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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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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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.

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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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.

November 15, 2018

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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.

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

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