Dear Friends,


Each summer, I write to you with an invitation to submit nominations for a continuing education event for newly-ordained ministers in their first four years of ministry who already show significant gifts and potential for future ministry as pastor and head of staff in a large congregation.  This event is framed as the Trent Symposium and has recently competed its 8th year.  I continue to appreciate the names that you have suggested over the years.

Each year, we only are able to accept eight participants for this event since we provide a stipend of $500, lodging in a single room (suite), and meals during this six-day event.  And each year, there are so many applicants who have been nominated from which to choose...

As a result, we have decided to experiment with a new event that complements the annual Trent Symposium.  In a partnership involving Union Presbyterian Seminary, Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA, the NEXT Church, Macedonian Ministries, and Montreat Conference Center, we are offering a different kind of conference that will occur at the Montreat Conference Center on April 18-21, 2016.  This conference is framed as Trent@Montreat>.


Trent@Montreat> is designed around peer learning communities who will work with a facilitator in specific interest tracks.  Rather than hearing a keynote speaker, they will hear the perspectives of numerous track facilitators through mini-notes.  Rather than ending when the conference concludes, this event intends to spark continuing conversations among peer groups who may check in with facilitators who offer continuing insight, encouragement, and support.  Here are some key perspectives to consider:



  Each participant will pick a track that they are interested in and will spend time during this event learning about the topic, sharing with others, and creating a cohort around the topic.

For your reference, and for you to pass along to others, I am attaching a flier that has a list of tracks and leaders.  The program fee for this event is $100, and housing will be available through Montreat Conference Center. 

The webpage for this event will also be activated on April  At that time, registration will open and participants can register for the event and reserve housing.  Since track space is limited to 15 participants, encourage your colleagues to register soon.

Please contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks for passing this along to those who come to your mind in relation to this event—and know that I will be in touch again in early June to request your nominations for the 2016 Trent Symposium, as I do other years...



Kenneth J. McFayden

Dean of the Leadership Institute

and Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development

Union Presbyterian Seminary

3401 Brook Road

Richmond, VA  23227


Job Posting: Executive Director – United Crescent Hill Ministries


Organization Description: United Crescent Hill Ministries, founded in 1974, is a partnership of churches, faith communities, businesses, and individuals serving our neighbors in Clifton, Clifton Heights, Butchertown, and Crescent Hill with programs to enrich their lives physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. UCHM provides emergency assistance programs, such as food and utility assistance, senior programs such as Meals on Wheels and recreation; and after school and summer youth programs. Located at 150 S. State Street, Louisville KY 40206, UCHM owns its facility and has an annual budget of approximately $375,000. More information is available at

Job Description: The Executive Director is responsible for the professional leadership and management of UCHM. The Executive Director, working in concert with the Board, volunteers, and staff, will move the organization forward in the development and implementation of programming and services that reflect UCHM’s vision, mission and business plan. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for strategy, organizational development, implementation, financial oversight, facility management, and fundraising. This is a full-time, forty hour per week salaried position with a competitive wage and benefit package (medical/dental, retirement, vacation/sick leave).


  • Management experience, preferably in a non-profit organization
  • Experience in working with a non-profit Board of Directors or Advisory Board
  • Strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate staff and volunteers
  • Ability to assess the needs of the community and develop creative ways to meet those needs
  • Strong organizational and computer skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Success at fund development, including knowledge of foundation grants; ability to identify, steward and solicit individual donors
  • Good financial management skills including budget development
  • Multi-cultural sensitivity
  • Experience in direct provision of human services is highly desirable
  • Minimum B.A. or B.S. from an accredited university, advanced degree preferred.


To apply Email your resume, cover letter, and references by April 14 to:

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UCHM Executive Director Search

C/O Third Lutheran Church

1864 Frankfort Avenue

Louisville, KY 40206

Rev. Dick Teaford died peacefully at his home early Sunday morning, March 29th. We'll let you know the official date and time of the memorial service once it has been confirmed by the family.

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