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“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:6-7

SPIRIT & TRUTH CONFERENCE
MARCH 12-14, 2020 ■ dayton, ohio

The Spirit & Truth Conference is an annual gathering for believers from around the country to get equipped, be encouraged, and experience the powerful presence of the Lord together. It’s a chance to learn from respected leaders about ways to spark a new movement of back-to-the-basics, power-infused, multiplying Christianity! This year’s theme is “Fan the Flame.” Through Spirit-filled teaching, powerful worship and intentional times of prayer, we will seek to fan the flame of the Holy Spirit at work in us. Together we call out for a holy fire, that we might be fully alive in Jesus Christ, more bold and loving in our witness, and more serious about our calling to holy living. Spirit & Truth is grateful to again partner with United Theological Seminary to host this conference.

Want to see a glimpse of what the Spirit & Truth Conference was like last year? Click here for some snapshots and testimonies from conference attendees.



Speakers

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Madeline Carrasco Henners

Rev. Dr. Madeline Carrasco Henners serves as the Director of Contextual Ministries at United Theological Seminary. Madeline recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree with United Theological Seminary, in the Randy Clark Scholars cohort focused on gifts and ministry of the Spirit. As part of her doctoral project, Madeline published a 30-Day devotional challenge, “Ascending the Mountain,” designed to help participants grow in their intimacy with God and ability to hear God’s voice. Previously, she pastored for 12 years in the Southwest Texas/Rio Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Madeline has been involved in the Wesleyan Covenant Association since its inception, and serves on the Executive Committee of the WCA Board as secretary. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC.

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ANDREW FORREST

Rev. Andrew Forrest is a husband, father, and pastor living in Dallas, TX. Raised in West Africa and Virginia, he has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and a graduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As a 3rd generation Methodist minister, Andrew has been the pastor of Munger Place Church since it was planted in 2010 by nearby Highland Park United Methodist Church. For decades the historic Munger Place building housed a struggling congregation, but the new congregation, as a second campus of Highland Park UMC, has experienced remarkable growth and blessing: Munger has an average Sunday worship attendance of over 1,000 people per week, with 48% of the Munger church membership having had no previous church affiliation. Interested in the intersection of faith and culture, Andrew blogs at www.andrewforrest.org.

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Davies Musigo

Rev. Davies Musigo is the pastor of Huruma Tent of Prayer, a United Methodist congregation located in Nairobi, Kenya. Pastor Davies works tirelessly to shepherd a growing congregation situated in the heart of the third largest slum neighborhood in all of Africa. Under his leadership his church launched the New Hope Education Center which helps to provide Christ-centered schooling for many children who otherwise may not receive an education. Davies is a gifted preacher, a true man of prayer, and has had tremendous success in raising up young leaders within his congregation. Rev. Musigo also serves as the assistant to the District Superintendent within the Nairobi District.

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scott Kisker

Dr. Scott Kisker serves as the Professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary. He specializes in Wesley studies and has a passion for evangelism. Dr. Kisker is the author of a number of books, most recently co-authoring a book with Dr. Kevin Watson on recovering Band Meetings in contemporary Methodism. Dr. Kisker is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

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David Watson

Dr. David Watson currently serves as the Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs for United Theological Seminary. He is also the Associate Professor of New Testament for United. Dr. Watson is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and is the author of a number of books and many published articles. Most recently in 2017 he released “Scripture and the Life of God” (Seedbed).

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Maggie Ulmer

Maggie Ulmer is one-third of the Plain Truth: A Holy Spirited Podcast team. She has spent her life following the leadings of Jesus Christ which resulted in a degree in Classical French Cuisine from PA Culinary Institute, a subsequent career in pastry and baking, the co-founding of a professional theatre company called The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, VA, and work in the field of arts administration; as well as no less than 6 moves with her itinerant-Methodist-Pastor husband. When they’re not taking a break from it, Maggie loves home schooling her two remaining school age sons, studying Philosophy and Religion, and speaking the heart of Jesus to anyone who will listen.

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Dr. Luther Oconer is the associate professor of United Methodist Studies and director of the Evangelical United Brethren Heritage Center at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where has taught in the past seven years. He teaches in the areas of United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity. His research areas include the Wesleyan Revival, the Holiness Movement, Pentecostalism and mission history. He is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church in the Philippines, and has been deeply involved in church renewal for more than twenty years.

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Marion Hayes

Dr. Marion Hayes came to faith at a young age in a small Baptist church in Germany. After crying out for more from God, she had a life-changing Holy Spirit encounter as a teenager. Marion lives in New York City and is a Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management where she focuses on the firm’s environmental, social and governance management. She also serves as a worship leader and teaching pastor at The 166, a Vineyard church plant in Manhattan. Marion earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from United Theological Seminary.

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Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds is the President and Founder of Spirit & Truth. As a United Methodist pastor Matt served for 13 years in various local church roles including as lead pastor of a large growing church in northwest Ohio. Matt has spent the past three years helping train and equip churches and Christians around the United States to share the Gospel and make disciples in practical ways. He is passionate about seeing the Church actually engage in the Great Commission, not just talk about it.

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Tony Miltenberger

Rev. Tony Miltenberger is the Lead Pastor at Restoration Church in Centerville, Ohio. Restoration has experienced a revival by working to create a disciple-making culture that focuses on being a church without walls. He is a husband, father, coach, 16 year Army Reserve Veteran and sports fanatic. In 2014 he and his mentor Charles Causey wrote the book Unbreakable (Abingdon Press) to help articulate what they had learned in helping marriages throughout their military careers. A self-professed relationship junkie, he engages conversation through the Reclamation Podcast and his blog that can be found at www.twmilt.com.

