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

Henderson Leadership Conference

Sept. 24-26, 2023
Will Willimon, Keynoter


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,” Tuesday morning. 

This is our first in-person Henderson Leadership Conference since 2019. In celebration of this chance to gather, we've reduced the registration costs to increase access to these great speakers and this quality content. Expand the Registration information below to register to join us!

Overnight housing is available. Call the Seminary at 412-362-5610 for more information.


Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 


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