A House United – Being and Leading One Church in an Age of Division
October 24-26, 2018
Princeton Theological Seminary
2018 is an election year in the United States. In 2016, our last national election season revealed and exacerbated tribal lines that divide our population and our churches. Families didn’t gather that Thanksgiving over it, marriages dissolved over it, and churches came apart over it. This course will ask what Christian leadership and discipleship look like in this divided nation and how Christians on two sides of a Civil War-sized divide can stay church together. These questions face every Christian leader and every Christian in our time and place. Whether a congregation leans strongly left, strongly right, or big tent, the challenge remains, because we are all disciples whose Christ prayed “that they all may be ONE.” The glorious opportunity of this calling in our time is the prospect that Christian communities might become God’s agents of healing, not only inside the church, but in a broken nation and world.
In this course, we will raise important questions about the shape of God’s help in our day – “#Resist vs #Unite” and “#Gradualism vs #Revolution, #WhatGoodIsTheLeft?! vs #WhatGoodIsTheRight?! With one eye on the discouraging history of Christian division, we’ll cast the other eye on the divine prospect of a Spirit-forged redemptive, robust, perspective-diverse community. Dr. Hilton will help participants engage one another in honest conversation about the questions they face, and offer them skills at preaching to complex contexts and facilitating cross-political conversations and relationships in their communities.
Learn more about House United and Allen Hilton by listening to an interview on our Distillery Podcast.