Nurture - April 27-28, 2018

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.

Nurture 2018: The Spirit, the Brain, and Healing

What does shame do to our brains? How does this affect our identity? Come experience the exciting interaction between what we are learning about the human brain and the Holy Spirit's formative, healing work. Whether you are a minister, elder, spiritual director, professional counselor, pastoral care-giver, or someone just passionate about spiritual formation, you will not want to miss Nurture 2018!
Our keynote presenters will be Dr. Curt Thompson, a psychiatrist who specializes in neurobiology, and, back by popular demand, Dr. Terry Wardle, a practical theologian of spiritual formation and inner healing. Since both of their work takes seriously the brain, shame, and our identity, we will not only gain much from their individual keynote presentations, we will discover much from a conversation between them.
You'll also be able to choose from these workshop offerings:
  • What is “Formational Prayer”?
    Terry Wardle
  • Becoming a Spiritual Director
    Karen Wood and John Grant
  • Transforming Community: Introducing Spiritual Direction into Your Local Church
    Lance Bolay
  • Helping Children Cope: Connecting Spirituality and Resilience
    Holly Allen
  • The Missional Call of the Spiritual Practices 
    Earl Lavender

Nurture will begin Friday evening and will conclude Saturday afternoon, April 27-28, 2018. The cost is $49 which includes lunch.

Curt Thompson 2018Dr. Curt Thompson
Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and the founder of Being Known, LLC, and The Center for Being Known, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine, completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is actively engaged in learning and education as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues.  Throughout his career, along with treating adults, adolescents, and families, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality.  He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.      

He has specific expertise in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and how it reflects important tenants of Christian faith, providing opportunities to comprehend and experience that same faith in fresh trustworthy ways. Much of his work is now committed to training other professionals across cultures and in multiple vocational domains in the same material.  
He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.  He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship, a congregation of the Mennonite church, in Washington, D.C.  His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and involvement in the fellowship’s healing prayer ministry.  

Dr. Terry Wardle
Terry Wardle is Emeritus Professor of Practical Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary and President of Healing Care LLC.  He has extensive experience in pastoral and formational counseling ministries and served for three decades as a seminary educator. For over twenty years Terry has also conducted seminars on emotional healing and leadership renewal for counselors, pastors, therapists, physicians, and other Christian caregivers. He has authored numerous books including his two recent publications, Every Breath We Take (2015) and Identity Matters: Discovering Who You Are In Christ (2017). He is also the podcaster of Slingstones in which he discusses insights for the Christian journey. Terry and his wife Cheryl have three adult children and five grandchildren.