Paoli, PA
September 23–24, 2016
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Is your heart longing for a deeper, richer experience of the fruit of the Spirit in your daily life?

If so, then this gathering is for you! It will provide...

A practical understanding of exactly how the spiritual disciplines function as a means of grace for spiritual formation
A fresh retelling of the practice of the spiritual disciplines
A lively conversation between son and father about precisely how the spiritual disciplines can help us in our daily life with Christ
A doable structure for making genuine progress forward in the kingdom of God

The Book

Making of an Ordinary Saint and Celebration of Discipline books

Conference admission includes a copy of The Making of an Ordinary Saint.

More than thirty years after his father‘s classic book brought them to the masses, Nathan Foster took his own unique path into the spiritual disciplines. As he sought day by day to develop habits that would enable him to live more like Jesus, he encountered problems both universal and personal. Along the way, he found creative new ways to practice the disciplines and discovered that a vital, conversational relationship with God was truly within his grasp.

The Making Ordinary Saints Conference invites you to deeper into the journey explored in the book. You may just find that holy habits are truly possible for all.


Nathan Foster

Nathan Foster is an associate professor of social work and theology at Spring Arbor University, where he holds the Andrews Chair in Spiritual Formation. He is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor, public speaker, bassist for Christy & the Professors, and the author of Wisdom Chaser and The Making of an Ordinary Saint. He currently resides in Michigan with his wife Christy and two children, Autumn and Kyren.

Richard Foster

Richard Foster is the founder and past president of Renovaré. He is the author of numerous books on spiritual formation, among them Celebration of Discipline. Since it’s publication Richard has spoken extensively around the US, as well as around the world helping spread the message of the with-God life and its availability here and now. Richard lives near Denver, Colorado, with his wife Carolynn. They have two sons, Joel and Nathan, and eight grandchildren.

Chris Hall

Chris Hall currently serves as President of Renovaré. Previously Chris was Director of Academic Spiritual Formation and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Eastern University. Chris is the author of a number of books, including The Mystery of God (with Steven D. Boyer; Baker Academic), Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, Worshiping with the Church Fathers (InterVarsity Press), and The Trinity (with Roger Olson; Eerdmans). Chris and his wife Debbie reside in Philadelphia. They have three grown children.


  • Friday Evening
  • 5:30PM Registration
  • 6:30PM Narratives about God and Ourselves
  • 7:40PM Break
  • 8:00PM The Crucial Role of the Spiritual Disciplines in Transforming the Human Personality
  • 9:30PM Dismiss
  • Saturday
  • 8:30AM Registration
  • 9:00AM Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines in Ordinary Life
  • 10:40AM Break
  • 11:00AM Dangers and Pitfalls in Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines
  • Noon Lunch on site
  • 1:30PM A Conversation about the Key Spiritual Disciplines Most Helpful Today for the Growth of the Soul
  • 3:00PM Break
  • 3:20PM What Now?
  • 5:00PM End


Cost per person is $70. Students $50.
Includes lunch and a complimentary copy of The Making of an Ordinary Saint.

When, Where & Registration

September 23-24, 2016
Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan
212 W Lancaster Ave
Paoli, PA 19301

Online Registration is now closed. You can still register onsite Friday, September 23 at 5:30pm.