Pastors and Leaders 2021

Thriving Together 

Monday, March 1 — Thursday, March 4

Meeting online this year!

Conference Description:

It’s been a hard year. If the current climate makes you feel more like curling up in a ball and hiding under the covers than stepping out to lead boldly, you’re in good company. 

Sometimes it seems like all the energy you planned to use for ministry and mission is being expended just surviving week to week. It’s exhausting.

So how can congregations and their leaders thrive in this time of unprecedented disruption? Who do we turn to for help? After all, who actually knows how to lead well in a time of pandemic, racial reckoning, climate crisis and political upheaval?

For our first ever online conference, we’ve invited creative, seasoned leaders to offer their best insights into what congregations need to thrive in today’s world. Our speakers will draw from deep wells of Christian faith and leadership practice as they share personal stories and observations. 

Preachers and teachers

Cynthia L. HaleCynthia L. Hale, M.Div., D.Min., is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia. 

James Nelson Gingerich, M.D., is a doctor and leader at Maple City Health Care Center in Goshen, Indiana.

Marvin Lorenzana, M.Div., D.Min., is the Discipleship Initiatives Director for Mennonite Mission Network and is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Drew Strait, PhD, is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS.

Through worship, prayer, teaching sessions and workshops, we’ll explore the biblical and theological grounding that shapes our faith in our digital culture.


More information coming soon.


More information coming soon.

Listen to past Pastors and Leaders conferences

Recorded sessions from Pastors and Leaders 2020:

Click here to view the conference plenary sessions from 2020.

Recorded sessions from earlier events:

If you missed past conferences, you might have missed out on the community, but you can still listen to what the speakers had to say. Click the orange arrow below to listen to the keynote messages.

Continuing Education Units

Attending all Pastors Week plenary and workshop sessions earns 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Indicate if you would like to receive CEUs when you register, and pick up your CEU certificate when leaving the final session Thursday afternoon.

Audio recordings

Listen to recordings of plenary sessions from Pastors and Leaders 2018 and 2019.