Relig Life conference


Christ’s commission to make disciples of all the world, announcing the Good News of our resurrected Lord and the coming Kingdom of God through teaching, ministry, and baptism, is the foundation of our work as the church. The church’s practices, shaped by the Bible, tradition and culture,express their obedience to this command by creating and refining ways of growing congregations and expanding ministries. As the American church faces a “post-Christian” context, it needs to share and celebrate its successes in order to develop creative and effective ways of being salt and light in the world. Lay people, church leaders, academics, and all people involved in Christian ministry are important contributors to a conversation about the best practices for growing the church and its ministries.



We invite 300 word proposals for papers or presentations (20 minutes) or panels (75 minutes) from scholars, practitioners, and lay people of any tradition or denomination. Possible topics include but are not limited to,


  • Assessing community needs to focus ministry
  • Spiritually preparing individuals and communities for ministry
  • Preaching and proclaiming the Gospel effectively
  • Using social media and technology in church and ministry growth
  • Engaging education ministry in the church and community
  • Scholarly resources for evaluating and refining church practices

Overview of timeline

  • Proposals Due October 15
  • Registration opens September 15.
  • Conference January 8-9, 2015

Schedule of Speakers and Sessions (tentative)


1-2:10 pm                Joe Phelps

230-345pm             Concurrent I

4-5:15pm                 Marjorie Thompson church spiritual practices

7pm                          Mike Breaux, Heartland Community Church


9-10:10am              Marjorie Thompson personal/ pastors spiritual practices

10:30-11:45pm      Concurrent II

1-2:10pm                Dave Rhodes

2:30-3:45pm          Concurrent III

4-5pm                      Concluding panel