Keynote and Plenary sessions
Fear and Courage in a Tiny Church: Reflections on Life in a Small Parish – Opening Keynote*
Monday 7-8:30 p.m., Lehman Auditorium
Lauren Winner has written of her personal faith journey and is familiar with the issues raised by our theme. She will open our School by addressing the intersections and challenges of these two.
*This is the only session of the School for Leadership Training free to the public.
What are the Issues?
Tuesday 9-10:30 a.m., Martin Chapel
Daniel Aleshire, Fred Kniss, and Lauren Winner will each give a 15-minute reflection from their own experience and study on the issues around the theme topic, followed by Q&A time with the audience. Facilitator: Fred Kniss
Spiritual Practices for the 21st Century – Keynote #2
Tuesday 1:45-3:15 p.m., Martin Chapel
Lauren Winner will highlight practices to keep the “church for all generations” healthy and strong in its current milieu.
The Christian But Not Religious Church for the Spiritual But Not Religious: The Shifting Role of Religion in American Life – Keynote #3
Wednesday 9:00-10:30 a.m., Martin Chapel
Years of observing the church and culture from the vantage point of education for clergy gives Daniel Aleshire seasoned wisdom as he speaks into the topic.
Tuesday 3:45-5:00 p.m., Martin Chapel
The SLT Worship Team, led by Les Horning, invites us to a closing corporate worship experience offering gratitude for what we have learned and the possibility of seeing the church with a new lens.
Special Events and Offers
Monday 5-6:45 p.m., Seminary Martin Chapel
Pick up your registration packet; then enjoy light refreshments sponsored by EMU office of church partnerships and the EMU alumni office. Late arrivals may pick up packets Tuesday morning.
Pastor Appreciation Breakfast with the President
7 a.m. President’s Room, University Commons
Pastors registered for SLT are invited to the University Commons building for one complimentary light breakfast on either Tuesday, Jan 20, or Wednesday, Jan 21, from 7-8 a.m. We suggest that persons whose last name begins with A-L attend on Tuesday and those whose last name begins with M-Z attend on Wednesday. Meet Loren and Pat and connect with other pastors. Preregistration necessary.
Women in Ministry Luncheon
Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northlawn West Dining Room
Women who are in or considering ministerial roles are invited to bring their dining hall meals or bag lunches to the West Dining Room in Northlawn. Laura Amstutz, Director of Seminary Admissions, will facilitate a time of networking and encouragement.
A limited number of Lauren Winner’s books are available for purchase from the EMU Bookstore, located in University Commons. They may include: Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, Real Sex, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.
Announcement from EMU Admissions
Do you have any high school youth with special interest in church leadership? Bring them along to SLT! Contact the Admissions Office for details about reimbursement for registration expenses (540-432-4118,