Conference: Looking Forward: Church, Hope, and the Future of Congregations

September 24, 2023 - September 26, 2023
Sept. 24-26, 2023 (times to be announced)
Not yet announced at the time of entry in this listing.

What is the future of small congregations (the fastest growing segment of North American Christianity)?

Join us for two days of lectures, workshops, worship, and conversations that will inspire your leadership; and receive practical, usable wisdom for giving your congregation a future.

This year’s keynoter Will Willimon has been listening to pastors and congregations in hundreds of American churches and has a hopeful, Christ-centered word for small churches and their leaders. Dr. Willimon will present the Henderson Lecture on Church and Ministry Monday evening, Sept. 25, 2023, at 7:00 person and online.

A bishop in The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Will Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. He has taught in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia in various seminaries. He is a trustee of Wofford College, Emory University, and serves on the Dean’s Committee of Yale Divinity School.

Willimon is the author of more than 70 books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. More than a million copies of his books have been sold. His articles have appeared in many publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. His book Pastor: the Theology and Practice of Ordained Leadership is used in dozens of seminaries in the United States and Asia.