Thriving Thursdays at NYTS

“Thriving Thursdays” events were created as a part of the Lilly Endowment Inc., grant supporting efficacy in ministry through mentoring at NYTS. The objective of “Thriving Thursdays” is to create a space for resource development for members of the NYTS community- alumni/ae and students – who may or may not be participating as a mentor or mentee in the overall Mentoring Program being supported by the grant. These will be public forums to which students, alumni/ae, members of partner churches, and members of the general public are invited. One or more notable speakers will be featured at each event, who will address aspects of thriving in ministry that are relevant to urban contexts. The themes and topics were drawn from the results of the focus groups canvassed during the planning stage of the grant of this project, and will continue as new topics emerge from the research.


Thriving Thursday events will be held in the NYTS Administrative Offices/Conference Room A of the The Interchurch Center, located at 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500, New York, NY 10115 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. There will be no cost of admission to attend the event, and refreshments will be served.

Registration for each event is required for admittance to the building.

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Upcoming Workshops

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Past Workshops

Plot Twists and Purpose: Pastor, Ministry and Lay Leaders as Authors and the Path to Publishing

JarrettMs. Norma Jarrett
Motivational Speaker and Author
Sunday Brunch, Salt and Sky, and others

Norma L. Jarrett, J.D. is the award-winning author of several Penguin Randomhouse titles and other works. Her books have been featured in USA Today, Essence, Ebony, Publisher’s Weekly and other media. She has served as a panelist and/or featured speaker for several prominent festivals and conferences and has received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her literary work. Ms. Jarrett is a graduate of North Carolina A & T State University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and a founding member of The Anointed Authors on Tour.

Norma Jarrett’s workshop will discuss practical tools and principles for spirit led writing and publishing, as well as the ministry of the Christian writer in traditional and non-traditional markets. Read her full bio HERE.

March 21, 2019

TT March 19 Stream

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Positive Youth Development and Trauma Informed Care for Church Connected Youths

NorthRev. Shakeema N. North
Director Youth Development
Covenant House New York

Pastor to Youth and Families
Concord Baptist Church of Christ

Rev. Shakeema North is the Pastor to Youth and Families at the historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York where she has served for the past ten years.  The core of Rev. North’s work is empowering young people to reach their fullest potential, despite the challenges that many of them face.  As a multi-site professional, Rev. North also serves at the Director of Youth Development at Covenant House New York – a residential facility for youth experiencing homelessness.  Pastor Shak, as she is affectionately called, has an exceptional ability to develop holistic and inclusive youth development initiatives. These skills, coupled with her passion for youth development, led to her creation of iBridge, a workshop series designed to train Youth Pastors, Youth Ministry Leaders and Volunteer Youth Workers around the country on how to create sustainable youth ministries geared to reach today’s youth.

According to Reverend North, 26% of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event by the time they are 4-years old. The work of youth ministry is designed to facilitate the spiritual growth and development of youth.  Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness and training among youth ministry practitioners for these types of events. This workshop will explore the ways in which a strength-based, trauma informed, approach to youth ministry can help to reframe trauma and provide meaning making for church-connected youth.  Read her full bio HERE.

February 21, 2019

Feb TT LivestreamWatch the Livestream of this workshop HEREtt feb videoClick HERE to watch “Through Our Eyes”

 Intergenerational Synthesis: 21st Century Challenges to Traditional Church Practices



Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell
Executive Pastor
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church


The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell is the Executive Pastor at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. Her interests and passion revolve around helping people understand and articulate their faith in our diverse, multicultural, multi-faith world.

Dr. Han Powell’s workshop will examine inter-connective and relational ministry models when working between varying groups of congregants and constituents. Although there are many differences between generational groups there is always a way to bridge and connect between the communities. Read her full bio HERE.

January 24, 2019

Han Powell TT January

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Generations Throughout History Questionaire

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 Generations Video


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A Pastor’s Time Management: Accessibility vs. Personal Boundaries


Rev. Dr. Daryl Bloodsaw
First Baptist Church of Crown Heights

The Rev. Dr. Daryl Bloodsaw is the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Crown Heights. He is the second pastor of this great and respected congregation. His socially-conscious, hope-filled, and spirit-led teaching and preaching seek to inspire “the least of these” to live up to and to live out God’s promise of a future with hope. Read his full bio HERE.

Dr. Bloodsaw’s workshop will focus on the importance of Clergy creating healthy boundaries and emphasizing that self care is tantamount to caring for the community and that they have the permission to take the time to attend to their emotional, spiritual and physical health.

December 13, 2018

Bloodsaw TT December

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Time Management Presentation NYTS

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Management Training: What Seminary Doesn’t teach you about Running a Church

EJSRev. Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson
Executive Pastor
The Concord Baptist Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is the Executive Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, NY.As a bi-vocational minister she has combined pastoral ministry with social justice community engagement. Read her full bio HERE.

Dr. Jordan Simpson’s workshop will explore the technical, infrastructural and strategic nuances of operating a business that correlates with the successful and efficient operation of any church.

October 11, 2018


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Community Outreach Relations: Who Should Be At The Table?

Jenkins Rev. Dr. Deborah Jenkins
Pastor, Educator, Theologian
Faith @ Work Christian Church

The Rev. Dr. Deborah D. Jenkins is the Senior Pastor at Faith @ Work Christian Church (Bronx, NY) where their mission is to empower men, women, boys and girls through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can reach their full potential in Christ Jesus. Read her full bio HERE.

Dr. Jenkins’s workshop will explore community relations and outreach models that invite inclusion, diversity and innovation toward advancement, growth and sustainability of communities that the neighborhood church serves.

September 20, 2018

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The New York Theological Seminary Class of 2020

Honoring a history-making class graduating in a historic time.