Registration is now open for the 2018 Summit on the Black Church, an annual gathering sponsored by Connectional Ministries of the South Carolina Annual Conference.
This year’s summit – “The Missing Links: Real Talk for the Black Church” – is scheduled for Oct. 25-27 at the Doubletree by Hilton-Charleston Airport in North Charleston. It centers on the themes of worship, leadership, stewardship, accountability, spiritual formation and healthy conflict.
The cost is $125 per person and includes Friday evening’s banquet. Once you register for the event, you will receive an email with a link through which you can book your hotel room at the group rate. Youth in sixth through 12th grades can attend Saturday’s Youth Session free of charge.
Bishop Sharma Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond Episcopal Area in Virginia, will be the keynote speaker. She was the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church in 2016.
Bishop Lewis also will lead Thursday’s opening worship service and speak at Friday evening’s banquet.
Other presenters include:
- Rev. William T. Chaney Jr., regional new church strategist (Path 1) for the Southeastern Jurisdiction with UMC Discipleship Ministries, who will speak about “A Vital Church.”
- Rev. Dr. Tonya Lawrence, director of spiritual life and chaplain at Clark Atlanta University, who will speak about “Reaching, Connecting, Forming, Sending.”
- Rev. Dr. Henry Masters, editor of byFaith Magazine, who will speak about “Leadership and Stewardship.”
- Rev. Angela Nelson, Rev. Jeannette Cooper and Carolyn Little will lead a session on “God and Us: Worship That Connects.”
- Rev. Cathy Mitchell, Rev. Steve Patterson and Cynthia Williams will lead “Can We Talk?” a panel discussion on conflict.
- Rev. Sh’Kur Francis will lead Saturday’s Youth Session, “It’s Your Church Now!”
- Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference, will lead Saturday’s closing session and worship.