Spiritual leaders will meet to discern God's call for church
1/30/2003 News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn
Tenn. (UMNS) - Spiritual leaders from across the United Methodist
Church will meet this summer to determine how God is leading the
denomination in developing spiritual formation and maturity in Christ.
Spiritual Leaders Conference, Aug. 4-7, will be the church's second
gathering aimed at understanding how the denomination is nurturing
spiritual leaders for itself and the world. More than 150 people are
expected to gather at the Oakwood Spiritual Life Center in Syracuse,
Most spiritual leaders in the United Methodist Church
today feel that they are not adequately supported and equipped to do
what God has called to the do, according to the Rev. Tom Albin, dean of
the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, Tenn., a sponsor of the conference.
"They would say that the church could do better."
sponsors, which also include the United Methodist Board of Higher
Education and Ministry and the Board of Discipleship, hope that
conference participants will get a clearer sense of God's will for the
church, and that there will be a "clearer commitment of everyone working
together (for) the glory of God and the benefit of the church," Albin
"It is our hope that in the future, people who feel called
to service in the United Methodist Church will find a warmer welcome,
better spiritual preparation to be servant leaders, and the support
needed to sustain themselves for a lifetime of service in the church and
Conference leaders will include Albin; Bishop Susan
Hassinger, Lawrence, Mass.; the Rev. Marjorie Thompson, director of the
Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership, Nashville; and the Rev. Luther
Smith, a Christian Methodist Episcopal member of the Commission on
Pan-Methodist Cooperation and Union and professor of church and
community at United Methodist-related Candler School of Theology in
More information is available at
www.gbod.org/spirit-ldrs-conf03, or by contacting Albin at (615)
340-7110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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