This is the last weekend for the “early bird” rates for the first ever White Horse Inn conference at sea, “Conversations for a Modern Reformation.” Many of you have already registered or indicated that you planned to attend. In a few weeks we’ll begin sending advance packets to those who have registered to help them get ready for the conversations that we hope will help lead to the transformation of the church.
Some of you have asked for more detail about the cruise schedule. So, here’s an updated schedule with a few more details about the time that we’ll spend together:
Sunday, January 29th
If you arrived on Saturday, be sure to worship in one of the local churches. Our good friend, Tullian Tchividjian, is the pastor of Coral Ridge PCA in Ft. Lauderdale. And, of course, Ken Jones (co-host of the WHI) is just down the road at Glendale Missionary Baptist Church in Miami.
After a day spent in worship and rest, we’ll gather back at the hotel for a special White Horse Inn taping to help kick things off.
Monday, January 30th
Let’s do breakfast before we head off to the port together. This will be a great opportunity to get to know some of the folks with whom you’ll spend the next week. The WHI hosts and staff will also introduce themselves.
We’ll leave together in buses arranged for transportation to the ship. We’ll be some of the first guests on the ship. Get settled into your rooms, head to the pool, or stop off at one of the restaurants for lunch. The ship gets underway at 4:00 p.m. Be sure to stand at a railing and wave goodbye!
We’ll eat dinner together around 6:00 p.m. and then gather together for a formal welcome reception.
Tuesday, January 31st
This is a full day at sea, nothing but ocean for miles around. It will also be our first full day together, engaged in that conversation that we hope will make a difference in our lives and in our churches. We’ll kick things off with a White Horse Inn live taping, a model of the kinds of conversations that we hope to have through the rest of the week.
Then, you’ll become a cohost of a WHI conversation! We’ll break up into groups to begin our discussion that will lead to theses for a modern reformation. You and several other conference guests will break away from other members of the group for a time of guided discussion that will help us identify the areas where we need to see reformation take place.
We’ll have a working lunch with our group members and then go right back to a time of discussion: After having identified some of the big ideas, we’ll begin breaking them down into workable theses that we’ll consider together as a large group later on in the week.
We are on a cruise ship, however, so after an early afternoon spent at work, we’ll spend the rest of the day enjoying the amenities of the cruise ship. About every ten minutes you’ll need to remind yourself that it is January!
After dinner with one of the WHI hosts, we’ll gather together one more time that night for a special presentation from Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, “What Drove Luther’s Hammer?” We’ll also have time for questions and answers, so don’t rush off to bed!
Wednesday, February 1st
Today is a “port day,” so enjoy the time in Falmouth and we’ll see you back in time for dinner and our evening presentation: Dr. Kim Riddlebarger on “A Reformation Pilgrimage.”
Thursday, February 2nd
Another port day. Enjoy Labadee and then gather together again for dinner and a presentation that night from the Rev. Ken Jones, “Reforming a Local Church: A Case Study.”
Friday, February 3rd
We’ll spend most of today together since we’ll be at sea on our way back to Ft. Lauderdale. First up is another live taping of the White Horse Inn. The hosts will be interacting with the work you’ve already done on theses for a modern Reformation.
Then, we’ll reconvene our small groups to get ready for an afternoon presentation on our theses. We don’t want our time to be spent in wishful thinking. We want to consider together what might really happen if the theses that we are considering together was actually adopted by a church: what would change? why would it matter? These are the questions that we’ll consider after lunch.
Again, we’ll break early enough that we can enjoy our last full day on the ship. After dinner together, Dr. Mike Horton will wrap things up with the evening presentation, “For a Modern Reformation.” Stick around for our farewell reception. Enjoy a few last moments on deck with the new friends you’ve made.
Saturday, February 4th
We’re back to Ft. Lauderdale today. We’ll disembark and head home. Our prayer is that the time we spent together will be refreshing and invigorating as you pursue and spread reformation in your lives and your circles of influence.