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United Methodist Church Leaders to Speak at Symposium on Ministry Study

EVANSTON, Ill., October 2009 -- Distinguished and thought-provoking leaders of The United Methodist Church will participate in a Symposium on Ministry Study on Nov. 18-19 during an event co-sponsored by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and UMC's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The symposium will address key issues facing the ordained clergy, local pastors and their churches. Visiting speakers and panelists are:

  • Bishop Alfred W. Gwinn, North Carolina, Chair of the 2008 Ministry Study
  • Bishop Grant Hagiya, Pacific Northwest and Alaska, Episcopal member of the 2008 Ministry Study
  • Dean Robin Lovin, Perkins School of Theology Professor of Ethics, contributor to the 2000 Ministry Study
  • The Rev. Mary Ann Moman, Associate General Secretary Division of Ordained Ministry of the United Methodist Church

In addition, members of the Garrett-Evangelical faculty will present papers on the Commission's four working groups, small discussion groups will focus on these papers, and minutes of these group discussions will go to the Commission:

  • Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Program, will deliver a paper on orders
  • Dr. Ron Anderson, the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Associate Professor of Worship and Director of the Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry, will deliver a paper on sacraments
  • Dr. Mark Fowler, Associate Professor of Church Leadership and Vice President for Vocation and Ministry, will deliver a paper on candidacy
  • Dr. Jim Papandrea, Visiting Assistant Professor of Church History, will deliver a paper on ordination.

"We are very pleased to have a group of distinguished leaders engaged in this important symposium about fundamental aspects of church life and professional responsibilities," said Dr. Barry Bryant, Associate Professor of United Methodist and Wesleyan studies at Garrett-Evangelical. "This is a rare opportunity for elders, deacons and local pastors to discuss with Commission leadership the core issues that will have direct bearing on their ministries in the United Methodist Church."

Sessions during the course of two days will focus on effective ministry, ordination, sacramental validity and ecclesiology. All aspects of the Ministry Study adopted during UMC's 2008 General Conference will be open for discussion.

Bishop Hagiya will deliver the keynote address on Nov. 18. His address will be followed by two one-hour sessions led by Garrett-Evangelical faculty, enabling attendees to participate in two of the discussion groups. President Philip Amerson will preach during a chapel service that evening. Lovin will deliver the second day's keynote address, followed by a chapel service with Bishop Gwinn preaching. Four discussion groups will then complete the day's events.

Sessions will be on the seminary campus. Accommodations will be at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn.  One continuing education unit is available for those attending all sessions.There are no fees to attend!

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Barry Bryant at 847-866-3955 or

Symposium Flyer | Symposium Schedule

Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology of The United Methodist Church founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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