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A Future with Hope

Resilient Responses in COVID-era Ministry

Grief. Isolation. Financial stress. Racial injustice. Disparities in education and healthcare.

Life in an era of COVID-19 has taken its toll on bodies, minds, and spirits. The challenge of effective ministry in these times depends on leaders who are informed about the effects of trauma on themselves, on their congregations, and on their communities.

Join other ministry leaders on May 24 for an interactive gathering that addresses the challenges, encourages and educates the leader, and offers opportunities to brainstorm innovative, adaptive, and creative responses to heal and restore a future with hope.

Certified ASL interpreting provided throughout the day!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jessica Young Brown, PhD

Dr. Jessica Young Brown is a Judson Press author and licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She provides education and consultation to churches and community organizations on mental health, trauma, race and racism, and organizational dynamics. 

Dr. Brown earned her  PhD in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Workshop: Congregations of Hope

Panelists: Rev. Dr. Kevin Johnson, Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller,  Rev. Maria Lewis (moderator)

An interactive conversation with ministry leaders on welcoming the returning congregation with trauma-informed and responsive re-entry planning:
• listening for the impact of trauma and what members bring with them as they return
• preparing to respond to the physical and emotional safety concerns of the members and the levels of engagement they desire
• encouraging resiliency through worship, ministry, and mission


Workshop: Nurturing Resilience in Children and Youth

Panelists: Barbara Chavous-Pennock, Tiffany Chavous, Armina Domingue

Safe places are a critical part of counteracting the shockwaves of isolation, low-self esteem, verbal and physical abuse, and disruption that escalated during COVID-19. Listen to the leadership team of Somerset Academy as they share insights and intervention (lessons learned) for restoring well-being with our children and youth. 

Explore questions about the critical concerns of parents and caregivers, the observed impact of pandemic on children, and creative responses from churches.

A Conversation Café: Where Does It Hurt?

Hosts: Rev. Rebecca Irwin-Diehl (on-site) and Jennifer L. Sanborn (online)

Engage with other ministry leaders about the issues that concern you the most. In-person table conversations  and online breakout rooms will address diverse topics of concern and invite brainstorming on creative responses from our local congregations.

Topics will include (1) the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women, (2) communities with continuing health disparities, (3) the impact of community violence and racial injustice, and (4) the far-reaching impact of grief and loss.

In-Person or Online, Individual or Group

A National Event with Hybrid Options

Attend in person at the ABHMS Leadership and Mission Building. Host your own gathering and stream the hybrid experience as a group. Or join online individually via the Center for Continuous Learning.

  • In-person $35 – includes continental breakfast and box lunch
  • Online (individual) $25
  • Online (group) $99 – single email log-in*

*Online group registrations are encouraged for churches, regions, or other groups that would like to convene an in-person gathering and engage with both the hosted, livestreamed event and with your own gathering. This ticket option will provide a single access log-on via the registered user’s email.