Speaking

I grew up in the evangelical church of N America, in Canada, Northeast United States, and the Midwest. Seen all its strengths, weathered all its problems. Left it all in disgust for a good while. But came back to my roots to work for renewal, reinvigoration and transformation for the days that lie ahead.

Over the past seventeen years, I have come to terms with my heritage – evangelicalism, the current evangelical malaise, mission, and being the Body of Christ in the new N. American cultural context. Through a many-faceted journey, God has blessed me with new conviction, an excitement for the future and a willingness to participate in whatever way He sees fit. I am encouraged especially by the missional churches springing up and the leadership that is taking place among the “younger evangelicals.”

This journey (I referred to above) included a.) doing a Ph.D at Northwestern University, b.) teaching in a large city church, c.) leading a small intentional community in the city of Chicago, and planting a missional church, Life on the Vine Christian Community in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Several years ago now, I helped start Up\Rooted, a collaborative gathering for Chicago area church leadership engaging the post-modern context. More recently I’ve been involved in organizing the Missional Learning Commons in the Midwest. We gather once a year to encourage each other, hear stories, and share how to do church as “everyday life.” I coach missional community formation for several churches in the Christian and Missionary Alliance USA. Currently, I serve as the B.R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL. where I teach culture, theology and ethics. I head up the D.Min and M.A. in Missional Church Ministry at Northern.

I occasionally serve the furthering of Christ’s Kingdom by speaking/presenting on the challenges of being Christ’s Body in the new contexts of post Christendom, postmodernity and North American consumerist culture. I seek to encourage the church to faithfulness, encourage pastors to more faithfulness, develop and encourage missional church planters, and help denominations/churches navigate the new terrains of N. American post-Christendom culture(s). From time to time, I spend weekends with churches exploring how to be God’s Mission in their locales, leading churches, pastors, and church boards through the process of understanding context and Mission.

If you’re interested, you can e-mail me (fitchest [at] gmail [dot] com). Blessings all. Thanks for reading,

David Fitch

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Current Speaking/Teaching Engagements 2014

Feb 15,16 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alexandria VA

Feb 25-27 Ecclesia Network National Gathering Chevy Chase MD

March 24-25  Minister’s Council of American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis, Indiana, and Kentucky. Indianapolis IN

Apr 4-5 Slow Church Conference. Englewood Church Indianapolis.

Apr 28-30   Prairie Pastor’s Conference American Baptist 2014 Omaha NE

May 5-9  Ambrose University College/Seminary Calgary AB.

May 27-29 CRC MinistersAssociation Chicago

June 12-14  CBOQ Assembly (Canadian Baptists Ontario Quebec) Toronto ON

Aug 4-8 Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA.

Sept. 18-20.  Anabaptist Conference. Pennsylvania.

Oct 24,25 American Baptist Churches of Maine Houghton ME

Nov 15  Anglican Church – Diocese of Niagara – Hamilton Ontario

Current Speaking/Teaching Engagements 2015

January 12-14. North Central Dist. C&MA Pastors Institute Big Sandy Camp

February 9-13 Fuller Theological Seminary

Feb 20-21, 2015    Global Impact Weekend, Metro District C&MA New Jersey

April 26-28 American Baptist Pastors of Michigan Clergy Retreat – Lansing MI

July 27-31 Regent College Vancouver Summer Programs

Cross Section Sampling of Past Speaking Engagements

*Plenary Speaker

David Fitch
Betty R. Lindner Professor of Theology
Northern Seminary
DMin in Missional Leadership
Prodigal Christianity
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