‘Celebration of Discipline’ author Richard Foster hosts conference on George Fox University campus June 10-13

February 15th, 2018

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Registration is now open for the event, which celebrates 40th anniversary of the bestselling book’s release

NEWBERG, Ore. – Forty years ago, a Newberg, Oregon-based teacher and pastor, Richard Foster, penned a book, Celebration of Discipline, that would sell well over 2 million copies, get named “one of the top-10 religious books of the 20th century” by Christianity Today magazine, and get translated into more than 25 languages.

This summer, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Celebration’s release, Foster is returning to his Oregon roots at George Fox University to host a conference for those seeking to dive deeper into the spiritual disciplines that are the topic of his bestseller. The conference, “Celebrating 40 Years of ‘Celebration of Discipline’: Empowering Spiritual Transformation in the Local Church,” will meet on the campus of George Fox University June 10-13.

The event is especially designed for pastors and church leaders, but all interested in going deeper into their relationship with Christ are welcome.

Special features of the conference include plenary sessions with nationally-renowned leaders, workshops on the disciplines, special music, times of prayer and spiritual deepening, and personal reflection on the powerful artwork of five volumes of The Saint John’s Bible, an illuminated and hand-written edition of the Bible inspired by the Benedictine tradition on display on campus.

Plenary speakers will include Foster, the author of seven books and founder of Renovaré, a nonprofit Foster founded that specializes in helping individuals and churches grow in Christ through the practice of classic spiritual disciplines; Nathan Foster, director of community life for Renovaré and author of the books The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines and Wisdom Chaser: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet; Robin Baker, president of George Fox University; Juanita and Rudy Rasmus, co-pastors of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Houston; Chris Hall, president of Renovaré; and Mimi Dixon, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Golden, Colorado.

Registration is available online at renovare.org/40/fox. The cost is $160 (no lodging), $290 (shared room) or $320 (single room), reflecting a $40 discount for those registering before Thursday, March 1. In addition, there are 50 $100 scholarships for pastors and church staff members, and 50 $100 scholarships for George Fox students, faculty, staff and alumni for those who register by May 1.

“It’s hard to believe, but Richard Foster’s now-classic book on the spiritual disciplines is entering its fifth decade,” said event organizer Paul Anderson, professor of biblical and Quaker studies at George Fox University. “It truly is one of the most influential books in creating spiritual renewal among followers of Jesus worldwide. This is the final year that Richard will be doing public speaking, and he wanted to do a conference in Newberg, where he taught and served in pastoral ministry when his book was written and published in 1978.”

Richard Foster will begin the event Sunday night with a talk entitled “A Flaming Vision of a God-Saturated Life.” Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will feature life-giving talks, breakout sessions on spiritual disciplines and church ministries, and time for prayer, reflection and fellowship.

For more information, visit the website (renovare.org/40/fox) or contact Anderson at 503-554-2651 or panderso@georgefox.edu.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Paul Anderson
Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies
George Fox University

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