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Wednesday, November 3rd Greater Nashville Area
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Real Life Theology

Last year revealed to us a shift in the church and the lives of many disciples of Jesus in North America. Many are searching for answers: How do we go back to church? How can I focus on making disciples? Why can't we agree in politics? Why does everyone seem so angry? How can we discuss difficult cultural issues? We believe a focus on a theology that fuels disciples and disciple making is the key. This year our lineup will include a rapid fire mix of TED-style presentations, worship, prayer, and discussion time. We will explore the Real Life Theology that fuels disciple making. Everyone attending will receive a copy of the event's featured book; a brand new release from RENEW.org, Real Life Theology: Fuel for Effective and Faithful Disciple Making.
David Young

David Young serves as the senior minister for the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He has worked for churches in Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee, taught New Testament at several universities, and travelled widely teaching and preaching. He is the former host of the New Day Television Program, a board member for the Renew Network, and the author of several books, including A New Day (NB Press), The Rhetoric of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, (Fortress Press, co-authored with Michael Strickland), A Grand Illusion (Renew Publications), and King Jesus and the Beauty of Obedience-Based Discipleship (Zondervan). He holds the B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University, the M.A. from Harding School of Theology, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament from Vanderbilt University. David and his wife Julie have two married children.

Carol Swain

Dr. Carol Swain is a former tenured professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities, and a nationally known political commentator and public speaker. She is the author or editor of nine books, one of which (Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress) won three national awards. Another of her books, The New White Nationalism in America, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Carol’s more recent books are Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children’s Hearts and Minds and Debating Immigration (2nd ed.). She is the host of Be the People podcast and “Two Minutes to Think About It,” heard nationally on Bott Radio. In addition, she has appeared on Fox News, ABC Headline News, CNN, BBC Radio and NPR, among other outlets. Carol’s opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN Online, the Epoch Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Corey Trimble

Corey Trimble became a believer in 2002 after living a life of addiction while playing music for several years on the road with multiple punk/hardcore bands. He graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from Middle Tennessee State University and went on to teach High School and College English. Although Corey has never attended formal seminary, he became a student pastor in 2005 before leaving the church where he became a Christian to start The Experience Community in 2009. The Experience has grown from only a few people to almost 5,000. Corey is very open about his short-comings and insecurities, which makes his pastoring style very unique and refreshing.

Bobby Harrington

Bobby is the point-leader of Renew.org and Discipleship.org, both collaborative, disciple-making organizations. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has an M.A.R. and an M.Div. from Harding School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 10 books on discipleship, including Discipleshift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman), The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick) and Becoming a Disciple Maker: The Pursuit of Level 5 Disciple Making (with Greg Weins). He lives in the greater Nashville area with his wife and near his children and grandchildren.

Renée Sproles
Renée Webb Sproles is from Murfreesboro, TN, where she directed The School of Christian Thought for five years at North Boulevard Church. She is a 15-year homeschool veteran. She is also a founder and co-director of the Discipleship Tutorial in Murfreesboro, where she has taught government, economics, personal finance, health, study skills, English grammar, and writing. She is the mother of two grown children, Houston and Emma, who is married to Thomas Goodwyn. With her husband, David, Renée has co-taught parenting classes for 20 years and currently teaches a marriage and family class of 100 students each week. Renée is the author of On Gender: What the Bible Says about Men and Women (Renew, 2019).
Angel Maldonado

Angel made the commitment to follow Jesus in 2003 while attending Florida State University. Since then, he has done his best to love God and help others do the same. Angel is especially passionate about raising up the next generation of leaders to make an impact in the church and the community. He is the co-founder of the AND Campaign, a coalition seeking to improve how Christians engage politics and culture by asserting the justice and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Angel also mentors high school and college athletes as a Character Coach with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After a decade-long career as a television producer and host, you can now see Angel in commercials for companies such as Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, and Atlanta Braves. He and his wife Christina have two precious daughters and live on the southside of Atlanta.

