Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-02-23

Clergy and congregations experience “hinge moments” when they face decisions about challenges and opportunities.  How they respond determines if they will continue to have thriving ministries.

“Hinge Moments: Swinging Toward Vital Ministry,” a one-day seminar at Samford University April 4, will provide practical resources that help clergy and congregations address these strategic occasions in proactive and creative ways.

Sponsored by Samford’s Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence (RCPE), the program is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Samford’s Divinity Hall.

Presenters will include Dr. Gary Furr, pastor, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church; Bill Wilson, president, and Natalie Aho, interactive communications coordinator, Center for Congregational Health; Dr. Allen Walworth, president and principal, Gary Ealey and Brad Leeper, vice presidents, and Alan Wildes, senior strategist, Generis Partners; Mike Tate, leadership strategist, Humana Resource Management, Inc., Birmingham; and Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, president, and Rev. Michael Wilson, program director, RCPE, Samford University. 

To register online, go to


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.