Serious Times Church & Culture Conference
Many conferences offer insights into church leadership, church growth, and the practice of ministry. The 2006 Serious Times Church and Culture conference is uniquely designed to bring the latest and best analysis of our culture, coupled with strategies and insights from seasoned cultural engagers that will help the church become a change-agent; a true “maker” of culture. It is designed to serve churches willing to both think and act on the cutting edge of the world’s great need.
Gain the latest insights into today’s culture, and how to transform it. Featuring Charles Colson, Andy Crouch, Crystal Downing, Brian Godawa, Kelly Monroe, James Sire, and James Emery White. Special musical guests: Michael Card and Jill Phillips.
This conference is being co-sponsored by Intervarsity Press, Serious Times, and Mecklenburg Community Church.
March 23-35, 2006
The site for the Serious Times Church and Culture conference is the main campus of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There will be no breakout sessions
Charles Colson, formerly special counsel to President Nixon, is founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship and the Wilberforce Forum. Winner of the 1993 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, he is a syndicated columnist, international speaker, author of 23 books, chairs the counsel for Biotechnology Policy, and was recently named by Time magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelical leaders of our day. Colson’s Breakpoint daily radio commentaries are heard by more than one million listeners.
Andy Crouch (M.Div., Boston School of Theology) is editorial director for the Christian Vision Project, a columnist at Christianity Today, a member of the editorial board of Books and Culture, and a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. From 1998 to 2003, Andy was editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. He is a coauthor of The Church in Emerging Culture, a contributor to The Worship Team Handbook, and author of the forthcoming work Culture Makers.
Crystal Downing (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is associate professor of English and film studies at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Her discussions of postmodern discourse appear in journals such as Postmodern Culture, Religion and the Arts, Books and Culture, Literature/Film Quarterly, and College Literature. She is the author of Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers and the forthcoming work How Postmodernism Served My Faith.
Brian Godawa is an award-winning screenwriter. He has also taught and written on film and philosophy, screenwriting, and the art of watching movies. His screenplays have won multiple awards in such competitions as the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Heart of Film, Fade-In, Worldfest, Writer’s Network, Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, Columbus Discovery Award and Reader’s Digest Screenplay Competition. He is the author of Hollywood Worldviews.
Kelly Monroe Kullberg is the founder and director of project development of The Veritas Forum, now on over fifty campuses, which she first organized at Harvard in 1992. She edited and co-authored the bestselling of Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Christian Thinkers and taught senior electives at Harvard College in film and C.S. Lewis while serving as a chaplain to the Harvard Graduate School Christian Fellowship from 1988-1997. Her forthcoming book, to be published by InterVarsity Press, is Finding God Beyond Harvard.
James W. Sire (Ph.D., University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling The Universe Next Door, now in its third edition, and the forthcoming Praying through the Psalms.
James Emery White is founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church and adjunct professor of theology, culture and apologetics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Founder of Serious Times (www.serioustimes.com), his many books include Rethinking the Church, A Search for the Spiritual, Embracing the Mysterious God, Serious Times and his most recent, The Prayer God Longs For.