School for Leadership Training 2021
From Surviving to Thriving...God Breathes Fresh Hope- Virtual Event- January 11-15, 2021
Meghan 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.
- Keynote: Monday, January 11, 2021- Leadership in Desert Places: Stories from the Wilderness
- Keynote: Friday, January 15, 2021- Canyon Crossings: Suffering, Endurance, and Christian Hope
- Seminar: Missing Person: Introducing Anabaptist Communities to the Work of the Spirit
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, ChurchLeaders.com, 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).
- Keynote: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm ET- The Great Reset: Church on the Other Side of COVID-19
- Seminar: Overcoming the Enemy Making Machine - The Church as Reconciling Presence in America
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.
- Keynote: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm ET-- Reconciling Presence: Fresh Gospel Opportunities for a Polarized World
- Seminar: Hope in Practice: Christian Disciplines of Reconciliation for a Polarized World
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