Discipleship Wholeness in a Broken World

We live fragmented lives today. We are torn in many different directions and our faith and commitment to Christ are frequently separated from the rest of our lives. Yet, a disciple is one who is fully devoted to Christ, in spite of living in a fragmented and broken world. One who is growing up in every way into the fullness and wholeness of God. This track explores ways in which we can grow into spiritual maturity as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Wholly and Holy Living

Dr. Phil McKinney

What is a disciple? What is discipleship? These are words that are often confused today. However, the Holy Spirit enlightens the eyes of our hearts (Ephesians 1:15-23) to what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ. A disciple is one who is holy and wholly devoted to Jesus. This session will examine holy and wholly living as disciples of Jesus in a broken world. Text: Ephesians 1:15-23

Phil McKinney II is the Discipleship Minister at the Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, VA. Phil has over 25 years of ministry experience in Arkansas, Virginia, and through mission work in over 11 countries. Phil also teaches as an adjunct professor for Abilene Christian University, Harding University, Harding School of Theology, and Toccoa Falls College. He holds degrees from Harding University (B.A.), Harding School of Theology (M.A.), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., Discipleship and Family Ministry). He has published articles in the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership and the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and recently authored a chapter in the book Practical Family Ministry from Randall House. He is passionate about God and His Word and deeply desires to help others fall in love with Christ. Phil has been married to his wife Angie for 22 years and they have three beautiful daughters, Kaylee, Taylor, and Rylie.

Wholeness in Community

Dr. Shannon McAlister

This session will examine the interpretation of Ephesians 4:1-16 in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, who taught Christian theology at the University of Paris in the thirteenth century. It will use Aquinas’s interpretation of Ephesians 4:1-16 and current literature on women’s experiences to explore the possibilities for an understanding of “wholeness in community” that takes both of these perspectives into account. Text: Ephesians 4:1-16

Shannon McAlister is an Assistant Professor of Spirituality at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from The Catholic University of America, and currently serves as a Coordinator of the Emerging Scholars Group of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. Her research focuses on the history of feminine-gendered language for God within the works of the prominent theologians in the history of Western Christianity.

Wholeness of Self

Dr. Ben Pickett

At the heart of discipleship is a recognition of the personal relationship that exists between us and God. The nurturing of this relationship is central to our growth as disciples of Jesus. This session will introduce classic and contemporary ways of understanding spiritual growth and examine how these themes, informed by Scripture, help us see ourselves, our relationship to God, and the responsibilities that necessarily emerge for Christians through this. Text: Ephesians 4:17-5:2

Ben Pickett serves as the Discipleship Minister for the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, TX. Ben has over 15 years of fulltime ministry experience with churches in Texas and teaches part-time in the Graduate School of Theology and Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry at Abilene Christian University. He holds DMin and MAR degrees from ACU, and a BS degree from Texas A&M University. His ministry interests include spiritual formation, spirituality, and congregational leadership. Ben and his wife Kerry have been married 26 years and have two sons, Brady, and Eli.

Wholeness through Prayer

Dr. Jackie Halstead

It is our tendency to compartmentalize the various aspects of our lives. Our work is relegated to the hours between 8 and 5. Our families get us after 5 and on the weekends. Our spiritual selves are left to Sunday or when we are with those of our faith community. This is not who God made us to be. The Jewish people brought all these aspects together. Thus, each part was infused through every other arena – one’s work was viewed as spiritual life and spiritual life was viewed as one’s work, etc. It is through prayer that we become integrated. This session will look at the process of integration through prayer as well as explore the way into which God’s has invited us. Text: Ephesians 3:14-21; 6:10-20

Jackie Halstead, Ph.D., LMFT, is the CEO of Selah Center for Spiritual Formation located in Nashville, Tennessee. Jackie served on the faculty and was a department chair at Abilene Christian University for twelve years andthen served with the Institute for Christian Spirituality and on the Bible faculty at Lipscomb University for four years. She is now back with ACU as a faculty in their on-line Marriage and Family Therapy program. Dr. Halstead has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past thirty years—specializing in ministers and their families. She at present is serving on the national board, AAMFT. Dr. Halstead speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and relationships at the national and international levels. Jackie hasbeen married to Randy for 36 years and has two daughters, Eryn (married to Stephen) and Ashley.