INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners based in Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church (United Methodist) in Tipp City, Ohio, are scheduled to be the featured speakers at the 2014 Our Life Together Clergy Retreat, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24-25, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
The theme of the two-day retreat will be “Engaging the World” and John 17:20-23 will be the Scriptural base.
Wallis is scheduled to speak twice during the day on Monday, Feb. 24, to Indiana Conference clergy. He will address social justice issues he deals with in his special ministry in our nation’s capital.
Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, will speak twice on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The two-day retreat also will feature an opening communion service with Bishop Mike Coyner, Monday afternoon breakout sessions, a Taize-contemplative style service and vendors. The cost of the retreat for clergy is $60 per person and includes two meals. Registration is now open at www.inumc.org/olt.
Breakout sessions will feature the Rev. Derek Weber, senior pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, leading a session about “Preaching the Word and Engaging the World;” the Rev. Kimberly Reisman of West Lafayette, Ind., executive director of Next Step Evangelism Ministries; and the Rev. Jeff Newton, executive director of Kokomo Urban Outreach.
Other breakout sessions will feature a variety of recovery ministries available in Indiana and another session about discussing difficult issues in the life of the church. More information will be made available at www.inumc.org/olt.
A special offering will be received during the retreat to support the Ten Point Coalition, a group of pastors in Indianapolis who walk the streets in neighborhoods to prevent violent crimes. The Rev. Charles Harrison, senior pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, serves as president of the coalition.
Jim Wallis serves as president and founder of Sojourners, where he also is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million. He frequently speaks in the United States and abroad. His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He frequently appears on radio and television as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox – on shows such as Meet the Press, Hardball, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the O’Reilly Factor – and on National Public Radio. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches a course on “Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life” at Georgetown University.
He is the author of 10 books. His latest book, On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good (Brazos Press), was released in April 2013.
Mike Slaughter, serves as lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, is the three-decade dreamer of Ginghamsburg Church and spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations.
His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has now made him a tireless and leading advocate for displaced children, women and men in Darfur, Sudan, named by the U.N. as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Since initiating The Sudan Project in January 2005, Ginghamsburg has invested more than $6.1 million into humanitarian relief in Darfur.
Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry.