CFM Symposiums

Each year the Wheaton College Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM) Department offers a symposium for its faculty, which is open to the public for one general session.



Chris Kaczor

"The Four Levels of Happiness"

Guest Scholar: Dr. Christopher Kaczor

Thursday, Feb. 2 @ 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Blanchard 339 Lecture Hall

                                                View Feb. 2 public session



"You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit"

Guest Scholar: Dr. James K. A. Smith

Thursday, Feb. 25 @ 7:00 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium (Billy Graham Center)


Simon Chan

 "The Christian Vocation in Global Context"

 Guest Scholar: Simon Chan

 Monday, Feb. 16 @ 6:30 p.m. in Blanchard 339 Lecture Hall 


Skye Jethani  "A Vision for Common Good Christianity: How Your Calling Fits within God's Work to Redeem All Things"

 Guest Scholar: Skye Jethani

 Thursday, Feb. 21, @ 7:30 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium (Billy Graham Center)

View Feb. 21 public session


Rebecca DeYoung  "Teaching the Vices"

 Guest Scholar: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

 (PhD, Univ. of Notre Dame) Dr. DeYoung is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College and author of Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven  Deadly Sins and Their Remedies

 View February 10 public session


Evan Howard"Evangelical Spirituality: Mining the Resources of Our Own Tradition"

Guest Scholar: Evan Howard

Founder and Director of the Spirituality Shoppe

Evan B. Howard (Ph. D., Graduate Theological Union) founded and directs the Spirituality Shoppe, an evangelical center for the study of Christian spirituality.This resource center is involved in research projects, offers classes, retreats, seminars and workshops, publishes a regular newsletter, and sponsors the annual meeting of the Evangelical Scholars in Christian Spirituality. Dr. Howard is a lecturer in philosophy and religion at Mesa State College in Montrose, Colorado. Evan and his wife, Cheri, live in rural Colorado where they experiment with semi-monastic living. He is the author of many articles and books, including Praying the Scriptures: A Field Guide for Your Spiritual Journey, Affirming the Touch of God: A Psychological and Philosophical Exploration of Christian Discernment, and The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality.


Richard Osmer"Spiritual Formation as Practical Theology"

Guest Scholar: Richard Osmer

Princeton Theological Seminary

Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education
Department of Practical Theology

Richard Osmer is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education. He holds a M.Div. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Emory University. His interests include practical theology, the teaching ministry of congregations, and interdisciplinary thinking. His courses cover educational psychology and practical theology, children’s literature in Christian moral education, confirmation and catechism, and the social functions of religion, ethics, and education in theories of modernity and postmodernity. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he chairs the Committee to Write New Catechisms for the Presbyterian Church (USA). His major publications include A Teachable Spirit: Recovering the Teaching Office of the Church (Westminster John Knox Press, 1990); Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective (Geneva Press, 1996); The Teaching Ministry of Congregations (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005), and Practical Theology: An Introduction (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008).


CFM Symposia"Spiritual Formation and the Social Sciences"

Guest Scholars (left to right):

Dr. Kevin Lawson, Director, Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in Educational Studies
and Professor of Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Dr. Catherine Stonehouse, Dean of the School of Practical Theology
and Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor of Christian Discipleship at Asbury Theological Seminary

Rodney Clapp, Editorial Director, Brazos Press

Author of Peculiar People, Border Crossings, and Tortured Wonders

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