And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
-- 2 Corinthians 3:18

Lipscomb Academy would like to invite you to Reflect, a conference devoted to the work of Bible teachers, spiritual formation directors, chapel coordinators, campus ministers and administrators in a Christian school setting. Reflect will be a time to not only pause and reflect on your own spiritual journey, but also that of your broader school community.

Over the past few years, Lipscomb Academy has been on a journey of adopting and utilizing a framework for spiritual formation. What initially started out as an attempt to better communicate and explain the purpose of our Bible classes, this document, and the ongoing conversation it has facilitated, has impacted areas beyond Bible. These conversations have helped us think through topics related to sexual integrity, student involvement in spiritual formation activities, respectful dialogue, faith and culture, and integrating faith and learning.

From Sunday, November 5th to Monday, November 6th, Lipscomb Academy will be hosting a workshop alongside the Middle Tennessee Christian Schools Inservice at our new McCadams Athletic Center. This workshop is intended to serve as a meeting place for teachers, ministers, and leaders in secondary education to share best practices on how we can be more intentional in our ministry to our students and families.

As a participant in this workshop, you will learn about the process Lipscomb Academy went through to create our spiritual formation handbook, and you will be given tools, resources, and guiding thoughts on how to initiate a similar conversation in your school. The purpose of this workshop is not to convince you to adopt our framework. Instead, we want to encourage you to have conversations on creating your own guiding document in spiritual formation.

Time will also be spent on best practices in Bible classes, with sessions related to student involvement, initiating difficult conversations surrounding integrity, utilizing wonder time as a way of engaging with the Biblical text, creating standards in Bible classes and the use of authentic assessment in Bible.

This spiritual formation workshop will be part of a broader conference Lipscomb Academy is hosting for Christian schools in Middle Tennessee. The guest speaker for this conference will be olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who will deliver his encouraging message of faith. Over 400 Christian educators are already planning to join the conference on Monday, November 6th and we hope that you will make plans to attend this special workshop on Sunday, November 5th to Monday, November 6th to better explore the unique ministry God has given us in our schools to students and families.

If you have questions, please feel free to email me at douglas.williams@lipscomb.edu, or give me a call at 615-966-6470. I hope you can make plans to Reflect on the craft of your profession, but also the work of God in your school.

Dr. Douglas Williams
Associate Head of School for Spiritual Formation
Lipscomb Academy

Schedule

Sunday, November 5th
MAC Story Room
5:00 - Arrival & Registration
5:15 - Dinner
6:00 - Welcome & Opening Thoughts
7:00 - Workshop - “Creating Your Spiritual Formation Framework”
9:00 - Dismiss

Monday, November 6th
MAC Floor
7:30 - Breakfast
8:30 - Scott Hamilton

10:00 - 11:00 Breakout Session 1
Session 1: Student Involvement in Spiritual Formation
Session 2: Integrity of Heart, Mind, Soul

11:15 - 12:15 Breakout Session 2
Session 1: Wonder Time: Using our Imagination to Engage Scripture
Session 2: Our Journey to a Standards-based Bible Curriculum

12:15 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Workshop - “Utilizing Your Spiritual Formation Framework”
3:00 - Dismiss