Are People Without Christ Really Lost?Andy Davis
Salvation is found in no other name than Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). But billions of people all over the world have never heard that name. Are they truly lost? This talk will seek to show by Scripture the lostness of people outside of Christ, to move us with compassion for them, and to challenge us to suffer whatever needed to take them the gospel. In addition, we will address weighty questions concerning those who die never having heard of Jesus.
The Biblical Basis for Missions: “Treasure in Jars of Clay”: (2 Cor. 4:1-12) Don Carson
At the heart of Christian mission is the obligation to preach "not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord," "setting forth the truth plainly." We do this even though we know that "the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers" -- for our confidence is in God who powerfully ordains, "Let there be light!", both at the beginning of the universe and in the minds of those who are blind. This mission we undertake, fully aware that the gospel itself has "all-surpassing power . . . from God," while we ourselves are jars of clay, privileged beyond words to display this powerful gospel.
Why the Great Commission is Great: “Reaching More and More People” David Platt
Obedience to the Great Commission is fueled by a gospel-induced, hope-filled, people-reaching, suffering-embracing passion to see God glorified among all the peoples of the earth.
The Heart of God in the Call to Proclaim: “Our Goal: To Please Him” (2 Cor. 5:1-10)John Piper
Being Ambassadors for Christ: “The Ministry of Reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:11-21)Mack Stiles
The Individual's Suffering and the Salvation of the WorldMichael Oh
Jesus and JusticeStephen Um
Contextualization and the Gospel Once-for-All Delivered to God’s PeopleZane Pratt
We as believers are not called to save the lost, but to proclaim the specific message through which they may be saved. This does, however, require that this message must be clearly communicated. This does not mean that we should change the message but rather communicate it in a way that our audience may see both the sharp edges and the glorious truths of it. This seminar will discuss those aspects of the gospel which we cannot change and the communications styles which we must change in order for his sheep to clearly hear his voice.
Christian Witness in a Religiously Pluralistic WorldHarold Netland
Awareness of the religious diversity in our world—including in the United States— presents significant challenges to Christian faith and witness. Religious pluralism says all major religions lead us to the divine. This seminar will point out problems with this perspective, highlight the uniqueness of Jesus Christ when compared with other religious leaders, and offer some guidelines for witness in contexts of religious diversity and pluralism.
Discipleship and Development: Connecting Sound Doctrine and Sound Economics in Global MissionsBrian Fikkert
Recent decades have seen a tremendous increase in Christians' desire to minister in word and deed to the poor. But good intentions are not enough. It is actually possible to hurt the poor in the process of trying to help them. This workshop explores the fundamental nature of poverty and provides principles to guide ministry efforts. Embracing the good news of the gospel—in its fullest sense—is the essential pre-requisite for us to help the poor without hurting them . . . and ourselves.
Must One Choose Between Truth and Tolerance?Don Carson
Much of the Western world has re-defined "tolerance" in sadly pernicious ways. Moreover, in many domains we have elevated this newly-defined tolerance to the status of supreme good—a good that trumps everything else, including truth. Meanwhile truth itself, always a complex notion, has been weakened by contemporary subjectivism. So when Christians speak about the truth of the gospel they are frequently made to feel old-fashioned and, frankly, intolerant. If tolerance is the supreme good, intolerance is the supreme evil. What is the way ahead?
Church Planting in Gospel-Resistant PlacesDave Furman
What role does the local church play in the multiplicity of opportunities to bless the nations? Come hear how God's corporate display of his glory, the local church, can be a blessing to the nations in the most unlikely of places.
The Reformers' Commitment to the Propagation of the Gospel to All Nations from 1555-1654Elias Medeiros
Far from being negligently silent about world mission, the Reformers of the 16th and 17th centuries were biblically, theologically, and practically committed to and involved with the preaching of the gospel through the ministers of the Word to all people everywhere. Mission historians who have categorically denied this activity are mistaken, owing to (1) the limited availability of sources to explore at the time of their research; (2) their preconceived assumptions stemming from some aspects of the Reformers' theology; (3) a lack of critical assessment of the data; and (4) mere disregard of some crucial historical data.
