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Plenary Sessions

Monday, 1 July 2013
“Leading with Faith in the Future” 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, and author of Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Bob JohansenBob has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, he draws on his training in the social sciences and his extensive experience at the edges of multiple disciplines as he interacts with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organizations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. He was IFTF’s president from 1996 to 2004 and served on its board until 2010; before that he created and led the Technology Horizons Program. Today, he invests his time with IFTF sponsors and particularly enjoys leading small workshops with creative teams and rising-star leaders, where he uses foresight from IFTF’s ten-year forecast to kindle insight and action.

The author or co-author of eight books, Bob is a frequent keynote speaker for large groups. His best-selling Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present was selected as one of the top business books of 2007. His latest book is the second edition of Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World, with contributions by the Center for Creative Leadership, named by Connect Consulting Group as the best business book of 2012 related to change management and leadership. Bob has done workshops based on his books at a wide range of corporations, including Kellogg’s, Disney, Intel, Walmart, Syngenta, Johnson & Johnson, UPS, and McDonald’s. Major universities, nonprofits, and churches also use his books. Bob began working with IFTF in 1973 and holds a BS from the University of Illinois, an MDiv from Crozer Theological Seminary (where Martin Luther King, Jr., attended divinity school), and a PhD in sociology of religion from Northwestern University. (CLICK HERE FOR A FULL BIOGRAPHY)

This plenary will be hosted by the Elders and Governing Board with responses from a dynamic panel of MCC leaders and questions from the audience.

From our earliest days, MCC has believed that our Destiny and vision includes a transformational global message and ministry that follows Jesus and work for justice. 45 years later, MCC has ministries and churches in at least 40 countries. The world has not only changed dramatically in 45 years, but the speed of change has increased. As we face the next 10, 20 years or more, what kind of world will we be living in? What kind of spiritual, religious and political environment will re-shape us? What kind of transformational faith and flexibility and leadership will be required of us?

As we begin this 25th General Conference, MCC takes a bold, long, challenging look ahead at what the Holy Spirit may be requiring of us!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
“Believing and Becoming The Human Rights Church: How Our Global Justice Institute is Shaping Our Global Ministry”

Hosted jointly by the Moderator’s Office and the Global Justice Institute

This plenary will include recognition of our Human Rights Award winner, Ugandan activist and hero, Bishop Senyonjo, and a special guest speaker, Dan Baer. We will be introducing to the General Conference the Global Justice Institute, now a partnership between MCC and The Fellowship of Affirming Churches. We will explore how MCC’s global vision for human right is enhanced and made concrete in the work of the GJI in many places in the world today.

Thursday, 4 July 2013
“Focus on the Future with the Council of Elders”

The Elders will have an open conversation on the history, present and future of Elders in MCC, from a personal and missional point of view, with time for questions and answers.

“A Holy Conversation: Believing in the Future of MCC Leadership, as we Get Ready for Our Next Moderator!”

Hosted by Elders and Governing Board, with help from our Theologies Team

As we consider our plenary from Monday on MCC’s future, we now turn to the questions of electing the 3rd Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches at our General Conference in three years.

A diverse, global panel will then respond to what they have heard, and lead us in an engaging conversation about our hopes and fears, our dreams, our values and theology, as we prepare to choose a new Moderator, and look ahead to the future of leadership in MCC.

The Moderator’s Nominating Committee, will be visible and present for this conversation, and available at Listening Posts at various times during the Conference

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