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Nurture Conference 2021

About the Nurture Conference

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 and a variety of workshops. Previous speakers include Randy Harris, Gordon T. Smith, Glandion Carney, Gary Moon, Chris Webb, John Ortberg, Terry Wardle, John Mark Hicks and Evan Howard.

Our full-day conference each year features main sessions by keynote speakers, a variety of workshop offerings, and optional private Soul Care appointments, designed to be personally renewing and centered on prayer and discernment. 

Our Spiritual Transformation Journey: Exploring the Enneagram

April 9th-10th, 2021 @ Lipscomb University (Willard Collins Auditorium)

In light of the current developments with COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the Nurture Conference, originally scheduled for the weekend of September 11th-12th, 2020, to the weekend of April 9th-10th, 2021. All participants who registered  for the event in 2020 will have their registration and payment retained for the 2021 Nurture conference. Should any additional changes take place, we will continue to send updates between now and then with details for the event. 

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Following Jesus is all about transformation—becoming like Him and living like Him! Paul writes in Ephesians 4:22-24, You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Where do you seem to get stuck in that critical process of “putting off the old self” (the false self) and “putting on the new self” (the true self in Christ)? What needs transforming in you?

The Enneagram is a personality tool that offers profound insight into our heart motivations. These correspond to attitudes and behaviors—blind spots, sweet spots, and hot spots—affecting our personal transformation and all our relationships. The Enneagram provides a way of seeing both the beauty of how God made you and the sin that interferes with Christ's calling on your life.

Many have seen the Holy Spirit employ the Enneagram as an effective means for the “being made new” part of Paul’s equation. This is not just about “finding your number”; rather this is an invitation to participate in ongoing journey of transformation. The new awareness it brings will offer ways to improve your relationship to God, your marriage, your parenting, and your work or ministry worlds.

Weekend Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, April 9th, 2021

  • Session #1 – The Enneagram and Our Spiritual Journey

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

  • Session #2 – The Real You (and the False You)—setting the whole discussion into the
  • Scriptures and Jesus’ call to die in order to live.
  • Session #3 – Your Three Intelligences and The Harmony Enneagram
  • Session #4 – Transformation for Each Harmony Triad
  • Session #5 – Spiritual Rhythms from Harmony Triad

2021 Speakers: Doug & Adele Calhoun

Doug and Adele Calhoun

Adele delights in the “hats” she has worn throughout her life. She has worked as a missionary, InterVarsity staff member, wife, mother, spiritual director, college professor, author, pastor and many other roles in her lifetime. Adele’s passion is for people to move beyond religion to a connection with Jesus that unites both their head and their heart in service and love of others. Adele is adjunct faculty for Selah (a Spiritual Direction Training program). She authored and co-authored many books, including Opening Our Hearts and Home with Karen Mains, The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us, Revised and Expanded (2015); Women & Identity (IVP Lifeguide Bible Studies co-authored with Tracey Bianchi) and many others. She regularly speaks at retreats and conferences on these topics. Adele is a certified Enneagram trainer and enjoys presenting workshops and seminars together with Doug. 

Doug brings over forty-five years of ministry experience working with people and seeking their transformation in Christ. This internal focus combines with his missional desire that God’s glory would fill the whole earth. Doug loves to teach, to mentor, and guide others in their walk with God. He is a spiritual director and Enneagram teacher; he also presents workshops and seminars with wife Adele. Doug is a graduate of Miami University (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min. in Christian Spirituality). Doug currently chairs the board of the Del Camino Connection; has been adjunct faculty to The Transforming Center and a founding member of the Transforming Church Network; and is adjunct faculty for PAX Center for Christian Spiritual Formation and Vision New England. 

Doug & Adele have co-authored with Clare & Scott Loughrige a book on the Enneagram entitled Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation, IVPress.

Registration can be found by clicking the link below. 

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Doug & Adele Calhoun,

11 Oakwood Knoll Rd., MA 01938-1074