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MAY 14, 2012

Bruce Hindmarsh, Darrell Johnson, and Susan Phillips
Hosted by Ross Hastings

“If then you are wise you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal … a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing and thus communicates without loss to itself its superabundant water … it resembles the fountain that runs to form a stream or spreads to form a pool only when its own waters are brimming over … ” (Bernard of Clairvaux, Cant. xviii. 3, 4)

For so many pastors in our media-saturated and frenetic culture, “running on empty” seems like the inescapable norm. The demands to produce fresh sermons week after week, to equip and to lead in visionary ways, to counsel wisely, and endless other responsibilities reduce us to a spotty spirituality and to sporadic fullness at best. Poured out constantly, we struggle to be renewed—to maintain a spiritual reserve from which to minister. Yet we follow and serve the Source of all fullness, the magnanimous triune God, who desires to quench our spiritual thirst so that from us may flow rivers of living water.

Paul´s letter to the Colossians, more than any other, speaks to this source of fullness in Christ. And so from this text and out of his experience, Darrell Johnson will help us find fresh ways of staying alive in the life of the Christ; Bruce Hindmarsh will draw out themes on fullness in Christ from Colossians, and supply evidence of these themes in the down-to-earth lives of three great pastors from church history; and Susan Phillips will introduce us to some simple spiritual practices to help us renew and maintain fullness in Christ in the midst of our busy lives.

We invite you to the Regent College Pastors´ Conference 2012 to be refreshed and to gain new or renewed awareness of rhythms and practices that can maintain spiritual, emotional, and bodily health for the pastor, especially when practised in the way of the gospel and grace, in union with Christ, and by contemplation of Christ.

Ross Hastings

Associate Professor, Pastoral Theology at Regent College

BSc (Hons) (Witwatersrand, South Africa), PhD (Queen’s, Kingston), MCS (Regent College), PhD (St. Andrew’s, Scotland)

Ross Hastings teaches in the areas of the theology and spirituality of mission, pastoral theology, and ethics. He has served as a pastor in Kingston, Ontario; Burnaby, British Columbia; and Montreal, Quebec. For eleven years, he was the senior pastor of Peace Portal Alliance Church in White Rock, BC. He has earned two PhDs, one in organo-metallic chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, and the other in theology at St. Andrew’s University in his native Scotland. His theological dissertation is a comparative study of the Trinitarian theology of Jonathan Edwards and Karl Barth and is in the publication process. Dr. Hastings lost his first wife Sharon to cancer in 2008; he has two adult children. He was recently married to Tammy Carrillo and together they now have five children. He enjoys sport—especially rugby, cricket, soccer, and squash—as well as music of varied genres.

Session 1: "The Source: Fullness is in Christ Alone"

Bruce Hindmarsh

James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College
BRE (Briercrest Bible College), MCS (Regent College), DPhil (Oxford)

Bruce Hindmarsh is the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He took his DPhil degree at Oxford University in 1993. From 1995 to 1997, he was also a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford. He has since published and spoken widely to international audiences on the history of early British evangelicalism. His articles have appeared in respected academic journals such as Church History and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and he is the author of two major books of his own: John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition and The Evangelical Conversion Narrative

Dr. Hindmarsh has received numerous teaching awards, research grants, and fellowships. In recent years, he has been a Mayers Research Fellow at the Huntington Library and a holder of the Henry Luce III Theological Fellowship, and he is presently engaged in a research project on early evangelical spirituality. Dr. Hindmarsh is the incoming President of the American Society of Church History. The appointment, which began on January 1, 2012 and finishes on December 31, 2014, includes one year as President-Elect and another year as Past-President. An active lay member of the Anglican Church, Dr. Hindmarsh is married to Carolyn, and they have three children: Bethany, Matthew, and Sam. He enjoys running on the trails and beaches of Vancouver.

How to Minister out of “Fullness in Christ”: Examples from the Tradition

So many today in pastoral ministry are running on empty. These three sessions will look at themes from the book of Colossians on fullness in Christ and bring these down to earth by seeing them in the lives of three great pastors from church history.

