Eastern Nazarene College | June 20-22, 2018

Speakers

Dan Boone

Dan Boone


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Dan Boone is President of Trevecca Nazarene University, elected to that position in 2005. Previously, he served in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years, ministering to college students a significant portion of that time during his pastorates at College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, IL and at what is now Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, Nashville, TN. Dan is a graduate of Trevecca, Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv) and McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin). He is the author of 16 books, experienced instructor on the university and seminary level, and a featured speaker for many denominational events. He and his wife, Denise, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Javier and Annette Mondragon 

Javier and Annette Mondragon 


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Javier and Annette Mondragon are the founders of Many Nations Church (formerly Grace Point South), a Nazarene congregation located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both Annette and Javier received bachelor degrees in theology from Seminario Nazareno Mexicano in Baja California, Mexico, and both are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Javier holds a Master of Ministry from Olivet Nazarene University, is an Adjunct Professor of Community Development and Urban Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University, and is the founder of Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center. They are the proud parents of two boys and a girl: Yisrael David, Johann Levi, and Lea Annalise.

David Busic

David Busic


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David Busic is a general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. Prior to his election to that office in 2013, he was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary. After being an associate pastor in Oklahoma and Kansas, he served as senior pastor for three Nazarene congregations: Vineyard Community Church (Livermore, CA), Central Church (Lenexa, KS), and First Church (Bethany, OK). He was ordained in 1991. While at Bethany First, David helped initiate and establish the Swaziland Partnership to help reduce the HIV/AIDS rate and assist vulnerable children in Swaziland, Africa. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (BA) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv), and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Southern Nazarene University 2010. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Althea Taylor

Althea Taylor


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Althea Taylor is executive pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Bronx, New York, and an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is a founding member of The Immigration Alliance, which seeks to equip community organizations and churches in building capacity for transforming their communities and providing trusted, affordable legal services for immigrants seeking to assimilate into the United States. She also is a board member of the Christian Community Development Association. She has served within the Church of the Nazarene as coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada and as a member of the Nazarene Women Clergy Council, Urban Strategic Readiness Taskforce, Global Social Justice Committee, and Connecting a New Generation committee. Althea holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, a Master of Science in management of technology, and a Master of Divinity.
 

Schedule

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1:00 - 5:00 pm Registrant Check-in
2:00 - 5:00 pm PRECONFERENCE FOR WOMEN CLERGY
Creativity, Confidence, and Companioning: Vital Development in Times of Change (2pm-5pm)
Register here for this FREE pre-conference conversation for women clergy and their encouragers

Discover the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library
(repeats every 30 min until 4:30pm)
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 pm EVENING WORSHIP: Dan Boone
9:00 pm Meet-Ups / Connections
Thursday, June 21, 2018
7:00 - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 am PLENARY SESSION: Althea Taylor
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 12:00 pm Mega Workshops on Human Sexuality - Dan Boone
10:30 - 12:30 pm The Bible Women's Project - Tara Watkins, producer
12:00 pm Lunch
Lunch Option: NTS Alumni Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 pm Compassionate Ministries Local Area Service Projects
4:15 - 5:00 pm ENC - What's Next?
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 pm EVENING WORSHIP: Javier & Annette Mondragon
9:00 pm Meet-Ups / Connections
Friday, June 22, 2018
7:15 - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:30 - 10:30 am Mega Workshops
  • What Does Holiness Look Like in 2018 - Roger Hahn, Tim Hahn
  • Human Trafficking - Stephanie Flaherty
  • Unity in Diversity - Althea Taylor
  • The Church as a Place of Belonging: Ministry with Refugees and Immigrants - Lynne Bollinger
10:30 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 12:00 pm Workshops I
12:00 pm Lunch
Lunch Option: Mosaic Community, A Resource for Ministry in a Multi-Cultural Context
1:30 - 3:00 pm Workshops II
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 4:30 pm Workshops III
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 pm EVENING WORSHIP: David Busic
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast & Check-Out

Workshops

This pre-conference resources clergywomen in finding their footing and voice in ministry and in life. Sharing from their own journeys, three veteran leaders focus on key issues affecting clergywomen. ENC Chaplain, Lynne Bollinger, the presenters, and guest panelist, Dr. Jesse Middendorf, former general superintendent and Center for Pastoral Leadership Executive Director at NTS, will facilitate discussion. Hosted by the Center for Pastoral Leadership in coordination with the USA/Canada Nazarene Women Clergy Council, this event is made possible by a grant from the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry at NTS.

