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“Being Prepared for Ministry” Conference March 6-8 in St. Petersburg, FL


Decatur, GA.— “Being Prepared for Ministry: Knowledge, Gifts, Skills, and Spiritual Maturity” will be offered March 6-8, 2005, at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, St. Petersburg, FL. The conference is an opportunity for pastors, educators, and lay leaders to address demands of ministry, risks of burnout, and ways to sustain ministry throughout one’s professional life. Co-sponsors are Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and Eckerd College. Conference leadership includes noted church historians Roberta C. Bondi, Catherine G. González, and Justo L. González, along with Dent C. Davis, Beth Luton Cook, and Duncan Ferguson, experienced pastors who serve at the sponsoring institutions. Cost of the conference is $225 before February 1; after February 1, $250. The cost for five meals is $75 (commuters may pay on a per meal basis). A deposit of $100 is required. Lodging is available at the Holiday Inn Sunspree. Rooms are $109-$119 plus tax per night. For more information or to register, please call the Center for Spiritual Life at Eckerd College at 727-864-7522, or e-mail For room reservations, contact the Holiday Inn at 800-227-8045. Be sure to mention the “Being Prepared for Ministry” conference when making the reservation. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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