Local Resource Committee

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Lloyd John Ogilvie (www.drlloydjohnogilvie.com/) served as 61st chaplain of the United States Senate (1995-2001) and as senior pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church in California. He has authored 52 books, including The Bush is Still Burning (The â??I-Amâ?� Sayings of Jesus, 1980); Acts of the Holy Spirit (1999); Quiet Moments with God (2000); Intimate Prayer (formerly Conversation with God, 2006); and daily devotional, Godâ??s Best for My Life (1981). His nationally syndicated television and radio broadcast, â??Let God Love You,â?� received several media awards, and he was selected by Baylor University as one of â??Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World.â?� Lloyd Ogilvie leads â??Preaching with Passionâ?� seminars, and the Fuller Theological Seminary has recently established a Lloyd John Ogilvie Preaching Institute and the Lloyd John Ogilvie Chair of Preaching as part of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts.

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N. Graham Standish (www.ngrahamstandish.org) is pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pa., a church that has garnered national attention in several studies researching churches across the country that are leading Christians to renewal through an emphasis on spirituality and spiritual practices. Grahamâ??s most recent books include Humble Leadership: Being Radically Open to Godâ??s Guidance and Grace (2007); Becoming a Blessed Church: Forming a Church of Spiritual Purpose, Presence, and Power (2004); and Discovering the Narrow Path: A Guide to Spiritual Balance (2002); and he has written numerous articles in spirituality, spiritual direction, and spirituality in congregations. Graham Standish is an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry program and Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program, focusing in the areas of spirituality and congregational leadership.

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Paul Anderson serves as director of the Congregational Discernment Project and as professor of biblical and Quaker studies at George Fox University. Author of more than 160 published articles and essays, his books include The Christology of the Fourth Gospel: Its Unity and Disunity in the Light of John 6 (1996); The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus: Modern Foundations Reconsidered (2006); John, Jesus, and History: Vol. 1, Critical Appraisals of Critical Views (2007, co-editor), and Truthâ??s Bright Embrace (1996, co-editor). He serves as co-chair of the John, Jesus, and History Group (SBL), has served as editor of the Evangelical Friend, and currently edits Quaker Religious Thought. Paulâ??s response to the Vatican, â??On Petrine Ministry and Christocracy: A Response to Ut Unum Sint,â?� was published in One in Christ in January 2005 (www.georgefox.edu/discernment/petrine.pdf).

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Ruth Haley Barton is cofounder and president of The Transforming Center (www.thetransformingcenter.org), a ministry dedicated to caring for the souls of pastors, ministry leaders, and the congregations they serve. A teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Ruth is the author of several books including Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry (2008); Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation (2006); Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing Godâ??s Transforming Presence (2004); and The Truths that Free Us: A Womanâ??s Call to Spiritual Transformation (2002). Ruth Haley Barton will be leading a Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership conference at George Fox University directly following the Spiritual Discernment AS Christian Leadership Conference (June 3-5, 2009), and all registering for both conferences will receive a $50 discount and a complementary afternoon spiritual retreat at Camp Tilikum (www.georgefox.edu/offices/tilikum/).

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Peter Bouteneff (http://old.svots.edu/Faculty/Peter-Bouteneff/) is assistant professor of dogmatic theology at St. Vladimirâ??s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Having completed his doctoral studies at Oxford under the mentorship of Kallistos Ware, he has served as an interpreter of Orthodox Christianity within his tradition and ecumenically. Author of numerous articles and seven books, including Daily Readings in Orthodox Spirituality (1997) and Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives (2008), his book, Sweeter than Honey: Orthodox Thinking on Dogma and Truth (2006), casts valuable light on the Orthodox approach to corporate discernment. Under his service as Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission, the WCC â??voted not to vote,â?� adopting a consensus model of decision making at their general meetings (see www.georgefox.edu/discernment/QRTGrace.pdf).

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Leith Anderson has pastored Wooddale Church in Minnesota since 1977, a congregation of 5,000 with strong emphasis on evangelism, missions, spiritual growth and church planting. Author of many books and articles, some of his most notable books include: Leadership that Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch Leaders in Todayâ??s Complex World (2001); Jesus: An Intimate Portrait of the Man, his Land, and his People (2006); Dying for Change (1998); A Church for the 21st Century (1992); and How to Act Like a Christian (2006). His radio show, Faith Matters, has been airing since 1999, and it is downloadable from his church website (www.faithminute.fm/). In addition to pastoring, writing, and teaching he is the President of the National Association of Evangelicals headquartered in Washington, DC.