Shirley Goodman has served for 24 years as a pastor in both urban and suburban multicultural churches, including 6 years as Urban Missions Director for the Philadelphia District. Dana Preusch is Director of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at NTS. She previously served in pastoral assignments in Kansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Althea Taylor is executive pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Bronx, New York, and an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is also a founding member of The Immigration Alliance and a board member of the Christian Community Development Association.
Hear the providential story of the development of the largest collection of Wesleyan-Holiness digital resources available globally and discover how this resource can serve you and your local church. In this 20-minute presentation, discover the resources available to you free of charge and learn how to turn the website into an effective study tool as well as an avenue for lifelong learning.

Tammy Condon leads the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library development team in addition to serving as Administrative Director for the Church of the Nazarene's International Board of Education. She is also pastor of an inner-city congregation in Kansas City, Missouri.
Our culture is flooded with questions and challenges regarding human sexuality. When this hits you and your people, is your response merely reactive or does it flow from the richness of Wesleyan theology? We need a better theological understanding of the human body and of the meaning of our gender and sexuality in order to demonstrate holiness in the middle of critical conversations on these important matters. This mega-workshop helps us consider how we might respond well and humbly to a demanding world.

Dan Boone currently serves a dual presidency with Eastern Nazarene College (since 2017) and Trevecca Nazarene University (since 2005). Prior to his role in higher education, he was in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years, including pastorates at College Church of the Nazarene (Bourbonnais, Illinois) and at what is now Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene.
Originally premiered at Eastern Nazarene College in 2015, The Bible Women's Project is a theatrical piece, presented by a group of Christian women from various backgrounds, telling the true stories of several young Christian women as they intersect with stories of women in the Bible. Storytelling, dance, music, improvisation, comedy, and moments of raw honesty effectively feature women from both the Old and New Testaments. Because the portrayal of the women mentioned in Jesus's genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew presents their stories in a way that faithfully represents difficult subject matter, the play may not be suitable for children. Members of the audience are invited into conversation with the cast and crew following the performance.

Tara Brooke Watkins, Producer. 
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is the most common form of human trafficking of children and teenagers in the United States. This presentation examines the realities of what children and teens face and the ways the church can recognize and support survivors. Introduced to a framework for understanding the issues involved in both global and domestic contexts, participants will discover how to help equip youth leaders and others in the church to recognize and respond to trafficking.

Stephanie Flaherty serves on the faculty of the Social Work Department at ENC and holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Wheelock College with a concentration on forensic social work. Her primary interest is the intersection of social work with the legal system as it relates to human rights and social justice. Stephanie has more than a decade of social work experience, including serving as Victim/Witness Advocate in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office and as an advocate, community organizer, and program director in a domestic violence service agency.
This mega-workshop will first engage workshop attendees in exploring the historical response of the church toward immigrants and refugees, addressing questions of kingdom ethics and providing a biblical theology for loving our immigrant and refugee neighbors. The second portion of the workshop will be a Q&A session focused on giving attendees practical tools for launching a ministry to immigrant and refugee families in their neighborhood.

Facilitator: Lynne Bollinger, Chaplain of the College at ENC, served as a missionary for the Church of the Nazarene on the Asia-Pacific Region and was engaged in advocacy work for refugees and immigrants in Kansas City from 2004 to 2016. PANELISTS: Teresa Stecker is executive director of ICCompassion, the first Nazarene-accredited nonprofit immigration center, and serves as Nazarene Immigration Network liaison for the USA/Canada Region Church of the Nazarene; Nicholas Pruit is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at ENC, teaching courses on American religion, immigration, and the civil rights movement; Noelle Rudeen works for Barrales Law, a firm dedicated to providing legal representation to the immigrant community in Boston. Her aim is to empower the church to assist those who are navigating through the immigration system.
Key social indicators demonstrate continued hierarchy by race. Yet, many of us claim not to fall victim to the moral lapse of being racist. But is being non-racist enough? This two-part workshop will highlight dimensions of racism and explore ways to bring redemption to its more embedded aspects.

