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Press Release National ministry leaders attend Leadership Academy held in Indianapolis

National ministry leaders attend Leadership Academy held in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, September 19, 2014 — Courageous leadership requires you to walk a difficult, unpopular and sometimes dangerous path. The work of a ministerial leader can be thankless and lonely.

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation will offer a Fall Leadership Academy at the Marten House Hotel and Conference Center, September 22-26, 2014 to address many issues that impact congregational leaders.

“The Leadership Academy is designed to help empower leaders to make bold and courageous decisions about their faith in order to become a transformational leader for this era of God’s mission,” says Gilberto Collazo, president of Hope Partnership. “We continue to see a great need for an event of this magnitude that brings together leaders at various stages of their ministry,” he adds.

Hope Partnership is expecting 80 plus congregational leaders and potential new church pastors of the Christian Church to attend this national event. In addition to tracks for new and transforming church leaders, the event will feature new learning communities for interim pastors and leaders of new social service ministries. Preachers and presenters for Leadership Academy reflect the diversity of the Christian Church and the diversity of talents needed for leadership in today’s church. Preachers for the week include Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Rev. Marvin J. Owens, Jr., Pastor of Michigan Park Christian Church in Washington, D.C. Also presenting during the week will be Rev. Suzanne Castle, author of Brim: Creative Overflow and Rev. Dr. Richard L. “Dick” Hamm, author of Recreating the Church.

Throughout the week participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops including church planting, transformation, social media and marketing. Participants will also visit local congregations, entrepreneurs and social service ministries.

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation is a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). You can learn more online at www.HopePMT.org. Our mission is to empower courageous leaders as they guide the Church into life-giving expressions of God’s mission. Leadership Academy is offered twice each year.