Growing Spiritually

A conference with Dr. Don Whitney

Registration extended! See the Registration section for more info.


March 17 - 5:30pm to 8:35pm
March 18 - 7:45am to 2:00pm


Pursuing Intimacy with Christ Through His Word and Prayer



Are you tired of your prayer life being tedious, monotonous, or even boring? Is it hard to sustain a disciplined prayer life? Can you remember what you recently read during your devotionals? Many Christians struggle with being engaged and eager to spend time praying or reading God's word. How do believers overcome this challenge?

Dr. Don Whitney will be encouraging attendees to pursue intimacy with Christ through His Word and prayer. His goal is to help believers develop the simple, biblical means God has given to every Christian for pursuing intimacy with and conformity to Christ.

This is a conference designed to help believers in the Lord Jesus Christ grow spiritually, to the glory of God the Father.

Don Whitney


Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY since 2005. Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for ten years. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality.

Don grew up in Osceola, Arkansas where he came to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He was active in sports throughout high school and college, and worked in the radio station his dad managed.

After graduating from Arkansas State University, Don planned to finish law school and pursue a career in sportscasting. While at the University of Arkansas School of Law, he sensed God's call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He then enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. In 1987, Don completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and later a Ph.D. in theology at the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Prior to his ministry as a seminary professor, Don was pastor of Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), for almost fifteen years. Altogether, he has served local churches in pastoral ministry for twenty-four years.

He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (NavPress, 1991/2014), which has a companion discussion guide. He has also written How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian? (NavPress, 1994), Spiritual Disciplines within the Church (Moody Press, 1996), Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health (NavPress, 2001), Simplify Your Spiritual Life (NavPress, 2003), Praying the Bible (Crossway, 2015), and Family Worship (2006; Crossway 2016). His hobby is restoring and using old fountain pens.

Don lives with his wife Caffy in their home near Louisville. She regularly teaches a class for seminary wives, works from their home as an artist, muralist and illustrator and enjoys gardening and beekeeping. The Whitneys are parents of Laurelen Christiana.

More Information

Don's blog and website address is

He’s on Twitter @DonWhitney and on Facebook as DonWhitney.



Gold Country Baptist Church
3800 North Shingle Road
Shingle Springs, CA 95682


Time Event Location
5:30 pm Conference Registration Bridge
6:30 pm Opening & Praise in Music Sanctuary
6:40 pm Praying God's Word - Part 1 Sanctuary
7:45 pm Break Breezeway
7:55 pm Praying God's Word - Part 2 Sanctuary
8:35 pm Dessert Fellowship Fellowship Hall


Time Event Location
7:45 am Registration Bridge
7:45 am Continental Breakfast Fellowship Hall
8:30 am Opening & Praise in Music Sanctuary
8:40 am Meditation: Becoming Doers of God's Word Sanctuary
9:45 am Break Breezeway
10:00 am Meditating on God's Word - Part 1 Sanctuary
11:05 am Break Breezeway
11:20 am Meditating on God's Word - Part 2 Sanctuary
12:20 pm Lunch Fellowship Hall
1:20 pm Q&A Sanctuary
2:00 pm Dismissal  

Sunday (Service)


To complete the conference, Dr. Don Whitney will be speaking twice on the Lord's Day as well:

  • Sunday School starts at 8:45am in the Sanctuary.
  • Sunday Morning Service starts at 10:00am in the Sanctuary.
Register Now!

What is the registration deadline?

Registration has been extended until the first day of the conference. Please come to the registration table starting at 6:00pm for late registration during the days of the conference.

Please note that childcare registrations will only be accepted until Wednesday March 15th. No walk-in childcare will be offered due to class limitations.

How can I register and pay?

Register online using the Register Now! button. Payment can be made online with a credit/debit card or a bank draft payment. Gold Country Baptist Church uses EFT Corporation to process payment transactions.

Who should register?

Conference attendees and each of their children needing childcare must register using the online registration system.

What is the cost?

  • Adult registration (18+): $30 each.
  • Student registration (11 years to 17 years): $20 each.
  • Family (4 or more): $80 maximum.

Is childcare offered?

Childcare will be provided for ages 0 to 6th grade on Saturday only. Space is limited so please register early to help us better understand volunteer needs. Childcare attendees need to bring a sack lunch.

Childcare registration needs to be completed by March 15th to be accepted. All registration of children after March 15th, including late registrations of the day of the conference, will be declined.

I still need help. Who can I talk to?

Please contact Derek Westlund ( for any conference registration questions.