Introducing five new, intensive tracks, including special sessions for elders, ministers, and their spouses. Tracks are offered once during the week, 1:30-4:15 p.m. Space is limited.
Christianity and Sustainability: Caring for Creation in the 21st Century
Led by Chris Doran
This track focuses on how Christians can help take care of God's good creation through a better understanding of the resurrection and the eucharist meal, as they effect how we live and eat.
Working with Senior Adults: Extended Training in Facilitating Growth Through Service, Friendship, and Caregiving
Led by Susan Giboney and Ed Gray
Class topics explore senior adult development, helpful counseling skills, ministry ideas, retirement issues, as well as health, caregiving, and loss. A certificate of attendance is available.
Reaching and Discipling Twenty-Somethings: Practical Solutions for Your Context
Led by Eric Brown, Matt Dabbs, and Charles Kiser
The discouraging statistics about the decline in religious fervor among the Millennial generation demand that local churches prayerfully and intentionally connect with young adults. This class will focus on how congregations can make and maintain that connection; it will encourage interaction and offer guidance for moving forward effectively.
Shepherds Gate: Serving/Leading in Conflict
Led by Tim Pownall
For many elders, it is difficult to sustain joy in their service with change, conflict, and dissatisfaction all around. In this track, Tim Pownall will offer guidance and encouragement to shepherds and their spouses for their vital work of spiritual leadership.
Rekindling the Flame: Gift, Call, and the Good News
Led by Eddie Sharp
This class responds to the request of several young ministers asking to be mentored while at the Bible Lectures. Eddie Sharp and other experienced ministers will offer wisdom, experience, and encouragement to ministers and their spouses.