Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

McClure Lectures in World Mission and Evangelism

Join us for the annual W. Don McClure Lectures Mon., Sept. 21, and Tues., Sept. 22, 2015. Keynote speaker Graham Cray, Honorary Bishop of the Diocese of York, and former leader of Fresh Expressions in the United Kingdom will present "Authentic Church - Contextual Church." These lectures and discussions, held in the Chapel Auditorium, are free and open to the public.

Sept. 21, 2015

  • 11:30 a.m. Chapel Service
  • 4:00 p.m.  "Gospel, Culture and Church Planting: Insights from the Fresh Expressions Initiative" In the UK, beginning in the Church of England, missionary engagement with a changed and changing Western culture led to the Fresh Expressions movement: a new understanding of church planting, with a major emphasis on the leadership of the Holy Spirit, and the importance of the local context. This has become a partnership of many denominations, and has been replicated in other parts of the world including the USA. This lecture will cover the history and impact of fresh expressions and identify the distinctive insights.
  • 5:00 p.m. World Mission Initiative Reception, McNaugher Lounge
  • 6:00 p.m. World Mission Initiative Dinner. $15/person, Kadel DIning Room
  • 7:30 p.m. "The Church Rediscovered Through Mission: Characteristics of a Mission-Shaped Church"  What has been learned about the nature of the church from more than ten years of the Fresh Expressions movement? What are the characteristics of an authentic church? How can the local church, whether a church plant or a long established congregation be recognizably the church of Jesus Christ, as seen down the centuries, but also be authentic to its local context?

Sept. 22, 2015

  • 11:30 a.m.  Chapel Service

Dinner Registration

Online registration for the WMI Dinner on Sept. 21.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Contact the Seminary’s Office of Continuing Education at ConEd@pts.edu or 412-924-1345 for more information.

Speaker Bio

Bishop Graham Cray was educated at Leeds University and St. John's College, Nottingham, before beginning his ministry as a curate of St. Mark's Church, Gillingham. Cray later spent 14 years at St. Michael-le-Belfry in York before becoming princpal of Ridley Hall Theological College in Cambridge and later the Bishop of Mainstone in 2001. In 2009, he was appointed to lead the Archbishops' (of Canterbury and of York) Fresh Expressions team. Fresh Expressions is a movement established by the Church of England the Methodist Church to pioneer new congregations and churches that appeal to people who have never attended church or those who are not attracted to traditional styles of church. Bishop Cray retired from full-time ministry and from his position as Archbishop's Missioner in 2014. He is currently Honorary Bishop of the Diocese of York in the United Kingdom.

About the W. Don McClure Lectures

These lectures honor The Rev. Dr. W. Don McClure, a 1934 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who served as a missionary in Africa for nearly 50 years. McClure’s years in Africa spanned dugout canoes to jet boats, in an arc through Sudan and Ethiopia equal to the distance between Pittsburgh and Dallas. After retirement he continued as a volunteer at Gode, Ethiopia, until guerrillas killed him on March 27, 1977. Don McClure's life story is told in Adventure in Africa: From Khartoum to Addis Ababa in Five Decades (1990; now availabe in Kindle format) written by Charles B. Partee, P.C. Rossin Professor Emeritus of Church History at the Seminary.