Robert Benjamin is Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Student Transitions, providing leadership to ENC in intentionally becoming a multicultural institution. He has also conducted cultural competence workshops and seminars locally and around the country. Althea Taylor is executive pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Bronx, New York, and an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is also a founding member of The Immigration Alliance and a board member of the Christian Community Development Association.
The father-son duo – seasoned Nazarene educator, Roger Hahn, and young Nazarene clergy, Tim Hahn – discuss contemporary issues of holiness in 2018. They present perspectives of biblical and systematic theology along with traditional and contemporary views, concluding with their hopes for the Church of the Nazarene in representing the holiness message in the coming decades.

Roger Hahn is Professor of New Testament and the Willard H. Taylor Chair of Biblical Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has taught 39 years in Nazarene higher education focusing on applying biblical studies to life in the church. Tim Hahn is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, and has pastored in Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Boston. Currently, he is a PhD student in theology at Boston University.
From Abram forward, we believers are known best as "the covenant people of God." This workshop takes a biblical look at generosity properly understood: as a natural expression of covenant. When we connect the practice of generosity with a lifestyle of covenant, the result is transformational and produces a "blessing continuum".

Don Lain is Vice President of Gift Planning for the Church of the Nazarene Foundation. Prior to this assignment, he served as a senior pastor for twenty-five years. Throughout his ministry, he has exemplified leadership on various levels in the area of finance.
Why try to have all of the children with the adults for the entire worship service? The privilege of all ages worshipping together brings joy and chaos to every congregation. This workshop explores how to capture the joy of intergenerational worship by learning practical ways to deal with its challenges.

Aimee Mulder co-pastors Breakwater Church of the Nazarene in Norton Shores, MI with her husband, Devin. They are in their eleventh year of pastoral ministry and have three sons: Ford (11), Cooper (9) and Tucker (7).  Aimee loves kayaking the Muskegon River and is fueled by espresso and the Holy Spirit. 
This workshop explores emerging models of ministry that challenge current assumptions about bi-vocational ministry in light of a Wesleyan ecclesiology and Nazarene polity. A method and model of narrative ecclesial assessment is introduced by which pastors, district leaders, and laity will be able to more faithfully name how and where a specific congregation is participating faithfully in God's life and mission in and for the sake of the world.

Jeffrey Barker serves as pastor of Resurrection Church in New York City and maintains teaching relationships with Eastern Nazarene College, Newbury College, Northwest Nazarene University, and Nazarene Theological Seminary. 
El taller se enfocara en cómo usar el material de los Esenciales Nazarenos para clases de nuevos miembros, y para estudio en grupos: "El curso ha sido creado con el fin de proporcionar un resumen del propósito, la misión, la organización y las creencias clave de la Iglesia del Nazareno."

Roberto Hodgson ha servido en el ministerio por más de 35 años en diferentes asignaciones como pastor, coordinador de ministerios hispanos, superintendente de distrito, y como director de Ministerios Hispanos y Multicultural USA/Canada. Fue ordenado como presbítero en el año, 1986.  Graduado del Seminario Nazareno de las Américas, 1985. Completo sus estudios de maestría en el Seminario Teológico de Wesley en Washington, D.C.  y graduó del programa doctoral en ministerio con la Fundación Teológica, 2002.
Ministry and paradigms have changed, and the line between "called to ministry" and "very active lay leader" seems less defined. How does the local church pastor foster an atmosphere of calling and of ready response to God's calling? This seminar explores the ideas of calling and Christian vocation, as well as the pastoral work of helping people discern how God is leading them.

Jeremy Scott has been pastor of North Street Community Church of the Nazarene, Hingham, MA for over twelve years. He also serves as Instructor of Practical Ministry, overseeing the ministerial internship program for ENC. He and his wife, Meghan, have six children, ages one month to 13 years.
So often in times of conflict we seek to make our position heard and fail to listen to the position of the "other". This workshop focuses on good listening skills and "rules" for fighting fairly along with exploring how using these basic skills helps create the conditions for effective conflict resolution.

Judi Schwanz is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Nazarene Theological Seminary where she teaches courses in areas such as grief and loss, marriage and family, and chaplaincy. She is also the director of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry.
This workshop equips pastors and other ministry leaders with essentials for beginning a ministry within the LGBT community in their local contexts and for effective evangelism within that community.

Sarah McGee serves as a co-pastor of Trinity Family Midtown Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, MO and as Director of Community Development of its principal ministry, Love Wins. Andy McGee, also a co-pastor of Trinity Family Midtown, is Executive Director of Love Wins. 
This facilitated group discussion is for women only and focuses on issues related to women whose spouse or fiancé is in a pastoral position. Sharing the experiences and challenges related to their various roles in the local church setting provides an opportunity to learn from each other how to serve well alongside a clergy spouse.

