia and Dean of the College of Bishops Affairs, as our Plenary Speaker. We will gather on Friday night for our opening Eucharist so that we might worship together and on Saturday we will provide intensives and MAST Talks on key subjects in hope of equipping lay leaders for ministry in the Local Church.

Schedule for October 22

This is the basic schedule. Scroll down further to find talk descriptions and the definitions of MAST Talks vs. Intensives. NOTE: The MAST Talks and the Intensives overlap. When you register, you will be required to choose one or the other.

12:00pm Clergy and Cohorts Lunch

  • Mission Team Leaders
  • Wardens
  • Intercessors
  • Life Ministry
  • Children's & Family Leaders (Mustard Seed)
  • Treasurers
  • Worship Leaders
  • Administrators
  • Youth Leaders
  • University Leaders
  • Latino Leaders
  • Altar Guild Leaders

4:00pm Registration Opens

4:30pm Dinner

6:30pm Praise and Worship

7:00pm Synod Opening - Eucharist

Schedule for October 23

This is the basic schedule. Scroll down further to find talk descriptions and the definitions of MAST Talks vs. Intensives. NOTE: The MAST Talks and the Intensives overlap. When you register, you will be required to choose one or the other.

7:30am Registration Opens

8:00am MAST Talks – Session 1 (8:00am - 8:30am)

  1. Ask a Millennial led by Fr. Harman Thomas
  2. Ask a Hispanic: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly led by Fr. Gabe Garcia & Gabby Manriquez Salazar
  3. Giving Your Testimony led by Travis Wilson
  4. His Story led by Chris Gonzalez

8:30am Musical Worship

8:45am Morning Prayer & Beginning of Morning Session

10:00am State of the Diocese

10:55am Plenary

11:30am Morning Intensive Trainings (11:30am - 2:00pm)

  1. VIA Catechesis led by Fr. Harman Thomas
  2. Launching Hispanic Ministry led by Fr. Gabe Garcia and Gabby Manriquez Salazar
  3. Cultivating Kingdom DNA led by Cody Dotson
  4. Equipping for Student Discipleship led by Bp. Steven Tighe and Eric Overholt

11:30am MAST Talks – Session 2 (11:30am - 12:00pm)

12:05pm Midday Prayer and Lunch (for MAST Talk Attendees)

1:20pm MAST Talks – Session 3 (1:20pm – 1:50pm)

1:55pm MAST Talks – Session 4 (1:55pm – 2:25pm)

2:00pm Afternoon Intensive Training (2:00pm - 4:20pm)

  1. Discipling Adults through Surge Tables led by Chris Gonzalez

2:00pm Youth Leaders Cohort (2:00pm - 4:20pm)

2:00pm Lay Missioners Cohort (2:00pm – 4:20pm)

2:30pm Business Meeting

4:30pm Closing Prayer

We strongly encourage the participation of Local Church members who are not delegates but who will be equipped for disciple-making and missional community development.

Mast  Talks vs Intensives

What are MAST Talks? - Mission, Action, Support and Training


Goal: The goal of a MAST Talk is to equip you with a skill you can walk away with and apply.


We are making workshops shorter so people will have the opportunity to attend multiple and different mini-presentations on various types of mission interest. A MAST Talk is a presentation done in a succinct and engaging way, in which missional stories, testimonies, expertise and ministry resources are shared with an audience. Each presenter will present for 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of audience interaction. Each MAST Talk will last a total of 30 minutes. 


The MAST Talks will take place on Saturday morning and afternoon as follows:


  • Session 1: 8:00am – 8:30am
  • Session 2: 11:15am – 11:45am
  • Session 3: 11:50am – 12:20pm
  • Session 4: 1:30pm – 2:00pm


What are Ministry Training Intensives?

A Ministry Training Intensive is a 2-2 ½ hour block of time set aside to move a group with common ministry experience and responsibility toward greater effectiveness in mission and ministry. While the group may find the time spent together as inspiring, the focus is on equipping for action through shared knowledge and skills acquisition.


