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At the Crossroads: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life


Aug 7, 2017
07:30pm – 09:00pm

Orchestra Hall

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith will spark a conversation about discovering one's purpose, passion and mission during the second half of life during his lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7 in Orchestra Hall.

As the author of the book At the Crossroads, Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life, the Rev. Dr. Smith will use examples and testimonials from his book and provide special tools to help individuals plan for a purposeful life into retirement.

He will share how to facilitate discussions with family and friends about shared priorities, expectations and end-of-life decisions, while bringing a sense of peace to all involved. He will also review how one might leave a legacy impacting future generations.     

Since 2005, the Rev. Dr. Smith has served as the Executive Pastor of Generosity at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kans.

Through his ministry, he has found that there are limited resources and studies on navigating the second half of life. Today, more than 2,500 people have attended various studies and now participate in The Crossroads study at his church. 

The Rev. Dr. Smith extensively studied giving and generosity during his doctoral work at McCormick School of Theology in Chicago, Ill.  He holds a degree in psychology from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. and a Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

For 25 years prior to current position, he served as Senior Pastor at various United Methodist churches (UMC) in the Missouri conference. While at Schweitzer UMC, the Rev. Dr. Smith received the denomination’s top Circuit Rider Award for church growth. 

The Rev. Dr. Smith and his wife, Lori, whom he has been married to for 29 years, share four grown children and two young grandchildren. They have two horses and enjoy gardening, golf and traveling. The Rev. Dr. Smith also has a passion for mission trips and has led several teams on national and international projects.

Coupled with this Monday evening lecture, all are welcome to participate in a group study using the Rev. Dr. Smith's Crossroads book at Lakeside. Contact the Religious Life Department at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if interested. 

The Rv. Dr. Clayton Smith will also be a part of the Generosity & Stewardship Conference held August 6- 9 in Lakeside. 

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