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Conversations That Matter

We Need to Talk…

The Institute for Faith-Based Leadership at Belmont University offers a series of ongoing conversations that tackle topics that church leaders increasingly face. 

These conversations confront issues like LGBT and the local church, the divisiveness of caustic politics and gun violence at the local and national levels. The goal of our Conversations That Matter is to provide a safe context in which these conversations can be shared. Our agenda is not to write policy or argue a position but to gather leaders so we can learn together.

Hosted by Belmont’s own Dr. Jon Roebuck, these conversations are intended to help leaders gain wisdom, perspective and maybe even a little comfort along the way.



    Upcoming Events

  • The Opioid Crisis
    01-25-2018 | 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, as more than two million Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs.  Opioids are drugs formulated to replicate the pain reducing properties of opium. They include both legal painkillers like morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone prescribed by doctors for acute or chronic pain, as well as illegal drugs like heroin or illicitly made fentanyl. The National Center for Health states that during 2015, there were 52,404 overdose deaths in the United States, including 33,091 (63%) that involved an opioid.  That’s an average of 91 opioid overdose deaths each day.  What is the role of the church in this ever-growing health crisis?  Can faith-leaders formulate answers to the complexities of this problem?


  • Restorative Justice
    02-22-2018 | 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    What is restorative justice? Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior which goes well beyond time served.  This can lead to the transformation of people, relationships and communities.  Or to state it in another way, crime causes harm and justice should focus on repairing that harm.  Our conversation will explore the topic of Restorative Justice and the ways in which people of faith can enter into that process.

  • Innovative Fund-Raising
    03-15-2018 | 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    Every ministry initiative needs a source of funding, especially if the plan includes thoughts of sustainability.  In the fierce competition for charitable dollars, are there innovative ways to raise some capital that go well beyond the typical appeal from the pulpit to simply give a little more in the plate.  Are there strategies that will inspire and challenge?  Are there innovative ways to approach both long and short term fundraising initiatives?  Our conversation will explore ways to get creative when it comes to raising money.

  • Gentrification
    05-10-2018 | 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    What is gentrification?  What are the positive and negative effects of gentrification on the life of a city?  Does the process exploit long-time residents?  Does it have any racial biases?  What role should the church play as member of the community?  We will take a look at how gentrification is changing the face and culture of our city.  Community leaders will join us as we consider ways to of bringing positive and effective change to our city.