As Christian leaders we are not exempt from the false notions of happiness and success that so often bring ruin to those within the congregations we serve. We preach and teach in an attempt to compel those we shepherd toward finding their core identity and story within the life of the kingdom of God. Unfortunately, those same trappings can often be further covered in a religious guise that makes them even harder to see within our own lives, especially as leaders. This year, our journey is an invitation to reflect upon and re-examine the core narratives of our lives and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus’s narratives about life in the kingdom and community of God.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. James Bryan Smith as our special guest to our 2016 gathering. Dr. James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; DMin Fuller Seminary) is the Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute. Dr. Smith is currently a theology professor at Friends University, in Wichita, Kansas, and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of eight books, most notably The Apprentice Series (InterVarsity Press), which continue to shape the work of the Apprentice Institute. Dr. Smith’s other titles include Devotional Classics (with Richard J. Foster), Embracing the Love of God, Room of Marvels, and Hidden in Christ.
Of course we will also have the opportunity to hear from our friends within Ecclesia and a few new voices as well. As always, this gathering is open to all, but will be intentionally limited in number, so register quickly!