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FHU College of Biblical Studies to Host Inaugural Church Leadership Workshop

Henderson, Tenn. - Jan 13, 2016

Freed-Hardeman University’s College of Biblical Studies will host “Lead Like the Lord,” a free workshop on church leadership, Feb. 12 - 13.

Keynote addresses will focus on the leadership characteristics of Jesus. Pat Waggoner, an elder at Nashville’s Crieve Hall Church of Christ, will discuss “A Man of Character;” Doug Hays, elder at the North Jackson (Tennessee) Church of Christ, will focus on “A Man of Compassion;” Stephen Rogers, preacher for the Washington Avenue Church of Christ, Evansville, Indiana, will discuss “A Man Who Came to Save;” and Bill Watkins, preacher at Crieve Hall, will talk about Jesus as “A Man of Competence.” 

The workshop will also include two group sessions on legal issues facing churches. The first will deal with congregational activities and procedures and the second with social issues. FHU Vice President for Enrollment Management Matt Vega, who holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, will direct these sessions.

Other group sessions include “Church Leadership: State of the Nation” led by Aubrey Johnson, preacher at Peach Tree City (Georgia) Church of Christ, and “You Make a Difference,” led by Billy Smith, dean of the FHU College of Biblical Studies.

Elders from Crieve Hall will conduct a panel discussion entitled, “What Has Worked for Us (and What Hasn’t).” Elders from other congregations will participate in a question-and-answer session regarding their work.

The following classes have been planned: “Congregational Hiring and Firing Etiquette,” “How to Train Future Elders and Deacons,” “Dynamic Deacons,” “Money Matters in the Church” and “Congregational Communication.” Classes will be taught by Jerrie Barber, retired preacher and interim minister; Brandon Lanciloti, FHU accounting teacher; Rogers; and Johnson.

The workshop will begin Friday at 9:30am and conclude Saturday at 3:30pm. Organizers plan to record the sessions and make them available on iTunes. Those interested in attending may register online at The first 50 people to register will receive a free book. In addition, those who register in advance will be provided three free meals.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Kirk Brothers at or Mark Blackwelder at