JOHN ROBINSON | Beauty from Ashes
This workshop unpacks the ways in which the Holy Spirit is brooding over all that is dark, formless and empty so that it may be renewed (Gen 1:2). We also explore how we can be active participants in Spirit’s mission to create beauty from ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3).
MICHAEL CARD | Hesed
SHARON GARLOUGH BROWN | Finding Our Stories within The Story
TIM KEEL | Missional Church Leadership
SUZANNE STABILE | The Road Back to You: Looking at the Spiritual Life Through the Lens of the Enneagram (FULL)
Participants in this intensive will discover a framework for beginning to live into our more authentic selves by understanding the fundamental assumptions through which each Enneagram type views themselves and the world and how each of the numbers affect our spiritual journey. By the end of the conference, each participant will have identified, or be close to identifying, his or her Enneagram number. Those who already have a good idea about their Enneagram number will find their knowledge refreshed and deepened. Suzanne is a recognized national expert and one of the best teachers / storytellers you will encounter.
TISH HARRISON WARREN | Savoring on Sunday (11 a.m. Only)
The ancient symbols, calendar, and aesthetics of the church call us to truth and what that means for the future of worship. We will look at practices of beauty and pleasure in gathered worship, how that shapes our daily life, and talk practically about how to include these practices in our contemporary churches.
SHARON GARLOUGH BROWN | Going Deeper: Spiritual Practices for Cultivating Humility (FULL)
Following on her keynote address, Sharon Garlough Brown explores the particular practices that can help us embrace God’s strength in the midst of weakness and discover a deeper way of resting in the power and love of God.
BRIAN ZAHND | The Trellis: The Value of Liturgy in Spiritual Formation (11 a.m. Only)
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JAMES BRYAN SMITH | The Magnificent Story: Uncovering a Gospel of Beauty, Goodness and Truth (FULL)
JUANITA RASMUS | Doodles with God
ALAN FADLING | An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence (11 a.m. Only)
MICHAEL WILLIAMS | Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters through Story (11 a.m. Only)
J. DANA TRENT | For Sabbath’s Sake: A Spiritual Practice of Finding Beauty in Rest, Worship, and Community (4 p.m. Only)
DR. ANGELA REED | Spiritual Companioning: What is it and Why is it Important?
MIKE KING | The Passionate Praying Youth Worker (11 a.m. Only)
BETH/DAVID BOORAM | Discernment: The Ancient Art of Choosing Well (FULL)
It may be argued that the quality of our life is determined by the quality of our decisions. Yet many of us have little idea how to knowingly approach important forks in the road, let alone discern which way to go. The ancient art of choosing well has a strong history in the Christian tradition. In this workshop, Beth and David Booram, experienced spiritual directors, will provide the basics of this invaluable spiritual practice. You will leave with some tools and decision-making templates for the next time you face a dilemma that needs discernment.
CASEY TYGRETT | Engaging the Spiritual Practice of Curiosity (4 p.m. Only)
SOCE LIFE | The Spiritual Discipline of Neighboring (4 p.m. Only)
The commandment to love our neighbor resounds throughout Scripture, but today it is often misconstrued as a tool for converting our neighbors, or worse yet growing our churches. Instead, this workshop will explore how the practice of neighboring can serve as a tool in the hands of the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts. Together we will explore a healthy understanding of spiritual disciplines and specifically how to practice loving our neighbor. This workshop will be interactive and plenty of fun! Facilitators: Matthew & Catherine Johnson, and Adam & Ashley Barlow-Thompson
WIL HERNANDEZ | Henri Nouwen: A Sacred Companion (11 a.m. Only)
In his life and ministry, Nouwen modeled what true spiritual accompaniment is about. Whether as a spiritual friend, guide, mentor, or a spiritual director, he companioned people on their journey in a holistic and integrated fashion. This workshop will not only provide you insights into Nouwen’s unique philosophy of companioning but also some practical ways you can apply his lived-out principles in your own ministry settings.