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Congregational Leadership Institute to Focus on Church’s Response to Polarized Culture

March 20, 2012

The 2012 Congregational Leaders Institute welcomes Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish and Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler on August 5-9, 2012 at Bay View, Michigan. Harnish and Fowler will be speaking on the theme: Will the Center Hold? Seeking Gravity in a Polarized Culture.  Is there a center of gravity that will provide stability in the tug and pull of our polarized culture?  Can the central affirmations of the faith draw us together rather than push us apart?  These questions and more will be explored in this five-day retreat.

The Congregational Leaders Institute is a renewal and study opportunity for pastors and other leaders who seek to have a week of reflection, learning and interaction with inspirational and provocative educational and faith leaders. The Institute is sponsored by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in cooperation with the Bay View Religion Department.

Harnish, is the Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida.  He is the author of numerous books, Bible studies, and articles, and has served as a leader in The United Methodist Church both on the local and global level.  Harnish has been a member of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1974. 

Fowler is the Associate Professor of Congregational Leadership and Director of the Institute for Transformative Leaders and Communitiesat Garrett-Evangelical.  An expert in church leadership, Fowler has been instrumental in the development of numerous workshops and programs for ministers all over the world, including Garrett-Evangelical’s joint program with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Plus.

The registration cost is $275, which includes lunch every day, Monday through Thursday.  Participants can earn two continuing education credits at no additional cost. For more information, or to register, go to