2019 IABCU Annual Meeting Information

 The 2019 IABCU Annual Meeting will be held June 2-4, 2019. It will be hosted by Dr. Adam Wright at Dallas Baptist University.  Registration for the conference will cover meeting attendance and meals, including a Sunday night dessert reception, Monday’s lunch, and Monday night’s banquet. Breakfast is included with your hotel registration for those staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Anatole.  

2019 Hester Lecturer, Dr. Jim Denison

Our 2019 Hester lecturer will be Dr. Jim Denison. Jim Denison, Ph.D., speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He produces a daily column which is distributed to more than 113,000 subscribers in 203 countries. He also writes for The Dallas Morning NewsThe Christian PostCommon Call, and other publications.

He serves as Resident Scholar for Ethics with Baylor Scott & White Health, where he addresses issues such as genetic medicine and reproductive science. He serves as Senior Fellow with the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, where he addresses issues related to politics and religious liberty. And he serves as Senior Fellow for Global Studies at Dallas Baptist University, where he leads the Institute for Global Engagement, chairs the Advisory Board, teaches doctoral seminars, and speaks frequently on campus.

Dr. Denison has taught philosophy of religion and apologetics for over thirty years with four seminaries. He has spoken in China, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Europe, Israel, Greece, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Turkey. He leads frequent study tours in Israel, Greece, and Europe, and served as a short-term missionary to East Malaysia.

Dr. Denison speaks widely on radical Islam, medical ethics, geopolitics, and other cultural issues. He has served on the boards of Baylor Health Care System, Dallas Baptist University, Mercer University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Howard Payne University, and the Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University.

Prior to founding the Denison Forum in 2009, Dr. Denison was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.

He is the author of eight books: The State of Our Nation: 7 Critical Issues; Radical Islam: What You Need to Know; Wrestling with God: How Can I Love a God I’m Not Sure I Can Trust?; The Bible–You Can Believe It: Biblical Authority in the Twenty-First Century; The Myth and the Manger; Life on the Brick Pile: Answers to Suffering from the Letters of Revelation; Seven Crucial Questions About the Bible; and It’s Your Mission: The Church’s Responsibility to the Least of These. For more access to these books and more resources by Jim, please see his personal site, www.JimDenison.org.

His wife, Janet, is a published author and speaker (www.janetdenison.com), and directs www.christianparenting.org. They live in Dallas and are the parents of two sons: Ryan, a doctoral student at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute; and Craig, Director of Brand Strategy and Spiritual Formation for Denison Forum

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 1 – Transportation on your own

3:00-5:00 Early Arrival Event – Tour of George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

5:30 Early Arrival Dinner

Sunday, June 2 – Transportation on your own

10:45 Worship at Park Cities Baptist Church

Lunch on your own

1:30 CGE Executive Committee Meeting

3:00-5:00 IABCU Board Meeting

5:00 Opening Reception with Bus Tours

6:00-8:00 Dinner and Plenary Session with Dr. Jim Denison –Cultural Metanarratives and Christian Higher Education

Monday, June 3 – DBU provides transportation

Breakfast at Hotel – Terrace Restaurant in the East Atrium

8:30 Buses depart for DBU – Meet at Grand Entrance

9:00 Welcome and Opening Prayer – Barbara McMillin

9:05-10:00 Worship and Devotional Talk by Dr. Brent Taylor

10:00-10:30 CGE Update with Dr. Carolyn Bishop

10:30-11:00 Presentation from Alliance Defending Freedom

11:00-11:45 Dr. O.S. Hawkins, President of Guidestone Financial Services

11:45-12:00 Email Break

12:00-1:20 BCU Scholars Lunch

1:30-2:30 Plenary Session with Dr. Jim Denison – Christian Education in a Post-Christian World

2:30-3:00 Interpreting Financial Health Indicators by Dan Campbell of CapinCrouse

3:00-3:10 Update on Baptist Scholars International Roundtable by Dr. Laine Scales

3:30-4:30 Breakout Session Track 1

  • Identifying/Transferring/Mitigating Risk by Paula Burns of InsuranceOne
  • Crisis Management Panel Discussion by Dr. Scott Hummel, Dr. Dub Oliver, and Timely.MD

4:45-5:45 Breakout Session Track 2

  • Strategic Planning for Christian Mission
  • New Presidents Mentoring Session

6:00 pm Banquet

Tuesday, June 4 – Transportation on your own

Breakfast at Hotel – Terrace Restaurant in East Atrium

9:00-10:30 Legal Update with Q&A Session

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Business Meeting

12:00 Closing Remarks