2019 Presenters & Clinicians

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Presenter- How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon (Wednesday- Thursday) @ 10:00am

Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas

Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics /Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration Christian Theological Seminary
Indianapolis, IN

Presenter- Pneumatology (Wednesday- Thursday) @ 10:00am

Dr. William Turner Jr.

James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor/ Emeritus of the Practice of Preaching
Duke Divinity School
Durham, NC

Presenter- Ethics Lecture (Thursday @ 9am & 10am)

Dr. Stacey Floyd- Thomas
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Ethics and Society/ Associate Professor of Ethics and Society 
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Nashville, TN



Rev. Yvonne Gilmore
Associate Dean of Disciples Divinity House University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

 Min. Lee B. Ivey, III
MDiv, MA, CMHC Therapist Resident, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN

Rev. Angela Whitenhill, LCSW Mental Health Initiantive Manager National Benevolent Assoication Covenant Christian Church Cary, NC

Talking about LGBTQ Welcome in our Congregations

AllianceQ Council Members Rev. Darnell Fennel, Rev. Whittney Ijanaten, and Rev. Tana Roseboro, along with Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of AllianceQ’s Open & Affirming Ministry Program, will talk about the importance of LGBTQ affirmation in our congregations and how to hold conversations in grace filled, community building ways.

Be Bold in Community Engagement (National Benevolent Association (NBA)

Wednesday March 6 2:00 – 3:30 and 4:00 – 5:30 (repeat)

Mark Anderson, Elaine Sanford, Eric LeSure, Larry Morris, Dietra Baker and Sharyn Crosby

This workshop will highlight innovative models of community engagement. Hear from a panel of leaders engaging their congregations and communities in conversations that matter, taking action on pressing justice issues and shaping ministries of care that make a difference. Panelists will share their models and insights with time set aside for questions and interaction so that attendees will leave with concrete ideas and new connections. The National Benevolent Association and ministry partners will share strategies and processes to enrich your own ministries of care.

Clergy Financial Wellness

Ministers’ financial lives are complicated:  Our salaries are modest; our churches may be struggling, and we know we need to save for the future.  In fact, we know if we don’t set the priority in our lives to address our financial future, circumstances and people will.  Setting priorities begins by focusing on God and being more generous and bold with the gifts that God has entrusted to us.  Join Pension Fund as we examine ways in which we can partner with you and your church, helping you grow, flourish and thrive.