An Entrepreneurial Vision for Young People and the Church

April 26–27, 2017

Limited walk up registration available at the Travis breezeway at 9am

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About Our Presenter

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She works closely with Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry as well as the Farminary, the seminary’s initiative in small-scale sustainable agriculture and theological formation. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church. In 2013 she founded an incubator/accelerator program for Christian leaders and congregations focusing on missional innovation and entrepreneurship (, with fellow youth pastor and serial entrepreneur Mark DeVries.

Kenda is the author of numerous books on young people and the church, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root, The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry with Ron Foster, and most recently How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If We Let It, with Christy Lang Hearlson. She teaches around the world on ministry with young people and missional innovation.

Kenda hails from a long line of Ohio farmers and Kentucky coal miners, although she herself is a P.K.—a politician’s kid. At 15 she attended a United Methodist church camp on Lake Erie that pretty much changed everything. A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, Kenda served as a pastor and a campus minister before earning her doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. In addition to Netflix binging, Kenda and her husband Kevin love digging their toes in the sand on the Jersey shore and hanging out with their two grown kids..


Wednesday, April 26

9 am–10 am
Registration, Travis Auditorium Breezeway

10 am–12 pm
Love Made Me an Inventor: Three Reasons Your Church Should Avoid Missional Entrepreneurship, Travis Auditorium
Despite our stodgy reputations, churches were once cradles of creativity. What happened? We’ll explore missional entrepreneurship’s ecclesial origins, its creative appeal for contemporary young adults, three reasons why churches that care about young people should not become missional entrepreneurs . . . and one reason why we should.
Chap Clark
Scott Cormode
Ahmi Lee

12 pm–1:30 pm
Optional Taco Lunch and Roundtable Discussions: "Is there a future for young people and the church?" ($10 per person). Led by Kenda Creasy Dean, Chap Clark, and Steven Argue.

Thursday, April 27

9 am–10 am
Registration, Travis Auditorium Breezeway

10 am–12 pm
Searching for Issachar: Re-imagining Church as a Missional Incubator, Travis Auditorium
The entrepreneurial moment in ministry not only challenges how we do ministry with young people; it forces us to examine our ecclesiology, our assumed paths to discipleship formation, and our understanding of mission. In this conversation we will consider the impact and potential of an ecclesiology in which “doing a new thing” is the missional consequence of taking seriously our history as a church—and how missional innovation gives us fresh eyes for youth and young adult ministry in a post-Christian age.
Steven Argue
Pamela Ebstyne King
Juan Martínez

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The Payton Lectures are free, but registration is required for all attendees. Registration will close on April 24. Limited walk-up registration will be available on site in the Travis Auditorium breezeway.

We will be offering Korean and Spanish translation for the lectures both days. There will be a limited number of headsets available. Please designate on the registration form if you will require translation. We will accommodate walk-up requests for translation as we are able.

About the Payton Lectures

Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in 1948, providing for a series of divinity lectures by a notable scholar outside the regular faculty. The lectureship is named for Dr. John E. and Mrs. Eliza Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Grace Fuller, wife of seminary founder Charles E. Fuller. Recent Payton Lecturers have included Miroslav Volf, Ellen Davis, Bernard McGinn, and Luke Timothy Johnson.

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