Written in Stone
Hear from 2018 Lectureship guests about what this program means to them.
The 96th annual Harding Bible Lectureship is scheduled for Sunday, September 29 through Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The theme is “FAN THE FLAME: Renewed By The Power of the Holy Spirit.” It is a study of the book of Acts, and especially of the first six chapters. In a time when many are concerned about the future of faith in America we believe it would be useful to go back to the beginning, to the dynamic Jerusalem church, to rediscover the characteristics of a Spirit-filled church.
When the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism, the Spirit came in the form of a dove (Matthew 3:16). When the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles, He came with fire (Acts 2). Why fire?
Perhaps it suggests the light of truth, as the Spirit inspired the apostles (John 16:13). It certainly reflects the dramatic story of the gospel recorded in Acts, as it spread like a wildfire outward from Jerusalem and throughout the ancient world. Most likely, however, the fire symbolizes the power that Jesus had promised would accompany the arrival of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8). It is our prayer that this study of Acts will “fan the flame” (2 Timothy 1:6) of the Holy Spirit’s power at work in us (Ephesians 3:20-21); that our souls may be refreshed, our churches renewed, and our faith in the power of the gospel reinforced.
This year we are blessed with our largest and most diverse lineup of speakers ever. My thanks to all of them for their willingness to share the fruits of their scholarship. As soon as possible we will post the complete schedule on this web page.
We also have more specialized tracks than ever before, with a complete Ladies’ program, the annual Neller Preachers’ Workshop, a Youth & Family Ministry track, a three-day Shepherding Seminar for elders, a full schedule of Missions classes, a series on Discipleship & Evangelism, and much more. New this year is a “Young Ministers’ Network” program which provides a variety of enriching and interactive experiences for ministers 39 and under and their spouses.
If you’ve never attended Harding’s Lectureship before, I invite you to join the hundreds of people in recent years who have been introduced to this feast of fellowship, uplifting worship, and enriching resources for life and ministry. As a preacher in a state far from here recently told me, “Dan, do you know why I now attend Harding’s program each year? Because after my first visit it dawned on me that at Harding’s lectureship, everyone is smiling.” In addition to every other blessing you receive by participating in this program, may you experience “joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17)!
-Dr. Dan Williams, Lectureship Director
2019 Keynote Speakers
Young Minister Network
It can be difficult to do the work of a minister at any age, but when you’re just starting out ministry can be especially challenging. The unique stresses and circumstances of this stage of life have prompted us to create a special track called the “Young Minister’s Network” (YMN) for ministers 39 & under at this fall’s Harding Bible Lectureship.
This track will feature wisdom from some veteran mentors; presentations from promising young ministers; and plenty of opportunities to network with their peers. Kevin Burr, minister for the church in Nicholasville, Kentucky and a doctoral candidate at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the host for this track. You’ll find a complete schedule below. If you are a young minister, check it out & plan to attend.
To make it possible for young couples to attend, we offer childcare for preschool and young school-aged children at Lectureship. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee. Snacks, activities and dinner are provided. Childcare is offered at the College Church of Christ, located conveniently across Race Avenue from the Heritage Inn, a short walking distance from the Lectureship venues.
Serving as a shepherd in the church can be challenging. You are relied upon to provide guidance of the church itself and sometimes matters of individual members. You may share in celebrations, disappointments, joys, or other life experiences of the congregation. A special track has been organized to help sharpen your skills at Lectureship this year. All shepherds are invited to attend these classes that have been developed especially for you.
Youth and Family Track
There is so much "noise" being aimed at our youth encouraging them to ignore their developing faith and conform to the ways of the world. They feel stressed, anxious, and even sometimes depressed. At Lectureship this year, we have organized several classes to discuss these issues. Youth and Family ministers, parents, teachers, and others interested in working with the youth are invited to attend classes developed especially for your ministry.
Women play an integral part in support of the church. Women may offer support by teaching children's Bible classes, being a mentor to younger women, visiting the sick and shut-ins, hosting wedding and baby showers, and so much more. As time passes you may lose your fire to continue in your ministry. This year a Ladies' Day program has been planned to provide encouragement, revive your strength, and reignite the fire within you to serve. The Ladies' Day program will focus on studying Pricilla, Dorcas, Lydia, and Damaris. This event is on Monday, September 30th, beginning at 9:45am.
