The deadline to register online for the Abolishing Poverty Conference was July 22, 2013.

You may register at the door, but lunch is not guaranteed.

9:30 a.m. - Registration
(Cokesbury Center)
10 a.m. - Opening Worship and
Keynote Session 1
11:15 a.m. - Workshop 1
12:30 p.m. - Workshop 2 (and lunch)
2 p.m. - Closing Worship and
Keynote Session 2

Keynote Speaker -
Retired Bishop Ken Carder

Bishop Ken Carder
BISHOP (Retired) KENNETH L. CARDER is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School, and currently serves as Senior Visiting Professor of Wesley Studies at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC.  
      He was elected to the episcopacy in 1992 while serving as pastor of Church Street in Knoxville. He served as bishop of the Nashville Area, 1992-2000, and the Jackson Area, 2000-2004. He joined the Duke Divinity School faculty in September 2004.
      Dr. Carder is the author of five books, Sermons on United Methodist Beliefs; Who Are We? The Doctrine, Mission, and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, Leader’s Guide; A Bishops Reflections;, and Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way. He co-authored with Dr. Laceye Warner  Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership from a Wesleyan Perspective. He was the primary author of the Biblical and theological foundation for the Episcopal Initiative on Children and Poverty.
    Ken is a son of Holston Conference and served the following churches:  Church Street, Knoxville; First Church, Oak Ridge; Concord, Knoxville; Pleasant View, Abingdon, Va.; and Elizabeth Chapel, Bluff City, TN. 
   The Foundation for Evangelism named Bishop Carder as Distinguished Evangelist in 1992 and the Tennessee Association of Church chose him as Ecumenist of the Year in 1994.  The Mississippi Legislature honored him in 2004 for his work on behalf of racial justice and reconciliation.

Workshop Descriptions

The Abolishing Poverty Conference will help churches develop a plan and vision for poverty ministries. It is designed to challenge and enable congregations to establish ministries with the
poor. It will also renew and empower the efforts of congregations already active in poverty ministries. Conference participants will be able to choose the option that best fits their needs.

Workshop 1 Opportunities
Beginning Ministries with the poor:
This workshop will help you begin to formulate a plan for church Benevolence/Outreach/Poverty Ministries. If your church wonders how to handle calls and visits from community members needing financial assistance, this a great workshop to attend. The session will cover the basics of “frontline” work in benevolence and outreach.

Established Ministries with the poor:
This workshop will explore ways to move from solely relief work toward developing long-term relationships that facilitate change.

Workshop 2 Opportunities:
“Conversation Rooms” led and focused around a specific
topic in poverty ministries. Conversation will be led by an “expert” in the area. Best practices and resources will also be shared.
Topics will include:
•  Healthcare/Clinics
•  Rural Poverty Ministry
•  Inner-City Poverty Ministry
•  Hispanic/Immigrant Issues
•  Empowering Lay Leadership (for clergy)
•  Food & Hunger