Monthly Theological /Practical Conversations: An Opportunity for
Professional Development, Presented by Grace Presbytery
April – November, 2016
All meetings will be held at the Presbyterian Mission Center, 6100 Colwell Blvd., Irving, unless otherwise indicated. Register for these events on the Grace Presbytery website, www.gracepresbytery.org
April 18 – “Theology and Clergy Self Care” 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with Susan Lange Ph.D. As a Licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner, Dr. Lange works collaboratively to help others focus on the present and to be excited about the future. She discusses the importance of slowing down to deal with frustrations using problem-solving energy to reach goals. Dr. Lange is a psychologist, Licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner, yoga teacher, and ordained Presbyterian Elder.
May 23 – “Navigating through the Changes in Board of Pensions” 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., with Kevin Keaton. The Reverend Kevin Keaton joined the Board in January 2012 after serving more than 30 years as a pastor and presbytery executive. Most recently, he was Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, in Omaha, Nebraska. Kevin has served churches in Austin, Texas; Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Altoona, Pennsylvania; and Sugar Land, Texas. He has served extensively on the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of New Covenant, Houston. A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Kevin graduated from McNeese State University as well as Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His presbyteries are in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
September 19 – “Leadership in the Life Cycle of a Congregation” 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with Dr. George Bullard. Dr. Bullard is a Strategic Leadership Coach and writer of articles and books with The Columbia Partnership. He also serves as President and Strategic Coordinator. His vision is to use his spiritual and strategic giftedness to empower congregations and congregational champions to fulfill their vision for Kingdom growth. Dr. Bullard is the author of three books on congregational leadership. “Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation” is about the congregational transformation process and what it takes to achieve transformation. It is his primary sourcebook for congregations. “Every Congregation Needs a Little Conflict” is about the conflict process in congregations, and it urges congregations to engage in learning activities to develop the capacity and a process for addressing conflict that is healthy so it is ready for the occasional unhealthy conflict. “FaithSoaring Churches” seeks to describe those congregations who are soaring with faith, what characterizes them, what they must focus on to achieve the synergy they need, and some of the issues they must address to be faith soaring churches with various denominational families throughout North America.
October 6 – “Training for Session Moderators of Churches of less than 75 Members” with Gerry Tyer and Presbytery staff. Gerry Tyer is the stated clerk for Grace Presbytery. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Georgia, a Master of Theology and Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry at Boston University, with a major in Organizational Development/Administration. He has served as Transitional Interim Synod Executive for Synod of the Sun, and Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Tampa Bay. Gerry pastored Overbrook Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio; Central Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minnesota; and West Collingswood Presbyterian Church, New Jersey, and is the author of the widely-circulated book, “Seven Keys to an Effective Presbytery.” This is a break-out group at the Presbytery meeting.
October 24 – “Resourcing New Testament Studies for Teaching Elders Facing important Issues of Our Day” 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with Dr. Margaret Aymer. Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary named Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer Associate Professor of New Testament in February 2015. Dr. Aymer earned her Ph. D. in New Testament and Early Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in 2004. She also holds a Master of Divinity in New Testament and Early Christianity from Union Theological Seminary (1996) and a BA in U.S. History from Harvard University (1989). She was honored in 2013 with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina.
November – To be announced at a later date