The Rev. Dr. James Forbes will be the featured speaker at the Symposium on Preaching and Stewardship June 12-14 at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis. Forbes, a noted author, scholar, and preacher, was voted one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English speaking world in 1996 and has twice been named by Ebony magazine as one of the greatest Black preachers in the U.S. After 13 years of teaching homiletics at Union Theological Seminary he was called to be the first African American to serve the Riverside Church in New York City. He currently serves as the president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, a national ministry of healing and spiritual revitalization.
The Symposium will also include workshops and other lectures on the vital subject of stewardship. The Rev. Dr. Lance Pape will address the topic “Jesus and Money”. The Rev. Dr. Carol Johnston will offer a workshop on “Wellsprings of Generosity: Giving as Spiritual Practice”. A workshop by the Rev. Dr. Ronald Allen will explore texts remaining in the Revised New Common Lectionary (Cycle B) that address the practice of stewardship for teaching and preaching. Rev. Bruce A. Barkhauer will address the relationship between trust and generosity and how it impacts those who support the work of the church. A panel, including Dr. Forbes, will explore the difficulty most ministers have delivering messages on the faithful practice of giving.
The Symposium begins June 12 with worship at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at noon on June 14. The seminary is located at 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis. This event is sponsored by the Center for Faith and Giving, The Christian Church Foundation, Christian Theological Seminary, The College of Regional Ministers, and the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. For more information and to register, visit the Symposium information page on the Center for Faith and Giving website.