Bob Whitesel — recently recognized by a national publication as “the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today” — will be one of several experts on hand at the fifth biennial Healthy Ministry Conference to speak to practices and models that are on the leading edge of healthy ministry today.                                    

Designed primarily for those who serve on presbytery committees on preparation for ministry, committees on ministry, presbytery staff and seminary faculty and staff, the August 1-3 event in Louisville is one of 10 national conferences scheduled as part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Big Tent celebration.                                                   

“A common thread among all the offerings of this year’s Healthy Ministry Conference is that they deal not only with the church as it is today, but with how it will be in the future,” said conference organizer, Timothy Cargal, interim coordinator for preparation for ministry/exams for Mid Council Ministries of the Office of the General Assembly. 

“From new forms of worshiping communities, to increasing use of tentmaking models for ministry, to changing models of not only how leadership assessments are made but what leadership competencies are needed,” Cargal said, “our conference presenters are authorities on shaping, supporting, preparing and retooling leaders for ministry in the 21st century church."                                                           

In addition to Whitesel’s highly-anticipated keynote address on millennial leadership on August 3, the conference will also feature a New Worshiping Community Panel, jointly sponsored by the Evangelism and Church Growth and National Elders conferences. 

“It’s exciting to see leaders coming together to focus on getting their churches healthy,” said Whitesel.