Deepening Pastor Relationships in the Boston Area
Our Pastor Relationship Initiative strengthens connections with pastors in the Boston area, particularly by reaching out to pastors from Brazil and China. Our goal is to identify the challenges that pastors face and the support they need as members of rapidly growing subcultures in pluralistic societies, and to provide resources that strengthen churches. By interviewing Brazilian-American and Chinese-American pastors and laypersons in the Boston area, we better understand their contexts and concerns. We ask these pastors about their church issues and networks. Our luncheons with Boston pastors and lay leaders allow us to unite members of our CEC Advisory Council, comprised of academics well-informed about these countries, with pastors and members of the JTF leadership team.
with Paul Freston and David Ro
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Brazilian and Chinese Pastors in the Boston area are invited to attend this mini-conference which brings together pastors and Gordon faculty in order to share ideas and concerns. We will begin with a luncheon, host two speakers from our Templeton Advisory Board, then divide into groups to discuss more specific issues in our churches and communities. Dr. David Ro, our first speaker, is a pastor, frequent speaker, and leading voice for the church in urban China, and currently serves as the director of the J. Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions and also as the International Deputy Director of the Lausanne movement in East Asia. Dr. Paul Freston is a sociologist of religion and one of the foremost scholars on Latin American religions, global evangelicalism, and the interface between Christians and politics. To register, please click here and provide the requested information by November 1.
The work of the center began with a John Templeton Foundation-funded conference that brought together pastors and members of the JTF Leadership Team, allowing them to share their ideas and concerns, and together frame the initiatives and priorities of the Center and of the associated Templeton Project. Learn more about this event >>