2012 ESR Pastors ConferenceThe 7 R's of SanctuaryFeaturing Keynote Rev. Debora Jackson

October 1, 2012

The Reverend Dr. Debora Jackson is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Needham, MA, the first African American and first woman to be so called.  She is a powerful preacher, well known for stirring and energizing congregations. She is passionate about church renewal and revitalization. Rev. Jackson is also an independent consultant and a published author. As a consultant, she helps churches and non-profit organization with strategic planning initiatives and provides leadership development programs. She has written chapters appearing in the books Good Business: Putting Spiritual Principles into Practice at Work and The Soul of Supervision: Integrating Practice and Theory. Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Jackson was the Chief Operating and Chief Information Officer for an energy services company. She holds degrees from Andover Newton Theological School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Indiana University, and she resides in Newton, MA with her husband, James Thomas, and their son, Jadon.

Plenary Sessions:

Realizing Leadership Efficacy will explore leadership efficacy, what it takes for a leader to be his/her most-effective best in order to provide a profile of the behavioral qualities that most positively impact leadership efficacy. This session will help leaders understand the behaviors that resonate strongly with those they lead, while helping the leader to avoid the pitfalls that thwart leadership.

A Leader’s Need for Time Apart considers the idea of stepping away from one’s leadership context. The exploration is considered from both secular and religious traditions; nevertheless, the result is clear that leadership requires strategies that enable leaders to take time apart in order to realize restoration and renewal.

The Criticality of Spiritual considers the realm of spirituality – what it means, why it is a common human experience, and how spiritual disciplines can help us to deepen our spirituality. The session will also explore the benefits of spiritual disciplines and how those practices contribute to our effectiveness as leaders.

Workshop choices will include: (choose one)

Pastoral Leadership and Congregational Size - Pastor David Hansen
Pastoral Leadership Among Friends - Pastor Josh Brown

Registration is $40 and includes breakfast, lunch and all sessions. Students can attend for a reduced cost of $25. Open Registration Form, print, and send it in with your check.

For more information, contact Mandy Ford, Director of External Relations, at (765) 973-2158 or fordma@earlham.edu


8:30 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 Break
9:15 - 10:30 Session I: Realizing Leadership Efficacy
10:30 - 11:00 Break with light refreshments
11:00 - 11:40 Worship
11:40 - 12:45 Lunch and free time
12:45 - 2:00 Session II: A Leader’s Need for Time Apart
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 3:15 Workshop sessions
3:15 - 3:45 Break with light refreshments
3:45 - 5:00 Session III: The Criticality of Spiritual


Event Date: 10/01/2012 - 8:30am - 5:00pm