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February 11 - February 13
9:00 pm: Young Nazarene Clergy Gathering
4:30 pm: Nazarene Association of Church Planters Dinner co-sponsored by NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership and Ministerial Entrepreneurship (Pre-registration required)
4:45 pm: Explore NTS Dinner for Prospective Students
9:00 pm: NTS Alumni & Friends Reception
Tuesday-Wednesday: USA/Canada Festival of Young Preachers
NTS-Sponsored Plenary and Workshop Sessions
9:00 am: Plenary Session – Dr. Doug Powe: Missional Discipleship
Why are attractional models of evangelism no longer working? Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the true meaning of a missional approach to evangelism and why it is needed for our current culture.
Session 1 Workshops 11:00am
Dr. Doug Powe: Transforming Community (Room 2104 B)
The Wesleyan way of doing evangelism focuses on transforming the community. This workshop lays out practical characteristics of how to engage your community in a more effective manner.
Dr. Jesse Middendorf: Finding Our Place: The Small- and Medium-Sized Church in America (Room 2103 B)
Dr. Bill Selvidge: Getting to Know You – Tools for Engaging Others in our Missional Contexts ( Room 2202)
Session 2 Workshops 2:00pm
Dr. Doug Powe: Reaching New Generations (Room 2104 B)
The challenge for many congregations is reaching new generations. What do they want and how can we more effectively connect with them? This workshop will answer these questions.
Dr. Dean Blevins: Ministerial Entrepreneurship (Room 2105)
Dr. Susan Carole: Challenge and Opportunity in Developing Multicultural Ministries (Room 2203)
Session 3 Workshops 3:30pm
Dr. Mark Yarhouse: FAQs on Sexual Identity and Orientation (Room 2104 A)
Dr. Roger Hahn: Wesley’s Theology of Prevenient Grace: Implications for Evangelism (Room 2102 B)
Dr. Jeren Rowell: Theological Administration (Room 2105)
Session 4 Workshops 11:00am
Dr. Mark Yarhouse: Sexual Identity & the Christian (Room 2104 A)
Charles “Chic” Shaver & Jesse Middendorf: Helping Our Personal Witness: An Interview with Dr. Charles “Chic” Shaver (Room 2103 C)
Dr. Josh Sweeden: The Holy Mundane: Wesley’s Vision of the Holy Life as Christians Witness (Room 2104 B)
Al Truesdale: Whatever Happened with Evangelicalism? (Room 2215ABC)
Session 5 Workshops 2:00pm
Dr. Mark Yarhouse: A Primer on Gender Identity and the Transgender Question (Room 2104 A)
Dr. Doug Hardy: Holy Travel: Pilgrimage as Spiritual Practice for the 21st Century (Room 2104 B)
Dr. Dean Blevins: Fear or Faith? The Neuroscience of Evangelizing Children and Youth (Room 2105)
Dr. Jeren & Starla Rowell: Making Time for Marriage (Room 2102B)
Session 6 Workshops 3:30pm
Dr. Dean Blevins & Larry Morris: Strategic Discipleship Criteria & Planning (Room 2102 B)
Dr. Andy Johnson: The What Unleashed? (Room 2104 B)
Dr. Jesse Middendorf: Generations Working Together to Lead the Church (Room 2105)
Al Truesdale: Whatever Happened with Evangelicalism? (Room 3501 A)
Starting Well: What I Wish I Knew Then
Dr. Jeren Rowell
About the lecturers:
In addition to his plenary address, Dr. Douglas Powe will give the Whipple Lunn Lectures on Personal Evangelism. Dr. Powe is the newly tapped director of the internationally regarded Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Prior to this, Dr. Powe served as the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. Alongside his teaching duties, Dr. Powe has also served as the managing director for The Institute for Community Engagement, and director of its Urban Ministry Program at Wesley.
Dr. Powe holds a Ph.D. from Emory University and his research interests include church revitalization and urban theology. He is deeply committed to helping urban congregations and congregations in transitional areas to flourish through community partnering.
Dr. Powe has authored or co-authored several books including: Not Safe for Church: The Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, New Wine, New Wineskins: How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generationsand Transforming Evangelism: The Wesleyan Way of Sharing Faith. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
The Gilbert Lectures on Christian Psychiatry will be presented by Dr. Mark Yarhouse (Psy.D.) who is the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Yarhouse was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity concerns at Christian colleges and universities. He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections to address issues facing sexual minorities in corrections, and he was part of a consensus panel from the American Psychological Association on sexual orientation and gender identity that convened to provide input to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, DC. Dr. Yarhouse is currently the Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. He was also invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don Carson for The Gospel Coalition.