Register thru this link for the first annual clergy conversation.

This first annual clergy conversation is sponsored by the Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA) and the PBA Ministers Council.  Clergy and church leaders are invited to join the first annual Clergy Missiological conversation about what we do, why we do it and how it’s done (mission) in the name of Jesus Christ.  See the flyer for more detail.

Date: April 19, 2018 – 9:00AM

Time: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Location: St. Paul’s Baptist Church

One Hagerty Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19382

Cost:  $45.00

(Registration deadline: April 11th)

There will be two speakers to help us investigate our concern for the Christian moral compass across the Nation and in Metro-Philadelphia.  They will reflect on the theme Her Faith, Her Lens!!  (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:27-28)



National:  Rev. Marvin A. McMickle, Ph.D., President, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program & Professor of African American Religious Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.









Metro-Philadelphia:  Rev. Leslie D. Callahan, Ph.D., Pastor, Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia; served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and New York Theological Seminary.







Key Features of our Annual Missiolgical Conversations

  •  The focus of our conversation is helping our clergy and congregations to understand what it means to be a faithful presence in the broken places in our society/world
  • The PBA Ministers Council will serve as conveners (host) of the Annual Conversations with the help of a steering committee of PBA Clergy
  • PBA pastors/clergy have direct input in the direction, design, and implementation of the annual event
  • PBA pastors/clergy are to be invited to serve as presenters of the strategies and/or mission models to be employed on the specific topics addressed
  • The conversations will promote networking and mutual support for clergy across the region, leading missional congregations
  • Keynote speakers (local or national) and/or panels will be invited to set the tone for the conversations at the annual event
  • Networking is promoted among the clergy to implement (make operational) the learnings garnered from the conversations. The conversations are not focused on controlling outcomes
  • We will employ the Mission Summit model utilized/adapted by ABCUSA (Mission Summit) and the PBA (Annual Mission Café)
  • Congregational leaders who are not a part of the PBA are invited to attend the annual event
  • The themes for our conversations will include important and current controversial issues in our society which are to be presented in a dialogical format that is not to be understood as policy statements of the Philadelphia Baptist Association, but rather an opportunity for our clergy to understand the differences of perspective that they (our congregations) may hold