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Tuesday, September 25
 

8:00am

Registration/Coffee

Post Coffee available!

Tuesday September 25, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Library 1700 East Meyer Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64131

10:00am

Crossing to the Other Side: Preaching Hope in Troubled Times (Mark 4:35-41)
Gathering worship
Keynote address by Tim Keel
Q & A with Tim Keel

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Tim Keel

Tim Keel

Pastor, Jacob's Well
Tim is the founding Senior Pastor of Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Tim has a BFA in Design and Illustration from the University of Kansas and a MDiv from Denver Seminary. He is the author of Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Metaphor, Narrative, and Chaos... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Chapel 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA

11:30am

Equip to Engage Children’s Ministry Lunch Meet-up at Brookside Barrio
You are invited to join Equip to Engage for lunch Tuesday at Brookside Barrio. Meet in the exhibit area at the Equip to Engage exhibit at 11:30 or come straight to the restaurant. For more information, info@equiptoengage.org or stop by the Equip to Engage exhibit!


Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Area Restaurants

11:30am

Lunch Break
See the restaurant/lodging tab in the menu for a list of area restaurants!

Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Area Restaurants

11:30am

Young Clergy Lunch Meetup
Pastor Megan Madsen present a brief presentation followed by discussion over lunch. Email jake@newbeginningschurch.tv with questions! This event is co-sponsored by the Northern California District of the Church of the Nazarene.


Tuesday September 25, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Area Restaurants

1:00pm

Preaching Lab: Developing the Creative Voice in Preaching
Preaching, both in preparation and delivery, is an act of creation, of creativity. In most instances, however, pastors are trained exclusively through an academic framework. While academic disciplines and practices of preparation are vital, are they enough? Join us for a discussion about creativity and art and how they might intersect with preaching.

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Tim Keel

Tim Keel

Pastor, Jacob's Well
Tim is the founding Senior Pastor of Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Tim has a BFA in Design and Illustration from the University of Kansas and a MDiv from Denver Seminary. He is the author of Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Metaphor, Narrative, and Chaos... Read More →
avatar for Brian Timmer

Brian Timmer

Artist & Pastor, Brian Timmer Gallery
Brian received a Bachelors of Fine Art in painting from Western Michigan University in 2003. Eight years later, he completed a Masters of Divinity in theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.  This rare mix of educations reveals a bit of who Brian is. Brian thinks... Read More →



Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Preaching Lab: Love, Nonviolence, and Community: The Art of Dialogical Preaching
Dialogical preaching can be a profound means of connection and communion in the church, making space for God’s story to be heard and shared alongside our stories in creative ways.  You are invited to this panel conversation with several practitioners of this art, in which we will discuss the scriptural and theological framework for dialogical preaching, its deep roots in justice, stories and lessons learned, and practical models for your community to try out together!  Additional panel members include Nick Pickrell, Organizer of The Open Table, and Libby Tedder Hugus, alumna and Lead Pastor of The Table in Casper, WY.

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Wendie Brockhaus

Wendie Brockhaus

Curator, The Open Table
Wendie (Wells) Brockhaus (MDiv ’09) is Curator of The Open Table, a dinner church community in Kansas City and one of the PC(USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities.  She has served as a public school vocal music teacher, Director of Spiritual Formation and adjunct instructor... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Preaching Lab: Shaky Bridge Preaching - Sermonic Moments That Build & Encourage Leaders
There are untapped leaders among us. This session surveys preaching methods that create open pathways challenging you to influence, to build, and to encourage those around you towards becoming leaders, especially those who have been overlooked. We will use "bridge preaching" as a powerful metaphor to communicate the utility of preaching to move believers from a place of inactivity to a place of leadership influence in their church, community, or workplace. Journey with us and let’s build a preaching bridge.


Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Dwight Shawrod Riddick, II

Dwight Shawrod Riddick, II

Pastor, First Baptist Church
Rev. Dwight Shawrod Riddick, II is known to be creative, innovative, and gifted in bridging generational gaps with the Good News of the Gospel. With a unique form of preaching and practical teaching he has been blessed to serve in ministry since 2000. He has served the First Baptist... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:15pm

Encountering “Others”
Sermon
Panel discussion with preachers
Q & A

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Montague Williams

Montague Williams

Associate Professor of Church, Culture, and Society, Point Loma Nazarene University
Rev. Dr. Montague Williams is Associate Professor of Church, Culture, and Society at Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA).  Previously, Professor Williams served as both the College Chaplain and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College (Boston, MA... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Chapel 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA

3:30pm

Break
Tuesday September 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Library 1700 East Meyer Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64131

4:00pm

Eat What is Good (Isaiah 55:1-3a)
Sermon
Panel discussion with preachers
Q & A

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Megan Pardue

Megan Pardue

Pastor, Refuge Home Church
Rev. Megan M. Pardue is an elder in the Church of the Nazarene and the pastor of Refuge, a home church, in Durham, North Carolina.  A native of Portland, Oregon, she attended Southern Nazarene University and Duke Divinity School.  In addition to pastoring, Megan works with preaching... Read More →


Tuesday September 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Chapel 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA

5:30pm

Explore KC - Prospective Student Event

For prospective students:
Interested in learning more about life as a seminary student? Explore KC is designed to connect prospective students with our staff and with others who are also interested in beginning the journey of seminary studies. This informal evening will consist of dinner, dessert, and some fun exploring Kansas City!

