Ministers Week 2019

Date(s) - 02/04/2019 - 02/06/2019
12:00 am

University Christian Church


On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University, we invite you to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, enriching workshops and an uplifting organ recital and hymn sing. Our preacher is Rev. Dr. David Lose and plenary speakers are Wil Gafney, Marcia McFee, and Eric Law.

As this event is a gift from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University and University Christian Church there is no general registration fee; however, pre-registration is encouraged.

We look forward to seeing you at Ministers Week 2019!

Newell Williams
President and Professor of Modern and American Church History
Brite Divinity School

Angela Kaufman
Minister to the University
Church Relations Officer
Texas Christian University


The Wells Sermons
Rev. Dr. David Lose

Rev. Dr. David Lose was called to be the ninth senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, in November 2016. Prior to answering that call he was the president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and had previously served for 14 years as the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). While on the faculty there, he founded the Center for Biblical Preaching and led the creative team that developed He is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World – and Our Preaching – Is Changing (2013), Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003), and the popular Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. He speaks widely on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation. His blog on preaching and the life of faith can be found at

The McFadin Lectures
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

1. “Womanist Midrash and the Sacred Imagination”
2. “Womanist Translation as a Mirror”

The Rev. Wil Gafney, PhD is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. She is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and a former Army chaplain and congregational pastor in the AME Zion Church. A former member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia, she has co-taught courses with and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Seminary in Wyncote, PA. Dr. Gafney lectures and preaches widely. Her current project is a set of woman focused lectionaries, a standalone Year W and a three-year cycle.

The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry
Dr. Marcia McFee
“Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages” in a World of Fear”

What can we learn from filmmakers that can inform our work in offering the greatest Story ever told in sensory-rich ways? Why do we need sensory-rich worship and how can we do it in large or small churches with small budgets and volunteers?

Dr. Marcia McFee is a professor (San Francisco School of Theology), worship designer, author, preacher and ritual artist. Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater and equipped with a Master’s in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies, she understands the task of worship design as deeply theological and wonderfully artistic. Connecting worship professionals and volunteers to their passion and depth of spiritual leadership is her aim in teaching and consulting as well as equipping them with skills to carry this out. She travels extensively, teaching and holding worship planning retreats ( Dr. McFee is the creator and visionary of the Worship Design Studio (, an online experience of coaching, education, inspiration and a design application that currently serves over 900 congregations. She is the author of three books, including Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship for Unforgettable Messages.

The Scott Lecture
Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law
“Fear, Power and Fear: Discovering the Call to Ministry in a World of Fear”

The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, which provides resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. He has been a consultant and trainer for over 25 years working with the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist, United Church of Christ and Lutheran Churches in the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe. He is the author of over 10 books including Finding Intimacy in a World of Fear, Holy Currencies, Drawing on Holy Currencies, The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (also available in Spanish), and Inclusion: Making Room for Grace. He is an Episcopal priest, a composer of church music, a photographer and a playwright. He writes a weekly blog called “The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World.”

Organ Recital and Hymn Sing
Mr. Robert Fasol

Robert Fasol is the Organist/Choirmaster for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. He has been at St. Luke’s since 1989, first as an Organist and Assistant Director of Music. In 1999, Mr. Fasol was appointed the Choirmaster. In addition to his duties as the Organist, Mr. Fasol directs the Chancel Choir, the Cantate Chamber Choir, St. Luke’s Orchestra, and the Bells of St. Luke’s Handbell Ensemble. He is also the regular carillonneur for the 42-bell Petit-Fritsen Carillon.

Mr. Fasol is a graduate of Texas Christian University, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organ Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Emmet Smith. His post graduate studies included instruction with Dr. Al Travis. During his high school and college years he served as Organist at First Baptist Church, Burleson, TX and First Christian Church, Arlington, TX.

This program is made possible by the Emmet G. Smith Endowment Fund of Texas Christian University.


T1. Pastoral Care Following Traumatic Incidents

Following vehicular crashes, suicides, homicides and other traumatic events, congregants may feel a sense that “God is finally here” when the pastor arrives. It is, indeed, Holy Ground. This workshop will provide practical tips for spiritually-sensitive caregiving in these situations, including when to know you are over your head and need to refer to a clinical trauma therapist for long-term care.