The Ministry Training Intensives will take place on Saturday morning and afternoon as follows:


  • Morning: 11:15am-1:45pm (Lunch included)
  • Afternoon: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

MAST Talks


8:00-8:30 AM


Ask a Millennial

Fr. Harman Thomas

Deacon Harman has been the millennial you’ve been trying to reach with the Gospel; come with your questions as to what faith looks like in the heart and mind of a millennial, what they desire in worship and community, and any other burning question better to understand intergenerational ministry.


Ask a Hispanic: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Fr. Gabe Garcia & Gabby Salazar

A discussion on ways churches have tried to do missional work in a Hispanic environment.


Giving Your Testimony

Travis Wilson


His Story

Chris Gonzalez

What if you could share the gospel in a way that people understand, remember, and are drawn in? Come and learn!


LATER MORNING & AFTERNOON INTENSIVES – Session 2: 11:30am – 12:00pm, Session 3: 1:20pm – 1:50pm, Session 4: 1:55pm – 2:25pm


Snakes, Spandex, and Scorpions:  A How-To Approach for Meeting the Neighbors

Fr. Thomas Hall

The theme clearly embedded in this MAST Talk:  ways that we can leverage what we have and who we are for the sake of the Kingdom of God.  This is more than a topic for me.  This is my lived-experience.  We have enfolded neighbors into St. David's, forged new relationships, and brought value to our larger community by simply leveraging what we have for God's use.  This will be insightful and engaging, and will provide a take-home strategy for every attender.  


Beyond the Walls and Breaking the Chains

Fr. Russell Martin

Fulfilling the Great Commission and the Great Commandment through outreach and ministry to the incarcerated.


A Regional Vision for the Local Church

Dean Justin+ Read-Smith

What does the mission of the church look like when it is not only local, but regional and beyond? Moving beyond local identity, we will explore how the Church is called, as one body, to foster regional relational networks in order to harness the gifts of every local congregation to proclaim the message of the Kingdom through strategic, relational, and missional thinking in order to reach a region with the Gospel to begin building missional communities in unreached areas.


Theology: Forming Word & Sacrament People

Fr. Carl B. Smith

This MAST Talk encourages holistic formation as an expression of the Great Commandment – loving God with heart, soul, mind and strength.


Healing Grace

Fr. Joseph Acton

A discussion of the grace of God being the central reality of all healing. Grace heals. My example will flow from the story of Zacchaeus and the transformation of his life when he is freely offered fellowship with Jesus.


Healing through Prayer Teams

Fr. Joseph Acton

Healing as the Body of Christ the Healer


Church Planting Among Seniors

Fr. Leo Laney

Of all American citizens the segment with the greatest experience in church planting and development, the one with the most time to invest, and the one with the life situations most likely to respond (geographically relocated, recently suffered tragedy or loss, major career change, etc.) are the elderly and aged. The field is white for harvest.


Encouraging Ordained Vocations in Your Congregations

Cn. David Montzingo

Many of us have men and women of various ages in our local congregations whom the Lord is calling to be ordained deacons or presbyters. How can we identify them? Encourage them to pursue this calling? Support them through the process?


Reaching University Students Nearby

Jason Caywood & Fr. Ernest Victor





11:30am – 2:00pm


Via Catechesis

Fr. Harman Thomas

If you are thinking seriously about catechesis, have been identified by your leadership as gifted for discipleship, or are already leading catechism in your parish, join us for training in an approach to catechesis and discipleship that is dynamic and holistic, rooted in tradition and yet fine-tuned to our contemporary contexts and questions.


Launching Hispanic Ministry

Gabby Salazar & Fr. Gabe Garcia

Steps and actions an Anglican Church can take to begin reaching out to the Hispanic community in the U. S. effectively.


Cultivating Kingdom DNA for Revival

Travis Wilson

(waiting on description)


Student Mentorship Training

Bp. Steven Tighe and Eric Overholt

Designed for everyday lay people, this conversational training with Bishop Steven Tighe will encourage, equip, train, and help you form a plan to get started reaching the next generation with the good news of the Gospel!  Young or old, shy or quiet, come see how simple it is to begin showing a student what it means to believe in, love, and follow Jesus.  Join us!



2:00pm – 4:20pm

Discipling Adults through Surge Tables

Chris Gonzalez

Surge school is a discipleship environment and curriculum that helps people find their role in the Biblical Story. In this session I will go over what we’ve learned in the last 12 years for creating and leading great Surge tables where people are equipped and transformed.