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Spring 2013 Schaeffer Lectures: Kingdom Calling

The Spring 2013 Francis A. Schaeffer Lectures at Covenant Theological Seminary

Kingdom Calling: Following Jesus in Our Work

April 19–20

Featured Speaker: Amy L. Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, and director of Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities

Additional Presenters: In addition to three lectures by Dr. Sherman, this event also offers breakout sessions led by experienced, Kingdom-minded professionals who are uniquely placed to encourage and enable us to follow after Jesus in and through our various vocations. See more below.

Tickets: Tickets for the event are $5 for Covenant Seminary students and $20 for the general public and are available online at Tickets will also be on sale at the door on Friday evening.

Co-Sponsored by: Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, The Covenant Presbyterian Church, City Ministry Initiative, and the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute

Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 19

  •  7:00 p.m. – Conference registration, Founders Hall, level 3
  •  7:30 – 9 p.m. – Welcome and Plenary Session 1 with Dr. Sherman, Rayburn Chapel

Saturday, April 20

  •  8:30 a.m. – Coffee and pastries, Founders Hall, level 3
  •  9 – 10:15 a.m. – Plenary Session 2 with Dr. Sherman, Rayburn Chapel
  • 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Introduce Workshops and relocate
  • 10:45 a.m. – noon – Workshops with various speakers, Founders Hall (various rooms, levels 2 and 3)
  • 12 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch (at area eateries of your choice)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Plenary Session 3 with Dr. Sherman, Rayburn Chapel

Our Featured Speaker

Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She also volunteers as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission’s Institute for Biblical Justice. Dr. Sherman is the author of six books. Her most recent, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (IVP), won Christianity Today’s “Book of the Year” award in the Christian Living category. Her articles have appeared in such diverse publications as The Public Interest, Policy Review, First Things, Christianity Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The American Enterprise, World, The Christian Century, Books & Culture, and Neue.

Dr. Sherman is the founder and former Executive Director of Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries (CALM), a holistic, cross-cultural, whole-family, church-based outreach in an urban neighborhood of approximately 380 lower-income, single-parent families. Today, she continues as an informal advisor to CALM and to Trinity Presbyterian Church, its anchor congregation.

Dr. Sherman received her undergraduate degree from Messiah College in 1987 and her PhD in foreign affairs/economic development from the University of Virginia in 1994. In 2013 she was named by Christianity Today as one of the 50 most influential Evangelical women shaping the church and culture in America.

