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Clergy Retooling For More Effective Ministry Forum


Oct. 20, 2023


First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Landover MD






The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious emotional, financial, and spiritual toll on the church over the past three years. Church leaders and their families' well-being have been hit hard, with an alarming increase in divorces, depression, domestic violence, and even suicides among pastors over the past several years. These turbulent times demand strong church leadership and innovative ministries to meet the needs of the people they serve.

We are pleased to invite you to a "Clergy Retooling For More Effective Ministry Forum" on Friday, October 20, 2023, from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm/EDT, at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Ministry Center, 3600 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD, co-hosted by First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Skinner Leadership Institute. The session will begin with an 8:30 am/EDT Congressional Breakfast and Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill with Congressman Jim Clyburn and other Congressional Black Caucus Members.  


For many, this retooling forum will be a refresher for the invaluable ministry lessons learned in the Skinner Leadership Institute--Masters Series for Distinguished Clergy (MSDC) over the past eight years. For others, it will be a powerful, energizing, and practical time of engagement in effective ministry, sound financial management, self-care, and spiritual thriving in a post-COVID environment.


Key elements of the Retooling Forum will include:

  • Prayer & Breakfast Briefing on Capitol Hill with Congressional Leaders

  • Lunch with Faith Influencers with Tips for Retooling Your Church

  • Pastoral Self-Care: Financial Stability and Mental Health Awareness

  • Tips for Building a Strong Post-COVID-19 Church

  • Advancing Justice Through Civic Discipleship for the 2024 Election

The registration fee is $75.00 and will cover the cost of meals and refreshments, briefing materials, and practical take-away toolkits you will receive. Register below to sign up for this one-of-a-kind ministry retooling forum.


We look forward to experiencing a fantastic time with you.

Speakers include:
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Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

MSDC, Founder and Dean



Pastor John K. Jenkins

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Largo, MD 


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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

President, National Council of Churches


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Dr. Roger A. Mitchell, Jr.

Chair of Pathology, Howard University College of Medicine



Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr.

Senior Pastor, The Cathedral International Church, Perth Amboy, NJ



Rev. Dr. Zina Pierre

Pastor, Bethel Restoration Church


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Mrs. Michelle Singletary

Personal Finance Columnist, The Washington Post



Rev. Justin Giboney

President, AND Campaign


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