Fresh Expressions

As churches seek to create new places for new people, we need to move beyond attractional models for doing church. In North Georgia we have started everything from Dinner Church to Wing Church and Serveza Sunday. Join us to be challenged to create something new that IS church in a third place in your community. This workshop will provide both creative and practical ways to get outside the four walls to be the church where the people are!

Phil Schroeder

Phil Schroeder

Phil Schroeder is the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence for the North Georgia Conference and serves as a consultant on many aspects of local church life. He grew up in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in Tyrone.

Phil graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in marketing and healthcare administration. He moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University where he received an MBA and MDiv. from the dual degree program in business and theology. During his Doctor of Ministry work at the United Theological Seminary, he completed three books with Abingdon Press entitled Using the Five Senses to Tell God's Story: Children's Sermons for the New Common Lectionary - Years A, B & C. He is also the co-author of The Stewardship JourneyThe Capacity for More and More than Just One Neighbor - based on the Parable of the Good Samaritan. His most recent book, Small Church Check-Up, with co-author Kay Kotan, was published in January 2018.

He has taught Religious Leadership and Administration as well as Evangelism, Preaching, and the New Church Leadership Academy as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology. He has also taught in the leadership track at Wesley Seminary in their Doctor of Ministry Program. His previous appointments include Connectional Ministries, Grayson UMC, Peachtree Road UMC Associate, Stark UMC, Gainesville First UMC Associate, and Lowell UMC.

He and his wife Elizabeth have been married more than 31 years and have three children, Daniel, Kathryn and Paul. For fun, Phil enjoys a challenging game of Scrabble or a thoughtful film.