Audio from the 2013 Convocation & Pastors’ School: Renewing the Church is now online on iTunesU .
The Oct. 14-15 event explored the ways in which thriving Christian communities are meeting the deep needs of the world and in the process breathing new life into the church.
Featured lecturers included James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College holding the Gary and Henrietta Byker chair in applied reformed theology and worldview; Jorge Acevedo, lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site United Methodist church centered in Cape Coral, Fla.; and Laceye Warner, executive vice dean, associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies, and Royce and Jane Reynolds teaching fellow at Duke Divinity School. The event also included seminars on topics ranging from ministering to millennials to missional renewal to clergy health, as well as worship and alumni gatherings.
Convocation attendees submitted hundreds of photos depicting the ways their churches are renewing the church. These were used to adapt the watercolor painting that formed the central image for the event, “The Basin and the Towel” by Michigan artist Libby Riemersma, into the photo mosaic on the right. Explore the mosaic  to see the individual photos.
Available recordings include all lectures and the sermon delivered by Jeremy Troxler, pastor of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church in Spruce Pine, N.C., during the Monday worship service. A slideshow of images from the event is below.