A preacher from London, England and a church planter from Bloomington, Indiana headline the annual Georgetown College Pastors’ Conference, scheduled April 16-18, at the College’s Thomas & King Leadership & Conference Center.
“It is always eight days after Easter – a date that many pastors mark on their calendars and look forward to,” said planner Dwight A. Moody, Dean of the Chapel. “This conference helps ministers find fresh energy and enthusiasm for our calling.
“And, this year we are uniquely blessed to feature an international pastor and a female church leader,” Moody added.
Simon Perry is the young pastor of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London. The Britisher, who holds a PhD from Cambridge, will lead the Bible Study on Luke chapter four, with the theme, “Temptation and the Ministry.”
Lesley Kreiger left the security of a First Baptist Church staff to launch a Generation X church plant in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School. She will speak at the Tuesday evening banquet, taking the theme “Paul, Penguins and Project X.”
Krieger, 28, served in a traditional church for five, mostly satisfying years. “But, I needed to make church engaging to people who didn’t have a positive church experience in their lives,” said Krieger, who is the lead pastor for this new congregation that has attracted since September more than 50 people with a mix of previously unchurched and many who had left the church years ago. One way she has been able to reach them with relevant messages is by meeting on Saturday nights in a sports complex.
“I’m hoping conference participants from traditional churches will like my enthusiasm as a new church planter and ask me to share more about ways to reach out to the unchurched in their communities,” she said.
The banquet will also feature the presentation of the annual award for lifetime achievement in ministry, the Ken Chafin Award. The honoree is 1941 Georgetown graduate Ira McMillan. McMillan served for many years in Kentucky and Ohio as pastor, church planter, and administrator.
Other speakers include Texas preacher Joel Gregory who will preach a sermon entitled “A Hole in the Wall.”
Dr. John Durham, a retired Hebrew and Scripture scholar now living in Virginia, will lead two sessions on “Art and Exegesis” based on his recent best-selling book “Rembrandt and the Bible.”
Two special events highlight this year’s conference. On Tuesday, Ms. Jean Smith, of the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis, will lead a seminar on the Clergy Renewal Program. Each year the Endowment gives sabbatical grants of as much as $45,000 to several hundred ministers. Ms. Smith administers this program and is eager to see more Baptist ministers apply for the sabbatical funds.
On Tuesday evening, the Conference will host an Authors’ Reception and Book Signing. It will feature conference speakers Durham and Gregory, Georgetown personnel Eric Fruge, Norm Wirzba and Dwight Moody, as well as some attendees, such as Tim Simpson, on the staff of First Baptist Church of Frankfort.
The conference center is located at 101 Stadium Drive next to Toyota Stadium. Additional information and registration is available online at www.georgetowncollege.edu/ministry, or contact Robbi Barber by phone or e-mail: 502-863-7047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgetown is a faith-based, residential, co-educational college defined by academic excellence in the liberal arts that teaches students to think, to lead, and to serve with balance and respect as demonstrated and modeled by Christian character. Historically Baptist affiliated, Georgetown College is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,406 students, the largest in its history.