The seminars at Nexus 2017 all center on the concept of leading like Christ.


david Taylor

"Leading From the Supernatural"

David Taylor has engaged in Kingdom ministry for over 35 years. David served in professional ministry for 13 years as a college campus pastor, church planter, and ministry coordinator. He and his wife Ramona were involved with the formative years of the Vineyard Christian Fellowships where he served as the administrator of church planting with Vineyard Ministries International.

After a time, he was led to take the message of the Kingdom of God to the workplace. This path took him into the social expression industry, first with DaySpring Greeting Cards and then with Hallmark Cards.

David currently works for Nebraska Furniture Mart where he continues to bring the rule of God to the marketplace. He serves the local church and does seminars on community, healing and spiritual gifts for various church groups. David has a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and lives with his wife, Ramona, in Lenexa, Kansas.


David's seminar will focus on the passage Mark 1:15. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" (NIV).

It was an invitation into a remarkable relationship with God—the good news. And it implied God's rule was breaking  into their world and their lives. The way this became reality in the ministry of Jesus is in what He said and what He did. He would share a message and acts of the Kingdom would follow—healing, revelation, and deliverance. The Word and Works were the message.

In Leading from the Supernatural, we will look at ways to bring this into the marketplace and everyday life in a natural and practical way.   


Jacqueline c. rivers

"Evangelism and Leading Like Christ"

Jacqueline C. Rivers is currently a Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University. She is the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. She has presented at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, the American Enterprise Institute, the Vatican, the United Nations and in several other venues. Her latest publication appears in the volume Not Just Good but Beautiful. She has also published a chapter, written with Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson and published by Harvard University Press, in The Cultural Matrix. Jacqueline Rivers holds a PhD from Harvard University.


Jacqueline's seminar, "Evangelism and Leading Like Christ" will look at Christ's model of servant-leadership and the implications for those who enjoy the privileges that come with an Ivy League education, the challenges to evangelism that confront white evangelicals in an increasingly secular, progressively more diverse society, and the concept of pre-evangelism. 

This will be a truly interactive workshop, moving between brief presentations by Jacqueline, short readings from authors such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John D. Dilulio, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Francis Schaffer, and small group discussions. The goal of the workshop is for participants to craft their own answer to the question: "How can I use my educational privilege to follow Jesus in exercising leadership in evangelism.




Dave warn

"Leadership and the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit "

Dave Warn came to faith in Christ as a college student and has been in full time ministry ever since. His experience in campus ministry and church ministry, as well as earning a master’s degree from Denver Seminary, prepared him to launch Forerunners of America in 2014. He believes that God has a "now" message for this generation and the body of Christ must be prepared for what is coming to our nation. Dave is a frequent conference speaker, helping people discern the hour and respond in faith. 


At times neglected and at other times misunderstood,  the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is foundational to see churches, campuses, and communities transformed. During this seminar Dave will highlight American church history with scriptural support to help us understand and believe God for this phenomenon today. Also, this session aims to begin to answer the question, "What can you do as a leader to engage the Holy Spirit's activity in your context?" As time allows, Dave hopes to engage in a lively question and answer time. 


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Mark Tooley

"Christian Leadership in Government and Politics"

Mark Tooley is the president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) and editor of IRD's foreign policy and national security journal, ProvidencePrior to joining the IRD in 1994, Mark worked eight years for the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and is a native of Arlington, Virginia. A lifelong United Methodist, he has been active in United Methodist renewal since 1988, when he wrote a study about denominational funding of pro-Marxist groups for his local congregation. He attends a United Methodist church in Alexandria, Virginia.  Mark Tooley became president of IRD in 2009. He joined IRD in 1994 to found its United Methodist committee (UMAction). 
He is the author of Taking Back the Methodist Church, published in 2008; Methodism and Politics in the 20th Century published in 2012; and The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War, published in 2015. His articles about the political witness of America's churches have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The American Spectator, First Things, Patheos, World, Christianity Today, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, Washington Examiner, Human Events, The Washington Times, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, Touchstone, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. 


