2020 Christian Leadership ForumForum for Theological Exploration FTE Leaders

- May 27 - 30, 2020 - Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

20/20 is a pivotal year in need of visionary leaders—cultural imagineers, social designers, priestly activists, prophetic artists and repairers of justice—to give shape to this new moment in our history. Join an intergenerational, diverse community of leaders at FTE’s 2020 Christian Leadership Forum and experience four unforgettable days of exploration, meaningful connections, and innovative tools to shape wise and faithful visionary leaders.

The early bird registration is $500.

After March 6, event registration increases to $600.

Your event registration covers the cost of food, housing and programming. Housing will be onsite at the GA Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Event Details


May 27-30


Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

800 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30308


FTE has subsidized the cost for all attendees. Use the code EARLYBIRD to register at only $500! That is a $1,900.00 value. After March 6, event registration increases to $600.

What’s Included

Your event registration fee includes the cost of food, housing and programming.


Faith-rooted leaders who want to cultivate innovative and transformative leadership that fosters thriving Christian communities that join God’s healing work in the world. This includes:

  • Church and Faith Leaders who accompany young adults in exploring the vocation and discernment of leadership in Christian ministry.
  • Theological Educators who prepare future pastors, scholars, and change agents for service in the church, community and the world.​
  • *Young adults exploring ministry and teaching will also be at the Forum but are nominated to apply to attend.

Watch this video to learn more about what to expect at the Forum.

Father Gregory Boyle

Featured Idealist

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 to 1992, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles with the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

In 1988, Father Boyle started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members and provides critical services to thousands of men and women seeking a better life. Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. In 2014, President Obama named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. Father Boyle has received the California Peace Prize and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He is also the recipient of the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.

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Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder

Featured Idealist

Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over 30 years. This call to “blend proclamation, worship, service, and advocacy on behalf of those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in 1991.

In 2003, Rev. Dr. Flunder was consecrated presiding bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry and Master of Arts programs at Pacific School of Religion, and received her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is also an author and award-winning gospel music artist.

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Rev. Gail Song Bantum

Closing Preacher

Rev. Gail Song Bantum is the lead pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, Washington. Having served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years, she is passionate about empowering and developing leaders and has recently launched two mentoring cohorts specifically for women of color leaders and pastors.

Rev. Bantum has served as president of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) North American Asian Pastors Association, as well as the Board of Trustees for The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She is an ordained minister in the ECC and received her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Rev. Bantum, her husband Dr. Brian Bantum, and their three sons reside in Seattle.

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- May 27 - 30, 2020 - Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center