With a renewal of interest in Christian formation blossoming within the church, the Christian academy and published literature, what is readily apparent is that the Christian life is integrated and holistic in nature, as directed by the Holy Spirit, yet requiring our cooperation. This conference will address several dimensions of Christian formation: spiritual, ethical, emotional, relational, intellectual, vocational, and physical health and wellness.
What is the role of the emotions and psychological well-being related to overcoming emotional wounds and gaining emotional freedom?
What role do relationships in the family, friendship, and the body of Christ play in shaping believers into Christlikeness?
How does intellectual formation (i.e., the mind) contribute to Christian formation?
Why does one’s sense of life purpose and calling impact vocational development and direction?
Why is care of the physical body a vital component of Christian formation?
Four plenary speakers will address key topics relating to Christian formation. Best-selling author and protégé of Dallas Willard and Richard Foster, James Bryan Smith will address spiritual formation. Psychologist M. Elizabeth Hall will address the role of suffering in emotional formation. Stanley Hauerwas will discuss how the Holy Spirit ethically develops believers as it relates to holiness. Stephen G. Post’s presentation will focus on the pneumatology of health and healing related to the body, mind, and spirit within the context of godly love. Plus over thirty parallel paper sessions likewise will address strategic formational dimensions.