"rethinking christian growth"

APRIL 6-7, 2018

We’ve heard the most wonderful news, news of redemption and rescue and love for those who have bottomed out and failed miserably. We are rebels, rescued and liberated by God’s amazing grace in Christ.


Yet we are surrounded by misleading messages and confusion. Particularly in areas of growth and discipleship. Law and gospel get mixed together, sowing discouragement and pushing us toward dead ends.


This two-day conference will re-examine the concept of Christian growth. What is it? How does it happen, according to the Word of God? We’ll be theological, but theology isn’t done in an ivory tower but in this real world where sinners and failures live. Come be encouraged by the truth of real life grace.


Cost: $20, includes lunch and continental breakfast.

Register now to give us best estimate on attendance, or you can register when you arrive. Limited scholarships available.


Friday, April 6

6:30-7:15 PM                      Registration

7:15-8:45 PM                      Session I

                                             Your Place in God’s Story

                                             Foundations of Christian Growth

                                             Jeff Pierce

Saturday, April 7

8:15-8:45 AM                     Continental Breakfast

8:45-10:00 AM                   Session II

                                             Tumors, System Failures, and Grace

                                             Growth in a body of death

                                             Dax Swanson

10:15-11:30  AM                Session III

                                             Sinner and Saints

                                             Growth in a Law/Gospel Framework

                                             Ryan Couch

11:30-12:15 PM                 Lunch (provided)

12:15- 1:30 PM                  Session IV

                                            Living in the Church

                                            Growth in Community

                                            Jim McNeely

1:45-2:30 PM                     Q & A

                                             Jeff, Jim, Ryan, Dax

 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  (2 Peter 3:18)

Brief Bios:

Jim McNeely: Father of 4 boys, husband of Betty, author of Romance of Grace and Grace in Community, Jim is a pastor, musician, poet, magician, and sinning ragamuffin. He currently shepherds at Bread and Wine Fellowship in Bellingham, WA.

Jeff Pierce: Jeff and his wife Jill have three daughters. He is currently completing a doctorate at Westminster Theological Seminary, and is a certified biblical counselor. He pastors at Summit Lake Community Church just outside Olympia, WA.

Ryan Couch: Sinner and saint, husband and dad, Ryan has over 15 years’ experience as a pastor and church planter. He has two master’s degrees, runs a produce business, and loves to help real life people see real life gospel. He currently hails from Bend, OR.

Dax Swanson: Dax and his wife Dani have two daughters. Trained as a physician, Dax is amazed that he gets to live life proclaiming Christ. He has pastored Grace Church Bellingham since its inception in 2009.