This talk was by Biola's New Testament Theology Professor, Michelle Lee-Barewall, based on her book Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian.
Michelle Lee-Barnewall Biography - Trained in New Testament studies, Dr. Lee-Barnewall's desire is to help students develop their relationship with Christ through an informed and application-oriented understanding of Scripture. She is an Associate Professor of New Testament Theology at Biola University. She is the author of several books including “Paul, the Stoics, and the Body of Christ” and "Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: Reframing the Gender Debate." Dr. Lee-Barnewall has published articles in New Testament Studies and Novum Testamentum and has presented papers at the national meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. She is the author of several books including "Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian."

Kit Danley 

Kit Danley is the founder and president of Phoenix, AZ based Neighborhood Ministries, Inc. – a comprehensive, holistic outreach that combines evangelism and church planting with many forms of community development and social justice engagement. Kit has a sociology degree from Northern Arizona University, continued her education with Fuller Theological Seminary and finished her DMIN with Bakke Graduate University. Kit and her husband Wayne have four awesome adult children and four grandchildren.


"The Way of the Peacemaker”

Talk Description: “What if” our followership of Jesus moved us to become co-creators of peace in our troubled world? “What if”, in turn, churches throughout the world produced millions of peacemakers?  What if … we took each other by the hand and said boldly, “lets go together, lets go straight into the places which are suffering and oppressed and join the work of the kingdom of God.”  Let’s imagine this morning, the way of the peacemaker. 

Waging Peace in a Hostile World: A Peacemaking Conference

Main Speaker October 18th: Lisa Jernigan 

Lisa is an advocate, speaker, and trainer for global engagement. She is Co-Founder of Amplify Peace, a global movement that promotes the principles of peacemaking through trainings and transforming encounters, both locally and globally. Focusing on leadership empowerment for women, she travels frequently to the Middle East and Africa to meet and collaborate with faith and community leaders. Lisa lives in Mesa, Arizona with her husband, Cal, who is the Lead Pastor at Central Christian AZ. Their greatest joy is their two grown children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren. Connect at:

January 14, 2020

Flourishing in Mission

Flourishing in Mission
In the Christian tradition, flourishing in mission for Jesus always and inevitably involves dark nights of the soul, seasons of spiritual desertion that challenge our sense of spiritual and emotional stability and health. What role do these seasons play in our personal and ecclesial growth, and how do we navigate them wisely and well? Join us to explore this further!

Chuck DeGroat
Chuck is a Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary  Holland MI, and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco. He is a licensed therapist, author, retreat leader, and spiritual director. Chuck has been married to Sara for 25 years and has two daughters.

Spiritual Formation in the Local Church

Spiritual formation is a growing interest among pastors, leaders, and laity and as pastors and church leaders we have an opportunity to create space to understand and learn from the spiritual formation movement. Join us for a time to consider how culture is longing for richer spiritual encounters and how to meet that desire in ways that point others to Jesus. It is our hope that this will be a time that stretches and encourages you to seek Jesus and experience Him more fully while also finding intentional ways for your church members to do the same.

Speaker: Gavin Linderman

Gavin spent 6 years in the music industry traveling, before beginning vocational ministry. Since beginning in ministry, he developed a longing for a deeper more authentic experience of Jesus; this longing unexpectedly led him into the Anabaptist stream of the Christian Church where he learned the riches of the Gospel of the Kingdom and began his theological training. Additionally, he well spent another 5 years focusing on the role of Spiritual Formation in Christian Life. In the midst of exploring life with Jesus, Gavin and his wife planted Axiom Church n Peoria AZ where he currently serves as Lead Pastor.

Communicating the Beauty of Christian Sexual Ethics

Sex is everywhere in our culture, yet an intimidating subject for many Christians to talk about. We may be convinced God's vision for sex is true but is it also good and beautiful? We'll explore some fresh language, imagery, and concepts from Scripture, to help us communicate biblical sexual ethics winsomely, narratively, and beautifully to a culture that is highly skeptical of the Christian vision.

Josh Butler

Joshua Ryan Butler is Pastor of Teaching and Direction at Redemption Church (Tempe, AZ) and author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War and The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home. Joshua enjoys helping people who wrestle with tough topics of the Christian faith, as well as reading, hiking, and playing guitar. Joshua's wife Holly, daughter Aiden, and sons James and Jacob enjoy spending time with friends over great meals and exploring the scenic beauty of the romantic Southwest.

Blessings and Curses of Social Media

As church leaders, how do we cultivate faithfulness in our congregations around the right stewardship of social media? From vitriolic tirades to yummy cookie recipes, we seem to be sharing pieces of ourselves on social media in ways that are at times true reflections of who we are, and at others, mere projections of who we desire to be. In this gathering, we have invited Dr. Stephen Carradini (assistant professor at ASU) to join us for a conversation regarding the theological significance of social media, its impact on our communal psyche, and to offer us some directions forward in the proper stewardship of this technological tool for faithful Christ-centered living.

Dr. Stephen Carradini is an assistant professor of technical communication at Arizona State University. He has a doctorate from the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. He also co-hosts a podcast called Winning Slowly ( about the ethics of technology (including social media) as seen through a Christian lens. He lives in Gilbert with his family and is a part of New Valley Church in Chandler.

In this episode, Tyler Johnson talks about leadership development as a lifelong relationship in which the mentor helps the protegee reach his/her potential.

Three things we can learn from the global/immigrant church in Arizona

Unity and Reconciliation - Jason Turner - East Valley Breakfast

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