Renovare George Fox

Celebrating 40 Years of Celebration of Discipline

Empowering Spiritual Transformation in the Local Church

A National Pastoral Leadership Conference

June 10-13, 2018

George Fox University — Newberg, OR
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Join us for fellowship, talks, and workshops designed to empower you to help others enter into deeper life with God.

Speakers

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Richard Foster

Richard Foster

Founder of Renovaré

Richard Foster is the founder of Renovaré and author of seven books, including Celebration of Discipline, PRAYER: Finding the Heart's True Home, Streams of Living Water, and Sanctuary of the Soul. Richard and his wife, Carolynn, live near Denver, Colorado.

Nathan Foster

Nathan Foster

Renovaré Director of Community Life

Nathan Foster is Director of Community Life for Renovaré. Author of The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines and Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet. Nathan lives in Florida with his wife and two children and plays bass for the band, Istra Blue.

Juanita and Rudy Rasmus

Juanita and Rudy Rasmus

Pastors of St. John's United Methodist in Houston, TX

Juanita and Rudy Rasmus are co-pastors of the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Juanita helped launch The Art Project Houston, which is a therapeutic art program for the homeless and the hungry of Houston; she is also a spiritual director and has a presence in the blogging community. Rudy’s books include TOUCH: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World and Jesus Insurgency: The Church Revolution from the Edge.

Robin Baker

Robin Baker

President of George Fox University

Robin Baker is president of George Fox University, which has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. As a historian, Robin’s specializations include the Civil War and 19th-century American history; he also has special interests in the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Robin and his wife, Ruth, have three children, all of whom attended George Fox University

Mimi Dixon

Mimi Dixon

Pastor of First Presbyterian in Golden, CO

Miriam (Mimi) Dixon is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Golden, Colorado, where she has served since 1985. Mimi actively promotes Christian spiritual formation, crediting Richard Foster and Dallas Willard for their influence in her life and ministry.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall

President of Renovaré

Chris Hall serves as president of Renovaré. He is author of The Mystery of God (with Steven D. Boyer), Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, Worshiping with the Church Fathers, and The Trinity (with Roger Olson). Chris and his wife Debbie reside in Philadelphia.

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Workshop Speakers & Musicians

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Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Professor of biblical and Quaker studies at George Fox University

Paul Anderson is professor of biblical and Quaker studies at George Fox University. A co-founder of the John, Jesus, and History Project, his books include The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel: An Introduction to John and Following Jesus: The Heart of Faith and Practice.

Lacy Borgo

Lacy Finn Borgo

Teacher and Author

Lacy Finn Borgo teaches and provides spiritual direction for the Renovaré Institute. She is the author of Life with God for Children: A Curriculum for the Spiritual Formation of Children and Good Dirt: A Devotional for the Spiritual Formation of Families.

Joseph Clair

Joseph Clair

Director of the William Penn Honors Program

Joseph Clair is director of the William Penn Honors Program and assistant professor of religious studies at George Fox University. He is the author of Discerning the Good in the Letters and Sermons of Augustine and On Education, Formation, Citizenship, and the Lost Purpose of Learning.

Dominic Done

Dominic Done

Pastor of Westwide: A Jesus Church, in Portland, Oregon

Dominic Done is lead pastor of Westside a Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon. Dominic previously served as a missionary in the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and at an orphanage for disabled children in Mexico.

Steve Fawver

Steve Fawver

Pastor of Newberg Emerging Friends Church

Steve Fawver is pastor of the Newberg Emerging Friends Church. He is a frequent retreat leader and is often sought out for spiritual direction, given his passion to help people pay attention to God, listen to Christ, and develop deeper lives of prayer.

ll Jolliff

Bill Jolliff

Professor of English at George Fox University

Bill Jolliff is professor of English at George Fox University. As a poet, songwriter, and peace activist, his publications include The Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier, Twisted Shades of Light, and Whatever Was Ripe; his recordings are available online.

Howard Macy

Howard Macy

Professor Emeritus Of Religion and Biblical Studies at George Fox University

Howard Macy is professor emeritus of religion and biblical studies at George Fox University. His books include Discovering Humor in the Bible: An Explorer’s Guide and Rhythms of the Inner Life: Yearning for Closeness with God.

Nate Macy

Nate Macy

Professor Emeritus Of Religion and Biblical Studies at George Fox University

Nate Macy is a pastor at North Valley Friends Church, serving also in ministries of music and corporate worship. His albums include Making Space, Presence in the Mix and Psalms Project. Nate lives with his wife and son in Newberg, Oregon.

Kearsten McCoy

Kearsten McCoy

Ministry Coordinator at George Fox University

Kearsten McCoy is a ministry coordinator with the Office for Spiritual Life at George Fox University, where she helps students connect with small groups, pastoral mentoring, and discipleship and service opportunities.

MaryKate Morse

MaryKate Morse

Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary

MaryKate Morse is professor of leadership and spiritual formation at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. She serves as lead mentor for the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation program and is the author of A Guidebook to Prayer: 24 Ways to Walk with God. 

Brian Morykon

Brian Morykon

Director of Communications at Renovaré

Brian Morykon is a singer/songwriter, worship leader, and Director of Communications at Renovaré. His desire is to see the beauty of the Lord and to help others see it. Brian and his wife, Joy, have three children and reside in Tampa, Florida.

