Saturday, February 11, 2017
Leadership Forum

speakerListen to sessions from previous years


Congregational leadership is not an easy task.  Whether you are an elder or a deacon or a minister or serve in some other role of church leadership, you are often faced with the challenge of practicing wise counsel to serve the gospel and the well-being of others.  To encourage and equip you, this year’s leadership forum focuses on two distinct areas. First, beginning with the recognition that all of us are first followers of Jesus, we will pay close attention to our own spiritual development.  Second, we will explore effective models and processes for elders, ministers, and church leaders to work together for the sake of God’s mission.

This year’s conference is a partnership between the Edgemere Church of Christ and the Siburt Institute at Abilene Christian University—which has presented ElderLink conferences across the country for sixteen years.  We hope you will join us on February 11 for a great day of learning and fellowship. You will find encouragement!



8:00 - 8:30Registration and donuts
8:30 - 8:45Worship
8:45-9:45Keynote Session 1: Biblical Models for Spiritual Vitality and Leadership
10:00-10:50Workshop #1: Chose one
Sacred Rhythms for Leaders-David Wray
Elder-Minister Relationships: Working together for the Kingdom’s Sake -Carson Reed
11:00-11:50Workshop #2:
Please attend the one you did not already attend in the first session.
Sacred Rhythms for Leaders-David Wray
Elder-Minister Relationships: Working together for the Kingdom’s Sake -Carson Reed
12:00-12:45Keynote Session 2: Putting Discipleship and Leadership into Practice: Takeaways from the Day

Speaker Information:

Carson Reed serves as ACU’s Vice President for Church Relations and as Executive Director of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry. He also directs the Doctor of Ministry program, holds the Frazer Endowed Chair for Church Enrichment, and teaches ministry courses in the Graduate School of Theology. Through the Siburt Institute, Carson does consulting work with congregations and church leaders across the country, and prior to coming to ACU in 2012, he spent 30 years in congregational ministry. His teaching and research focus on leadership, preaching, and issues surrounding faith and culture. He and his wife Vickie have been married for over 30 years and have four grown children. Carson holds an M.Div. from Harding Graduate School of Theology and a D.Min. from ACU.




David Wray is an elder at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. He served for 20 years in congregational ministry before transitioning to teaching and administering in the College of Biblical Studies at ACU. After retiring from ACU, David served for a year as the interim director for ElderLink and currently directs ACU Summit. David and his wife Jeanne celebrate 50 years of marriage this year, and they have two children and four grandchildren.