Conference Overview

Spiritual Discernment AS Christian Leadership
George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
May 31 - June 3, 2009

Plenary Speakers:

Lloyd John Ogilvie – Spiritual Discernment and the Missional Empowerment of the Church
N. Graham Standish – Corporate Discernment: The Key to Becoming a Blessed Church
Paul Anderson – Dynamics of Discernment — Biblical and Practical
Ruth Haley Barton – The Spiritual Preparation of the Discerning Leader
Peter Bouteneff – Discernment through the Ages — The Consensus Fidelium Then and Now
Leith Anderson – Effective Pastoral Leadership — Discerning and Implementing the Divine Will in Unity

  • Plus Many Other Features:

  • Numerous workshops, panel discussions and poster presentations by leading authorities on discernment
  • Presentations by the Congregational Discernment Consultation (Sheryl White, Frederick Schmidt, Mark Ellingsen, Victoria Curtiss, Chuck Orwiler, Jessica Moffat-Seay, Cleophus LaRue, Pete Hartwig)
  • Personal afternoon retreat at Camp Tilikum ( optional, $10 extra; free, plus a $50 discount, for those staying for the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership Conference (

Registration, Meals, and Materials:

$349 Full registration (including nine meals, refreshments, and all materials)
$249 Early-registration discount (if registered before April 18, 2009)
$299 or $199 (Group discounts of six or more from a church, denomination, academic institution, or if staying for Strengthening Conference and registering before May 1; limit one discount per person)


College dorm rooms $45 for three nights (double occupancy); $90 for three nights (single occupancy). Hotels and other options available in the area

Transportation to Newberg from Portland's Airport:

Transportation provided by George Fox University ($25 one way, e-mail Margaret Fuller at or call 503-554-2651).

Sponsored by the George Fox University Congregational Discernment Project

  • Conference Speakers and Workshops
  • Conference Schedule
  • Conference Costs and Registration
  • Discernment Leadership Initiative Grants Program