Brooke Nolte

Brooke Nolte

Communities Team at Westside: A Jesus Church

Brooke Nolte serves on the Communities team at Westside: A Jesus Church, connecting people with local justice initiatives and directing the Alpha Program. She works to empower folks to seek justice, create peace, and love the marginalized and oppressed in their local community.

Kevin Palau

Kevin Palau

President of the Luis Palau Association

Kevin Palau is president of the Luis Palau Association, where he has served since 1985. Author of Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live out the Gospel, he lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with his wife, Michelle, and their three children.

Richella Parham

Richella Parham

Author, Member of Renovaré Board

Richella Parham is a member of the Renovaré Ministry Team and author of A Spiritual Formation Primer. She also blogs at ImpartingGrace.com, and she and her husband live in Durham, North Carolina.

Paul Pastor

Paul J. Pastor

Author and Deacon of Spiritual Formation at Theophilus Church

Paul J. Pastor and his wife Emily serve as Deacons of Spiritual Formation at Theophilus Church in Portland. His books include The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit and The Listening Day: Meditations on the Way.

“Spiritual disciplines can do nothing. They can only get us to the place where something can be done.”

Schedule

Opening Night—Sunday, June 10
6-7pm

Registration

7-9pm
Open to Public

Richard Foster

Opening Meeting. A Flaming Vision of a God-Saturated Life

Discussion and Refreshments following. Music by Nate Macy and Company

Day One—Monday, June 11
7:30am

Breakfast / Registration Continued

9am

Richard Foster and Nathan Foster

Plenary Session I. The Vision for Celebration Forty Years Ago: What Happened and How Things have Developed Since

10:15am

Break

10:45am

Mimi Dixon

Plenary Session II. On Being a Transformative Community

Music by Brian Morykon. Afterward: Unpacking the Issues with Richard Foster and others.

Noon

Lunch

1pm

Rest, Walk, Pray

2pm

Workshops Ia. Disciplines for the Journey Inward

  • Meditation—Paul Pastor
  • Prayer—MaryKate Morse
  • Fasting—Juanita Rasmus
  • Study—Joseph Clair
  • Spiritual Formation for Children—Lacy Borgo
  • Growing in the Character of Christ Amidst the Hustle & Bustle of Pastoral Ministry—Mimi Dixon
3:15pm

Break

3:45pm

Workshops Ib. Disciplines for the Journey Inward

Same as above.

5:15pm

Supper

7pm
Open to Public

Robin Baker

Plenary Session III. The Essential Devotional Life of the Growing Christian

Music by Bill Jolliff—Celebrating those Old-Time Hymns. Afterward: Unpacking the Issues with Richard Foster and others.

9:30pm

Prayers Leading us into the Night

Day Two—Tuesday, June 12
7am

Prayers Leading us into the Day

7:30am

Breakfast

9am

Juanita and Rudy Rasmus

Plenary Session IV. The Outward Disciplines—Spiritual Development in Community

Music by Brian Morykon. Discussion following.

10:15am

Break

10:45am

Workshops IIa. Disciplines for the Outward Journey

  • Simplicity—Rudy Rasmus
  • Solitude—Chris Hall
  • Submission—Steve Fawver
  • Service—Kevin Palau
  • Spiritual Formation for Youth and Young Adults—Kearsten McCoy
  • The Spirituality of Jesus—Paul Anderson
  • Growing in the Character of Christ Amidst the Hustle & Bustle of Pastoral Ministry—Mimi Dixon
Noon

Lunch

1pm

Workshops IIb. Disciplines for the Outward Journey

Same as above.

2:15pm

Break

2:45pm

Prayer, Reflection, and Renewal Options:

  • Developing a Plan for Personal and Congregational Transformation in the Coming Year
  • Solitude, nature walks, journaling, meeting with a companion, rest, reflection
  • Informal Prayer with Margaret Campbell (Renovaré Ministry Team)
  • Embracing the Spiritually Engaging Artwork of The Saint John’s Bible
5:15pm

Supper

7pm
Open to Public

Chris Hall

Plenary Session V. Disciplines and the Inward Journey—Empowering Transformation

Music by Nate Macy. Afterward: Unpacking the Issues with Richard Foster and others.

9:30pm

Prayers Leading us into the Night

Day Three—Wednesday, June 13
7am

Prayers Leading us into the Day

7:30am

Breakfast

9am

Richard Foster

Plenary Session VI. Casting a Vision for the Next Forty Years

Music with Brian Morykon.

10am

Break

10:15am

Workshops III. Disciplines for the Corporate Journey

  • Confession—Richella Parham
  • Worship—Brian Morykon
  • Guidance—Lon Fendall
  • Celebration and Psalms—Howard Macy
  • SpirSpiritual Formation for Congregations—Dominic Done and Brooke Nolte
  • Growing in the Character of Christ Amidst the Hustle & Bustle of Pastoral Ministry—Mimi Dixon
11:15am

Richard Foster and Nathan Foster

Worship and Prayers for the Healing of Human Hurts

Noon

Heading Home

Pricing

Includes $40 early bird discount until March 1

With Lodging

Conference plus 3 nights, 7 meals, and refreshments.

  • $320—Single room // $290—Shared room

Without Lodging

Conference plus 5 meals and refreshments.

  • $160
Full-time students: take an extra $40 off.
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Questions about conference? Contact Paul Anderson at [email protected]