Recap: Biblical Formation for Witness Conference

April 2019 conference brought together scholars and pastors to consider how biblical texts form congregations for witness.

How can the Bible shape a witnessing community? At this year's conference, three biblical scholars and two dynamic pastors met for interactive conversations around the Bible and diverse ministry contexts. Moderated by missional theologian Dr. Darrell Guder, our scholars - Drs. Shane Berg, Lisa Bowens and J. Ross Wagner - introduced us to “missional hermeneutics”—reading the Bible in light of God's call to bear witness to the good news. Our pastors - Drs. Timothy Sloan and Thomas Daniel - led us in imagining how scripture can form particular faith communities for witness today. Using a round table format, we dove into the missional context of specific scripture passages and brought them into conversation with our own contexts. Listen to our stimulating conversations below to rediscover how scripture can form your faith community and to be inspired for Christian witness in your own context.

Listen to the presentations from this conference:

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”