Fifth Annual Society of Vineyard Scholars Conference
"Being the Church in the Time Between the Times"
April 3-5, 2014
Columbus, OH, USA
Conference Program Details
The 2014 SVS conference, "Being The Church in the Time Between the Times," will run from 10AM Thursday, April 3rd to 1PM Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Hosted by Jared Boyd and a team of Vineyard folks from the Columbus area, the conference will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Thus far, we are pleased to confirm that Craig Keener and Jack Levison will be among our featured participants. Craig Keener will be speaking to us about some aspects of his recent magisterial masterpiece on miracles in the Christian tradition entitled Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. Jack Levison will be responding to a book panel on his new and acclaimed book, Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith. We will announce other featured participants as they are confirmed.
Panel sessions throughout Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature presentations of and responses to papers written by SVS participants, focusing on aspects of the conference’s larger theme. This intellectual interaction forms the heart of what we do at SVS, richly advancing our mission to foster and establish a diverse and dynamic community of theological discourse in the Vineyard movement.
Every day, we will make significant time for prayer, worship, and prophetic ministry. We highly value the essential relationship between the worship and the life of the mind, and we will bear that value out in our time together. David Ruis will lead us in song and other liturgical expressions designed specifically for this event.
Finally, we will allow plenty of time at this conference for people to hang out and form relationships. Beyond a constant flow of coffee and snacks, there will be a wine and cheese reception, lunchtime breakouts for people with particular shared interests, and so on. Also, for the third year in a row, we are sponsoring a breakfast for women at SVS. This breakfast is designed to be an occasion of particular encouragement and support for the women scholars and church leaders who gather in the context of SVS. Across the board, our goal is to develop and nurture a community of theological discourse in the Vineyard, and we are committed to allowing the time and space that it takes to do so.
Conference Hotel Rates
SVS has acquired some very good conference rates on hotel rooms at the Hilton Columbus Downtown at 401 N. High Street, walking distance from the conference site. These double rooms are available at a rate of $159/night. (Note: though this rate is a little higher than last year, you will not need to rent a car. Central Vineyard will provide shuttle service to the airport, and you can walk from the hotel to the conference center!)
These rates are available from April 2nd through April 5th. They can be booked by calling the hotel at (614) 384-8600 and reserving under the group name "Society of Vineyard Scholars." These rooms must be booked by March 3rd, 2014 to guarantee the discounted rate. Be smart -- book today.
If you are interested in room sharing at the conference, please send an email ASAP to [email protected] with "Room Sharing" in the subject line, and any other details that you need to add. We will compile a contact list of all who want to room share to facilitate easy pairing up. We will not be able to faciliate any requests for room sharing after April 1st.
Getting To The Conference
The conference is being held in downtown Columbus. Central Vineyard will be providing shuttle bus service from the airport, so there should be no need for anyone to rent a car. We will publish a schedule of shuttle services as the conference gets closer.
Conference registration will open in January 2014. Watch this space!
After you have registered for the conference and renewed your SVS membership, you may apply for a partial scholarship to help you attend the SVS conference. Funds are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to those who are presenting papers at the conference.
To apply, please 1) ensure that your SVS membership is current, 2) register for the SVS conference, and 3) email an estimated budget for your trip to [email protected] by February 1st. You will be notified about the status of your scholarship application in early March.
What Are SVS Conferences Like?
To get more of a feel for what we have done in the past, click here to download the 2012 Conference Program.
You might also want to check out our videos on Vimeo.
Contact the SVS
Thank you for your interest in the Society of Vineyard Scholars. If you have any further questions that are not answered on these pages, please contact the Society of Vineyard Scholars by email at [email protected] We hope that we will see you in April 2014 at the fifth Annual Conference in Columbus!