The Sentralized conference, coming up September 27-29 in Kansas City, has announced their slate of 14 main sessions and 33 workshops for this year’s event.
Some of the stand-out main sessions include Alan Hirsch on “The Shaping of Things Today,” Scot McKnight on “The King Jesus Gospel,” Michael Frost on “Jesus The Exile,” David Fitch on “Mutual Submission: Leading As A Team,” Jo Saxton on “Making Missional Disciples,” and more.
Deb Hirsch, who has an ex-gay testimony, will be doing a workshop on “Sex, Truth, and Grace” that will stake a position somewhere between the “extremes” (according to the workshop description) of “God hates fags” and “Welcoming and affirming.” I can tell you right now that for progressives, “Welcoming and Affirming” would not be considered the opposite “extreme” to “God hates fags.” (Yikes.)
I hope the misunderstanding and possible offense of that particular workshop description doesn’t keep progressives from considering attending Sentralized. It may be catering more to the middle-of-the-road, conservative evangelical crowd, but the content and speakers will still be excellent, challenging, and inspiring toward missional living.