Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host its annual Summer Leadership Conference, June 5-8. Participants will explore the theme “Getting Ready for Tomorrow’s Church: Missional and Global Perspectives on Christ’s Church” while attending daily workshops and worship services. Keynote speakers include Lois Y. Barrett, director, Great Plains Extension, and associate professor, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary; Jin S. Kim, senior pastor, Church of All Nations, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Jehu J. Hanciles, associate professor of the history of Christianity and globalization, Fuller Theological Seminary. Worship leader is Donald J. Dawson, director of the World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Vera K. White, director of new church development for the Pittsburgh Presbytery, will also present.
Barrett will present three lectures on the theme “Habits of the Missional Church”; Kim will present “The Emerging, Global Congregation”; while Hanciles will present “Globalization, Immigration, and the American Church”.
Registration fee is $130 before May 15 and $145 after that date. Limited on-campus housing is available at an additional fee. For more information about this event, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu. Conference Brochure
Barrett is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (B.A.), the Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.Div.), and the Graduate School of The Union Institute (Ph.D.). She has written numerous articles and books, including co-authoring Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (Eerdmans, 2004) and Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Eerdmans, 1998). She has served as a pastor of an urban congregation and has also studied the house church movement and focused on missional ecclesiology.
Kim is the founding pastor of Church of All Nations, chartered as a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in 2004. Born in Korea, he came to the U.S.A. with his family and grew up in the South in a multiethnic environment. He holds degrees from Georgia Tech (B.A.), Princeton Seminary (M.Div.), and Columbia Seminary (D.Min.). Kim is former moderator and current chair of Council of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. He also chairs the Cross-Cultural Alliance of Ministries, serves on the Minnesota Council of Churches’ board, is part of the Jewish-Presbyterian Dialogue, and is a PCUSA delegate to the National Council of Churches.
Hanciles, who was born in Sierra Leone, also directs the Center for Missiological Research. He has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and the U.S. Hanciles has written and published books and articles mainly on issues related to mission and globalization as well as African Christianity. His most recent, highly acclaimed publication is Beyond Christendom: Globalization, African Migration, and the Transformation of the West (Orbis, 2008). He has a strong scholarly interest in studies related to the new global context in which Christianity finds itself at the dawn of the new millennium, with newly emerging frontiers, a need for new forms of Christian missionary engagement, and new ways of dealing with old questions.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.