What makes the CPT Conference unique?
There is no shortage of theology conferences for academics, and no shortage of ministry conferences for pastors. But the CPT Conference is, we believe, the first conference of its kind to combine equally both high level theological scholarship and the concerns of pastoral ministry.
Who should come to this conference?
The bifurcation between the academy and the church is something that influences every Christian; it also influences the Church’s witness to the world. For this reason, we invite any interested believer to join us as we worship, learn, and discuss.
Students, whether in undergraduate programs, seminary, or doctoral programs, are especially welcome, and we hope the discounted registration prevents the cost from being prohibitive. We look forward to Christian higher education administrators and faculty, church elders, deacons, and other lay leaders, both men and women, and para-church workers. Above all, however, we want to connect with other pastors–whether they are already seeking to unify theory and practice or have only just begun to feel dissatisfied with the current norm.
Group discounts are available to facilitate ministry teams coming together.
What is the morning office?
Early Christian monks adopted the custom of meeting at daybreak to pray and sing psalms, recognizing the dawn as an image of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. They often used particular psalms with imagery of light, e.g. Psalm 68:
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Just like our CPT Fellowships, we hope the CPT Conference embodies worshipful reverence and fellowship. We are not gathering as independent scholars and pastors, but as citizens of the one everlasting kingdom. Starting each day with prayers, the reading of Scripture, and songs of praise will help us remember the purpose of scholarship.
Will there be time for discussion?
Yes. Our goal is that each session prompts on-going dialogue; for this reason our “Break Out Conversations” do not consist of formal paper presentations, but rather are conversations facilitated around the work and research of our presenters. Further, there are breaks built into the schedule, which are perfect times to enjoy the large lounge area with fireplaces, books tables, and free coffee.