We’re all born with power. How are you using yours?
October 8–11, 2018
Online registration is now closed, however walk-in registration is available from 3:00-4:00 pm on Monday, October 8th in the Assembly Inn upper lobby.
When we look at the intersection of today’s headlines and God’s concern we see topics like racism, #metoo, immigration, and violence. In each of these discussions, the common thread is power. It’s the same when we look at the topics of spirited discussion in our churches, like the budget, mission, stewardship, and recruitment of leaders. And yet power is something we rarely talk about, analyze, or organize around, even though we’re dealing with it, using it, or finding ourselves without it, all the time.
This conference will examine the biblical, theological, and sociological understandings of power and the church’s relationship to it. When do we build power for the gospel, and when do we resist the powers that oppose it? How is power necessary for congregational leadership, and when does it divide? How do we wield power in the church in unifying ways without diminishing Jesus’ radical call to discipleship?
Better Angels invites you to enter the discussion of power where you find it most relevant. Each participant will have the opportunity to sample two subject areas over the course of the conference. Course leaders will teach each topic in two formats: a longer, more in depth format, and and a shorter, snapshot format. Each participant will be able to choose one topic to be their primary (in depth) workshop. Participants will register in advance for their primary workshop. In addition, each participant may take one secondary workshop (one hour in length); no pre-registration is required for the secondary workshop.
Areas of Emphasis:
- The March is Over…Now What? Power Analysis for an Emerging Network
- Gender and Power in Church Settings: Insights Into Achieving Equity in the Church
- Feeling Overexposed to Logics and Systems of Supremacy: Begin a 12-step journey toward healing…
- Leading the Mission Committee Beyond Charity: Identifying the Congregation’s Power to Create Systemic Change
- Advanced Topics in Understanding Power: For Leaders Ready to Be Held Accountable for Their Outcomes Instead of Just Their Activity
- What If We Are The Next Charlottesville? Understanding the Power Dynamics of Race in Church and Community
- Can Understanding Power Make Preaching More Powerful? Reading the Word with a Hermeneutic of Power
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