( Re)Planting Missional Churches: The Theological Dimensions Of Why

April 12, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Princeton, NJ


April 12-14, 2018


The American scene of the Christian church is enormously complex. Most neighborhoods have no shortage of church options, yet statistics point to a steady decline of membership in established churches. For sale signs mark vacant church buildings. Meanwhile, radically untraditional megachurches and immigrant congregations experience burgeoning growth.

In this context, why should anyone plant a church, or try to revitalize one? What are the theological issues at the center of such an undertaking? Are some rationales for church planting and revitalization theologically problematic? The Center for Church Planting and Revitalization at Princeton has invited four leaders with theological expertise and on-the-ground experience from across the spectrum of American Christianity to address the “why” of church planting and revitalization today. It’s our hunch that the “why” questions need to be clarified before we get very far into conversations about the “what” and the “where.”

Come join the conversation as we delve deep in the dimensions of “why.”

Offered by Princeton Theological Seminary’s
Center for Church Planting and Revitalization
and the 
Office of Continuing Education
with support from the Mill Seminar in Parish Ministry


Dr. Dharius Daniels 
Founder and lead pastor of Change Church in central New Jersey

Dharius Daniels is a cultural architect and trendsetter for his generation. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Change Church. Change Church is a vibrant ministry that impacts people of all ages, socioeconomic classes, and ethnic backgrounds. Pastor Dharius has developed a Breathtaking Ministry concept that describes the standard of excellence: a standard that is apparent in his commitment not only to ministry but also to education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has a versatile gift and speaks frequently in seminaries and churches across the country. He is married to Shameka Daniels and they are the proud parents of two sons Dharius Seth and Gabriel Micah Daniels.

Pam Driesell
Senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta

Pam Driesell serves as senior pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Prior to her ministry at Trinity, Pam was the organizing pastor of Oconee Presbyterian Church in Watkinsville, Georgia. She has served as moderator of the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission, advisory council member to Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry, and preacher at the Emerging Church/Theological Education Caucus. Pam is a graduate of James Madison University, Hollins University, and Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the James T. Galloway Prize in Expository Preaching.

Kevin Haah
Lead pastor of New City Church of Los Angeles and visionary of the LA Church Planting Movement

Kevin Haah is the lead pastor of New City Church of LA. He went from being a young urban single out of Cornell Law School to getting married to his wife Grace, having three children, making partner at a prestigious law firm, then giving up law to pursue a Master’s of Divinity at Fuller Seminary, and becoming a pastor and church planter.

In addition to leading New City, a vibrant and inclusive multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic church in downtown LA, he leads LA Church Planting Movement, coaches church planters, and teaches urban church planting at Fuller. He is also one of the authors of the book, Starting Missional Church: Life with God in the Neighborhood (IVP 2014).

Keas Keasler
Professor of theology and program director of Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University in Wichita

Keas Keasler is a theology professor and the program director of the Master of Arts in Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University. Previously he was the teaching pastor of Rhythm Church in Miami, Florida, a non-denominational church he co-founded in 2010. He has his B.A. from Baylor University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in theology. Keas has done extension work in the areas of spiritual formation and missiology, presented at various conferences around the country, and serves on the board of the Ecclesia Network, a missional network of churches and leaders in North America.

Cost and Registration

Participant Fee: $155.00 (includes program and the following meals: Thursday banquet, Friday lunch, Saturday breakfast, and breaks)

PTS Student: $25 (includes program, Thursday banquet, and breaks)

Field Education Supervisors: $131.75 (includes program and the following meals:  Thursday banquet, Friday lunch, Saturday breakfast, and breaks)

Non-PTS Students: $25 (includes program, Thursday banquet, and breaks)

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