Dr. Phillip Kenneson
Phil concludes his three sessions centered around Discipleship and the Holy Spirit in our lives, working from and expanding on some of the material found in his book Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community. He will take a close look at our contemporary culture to examine the ways in which it often inhibits the nurturing of such fruit, and how churches might respond to these challenges.
Dr. Kenneson is Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning, Milligan College.
Kenneson holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from Butler University (1981), a master of divinity degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary (1986) and a doctorate in theology and ethics from Duke University (1991). For 23 years, he has had the privilege of teaching Milligan’s capstone course, “Christ and Culture,” to graduating seniors.
He is the author along with James Street, of Selling Out the Church: The Dangers of Church Marketing (Abingdon Press, 1997); Beyond Sectarianism: Re-Imagining Church and World (Trinity Press, 1999); and Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community (1999), which has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. He serves on the board of The Ekklesia Project, an ecumenical network of scholars, pastors, and lay persons seeking to support discipleship in local congregations. He also serves as the director of The Ekklesia Project’s Congregational Formation Initiative, for which he has co-authored The Shape of Our Lives and The Shape of God’s Reign (Wipf and Stock, 2008).
Kenneson teaches adult Sunday school at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. He and his wife Kim are the parents of five children: Chassy, Peter, Andrew, Kathryn, and Sarah Ann.
Jim Canada, a native Kentuckian, has been in Petoskey, Michigan for five years with his wife Katie and their three daughters. Jim is the Senior Pastor of Petoskey Church of Christ, a unique and incredible community of diverse people. He also serves as a teaching pastor at The Bridge in Petoskey, a church whose primary ministry is to residents of the substance abuse treatment center and homeless shelters in Petoskey. Jim is passionate about partnering with the marginalized and forgotten members of society in making the community a better place and becoming more like Jesus.
The Michigan Christian Convention (MCC) has served churches throughout Michigan for over 60 years by providing education and edification to support local work. We invite speakers and workshop leaders to help inform and inspire churches to greater service for our Lord. Our hope is that each person in attendance will find useful knowledge and tools for their work in the kingdom of God.