Seminar to address 'The Church: What's the Point?'
September 15, 2008

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A new topic and a new format will debut as the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice presents its first seminar of the year Sept. 24-27.


Three speakers will address the topic “The Church: What’s the Point?” in plenary sessions Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and three other speakers will lead break-out sessions Saturday.Prof. Jack Wyrtzen, right, speaks with a student following a Bryan Center seminar on music.


Dr. Drew Randle, program chairman, said the new format is designed to give speakers and their audiences opportunities for better interaction in groups smaller than the general sessions. It also will allow additional perspectives on this crucial topic. Wednesday’s presentation will be during the college’s regular chapel hour at 11 a.m.


Dr. Randle said speakers will address questions such as “What is the state of the church of today? Why be involved in a local body of believers? How does the church recover a generation of dropouts from the local body?” The point, he added, is that “We must, as evangelicals, recover a sense of the vital mission and relevance of the Body of Christ.”


Speakers include:


Dr. Chip Henderson, senior pastor at Pinelake Church in Ridgeland, Miss.; Dr. W. Gary Phillips, pastor of Signal Mountain Bible Church and former professor at Bryan College; Rev. Scotty Smith, pastor for preaching, teaching and worship at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tenn.; Dr. Paul Boling, professor of Christian Thought and Philosophy and chairman of the Christian Studies division at Bryan; Rev. David Delmotte, pastor of Birchwood Baptist Church, Birchwood, Tenn.; and Dr. Doug Russell, senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Dayton, Tenn.