National Baptist Congress / 2020 Vision Conference / Featuring Northern Seminary

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“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

Northern Seminary partners with the the National Baptist Congress and the R. H. Boyd Publishing Company for the 2020 Vision Conference (June 17–19, 2020).

The 2020 Vision Conference has shifted to a virtual conference because of COVID-19. Several Northern professors are included in the program of virtual presentations and webinars for your spiritual enrichment and encouragement. The following is the schedule (all times Central Time):

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

10:00a.m. – Welcome from LaDonna Boyd, Fifth-generation President/CEO, R. H. Boyd Publishing

10:30am – Message from Dr. William D. Shiell, eleventh President of Northern Seminary, addressing the partnership with Northern Seminary, the National Baptist Congress, and R.H. Boyd.

11:00am – Sermon from Dr. T. L. Brown, Host Pastor

3:00pm – Developing the Next Generation of Thinkers and Doers: Culture, COVID, and Christ Hosted by Jonathan Brooks (Northern Seminary) Dr. Marlon Coleman and Dr. Heather Burton. This session will focus on the importance of developing children, youth, and young adult leaders and ministry.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

10:00am – Ministry During a Pandemic Hosted by Northern Seminary with the following panelists:

Gary Hayles – Preaching

Bob Price – Evangelism and Discipleship

Gerald Dew – Leadership and Administration

Ava Ivy – Christian Education

1:00pm – Representation Matters- Leadership in Ministry and Business– A Moderated Conversation with LaDonna Boyd, Rev. Olivia Cloud, and Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry, Dean of Spelman College, on the importance of representation based on race and gender.

4:00pm – Free Course: Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods (course available throughout conference at

7:00pm – Pastoral Leadership with Strategic Vision – Conversation with Dr. Gerald Dew, Dean of the Vision Conference, and Dr. Ralph West, Senior Pastor of The Church Without Walls, Houston, TX

Friday, June 19, 2020

9:00am – Morning Prayer and Conversation with Dr. John Faison, Sr., Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church, Nashville, TN

11:00am – Juneteenth Commemoration- Celebrating our Freedom through the Arts and Creative Expression– A Conversation with Dr. Freddie Haynes, LaDonna Boyd, Dr. Pamela Hardy, and Henry B. Hicks, CEO of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, TN.

3:00pm – Oratorical Contest and Scholarship Giveaway- Hosted by Dr. Heather Burton

7:00pm – Conclusion: A Journey through the Years and closing message from LaDonna Boyd

These days of informative engagement are sure to enhance and transform your perspective of ministry especially in times of crisis. The Church is to always be Light in a dark world, and Salt in a tasteless world. Tune in, log on, share, and post this schedule.

June 10, 2020

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