Flourishing Pastors, Flourishing Congregations.

Flourishing Pastors,
Flourishing Congregations.

ANSR Conference 2019

Tuesday May 14 - Thursday May 16
MNU Campus in Olathe, KS


Dr. David Eagle
Keynote Speaker

Dr. David Eagle (www.davideagle.org) is an Associate in Research at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University (www.dukechpir.org), and the Duke Global Health Institute (https://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives/clergy-health-initiative). David is an expert on the health of religious clergy, the changing shape of churches in North American society, and the implications of these trends for the professional training of ministers. His research has been published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Social Networks, the Journal of Social History, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Review of Religious Research.

Dr. Joel Thiessen

Dr. Joel Thiessen is a professor of sociology at Ambrose University (https://ambrose.edu/profile/joel-thiessen-phd-ma-ba), and the director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute (https://www.flourishingcongregations.org/). Joel has had two book published, The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective, with Lorne L. Dawson (Oxford University Press, 2014), and The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015), and several journal articles, including a forthcoming, co-authored article in the Review of Religious Research titled, “What is a Flourishing Congregation? Leader Perceptions, Definitions, and Experiences.”

Presenters and Facilitators

Ron Benefiel
Dr. Ron Benefiel

Lead Consultant for Mission Resources & Pastoral Relations
Professor of Sociology & Theology,
Point Loma Nazarene University

Dr. Joseph Dagostino
Dr. Jospeh Dagostino III

Lead Pastor of the Nacogdoches
First Church of the Nazarene in Texas

Kevin Modesto
Dr. Kevin ModestO

Chair, Department of Sociology &
Social Work Professor of Social Work
Point Loma Nazarene University

Josh Broward

Director of Missional Development
for the Northern California District

Dr. Rich Houseal
Dr. Rich Houseal

Senior Program Manager, Research Services
Nazarene Global Ministry Center

Dr. Joel Thiessen

Professor, Sociology
Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute
Ambrose University

Conference Details

Location: The conference sessions will be held at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the Campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe KS.

Housing will be in the dorms at MidAmerica Nazarene University. All beds are twin size. Cost is $30 per night. Linens and towels are included in the cost. Click Register Now for more details.

Meals are available for an additional cost. Click Register Now for more details.

Schedule information is available via PDF by clicking here.

Cost: Attendance is Free, but we ask that you Register so we can have adequate seating.

Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR)

ANSR is an organization of sociologists, researchers, educators, pastors, lay-ministers, and other professionals interested in understanding the structure, function, and processes of the church, as well as its role in society. We are a close-knit group that values fellowship, mutual encouragement, and prayer support. Participation in ANSR is open to anyone interested in furthering informed ministry, through sociology and research. The goal of the association is to generate sociological research which will assist the Nazarene denomination in its God-ordained mission.

ANSR is sponsored by Research Services, Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center
Dr. Dale E. Jones, Director

ANSR Founder: Dr. Bill M. Sullivan; Chair Emeritus: Dr. Jon Johnston

Executive Board: Dr. Ron Benefiel, Professor Bo Cassell, Dr. Kenneth Crow, Dr. Jamie Gates, Dr. Rich Houseal, Dr. Dale Jones, Deb Sullivan King, Dr. Adrianne Showalter Matlock, and Dr. Joel Thiessen

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