Sep 12, 2017
During medieval times, church communities were cradles of creativity—what happened? Kenda Creasy Dean, Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, explores the ecclesial origins of missional entrepreneurship, its creative appeal for contemporary young adults, and the relationship between churches that care about young people and missional entrepreneurs.
Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, works closely with Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry as well as the Farminary, the seminary’s initiative in small-scale sustainable agriculture and theological formation. In 2013 she founded an incubator/accelerator program for Christian leaders and congregations (MinistryIncubators.com) with fellow youth pastor and entrepreneur Mark DeVries.
Dr. Creasy Dean’s lectures were part of the 2017 Payton Lectures, an annual lecture series from Fuller Seminary’s School of Theology. Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in 1948, providing for a series of divinity lectures by a notable scholar outside the regular faculty. The lectureship is named for Dr. John E. and Mrs. Eliza Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Grace Fuller, wife of seminary founder Charles E. Fuller. Recent Payton Lecturers have included Miroslav Volf, Ellen Davis, Bernard McGinn, and Luke Timothy Johnson.
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