The Leadership Development Resource

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,
but you are
fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God

LDR16 Poster

The Leadership Development Resource is part of a movement  for men and women, ministry leaders, volunteers, pastors and church families who desire to address core concerns in Black communities.  Conference content is designed and presented by African Americans. People of all ethnic backgrounds and denominations are welcome to attend; especially college and seminary students and those considering higher ed, who are looking to fellowship with like-minded believers or be connected to mentors in the faith.

LDR Weekend is a family reunion, a convening of like-minded students and ministry leaders, and a weekend long invitation into active commitments to faith-rooted anti-racist practices in Christian worship, theological education and church ministry. Many in attendance are drawn by a commitment to the faith-rooted empowerment of African American communities.

Video invitation:

LDR Weekend Video


This year’s theme, “Being and Becoming the Household of God” is taken from Ephesians 2.11-22. Paul tells us that God is building us into his dwelling place. If we are to strive to live in the unity that Jesus has already established for us, we know we need to address the issues that prevent us from being in the same room!

Keynote speakers and seminar leaders will lead us in study and dialogue, and offer practical answers in response to the issues tempting us toward division in our churches right now. Topics addressed will include:

Planting and sustaining multi-ethnic churches
Committing to racial equity in mono-ethnic communities
Gender Identity and Sexuality
Women in Leadership
Elitism in Higher Education
Generational Reconciliation
Intersections among minority groups in the US

Please join us!

Our hosts this year are Covenant Theological Seminary in West St. Louis, and Grace & Peace Fellowship in Central St. Louis.

Registration is open! Our organizers are proud to offer meals, childcare, and housing on a first-come basis, so please make your plans now.

To contact our planning team, email