Nurture 2017

Nurture 2017 is in the past.

On Tuesday, April 4, Lipscomb University's Institute for Christian Spirituality will host its annual Nurture conference in the Ezell Center from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The conference fee is $29 and includes lunch. Groups of four or more receive a 25% discount off their fees, just enter N17Group when registering your group (code will be entered in the payment window).

This year, Nurture's featured presenters include John Mark Hicks, author Professor of Theology at Lipscomb, as well as Chris Altrock, author of seven books including Newsworthy and Ten Minute Transformation. Previous speakers include Kris Miller, Terry Wardle, Randy Harris, Gordon T. Smith, Glandion Carney, Gary Moon, Chris Webb and John Ortberg.

2017 Workshops include: 

  • Praying with Ancient Israel: Hearing, Speaking, Seeing - Dr. Phillip Camp (Professor, Hazelip School of Theology) 

Israel's prayers in the Old Testament point us to deep engagement with and provide us hope from God in the midst of trial, pain, and injustice.

  • Growing Each Other Up Into Christ - Dr. Holly Allen (Professor, College of Bible and Ministry)

No better place exists for the most number of people to learn the way of Christ from more experienced followers than in intentionally intergenerational churches. Explore the meaning and benefits of intergenerational Christian experience for the old, the young, and everyone in between. 

  • Is Spiritual Direction for You and Your Church? - Kris Miller will lead a panel discussion with Chris Altrock, Nancy Baughman, Karen Wood, Glen Anderson and Terrell Lee.

These spiritual directors and church leaders will share how God is using the ancient ministry of spiritual direction to revitalize many today.

  • Meeting God in Our Own “Shacks” - Lucy Malone and Scott Owings

Come hear two stories of people who have experienced their own shacks and how they came to learn of God's fondness for them.

  • The Ignatian Exercises - Vicki Wehmeyer

The Ignatian Exercises, developed by Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, have been a powerful tool of formation for the last 500 years. Discover what they are and why so many are benefiting from them today.

  • The Two Hands of God: The Spirit in Christian Formation - Dr. Leonard Allen (Dean, College of Bible and Ministry)

?The parable of The Shack gives a unique and captivating vision of the Trinity at work in spiritual formation. Come discover how the persons of the Trinity, and particularly the Holy Spirit, are at work in our formation.

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.

To see the full schedule of the conference on March 29, click here.

The fee for attending this year is $29 (before March 1). To register, click here.

If you have questions, contact the Institute for Christian Spirituality at for assistance.