Nurture - April 4, 2017

The Nurture Conference, sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Christian Spirituality, brings nationally recognized leaders in Christian spirituality to a special event featuring keynote addresses, workshops, and a luncheon. Previous speakers include Randy Harris, Gordon T. Smith, Glandion Carney, Gary Moon, Chris Webb, John Ortberg, and Terry Wardle.

This year’s featured speakers are:

John Mark Hicks, “Meeting God at The Shack” 

With the release in March of the movie “The Shack,” John Mark will address how this well-known story impacted his own spiritual recovery, answering the question: how do wounded people come to believe that God is “especially fond of them”?

Chris Altrock, “Walking Down the Aisle with God” 

Chris will be sharing how a spirituality centered on what we believe about God only magnifies misery, while a spirituality centered on what God believes about us hastens healing.

HicksJohn Mark Hicks has served as Professor of Theology at Lipscomb University since 2000 and has taught in higher education among Churches of Christ for 35 years. He has lectured in over 40 states and 20 countries, and his most recent book is Meeting God at The Shack: A Journey into Spiritual Recovery (February 2017).


AltrockChris Altrock is the author of seven books, including Newsworthy  and Ten Minute Transformation. His formation includes formal training as a Spiritual Director (Lipscomb University), a nine-month experience of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and degrees from Harding School of Theology (M.Div.; D.Min.). He has preached for the Highland Church of Christ in Memphis, TN since 1998.


Soul Care Options

In addition to taking in the inspiring messages and workshops, sign up for one of the private soul-care appointments. This could be one of the most personally renewing experiences of the day.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a partnered listening for the movements of the Spirit in your life, relationships, and vocation. Your director serves as a companion and guiding listener as together you seek greater discernment on how to participate in God's desires for you. You will meet individually with a director in a safe environment for this session.

Prayer Ministry

An approximate thirty-minute focused time of prayer provided by one or two caregivers, asking the Lord to meet us in our areas of need, whether physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual.