Rev. Dr. Danielle Brown

Co-Mentor: Engaging and Growing Congregations Through Creative Pastoral Preaching and Leadership Models

Engaging and Growing Congregations Through Creative Pastoral Preaching and Leadership Models

The challenges and opportunities for progressive and innovative ministry in the 21st century is numerous; therefore, methodologies must be relevant, creative and impactful if congregations are going to grow. The objective of this focus group is to develop highly effective, engaging and creative thought leaders who serve the church in the capacity of pastor/leader by exploring various preaching and ministry leadership models which can effectively be implemented and utilized to transform congregational growth and pastoral leadership development. Participants will interact in peer group discussions, and research/analysis of biblical, innovative and emerging models of creative pastoral leadership models, including preaching/teaching styles and leadership strategies, which have produced positive congregational and leadership growth.

Tools of study will include: lectures, readings, interviews and on-site visitations with pastors/leaders who have successfully integrated engaging and creative ministry practices in their own respective contexts. Upon completion of this cohort, each participant will be informed and equipped with the necessary information to develop their own unique ministry plan for their specific focus and ministry context.

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  • D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary (2013)
  • M.Div., New Brunswick Theological Seminary (2010)
  • M.A. (Biblical Studies), New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 2010


Dr. Brown currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield, New Jersey. Elected on August 7, 2021, she is the first woman to serve in this capacity since the church’s founding in 1908. She has a passion for mentoring and assisting in the development of faith and community leaders. She has the honor of serving on the Advisory Board of the Women in Ministry Conference, Inc. convened by The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale in Atlanta, GA, and as the Assistant Secretary of the Hampton Minister’s Conference.


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