Author of numerous books including One Thousand Gifts and The Broken Way
Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, author of numerous books including From Weakness to Strength and Irresistible Faith
Associate Professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation at Talbot School of Theology, author of numerous books including The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb and Formed for the Glory of God
Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary, author of numerous books including Pilgrim Theology and Core Christianity
Pastor at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, Ca, author of The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb and Beloved Dust
This conference is specifically designed for pastors and ministry leaders who desire to shepherd, teach, equip and lead in the way of Jesus. We recognize that any ministerial role within the life of the church is a position of power. The only question is how will we wield such power. We hope to create an environment in which individual pastors and ministry leaders from a variety of church contexts can encourage and exhort one another to minister powerfully in their weakness. If you are looking for a place to honestly explore the challenges and temptations of ministry this conference is for you. If you are looking for a place to explore a vision of ministry marked by an emphasis on prayerfulness, patience, and humility this conference is for you. We hope to create a setting in which true community can be forged among those in attendance, but also a space where ministry teams who attend together can grow and wrestle with their unique calling.
“The Way of the Lamb” is a unique conference in that the emphasis is not on learning new programming techniques, providing church growth strategies, or packing in as much new content as possible. Rather, the singular emphasis of this conference is to commune with Christ. To that end, the conference is structured with a simple three-part format – teaching, prayer and dialogue. Plenary sessions will help provide content that sets the stage for time alone with the Lord and dialogue among conference attendees. The goal is not consuming content, but receiving, wrestling, and dialoging about the Lord’s call of his people in this present age. The rhythm of the conference is structured intentionally to foster this, providing space for rest and relationship along with learning and digesting.
We hope that this conference can be a place for those seeking kingdom power in ministry to explore with like-minded ministers of the gospel what that looks like in the practical realities of shepherding, teaching, equipping, and leading within the local church. In short, the fundamental question of the conference is this: What does it look like to minister powerfully in our weakness? At a time when toxic power in the church seems to dominate the headlines, we seek to pursue a cross-shaped vision of power in ministry together in the fellowship of those united in the love and calling of Christ.
9 am - Check-in
10 am - Plenary Session 1
10:30 am - Prayer and Conversation
12 pm - Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 pm - Plenary Session 2
2:15 pm - Prayer and Conversation
4:30 pm - Group Dinner (provided)
9 am - Plenary Session 3
9:45 am - Prayer and Conversation
11:30 am - Lunch Break (on your own)
1 pm - Plenary Session 4
1:30 pm - Prayer and Conversation
3:30 pm - Closing Gathering