The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Emerging Leaders Conference

The programs center of The School of Theology invites church leaders to preview funded training opportunities for lay leadership April 8-11 in Sewanee, Tenn.

At the conference you will:

  • Attend workshops previewing new training and program opportunities for congregations recently funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. 
  • Register your congregation or dioceses to be among those eligible for participation in these funded leadership-training opportunities.
  • Meet the directors of eight new program initiatives being offered by the programs center in 2014–2015:
    • Courtney Cowart, director of the programs center and program manager for the Lilly-funded initiative Living in the Green
    • Karen Meridith, director of EfM and program manager for the new EfM post-grad curriculum/training in the essential practices of discipleship
    • The Very Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller, founder and director SUMMA High School Theological Debate Society
    • Jim Goodmann, director of VocationCARE
    • Duncan Hilton, director of programming for the Leadership Development Initiative
    • Kammy Young, program manager for the Missional Enterprise Zone initiative Be the Change
    • Brian Sellers Petersen, senior advisor to the president of ERD and program manager for the Faith, Farm, and Food network
  • Hear key note addresses and engage lively conversations with fellow church leaders on the role of non-degree lay leadership training and programs for young adults in the future of congregational renewal. Remarks presented by:
    • J. Neil Alexander, dean of The School of Theology
    • Wayne Meisel, director of the Center for Faith & Service, McCormick Theological Seminary
    • Joy Anderson, founder and president of Criterion Ventures
    • Duncan Hilton, director of programming for the Leadership Development Initiative

A complete schedule may be viewed here.

Speaker bios may be viewed here.

Register online here.

$350 for all conference events, including daily breakfast and lunch plus dinner Wednesday night, and to host a booth at the closing programs fair. Group rate available.

Day rate: $125 per person, group rate available.

Local day rate (Sewanee residents): $100 per person, group rate available.

For information on group rates, please contact Sarah Limbaugh at or call 931.598.1378.

You can download a color flier for printing purposes here.

For more information contact Sarah Limbaugh,, or call 931.598.1378.