• Our 2022 Keynote Speakers

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    Tracking Congregational Trends Through and Beyond the Pandemic  

    Keynote Speakers:

    Scott Thumma is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Hartford International University (formerly Hartford Seminary) and the Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. He serves as the Principal Investigator of the Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations project, Co-Chair of the Faith Communities Today initiative, on the steering committee of the US Religious Census, and as a research advisor for several other projects and organizations. Throughout his 30-year career he has participated in many congregational study projects and national religion research efforts. He has written widely on the subject of megachurches, gay religious life, congregational dynamics, and nondenominational churches and has published three books [Gay Religion, Beyond Megachurch Myths, and The Other Eighty Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Disciples], many research reports, and managed over a half-dozen websites.

     

    Dr. Allison Norton is the Faculty Associate in Migration Studies and Congregational Life at Hartford International University (formerly Hartford Seminary), where she directs the Pastoral Innovation Network of New England. She teaches courses in sociology of religion, immigration, and multicultural and intergenerational ministry. Her research and publications explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on US congregations, the rise of megachurches in West Africa, the transnational dimension of African Pentecostalism, the role of migration on the worldwide expansion of the Christian faith, and the religious identities of the “new” second generation. Her forthcoming co-authored book, “Migrant God, Migrant Faith” (with Matthew Krabill, IVP Academic) provides a historical and contemporary exploration of migrant Christianity in the United States.

     

    Sponsored by Friesens

     

    Keynote Description:

    What is the present reality and the future health of America's congregations after two years of Covid-19 consequences? Drawing on several national surveys as a part of Hartford Institute for Religion Research’s 5-year research project Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations (www.covidreligionresearch.org), this keynote will discuss how churches are faring thus far and what the future might hold. The talk will address the interesting adaptations underway and the challenges yet remaining. Special attention will be paid to the possible implications of this changing reality for Christian publishers.

    Leading Through a Time of Change

    Keynote Speaker:

    Mark Glesne serves as Senior Marketing Director for HarperCollins Christian Publishing, with a special focus on the Max Lucado and Lysa TerKeurst publishing brands. A graduate of California Lutheran University, Mark is also an entrepreneur, an ordained pastor, and a Marine Corps combat veteran. He and his wife, Corissa, live in Spring Hill, TN with their three children: Ethan, Asher, and Maisie.

     

    Sponsored by Ingram Content

     

    Keynote Description:

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last two years, it’s that change is inevitable and often unexpected. For organizations to survive, grow, and thrive in the face of change, effective leadership is vital for success. In our time together, we’ll look at some essential—and perhaps unexpected—components of leadership to help guide you through leading a team during a time of change.

    The Container Problem: Moving from Trauma to Resilience

    Keynote Speaker:

    The Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, Senior Pastor, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul, MN, is both a pastor and author. Two of his most popular books are: Is There Space for Me Embracing Grief through Art, and his latest book: The Four Promises Journeying through Past and Present Trauma. On his blog site www.DrRonBell.com, you can find many of his articles on race, trauma, empathy, and grief. Ron is married to Dr. Eboni M. Bell, and they have two sons.
    Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in Theology from Regent University School of Divinity, a doctorate degree in Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and has done his certification work for trauma response at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ron is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

     

    Sponsored by Lakeside Books

     

    Keynote Description:

    Can a broken glass hold water? The answer is yes, but not for long and not without potentially doing irreparable damage to the glass and possibly contaminating the water. Can we keep holding on to the trauma we are experiencing? The answer is again yes, but not for long not without potentially doing irreparable damage to ourselves and possible contaminating or harming those around us. We have a container problem, not a content or information problem. Our containers need attention. This session will focus on helping participants learn strategies and tools to mend their containers in the midst of trauma. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of how trauma affects them and from a biblical perspective what tools the bible provides for healing and wholeness in the midst of trauma.

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