Responsible Outreach: The Church in Mission
Friday, February 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, February 21, 9:00am-3:00pm (lunch provided)
Duke Divinity School
What does it mean to be a local church doing outreach? What is the church’s theological and ethical responsibility to its community? How can churches be more responsible disciples in their local and global settings? How can churches navigate the complexities of race, socio-economics, culture, and community histories to fulfill our mission of transforming the world for the sake of Jesus Christ? Join us as pastors and students come together to wrestle with these questions, alongside four experts in missions and outreach. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/pdmvuuf
Conference participants include:
Bishop Hope Morgan Ward – Bishop, North Carolina Annual Conference, President of the General Board of Global Ministries. Bishop Ward has been involved in missions throughout the United Methodist church, in rural and urban settings, as well as presiding over the church’s response to major natural disasters in her episcopal areas.
Bishop Peter Witbooi – Bishop, Central District of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Bishop Witbooi’s episcopal area includes Johannesburg, mining communities, agricultural areas, and informal townships. His ministry has included work in Apartheid era South Africa, and modern social issues within South Africa.
Rev. Sikawu Makubalo – Rev. Makubalo began his ministry in a mining community outside of Johannesburg. Currently, he serves as the minister of a church in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, working to integrate that church congregation. He also serves as the chair of the missions and outreach committee for the Central District, working closely with Bishop Witbooi. He has a passion for reconciliation, building sustainable community partnerships, and working with impoverished areas.
Rev. W. Joseph Mann – Rev. Mann retired in 2010 after 20 years as director of the Rural Church Division of the Duke Endowment. During his time at the Duke Endowment, Rev. Mann helped strengthen the rural church in North Carolina, and pioneered the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative, which funds seminary education for clergy committed to serving the rural church. Currently, Rev. Mann teaches courses in church leadership and philanthropy at Duke Divinity
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