Janice Lord has been serving victims of crime for more than 40 years as a clinical social worker and licensed professional counselor. She is co-founder of Trauma Support Services of North Texas, an agency that serves victims of violent crime without insurance or other ability to pay. She is also the founder of The Trauma Therapy Center in Arlington, a for-profit collaboration of trauma-informed therapists. She is the author of No Time for Goodbyes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger, and Injustice After a Tragic Death, now in its 7th edition, and co-author of Spiritually-Sensitive Caregiving.

Lee Ann Franklin is the Director of Spiritual Care & Ethics at John Peter Smith Hospital. Previously she was the Director of Spiritual Care at North Kansas City Hospital. Lee Ann earned her MDiv degree at Saint Paul School of Theology and her MBA at University of Kansas. She is the author of The Pastor’s Practical Guide to Funerals, Offering Help, Reassurance and Hope (2013). An ordained pastor (Disciples of Christ) and a certified Chaplain, Grief Specialist, thanatologist, and practitioner of mindfulness, Lee Ann leads frequent workshops within JPS and the community on well-being and resilience for healthcare workers.

T2. Financial Best Practices for Congregations
Join Rev. Dr. Todd A. Adams, President of Pension Fund, for a conversation on best practices for congregational finance and updates on recent changes to tax law impacting congregations. During the time, we will look at ways in which your church handles money, proper financial controls, and policies around expense and reimbursement. Additionally, 2017 Tax Reform had an impact on non-profits including churches. The session will explore an update to UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Tax), Fringe Benefit Tax, and 990-Ts, as well as any changes to clergy housing allowance.

Todd A. Adams serves as the 9th Chief Executive of Pension Fund of the Christian Church. Adams previously served as the Associate General Minister and Vice President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, the Interim President of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Interim President of Church Finance Council and Senior Minister of Memorial Drive Christian Church, Houston, TX. Todd is a graduate of Chapman University with an MDiv from Phillips Theological Seminary. He earned a DMin from Wesley Theological Seminary and was awarded an Honorary DDiv degree from Bethany College.

T3. Connecting to Families with Alzheimer’s – Becoming a Dementia Friendly Community

There are 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the United States today and more than 16.1 million caregivers. In 2017, these unpaid caregivers provided 18.4 billion hours of care. Could you recognize the effects of Alzheimer’s or dementia in your midst? Do you know who is a caregiver? Would you know if your neighbor, employee, a member of your congregation or a family member was experiencing memory loss? Would you do anything different if you knew?
This presentation is about the tough topic of Alzheimer’s and how you can be proactive in your ministry. Learn ways your church can be inclusive of those living with dementia and the needs of the individual and their caregivers.

Ann McKinley has served at Juliette Fowler Communities for 6 years and has had stewardship of advancing the mission and awareness of Fowler. Through her personal experiences as a caregiver for her parents, Ann has become a champion for making Fowler an Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence and creating dementia friendly environments.

Ashley Brown has served at Fowler for 3 years and is on the TCU National Alumni Board. An artist, Ashley recognizes the benefits of creative expression and communication. She developed the highly successful Artful Awakenings program with the Junior League of Dallas for Fowler residents. Additionally, Ashley has shepherded inter-generational art programs such as Mommy & Me Music and Art 4 the Ages which engages young and older.

T4. Clergy/Musician Teams Who Lead Vital Congregational Worship

The worship experience is enhanced when pastors and musicians work together as a team. Church Music Institute and Brite Divinity School are partnering on a project funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. to bring together pastors, musicians and worship leaders to explore the intersections between their work and to expand their understanding of each one’s contribution. Two clergy/musician teams will describe the learning from courses, their own partnership, a peer group and congregational projects as they energize and engage their congregations in more vital worship life. A Congregational Song course will be held at Brite this summer, June 11-14.

Charlotte Kroeker is Executive Director of Church Music Institute and manages the Lilly Peer Learning in Worship and Music Scholars program offered by Church Music Institute in partnership with Brite Divinity School. Teams participating in the program and sharing their experiences are Christopher Wilson, Executive Senior Minister, and Arla Bywater,Organist, from Rush Creek Christian Church, Arlington and Adam Douthwaite, Pastor, and Tim Shewmaker, Cantor, from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dallas.