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Saturday, August 29 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Church In the City: Thriving, Dying or Just Getting By?

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As many of America's cities experience economic revival and draw young professionals and retirees to city life, many urban churches face uncertain futures and complex challenges. How are they finding creative ways to build community? How do they find the money and the members to serve long-term residents and newcomers?

Moderators
avatar for Bob Smietana

Bob Smietana

Editor in chief, RNS
Bob Smietana is editor in chief fir Religion News Service. He is former religion writer for the Tennessean in Nashville. He's written about religion for a living since 1999 and is president of the Religion Newswriters Association.

Speakers
avatar for Rev. Leslie D. Callahan

Rev. Leslie D. Callahan

Pastor, St. Paul's Baptist Church, Philadelphia
The Rev. Callahan became the first female pastor of 119-year-old St. Paul's Baptist Church, located in the heart of Philadelphia, in May 2009. After ordination in 1997 at Judson Memorial Church, she served as Minister of Christian Education at the First Baptist Church of Princeton... Read More →
avatar for Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne

Founder, The Simple Way
Claiborne is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received... Read More →
avatar for Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Senior Vice President, World Impact
Sanders (PhD) has a passion for developing Christian leaders to serve cross-culturally. He grew up as a “third culture” kid, as his father worked in the military around the globe. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Miami... Read More →


Saturday August 29, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor