Later that evening, Dr. Jackson will be a featured speaker at Grow Night, a ministry of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. There he will present Speaking of Jesus: Bearing Witness to the Christian Story in a Multi-religious World as an innovative, interactive learning opportunity for active lay leadership to be equipped to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Glenn “Jack” Jackson III is a Wesleyan scholar whose research centers on the theology and practices of mission and evangelism both in global contexts in the increasingly post Christian West.
2012 FallDr. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Topic – Who Am I? Making Christ Relevant for Today’s 18-35 Year Old
2012 Spring Professor Dana Robert of Boston School of Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C.
Topic– The Trajectory of Missional Christianity: 1910-2010
2010-2011 Dr. Elaine Heath and Rev. Jeff Kirby at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas
Topic – Good News, Gender, and Disciple Formation
2009 Dr. Laceye Warner at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo.
Topic – Witnessing Church: Christian Evangelism in Communities of Faith
2008 Dr. Bryan Stone at Garrett Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Ill.
Topic – Progressive and Evangelical in a Post-Christian Society
2007 Dr. Brian McLaren at St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo.
Topic – Meeting the Needs of the Postmodern Christian
2005 Dr. Paul Chilcote at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Topic – The Integral Nature of Worship and Evangelism: Insights from the Wesleyan Tradition
2003 Dr. Hal Knight at Garrett Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Ill.
Topic – The Promise of Holiness in a Postmodern Age
2002 Dr. James Buskirk at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
Topic – Celebrating the Great Commission in a Local Church
The Foundation for Evangelism supports the Wallace Chappell Lectures at United Methodist seminaries or related institutions to enable the selected institution to bring to its campus a national or international leader in evangelism for a series of inspirational lectures and classroom appearances. The first Wallace Chappell lecture was held at Emory University in April 2002 and was delivered by Dr. James Buskirk, retired pastor of Tulsa First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
These lectures are funded by an endowment gift from The Wallace Chappell Ministries, Inc., through The Foundation for Evangelism in honor of Wallace and Mary Frances Chappell. Wallace Chappell was an effective and distinguished pastor and evangelist serving churches in the Tennessee (1959-1981), Holston and Western North Carolina Conferences.
The ANNUAL DEADLINE for applications to host the lecture is SEPTEMBER 1.
The following are the general guidelines for these lectures:
The primary target audience for the lectures is future and current United Methodist pastors.
Ideally, the lecturer will give two or more lectures while on campus even though there may be one main lecture.
Time should be included in the schedule for the lecturer to interact with students (could be in classes or small group settings).
To submit a proposal letter for the Wallace Chappell Lecture, please include the following:
The theme of the lectures (if determined)
The name and qualifications of the proposed lecturer
An approximate date for the lecture
The target audiences for the lectures
How the lectures will be promoted
The budget for the lectures including any costs that the host institution will assume.