Candler Conference to Focus on Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations


Come discover how your church can experience congregational health, vitality and fruitfulness by practicing radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity.

These will be the topics as Bishop Robert Schnase, author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, leads Candler School of Theology’s Fall Congregational Conference Oct. 11-13 at Gainesville First UMC and on the Emory campus.

The three-day conference will be filled with workshops and firsthand instruction by Schnase, who weaves theological insight, practical advice and exemplary stories to inspire pastors and laity. His goal is to help churches discover how they can demonstrate health by focusing on the five practices and how—by repeating and improving them—your church can fulfill its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
All events on Sunday, Oct. 11, will be held at Gainesville First, where Schnase will also preach at the morning worship services. Monday and Tuesday’s events will take place at Candler School of Theology.
Schnase serves as bishop of the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church. He was elected bishop in 2004. In addition to Five Practices, he also has authored Ambition in Ministry: Our Spiritual Struggle with Success, and Achievement and Competition, and Testing and Reclaiming Your Call to Ministry.

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