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Prodigal Christianity Workshop Scheduled

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David FitchOn Tuesday, October 22, Bethany will host Dr. David Fitch during his speaking tour on “Leadership for a Prodigal Christianity." Held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Nicarry Chapel, this workshop will focus on mission in a post-Christendom context, including ways that Anabaptist thought and practice are poised for our time.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available. See the flyer for details.

Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. 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, and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings, and conferences.

Fitch has authored numerous articles in periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Other Journal, and Missiology as well as various academic journals. His books include The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from American Business, Para-Church Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism and Other Modern Maladies; The End of Evangelicalism?; Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission; and most recently Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier with coauthor Geoff Holsclaw.

Sue Ross
Master of Arts '08

SueAbout eight years ago, everywhere I turned, I felt a nudge and heard a voice to study and learn about God. I would hear it in discussions with friends, in sermons, in song, in prayers, and in silence. I wanted to ignore that voice because I had a full-time job in the business world that I enjoyed. However, God's voice never stopped, so I enrolled at Bethany Theological Seminary. It all started as a very personal reason with no expectation of using a degree but simply a way to experience God.