The Grenz Lectures 2016, with Dr. William Willimon: Ministry as Missional Leadership

Date(s) - January 25, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

First Baptist Church

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Join us for this amazing speaker.

Jonathan Wilson, of Carey, on William Willimon:

Dr. William Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. Author of sixty books, he has been named one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

What excites you about our guest lecturer?

Our 2016 Grenz lecturer, Will Willimon, has experience as a parish pastor, Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, Seminary Professor, and Methodist Bishop. In every setting he has been an outspoken voice for the gospel’s strangeness, its real good news, and the transformation that it demands and enables in us. As a masterful preacher and teacher, he communicates with people across levels of education. People don’t need a theological education in order to understand Willimon. He also has a sneaky, wicked sense of humour.
He and his writing partner, Stanley Hauerwas, recognized early on the end of Christendom and the changes that requires of us whether we live in the US so-called “Bible belt” or pagan Vancouver. Willimon

Why did you decide on this and the topic?  Why is this timely and important?

Willimon proposed the topics for his lectures. It’s always good when a lecturer has some ideas and is enthusiastic about them. People use “missional” in many different and sometimes contradictory ways. For Willimon I think that “missional” points to the changes in culture and the new ways that god is calling us to be God’s people in the world. He recently retired as a bishop in the Methodist church and most of his writing and speaking now reflects the challenges and concerns that he discerned during that time of service.

Tell me about Stan Grenz and why the series is named after him or the vision for these amazingly free lectures sponsored by Carey?

Stan was my predecessor in the Pioneer McDonald Chair in Theology at Carey. And he really was a pioneer of revisioning evangelical theology and exploring new paths. His theology is profoundly shaped by the confession of One God: Father, Son, and Spirit. So it is wonderfully fitting that one of Willimon’s lectures combines the confession of God as triune with the challenge of missional leadership in the church.

How can we give or support Carey for more of these series?

All of the lectures are free and open to the public. And so is the parking! Invite your friends; encourage church leaders to attend. Also, we gratefully receive gifts in support of the ministry of Carey and the continuation of the Grenz lectures.
People can check out Willimon’s blog at

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