A Charitable Discourse

A Charitable Discourse: Forming Mature Congregations in a Contentious Culture

Dan Boone, Presenter

September 19-21, 2011

Trevecca Nazarene University



"I have been both saddened by and burdened for young pastors who are looking down the end of a barrel into the face of demands that conflict with the gospel of Jesus. Congregations are being hijacked into a form of religion that is neither biblical, historic, nor Wesleyan. Yet the populist religion of the day demands conformity or castigation.  I hope we can have a mature conversation about the the heart of the church." 

-Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University

How does a pastor preach the gospel to a congregation with deeply-held, diverse opinions?

How are believers formed in a church of differing political persuasions?

How does a pastor lead a congregation to be thoughtful of diverse ideas and kind to those who hold them...without abandoning their faith?

How does a pastor survive the pressure of competing demands from opposite ends of the creation debate?

How will the church deal with homosexuality?

These are a few of the questions, you will bring others: female preachers, alcohol, President Obama, the interpretation of scripture. These are challenging days for pastors as they deal with incredibly divisive issues in their congregations. This conference will serve to help pastors understand what is at stake for churches and believers in these issues and give them resources to engage in charitable discourse with their congregation and in their communities.


Conference Schedule:

September 19 - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

September 20 - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

September 21 - 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.



About the Presenter: Dan Boone has served as the president of Trevecca Nazarene University since 2005, and he has also served as pastor, teacher, author, and mentor to pastors. 


Conference Fee: $150

(This registration fee includes CEU credits*, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday and a copy of Dr. Boone's book, A Charitable Discourse: Talking about the Things that Divide Us.) 


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*For those who would like to use this conference toward a 3-credit hour course at the MA or BA level, there is a second session on November 14-16.  The focus of the academic credit will be the development of sermons aimed at shaping the culture of a divisive church.  For more information on registering for the course, please contact Sherry Crutchfield at scrutchfield@trevecca.edu