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School for Leadership Training

School for Leadership Training 2021

From Surviving to Thriving...God Breathes Fresh Hope

Videos of each keynote address are available below. 

Keynote sessions: 

Meghan GoodMeghan Larissa Good

Dr. Meghan Larissa Good is Teaching Pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church (Glendale, AZ) and author of The Bible Unwrapped: Making Sense of Scripture Today.  She is a graduate of Portland Seminary, Duke Divinity School and Gordon College. Meghan is a frequent preacher and lecturer at churches and universities across the country, speaking on subjects such as biblical hermeneutics, emerging Anabaptism, and contemporary preaching.  She lives in Phoenix, AZ with a prized dinosaur bone and a ridiculously large book collection.

Meghan Good

Leadership in Desert Places: Stories from the Wilderness

Meghan presented a series of three short stories and reflections from the book of Exodus. The first was based on Exodus 3 and the burning bush story with a focus on the calling and vocation of leaders. The second story was be based on Exodus 16 with a focus on the question of what it looks like, practically speaking, to live on daily bread. The third story was based on Exodus 33 and focused on where God is in our darkest times.

Worship Leader: Shannon Dycus

Music: The Walking Roots Band

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Meghan Good Presentation

Canyon Crossings: Suffering, Endurance, and Christian Hope

Meghan focused on Hebrews 10:32-39; 12:1-2 and the experience of suffering and what we do with it, and what it takes to maintain hope in the presence of suffering. Meghan shared reminders of the "cloud of witnesses" that persevered in hope.

Worship Leader: Shannon Dycus

Poem: Leah Wenger

Music: The Walking Roots Band

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David Fitch- SLT Speaker

David Fitch

David Fitch (Ph.D Northwestern University) is B R Lindner Chair of evangelical theology at Northern Seminary, Chicago. He is married to Rae Ann and they have one son named Max. He is an ordained pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and currently pastors (along with 3 other pastors) the Peace of Christ Church of Westmont IL, USA, a church plant of the Life on the Vine church of C&MA, northwest suburbs Chicago, which David planted with his wife in 2001. He coaches church planting for/ and leads the Church Planting Institute, an amalgamated effort of 5 different denominations to plant third wave incarnational churches. He’s a Bantam Hockey coach for the YMCA USA Hockey program. He speaks regularly on culture, politics, political theory, ethics, ecclesiology and mission. He writes from time to time on his own page at Missio Alliance but also for Christianity Today, OutReach Magazine,, EthicsDaily, and multiple other sites, magazines and journals. He leads discussion on his facebook page and on twitter at @fitchest. He has written several books, the most recent being  The Church of Us vs. Them: Freedom from a Faith that Feeds on Making Enemies. (Brazos, 2019) and Faithful Presence: 7 Disciplines That Shape the Church For God’s Mission (IVP, 2016). 

Watch Now: The Great Reset: Church on the Other Side of COVID-19

Michael Gulker- SLT SpeakerMichael Gulker

Michael Gulker is President of The Colossian Forum. He has a long-standing interest in the oft-times contentious intersection of faith and culture and how both thrive best when rooted in worship.  During his ten years at The Colossian Forum, Michael has become a leader in helping to turn conflict into an opportunity for deeper discipleship and a more beautiful witness. A native of West Michigan, he studied philosophy and theology at Calvin College, has a divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and is an ordained Mennonite pastor. Before coming to The Colossian Forum, Michael served as pastor of Christ Community Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife Jodie have two children.

Michael Gulker presentation

Reconciling Presence: Fresh Gospel Opportunities For a Polarized World

In a divided world, the longing for reconciliation runs deep. As those tasked with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5), the Church has an amazing opportunity to be a healing presence in our world today. Sadly, many of our church bodies are as divided as the wider culture, alienating youth, and depriving the world of the Gospel hope we’re called to share. We’re bad at conflict. We fear it. We avoid it. We mishandle it. And we’re not all likely to agree anytime soon. But what if we could lead through disagreements in ways that deepen discipleship instead of division? This plenary introduces fresh, applicable Christian practices and capacity-building ministry tools for faithfully embodying the Gospel of reconciliation even while we disagree.  

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SLT Planning Committee

Sarah Bailey, pastor, Clover Hill United Methodist Church, Dayton, VA
Mark Schloneger, pastor, Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, IN
Veva Mumaw, SLT coordinator, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

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