Leaders Connect 2023

Thriving Congregations in a Post-pandemic World

 Retreat for Elders, Deacons, Ministers, & Their Wives 

June 12–15, 2023 

Elders, deacons, preachers, and their wives, future leaders, and Bible Class teachers are invited to Faulkner for a retreat to encourage men who are now or will one day become elders.

The price per person is only $125 and includes 9 meals plus 3 nights lodging. Thanks to Faulkner University and our great sponsors for allowing us to keep the cost of this event so low.

Most attendees stay on Faulkner’s campus. You will need to bring two sets of twin sheets, pillows, light blankets, bath towels, soap, etc. You will have a private bathroom.

Fill out and return the registration form soon. We look forward to seeing you on June 12.



Monday, June 12

3:00‒5:00 PM

Registration, atrium of Harris-Parker building (HP)

5:30 PM

Dinner with President Mitch Henry, J. L. Perry Dining Room

After dinner entertainment: “Mountain Railway” (Alan Kaye, Mark Martin, Brent Missildine, David Hester)

Tuesday, June 13

8:15‒9:00 AM

Breakfast, J. L. Perry Dining Room

9:15‒10:00 AM

David W. Hester, HP 135 — Leading Like the Prophets

10:15‒11:00 AM

Mark Posey, HP 135 — Preaching in a Post- Pandemic World

11:10 AM‒12:30 PM

Lunch with Roy Johnson, J. L. Perry Dining Room

1:00-1:10 PM

Group picture in front of Harris-Parker

1:15-2:00 PM

Singing with Art Williams, Lester Chapel

2:15‒3:00 PM

Shawn Mathis, HP 135 — Mastering the Power of People Development (ZOOM lecture)

3:15‒4:00 PM

Sam Long, HP 135 — How To Grow a Congregation


Cindy Henry, HP 108 — Begin With Balance

5:30 PM

Dinner in J. L. Perry Dining Room

After dinner speaker: Larry Cline

Wednesday, June 14

8:15‒9:00 AM

John Craft, Breakfast, JLP — A Lawyer’s Perspective on Church Giving & Legacy Giving

9:15‒10:00 AM

Matt Clark, HP 135 — Religious Liberty Issues arising out of LGBTQ groups, related to church events

10:15‒11:00 AM

John L. Kachelman III, HP 135 — Church Technology, Audio/Video Live Streaming, & Social Media

11:10 AM‒12:30 PM, Lunch, JLP

Todd Brenneman, Randall C. Bailey — Lectureship Information; Kearley Graduate School of Theology promotion: “Thriving Congregations”

1:00‒2:00 PM

Singing with Art Williams, LC

2:15‒3:00 PM


David W. Hester, Moderator

Paul Tarence, E. R. Brannan, Cecil May, Fenter Northern, Claude Flynn, Raymond Elliott, Charlie Boddy, Billy Lambert

3:15‒4:00 PM

Steve Wages, HP 135 — How LGBTQ Issues Are Affecting Young People in the Congregation, and How to Respond

5:30 PM

Dinner, JLP

7:00 PM

Dewayne Bryant, LC — If Jesus Were CEO

Thursday, JUNE 15


Breakfast, JLP

9:15‒10:00 AM

Melvin Otey, HP 135 — Church Legal Issues

10:15‒11:00 AM

Billy Hilyer, HP 135 — The Example of John the Baptist

11:10 AM

Lunch, JLP

12:30 PM

Shawn Mathis, HP 135 — Mastering the Power of People Development (ZOOM lecture)

1:30 PM

Dewayne Bryant, HP 135 — Lessons From Biblical Kings

2:30 PM

Mark Posey, HP 135 — Preaching in a Post- Pandemic World