Breakout Papers


Plenary Sessions

"The Integrated Pastor: Or, How Godly Pastors Can Be Less Dysfunctional" | Todd Wilson

"'We Are Like Jesus': Conformed to the Image of the Son" | Cherith Fee Nordling

"The Holy Spirit and Positive Psychology in Spiritual Formation" | Siang-Yang Tan

"'That's the Spirit!' Or, What Exactly Does Spiritual Formation Form? Towards a Theological Formulation of a Biblical Answer” | Kevin Vanhoozer

"Neuropharmaformation: Christian Faithfulness in an Age of Stupefaction" | Bill Struthers

"Formation in the Wake of Distress | Vincent Bacote

Breakout Papers and Presentations

"Friendship: The Lost Spiritual Discipline | Pamela Baker Powell

“Beyond Imitation: The Image of God as a Vision for Spiritual Formation | Marc Cortez

"Socialization and the Sanctuary: The Arrangement of 1 Corinthians" | Dan Brendsel

"God in Our Troubles: Scripture and the Complexity of Human Experience" | Jeremy Pierre

“Right Knowing: Race, Soul Care, and Mental Health in the Local Church” | Anita Graham Phillips

"Shepherding Survivors of Sexual Abuse" | Andrew Schmutzer

"Sabbath Souls: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Jacques Ellul on Forming Disciples in a Technocratic Age" | Joel Lawrence

"Spiritual Formation as if Wisdom Mattered" | Jamin Goggin

"Jonathan Edwards on Christian Experience of the Trinitarian God" | Rachel Stahle

More Breakout Topics to Be Announced Soon...


Panel Discussions

Pre Conference: Christian Traditions of Spiritual Formation

Join us for a special pre-conference lecture by Pamela Baker Powell followed by a panel discussion on spiritual formation across various Christian traditions. How can pastors assist one another in their personal and congregational spiritual formation. What can ministers in Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions learn from one another on this important theological topic?

Panel 1: Models of Counseling

Biblical counseling v. modern psychology: incompatible approaches or a false dichotomy? How does biblical authority relate to recent advances in brain science and soul care?

Panel 2: Trauma and Spiritual formation

How can the church broadly and pastors in particular best care for victims of trauma and abuse, whether sexual, verbal, or physical? How does the gospel address and offer healing the most victimized and vulnerable in human communities?

Panel 3: Spiritual Formation Through Corporate Worship

How can the worship practices that we engage in every Sunday help or hinder our growth toward Christlikeness? Join the Chicago Liturgists for a discussion on liturgical hospitality through gospel re-enactment.