Jill Dean has been a pastor's wife since graduating from ENC 26 years ago. Her partnership in ministry with her husband, Stretch, includes two decades in youth ministry and the newest venture of the last several years as he has served as lead pastor at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene.
This facilitated group discussion is for men only and focuses on issues related to men whose spouse or fiancé is in a pastoral position. Sharing the experiences and challenges related to their various roles in the local church setting provides an opportunity to learn from each other how to serve well alongside a clergy spouse.

John Bowen is Executive Director of Manhattan Initiative, Inc., an arm of the Metro NY District Church of the Nazarene. He previously served as pastor of Lamb's Church in Times Square, NY and of Cambridge First Nazarene, Cambridge, MA following a 25-year career in business. His wife, JoAnn Speer-Bowen serves as pastor of New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene in Edison, NJ. 
Moving from active ministry to retirement brings changes in many areas of life, from the financial to the emotional. This workshop offers practical guidelines to help ministers and spouses anticipate and enjoy this important time of life.

Don Walter serves as director of Pensions and Benefits USA for the Church of the Nazarene. He is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Webster University, and received an honorary doctorate from Nazarene Bible College in 2006. He served pastorates in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  
Recent increases in violence and sexual abuse have amplified the need for churches to make sure they are caring for the safety and security needs of their congregations. This workshop presents best policies and practices of church security and effective ways to protect the church's most vulnerable asset: children.

Leslie Hart is an ordained elder serving children and families through local and district ministry, currently as Global Children's Bible Quizzing Coordinator and SDMI Children's Ministries Coordinator for the USA/Canada Region. She led the development of Nazarene Safe, the denomination's comprehensive sexual abuse prevention program.
A dialogue on perspectives of social justice relevant to our context, this session asks and addresses the provocative question of whether some version of "social justice" is replacing or supplementing the more traditional language of sanctification or holiness. The workshop will include an assessment of social justice theories currently employed as well as implications for Christian living.

Phil LaFountain is professor of Christian theology at ENC where he has taught full-time since 2003. His research interests are Wesleyan confessional theology, narrative theology, post-liberal theology, theological ethics, cognitive science, and sociology of knowledge.
From 25 years of parish ministry and 12 years of superintendency, Jeren Rowell offers this workshop as space for dialogue with developing ministers on some of the lessons learned along the way. A focal point will be the thinking and practices that enable a flourishing life of vocational ministry.

Jeren Rowell is president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City. Prior to his election, he served as district superintendent of the Kansas City District (2005-2017) following fourteen years as senior pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Shawnee, Kansas. He is an author and a well-known speaker.
Discover how you can benefit from this Lilly-funded initiative to assist USA pastors and full-time associates in reducing personal debt, preparing for retirement, and providing biblically sound financial leadership of the local church. Learn about matching grant opportunities and about financial management resources for you and your lay leaders.

Steve Borger served 25 years as a senior pastor and 13 years as District Superintendent of the Intermountain District. Currently, he is Director of The COMPASS Initiative. Steve and his wife, Carol, live in Nampa, Idaho. Bonnie Beam is Assistant Direct of The COMPASS Initiative as well as associate pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City. Previously she served as an associate pastor of congregations in Kansas and Massachusetts.
"Living the Christ-like compassion that will allow you to connect to your community" describes this compelling conversation centered on replicable insights at the heart of Shepherd Community's mission of breaking the cycle of poverty on the near eastside of Indianapolis. A 25-year continuum of care designed to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of their neighbors serves as the foundation of this workshop introducing strategies and biblical principles to guide you in connecting with your community. 

Jay Height co-pastors Shepherd Community Church and leads Shepherd Community Center with his wife, Jane where they have lived, worked, and worshiped since 1995. Jay also serves as USA/Canada Region Coordinator of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries.
Emotions drive much of our behavior. Yet, there is relatively little training given to leaders in ministry when it comes to developing the ability to understand their own emotions and manage their own behavior while emotions are happening. Research reveals most leaders give themselves too much credit for doing this well compared to how their followers would rate them. This workshop will help you become a more emotionally intelligent leader and improve your ability to help others develop these vital ministry skills, too.

