A capstone event of our summer doctoral residency is this year’s Reinicker Lecture, offered by the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, Ph.D., Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania. The lecture takes place on June 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the Addison Academic Center, with a reception to follow.
Sean is not only a gifted bishop of the church, he is also a scholar of Organizational Leadership, the area of his own doctoral studies. His lecture is entitled “Easier to Bleed than Sweat: The Institutional Church in a Post-Institutional Age.”
Over the course of the last several decades, the landscape of the church has shifted dramatically. As the church considers ways to adapt to this new reality, powerful rhetoric has emerged that separates the ideas of mission and institution. This is often expressed as, “mission is important and the institution is not.” The net effect of this sentiment is a weakened institution that is losing the capacity to practice the values it embraces. This lecture will explore how a strong institution with deep capacity is an essential element of God’s mission in the world and the hard work this will require.
Please register here for what promises to be an exciting and enriching evening from a voice our church needs.
The Rev. Ross Kane, Ph.D. Director of Doctoral Programs