Anthony Walker

Anthony Walker has been preaching the gospel for 20 years. He has been actively involved in the church as a song leader, youth worker, preacher, and any other role God calls him. He attended Lipscomb University in pursuit of an Art Education Degree. For 12 years, he has been the full-time minister of the Highway 231 Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN. He and his wife Jenny are the proud parents of 2 young children: a son, Remington, and a daughter, Reign.

Brett Andrews

Brett is the founding pastor of New Life Christian Church in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. Since launching in 1993 New Life has grown to be multi-site and has helped support 240 new church plants. They’ve also built a national church planting ministry Passion for Planting that has impacted countless other church plants by providing Assessment, Training, Project Management and Coaching, and by shaping Exponential into what it is today. New Life also runs the nZone, an indoor recreational facility, which allows over 400,000 Washingtonians to experience the love of God every year before they know it’s God’s love they are experiencing. Brett’s greatest blessing on earth is his wife of 29 years, Laura, and their four children. He enjoys sailing, coaching baseball, and his beagle, who will eagerly greet you by wetting the floor.

Orpheus J. Heyward

Dr. Orpheus J. Heyward is Senior Minister of the Renaissance Church of Christ. He is considered one of the most dynamic and scripturally sound gospel preachers among churches of Christ today. Having received his Masters of Arts in Theology, Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies and doctorate degree in Theological Exegesis, he is a constant student of the Bible.

Chad Ragsdale
Chad Ragsdale joined the faculty at Ozark Christian College in 2005. He teaches primarily in the areas of Christian apologetics, philosophy, and biblical interpretation. In 2020, Chad was named the new Academic Dean of the institution. Chad has been married to his wife Tara since 2001 and has three kids, Logan, Adeline, and Ryane. He has a BA in preaching and an M.Div in contemporary theology both from Lincoln Christian University. He has a D.Min in engaging mind and culture from Talbot School of Theology.
Nate Ross

Nate Ross has lead in local church ministry since his junior year of high school. Raised in a ministry home, he understands how to obey God’s calling. He graduated Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois where he also worked as a recruiter. He then worked in student ministry at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Illinois.

In 2008 he and his wife, Ruthie, moved to Northside Christian Church where, through his passion for connecting people to Christ, community, and God’s calling, Nate now serves as the Senior Pastor. He couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such an amazing staff and dynamic church.

Nate & Ruthie have been married for 13 years & have 3 children.

Rick Atchley

Rick Atchley has been the Senior Teaching Minister at The Hills Church of Christ since 1989. He leads a congregation that has expanded to three campuses in the Greater Fort Worth Texas area, and ministers to 5,000 people each weekend. Rick was not always a believer. Growing up he was taught to fear God, but not to love Him. Even worse, he was not sure God really loved him either. While attending Abilene Christian University, he began to believe in God through hearing the gospel of God’s grace preached. Rick is the author of several books, including Together Again, with coauthor Bob Russell. Rick is married to his wife, Jamie and has three grown children – Michael, Morgan and Matthew.

Marcos Mercado

After over 25 years of full-time ministry, Marcos planted a church in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware. Educated at Manhattan College and Abilene Christian University, he wears many hats, including that of Pastor, Church-Planter, and Radio Personality. You can hear him host the popular Radio One show “Marriage beyond the Vows” on WPPZ Praise 107.9 FM. Marcos, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, speaks both nationally and internationally in places like South America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Happily married to his wife Amarilis, they are the proud parents of Lillian and Matthew.

Dave Clayton

Dave is a disciple, husband, and dad to 3 young boys. Along with his wife, he planted and helps lead Ethos Church, a young, urban church in Nashville, TN that is passionate about reaching the lost, serving the poor, and releasing ordinary people to plant churches all over the world.

In addition, he is the founder and lead visionary for Onward, a global family of leaders who are committed to making disciples and planting churches across the world and Awaken Nashville, a city wide movement unifying churches in strategic initiatives of prayer and fasting in the greater Nashville area.

Sydney Clayton

Sydney is a disciple, wife, and mom to 3 young boys. Along with her husband, she planted and helps serve Ethos Church, a young, urban church in Nashville, TN that is passionate about reaching the lost, serving the poor, and releasing ordinary people to plant churches all over the world.

