Thursday October 13, 2016 from 10:00 – 2:00pm
The world is changing, and there is much institutional anxiety. Even in churches that appear to thrive, folks wonder what will happen in twenty years. Jim Somerville, pastor at Richmond’s First Baptist Church, says loudly and clearly: Jesus did not come to found an institution; Jesus came to start a revolution…Many of the questions raised in churches today point to fears about institutional preservation, not to the mission. We have lost our way. We either try to build enormous megachurches or keep our smaller churches from dying. That, however, is not the way it was meant to be. In a culture no longer in love with the church, the time has come to stop shoring up institutions and learn how to swim.
CBFVA is pleased to sponsor the first annual Pastors’ School at BTSR. Come join this timely conversation with Dr. Somerville and BTSR faculty!
Pastors’ School Schedule
10:00am ………. Registration & Light Breakfast
10:30am………. Keynote & Conversation with Jim Somerville
12:00nn …………Lunch Together
1:00pm…………..Breakouts by BTSR Faculty
Keynote & Conversation with Dr. Jim Somerville
The Pastors’ School will begin with a keynote address and conversation led by Dr. Jim Somerville. Jim serves as Senior Pastor at Richmond’s First Baptist Church. Jim also recently served as a BTSR Trustee, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at BTSR teaching the course entitled, “The Ministry of Preaching.” Jim has preached on the Chicago-based 30 Good Minutes, the internationally broadcast Day 1 radio program, and was one of the featured preachers at the Festival of Homiletics at the Washington National Cathedral in 2004. His articles and sermons have been published in Christian Century, Leadership, The Upper Room, Preaching, Lectionary Homiletics, and Preaching Great Texts.
Following lunch, you may choose from one of three breakout sessions led by BTSR faculty members.
- “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land” with Dr. Mark Biddle
- “Wait, You Want ME to Lead the Singing” with Dr. Deborah Carlton Loftis
- “By Leaps and Lapses: The Challenges of Church Survival and Growth in Multicultural Settings in the Book of Acts” with Dr. Scott Spencer
*This event is free but registration is required*