2017 Conference Speakers

2017 Conference Speakers

Monday, June 19, 2017
2:30 to 5:30 pm
Pre-Conference Workshop 

Re-visioning Ministry

Staccato Powell

Given the shifting context of church and society, this seminar is intended to assist and facilitate your work as you refine your vision for excellence in ministry. As a foundation for the basis of your reflection, the seminar calls for daily readings from the Bible, the life and thought of the church throughout its history, biographies and autobiographies, trends in theological articulation, and works on various practices of ministry.  An important element of this seminar is an emphasis on your personal devotions, theological orientation to ministry, and analysis of your individual settings of ministry.  Topics will include:

  • The Nature of the Church
  • The Nature and Tasks of the Ordained Ministry
  • The Cultural Context of Your Practice of Ministry
  • Your Vision and Strategy for Ministry


Staccato Powell has 35 years of experience, including evangelism, exposure and ecumenism, Staccato undeniably understands the desires and needs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He was elected a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in July of 2016, as the 102nd Bishop in the line of succession. He is currently serving as the Presiding Prelate of the Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Staccato has exemplified his commitment to human service in various capacities. He was previously appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of America and as Deputy General Secretary of the National Council of Churches. He is also a former member of the National Board of the Interfaith Alliance, Balm in Gilead Religious Advisory Board, the National Conference of Community and Justice, and the World Methodist Council. He is currently a Central Committee member of the World Council of Churches as the AME Zion representative. In 2010, Staccato served as coordinator for the historic Great Gathering of the AME Zion, AME and CME denominations held in Columbia, SC. The Gathering’s main focus was “the state and condition of the African-American male” known as The Male Investment Plan (MIP). Its purpose is to keep young African American males out of the prison system by facilitating Saturday Academies that edify educational, health, economic and spiritual enrichment to young men ages 5-25. Staccato holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a M.Div. from Duke University, and Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from North Carolina Central University. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Doctorate of Ministry Program at Hood Theological Seminary.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
9:30 am 

Checking Old Assumptions, Assuming New Postures

Jeff Jones

The keynote will provide a brief overview of the past three decades of congregational renewal and transformation efforts in order to obtain a common perspective for the session. Looking specifically at the underlying purpose of these efforts, the presentation will explore why so many churches are still struggling to survive, let alone thrive. It will explore the notion that this failure results from Christendom assumptions of affluence, influence and success on which the efforts have been based and suggest an alternative approach. While acknowledging that at this point no one has a clear understanding of what the church of the future will be like or how it will function, the keynote will explore several postures that might enable greater openness to seeing and responding to both current realities and new realities as they emerge. Ii will also look at the spiritual grounding that is essential for leaders in this time of disruption and uncertainty, when old answers no longer work and new ones are not yet to be found.

jones-newRev. Jeffery Jones began serving at Andover Newton in 2002, as an adjunct faculty member and Coordinator of E-Learning. His duties were expanded in 2005 to include the development of the school’s distance learning program for continuing education for clergy and courses for laity.

In July 2012 he was appointed to the position of Director of Ministry Studies. His responsibilities included directing the Field Education program, administrative support for the Doctor of Ministry program and oversight of non-degree initiatives, including continuing education and Andover Newton’s annual Woodbury Leadership Workshop, which features prominent religious and secular scholars and practitioners.

Jeff has previously been a pastor in New York and New Jersey and a member of the national staff of the American Baptist Churches, USA. He most recently served as part-time pastor of First Baptist Church of Plymouth from October 2005 to October 2012. He is the author of Heart, Mind and Strength: Theory and Practice for Congregational Leadership; Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple-Forming Congregations, and Parenting with Love and Laughter: Finding God in Family Life, as well as numerous books on youth ministry and Baptist history and principles. He is a frequent speaker at denominational events and consultant with congregations, focusing on issues of discipleship and leadership in a rapidly and radically changing world.

Jeff retired in 2015 and continues to teach at Andover Newton as an adjunct.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
8:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Leading in a Liminal Season
Susan Beaumont

We are living in liminal times, an era which finds us betwixt and between a known past and an uncertain future. In a liminal season a different kind of leadership presence is required; a presence that connects the soul of leaders with the soul of the institution.

The soul of the institution is the divine spark within the organization that inspires ministry and invites transformation. The soul of the institution is the authentic and truest self of the institution, the source of divine calling, and the protector of institutional integrity.

This workshop will explore the unique challenges of connecting the soul of the institution with its mission, vision and values. During this workshop, participants will:

  • Enter a three-way conversation engaging God, the soul of the leader, and the soul of the institution.
  • Examine the inherent leadership challenges and opportunities in liminal seasons.
  • Explore three fundamental shifts in orientation that invite a more soulful leadership presence. (From knowing to unknowing, from advocating to attending, from striving to surrender.)
  • Learn five basic bodies of work for connecting mission, vision and values with the soul of the organization: cultivating collective wisdom, clarifying vocation, tending institutional memory, deepening discernment and fostering innovation.

susan-beaumountRev. Susan Beaumont is a consultant, author, coach, and spiritual director.  She has consulted with over one hundred congregations and denominational bodies across the United States and in Canada.  She is known for her ground-breaking work in the leadership dynamics of large congregations.

Before establishing her own practice, Susan worked for nine years as a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. Susan has also served on the faculty of two business schools, teaching graduate level courses in leadership, management and organizational behavior.  She consulted with nonprofit organizations and corporate clients in leadership development and change management. She has corporate experience in human resource management and organizational development.

Rev. Beaumont is an ordained minister within the American Baptist Churches, USA.  She currently attends a Presbyterian Congregation.

Susan’s educational background includes a M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary.  She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute Spiritual Guidance program.

Susan is known for engaging the best of business practice, filtered through the lens of careful theological reflection. She moves easily between discernment and decision making, and nurtures the soul of the leader along with the soul of the institution.

Post Conference Workshop – Additional Registration is required Click here to register.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
1:30 to 4:30

Best Practices for Using Digital Platforms for Ministry and Congregational Development

Meredith Gould

Dig deeper into digital ministry with nationally-recognized expert, Meredith Gould, PhD. During this information-packed session, newcomers to online social networking as well as those with experience will learn about:

  • starting with strategy before developing tactics and choosing digital tools
  • generational differences that matter – and ones that don’t
  • must-use social networking platforms
  • significant changes in website design and content
  • must-have social media policies/guidelines
  • online community development and management
  • managing key concerns such as privacy, confidentiality, SPAM, trolls/bad behavior
  • tools for managing multiple platforms
  • when to bother caring about analytics
  • key issues facing interim and transitional clergy

You’re encouraged to bring questions and concerns to explore during this highly interactive session.

Meredith Gould, PhD (@meredithgould) is a sociologist, 11x’s author, and communications professional with wide-ranging expertise. An early adopter of social media, she’s nationally known for her passionate advocacy of using online tools for ministry.

Dr. Gould is founder of the weekly Twitter-based chat about church social media (#chsocm); co-founder of the Health & Spirituality chat (#hlthsp); and a Platinum Fellow of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Her book, The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today helped position church communications as an essential ministry. The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways, now in its second edition, is the go-to guide for digital ministry. Her newest book, Transcending Generations: A Field Guide to Collaboration in Church will be available in August 2017.

An independent consultant since 1989, Dr. Gould provides digital communications counsel as well as crisis communications services to local churches and judicatories across denominations. For even more information: http:www.meredithgould.com


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