Ken Balch has worked the past 16 years identifying, recruiting & developing missional leaders on the Mid-Atlantic District including church planting, urban ministries, staff and lead pastors, lay leaders, and partners in collaborating organizations. 
This workshop offers a proposal to help the Church reclaim the practices of restorative justice and peacemaking. The workshop introduces a constructive theological and biblical framework for understanding and envisioning "Shalom and Sabbath-shaped ecclesial communities." Practices of accountability, making amends, and reconciliation between conflicted parties are explored along with specific steps for nurturing ecclesial communities into this way of life.

Jeffrey Barker serves as pastor of Resurrection Church in New York City and maintains teaching relationships with Eastern Nazarene College, Newbury College, Northwest Nazarene University, and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Elizabeth Criscuolo is a pastor with considerable experience in teaching and facilitating training on communication and conflict resolution. She is a certified mediator and restorative justice facilitator for the State of New York. Chelsie Maynard, LCSW, is a social worker serving at-risk youth and families in Boston and specializing in community building within trauma-impacted systems.
Ministry in the "new reality" is harder than ever and pastors and their families are experiencing tremendous stress fractures. Consider this: only one in three Christian leaders finish well. What does it mean to finish well? Are there some proven helps to ensure you will? This class is designed to help you flourish NOW and equip you to finish well LATER."

Mark Prugh is lead pastor at Immanuel Church of the Nazarene, Lansdale, PA.
What does narrative leadership look like in a world that embraces structures and "how to" methodologies? Is it possible to find new ways forward that honor both the traditions of the past and the present realities? This workshop will enable you to make a "Leader-Shift" as you learn to lead with the power of story.

Dave Bowser serves as superintendent of the Mid-Atlantic District, and is captivated by the privilege of leading leaders in discovering their story in the context of God's story. 
Leading in the church setting is a complex task. Some have likened it to herding cats. Has your perspective been distorted by culture and an MBA-style approach? What is the appropriate use of authority? Come and see how the concept of "leading from the Moses Seat" (Matt 23:1-12) might clarify and curtail the complexity of your leadership.

David Church is Vice President for Enrollment Management at Nazarene Bible College. Before this assignment, he spent 36 years at General Motors in various international leadership positions. His passion is to help Christian leaders develop more effective and efficient leadership skills.
Our mission is to "go and make disciples." The beauty of Children's Ministries is that children are anxious and ready to participate in meaningful ministry. Discover how the revitalization of children's ministry can open doors to the most productive mission field in your community.

Leslie Hart is an ordained elder serving children and families through local and district ministry, currently as Global Children's Bible Quizzing Coordinator and SDMI Children's Ministries Coordinator for the USA/Canada Region. She led the development of Nazarene Safe, the denomination's comprehensive sexual abuse prevention program.
Make the special days of the church calendar come alive! Discover the importance of utilizing the five senses in worship and creating an atmosphere of praise. The workshop focuses on low-cost ideas that can add impact to the worship service no matter the size of congregation.     

Aimee Mulder co-pastors Breakwater Church of the Nazarene in Norton Shores, MI with her husband, Devin. They are in their eleventh year of pastoral ministry and have three sons: Ford (11), Cooper (9) and Tucker (7).  Aimee loves kayaking the Muskegon River and is fueled by espresso and the Holy Spirit.
Presented from a pastor's wife perspective, a panel of pastors' wives will share tips for creating and maintaining appropriate boundaries for social media. Attention will also be given to the challenges of friendships among congregants and how to form "safe" friendships within your community. Panelists are Jill Dean, Rachel McPherson, and Holly Prugh.

Panelists: Jill Dean has been a pastor's wife since graduating from ENC 26 years ago. Her partnership in ministry with her husband, Stretch, includes two decades in youth ministry and the newest venture as he has served as lead pastor at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene. Rachel McPherson is the Senior Manager of Strategic Marketing at The Foundry Publishing and the owner of RaeEllen Photography. Her husband, Jason, pastors Journey Church of the Nazarene in Londonderry, NH and she is mom to Sawyer (6) and Reese (3). Holly Prugh has been a pastor's wife for 30 years. She and her husband have two adult daughters and four amazing grandchildren. Holly's passion is sharing the love of Jesus, especially to the next generation.