Session 2: "Christ’s Fullness in Affliction: Gregory the Great (Col. 1:24)"
Session 5: "Christ’s Fullness in Glory: Richard Baxter (Col. 3:1)"
Session 8: "Christ’s Fullness in All Things: George Herbert (Col. 3:17)"

Darrell Johnson

Senior Minister, First Baptist Church, Vancouver
BA (University of California, San Diego), MDiv (Fuller)

Darrell Johnson has been preaching the gospel since 1970, serving as Senior Pastor of a number of Presbyterian churches in California, and of Union Church of Manila during the so-called “People Power Revolution.” In the fall of 2000, he accepted an appointment to the faculty of Regent College, where he taught preaching, worship, pastoral theology, and biblical spirituality. In September 2009, he left Regent College to serve as Senior Minister at the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Vancouver. Darrell Johnson has authored a number of books, including Experiencing the Trinity (now translated into French and Korean), Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World (on the Lord’s Prayer), Discipleship on the Edge (on the book of Revelation), It Is Finished (on the meaing of the death of Jesus), The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World, and Who is Jesus? Darrell Johnson and his wife Sharon have been married 39 years, and have raised four children adopted from four different countries of the world. They have five beautiful grandchildren.

Three Pastor-to-Pastor Conversations

Darrell Johnson will lead us in a frank and hopefully liberating conversation about essential disciplines that enable pastors to “stay full,” so that they can serve out of the fullness that the apostle Paul describes in his letter to the Colossians. For forty-one years now, Darrell Johnson has lived a very demanding life. Out of his experience, he will help us think and feel our way to fresh ways to do the kinds of things that help us stay alive in the life of the Trinity.

Sessions 4, 7, 10: "A Pastor-to-Pastor Conversation"

Susan Phillips

Executive Director and Professor of Sociology and Christianity,
New College Berkeley
BA (Willamette University), PhD (California, Berkeley)

Susan S. Phillips has served as Executive Director at New College Berkeley since 1994, and prior to that was the Academic Dean. Dr. Phillips is keenly interested in how we live our faith in daily life, drawing insight from the diverse fields of the social sciences, biblical spirituality, and practical theology. She is a trained spiritual director and sees individuals for spiritual direction, teaches and writes in the field, serves as supervisor for spiritual directors, and consults for Christian organizations. Dr. Phillips enjoys teaching and speaking in many settings. In addition to being a regular contributor to summer classes at Regent College, she teaches at the Graduate Theological Union, Fuller Theological Seminary (Northern California), and San Francisco Theological Seminary (the program in the Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction). Her most recent book is Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction. With her husband Steve, she worships at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and has served there as an elder. Dr. Phillips and her husband have two sons, Andrew and Peter.

Spiritual Practices for Being and Staying Full

Drawing water from a well requires a tool, a receptacle for acquiring and holding the life-giving liquid. These three sessions will introduce some simple spiritual exercises for receiving and sustaining fullness—tools for holding onto Christ. Susan Phillips will provide instruction and the opportunity for guided practice and response to each spiritual exercise.

Session 3: "Praying with Scripture"
Session 6: "Prayer of Examen"
Session 9: "Centering Prayer and Response"

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

8:00 am Coffee/Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Morning Worship
  Morning Lesson
Ross Hastings: "The Source: Fullness is in Christ Alone"
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Examples from the Tradition
Bruce Hindmarsh: "Christ’s Fullness in Affliction: Gregory the Great (Col. 1:24)"
12:15 pm Catered Lunch
1:30 pm Spiritual Practices for Being and Staying Full
Susan Phillips: "Praying with Scripture"
2:45 pmWorship Response & Benediction
3:00 pm Afternoon Break

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

8:30 am Coffee/Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Morning Worship
Vania Levans
  Morning Lesson
Darrell Johnson: "A Pastor-to-Pastor Conversation"
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Examples from the Tradition
Bruce Hindmarsh: "Christ’s Fullness in Glory: Richard Baxter (Col. 3:1)"
12:15 pm Catered Lunch
1:30 pm Spiritual Practices for Being and Staying Full
Susan Phillips: "Prayer of Examen"
2:45 pm
Worship Response & Benediction
3:00 pm Afternoon Break
7:00 pm Soaking Prayer Service

Thursday, May 3, 2012

8:30 am Coffee/Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Morning Worship
  Morning Lesson
Darrell Johnson: "A Pastor-to-Pastor Conversation"
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Examples from the Tradition
Bruce Hindmarsh: "Christ’s Fullness in All Things: George Herbert (Col. 3:17)"
12:15pm Catered Lunch
1:30 pm Spiritual Practices for Being and Staying Full
Susan Phillips: "Centering Prayer and Response"
2:45 pmWorship Response & Benediction
3:00 pm Afternoon Break

Friday, May 4, 2012

8:30 am Coffee/Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Morning Worship
  Morning Lesson
Darrell Johnson: "A Pastor-to-Pastor Conversation"
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Panel Discussion/Q&A
Closing Reflection and Communion Service
Ross Hastings & Vania Levans
12:30 pm Catered Lunch
2:00 pm Depart for home

Registration for this conference closed April 25, 2012


Individual $360
Senior (60 years and above) $290
Alumnus/Alumna $290
Full-time Student $270
Spouse $290

All rates are per person, in Canadian dollars, and include all applicable taxes, refreshments, and lunch. (HST #107881039)

Requests for cancellations or refunds (minus a $25 processing fee per registration) must be received before Friday, April 20, 2012. Registration closes on April 25, 2012.


