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Scot McKnight Public Lecture

Scot McKnight


According to popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight, ministering must begin first and foremost with spiritual formation, which plays a vital role in the life and ministry of the pastor. Leaders both create and nurture culture in a church. The biblical vision for that culture is Christoformity, or Christlikeness.

Grounding ministry in the pastoral praxis of the apostle Paul, McKnight shows that nurturing Christoformity was at the heart of the Pauline mission. The pastor's central calling, then, is to mediate Christ in everything. McKnight explores seven dimensions that illustrate this concept--friendship, siblings, generosity, storytelling, witness, subverting the world, and wisdom--as he calls us to be conformed to Christ and to nurture a culture of Christoformity in our churches.

McKnight’s new book, Pastor Paul - Nurturing a Culture of Christoformity in the Church, releases September 2019.

McKnight is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, and author who has written 75+ books on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and Christian living. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL. His works include: Blue Parakeet, The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, A Community Called Atonement, The Fellowship of Differents, Open to the Spirit, and One Life.

11:45-1:00 p.m. (click here to register for the luncheon).

1:30-3:00 p.m., Judd Theater

7:00 p.m., Baugh Auditorium (register for Scot McKnight lecture).


Once you arrive to campus, take the main entrance on Memorial Rd. Then, turn into the parking lot on the right. Baugh Auditorium is located in the Garvey Center (building 11), the first building on the right.