Facilitated by Linda Hardin, Single Adult Ministries and Women's Ministries Consultant for the USA/Canada Region.
Originally premiered at Eastern Nazarene College in 2015, The Bible Women's Project is a theatrical piece, presented by a group of Christian women from various backgrounds, telling the true stories of several young Christian women as they intersect with stories of women in the Bible. Storytelling, dance, music, improvisation, comedy, and moments of raw honesty effectively feature women from both the Old and New Testaments. Because the portrayal of the women mentioned in Jesus's genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew presents their stories in a way that faithfully represents difficult subject matter, the play may not be suitable for children. Members of the audience are invited into conversation with the cast and crew following the performance.

Tara Brooke Watkins , Producer.
El taller se enfocara en cómo usar el material para clases de nuevos miembros, y para estudio en grupos: "A medida que nuestra denominación se expande globalmente, conviene que identifiquemos no solo nuestras características distintivas, sino también en la manera que nuestra teología se deriva de la Sagrada Escritura…".

Roberto Hodgson ha servido en el ministerio por más de 35 años en diferentes asignaciones como pastor, coordinador de ministerios hispanos, superintendente de distrito, y como director de Ministerios Hispanos y Multicultural USA/Canada. Fue ordenado como presbítero en el año, 1986.  Graduado del Seminario Nazareno de las Américas, 1985. Completo sus estudios de maestría en el Seminario Teológico de Wesley en Washington, D.C.  y graduó del programa doctoral en ministerio con la Fundación Teológica, 2002.
Key social indicators demonstrate continued hierarchy by race. Yet, many of us claim not to fall victim to the moral lapse of being racist. But is being non-racist enough? This two-part workshop will highlight dimensions of racism and explore ways to bring redemption to its more embedded aspects.

Robert Benjamin is Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Student Transitions providing leadership to ENC in intentionally becoming a multicultural institution. He has also conducted cultural competence workshops and seminars both locally and around the country. Althea Taylor is executive pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Bronx, New York, and an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is also a founding member of The Immigration Alliance and a board member of the Christian Community Development Association.
Missional Leadership in a Changed World. Post-Christian, post-truth, none's, done's and don't-cares seem to be the epithets dominating our current storyline. Yet, this is a time of profound opportunity! This first of two sessions on missional leadership explores the shift from the old world "centripetal" model of ministry to the new world "centrifugal" missional model of ministry.

Jeff Stark is pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Pekin, Illinois. Committed to contextual and missional multiplication, Bridgeway Community seeks to equip, inspire, and empower the Church to imagine Kingdom-focused, missional opportunities in the changing landscape of the Western world.
This workshop will invite attendees to consider both personal and ecclesial responsibilities to specific communities and neighborhoods, especially in the immediate context of a congregation's physical location. Consideration will be given to how "working out your salvation" might be rendered visible in both personal and communal ways.

Jeffrey Barker serves as pastor of Resurrection Church in New York City and maintains teaching relationships with Eastern Nazarene College, Newbury College, Northwest Nazarene University, and Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Grief and loss are universal experiences. As clergy, we are privileged to walk alongside hurting persons in their most vulnerable times. This workshop helps clergy gain competence in the ministry of presence, listening, and care to those needing comfort as well as learn ways to equip the faith community in caring for each other.

Judi Schwanz is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Nazarene Theological Seminary where she teaches courses in areas such as grief and loss, marriage and family, and chaplaincy. She is also the director of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry at NTS. 
"Diaspora missions" is a vision for ministry and mission that is holistic in its scope, going where God is going, and moving providentially where God places people spatially and spiritually. This workshop focuses on responding well to the ongoing migration crisis, being brave enough to extend hospitality in our pluralistic context, and engaging in mission outside the walls of the church. This is the vision that has shaped the Zagreb Church of the Nazarene into a dynamic, missional, multi-national community of faith.

Betsy and Dave Scott are Global Missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene and have been serving in Europe for eight years, the last seven in Zagreb, Croatia. They lead a multi-cultural mission team in Croatia and the Zagreb Church of the Nazarene. 
Equip your church and parents to lay the foundation for spiritual growth by exploring, equipping, and celebrating the key seasons in the life of children and their families.

Leslie Hart is an ordained elder serving children and families through local and district ministry, currently as Global Children's Bible Quizzing Coordinator and SDMI Children's Ministries Coordinator for the USA/Canada Region. She led the development of Nazarene Safe, the denomination's comprehensive sexual abuse prevention program.
This workshop introduces practical ways to raise the biblical literacy of your church. The presentation will suggest approaches designed to connect with all church attenders as well as those expressing a particular interest in deepening their understanding of the Bible.

