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Center for Renewal Studies

Center for Renewal Studies

The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation
Annual Conference in Renewal Theology

March 20-21, 2015

If you are interested in tuning in to any of the 4 plenary sessions, click here for the livestream

Here are the plenary session dates/times and the respective speakers (all times are in the Eastern Time Zone):

  • 1st plenary on Fri. at 1:00 p.m.: Dr. James Bryan Smith ("The Holy Spirit & Spiritual Formation")

  • 2nd plenary on Fri. at 7:00 p.m.: Dr. Liz Hall ("The Hard Road to Glory: The Role of Suffering in Personal and Relational Formation")

  • 3rd plenary on Sat. at 8:30 a.m.: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas ("To Be Made Holy: A Frightening Prospect")

  • 4th plenary on Sat. at 12:30 p.m.: Dr. Stephen Post ("The Pneumatology of Health and Healing: Intersections of Body, Mind, and Spirit")

Plenary Speakers

M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall
Professor of Psychology
Biola University Rosemead School of Psychology
Stanley Hauerwas
Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law
Duke University Divinity School
Stephen G. Post
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Bioethics
Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
Stony Brook University
President and Director of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love
James Bryan Smith
Professor of Theology
Director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation
Friends University


Conference Schedule

Click Here to view the current schedule for The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation Conference.



Overnight accommodations will be provided by the Founder's Inn, located in close proximity to the Regent campus. Special rates will be provided to conferences guests for the nights of March 19, 20, and 21, at $99 per night. Click the link or call the Founders Inn at 757.366.5700 and mention the Holy Spirit and Christian Formation Conference to make your reservations. Space will fill up quickly.



Conference registration is open. RSVP Now.

The registration rates are as follows:

Early Online Registration
(On or before
Feb 15, 11:59 p.m.)
Registration Type Rate
(2 days)
(1 day)
Regular with meals
(includes Regent Faculty)
$80 $40
Regent Student with meals $40 $20
Regent Student without meals $25 $15
Online Registration
(Feb 16 to Mar 19, 11:59 p.m.)
Registration Type Rate
(2 days)
(1 day)
Regular with meals
(includes Regent Faculty)
$90 $50
Regent Student with meals $50 $25
Regent Student without meals $30 $20
On Site Registration
(Mar 20, 21)
Registration Type Rate
(2 days)
(1 day)
Regular with meals
(includes Regent Faculty)
$100 $60
Regent Student with meals $60 $30
Regent Student without meals $35 $25

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds will be available through the early bird deadline of February 15, 2015. After that time, half refunds will be available through Friday, March 13th. If you would like to request a refund, please do so in writing to Refunds will typically be processed within 5-8 business days.


Conference Theme

The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation

A renewal of interest in Christian formation has blossomed within the church and the Christian academy. What is readily apparent is that the Christian life is integrated and holistic in nature, fostered by the Holy Spirit, yet requiring human cooperation. The Regent Center for Renewal Studies, with the co-sponsorship of Regent University's School of Divinity, School of Psychology and Counseling, and the College of Arts and Sciences, invites scholars, ministry and marketplace professionals, and the general public to dialogue on how the Spirit influences Christian formation in various life dimensions. The conference theme emphasizes the following areas:

  1. Spiritual formation: how the Holy Spirit fashions believers into the image of Jesus, the process of spiritual formation, the role of Scripture and spiritual practices in spiritual formation, and how godly love influences spiritual formation.
  2. Christian ethical formation: how the Spirit affects ethical development, the role of Christian virtues in framing godly character, and how to maintain Christian ethical integrity within a morally compromising world.
  3. Emotional formation: the role of the emotions and psychological well-being in overall Christian formation and how to gain emotional freedom from emotional wounds that stymie overall development.
  4. Relational formation: the role of the Holy Spirit in family, friendship, the body of Christ, and other relationships, as well as the shaping influence of conflict and culture on Christian formation.
  5. Intellectual formation: the processes of cognitive development, the Holy Spirit and the mind, how the mind learns, and the interactive relationship between faith and learning.
  6. Vocational formation: the discovery and identification of life calling, the purpose of spiritual gifting, how vocation connects with discipleship, and the impact of vocation on one's identity.
  7. Physical health and wellness formation: the importance of embodiment for personal stewardship, care of the body to honor God, and maximizing health to fulfill one's calling in the areas of nutrition, physical exercise, sleep, rest/renewal, and sexual purity.
  8. Any other theme broadly related to the Holy Spirit and Christian formation that addresses, among other topics, fresh perspectives on the image of God, as well as integration of any of the above formational dimensions.

Proposals should be 250 words in length in Word or RTF formats and must be accompanied by a short CV. Proposals can be submitted directly online or by email to

The paper proposal deadline ended on November 30, 2014.