Missional Learning Commons

The Mission of Preaching

The Missional Learning Commons is a great value as a 2-day conference (only $25, lunch and childcare on Saturday included), bringing together experienced pastors and theologians into conversations around important themes for the contemporary  church.


Friday, Nov. 6th (6:30-8:00pm)

Saturday, Nov. 7th (8:30am-3:00pm)

  • 8:30am – WORSHIP and PRAYER
  • 9:00am – PREACHING: Proclaiming or Teaching, or…? ~ David Fitch
  • 10:00am – POUR OVER SERMONS: Brewing in the Spirit ~ Tara Beth Leach
  • 11:00am – BREAK
  • 11:15am – RESURRECTION IMAGINATION: Good News in the Religious Marketplace ~ Matt Tebbe
  • 12:15pm – LUNCH


All events hosted at the Commons by Peace of Christ Community Church in Westmont, IL.


David Fitch: is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He’s married to Rae Ann and they have one child, a son Max.  He is also  the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In 2014 he moved with his family to Westmont IL to join in with a church planted from Life on the Vine, Peace of Christ Church, Westmont.

Mandy Smith: Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a contributing editor for Leadership Journal and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book, The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP) will be out in November 2015. Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.

Tara Beth Leach: Tara Beth lives in the western suburbs of Chicago along with her husband, Jeff, and her rambunctious toddler boys, Caleb and Noah. A Nazarene Pastor, Tara Beth has served in churches in Upstate New York, Naperville, IL, and now serves as Director of Women’s Ministry at Christ Church of Oak Brook, a non-denominational church in a western suburb of Chicago. Tara Beth is also a student at Northern Theological Seminary where she also works as a Teaching Assistant for Scot McKnight.

Matt Tebbe: Matt Tebbe trains leaders to build Jesus-shaped cultures in their churches, communities, and homes using simple, reproducible tools. He’s also a bi-vocational church planter in Fishers, IN at The Table. He blogs at www.submisstionallife.com. He lives in the greater Indianapolis area with his wife and two kids.

  • General ($25.00)
    (Lunch Included)
  • Childcare ($5.00)
    $5 for Lunch

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