Nurture 2014: Randy Harris

Nurture 2014: Randy Harris is in the past.

The 2014 Nurture conference, held Feb. 24-25, will feature keynote speaker Randy Harris, former Lipscomb professor and current bible instructor at Abilene Christian University.

The annual Nurture conference, held by Lipscomb’s Institute for Christian Spirituality (ICS), features nationally recognized leaders in Christian spirituality in a two-day event offering keynote addresses, workshops and a luncheon. Cost is $90 for the public. The special Tuesday, Feb. 25, luncheon may be added for $10.

One keynote session with Harris, at 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Allen Arena is free and open to the public. This free session will take place at the Lipscomb student body's weekly Gathering in the arena.

Harris will kick off the conference at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, with a keynote lecture in the Swang Chapel of Ezell. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the conference will offer several events held on the university campus including a contemplative prayer service at 9:30 a.m. in the Ezell Center, the talk by Harris in Allen Arena at 10:55 a.m., a luncheon for registered participants at 12:15 p.m. in the Ezell Center and workshop sessions from 1:30-5:00 p.m. in venues throughout campus.

Workshops will be conducted by ICS theologians and other local experts in spiritual formation. The slate of sessions at this year's conference will include:

  • Spiritual Friendship - Gary Holloway
  • A Theology of Vocation: Missional Formation in the Workplace - Earl Lavendar
  • Meeting with St. Ignatius: A Journey with the Spiritual Exercises - Jackie Halstead
  • The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus - Scott Sager
  • Forgiveness and the Inner Life: Pursuing Reconciliation through the Practices - Frank Guertin
  • Ten-Minute Transformation: Small Spiritual Steps That Revolutionize Your Life - Chris Altrock

Focused on spiritual formation, the conference also includes a contemplative prayer service and special sessions led by Lipscomb University and ICS faculty on spiritual direction, missional formation, spiritual formation for adolescents and more. Previous Nurture speakers include Gordon Smith, Gary Moon, Chris Webb and John Ortberg.

To register for Nurture 2014, go to or contact Frank Guertin at 615.966.5352.


About Randy Harris

Randy Harris taught for 10 years at Lipscomb University and preached at Donelson Church of Christ while teaching. For the past 10 years, he has been on the faculty at ACU. He also formerly was the preacher at S. 11th and Willis Church of Christ.

Harris' colleagues in the College of Biblical Studies at Abilene jokingly call him "the only Church of Christ monk." Harris undertook a 40-day silent prayer retreat at the remote Lebh Shomea House of Prayer outside Sarita, Texas, on the famed King Ranch. The experience consisted mainly of silently contemplating God's mysteries, with some spiritual direction and a dose of manual labor thrown in.

Harris may love the contemplative life that monks live, but he is firmly entrenched in his Church of Christ heritage.


About the Institute for Christian Spirituality

Building on the growing national movement that emphasizes personal spiritual development through spiritual disciplines and spiritual mentorships, ICS provides academic degrees, certificate programs and public seminars aimed at deepening Christian spirituality in everyday life. ICS also offers in-depth resources and scholarly research on spiritual formation in the U.S. and internationally.