MARK YOUR CALENDARS – October 8-10, 2015


There is no mission of God apart from the Spirit’s fire. The witness of the biblical testimonies is consistent: from creation to new creation, life depends on the animating work of the Holy Spirit. In a new missional era, congregations will find new and faithful ways of engaging their contexts, not through strategies and programs, but by attending and yielding to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit and lead us into the mission of God.


1:00 Registration
2:30 Opening Worship: Jerry Taylor – “Can These Bones Live?”
3:15 Break
3:30 Spark & Wind Talks
3:50 Opening Remarks: Mark Love – “The Animating Spirit in a Buffered World”
4:20 Break
4:30 Plenary I: Amos Yong – “Baptized with Fire: The Holy Spirit and Apostolic Mission”
5:30 Dinner (provided)
6:45 Spark & Wind Talks
7:30 Performance: Claire Davidson Frederick – “Songs of New Creation from the Tennessee Prison for Women”
9:00 Blessing & Dismissal
8:30 Gathering & Morning Prayers
9:00 Panel Discussion: God the Spirit – Bringing Michael Welker into the Conversation
9:40 Break
10:00 Spark & Wind Talks
10:30 Plenary II: Leonard Allen – “The Holy Spirit and the ‘Dirt Philosophy': A Case Study from the Stone-Campbell Movement”
11:20 Break
11:45 Mid-Conference Reflections
12:15 Lunch (provided)
1:30 Guided Working Session: Mark Love – “It Seemed Good to Us and the Holy Spirit: Congregations and Practices of Discernment”
1:45 Break
2:00 Spark & Wind Talks
2:30 Inspiration: Claire Davidson Fredrick
3:00 Plenary III: Leonard Allen – “The Holy Spirit and the Post-Christendom West”
4:00 Break
4:15 Spark & Wind Talks
4:45 Reflections on the Day
5:00 Blessing & Dismissal
8:15 Gathering & Morning Prayers
8:45 Spark & Wind Talks
9:15 Plenary IV: Amos Yong – “Baptized with Fire: Pentecost and Contemporary Global Mission”
10:15 Break
10:25 Discerning the Spirit’s Work at Streaming
11:10 Break
11:20 Closing Worship: Mallory Wyckoff – “The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness: Groaning Toward a New Creation”


Leonard AllenC. Leonard Allen serves as dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. He taught theology, ethics and philosophy at the graduate and undergraduate level for over 20 years, serving as visiting professor at Biola University, adjunct professor at John Brown University and Fuller Theological Seminary, and professor at Abilene Christian University. He has lectured widely on college campuses and in churches over the past 25 years on biblical, historical and theological themes. He holds the PhD in History of Christian Thought from the School of Religion at the University of Iowa, and he is the author or co-author of 10 books, including “The Cruciform Church: Becoming a Cross-Shaped People in a Secular World,” “The Contemporaries Meet the Classics on Prayer,” “Distant Voices: Discovering a Forgotten Past for a Changing Church,” and “Things Unseen: Churches of Christ in (and after) the Modern Age.” His wife Holly is professor of family studies and ministry at Lipscomb. They are the parents of three grown children.


streaming15_0003_DavidsonClaire Davidson Frederick , a Nashville native, graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in German and Psychology. Upon returning to Tennessee, she spent 12 years as a professional singer/songwriter in the country music industry before experiencing a call to ministry. For 3½ years Claire served as the Children’s and Family Minister at the Woodmont Hills Church. She is currently working toward the Master of Divinity degree at Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University and also serves as an adjunct instructor in the College of Bible and Ministry. Active in community outreach, Claire facilitates a redemptive songwriting workshop at the Tennessee Prison for Women as part of the Lipscomb LIFE Program and is a gifted teacher, speaker and worship leader. Her sermon on the Book of Ruth was recently published in “Finding Their Voices: Sermons by Women in Churches of Christ” (ACU Press, 2015).



streaming15_0000_TaylorDr. Jerry Andrew Taylor is associate professor of Bible at Abilene Christian University. He is a native of Covington, Tenn. He attended public schools in Tennessee graduating from Millington Central High School in 1980. He went on to attend Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. Taylor completed a Master of Divinity degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 1988, and earned a doctorate in ministry from SMU in 1995. Taylor has served as a minister for Churches of Christ in Texas, North Carolina and Georgia. He is the author of the recently released book entitled “Courageous Compassion.” He travels extensively speaking on college campuses, national conferences, and is a popular lecturer at retreats and gospel/revival meetings. He is married to Patricia (Bowden) Taylor and they have two children, Alisha (18) and Jeremiah (14). The Taylor family lives in Abilene, Texas, and they attend the Highland Church of Christ.


streaming15_0001_WyckoffMallory Wyckoff is a Florida native, currently pursuing a DMin in Missional and Spiritual Formation at Lipscomb University. Her dissertation work examines the ways that sexual abuse impacts survivors’ theological perception and spiritual formation. Mallory is director of home operations for a non-profit residential facility that serves young women ages 13-28 who are dealing with life-controlling issues (eating disorders, self-harm, effects of abuse/trafficking, etc.). She lives in Nashville with her husband, but they don’t listen to any country music and never, ever, ever will.





streaming15_0002_YongAmos Yong is professor of Theology and Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Seminary), Portland State University and Boston University, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. He has authored or edited over 30 volumes. He and his wife, Alma, have three children – Aizaiah, Alyssa and Annalisa. Amos and Alma reside in Pasadena, Calif.