HPU Religion Faculty to Host Virtual Panel Discussion for Community Church Leaders

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 15, 2020 – The Rev. Dr. Chris Franks, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at High Point University, will host a virtual fall Faculty Lecture Series and panel discussion titled, “Leading the Generations: Ecclesial Leadership in a Time of Crisis” on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.

All members of the community are invited to participate in the free event, but registration is required. Space is limited to 500 participants. To register, click here.

“We are lucky to be able to tap into a range of wisdom from church leaders in the wider HPU family,” says Franks. “This panel will bring diverse perspectives to pressing issues facing churches today.”

HPU has assembled this intergenerational panel of clergy from the network of alumni and family to focus on what the multiple crises of today are teaching us about the necessities, failings and future of the church. The global pandemic, political and social polarization, racial unrest and economic instability are some of the challenges facing church leaders.

Members of the panel include Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, Resident Bishop of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church and parent of two HPU graduates; Rev. Dr. Michael Brown, HPU Board of Trustee member, alumnus, adjunct instructor of religion and philosophy, and noted author and preacher; Sydney Richards, HPU alumna and 2020 graduate of Duke Divinity School and currently a teaching assistant in the Divinity School; and Rev. Kyle Thompson, senior pastor of South Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte and HPU alumnus. The panel will be moderated by Franks.

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