For those with children, free childcare will be offered across the street at College Church of Christ during Lectureship. Childcare will be offered on Sunday evening 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Monday - Wednesday childcare will be offered from 8:00am until noon (snacks will be provided) and 2:00pm - 8:30pm (supper will be provided).
Bring Your Children to Lectureship
"We were so thankful for the childcare program, and our four children enjoyed their time there. We were pleased that our kids participated in Bible time, outdoor play, and indoor activities. The regular text message updates from childcare providers helped with our peace of mind, and we were pleasantly surprised that they were already equipped to accommodate our daughter's dietary restrictions. We had a very positive experience with the childcare and are planning to use their services again." -Christopher and Ashley Wiles (Central Church of Christ, Sparta, Tennessee)
We offer childcare for preschool and young school-aged children at Lectureship. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee. Snacks, activities and dinner are provided.
Childcare is offered at the College Church of Christ, located conveniently across Race Avenue from the Heritage Inn, a short walking distance from the Lectureship venues.
The hours are:
Sunday evening: 6pm - 8:30pm
Monday - Wednesday: 8am - noon, 1:30pm - 8:30pm
What People Are Saying About the 2018 Lectureship...
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It was uplifting, and fed my hungry soul with God’s message.
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It was uplifting, featuring many great speakers and and beneficial topics for edification and growth of the church body.
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It was a wonderful week of renewal, reconnecting and learning.
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I loved every moment of being back at Harding University.
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Great to experience Harding for the first time!.
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Truly blessed to be with people who love God!.
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This is where spiritual giants from around the world gather and rekindle each other.
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The new schedule was great. The morning keynote followed by the classes was a help to our old legs! The ladies day was good. I enjoyed the location change and that it was timed to match the rest of the classes that day.
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It was wonderful to sit back at the feet of professors who had taught me so much about the Word and ministry!
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The presence and power God is really apparent to me in the combining of the faith of so many of our fellowship mixed with the lectures, emphasis on the word of the Lord, the marvelous singing, the obvious enthusiasm of participants.
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Most classes seemed pretty full, which is a wonderful thing, however there was not extra seating readily available or not possible for the rooms to hold any more people.
Note from Dan: Having overflowing classrooms is a good problem, but we recognize it IS a problem. We are hard at work on next year’s schedule in order to address this challenge.
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Exhibit / Vendor Info
Reservations for Lectureship 2019 exhibit areas are now closed.
2019 Exhibitor Slide Information:
For those exhibitors who are eligible to have a slide shown during Lectureship this year, your slide is due September 12th. The slide should be in a 16:9 PowerPoint format. For any questions, please contact our office at email@example.com.
On Wednesday, October 2, we will begin accepting exhibit reservations for Lectureship 2020 (September 27 - September 30, 2020). Please complete the form linked below and submit with payment on or after October 2, 2019 to secure your exhibit reservation for next year. Payment methods accepted include a check or credit card. (Call 501-279-4449 to pay by credit card.) Exhibit areas will fill up quickly so early application is encouraged.
Exhibit fees for 2020:
$150 per exhibit table in the McInteer Rotunda and Student Center
$75 per exhibit table in the Benson Lobby.
$20 for ad in advertisement slide (Optional add on)
Exhibitor Information and Registration Form - 2020 pdf
2018 LECTURESHIP PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE. VISIT SCHOLARWORKS.HARDING.EDU/LECTURESHIP TO DOWNLOAD THOSE RECORDINGS.
CD's and books are no longer produced for our Lectureship events.
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We are working with the Brackett Library to create a more functional and user-friendly archiving platform for Lectureship program information and recordings. Visit the library site to see all of the features and information that is available. scholarworks.harding.edu/lectureship. The recordings from 2014 - 2018 are available on that site.
Several previous years are also available at
iTunesU Instructions for Use:
- Click the link above. If you already have iTunes software on your computer, click the grey "I Have iTunes" button. If you do not have iTunes, click the blue "Free Download" button.
- Once iTunes is installed, you will see a list of the recordings for Lectureship 2016. Hover your mouse over the number for the session you'd like to hear and click on the play button (a triangle inside a circle). Make sure your speakers are on and enjoy the recording.
Note: Lectureship recordings can be heard on your smartphone. Use the iTunes app and search for "Harding University Lectureship".
If you would like to hear recordings from past Lectureships, use the search bar in the top right corner of your screen to search for "Harding University Lectureship". There are several years of lectures available for free download. To see a full list of recordings for each Lectureship, click "SUBSCRIBE" on the left.
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