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Xenos Prepares to Host Thousands for Summer Institute

An extraordinary event. One of my favorite places to speak

That’s how best-selling author and international speaker Mark Mittelberg describes the Xenos Summer Institute. Renowned Christian apologist Dr. William Lane Craig describes his experience being a part of XSI: “People were so enthusiastic. It was a privilege to be involved.

This year’s XSI runs July 10-12, with the theme, “Christ Over All.” Xenos Equipping Division Coordinator Pat Reeder says the title reflects the goal of making Christ supreme over all areas of our lives. “Not just our Sunday mornings, not just our ‘spiritual lives’ but everything from our bodies, our minds, our families, our schedules, our wallets, and anything else we can imagine.”

Pat says the initial inspiration for this year's theme began with 1 John 2:15, "Do not love the world," but as they explored the theme, they moved to the sentiment of Psalm 24:1, "The earth is the Lord's and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it."

Main Office Renovation to Bring Leaders' Offices Together

If you visit Xenos’ main office you’ll notice a lot of construction going on in the old office auditorium. The space is being renovated to house office space to bring together Xenos' pastoral senior leadership. 

With growth in the leadership staff of Xenos since the office first opened in November 1996, Senior Pastor Ryan Lowery says the current office arrangement could no longer accommodate all of our top leaders. Currently many of these full-time leaders don’t have office space, causing them to seek out work space wherever they can find it, mostly at other venues. This arrangement has made it difficult for leaders across different spheres and age groups to collaborate, and has made it hard for teachers to prepare on-site.

The new space will provide enough space to house current top-level leadership and allow for growth, following our ethic of housing 2-3 staff members per office space. There'll be a reception area for visitors after they check in at the main office reception desk. There will be a conference room for larger meetings and a place to meet with visitors, for which there is currently no designated space. There will also be a large common room furnished to provide collaboration space along with a small kitchen area.

Ryan says the value of the new arrangement goes beyond just desks and chairs. He says it will allow leaders to comprehensively care for all people who call Xenos home. “We're excited to have our student and adult sphere leaders sharing a common space,” Ryan says. “This will help foster unity and our overall vision for cooperation on pastoral care of families.”