Dear Friends of the East Coast Conference,
On behalf of the East Coast Executive Ministerial Committee, I am glad to extend the invitation to all of you for the 2018 Ministerial Association Annual Meeting (which occurs in conjunction with the Conference Annual Meeting). We are going to be hosted by the pastors, staff and congregation of Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, CT, and we look forward to being together with all of you there. The annual meeting includes our business meeting, hearing from and voting on our new ordination candidates and other ministerium business, receiving reports of the state of the conference and our ministries and of course continuing education.
This year we are going to be led in conversation by Rev. Dr. Soong Chan Rah on the topic of Prophetic Lament. We have heard the request for more times of conversation and peer learning at the Annual Meeting and will be having several conversations together on a variety of topics throughout our education and meeting days. We are very aware that there is much to discuss and much to learn from each other.
Like you, I am so grateful for the tools of technology that allow for instant communication and long distance conversation - but those tools cannot replace the gifts of interpersonal interaction. As it states in our bylaws it is our responsibility, but even more our privilege to gather as colleagues and coworkers; therefore please make every effort to attend!
If you cannot attend please make it known via email to Rev. Chris Haydon: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to a time of connection, worship and learning together.
Blessings & Peace
Rev. Whitney Hall, Chair
Our Speaker for the continuing education portion of the Ministerium meeting is Soong-Chan Rah.
THEME: Prophetic Lament: Justice in Troubled Times
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson associate professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of Prophetic Lament, (InterVarsity Press, 2015), The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (IVP Books, 2009) and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody, 2010).
Soong-Chan is formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC)—a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused Covenant church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C. area, worked for a number of years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston (specifically at MIT), and mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches. He currently serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and the Catalyst Leadership Center.
He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching, especially on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan was a plenary speaker at several conferences and gatherings: the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2005 Summer Institute for Asian American Ministry and Theology, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, the 2007 Evangelical Covenant Church Midwinter Conference, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2009 Cornerstone Festival, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference, and 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly.
Soong-Chan received his bachelor’s in political science and history/sociology from Columbia University; his Master of Divinity degree from GCTS; his Master of Theology degree from Harvard University; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from GCTS. He’s currently in the doctor of theology program at Duke University.
Soong-Chan and his wife Sue, who teaches special education, live with their two children Annah and Elijah in Chicago.
*Late Registration will incl. $10 late fee and does not guarantee on-site meals - a list of local restaurants will be sent with your registration.