Regent College has very limited parking for Saturdays and evenings only. Parking is available a short walk from Regent at the University of British Columbia (costs from $4.25-12 per day). For updated information and further details on parking at UBC and UBC shuttle schedule visit the UBC Parking website.

For directions to Regent College, maps, and modes of transportation, visit Getting Here.

Public transportation

Public transportation is available from many parts of Vancouver. For bus routes and scheduling, phone 604.953.3333 or visit the Translink website.

Self-arranged Accommodations

As there are hundreds of hotels, bed and breakfasts and other types of accommodation in the Vancouver area this is by no means an exhaustive list. But these particular options are close to Regent College, and some offer discounts to Regent students.

UBC Conferences and Accommodation

(5-minute walk from Regent College to Walter Gage Residence).

Over 3,000 rooms are available from May through August. These include fully equipped suites, single or shared apartments, and dormitory or hostel-style rooms. Or choose to stay in The West Coast Suites, their deluxe year-round accommodation. Prices range from $33/night (Paficic Spirit Hostel) to $199/night at peak season (West Coast Suites).

Phone: 604.822.1000
E-mail: [email protected]


(7-minute walk from Regent)

TRIUMF House is a 34-room boutique Vancouver Guest House located 3 blocks south of Regent that houses visiting scientists, professors, students and visitors to UBC. Accommodation types include 1-bedroom suite with private patio and kitchenette, single room with kitchenette, Deluxe Queen Room and Standard Queen Room or Twin room. Prices range from $110-175/night. Rooms come equipped with high speed Internet access, flat screen cable TV, local phone access and toiletries. All guests have access to lounge with fireplace and piano, dining room, fully-equipped commercial kitchen for guest use, 24-hour fitness room, computer room, laundry facilities, underground parking and outdoor patio. Prices range from $110/night to $175/night.

Phone: 604.222.1062 or 604.222.7633
Email: [email protected]

St. Andrew's Hall

(15-minute walk from Regent)

This is a residence for full-time students on the campus of UBC. During the summer months (May 1 to August 26 only; they process summer applications and requests from mid-February onwards) their empty rooms and apartments are open as a temporary housing option. Prices start at $55/night.

Phone: 604.822.9720
E-mail: [email protected]

Carey Centre

(15-minute walk from Regent)

Carey Centre is a ministry of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. They provide fully furnished guestrooms starting from $71/night. All units come with a private bathroom. Housekeeping service provides linens, towels, and toiletries. Amenities include free local calls and high-speed internet access, as well as a flat screen tv in some units. Check-in is 3 pm, seven days a week. Parking is $5 per day. Guests are welcome to enjoy meals in their cafeteria for an additional fee.

Phone: 604.224.4308
E-mail: [email protected]

St. John's College

(20-minute walk from Regent)

St. John's College, a UBC residence for graduate students, offers quiet and comfortable guest rooms to academic visitors to UBC. Rooms are furnished with a twin, double, or queen bed, private washroom, and basic furnishings. Some rooms are equipped with a telephone, television, coffee maker, bar fridge, and data port. Dining with College residents in their spacious Dining Hall is an integral part of the life of the College, and participation in the meal plan is mandatory for all guests. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday. Prices start at $71/night.

Phone: 604.822.6522
E-mail: [email protected]

Point Grey Guest House

(5-minute drive from Regent)

Established in 1990, the Point Grey Guest House is a 1920s character home with cozy, well furnished accommodation including a desk, free internet both wired and wireless, or the use of a guest computer station. An organic, healthy, and hearty breakfast is included. The Guest House is fully licensed and inspected by the City of Vancouver, and a member of the BC Innkeeper's Guild and Tourism BC.

Phone: 604.222.4104
E-mail: [email protected]

Beautiful Bed & Breakfast

(20-minute drive from Regent)

This B&B has a view of Vancouver's North Shore mountain peaks, Vancouver Island, and Mount Baker; a lovely backyard with a miniature Japanese pond garden and waterfall; and a friendly helpful host who will assist you with your travel plans while in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Tell them you're coming for a Regent course!

Phone: 604.327.1102
Email: [email protected]

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