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A Discussion on the Future of the Church

Sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

June 14, 2012
Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission



What are the larger trends that are influencing the church and faith formation, and what are creative ways to look at leading the church? This program will provide tactical projections on what appears to be making an impact on the church in the next ten years, and what church leaders should prepare to address. Leadership also needs to be more flexible, and visions of an adaptive leadership will be shared. Participants are invited into a discussion to envision a way how they might contribute and make an impact on the future of the church. This program will be a “participatory learning environment”, where each has an opportunity to relate the material and newer insights in relationship to their ministry context.


8:30 a.m.     Gathering and Registration
9:00 a.m.     Introduction and Key Frameworks (John Roberto)
         The Hunger for God and the Spiritual Life, and Organized Religion
         Eight Significant Forces Impacting Faith Formation
10:45 a.m.     Strategies in Leading Faith Formation (John Roberto)
12:00 p.m.     Lunch
1:30 p.m.     Re-Imagining the Gospel (Johnson)
2:45 p.m.     Re-Imagining Ministry (Meisel)


John Roberto is president of LifelongFaith Associates, editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and coordinator for the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative. John also works on the Vibrant Faith Ministries team as project coordinator of the Faith Formation Learning Exchange. John works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and program manuals in youth ministry, family ministry, and intergenerational faith formation.

William Stacy Johnson is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology. An ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer, he earned his Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and his M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Johnson’s work over the years has focused on the future of Christian churches, and especially the theological, ethical, and spiritual challenges they face.

Wayne Meisel is the Director of Faith and Service at the Cousins Foundation in Atlanta, GA. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Wayne is the Founding President of the Bonner Foundation, a national philanthropic organization that provides service-based scholarships to support students with an “access to education and an opportunity to serve.” Wayne also served on the Presidential Commission for National and Community Service (later renamed the Corporation for National Service) and was one of the primary architects of the Americorps Program.

Contact Info

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