Past Events

June 15, 2017

Conference on Ministry: Leading Like Jesus

On June 20, Northeastern Seminary invites to our campus sought after speaker, professor, and author Dr. MaryKate Morse for its 2017 Conference on Ministry Series titled Leading Like Jesus: The Embodiment of Servant Leadership in Today’s Divided Culture.

At this one-day conference, Morse will be speaking on embodied servant leadership by reflecting on the stories of Jesus and presenting practical ways to minister and work more effectively today. She will challenge attendees with such questions as “How do we serve and lead like Jesus in a consumer-driven, anxious, divided, and information overloaded culture?” and “How do we serve and lead in a post-truth social environment where words mean little and passions rage high?”

She will lead four sessions, each dealing with a different aspect of servant leadership. Her talks are titled “Interplay of Bodies and Influence: An Introduction,” “The Nature of Social Power: Your Embodied Influence,” “The Economics of Embodied Power: Your Stewardship of Power,” and “Power Hospitality Practicalities: How Embodied Influence is Used Today.” Sessions offer time in discovery and development to unveil the kind of power we each hold for leading in ways that are life-giving and reflect the person of Jesus Christ.

Morse earned her master’s in biblical studies and a master’s of divinity at Western Evangelical Seminary. She then went on to complete her doctorate at Gonzaga University where she studied renewal leadership. She began her ministry living in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru evangelizing to the Aymará Indians.

Morse has been a professor at Portland Seminary for 28 years teaching New Testament Greek, various spiritual formation courses, and leadership and organizational change courses. She has helped to plant two churches and has also authored two books: Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer.

The annual Conference on Ministry stems from the Seminary’s dedication and commitment to serving the church. Northeastern Seminary hosts multiple events designed to be responsive to the needs of the church locally, nationally, and internationally. This particular conference is a central element of an annual feature of the Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program in which nationally known experts such as Morse serve as guest professors for a course in the spring semester.

The conference will be at the Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624. For more information, contact Maria Gilluly at 585.594.6420 or email, or visit


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