In addition, she is a college professor with a doctorate in Physical Therapy, and enjoys training disciple makers in a variety of contexts. Sydney is especially passionate about equipping a new generation of women to live as disciple makers.

Kerry Cox

Kerry has been doing ministry since he was 18, all the way back in 1996. In 2004 he and 30 others planted a church in Wentzville, MO. The Crossings Church has grown to be a very young, diverse, and unchurched group of disciples committed to making disciples. The Crossings has since planted three other churches and partners with a fourth church plant. He has been married to Hannah for 20+ years and they have 3 kiddos who are all actively engaged in College, High School, and Children’s ministries!

Jim Putman

Jim is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach. Real Life Ministries began as a small group in 1998 and has grown to a membership of more than eight thousand. Ninety percent of its fellowship is active in small groups. Outreach Magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top one hundred most influential churches in America.

David Roadcup

Dr. David Roadcup is Professor of Discipleship and Global Outreach Representative with TCM International Institute. He has been in ministry for over 40 years. Besides youth ministries, senior/preaching ministries and college/seminary teaching through the years, Dr. Roadcup has authored numerous articles and three books. He has spoken in 37 states and 5 foreign countries. As one of the founding members of the men’s ministry Promise Keepers, he served on their Board of Directors for 11 years. In 2001, he was on the summer P.K. Men’s Conference Speaking Team. In addition to his wide-ranging ministry to the Church, teaching classes for TCMI and formerly at Cincinnati Christian University, he is presently on the Board of Directors of Christ in Youth in Joplin, Missouri (C.I.Y.) and the Board of Directors of Christian Arabic Services (C.A.S.). He has been married to Karen for over 50 years. Dave and Karen have two daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. Dave’s great passion is discipling believers and helping Christians grow to deeper levels in their personal walk with Jesus Christ.

Michael Eagle

MICHAEL EAGLE is Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical School and previously at Mayo Clinic. He has run eighteen marathons, completed two Ironman events, and has an interest in nutrition, exercise, and fasting. Michael is an elder at Harpeth Christian Church and a graduate of TCM’s Discipleship Program.

RENEW.org Leaders Unpack the Real Life Theology that Fuels Disciple Making.
Venue

The Experience Community, Murfreesboro, TN

Nearby Lodging

DoubleTree by Hilton Murfreesboro
1850 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (2 miles)

(615) 895-5555

Best Western Chaffin Inn

168 Chaffin Pl, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (2.5 miles)

(615) 895-3818

Comfort Suites

226 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (2.5 miles)

(615) 869-0950

Sleep Inn

193 Chaffin Pl, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (2.5 miles)

(615) 396-3000

Tru by Hilton Murfreesboro

909 N Thompson Ln, Bldg. B, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (3 miles)

(615) 895-3636

Hampton Inn & Suites Murfreesboro

325 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (3.5 miles)

(615) 890-2424

Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro

1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (4 miles)

(615) 890-4464

Hilton Garden Inn Murfreesboro

1335 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (4 miles)

(615) 225-2345

Courtyard by Marriott Nashville SE/Murfreesboro

1306 Greshampark Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 (4.5 miles)

(615) 907-3105

Logistics

AGENDA (all times are Central Time):

*The day will be filled with praise and prayer with Shodankeh Johnson

8am – Registration

8:30am – Why Real Life Theology Matters with Bobby Harrington

9am – A Caution for Leaders with Jonathan Storment

9:30am – Christian Convictions with Chad Ragsdale

10am – Breakout Session 1

  • Jim Putman
  • Brett Andrews
  • Matthew Bates
  • David Roadcup and Mike Eagle
  • Strength in Weakness

11am – The Power of God’s Word with Orpheus Heyward

11:30am – Counter-Cultural Living with Carol Swain

Noon – Lunch

1pm – People are Lost without Jesus with Nate Ross

1:30pm – Breakout Session 2

  • Dave & Sydney Clayton
  • Rick Atchley
  • Robert & Kerry Cox
  • Angel Maldonado & Daniel McCoy
  • Anthony Walker

3pm – Authenticity and Scripture with Corey Trimble

3:30pm – The Power of the Holy Spirit with David Young

5:30-6:30pm A Special Prayer Time with Shodankeh Johnson

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