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The Art of Scripture Reading

The ICOC Teachers Conference

24-26 February 2022
Online and In-Person at the Orange County Church of Christ (CA)

About The Conference



her·me·neu·tics | /ˌhərməˈn(y)o͞odiks/ (noun)


Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with the general principles of interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts. Hermeneutics is more of an art, than a science. 


The Bible is God’s inspired message to humanity. As students of God’s Word, we come to Scripture seeking meaning from the text. But how do we find that meaning? 


The Bible is a collection of sixty-six documents. These texts contain narrative, history, letters, poetry, wisdom literature, and apocalyptic writing. The most recently composed parts of Scripture are almost 2,000 years old. Plus, this collection of literature comes from different cultures than our own. So how do we approach these texts that we consider inspired Scripture and draw meaning from them? 


This is where established principles of biblical hermeneutics are helpful. The Art of Scripture Reading will explore these principles. 


You might be wondering,


  • As a novice student of the Bible, how can I get the most from my Bible study?

  • As an intermediate student of the Bible, what tools will help me to dig deeper into the text? 

  • As an advanced student of the Bible, what are the current, cutting-edge principles of hermeneutics that will help me exegete Scripture?




The Art of Scripture Reading is for anyone who wants to join the discussion around best practices of applied hermeneutics. Learn how to draw meaning from the biblical text. Learn how to apply the meaning of Scripture to your current cultural context. Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to ask questions of specialists in this field. If you want to learn more about exegesis, expository preaching, spiritual Bible reading, how to establish and grow a teaching ministry, or how to become a teacher, then this is your conference. 


This will be a hybrid conference (in person and online). It is open to:


  • Bible Teachers

  • Those in the full-time and part-time paid ministry

  • Elders, evangelists, women’s ministry leaders, and small group discussion leaders

  • Church members

  • College students and teens

  • Anyone interested in drawing deeper meaning from Scripture 


At this event, you will also have opportunities to connect with others on topics that interest you and have deeper discussions during our open breakout times. 


Schedule At-A-Glance

All times listed are for both In-Person and Virtual attendees and are Pacific Standard Time.
Attending in person? View our
FAQ Page for hotel and airport recommendations.

Thursday, February 24th

9:00 AM: Welcome, Introduction, and Prayer

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Dr. Keith Krispin (Johnson University, Illinois, USA): Hermeneutics & Leadership

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Dr. John Mark Hicks (Lipscomb University, Tennessee, USA):  Searching for the Pattern

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Breakout Session #1

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM: Breakout Session #2

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner Break

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM:  Dr. G. Steve Kinnard (Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology, Colorado, USA): The Art of Scripture Reading 

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Amanda Kelsch (West Virginia, USA): Thinking Metaphorically and Metaphysically: The Study of Literature as a Means to Spiritual Enlightenment 

Friday, February 25th

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Introduction and Prayer

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM: Dr. Andy Boakye (University of Manchester, England): The Crucified Ego: Galatians and the Politics of Narrative

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Dr. Kindalee De Long (Pepperdine University, California, USA): Narrative Hermeneutics

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Breakout Session #1

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Breakout Session #2

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Dinner Break

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM:

  • Presentation of the "Teacher of Teachers" Award

  • Dr. Courtney Bailey (Kingston, Jamaica): Reading the Pastoral Epistles with the Greco-Roman Household as Context

Saturday, February 26th

9:00 AM: Welcome/Prayer

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Sherie A. Gayle (Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA): Hiding in Plain Sight: Locating the Feminine in the Being of God

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Dr. Ron Highfield (Pepperdine University, California, USA): The Use of Scripture in Christian Ethics


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Lunch Break


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Dr. Trevor Cochell (Lincoln Christian University, Illinois, USA): Scripture as Story: A Starting Point for Teaching and Preaching from the Old Testament

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Ed Anton (Virginia, USA): Were Not Our Hearts Burning: Expository Power in the Pulpit

4:30 PM: Closeout


Registration Options

In-Person Registration

Attending the conference in-person at the Orange County Church of Christ.

Early Registration (Through Jan 16, 2022): $125

Regular Registration (Jan 17 - Feb 23, 2022): $150


In-Person Registration (Feb 24 - Feb 26, 2022): $175

Online Registration

Attending the conference online, from the comfort of your home or workplace.

Registration price is per device, not per person.

$100, from now until February 26

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