Nurture 2015 - March 9-10

The annual Nurture conference invites in nationally recognized leaders in Christian spirituality for a 2-day 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.


OrtbergFor 2015, ICS is pleased to welcome back John Ortberg.  John is an author, speaker, and the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. His books include Soul Keeping; Who Is This Man?; The Life You’ve Always Wanted; Faith and Doubt; and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College and holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary.  Prior to joining MPPC, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church. John is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Seminary, serves on the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and is a former board member of Christianity Today International.


Ortberg will be speaking on themes from his brand new book, All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know? God Has Placed Before You an Open Door. What Will You Do?

Ortberg Book

Book quote:

An open door is the great adventure of life because it means the possibility of being useful to God. The offer of it, and our response to it, is the subject of this book.

In this new book, John opens our eyes to the countless doors God places before us every day, teaching us how to recognize them, and encouraging us to step out in faith so that we can embrace the extraordinary plans God has in store for our lives.


Register now. It is free, and includes a copy of Ortberg’s new book, All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?.  You can also attend the Tuesday luncheon with John for an additional $15.  Just check the appropriate box when registering for Nurture.

Other speakers and topics include:  Randy Harris, “Confessions of an Everyday Disciple”, Holly Allen, “Walking with Children on Their Spiritual Journey”, Kris Miller, “Wellness in Ministry: Emerging New Perspectives”, John York & Walter Surdacki, “Healthy Churches: Moving from Inertia to Effectiveness”, Rhonda Lowry, "Sustaining Practices When Life Gets Tough", and others.  See the full schedule for more information.