Workshops/Breakout Sessions and Presenters

  •  Following Jesus in the Arts, with John Early. John is a St. Louis-based visual artist whose work explores various aspects of our embodied experience in the world. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (MFA), Covenant Seminary (MA), and the University of Virginia (BA), he has been a visiting artist at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, at Taylor University, and at Covenant College. In addition to exhibiting his drawings, installations, and sculptures regionally and nationally, John serves as an adjunct lecturer in the College of Art at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Following Jesus in Architecture and Construction, with Ian Grant. Ian is a qualified architect who has been involved in the design and construction industry for over 30 years. For the last 15 years, Ian has served as a heritage specialist for local Government. Currently, he is employed as Principal Specialist, Built Heritage for the City of Auckland, New Zealand. As such, he is responsible for 176 historic buildings in the central business district of Auckland, a city of about 1.2 million. In addition to his career as an architect, Ian has also served as a pastor and for the past eight years has taught biblical theology at Grace Theological College, New Zealand’s only theologically Reformed training center.
  • Following Jesus in the Military, with Mike Higgins. Colonel Higgins is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and Division and Installation Chaplain’s Courses. Prior to his service as an Army chaplain, Mike was a field artillery battery commander, nuclear and chemical weapons officer, Army writing and leadership instructor and an operations officer. He is also trained as a parachutist. In 1999, Mike was commissioned as a PCA Chaplain (Major). Today, he is a Chaplain (Colonel) assigned to the Pentagon as a personnel manager for Army Reserve chaplains. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Saint Louis (BA) and Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, D.Min), Mike also serves as the dean of students at Covenant Seminary and co-pastor of South City Church.
  • Following Jesus in Business, with Jim Lauerman. Jim recently retired as the president of Avemco Insurance Company, Inc., the nation’s only direct insurer of light general aviation aircraft. He was a student at Covenant Theological Seminary in the 1990s, pursuing an MA in theology studies with a focus on Christianity and contemporary culture. From his conversion to the present day, Jim has possessed a passion to see the gospel applied to all of life and not just to church activities. This led Jim to implement a gospel model in his leadership at Avemco.
  • How the Church Equips and Encourages for Vocational Faithfulness, with Ryan Laughlin. Ryan is the senior pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis and will serve as moderator of a panel that includes: Bill Hughes, partner at HLK, a St. Louis advertising agency; John Pennylegion, assistant pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church and former director of the Schaeffer Fellows program; and Shannon Hathaway, who worked for Delta Airlines as an onboard translator and who is now a stay-at-home mother of four. Together, the members of this seminar panel will share how one church has tried to close the secular-sacred divide and help members see their daily work as God-given vocation.
  • Following Jesus in Medicine, with Andy MacFarlan. A family physician for 30 years in Charlottesville, Virginia, Andy Macfarlan, MD, is a bondservant of Jesus Christ and a follower of many of Christ’s servants, including Francis Schaeffer and Amy Sherman. Andy has helped start the Physician Partners Network in Charlottesville, a program by which the uninsured working poor are given service at no charge by some area physicians, laboratories, and hospitals.
  • Signs of Life in the City, with Dr. Greg Perry. Greg came to Covenant Seminary in 2003 following over ten years of ministry in local churches in the U.S. and Australia. Greg has been involved in several creative nonprofit ministries in urban Atlanta and Washington, DC, that seek to embody the gospel while addressing social challenges. He is currently a board member of Third Millennium Ministries, an organization created to bring theological education to church leaders in the developing world. As associate professor of New Testament (MDiv, ThM, PhD) and director of the City Ministry Initiative at Covenant Seminary, Greg has a heart to disciple students and assist pastors and professionals in creative cultural applications of the gospel. This workshop will focus on fostering partnerships that nurture a gospel ecosystem to enrich discipleship in every area of our image-bearing.
  • Following Jesus in Film/Advertising, with Matt Seilback. Matt is a husband, a father, and a filmmaker. When he picked up his family’s video camera at 13, he fell in love with the magic of filmmaking. Today, he lives in Maplewood, Missouri, with his wife and two children and works full time with Anastasis Films telling the stories of businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations. Matt’s 2010 documentary Joe’s Place: Because the Future Begins at Home was nominated for an Emmy Award, and his recent Here is St.Louis short film has captured significant attention.
  • Following Jesus in Education, with Sue Pitzer. Sue is a graduate of Belhaven University (BA) and Covenant College (MEd), and has served as classroom teacher in early childhood, elementary, and high school settings. She most recently served for 21 years as head of school at Kirk Day School in St. Louis, Missouri. Sue serves with Christian Schools International as a member of their National Accreditation Commission, and has led training sessions and workshops for educators who share her passion for exploring what it means to teach redemptively in any classroom setting.
  • Following Jesus in Law, with Carolyn Sklar. Carolyn is a consultant to law firms and other professional service providers. With over 25 years of national and international experience, Carolyn brings expertise in strategic client development, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness to her role as coach and consultant. An advocate of lifelong learning, she completed an MA in theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2008 and is currently completing an MA in leadership and organizational development at Saint Louis University. She is a member of the St. Louis Organizational Development Network and the Law Practice Management section of the American Bar Association, and is actively involved in the Midwest Region’s Legal Marketing Association. Carolyn is a qualified administrator of several talent and leadership development instruments, including: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Highlands Ability Battery and RightPath Leadership 360.