City Events

February 2020

Work That Has Worth (Chattanooga)

Presenter: Kevin Dudley
February 27 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm EST
Feed Table and Tavern, 201 W Main Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402 United States

Every follower of Jesus has great capacity to change the world around us because of how God has created, redeemed and sustained us. Yet, so many end up aimlessly spending their lives without ever discovering the ministry of presence and the the ministry of productivity in ordinary living. With countless perspectives on what we choose to do with our lives, work that is truly transformative involves much more than simply leveraging our strengths, talent, ideas, resources, or influence.  God calls us to work that has worth.

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Pastor’s and Clergy Informational Breakfast (Hampton Roads)

February 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am EST
Greater Discipleship Center, 1307 LaSalle Avenue
Hampton, VA 23669 United States

As we work towards flourishing churches and communities in our cities, it is imperative that we have accurate data to support the resources needed to improve the economic climate. We say we honor the work of the hands and hearts of our congregation members, but what would that look like if it extended into our neighborhoods past the Sunday gathered and to the scattered church on Mondays?

The U.S. Census Bureau has made an intentional effort in approaching the faith community to assist in the endeavor of "counting everyone." "You can make a difference in the places we live, work, and worship. We ask you to join us in ensuring we count everyone living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place, including helping us reach hard-to-count members of the community."

Pastors..."The U.S. Census Bureau partners with the faith community to get the word out about the importance of the count. Faith leaders are trusted voices in their communities. You know how to reach your congregation and members; hard-to-count families, individuals..."

Join us Friday, February 28, 2020 at 9:00am, at Greater Discipleship Center located at 1307 LaSalle Avenue, Hampton, Virginia, as we collectively make plans to involve our churches in this important effort to continue on the path of "flourishing churches and communities."

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From Thinking to Thriving: Economics, Work, and Human Flourishing (Los Angeles)

Presenters: Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D., Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D., J. Daryl Charles, Ph.D.
February 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm PST
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648 United States

We were made to live in freedom and flourish. But what ideas form the foundation for healthy, thriving communities? How does our understanding of the human person, economics, and work help us build a culture for flourishing?

Join us for a day of discussion where we’ll explore:
• The human person made in the Image of God
• The economic realities of our world
• The value and dignity of our daily work and labor

We will also screen our award-winning film, Poverty, Inc., and address the ways we can successfully engage communities living in material poverty.

Who Should Attend:

- Faith-Based Leaders
- Nonprofit Leaders
- You! All are welcome!


8:30am Breakfast

9:15am Session 1: "Christian View of the Human Person" - Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D.

10:45am Session 2: "The Economic Way of Thinking" - Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D.

12:00pm Session 3: Lunch and Poverty, Inc. screening

2:00pm Session 4: "Wisdom and Work: Perspectives on Human Labor from Ecclesiastes" - J. Daryl Charles, Ph.D.

3:30pm Conclusion

Registration deadline: February 20, 2020 - Hurry! Event capacity is limited, so register right away!

Tickets are complimentary. Normal cost would be $50/person. This event is being underwritten by Acton’s generous supporters.  Visit HERE for more information about this event.

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Creative Theology (New York)

Presenter: Elizabeth Davis
February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Gallery Church, 1460 Broadway
New York, New York 10036 United States

In the beginning God created and it was good. But how do we weave together a good creative theology in a 2020 broken world? Come wrestle with how Christians are called to create in community, with purpose, freedom & discernment.

This workshop will be led by Elizabeth Davis, Tony Award & Drama Desk Nominee.

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March 2020

Exegeting the City (Phoenix)

March 4 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm MST
Redemption Church, 2150 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85282

Pastors are often trained in how to study the Bible, but we rarely have
opportunities to learn how to study our city. Exegeting the City is a full-day class
that will help us understand the history, design, challenges, and assets of
Phoenix. We will turn the city into a classroom as we visit a variety of
neighborhoods, buildings, museums, and organizations in our city.
This class will provide pastors with the opportunity to interact with city leaders,
business leaders, educators, historians, and others who can help us understand
Phoenix and the role of the church can play in contributing to the flourishing of
this place. This class will expose the pastors to the basic tools of exegeting a
city, neighborhood, or community. This immersion experience will seek to expose
the theological truth that we are our “brother’s keeper” and that “we reap what we
sow” for good and ill.

