This Weekend in Georgia, Next Week in Dallas, TX

This weekend I’ll be speaking in North Georgia, but I understand the event is full. Next week, I’ll be speaking with my ministry partners at Life in the Trinity Ministry in Dallas, giving two two-day seminars in a relaxed, conversational setting. I’ve been looking forward to this time to go deep with a smaller group of thoughtful Christians (and perhaps others, too) from a variety of backgrounds. I think there’s still a little space – you can learn more here:

Maybe you should participate?
November 12-13, 2012

Monday and Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Four Stages of Faith Development: Drawing from his book Naked Spirituality, Brian McLaren presents how the four-stage framework (simplicity, complexity, perplexity, harmony) can help in personal spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, preaching, outreach, and conflict resolution. We’ll use role play, experiential learning, and interactive Bible study as well as lecture and discussion to become fluent in understanding and applying this framework. (Suggested Prereading: Naked Spirituality, A New Kind of Christian).
November 14-15, 2012
Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Spiritual Formation-Becoming Christ Like-Christ in You: We will explore the biblical theme of the image of God in us, integrating insights from Scripture, church history, and the monastic tradition, exploring how the church in its liturgy preaching, and program can become a dojo, school, or studio of Christ-like feeling, thinking, virtue, integrity, and action. We’ll consider the imitation/embodiment of Christ as the heart and soul of Christian living. (Suggested Prereading: Naked Spirituality, Finding Our way Again, A New Kind of Christianity).

I’ll be back in Dallas in December:

December 7, 2012
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop-Worship Leaders and Songwriters Workshop: We will bring together gifted practitioners to assess the status of worship music, the areas where creative input is needed, and ways to develop and disseminate new worship resources. We’ll experiment with some collaborative songwriting as well, culminating in a shared worship experience. (Suggested Prereading: Finding Our Way Again, Naked Spirituality, A New Kind of Christianity, Everything Must Change).
December 9-11, 2012
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Public Worship as Spiritual Formation: We’ll look at ways that the form and content of gathered worship contributes to- and detracts from-formation for Christ-like character and mission. We’ll wrestle with fidelity to tradition and fidelity to current and future generations, devoting special attention to the problems of religious language-including the word “God.” And we’ll use action-reflection to engage in liturgical practices and seek to understand them through experience. (Suggested Prereading: Finding Our Way Again, Naked Spirituality, A New Kind of Christianity, Everything Must Change).