Roger Hahn is Professor of New Testament and the Willard H. Taylor Chair of Biblical Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has taught 39 years in Nazarene Higher Education focusing on applying biblical studies to life in the church.
Suppose you've reached out to your local LGBT community and someone in your congregation has come out as a member of the LGBT community. Now what? This workshop explores an effective discipleship method that enriches the lives of these individuals (and others) in order to lead them into a lasting and deeper relationship with Christ while still holding true to our Wesleyan heritage. 

Sarah McGee serves as a co-pastor of Trinity Family Midtown Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, MO and as Director of Community Development of its principal ministry, Love Wins. Andy McGee, also a co-pastor of Trinity Family Midtown, is Executive Director of Love Wins.  
Pastors live a 24/7 on-call life for the people they serve—a level of availability that can easily push aside appropriate attention to self-care. This workshop explores practical ideas for sustaining spiritual, emotional, and physical energy in vocational ministry.

Jan Lanham has served at ENC for over 40 years, teaching in its Department of Psychology, filling administrative roles, and leading the Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy program for 15 years as its program director. Her service to the church includes her work with the New England and Metro NY Districts in the area of clergy assessment. 
Coming to the Lord's Table means coming as one communal body, not as discrete, disconnected individuals. Yet, a siren call of modern, western evangelicalism has been “the personal (and perhaps, private) relationship” believers have with their Lord. This workshop explores the role of community in facilitating the spiritual maturation of believers as an intentional and sustained practice of the Church. 

Byron Hannon has served as lead pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Burlington, NJ for eight years and Pastor of Spiritual Formation for seven years in the same church.  His prior career was in corporate human resources management.
A growing number of congregations are discovering and using the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment to create a strengths-based church culture that equips people to live into the unique image of God in their lives. Understanding and harnessing self-awareness of their God-gifted talents enables believers to realize their specific ministry calling and to live incarnationally in their various ministry contexts.  

Ken Balch has worked the past 16 years identifying, recruiting & developing missional leaders on the Mid-Atlantic District including church planting, urban ministries, staff and lead pastors, lay leaders, and partners in collaborating organizations. 
Missional Multiplication. In a context with rapidly increasing numbers of people unreached with the Good News of Jesus, the call to advance His Kingdom beckons pastors and congregations beyond slow growth/get big models to models of multiplying on both a micro and macro level. This workshop explores essential practices leading to the multiplication of disciples, leaders, ministries, and missional communities of faith.

Jeff Stark is pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Pekin, Illinois. Committed to contextual and missional multiplication, Bridgeway Community seeks to equip, inspire, and empower the Church to imagine Kingdom-focused, missional opportunities in the changing landscape of the Western world.

Family Options

PALCON at Eastern Nazarene University includes an option for teens under the direction of local leaders. Teen will be challenged and ministered to through a variety of activities and special sessions designed just for them. Find out more here.

Register

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. This registration site is for adult registrations only. A confirmation email will be sent immediately upon payment.
PALCON Payment Options: Visa and MasterCard, credit or debit


NOTE: When registering each child, you will need to enter the confirmation number from the PALCON registration of the parent or guardian. This number is included in the confirmation email sent to the parent or guardian who has registered for PALCON. Payment is made directly to ENC and payment options may vary from those on the main PALCON registration site.

*Approved exhibitors must register at the site created for exhibitors by the PALCON office. Approved exhibitors needing further assistance may contact Krista Fischer at ksfischer@nazarene.org.

Counseling

Professional and confidential personal counseling is available free-of-charge to all PALCON registrants during the conference. Appointments may be made in advance or during the event. Information on how to arrange an appointment during PALCON will be provided on this webpage at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.

Also available at each PALCON, The COMPASS Initiative team (see www.compassinitiative.org) is offering free-of-charge confidential conversations on concerns related to personal finances. Although members of The COMPASS Initiative team are not professionally licensed as financial advisors, they offer valuable experience in personal finances and access to excellent resources. Information on how to arrange an appointment with a team member during PALCON will be provided on this webpage at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.

Exhibitors

Each PALCON features a variety of exhibitors whose mission is to resource the minister’s personal and vocational development and the ministry of the local church. Check back on March 1 for more information on exhibitors and be sure to connect with them during PALCON.