Streaming • October 6-8, 2022

The list begins with a two-year pandemic, school shootings, the murders of Black and Asian citizens, refugee crises due to wars and violence, severe weather episodes due to global climate change, and threats to our democratic institutions. The list continues in the myriad of ways that these events show up in our lives and in our congregations. Crisis.

While the number and severity of things we face might be different, this is not the first time that God’s people have had to carve out new ways of being and doing because of crisis. Mission often arises and receives clarity in times of trouble. The disruptions to the “ways we have always done things” might be the necessary condition for something new to be birthed. In fact, the metaphor of “midwife” might be just the right metaphor for ministry in an age of crisis. While it might feel like we are dying, it could very well be that we are in the pangs of childbirth.

We will explore these themes at this year’s Streaming, October 6-8, on Rochester University’s campus. Join us for worship, presentations, music, and conversation. There may be no more urgent conversation about ministry to have.

Make your plans to join us.


  • $125 general conference admission
  • $75  Rochester Alumni
  • $50 Live Stream
  • Free to all RU faculty and staff

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Wayne Beason is the preaching minister at Parkside Church of Christ in Dearborn Heights, MI, is a DMin candidate at Lipscomb University, and is a Rochester University alumnus (2008, 2011) and adjunct instructor in the Department of Theology and Ministry. Wayne and his wife Stephanie live in Dearborn, MI, and enjoy spending as much time outside as possible, including hiking, birding, and fishing.



Shawna Songer Gaines is the lead pastor for the Trevecca Community Church in Nashville, TN. Shawna earned the DMin from Lipscomb University, and her project thesis, Pastor as Midwife: An Exploration of Metaphorical Language for Pastoral Ministry in Laboring Congregations, helped to set the theme for our conference. She is married to Tim, and they have two school-aged children who are aspiring thespians.


Scott Hagley is an Associate Professor of missiology and holds the W. Don McLure chair of Missions and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. His publications are numerous and include the important book, Eat What is Set Before You: A Missiology of the Congregation in Context. He is married to Maribeth, and the father of two teenage daughters, Hannah and Isabelle.




Charles Kiser is a pastor and theologian with Storyline Christian Community in Dallas, Texas. He is the co-author with Elaine Heath of a forthcoming book, Trauma-Informed Evangelism: Cultivating Communities of Wounded Healers (Eerdmans, April 2023). He is also a faculty member of Neighborhood Seminary, which offers theological, spiritual, and missional formation for those forming creative expressions of Christian community in their neighborhoods.



Cheryl Russell is the lead pastor at New Heritage Fellowship Church in Fairview, Texas. Cheryl has ministry degrees from Pepperdine University, Rochester University, and she is working on her Doctorate of Ministry from Lipscomb University. Before New Heritage, Cheryl served in congregations in a variety of roles. She is married to Tim, and they have three children, Rylee, Skylar, and Kendall. Next year all three of them will be in college.

WHERE TO STAY if_right_arrow_476325_white

Royal Park Hotel
600 East University Drive
Rochester, MI
(248) 652-2600
2 miles from RU

Days Inn & Suites
1919 Star Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI
(248) 270-5438
3 miles from RU

Red Roof Inn
2580 Crooks Road
Rochester Hills, MI
(248) 853-6400
3 miles from RU

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rochester Hills
3544 Marketplace Circle
Rochester Hills, MI
(248) 923-4500
5 miles from RU

Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit – Troy/Auburn Hills
850 Tower Drive
Troy, MI
(248) 879-9139
7 miles from RU