The Courage to be Human in an Age of Celebrity

Revealing your humanity in the midst of leadership challenges.

Acclaimed author, pastor and Missio Alliance contributor, Mandy Smith, will guide fellow pastors and ministry leaders in a discussion of how human vulnerability can shape your ministry, work, relationships, and spiritual experience. Unpack what it truly means that God’s strength is revealed in our weakness. Join ministry and community leaders like you for a one-day conference on Tuesday, June 18 starting at 9:00 a.m. (EDT).

Key areas of discussion: 

  • Unfold the personal, inner dynamics of your own heart
  • How to nurture a human-scale culture of leadership within a congregation or organization
  • How does a culture of leadership become evident in preaching, teaching, and evangelism

Conference Schedule | June 18

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 9:00 Welcome
  • 9:15 Session 1 Getting Over Ourselves
  • 10:30 Break
  • 10:45 Session 2 Being True to Ourselves
  • 12:00 Lunch and Round Table Discussion
  • 1:30 Session 3 Practicing in Public
  • 3:00 Closing

If you are unavailable on June 18 or you can't make it to Rochester, NY, register for the live streaming option or webinar on demand after the live event.

Meet Mandy Smith

Mandy SmithOriginally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today publications, the Missio Alliance Writing Collective, and author of two books, Making a Mess and Meeting God: Unruly Ideas and Everyday Experiments for Worship, and her latest book The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP). Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their family in a little house where the teapot is always warm.


$45 Regular Registration

$30 Northeastern Seminary Student & Alumni

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact or 585.594.6420.


The conference will be held in Shewan Recital Hall located on the first floor of Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College. Parking is available in Lot A located off of Orchard Street.