Orders & Fellowship Meeting


Orders and Fellowship 2021 will now be entirely online. You may choose to attend the session in January or the on in February.

Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, assistant professor of preaching and worship at Lexington Theological Seminary and author of Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red- Blue Divide, will be our plenary leader for Orders and Fellowship, 2021.

This year has brought numerous unexpected challenges. Many of you had to shift to online worship and social media platforms to continue the ministry and administration of your congregations. All of us are discerning how best to lead, teach, and preach about current social concerns that affect the common good of our communities and nation. You might be asking yourself, “Is this the time to be prophetic?” If so, the question is how to be prophetic in a way that is rooted and undergirded in biblical principles and theological frameworks that both bears upon concrete issues that strike at well-being of people’s lives and destinies and engages our congregations in healthy discourse and faithful action.

Dr. Schade is passionate about preaching that builds bridges and develops collaborative efforts around divisive issues in the church. Her sermon – dialogue – sermon methodology is based on her research with nearly 2000 clergy and laity. Her methodology for preaching helps clergy and congregations navigate potential divisions that might grow out of prophetic preaching.