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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
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Bob Smietana

Senior News Editor, Christianity Today
Bob Smietana is senior news editor for Christianity Today and 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, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Harvard University/Radcliffe, Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Philosophy... Read More →
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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 an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. He writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. His adventures have taken him from the... Read More →
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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 University. A turning point in his life was planting and pastoring River of Life Church in downtown Cincinnati in 2001 in the midst of civil unrest over the... Read More →


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