The Thistle

Goheen, Wright, Johnson, Williams Headline CMI/FSI Conference on Missional Engagement

City Ministry Initiative and the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute Present 


March 3 – 4, 2017

Rayburn Chapel, Covenant Seminary

Tickets: $15 general admission; $60 for anyone bringing four guests (5 tickets for the price of 4); $10 for students

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If we pay close attention to Scripture, we soon realize that mission is a central theme in the Bible’s narrative as it is central to the church’s identity and task in the world. Learning to read the Bible missionally not only yields fresh insight into the familiar content of Scripture, but also illuminates ways to engage the changed contexts we are part of, including our calling as seminaries and local congregations to minister to and within the challenges of our time and place.

Join us as the City Ministry Initiative, together with the Francis A Schaeffer Institute, welcome leading biblical and missiological scholars and practitioners from the Missional Training College and Surge Network to our campus and our city. This gifted ensemble of ministry leaders will help us use mission as an interpretive lens to better understand the Bible, theological education, and the local church. They will also help us address such contemporary challenges as preaching in a distorted age, working with refugees, working with the urban poor, developing a missiology of Western culture, and developing hospitable practices that will connect our congregations to their local contexts.

Keynote Speakers:

     Dr. Michael Goheen, Theological Director and Scholar in Residence, Missional Training Center, Phoenix, Arizona

     Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright, International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership

     Dr. Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church, Arizona, and Co-Director, Surge Network

     Dr. Michael Williams, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Seminary

Workshop Speakers:

     Rev. Chris Gonzalez, Lead Pastor, Missio Dei Communities, Tempe, Arizona

     Rev. Riccardo Stewart, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church, Tempe, Arizona

     Dr. Erin Glanville, Independent Researcher and Visiting Scholar in the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

     Rev. Jim Mullins, Pastor of Theological and Vocational Formation, Redemption Church, Arizona

     Dr. Greg Perry, Associate Professor of New Testament and Director of the City Ministry Initiative, Covenant Seminary