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

September 24, 2023 - September 26, 2023
Sept. 24-26, 2023
Lecture: Register for the free lecture, Mon., Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Conference Online: Register to attend the conference online. $100 Conference In Person: Register to attend the conference in person. $250

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

Join us for 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. He is the author of What’s Next? a book to help contemporary pastors lead their congregations forward. Dr. Willimon will present the Henderson Lecture on Church and Ministry, “Hope for the Many Churches Where Few Are Gathered,” Monday evening, Sept. 25, 2023, at 7:00 person and online.

Additionally, Christian Scharen and Eileen Campbell-Reed, co-directors of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project—a national, ecumenical, and longitudinal study of ministry begun in 2009—will lead the plenary session, “Pastoral Imagination: Developing, Nurturing, and Sustaining It,” on Tuesday morning.