Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-06-06

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will present its 25th annual Pastors School July 23-26.

Pastors School, which was the first public event held after the divinity school was established in 1988, offers a time of respite, inspiration and renewal for church pastors and their families.

"Over the years, many thousands of pastors and their families have blessed us with their presence and fellowship," said Beeson founding dean Dr. Timothy George. "In turn, they themselves have been blessed, encouraged, inspired, challenged and built up in their calling to serve Christ and his church."

On any given year, Pastors School attendance includes more than 200 participants who may hail from several dozen states around the country and some foreign nations.

This year's program includes Key Life radio broadcaster, author and master of practical Biblical applications Steve Brown as the daily Bible teacher. Professor of preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla., Brown is the author of such popular books as Born Free and God's Not Mad at You.

Evening worship speakers are and United Methodist Church bishop and former Duke University professor of Christian ministry Dr. William Willimon, Monday at 7:30 p.m.; Reformation studies specialist and Beeson dean Dr. George, Tuesday at 7 p.m.; and Beeson professor of Christian preaching Dr. Robert Smith, Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The services, held in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel, are free and open to the public, with priority seating given to Pastors School participants.

Workshops on 22 different topics fall under the general themes of Bible and theology, Christian living and spirituality, ministry and leadership, and preaching and worship.

The schedule begins with an opening barbecue dinner and evening worship on Monday, July 23 and concludes with a morning Bible study on Thursday, July 26.

The daily schedule includes time for fellowship and recreation, and special programs for children and youth.  A women's track, "Treasured by God, Treasures from God," will include sessions for fellowship, prayer and reflection, and in-depth Biblically-based discussions. Women's track presenters are Vickie Gaston, Denise George, Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Shores.

A pre-conference program on the topic, "Knot or Noose?-Sustainable Marriage in a Facebook Culture," will be 10 a.m. -4 p.m. on Monday. Popular author and Bible teacher Fran Sciacca, director and lead teacher for the Birmingham-based non-profit teaching ministry, Hands of Hur, will be the presenter.

Pastors School registration will be under way until July 23.  Lodging and meals are available on the Samford campus.

For registration information, costs and a complete schedule call (205) 726-2731 or 800-888-8266, or visit the website at