168th CONVOCATION EVENT
The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Warford
The Hidden World of Ministry
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
REGISTRATION: 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
WORKSHOP: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The workshop will focus on the often invisible lives of ordained ministers. In completing a study of eight men and women that began thirty-five yeas earlier when they entered Union Theological Seminary in NYC, Mac Warford has identified issues of ministry that became clear in the stories and experience of these pastors.
Dr. Warford will share some of the pastors’ stories, look at the nature of these narratives, and lead workshop participants in engaging some key questions: What is it that brings us alive in ministry? Why do we so often lose ourselves in the practices of ministry? And, how do we reclaim what we have deferred, forgotten, or left behind?
Mac Warford is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has led congregations in Vermont, New York, and Kentucky. As a teacher, he has been a member of the faculties of St. Louis University, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Lexington Theological Seminary. He has served as president of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. For over ten years, he created and led two Lilly Endowment supported programs: The Lexington Seminar: Theological Teaching for the Church’s Ministries and The Mentor Project in Academic Leadership. Dr. Warford has published widely on theological education, vocation, and the church’s ministry. Though retired, he continues to write as well teach and consult. His most recent book is The Spirit’s Tether: Eight Lives in Ministry that was published by Alban Institute in 2011.