Church Leadership Conference

Sanctuary: A Place of Refuge

Sanctuary is defined as a place of refuge or safety.  It is a place of shelter in times of turbulence.  It is a place where people should feel safe.  A retreat from the front lines of battle and a harbor for the ship tossed on stormy seas.  Unfortunately, many of our congregations are anything but a place of refuge.  

Johnson University Tennessee invites ministry staff and church leaders to be our guests at this one-day Church Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 3, 2018, as we strive to create congregations where encouragement and community provide members and guests with a safe place to be an imperfect child of God.

Featured Speakers

Denny Coburn
Director, Barnabas Ministries, Gallipolis, OH

Dr. Daniel Overdorf
Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry, Johnson University, Knoxville, TN

David Wheeler
Associate Professor of Congregational Ministry, Johnson University, Knoxville, TN


8:15 – Registration
9:00 – Welcome and Prayer
9:05 am – Better Safe than Sued (David Wheeler)
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am – Leadership by Encouragement, Helping Leaders Become Encouragers (Denny Coburn)
11:15 am – Break
11:30 am – Leading Toward Community, Steps to Growing a Strong Faith Community (Daniel Overdorf)
12:30 pm – Lunch (Sponsored by Christian Financial Resources)
1:45 pm – Workshops

  • Encouragement: A Tool to Maintain Pure Faith - Denny Coburn
  • Elders and Deacons: Beyond Position to Purpose - Daniel Overdorf
  • Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore and What We Can Do About It - David Wheeler

3:00 pm – Break
3:15 pm – Questions & Answers
4:00 pm – Closing Remarks and Prayer


Several local hotels offer special rates for guests of Johnson University.
Area Accommodations

Registration Is Now OPEN!