NAPCE 2011 Annual Conference

October 20-22, 2011

Courtyard by Marriott, Seattle/Downtown/Lake Union
Seattle, Washington
Hosted by Seattle Pacific University
Mark Maddix - Conference VP

The Role of Scripture in Christian Formation & Education

Eugene Peterson and Rick Yount

Christian educators recognize the importance of Scripture as foundational for Christian faith and practice. Although Christian educators continue to voice assertions regarding the authority of the Bible, in recent years the appropriation and use of the Bible within the church has tended to decrease in importance when one considers the church's formative practices of worship, Christian education, and discipleship, thereby relegating the Bible's role merely to the realm of Christian doctrine.

Scripture was written to function with the context of the church in terms of formation and transformation, rather than merely in terms of information. One of the Christian educator's primary tasks is to understand and develop how Scripture, within the context of the church, forms and transforms persons and communities into faithful disciples. Dr. Eugene Peterson, an internationally known author and speaker on spiritual formation will explore how persons are formed and shaped in Christlikeness, and Dr. Rick Yount, a professor and author in the field of Christian education will focus on the role of Spiritual formation in the discipline of Christian Education.

The 2011 NAPCE conference will explore the role of Scripture in formation and education. We invite research papers and professional workshops that focus on the formative and transformative aspects of Scripture within the context of the church.

The following are examples of possible paper or professional workshop presentations:

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Conference Registration

Conference Speakers

Eugene Peterson was Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia until retiring in 2006. He now lives in Montana and is author of numerous books, including: The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language The Contemplative Pastor (Eerdmans 1993); Eat This Book (Eerdmans 2009); The Jesus Way (Eerdmans 2007);

Rick Yount currently serves as Professor and Department Chair of Foundations of Christian Education, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has taught since 1981. He has served two churches as minister with the deaf, and six churches as minister of education. Since 1996, he has traveled each year to republics of the former Soviet Union to share his passion for teaching with national pastors, educators, and missionaries. He is the author of Created to Learn . He is a long-time member of the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) association, and was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Christian Educator award.

Join us for great conversations with new friends and enjoy catching up with long time colleagues. We will be in Seattle this year so make plans early to reconnect!

Introducing Our NAPCE Research Mall!

New this year will be a Research Mall where you will have the opportunity to casually interact with people and their projects in a mall type setting. We are looking forward to this more informal opportunity to converse around interesting ideas. Please let Mark Maddix or Jonathan Kim know if you are interested in the Research Mall opportunity ([email protected] or [email protected]).

Call for Papers

Please consider sharing your research projects or special studies at this year’s conference.
We invite proposals that address the conference theme and its strands, but also other topics of general interest to NAPCE members. The research can be empirical in nature or fit more of a historical/theological model. A high quality of research workmanship is expected.

Questions may be directed to:

Jonathan Kim, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of CE, Talbot School of Theology,
Biola University,
13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA
Phone: [562] 903-4818 ext. 5519.
Email: [email protected];
[email protected].

Submit your proposals via email no later than June 15th, 2011.
Proposals should be 200 words or less and include the author's name, email address, and place of employment or college/seminary/university.
Notification of acceptance will be emailed to authors by August 15th