Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the annual W. Don McClure Lectures Sept. 26-27, 2011. Darrell L. Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary will address “The Gathering and Upbuilding of the Missional Community for its Sending.”

Sept. 26 events include “Evangelism: The Gathering of the Missional Community,” at 11:30 a.m.; “Discipleship: The Forming of the Missional Community,” at 4:15 p.m.; World Mission Initiative Dinner at 6:00 p.m.; and “Witness: The Sending of the Missional Community?” at 7:30 p.m. Guder will present the chapel service “The Freedom of Missional Faithfulness” based pm Philippians 1:12-18, Sept. 27 at 11:30 a.m.

The lectures are free and open to the public. To attend the WMI dinner, guests must pre-register and cost is $12 per person. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu with questions or to register for the dinner. Download the event brochure. Register online for the dinner.

Darrell L. Guder is the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also served as dean of academic affairs from 2005 to 2010. He taught previously at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Whitworth College. A native Californian who completed his education in Germany (Ph.D., University of Hamburg), he has served as a Presbyterian minister in the German Lutheran Church, as minister of Christian education at Hollywood First Presbyterian Church and as director of the Institute of Youth Ministries of Fuller Theological Seminary/Young Life.

Guder’s publications include Be My Witnesses (1983, 2003), The Continuing Conversion of the Church (2000), and The Incarnation and The Church’s Witness (2000). He edited Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (1998) and contributed to Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (Lois Barrett, ed.; 2004). He has published numerous articles, and he has translated two theological works from German into English. Guder has spoken frequently in the United States and in many locations around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Egypt, Hungary, Denmark, and South Korea. In the fall of 2010 he served as visiting professor of missiology at the Universities of Bern and Basel (Switzerland). He has been active in The Gospel and Our Culture Network, focusing on the missional challenges to the churches in the cultures dominated by the earlier paradigms of Christendom. He has also served as president of the American Society of Missiology. Dr. Guder has been honored with Doctorates of Divinity from Whitworth University and Jamestown College.

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. Born in Blairsville, Pa., McClure began teaching in Khartoum in 1928, upon graduating from Westminster College. After studying at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he returned with his wife, Lyda, to Sudan to evangelize among the Shulla people. He was shot to death by guerrillas in 1977.

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.