2012 Black Church Summit explores 21st Century model of ministry


The 2012 Black Church Summit, a gathering for clergy and laity from black churches across the South Georgia Conference, is set for Sept. 21-22, 2012, at New Covenant Church in Savannah. The theme for this year’s Summit is “Real, Relevant and REVIVED: Creating a 21st Century Model of Ministry,” based on Mark 9:50, which says, “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” 

“Since its inception, the Black Church Summit is the principle tool that equips and resources our local congregations for innovative ministry,” said Rev. Abra Lattany-Reed, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “This summit allows our congregations to engage, collaborate and share ideas and concepts vital to creating a 21st century model for ministry. This is paramount to strengthening our disciple making processes. This summit is open to all and promises to be the best ever.”

The featured preacher for the two-day event is the Rev. Dr. Walter L. Kimbrough of Atlanta, pastor of Columbia Drive United Methodist Church in Decatur. For more than 40 years, Rev. Kimbrough's ministry has been characterized by evangelism, pastoral care, teaching, preaching, and community service. He has provided leadership at all levels of The United Methodist Church in both Northern Illinois and North Georgia. After having successfully led Chicago congregations through racial transition, in 1974 Rev. Kimbrough was appointed to the Cascade Church in Atlanta. He helped move Cascade from a dying congregation of less than 100 members to a vibrant one of more than 7,000 when he retired from that pastorate in 2006. In 2012, Rev. Kimbrough was brought out of retirement and appointed as senior pastor of Columbia Drive UMC.

Workshop sessions include “Leading Black Men back to the Church,” led by Robert Campbell of South Columbus UMC; “Developing the Family Friendly Church,” led by Amy Utley of Skidaway Island UMC; “Creating a ‘WOW’ Factor in Children’s Ministry,” led by Tracy Young of New Covenant UMC; “Funding Community Outreach in a Down Economy: Grant Writing 101,” led by Rev. Dr. Andrew Young of New Covenant UMC; “Writing a Discipleship Plan for Ministry,” led by Rev. Denise Walton, superintendent of the Dublin District; and “Sharing Hospitality that makes Guests Come Back to Your Church,” led by Helen Gibson of St. Marys Road UMC. 

“This year's Black Church Summit promises to engage our clergy and laity for greater service and effectiveness as the disciples of Jesus Christ,” Rev. Lattany-Reed said.

A special hotel rate of $94 per night for Black Church Summit participants has been secured with Hilton Garden Inn (5711 Abercorn St. in Savannah). The deadline for discounted rate is August 22.  Click here for hotel information.

Cost for the event is $25 before August 21. After August 21 registration goes up to $35.

Banquet tickets are an additional $20 for Summit participants, and $25 for those attending the banquet only.

Click here to download the brochure, which includes a schedule and registration. For questions about the Summit, contact Rev. Abra Lattany-Reed at 888-266-7642 or abra@sgaumc.com.