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Regent Speaker's Bureau

Your church can tap into Regent University's exceptional range of expert faculty, comprised of nationally recognized authors, leaders, speakers and scholars and knowledgeable on a variety of topics.

View the content listing below to see how connecting to a Regent Speaker would benefit your church. Some presentations are available at no charge, while others are available at a reasonable predetermined fee. Contact the Office of Church Relations to learn more.  

 


School of Communication & Arts

 

Speaker: Andrew Quicke

Topic: Church and Film

Andrew Quicke has been teaching film and television for many years at Regent after a 26 year career in the film and television industries as screenwriter, director and producer.  His specialist advice to churches consists of setting up weekly discussion groups where a film that raises important Christian and moral issues is introduced and after the film, discussed.  He has been running the Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth Film discussion forum for some 14 years, and has prepared many film discussion sheets.

 

 

School of Divinity

Speaker:  Dr. Diane Chandler

Topics:

  •  How to Remain Holistically Healthy in Ministry:  Body, Mind, Soul, & Spirit

Because of the nature of their vocational calling, pastors and ministry leaders are especially prone to overwork.  Often pastors fall into the “starving baker” syndrome, feeding everyone else but not feeding themselves.  This session assists pastors to find balance amidst their demanding schedules and also model this within their families and congregations.

  • Avoiding Burnout & Personal Self-care

This topic connects to the one above but is much more directed to issues of burnout including:  recognizing symptoms of burnout and how to avoid burnout’s debilitation.

  • Ethical Challenges in Leadership

Leadership is often viewed from a positive perspective.  At the same time, leadership is wrought with unique challenges and situations that can lead to ethical compromise.  This session discusses the internal and external factors that create the “perfect storm” for ethical breeches and addresses the “this could never happen to me” syndrome. 

  • Developing as a Servant Leader
  • Developing Others as Leaders
  • Women in Leadership

   

Speaker:  Dr. Victor Cuartas

Topics:

  • Missions’ mobilizationhow to be involved in both local and global missions
  • Empowering leaders for ministrythe importance of equipping every believer in ministry
  • Global believersthe importance of obedience
  • Fulfilling the Great Commissionthe role of every believer in the great commission

 

Speaker:  Dr. Mara Crabtree

Topics:

  • Christian formation
  • Women’s studies
  • Practical theology and ministry

 

School of Education

Speaker: Glen Koonce ED.D

Topic:

School LeadershipLeadership from the Principal and/or Superintendent position and what applications that perspective would have for Church Leaders

 

School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Speaker: Dr. Corné Bekker

Topics:

  • Christian Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Biblical Disciplines
  • Hermeneutics
  • Ecclesial Leadership
  • Ecclesiology
  • Faith Integration at work

 

Speaker: Dr. John Mulford

Topics:

  • Why and how the Church should be involved in and influencing the 7 Mountains of society
  • Equipping the saints for ministry in the marketplace
  • Determining your life purpose
  • Kingdom business—a powerful tool for extending God’s kingdom globally
  • How Missions Agencies are embracing Business as Missionnot only to enter restricted access countries, but also as the most viable model for 21st century missions
  • You can start a business—training for future kingdom entrepreneurs
  • Business ethics—how should a Christian operate in the marketplace?

 

Speaker: Dr. Doris Gomez

Topics:

  • The Inner Life of the Leader/Pastor; Leading a life of Integrity; The Heart of a Leader
  • The importance of Christian leadership
  • Leadership consulting seminars, workshops, talks

It is my growing conviction, that after it is all said and done, after all the leadership theory and tools have been studied, leaders ultimately lead according to who they are. Leadership is deeply personal. Let‘s linger, for a moment, on the implications of this assertion. If leaders are unwell, weary, unhappy, or demoralized, their followers will suffer. The consequences of leading without integrity are dreadful, especially for those who follow. It is my desire to usher a call to introspection, reflection, and learning to all leaders who are open.

 

School of Government

Speaker: Jeffry H. Morrison, Ph.D.

Topics:

  • Servant followership/leadership—Character, virtue and behavioral elements of following and leading like Christ
  • Spiritual intelligence—The ability to integrate and apply spiritual knowledge and wisdom in all life domains
  • Christianity in the workplace—How to promote the Great Commission and Commandment at work
  • Strategies for addressing persecution
  • Survey development and design
  • Development of performance appraisal/measurement systems
  • Strategic planning assistance

Spiritual Intelligence: Training and education in spiritual intelligence would enhance the discipleship development process of church staff and members.  It would facilitate the growth in key character, emotional intelligence and behavioral attributes that promote a more authentic integration of the gospel into the life of the believer.  Spiritual intelligence training would begin the process of self-reflection (test the spirits) and identify the obstacles to Christian growth and maturity.

 

 Speaker: Jeffry H. Morrison, Ph.D.

