Pathways to Wholeness
In the past, Summit has offered various independent classes providing different lessons and experiences for attendees. This year, the Summit team has focused classes into “Pathways” of interest. Each Pathway spotlights an area in which the Christian community is invited to seek wholeness in our broken world. The Pathways on Monday and Tuesday will include four to five individual classes addressing specific aspects of each subject area, culminating with a panel discussion and Q&A session between the presenters and audience. Wednesday morning will consist of several mini-Pathways.
Our Prayer is that with Pathways, you should have a wealth of knowledge, scriptural and spiritual education available in one event on the beautiful campus of Abilene Christian University.
I. Ethical Wholeness – Monday, September 17
This year is not the first year that we and others have experienced a broken world and abuse. Stretching back more than a century, racial stereotypes and discrimination based on faulty theories of mankind, science, and society have dramatically affected life for many. This Pathway examines how Social Darwinism has resulted in disrupted relationships with persons of other races, religions, and nationalities, both here in the United States and in international relations. Come see a new documentary and consider how we can become whole again based on Ephesians.
II. Biblical Wholeness – Monday, September 17
The world is broken, but it has been for some time. Over the centuries Christians have responded to this brokenness in a variety of ways: reinterpreting, redirecting, re-envisioning, and reproducing the Word. Perhaps we might learn from the past both how to address and perhaps to heal this brokenness.
III. Small Church Wholeness – Monday, September 17
There are far more small churches (250 or less members, often far less members) than there are large churches. However, the success stories and strategy books rarely highlight what would actually benefit those who worship in these churches. “Small churches” are in the big cities, the urban inner centers, the rural towns, the mission locations, and in every other nook and cranny of the brotherhood. The speakers in this Small Church Wholeness Pathway will address a variety of different areas that are of dedicated interest to those who love and labor alongside those in small churches.
IV. Marriage Wholeness – Monday, September 17
While larger society is downplaying and even rejecting the institution of marriage, there is a need for churches and Christian communities to use their collective voice to speak to the value of marriage and offer resources to strengthen marriage. This Pathway will offer helpful marital resources and guide participants to consider how the sacredness of marriage can be revived.
V. Worship Wholeness – Monday, September 17
When you hear the word “worship,” what comes to your mind? Probably many things — this class will seek conversation around a variety of things facing the Church’s worship culture today. How did we get to where we are now? How do you work with creative teams (and do you even need one)? “I’m new to worship ministry — how do I do this practically?” What could worship in churches of Christ look like in the future? We fully claim to have more questions than answers at times — but come and be a part of the discussion!
VI. Technology Wholeness – Monday, September 17
In this series of presentations, church leaders and other disciplinary experts will explore practices for maintaining and supporting meaningful connection to other people in four contexts of our lives: our individual self, our family, our church, and our schools. By assessing the impact of digital technologies on community, and exploring possible ways forward for meaningful connection, each session will offer valuable and practical descriptions of wholesome Christian relationship to technology.
VII. Business Wholeness – Tuesday, September 18
The Pathway Guides for Business Wholeness are Dodd Roberts and M.C. Jennings in collaboration with the Halburt Center for Missions and Global Service and the Lytle Center for Faith and Leadership Development. This Pathway will offer classes relevant for community and business leaders to develop Christian service and leadership to the glory of God and the benefit of society.
Please check back soon for more information about this exciting Pathway.
VIII. Congregational Wholeness – Tuesday, September 18
Congregational ministry presents a unique leadership challenge. We are broken men and women attempting to lead our churches towards wholeness in a fractured world. A key way forward in this leadership dilemma is admitting and embracing the brokenness we all carry. This Pathway will speak into this paradoxical predicament by providing hopeful and helpful ways to guide congregational leaders as they seek to guide churches towards wholeness.
IX. Discipleship Wholeness – Tuesday, September 18
We live fragmented lives today. We are torn in many different directions and our faith and commitment to Christ are frequently segmented off into its own section, separated from the rest of our lives. Yet, a disciple is one who is fully devoted to Christ, in spite of living in a fragmented and broken world. One who is growing up in every way into the fullness and wholeness of God. This track explores ways in which we can grow into spiritual maturity as disciples of Jesus Christ.
X. Preaching Wholeness – Tuesday, September 18
God – Father, Son, and Spirit – seeks to bring his people into a place of unity and wholeness. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians lays out in a wonderful way how God’s eternal plan brings us into life to the praise of his glory. This preaching Pathway gives us the opportunity to see how preaching Ephesians might offer those who listen and respond a clear path to wholeness in Christ.
Please check back soon for more information about this exciting Pathway!
XI. Racial Wholeness – Tuesday, September 18
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XII. Discovering the Enneagram – Wednesday, September 19
The Enneagram identifies nine ways of seeing and experiencing the world and describes with amazing accuracy how we think, feel, and act. It is a fantastic tool for all kinds of relationships because it not only helps us understand ourselves but gives us compassion for other people in our lives. It also identifies our core struggles and sins that keep us trapped and helps us get out of our own way so we can grow into the person God created us to be.
XIII. Still Wrestling, Faith Renewed Through Brokenness – Wednesday, September 19
When the preacher’s wife and son are murdered, what then? Where was God? How does one recover from grief and loss when faith is shattered and doubt reigns supreme? Life happens to us all. When good turns to bad, the journey from bad back to good can seem impossible. In his recent candid book, Pastor Les Ferguson shares his true story of when he struggled to believe not that God existed but that he cared. The questions of faith and doubt shared in Still Wrestling show Les’s journey through tragedy to a deep, renewed faith.
XIV. Mercy and Justice Wholeness – Wednesday, September 19
Scripture makes provision for immigrants because they are the individuals who were most likely to be treated unjustly. From the beginning of Israel as a nation, there was recognition of their pain of oppression. There were laws established to protect the asylum seeker (the sojourner) and the immigrant. Justice demands justice for all—not just for a select few. We cannot say, “We shall love this person this way, and that person another way.”