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IAPS Annual Conference 2024: Guided by Grace

May 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a one-day conference exploring the theme of Guided by Grace: Courageous Leadership for a Changing Church, Community, and Civic Life.” This dynamic event brings together thought leaders, pastors, and community advocates to delve into the challenges and opportunities facing pastoral and community leadership in our rapidly changing world. We aim to inspire and equip pastoral and community leaders to navigate change with grace and courage, fostering resilience and transformative leadership in their diverse ministries and in community and civic engagement. This conference furthers our work to build a network of intentionally ecumenical and deliberately diverse Christian leaders.


  • Jan Love is Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean and professor of Christianity and world politics at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she has served since 2007. – Click here to learn more
  • The Rev Dr. Neichelle Guidry serves as the Dean of the Chapel and the Director of the WISDOM Center at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA – Click here to learn more
  • The Rev Dr. Gina M. Stewart is an energetic, faithful, and loving pastor, visionary, preacher, adjunct professor, teacher, and community advocate. – Click here to learn more


Keynote Addresses: Renowned speakers will offer insightful keynotes, delving into the intersection of grace, courage, and leadership within the context of the evolving church, community, and civic life.

Food: A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Beverage service and snacks available throughout the conference.

Panel Discussions: Engage in thought-provoking panel discussions featuring experienced pastors, scholars, and community leaders. Explore practical strategies for navigating change, fostering resilience, and inspiring hope in diverse contexts.

Workshops: Participate in interactive workshops designed to equip pastoral leaders with tangible skills and resources for effective leadership in a dynamic environment. Topics may include adaptive leadership, conflict resolution, community engagement, and more.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow attendees, share experiences, and build valuable connections. Exchange insights and ideas for cultivating grace-filled, courageous leadership in your own context.

Closing Reflection: Conclude the day with a reflective session, synthesizing key learnings and exploring actionable takeaways for continued growth and development as pastoral and community leaders.

Scholarships: A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact for more details.

IAPS is generously funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment and Trinity Church Wall Street and was founded by Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (Detroit) and Christ Church Cranbrook.

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May 23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30307 United States
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