1. Identify individual leaders, ministries, churches, and businesses, city leaders
who are doing substantial Kingdom work in the Valley and learn how we can be
shaped and partner with them.
2. Observe multiple theological perspectives and develop an appreciation for
how the whole church can provide theological perspectives that are like a
symphony making beautiful sounds to the Lord in benefit to our city.
3. Observe multiple contextual ministry philosophies with the purpose of learning
best practices and emerging trends.
4. Form new relationships with city leaders in the marketplace, the church, the
civic center, and among the poor.
5. Develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the city of Phoenix.
6. Identify various barriers and challenges the church of Phoenix faces in
addressing the needs of the city. Develop strategic partnerships and plans to
address them.

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Pain, Healthcare, and Faithful Discipleship: A Pastor’s Lunch Conversation (Denver)

Presenter: Brett McCarty
March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm MDT
Punch Bowl Social, 65 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203 United States

On March 12, Denver Institute is hosting an event on chronic pain for health care professionals. One of the keynote speakers is Brett McCarty, faculty at a joint Divinity and Medical School program at Duke University. Pastoral continuing educaiton is one of his passions.

Join us for a lunch conversation around topics such as: a Christian view of pain, understanding the opioid crisis, and a historical theology of the church and healthcare. Denver Institute and Made to Flourish will cover lunch for you or any interested staff members - you just bring questions and curiosity.

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Faith and Work Luncheon (Hampton Roads)

March 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
AGI Headquarters, 2655 International Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23452 United States

Bryan Fowler (Chaplain at AGI headquarters in Virginia Beach) has a heart towards integrating Christian faith into the workplace, and as such, some monumental changes have taken place in AGI's workplace with employees that number 800+ in Virginia Beach.  Chaplain Fowler has some other ideas worth hearing about that could possibly be supported from the extended faith community in the Hampton Roads area.

 A small group of pastors and business leaders from Hampton Roads will meet for a luncheon at AGI to hear more about how faith and work in the marketplace is contributing to the flourishing of our churches and communities. AGI will host on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:30am.  It will take place at their corporate office located at 2655 International Parkway, Virginia Beach.

Seats are limited for this event.  If you would like to attend, please send an email to Charles Cheek at  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Not at the Dinner Table: A Faith Perspective on Mass Incarceration (Cleveland)

Presenter: Dominique Gilliard
March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Firestone Learning Center, 470 Castle Blvd
Akron, OH 44313 United States

Since 1970, the prison population has grown by 700%, giving the US the largest prison population in the world. And while women are the fastest growing prison demographic, people of color have been up to 10 times more likely to be in jail or prison than their white counterparts for the last 40 years. What role has Christianity played in the evolution and expansion of this prison-industrial complex? How can we help bring healing and restoration? Join us as author Dominique Gilliard, along with individuals on both sides of the justice system, discuss creative solutions to mass incarceration that the church can participate in. Who cares? We do.

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Pastors Breakfast Gathering on Wise Financial Stewardship (Hampton Roads)

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
Old Point National Bank, 101 E. Queen Street, 6th Floor - Rooftop Conference Room
Hampton, VA 23669 United States

Join us for breakfast on the rooftop overlooking the City of Hampton and the waterfront as we learn how Thrivent serves the Christian community by supporting Pastors, Churches and Communities to Flourish.

As a mission driven Fortune 500 not-for-profit financial services organization, Thrivent is uniquely qualified to guide Christians to be wise with money. Thrivent is growing in the Hampton Roads community and we are looking to connect with people who are inspired by this mission to grow with us.

Hampton Roads Made To Flourish City Network, Thrivent and the Peninsula Baptist Association is excited about this opportunity and we look forward to your attendance.

Special parking instructions - Please do not park in the Old Point Bank parking spaces. Park in the adjacent City of Hampton free lots.

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Pastors Day | Reframing Holiness (Kansas City)

March 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm CDT
Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1700 E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64131 United States

On Tuesday, March 24, Made to Flourish is sponsoring lunch and will participate in a panel as Sondra Wheeler presents the Mercer Lectures on the Doctrine of Holiness.

During the panel, we'll talk about some of the surprising ways that holiness is cultivated in our everyday work.

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