McAfee Offers Two-Day Workshop on the Urban Church

“Congregational Strategies for Urban Mission” is the theme of the April 1-2 workshop of the McAfee School of Theology.  Designed for pastors, church staff and lay leaders interested in or working in urban ministry, the program will feature four plenary sessions as well as practicum ministry workshops.

Dr. Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Prior to becoming the 10th president of Morehouse College, he was a Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics at Emory University and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at the law school. Over his distinguished career, he has served on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Harvard Divinity School, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and at Emory's Candler School of Theology, where he was director of Black Church Studies, and has been president of the Interdenominational Theological Center of the Atlanta University Center consortium. He is the author of several books, including “Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities” (2007) and “Another Day’s Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis” (1997).

Other speakers on the program will be the Rev. Joanna Adams, pastor, Morningside Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, “Being Church in the Contemporary City”; the Rev. Tony Lankford, pastor, Park Avenue Baptist Church, Atlanta, “The Challenges of Renewing Inner City Churches,” and William Bolling, executive director, Atlanta Community Food Bank, “The Church Serving the Hungry.” Participating in a panel discussion on “The Most Difficult Challenges I Face as an Urban Pastor” will be the Rev. Anthony Alford, pastor, Butler Street CME Church, Atlanta; Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, pastor, Ray of Hope Church, Decatur; the Rev. Dr. Michael Tutterow, pastor, Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, and the Rev. Dr. George Wirth, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Rev. Timothy McDonald, Pastor, New Iconium Baptist Church, Atlanta, will lead the Tuesday morning worship.

Funds for the workshop are provided in part by a grant from Faith and the City. Registration is $39 per person and $19 per student if received by March 25 and $49 per person at the conference. The registration fee covers lunch and dinner on Tuesday and program materials. To register, download and complete the form at

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