This talk will focus on the search for a Christian political theology rooted in ecumenical Christian  thought. What does Christian tradition teach about God's purpose for government? Too often contemporary Christians across the political spectrum advocate ostensibly Christian politics by pasting Scripture verses onto favored ideological assumptions. Too often there is not a deep knowledge or appreciation for what the universal church has taught across the centuries about the state's vocation within wider society. Too often, especially in Protestant and evangelical though, there is not a hierarchy of social teachings, so that a wide smorgasbord of issues becomes simultaneously and implausibly imperative. Particular denominational traditions also offer important counsel in political theology  that too often are forgotten in an increasingly post-denominational America. Catholic social teaching is instructive. But Anglicans, Lutherans, Calvinists and Methodists also offer centuries' old exemplars of political theology that have mightily contributed towards lawful democracy and social uplift. What can we learn from these traditions? Christians are always called to apply their teachings to contemporary circumstances and cultures. But Christians in their political decision-making need not operate in solitude and have a wide cloud of witnesses across culture and time to offer godly counsel. 

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Sherif Girgis

"Understanding and Honoring Marriage in a Hookup Culture"

Sherif Girgis is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Princeton and a graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Princeton in 2008, with a senior thesis on sex ethics awarded the prize for best thesis in philosophy, he went on to earn a Master’s degree in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Sherif has written on social issues in academic and popular venues, including Public Discourse, National Review, Commonweal, the New York Times, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Wall Street Journal. He is coauthor of the book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, on which he has spoken at more than 70 lectures, conferences, and debates. With Ryan Anderson and John Corvino, he is coauthor of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.


Most people think it blindingly obvious—too obvious to need defense—that sex is about pleasure, affections, and nothing more; that anything consensual goes, and that marriage and family are whatever we say they are. They think it superstitious at best—and harmful and bigoted at worst—to accept the Biblical vision of marriage as a man and a woman's lifelong covenant, or to think that sex belongs  only within that covenant.

But this Biblical vision is no arbitrary bundle of rules, but a body of truths. It isn't a matter of ancient prejudice or personal taste, but universal. It doesn't crush our identities or desires, but frees us to flourish. Far from stifling love, it shows us how to love more deeply, rather than using others; how to shape each of our loves to match the truth about lover and beloved, and about the kind of intimacy that will serve each bond. It is good news. Bringing that good news to a culture confused about sex and family—to men and women thirsting for intimacy and wounded by hook-ups and porn—requires drawing on the law written on the human heart. We will discuss some of the natural moral reasons supporting the Biblical vision of sexuality and marriage.  



chris hunt

"Leadership, Failure, and Humility"

Chris Hunt currently serves as an Associate Marketing Manager at The Clorox Company. Chris joined Clorox in July 2016 after completing his MBA at Cornell University. Prior to grad school, Chris served for five years in the United States Coast Guard. During his time on active duty, Chris was a first responder to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January 2010. Additionally, Chris planned and executed complex daily maritime law enforcement operations in the Port of New York/New Jersey and also served aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter TAHOMA. An avid athlete, Chris was an All American track athlete at the United States Coast Guard Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Government in 2008. Chris is married to his lovely wife Heather, and lives with his three children in the Bay Area. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys day trips with Heather and the kids, playing rugby, and gathering with his brothers and sisters in Christ at Grace Bible Church in Pleasant Hill, CA. 


Do you ever look at the successful people around you, the folks who seem to have it all together, ad wish you could be more like them? Do you envy their professional, athletic, or academic least to some extent? No matter what your definition of success looks like, there's a chance that you might be holding onto that definition a little too tightly. You may not realize it, but over time that definition of success starts to become more like an image of unacknowledged, very subtle idol in your life. It starts out innocently—you're just working hard to achieve a legitimate end: a 4.0 GPA or a prestigious summer internship. But what happens when you can't get the 4.0? What happens when that premier consulting firm says no thank you...along with even the less prestigious firms? Are you crushed? Are you totally devastated? Or can you honestly say that it is well with my soul? These are issues that Chris Hunt wrestled with on his own professional journey. Hear how God patiently and lovingly worked in his life to bring him to a place where he can confidently say "it is well with my soul."