2023 Church Leaders Conference

Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Cairn University

Topic: “Finitude Is Not Sin: Embracing Limits in Leadership”

Featuring Dr. Kelly M. Kapic

Dr. Kelly M. Kapic is professor of theological studies at Covenant College and author of You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News.

Work. Family. Church. Exercise. Sleep. The list of demands on our time seems to be never-ending. It can leave you feeling a little guilty—like you should always be doing one more thing.

Rather than sharing better time-management tips to squeeze more hours out of the day, Kelly Kapic takes a different approach.

He will explore the theology behind seeing our human limitations as a gift rather than a deficiency, and this includes how we consider leadership. He will lay out a path to holistic living with healthy self-understanding, life-giving relationships, and meaningful contributions to the church and world. 

The hope is that we might be free from confusing our limitations with sin; instead, Kelly invites us to rest in the joy and relief of knowing that God can use our limitations to foster freedom, joy, growth, and community. The goal is to foster gratitude, rest, and faithful service to God.


8:00 – 8:45am Registration and Continental Breakfast in Chatlos Chapel Lobby
8:45 – 9:00am Welcome and Announcements
9:00 – 9:15am Worship
9:15 – 10:15am Session One with Dr. Kelly Kapic
10:15 – 10:30am Break
10:30 – 10:45am Worship
10:45 – 11:30am Session One Debrief
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:30pm Session Two with Dr. Kelly Kapic
1:30 – 2:30pm Q&A


Chick-fil-A will be catering the conference. The chicken contains dairy and gluten and is fried in peanut oil. If you have food allergies, email divinity@cairn.edu at least two weeks prior to the conference so we can order an alternative menu item for you.