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Scott Hobbs

Scott Hobbs is the Director of Outreach & Operations for Spirit & Truth. Scott was the Owner and President of a successful trucking company for nearly 25 years when God called him to full time ministry. Before working with Spirit & Truth, Scott served as Co-Chairman of reviveOHIO, an organization that trains believers to share the gospel in their communities. Scott enjoys empowering believers to go out, share the simple gospel, and make disciples. He also serves as an elder and teacher in his own local congregation.

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Tesia Mallory

Tesia Mallory is the Director of Worship at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and is a Provisional Deacon in The United Methodist Church. She is passionate about the work of the Holy Spirit through worship and the sacraments. Her favorite experiences include being a catalyst for worship renewal through consulting with/coaching churches in greater southwest Ohio, and various churches nationwide. She holds a Bachelor of Music Ministry from Taylor University Ft. Wayne, a Master of Divinity from United, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Sacramental Theology at United.

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Worship leaders:
christen & Michael Ball

Based in Nashville, TN, Christen Ball and her husband, Michael, are worship leaders devoted to ushering in God’s presence through music while inspiring creativity in worship and songwriting. Over the past few years, they have led worship in churches, conferences, retreats, and special events throughout the U.S., as well as internationally; traveling in India, Haiti and Israel. Their acoustic worship EP, “Songs of Deliverance,” is available on all digital platforms. However, the most important facet of worship for Christen and Michael is not the art of worship, but the heart of worship. They long to see everyone they come in contact with, on or off the stage, to know how much Jesus loves them.

 

Schedule

Thursday, March 12

5:00-7:00pm Check-in and Registration
7:00-9:00pm Session 1 - Madeline Carrasco Henners

FRIDAY, March 13

9:00-10:15am Session 2 - Andrew Forrest
10:15-11:45am Session 3 - Davies Musigo
11:45-1:30pm Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00pm Session 4 - Scott Kisker, David Watson, and Maggie Ulmer
3:15-5:15pm Breakout Sessions:
Option #1 - Multiplying Everyday Missionaries in Your Church with Scott Hobbs
Option #2 - Creating a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church with Tony Miltenberger
Option #3 - Making Room for the Holy Spirit in Every Style of Worship with Tesia Mallory
5:15-7:00pm Dinner on your own
7:00-9:00pm Session 5 - Marion Hayes

Saturday, march 14

9:00-10:15am Session 6 - Luther Oconer
10:15-11:00am Session 7 - Matt Reynolds
11:00-11:30am Closing worship

 

location

Stillwater United Methodist Church
6911 Frederick Pike
Dayton, OH 45414

 

Located less than 10 minutes from the Dayton International Airport and very near the interchange of I-75 and I-70, Stillwater UMC on Frederick Pike is extremely accessible from all directions. If you need additional help with travel details, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

cost, Meals and Lodging

Conference Rates:

$69 - Super Early Bird Rate (register before Nov. 1, 2019)
$49 - Student Rate (high school, college or seminary student)
$99 - Regular Rate
[Group Discount: $10 off each registration with groups of 5 or more (student rate not included)]
[CEUs: 1 CEU credit available from United Theological Seminary for a $20 add-on at registration]

Meals:

While there will be some refreshments and snacks available on breaks, meals during the conference will be handled on your own. Lots of restaurant options exist within a very short drive of the host church. A list of various local eating options will be provided at check-in.

Lodging:

For those traveling from out of town there are lots of close hotel options. Almost anything on the north side of Dayton would put you in short driving distance. The address for the host church, Stillwater UMC, is 6911 Frederick Pike, Dayton, OH 45414.

 
 

A Snapshot into the 2019 Spirit & Truth Conference…

 

Here’s What 2019 Participants were saying after the conference:

“If you feel a sense of dissatisfaction or complacency in your walk with the Lord or your life in your church, come and experience Spirit & Truth and let the Holy Spirit set your heart on fire!”


“God is doing amazing things in the world. We need to either submit to being a part of God's plan or get out of the way! This conference demonstrates what can happen when we allow God to be God, who is continually shaping and reshaping His children and His church!”


“It was truly an inspiring time!”


“Wonderful experience from theological scholars to simple disciples seeking the path God has set before each of us... there was opportunity in every moment for truth to be revealed. From opening prayer through each speaker and amazing worship, the forum continually allowed freedom for God to have his way!”


“Through messages shared by powerful leaders, corporate as well as individual prayer time, God confirmed His plans and His will. So many people were moved by God's presence. The reverence for the Holy Spirit was refreshing and so needed in our churches right now.”


“The impact of Spirit & Truth allowing His Holy Spirit room to move was personally powerful. I heard it time and time again - get out of the way and allow God to do His work. Spirit & Truth is walking the talk.”


“The Holy Spirit met each one of us right where we personally need to be filled! My heart was warmed!”


“On the Sunday after the Conference back at home church (as pastor) I felt a renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm within which I attribute to the Holy Spirit and the S&T Conference still resonating.”


“It was an unapologetic proclamation of what ultimately draws all people to the cross: the very power of God.”


“It was a time of depth, growth, and God’s Presence through prayer and worship.”


“The depth of God’s Presence was tangibly evident from the opening in prayers together to our closing session. The Spirit of God, the corporate worship (great, humble worship team), and the Word shared in this gathering were all so unpretentious, yet so authentically powerful. I was challenged, completely re-filled within, and encouraged in seeing the hunger for God in our midst... to reawaken His Bride. It was “non-manufactured.” Very well done all around!”


“God is starting a spiritual revival in Methodism. How exciting to be here as the spirit and fire begin to grow and spread among the people called Methodists!!”


“The Spirit and Truth conference gave me new hope for the future of the church and I knew over and over this is where the Holy Spirit wanted me to receive His Word, repent, and surrender.”