Mission 1618 Non-Conference

We all go through life with an “anthropology”—an idea about what humans are like, our potentials and our limitations. A high anthropology—thinking optimistically about human nature—can breed perfectionism, anxiety, burnout, loneliness, and resentment. Especially in ministry!!

But a biblically rooted and life-giving low anthropology fosters hope, deep connection with others, lasting love, vulnerability, compassion, and longevity in ministry. David Zahl and Noel Heikkinen are coming to Hope to help us think about how these ideas about human nature influence our expectations in friendship, work, marriage, and even politics.

By embracing a more accurate view of human beings, we discover a lasting hope for others—and ourselves. Join us for our first Non-Conference Conference since the pandemic as we explore how to not hate people.


Wednesday, November 16th

7:00pm – Low Anthropology: Comprehending Sin in the 21st Century (open to the public)
8:00pm – Q&A with David Zahl


Thursday, November 17th

9:00am – Registration, coffee & breakfast
9:30am – Introduction
10:00am – The Unlikely Key to a Gracious view of Others…and Yourself (David Zahl)
11:00am – Breakout discussion #1
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Effective Leadership in Turbulent Times When You’re a Hot Mess (Steve Treichler)
2:00pm – Breakout discussion #2
3:00pm – Recovering Hypocrite (Noel Heikinnen)
4:00pm – Depart for Happy Hour/Dinner
6:00pm – End of Day Q&A (Trike & Noel)

What is Low Anthroplogy?


David Zahl

David Zahl


Noel Heikkinen

Noel Heikkinen

Riverview Church

Steve Treichler

Steve Treichler

Hope Community Church