SPEAKERS: Slow Church Conference – April 3-5, 2014


Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Englewood Christian Church – Indianapolis
April 3-5, 2014

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A conversation curated by Chris Smith and John Pattison,
co-authors of the Slow Church book (coming June 2014, IVP / Praxis Books)



(In the order of the conference schedule.
Lecture Topics are tentative and specific titles will be announced later)


Willie Jennings
A Place of Redemption:
Putting Church on the Ground

Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. His book [easyazon-link asin=”0300171366″ locale=”us”]The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race[/easyazon-link] was named The Most Significant Theological Work of 2010 by The Englewood Review of Books (Read the ERB Review…)

If you are not familiar with Dr. Jennings’s work, we highly recommend that you watch this video overview of The Christian Imagination.


David Fitch
Ecclesiology: Why Slow CHURCH?

David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission, including cultural engagement, leadership and theology. He is author of several books, including most recently [easyazon-link asin=”1118203267″ locale=”us”]Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier[/easyazon-link] (co-written with Geoff Holsclaw).
He blogs at: ReclaimingTheMission.com



Christine Pohl
Economy: Gratitude and Hospitality

Christine Pohl is Associate Provost and Professor of Church and Society/Christian Ethics. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary since 1989. She is the author of several books including [easyazon-link asin=”0802844316″ locale=”us”]Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition[/easyazon-link]. Her latest book is [easyazon-link asin=”0802849857″ locale=”us”]Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us[/easyazon-link] (Eerdmans), which was chosen as The Englewood Review of Books 2012 Book of the Year.


Carol Johnston
Ecology: Attentiveness to God’s Reconciliation of All Things

Carol Johnston is the Associate Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Lifelong Theological Education at Christian Theological Seminary. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Johnston has worked on environmental issues for both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Episcopal Church. She is the author of [easyazon-link asin=”1608995887″ locale=”us”]The Wealth or Health of Nations: Transforming Capitalism from Within[/easyazon-link] and a booklet on the Bible and ecology called “[easyazon-link asin=”B0006QOZVI” locale=”us”]And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations: Biblical and Theological Foundations for Eco-justice[/easyazon-link].”


Phil Kenneson
Ethics: Being the Church Well

Since 1992, Phil has taught theology and philosophy at Milligan College in eastern Tennessee. Phil is on the board of The Ekklesia Project and directs their Congregational Formation Initiative. He is the author of a number of books including [easyazon-link asin=”0830822194″ locale=”us”]Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community[/easyazon-link] (IVP, 1999) and [easyazon-link asin=”159244296X” locale=”us”]Selling Out the Church: The Dangers of Church Marketing[/easyazon-link] (Co-written with James Street).


Michael J. Bowling
Conversation in the Local Church

Michael J. Bowling is a member of Englewood Christian Church, who serves in a number of official and unofficial roles, including pastor. He is a board member of the Ekklesia Project and a regular contributor to The Englewood Review of Books.


Chris and John blog at the Patheos site Slow Church.

C. Christopher (Chris) Smith

Chris is editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and a member of the Englewood Christian Church community on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Englewood is one of the churches whose experiences gave root to the concept of Slow Church. Chris’s recent work has appeared in Books and Culture, Sojourners, The Christian Century and Indiana Green Living.


John Pattison

John is the co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (Spring 2014) and Besides the Bible: 100 Books that Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (2010), both from InterVarsity Press. He is currently the Managing Editor of CONSPIRE Magazine. He’s been a regular contributor to Relevant Magazine, Neue Magazine, and the Englewood Review of Books.