Streaming 2019

Performing the Word: Scripture in a New Missional Era

Streaming 2019 Sponsor: Church Innovations

For millennia, Christians have looked to the Bible as a primary source for the life of faith. This does not mean, however, that the Bible has always been interpreted or used in the same way in every generation. Given the challenges of a new missional era, how best might we think about the use of Scripture in local communities of faith today? This year’s Streaming conference explores this important question. Combining scholarship and practical resources in an environment of worship, Streaming hopes to serve Christian leaders in the pursuit of missional innovation.
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12:00 PM registration opens

2:00 Opening worship—Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

2:45 Break

3:00 Setting the theme—Mark Love

3:45 Dwelling in the Word

4:00 Break

4:15 Plenary I—Ross Wagner

5:00 Break

5:15 Working Groups

5:45 Dinner (provided)

7:00 Passages

8:30 Dismissal


8:30 Coffee, fruit, and bagels

9:00 Dwell in the Word

9:30 Plenary II—Greg Stevenson

10:15 Break

10:30 Spark talks

10:45 How Change Comes to the Church—Pat Keifert, Wes Granberg-Michaelson

11:30 Break

11:40 Table Talk

12:15 Lunch

1:30 Plenary III—Pat Keifert

2:15 Panel—Preaching after Christendom  (Don McLaughlin, Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, Shawna Gaines, Aaron Metcalf)

2:45 Break

3:00 Spark talks

3:15 Conversation with Ross Wagner (Judy Stack)

4:00 Break

4:15 Working Groups

5:00 Evening Free


8:30 Yates Cider Mill Donuts, Cider, and Coffee

9:00 Dwell in the Word

9:30 Conversation with Greg Stevenson (Keith Huey)

10:15 Break

10:30 What did we Learn? (Panel with Ross Wagner, Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, Greg Stevenson, Pat Keifert)

11:05 Break

11:15 Closing Worship (Don McLaughlin)

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Ross Wagner has taught New Testament at Duke Divinity School since 2013. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he taught for fifteen years at Princeton Theological Seminary. Specializing in Paul’s letters and his use of the Greek Old Testament, he seeks to contribute to the recovery of theological exegesis through careful investigation of the ways scriptural interpretation shaped early Jewish and Christian communities. His insights have proved valuable to the growing area of missional hermeneutics. An outstanding scholar and presenter, we are pleased to have him lead our conversation this year at Streaming.

Dr. Greg StevensonGreg Stevenson At Rochester University, we are proud to have Greg Stevenson as a professor of New Testament. Greg’s resume includes books, articles, and presentations that range in subject matter from ancient cities, to the book of Revelation, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This range indicates something of his care to interpret Scripture in light of other cultural “texts,” both ancient and contemporary. Greg’s course on the book of Revelation is a campus favorite, and we are delighted that he has agreed to share insights on how Revelation uses the Old Testament.

Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby received her B.A. in Ministry & Theology from Lipscomb University, her M.Div. from Abilene Christian University, and is currently working on her PhD at Boston University School of Theology. She is an instructor for Abilene Christian University, and teaches as an adjunct instructor for Rochester University. Amy has worked for and volunteered in a number of churches, and believes deeply in the witness of the local church. She currently lives in Boston with her husband, Nathan.

Don McLaughlin has served as the Senior Minister for the North Atlanta Church of Christ for twenty years. Don is well known beyond Atlanta for his preaching, speaking, and writing. His voice informs the conscience of Churches of Christ, particularly on matters of race and privilege. He is currently completing the Doctor of Ministry degree at Lipscomb University. More importantly for the director of Streaming, he is father of Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby and a rabid Portland Trailblazers fan. Rip City!

Wes Granberg Michaelson Few have captured the moment today’s congregations face than Wes Granberg Michaelson. His writing, in books like Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21 st Century and Leadership from Inside Out: Spirituality and Organizational Change, combines both depth of insight and practical wisdom. He served for 17 years as the General Secretary for the Reformed Church of America and is known to many for his work with Sojourners magazine for over 40 years. His latest book is a collaboration with Pat Keifert, How Change Comes to the Church. We are excited to introduce him to our Streaming audience.

Pat Keifert taught theology at Luther Seminary until his retirement this past year. Beyond his teaching at Luther, Pat has served for over twenty years as President of Church Innovations, a network of persons interested in missional innovation within congregations. A noted lecturer and author, Pat’s books include, Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism, We Are Here Now: A New Missional Era, and his latest book, How Change Comes to the Church, co-authored with Wes Granberg-Michaelson.

Shawna Songer Gaines is the lead pastor at the Travecca Community Church in Nashville, TN as well as the co-author of a book called “A Seat at the Table” which talks all about intergenerational dynamics within the church.



Judy Stack teaches New Testament for Hamline University and Augsburg College in Minnesota and online for several institutions. Her publications include “Beyond Biblical Literacy: Developing Readerly Readers in Teaching Biblical Studies” ( Dialog , 2014) and The Cascade Companion to Matthew.



Trey SimonTrey Simon is a local singer/songwriter making a name for himself in the world of music. A great guitar player with a big, smooth voice, Trey’s mission in music is to bring people together through music of love and hope.

Where to Stay if_right_arrow_476325_white

Royal Park Hotel
600 East University Drive
Rochester, MI
(248) 652-2600
(no vacancy Friday, October 4)
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