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Rural and small town congregations and non-profits are leading with hope in their communities. Hopeful leadership is theologically grounded and practical. During this workshop, we will discuss a robust theology and practice of hope for congregations and share examples of hope-full ministries that are transforming local communities.
EVENT DATE & DETAILS
This workshop will be offered twice to offer the most scheduling flexibility for attendees. Attendees do not need to attend both sessions.
Workshop(s) are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Rev. Brad Thie currently serves as the director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School. Through the initiative, his work includes cultivating faithful and fruitful clergy and lay leadership in rural and small town churches including leading a scholarship cohort of Rural Fellows, who are formed and prepared for rural ministry through curricular and co-curricular programs.
Rev. Thie, a 1998 Duke Divinity School graduate, is an Ordained Elder and a member of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. He served as pastor of three Rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina. Thie has an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., and a B.A. in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. Prior to attending Divinity School, he worked as a Market Manager with Pizza Hut, and as a Franchisee Consultant and District Manager with Golden Corral.
He currently serves on the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and on the Board of EveryAge.