Topics:

  • How to Think about Church and State
  • How to Think about the Founding Fathers

Speaker: Mary Manjikian

Topic: 

Missionary Work and the colonial Legacy  (1.5 hour talk/discussion)

 

In this presentation, I can offer those preparing to go on mission trips some historic background, focusing on the missionary legacy of the United States and England in Africa and the developing world.  Many of those going on missions may be surprised when they encounter people abroad who distrust missionary work, and who voice suspicion towards the goals and hearts of those involved in missions.  This presentation allows listeners to delve a bit deeper into the ways which missionary work in Africa during the 1800's served colonialism, and was sometimes associated with racism and Western judgment.  An awareness of these issues may help today's missionaries as they attempt to build bridges and heal the legacies of the past.

 

 

School of Law

Speaker: Douglas Cook

Topics: 

  • Church law: Incorporating churches
  • Liability issues for churches
  • Tax-exemption issues for churches
  • Political activities of churches

Speaker: L.O. Natt Gantt, II

Topic:

Ethical Decision-making—How Biblical principles developed legal ethics and more broadly, ethical decision-making.

 

Speaker: Scott Pryor

Topic:

Human Rights—“Human rights” are Biblically justified and many of the so-called human rights propounded in various UN covenants are not rights at all. 

Speaker: Scott Pryor

Topic:

Mosaic Law and the Poor—the Mosaic law safeguarded the rights of the poor, how the NT Church implemented those rights, and how those rights are relevant today.

 

Speaker: Thomas Folsom

Topics: 

  • Law and morality
  • Common law and common sense
  • The public good of supernatural law
  • Is there a common morality suitable for designing law in a global and tech age?
  • Evaluating Supernatural Law
  • Natural Law for non-Roman Catholics
  • If we had a copyright law, would you obey it?
  • What is cyberspace, does it have any laws, and why should I care?
  • Nihilism and the war against common sense (and against Christianity)
  • The Weightier Matters of the Law
  • The End of Christian Scholarship
  • Space Pirates and Poisoned Flowers
  • Disintegrating Law in the Modern Age
  • Biblical and Qur’anic Hermeneutics

 

School of Psychology & Counseling

 

Speaker: Vickey Maclin, Psy.D

Topic:

A Jew that Lives like a Gentile

 

It is crucial to discuss the issue of loving one another from every race and address how in the body of Christ we have so few conversations about race issues.  Galatians and Ephesians talks about us being one body, but often in the body covert racist actions can be ways that non-dominant culture folks feel “looked down upon” in the body of Christ.

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Keyes

Topics: 

  • Sexual abuse in Christian Family Homes
  • Domestic Violence Relationships - an unequal yoking
  • How sexual violence affects the family structure
  • Emotional Abuse - Violence without marks or bruise
  • Healing emotional affective responses to trauma – A Christian Approach to working with Trauma Survivors
  • Psychological First Aid – First Response Trauma
  • Healing Trauma in 3rd Word Nations
  • Secondary Trauma – Listening to the stories of others Who impact and affect our lives
  • Treating PTSD – A Church Response
  • Understanding the problems of Military Personnel Coming home from a War Zone
  • Understanding Compassion Fatigue and learning how to care for yourself
  • Family Violence – A toll on relationships and Child Development
  • Treating Sexual Trauma
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder (Formerly multiple personality disorder), Survivors of early childhood sexual abuse
  • E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many One – the story of Sandy S. and her healing process from sexual trauma
  • Human Trafficking – The unseen Sin

 

Speaker: Dr. Amy Dominguez

Topics:

  • Marriage strengthening,
  • Supporting lay leadership (specifically, managing small groups)
  • Developing ministry within churches
  • General organizational development

Working with church leaders, we assess what it is that they care most about in their specific congregations.  We then use the research skills from social sciences to develop ways of gathering information to work to find answers to the particular questions they generate.  Sometimes questions focus on evaluating aspects of ongoing ministry. Other times, we research the needs within the community (faith or larger) to see what ministry efforts are yet needed and likewise how might these best be developed to meet existing needs.

 

Speaker: Dr. LaTrelle Jackson

Topics: 

  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Building Community
  • Diversity Challenges within the Church
  • Finding Your Purpose
  • Psychology & Counseling services dealing with:
    • Individual, couple
    • Group, family
    • Assessment services with specialization in the child and elderly population

 

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Ripley

Topic:

Marriage Counseling and Training

The Marriage and Ministry Assessment Training and Empowerment (MMATE) Center at Regent University has various projects in support of marriages and marriage ministries.  The Hope project offers couples counseling from a Christian perspective to couples in need of repairing their marriage, premarital counseling or enrichment.  This research study is tested in clinical trials demonstrating significant improvements in the couples that participate.  The project is supported by Regent University and therefore offers the counseling on a sliding scale basis with very low costs to the couple.  The MMATE Center also offers community interactive seminars targeting common couples issues like communication or conflict resolution presented in small group settings such as Sunday School or cell groups.  Church consultation and assessment are available to churches to help ministries target parishioner needs for ministry planning.  Free online training, a pastoral certificate in the Hope approach to couples counseling and various resources can be found at their website at www.hopecouples.com