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


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.