A Different Fluency: From Christendom to Secularity

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Featuring Glenn Smith, D.A. Horton, Jeff Christopherson, and Jessie Cruickshank

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Leaning Into the Future of Church Planting

Co-sponsored by Exponential, Send Institute, and Movement Leaders Collective

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Future Characteristics of the Church
Episode 4 — A Different Fluency: From Christendom to Secularity

“The words we use say a lot about who we are, how we want to be known, and what we value,” writes Jeff Christopherson in a recent article. “The same is true for the church in North America. Who we are and what we value is demonstrated by the language we use. The world is listening – will they hear good news? Good news that they can understand?”

Read more here from Christopherson about why accessible language demonstrates we see and know our audience.

Join Jessie Cruickshank and Jeff Christopherson as they have a conversation with D.A. Horton and Glenn Smith, two renowned voices on engaging the new secularity. Let’s discover together how we might winsomely and effectively enter the world that actually exists.

This webinar series, hosted by Jeff Christopherson and Jessie Cruickshank, is designed to lean into the future and shed light on what church planting looks like in 2021 and beyond. What paradigm shifts and best practices do we need to come to grips with to advance God’s Kingdom around the corner?

Featured Guests

D.A Horton

Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Intercultural Studies program at California Baptist University

Glenn Smith

Executive Director of Christian Direction

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Featured Guests

D.A. Horton

D.A. Horton serves as an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Intercultural Studies program at California Baptist University. He is also blessed to serve as an Associate Teaching Pastor at The Grove Community Church.

He earned his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College, his Masters Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary and is working on his Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a North American Missions emphasis at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has authored eight books; G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA: Foundations of the Faith (both by Moody Publishers); Letters of the Revelation: To the One Who Conquers, To The One Who Conquers (Youth Study); Authentic Love (all through Lifeway Publishers); and Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace. He was blessed to co-author Enter The Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel Saturated Marriage with his wife Elicia (both through NavPress). On October 22, 2019 his newest book, Intensional, published through NavPress released!

He and Elicia have been married for 17 years, and they have have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola and one son, D.A. Jr. (aka Duce).

Glenn Smith

Glenn has been the Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montreal since 1983—a multi-faceted ministry committed to the spiritual transformation by Jesus Christ of all of life in the cities of the Francophone world.

He is a professor of urban theology and missiology at the Institut de théologie pour la francophonie and at the Université chrétienne du Nord d'Haïti. He is a sessional lecturer at McGill University. He also is a professor at Bakke Graduate University. He and his family have been involved in pastoral ministry with an Anabaptist Francophone congregation in Montreal, Quebec for 20 years.

He is co-author of three books: Espoir pour la ville; Dieu dans la cité, Éduquer les enfants: une vision protestante de l'éducation and L'histoire du protestantisme au Québec depuis 1960 and the editor of The Gospel and Urbanization, a 250 page reader that is into its 5th edition in French and English on urban ministry. He also wrote the book, Following Jesus: God invites us to transformative discipleship, which was published in English, French and Spanish. He edited Towards the transformation of our city/regions in the LCWE Occasional papers series. His forth-coming book is entitled City Air Makes You Free: Transforming the city through a fresh, biblical hermeneutic. He is the author of numerous articles on urban mission.

Co-Hosts

Jeff Christopherson

Jeff, a native Canadian, has served since 2009 as National Church Starting Team Leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention in Oakville, Ontario. He has worked as a church planter in various areas in Canada since 1995. He also served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, from 1989 to 1995.

Jeff earned a B.A. degree in communications at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., and his M. Div. at Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. He and wife Laura are the parents of two children and live in Oakville, Ontario.

Jessie Cruickshank

Jessie is a licensed Foursquare minister and regional denominational leader. She's a demonstrated disciple-maker and experiential education neuroscientist. She is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of Experiential Education and Educational Neuroscience and holds a Master’s from Harvard in Mind, Brain, and Education. Jessie is a published academic and has edited several books on the application of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to the field of education. She and her husband currently live in Denver, CO.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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