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    University hosts 93rd annual Bible Lectureship

    This year's theme focused on holiness.

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    A lineup of 90 dynamic speakers and 130 classes

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    Musical performances by student ensembles

    Concert Choir, Chorus, Belle Canto and Harding Academy Chorus

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Bible Lectureship

A Message from President McLarty

Dear friends –

Welcome to Harding’s 93rd annual Bible Lectureship! Lectureship is a tradition that is as old as Harding University. Since our very first fall as a four-year college, students and friends of Harding have gathered from across the country and around the world for this special occasion. Lectureship has always been part-homecoming, part-revival, part-intensive Bible study, and part-celebration of the University itself. You might say that Lectureship is one of Harding’s gifts to the church and that your presence at Lectureship is a gift from you to Harding. So, welcome and thanks for coming!

Since joining us in 2013 to serve as Harding’s Vice President for Church Relations, Dan Williams has taken the Lectureship to new heights. Each year the crowds are larger, and the program is packed with more resources and opportunities than ever before. Working year-round with an excellent team of church leaders from both on and off campus, Dr. Williams continues to find ways to address the needs and requests of our Lectureship guests. For twenty-eight years, he preached for the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, Arkansas. Consequently, he approaches Lectureship with the heart and the vision of someone who has spent his life “in the trenches” of congregational ministry. I think you will see evidence of that on every page of the Lectureship program.

Again, welcome to campus! We are so glad you came, and we pray that you have an inspiring, uplifting, refreshing, and renewing experience at Lectureship this year.

--Dr. Bruce McLarty, President   

2016 Schedule

2016 Lectureship Schedule (printer-friendly) 

LECTURESHIP SPECIAL:   Would you like to improve your work with pre-marital couples?You can leave Lectureship this year with a certification in PREPARE/ENRICH.

Dr. Joe Brumfield is offering an all-day training workshop on Tuesday (September 27) of Lectureship.

There is a fee, and you must register by September 19.  

Click HERE for more details.

What people had to say about Lectureship 2015

The theme was by far the best I have ever been involved with. I loved the variety of topics. I took notes
as fast as I could because this stuff will preach!


Benson Auditorium was full and running over at every lecture this year.  People are coming to the
Harding Bible Lectureship because they have confidence in Harding's leadership.  I think Harding is
the best Christian university in the country. 


I like having the lectureship in the fall to allow student participation.  It allows for a vibrancy to the
event that is missing from others I have attended.


Harding sets the standard for Bible Lectureships. I get the most information in the least amount of time.


It was my first time to visit.  I saw it online... we had family that went to Harding but had never
been there. I thought it would be a positive experience- and it was! I plan on attending again.


I've been attending Harding lectureship for about 15 years. I think Harding remains biblically solid and
can be trusted to present thought-provoking lessons that aren't riddled with agendizing.


I believe that the lectureship represents a good balance of scholarship and perspectives within Churches
of Christ. It's not radical in either direction. I don't feel like the speakers are promoting any kind of agenda.


The Evening Keynote speakers were outstanding. Bruce McLarty was the best of the best. Overall I had
a marvelous experience at this year's lectureship.


Daughter started her freshmen year at Harding and I have been wanting to check it out for quite some time.
It turned into a GREAT spiritual retreat for my wife and I which I would love to repeat again in 2016.


I believe the theme and the keynotes were quite possibly the best I have heard.  Also, Dale Jenkins did
an outstanding job with his remarks during the Celebration of Ministry dinner.


Harding is special to us, and we make it part of our annual schedule to attend.  The lectureship gives us
renewed strength as we continue to minister to the church at home or wherever we go.


We both LOVE Harding and the people there.  We come back to catch us with old friends, learn under
the feet of some excellent teachers, and be around the Christian atmosphere.  I told my wife on the way
home from this year's lectureship, "Only 360 more days until next year's lectureship".  We both look forward
to it every year as it is truly a highlight of the year.  Thank you Dan and your whole team for what you do.


We started attending before our children went to Harding.  It has become.an annual spiritual get away for us.
We love the soundness of the speakers without feeling like anyone has an agenda or a negative focus.
It is wonderful to hear good Biblical teaching and positive attitudes toward the Lord's church and young people!


Everything was organized and kept on schedule. Very well planned. Campus was easy to navigate
(first time on campus) as well as clean. The fact that the lectureship was free (even parking) is not seen
very often anymore, so that was refreshing and also helped make my personal trip to Harding possible.


Coming from a small congregation, it is wonderful to hear speakers I would otherwise have no opportunity
to listen to.  And the fellowship and worship is awesome.  Love to hear the voices of over 1500 brothers
and sisters raised in praise to God!  This was our second year to attend, and my only question is why
did we not start coming years ago?

Exhibit / Vendor Info

Lectureship 2017

"RIGHTEOUSNESS FROM GOD : The Revolutionary Message of Romans"

Exhibit information is in the link below. Exhibit spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.


Free Downloads!  

The 2014 and 2015 Lectureship recordings are available for download at Lectureship Archive.

They are also available, with several previous year's classes and keynotes, at iTunes U free downloads.

iTunesU Instructions for Use:

  1. Click the link above. If you already have iTunes software on your computer, click the grey "I Have iTunes" button. If you do not have iTunes, click the blue "Free Download" button.
  2. Once iTunes is installed, you will see a list of the recordings for Lectureship 2014. Hover your mouse over the number for the session you'd like to hear and click on the play button (a triangle inside a circle). Make sure your speakers are on and enjoy the recording.

Note: Lectureship recordings can be heard on your smartphone. Use the iTunes app and search for "Harding University Lectureship".

Past Lectures

If you would like to hear recordings from past Lectureships, use the search bar in the top right corner of your screen to search for "Harding University Lectureship". There are several years of lectures available for free download. To see a full list of recordings for each Lectureship, click "SUBSCRIBE" on the left. 

Or to order previous or current Lectureship CDs, contact Harding's AudioWorks at

Harding University
Box 10765
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


To order previous or current Lectureship DVDs of limited presentations, contact Harding's VideoWorks at

Harding University
Box 10853
Searcy, AR 72149-5615


Order Forms

2014 Lectureship CD/DVD Order Form pdf

2012 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2011 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2010 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2009 Lectureship Video Order Form pdf

2009 Lectureship CD Order Form pdf

2008 Lectureship Video Order Form pdf

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