Nurture - March 29, 2016

The annual Nurture conference invites in nationally recognized leaders in Christian spirituality for a special event featuring keynote addresses, workshops, and a luncheon.  Previous speakers include Randy Harris, Gordon T. Smith, Glandion Carney, Gary Moon, Chris Webb, and John Ortberg.

For 2016, Nurture's featured presenters will be Dr. Kris Miller, director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality, and Dr. Terry Wardle, Professor of Practical Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary and director of the Institute for Formational Counseling

In his main session addresses, Kris will open up a vision of flourishing leaders, where spiritual formation directly intersects with our well-being. From his years of experience of working with senior pastors, he will address some of the key challenges we face as leaders, calling us to collaborate with the Holy Spirit's work around us and deep within us for His glory, our good, and the good of those we lead. Come learn how we are to both fight and surrender to flourish. All types of leaders from any church will benefit.

In Terry's main session address, he will demonstrate how spiritual formation includes finding healing and wholeness through Christ. Practically, such healing often involves dismantling destructive false beliefs, addressing dysfunctional behaviors, and bringing deep wounds to Christ. Learn to recognize and cooperate with the formative work of the Holy Spirit, leading you to maturity and freedom.

Kris MillerKris Miller has 25 years of ministry experience as a minister, professor and administrator. He worked for eleven years for Vineyard USA, the national office of Vineyard Churches in the United States. He served as theologian and as retreat director, providing intensive retreats for the care of Vineyard senior pastors. Kris teaches graduate spiritual formation and theology courses here at Lipscomb as well as systematic theology for Fuller Theological Seminary’s regional campuses. He has ten years of experience as a spiritual director and has been training other spiritual directors since 2010. He is the founder and president of Flourish which exists for the formation and well-being of Christian leaders ( Kris has a B.A. in biblical studies, an M.Div., an M.A. in history and theology all from Abilene Christian University, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Durham University (UK).

WardleDr. Wardle is a well-respected teacher and author, both locally and globally. His humility, conviction, and wisdom are a natural draw for those seeking to learn more about the depths of Christ. Dr. Wardle loves the daily opportunity to journey with students, enjoying a front row seat as they grow, heal, and reach out to touch the world in Christ's name.

Dr. Wardle’s ministry extends even beyond the students of ATS, as he speaks at seminars, conferences, and churches and as he directs the Institute of Formational Counseling, Healing Care Ministries, and Healing Care Ministries International. During his own season of deep brokenness, Dr. Wardle met Christ as he never had before, and it is that type of transformational encounter that he desires to see in the lives of those who participate in these organizations.