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Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat

May 23-27, 2016

“Ubuntu: The Beloved Community Rooted in Christ”

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Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat 2016

The South Carolina Conference, in partnership with North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences, will host the Carolina Black Clergy Leadership Retreat focused on leadership development emphasizing social justice advocacy at the Kingston Plantation Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC May 23-27, 2016. This 5-day leadership retreat’s theme is “Ubuntu: The Beloved Community Rooted in Christ” based on John 15:12 to include passionate worship; practical and theological leadership plenary sessions; breakout sessions on advocacy, self-care, and social action; and intentional Christian fellowship. Romal Tune, a global theologian and founder of Faith for Change (, Bishop John Wesley Yohanna of the Nigeria Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and Rev. & Dr. Troy and Maxine Thomas of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (Louisville, Kentucky) are confirmed as a headline plenary speakers.


The 5-day leadership retreat centers on the theology and praxis of “beloved community” as a leadership maxim which embodies Christian fellowship, passionate worship, theological dialogue, practical application, and self-reflection for one’s own life and ministry. The retreat will take place at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach May 23-27, 2016. Duke Divinity School Black church scholars, Drs. J. Kameron Carter, will present a lecture centered on the work of #blacklivesmatter in the Black community through a Christological lens with responses from local and state representatives. The lecture theme is: “Christ’s Love in the Black Church and Her Community.” Musicians Robert McMichael and Jarvis Wilson, both of Atlanta, Georgia, will serve as the worship leaders. In addition, breakout sessions will include a close examination of self-care, preaching and worship, social action and Christian witness. CEUs will be offered for this leadership retreat.

Registration for the event can now be found at and is for clergy—both single and married—and clergy spouses. All denominations are welcome. Scholarships are available for seminarians only.

For more information, please contact Jeffery Salley, Congregational Specialist for African American Ministries/Congregational Specialist Columbia & Hartsville Districts, at 803.786.9486, X 315.

Early Registration: March 31 2015, $300.00

Regular Registration: April 1-April 30, 2016, $350.00

Late Registration: May 1-May 20, 2015, $375.00

(Price inclusive of hotel accommodations at Kingston Plantation and one communal meal.)



Retreat Sponsors:

  • North Carolina Annual Conference
  • South Carolina Annual Conference
  • Western NC Annual Conference
  • Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
  • National Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
  • Host Bishop:  Bishop Jonathan L. Holston



Special Registration and Condo Note:

Spouses attending the Carolinas Black Clergy Leadership Retreat must pay registration fees as noted on the registration form. In addition, please note, there are a few one-bedroom condos available on a first-come basis. Priority for the one-bedroom condos will be given to married couples; otherwise, married couples will be placed in the two (2) bedroom condos with other married couples.



All cancellation notices and requests for refunds must be in writing from the registered person. If you need to cancel, your existing fees may be transferred to those of another attendee. We will accept cancellations, with documentation, due to medical issues or death of an immediate family member. For cancelling 30 days before meeting date, $50 will be deducted from the total cost. For cancelling less than 30 days before meeting date, $100 will be deducted from the total cost. NO REFUNDS WILL BE HONORED THE WEEK OF, DURING, OR AFTER THE MEETING. Cancellations after the meeting will not be honored.