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2018 Summit features 16 pathways focused on wholeness

All-day and half-day thematic “pathways” on 16 topics related to achieving spiritual wholeness are featured in ACU’s 112th annual Summit, set for Sept. 16-18.

In all, Summit will offer more than 60 sessions focused on the book of Ephesians, “Wholeness in a Broken World: Together Through the Power of the Spirit.”

“Pathways will consider spiritual wholeness in such diverse areas as worship, preaching, congregational leadership, marriage, racial unity, biblical studies, and discipleship,” said Summit director Dr. David Wray (’67).

  • Summit opens with worship and a joint concert by the ACU Alumni Chorus and current students (see page 63) at 6:20 p.m. Sunday at University Church of Christ, followed by a presentation by Randy Harris, ACU instructor of Bible, missions and ministry.
  • Other theme speakers are Alan Jacobs, author of How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds, and Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program and a Resident Fellow of Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion; motivational speakers Jordan Lee Dooley ( and Matt Dooley; Dr. Jerry Tayl0r, ACU associate professor of  Bible, missions and ministry; and Don McLaughlin, pulpit minister of the North Atlanta (Georgia) Church of Christ.
  • ACU’s new Carl Spain Center for Race Studies and Spiritual Action will be launched during Summit, recognizing the work of the late Dr. Carl Spain, a Bible professor whose courageous preaching in 1960 spurred full racial integration at the university
  • Best-selling author Dr. Les Parrott will present “Fight Night” at 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Abilene Convention Center. The popular “date night” event for couples features humor, fresh insight and practical strategies for turning conflict into deeper interpersonal relationships.
  • Summit’s film festival will again present a selection of feature films and documentaries to inform and inspire Christians, including All Saints; I Can Only Imagine; Paul, Apostle of Christ; Leaving My Father’s Faith and The Heart of Man.

For the third year, an ACU Summit mobile app will provide detailed, interactive information about sessions and speakers. All sessions will be recorded and available for free download from iTunes.
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