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School for Leadership Training

School for Leadership Training 2020

Shalom in the Streets: Recapturing God’s Vision in Ordinary Places

January 13-15, 2020

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Things fall apart and social media is awash with the evidence: our institutions, our climate, our elections, our schools and our denominations. In the midst of all that is crumbling, pastors and church leaders can find themselves starving for fresh vision, new insight and different techniques to address these very real problems. The key to thriving in ministry resides not in new answers to large-scale challenges but by truly embracing the very people found in the places where we live and work. Right in the midst of what is being dismantled, biblical narratives beckon us to discover shalom in genuine relationships with the people in our neighborhoods, communities and cities. In the flourishing of the places where we live, we flourish as well (Jeremiah 29:7).

Keynote Speakers

Shannan Martin

Shannan Martin

Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You and Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted, is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. Shannan, her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, and their kids, live as grateful neighbors in Goshen, Indiana.

Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber has dedicated 30 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” He starts projects that shape society. Leroy is currently the Developer of Congregational Vitality with Oregon-Idaho Conference of United Methodist Church. Leroy is the Co-Founder of the Voices Project and Adjunct professor at Kilns College and Multnomah University. He is the author of four books and contributing author to several other books. His most recent book is Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom For A Divided World. Leroy currently lives in Portland Oregon and has been married to Donna for the past 33 years and together they have six children. Additional information about Leroy can be found on the Voices Project website. 


Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Jennifer Davis Sensenig

Jennifer Davis Sensenig has served as lead pastor of Community Mennonite Church (Harrisonburg, VA) since 2008. She earned an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 1998 with a concentration in Biblical studies and has formerly served as pastor of Cedar Falls Mennonite Church (IA) and Pasadena Mennonite Church (CA.) She has preached and taught in various setting across Mennonite Church USA. Jennifer was a founding member of the steering committee and since 2016 has served as president of Faith in Action, a multi-faith coalition of congregations addressing local justice issues. She and her husband, Kent, enjoy gardening together.

Kenton Derstine

Kenton T. Derstine

Kenton T. Derstine is Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry and an ACPE Certified Educator. He earned his MDiv from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and his DMin from Wesley Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral education as an ACPE Certified Clinical Supervisor/Educator for over 25 years. Completing his training as a clinical educator at Indiana University Health System, he assumed a position as CPE Supervisor and the CPE Program Manager at St. Vincent Hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began his duties at EMS as Director of CPE and Field Education in 2000. His long-term interests have included the application of Bowen theory to the process of ministry formation and practice. He is married to Rhoda and the father to three adult children and three grandchildren. He has been a beekeeper since the age of fifteen and a gardener who overplants a variety of vegetables each year.

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Registration Fees

SLT 2020 Rates Oct. 1 - noon Nov. 26, 2019 Nov. 26 - noon Dec. 27, 2019 Dec. 27 - noon Jan. 6, 2020
SLT Registration $190 $215 $240
SLT Daily Registration $90 $90 $90
Pre-Conference Sustainable Climate Solutions $0 $0 $0
CPE Anniversary Dinner & Program $25 $25 $25

SLT Planning Committee

Sarah Bailey, pastor, Clover Hill United Methodist Church, Dayton, VA
Mark Schloneger, pastor, Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, IN
Ron Zook, pastor, Laurel Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
Brenda Martin Hurst, director of Lilly Grant, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Veva Mumaw, SLT coordinator, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

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