PBA Orlando welcomes community for servant leadership conference


The university’s Orlando Campus recently hosted a conference on the topic of servant leadership and a ministry forum about the goodness of God in the face of evil.

Orlando conference On Saturday, the campus held its inaugural Servant Leadership Conference with the theme of “Thriving Together.” Business, church, non-profit and community leaders in Central Florida gathered to learn how servant leaders can create cultures that bring out the best in people.

Dr. Jeremy Couch, executive director for the Orlando Campus, said promoting servant leadership in the Central Florida area is one of his personal passions. His goal is to offer the conference every spring.

“Servant leadership is something that is central to who we are as an institution and a Christian school,” Couch said. “I thought PBA could be a leader in spreading that message of servant leadership.”

Leadership-orlando The speakers included: Dr. George Cope, pastoral director of Vision Orlando; Joe McLeod, managing partner of McLeod Communications; Pete Folch, founder and president of Second Wind-Finish Strong; Dawn Whitestone, founder of WhiteStone Professionals; David Outing ’06, founder, president and CEO of Corporate Care Partners and Couch. About 50 people attended, a full house, Couch said.

The campus may offer other learning opportunities, such as workshops on the topic of servant leadership, throughout the year, Couch said.

Also at the Orlando Campus, Dr. Paul Copan spoke on “The Goodness of God in an Evil World” at a free Ministry Forum luncheon Feb. 25. Pastors, ministry leaders and community members were invited to the free event with Copan, a professor and the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics.

Copan explained how Christians can respond to the issues of evil in the world with a biblical perspective. His key point: to abandon the God of scripture in the face of evil is to cut oneself off from the greatest hope of responding to the problem of evil.

Previous ministry forums have covered a variety of challenging cultural issues, Couch said. This was the fifth that the Orlando campus offered.           

Copan also spoke at The Kingdom Church that evening about his book, “Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God,” focusing on slavery and genocide.