Questions? Contact Enrollment Counselor Matt Wiseman at enroll@nts.edu!


Tuesday September 25, 2018 5:30pm - 9:00pm
TBA

6:00pm

NTS Homecoming Dinner

NTS alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of NTS are invited as we celebrate what God is doing through Nazarene Theological Seminary. Tickets are $15 and include a taco bar. Join us at the beautiful Brookside Gardens venue, just a mile away from NTS! Parking is available in the lot across the street. Separate tickets (based on availability - purchase early!) are required for the dinner. 


Tuesday September 25, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Brookside Gardens 624 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64110
 
Wednesday, September 26
 

8:00am

Coffee/Exhibits Open
Post Coffee available!

Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Koinonia Cafe

9:00am

We Are Better Together (Judges 4:4-9)
Sermon
Panel discussion with preachers
Q & A

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jennell Whitfield Riddick

Jennell Whitfield Riddick

Director of Ministries/Founder, Walk In It Inc., First Baptist Church/Walk In It Inc.
Rev. Jennell Whitfield Riddick has a unique preaching, teaching, and mentoring voice. As a wife, mother, author, teacher, and entrepreneur she demonstrates that all things are possible through Jesus Christ. Rev. Riddick is an honors graduate of the University of Richmond and the Samuel... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Chapel 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA

10:15am

Break/Coffee
Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Koinonia Cafe

10:45am

Liberation and the Meaning of Life (Mark 10:17-27)
Sermon
Panel discussion with preachers
Q & A

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Stephen Green

Stephen Green

W. N. King Chair of Theology, Southern Nazarene University
Dr. Green, for the past twenty years, serves in the W. N. King Chair of Theology at Southern Nazarene University. In addition to teaching theology he has ministered with his wife Elaine, for over twenty-eight years, in five congregations. These congregations are as varied as a rural... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
Chapel 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA

12:00pm

Lunch Break
See the restaurant/lodging tab in the menu for a list of area restaurants!

Wednesday September 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Area Restaurants

1:30pm

Preaching Lab: Celebration Preaching - Engaging the Head and Heart
Preachers often wonder how to make their sermons come alive and even initiate positive change in the congregants. This session presents Frank Thomas's Celebration Model which helps the preacher appeal to the minds and hearts of the hearer. This refreshing sermon model helps the proclaimer present hope in a chaotic world. Come learn how to move and motivate your congregation.


Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Jennell Whitfield Riddick

Jennell Whitfield Riddick

Director of Ministries/Founder, Walk In It Inc., First Baptist Church/Walk In It Inc.
Rev. Jennell Whitfield Riddick has a unique preaching, teaching, and mentoring voice. As a wife, mother, author, teacher, and entrepreneur she demonstrates that all things are possible through Jesus Christ. Rev. Riddick is an honors graduate of the University of Richmond and the Samuel... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

Preaching Lab: Homiletics 2.0 – Preaching as the Work of the Whole People of God (What Survivor and AGT can teach us about Preaching)
In the world of Web 2.0, we are no longer content to be consumers of information and culture; we have become contributors and producers of information and culture. This shift that has captivated the technological world (reality TV, the blogosphere, and social media) has significant implications for contemporary preaching. In this collaborative workshop (participants are invited to contribute to the content), we will explore and compile practices that are designed to help move our congregations from a performative homiletic to a more participatory homiletic and move our people beyond biblical literacy to biblical fluency. 

Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Professor of Homiletics, Trevecca Nazarene University
Dr. Michael Jackson is professor of homiletics at Trevecca Nazarene University. He has served in this capacity since 2010, and served as an adjunct professor for the MA in Preaching at Trevecca from 2006-2010. Prior to this, he pastored churches in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

1:30pm

Preaching Lab: Preaching the Lectionary - The Story of God, The Story of Us
As we seek to preach hope in troubled times, the Lectionary can guide us through seasons of disorientation and provide a theological and ecclesiological orientation for both preachers and their people. Through preaching the Lectionary, we find that our communities are grounded in the whole breadth of scripture rather than verse-bytes and pat answers, we find that we are guided by the church calendar rather than national calendar, and we find that our story (even this very present moment) is caught up into the whole story of God.  

Alicia McClintic is the lead pastor of Hayward Church of the Nazarene, a multi-cultural, multi-congregational church on the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area. She has created a variety of resources to shepherd communities through the liturgical year, to cultivate holistic spiritual formation practices, and to support and advance women in ministry. 



Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Alicia McClintic

Alicia McClintic

Pastor, Hayward Church of the Nazarene


Wednesday September 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:45pm

Hovering over Chaos, Speaking Words of Life (Genesis 1:1-3, Jeremiah 4:23-26)
Speakers/Presenters
avatar for Tim Keel

Tim Keel

Pastor, Jacob's Well
Tim is the founding Senior Pastor of Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Tim has a BFA in Design and Illustration from the University of Kansas and a MDiv from Denver Seminary. He is the author of Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Metaphor, Narrative, and Chaos... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Chapel 1700 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, USA

3:30pm