The Shape of Things to Come in MissionsZane Pratt
The Church has been given the glorious task of harvesting worshippers of God from all tribes, tongues, peoples, and nations. This mission cannot and will not be accomplished unless the Church is both intentional and strategic in its focus. This seminar will discuss the current strategies being implemented by God’s people to take his Name to every corner of the earth.
The World Mission of Christ in the Cross Defines and Empowers the Local Work of the ChurchJosiah Bancroft
God has always used cross-cultural workers to speak the gospel with clarity into the local church. Paul as a world missionary is able to speak with gospel clarity and focus into churches' local struggles and ministry. In this pattern we can see how world missions today has a unique voice to clarify, direct, and focus the work of the American church and begin to frame how our own ministries and leadership can benefit from Christ's global mission.
Why Latin America Needs to be "Re-Evangelized"Migel Nunez
Some of the Latin American nations have had a missionary presence for the last 150 years or so. However the advance of the gospel was minimal until the 1970s. Even now, the continent has seen little “salt and light” effect. This has been worsened lately by the wide penetration of the prosperity gospel. Therefore a new strategy based on expository preaching of the gospel and the whole counsel of God is mandatory at this time if we want to see a real change. This is the only response we can give to a population that has been vaccinated against the real gospel with an “attenuated” version of the message of Jesus Christ.
What It Means to Truly Consider MissionsMack Stiles
What should frame our understanding before we actually pull up roots and put them down somewhere else? Who should do that? What needs to be in place in their lives? How can we support them as they go? In this seminar we will focus on what today's missionaries should understand before they leave and the role churches and pastors should play.
Why the World Needs the GospelAugustus Nicodemus Lopes
The letter to the Romans was written to obtain the support of the Church of Rome for Paul’s missionary vision to preach in Spain. In chapter 1 he argues that the world needs the Gospel because it is under God’s judgment. God revealed Himself in creation. The worlds rejected this revelation. God justly responded giving them up to their own sinful desires. Their only hope is the Gospel.
A Biblical Theology of Mission: An Evaluation of Chris WrightGary Millar
In recent years, Chris Wright's massive work 'The Mission of God' has been the standout contribution on 'Mission' from an evangelical perspective. It is also a significant work on Biblical Theology in itself. But the big question is, 'Is Wright right?' The contention that what God is doing in our world can be brought together under the category of 'the mission of God' is highly significant and potentially game-changing. That's why it is crucial to evaluate the assumptions and conclusions of 'The Mission of God', highlighting both its many strengths and occasional significant flaws.
Reckless Abandon: Faith that Glorifies God by Advancing His NameDavid Sitton
There is no actual risk in carrying the gospel into the most hostile regions because Jesus is worth far more than anything we can possibly lose. We either live and win big, or we die, and win bigger. With no possibility of permanent loss, but only eternal gain, there is great motivation for living recklessly for the advance of the gospel.
Misconceptions about the Chinese ChurchJoann Pittman
Much that is written about the church in China tends to be outdated or simplistic, not taking into consideration the changing social environment in China or the complexity of the Chinese church. In this workshop we will look at some of the key misconceptions of the Church in China and present a more realistic and balanced view of the issues facing the Chinese Church. We will look at some of the amazing things that God is doing in and through his Church in China.
Mobilized for Missions…A Strategy for Launching College Graduates Around the WorldRupert Leary
Today's college students make up for 1% of the world's population. They not only want their lives to make a difference, they want to make a difference "together". We encourage every college senior to prayerfully consider making a 2 year commitment to serve together as apart of a church planting team. We have a strategy for mobilizing every graduate whether stateside or overseas. If you are a college student of a leader of college students, this seminar is for you.
My Call to Missions: Missed or Misunderstood?Noel Piper
As a pre-teen, I responded to a missionary's challenge by going forward with a sense of being called to be a missionary nurse. Now I'm 65 and I've never been a nurse or a missionary. Perhaps there are others too who haven't followed through with what they understood as a call to missions. How should we think about that? What of the call to missions for those not called "missionaries"?
Jesus the Son of God, the Son of Mary (Luke 1-2)John Piper
Jesus Despised (Luke 4:14-30)Colin Smith
There’s a strange myth going about that if only we would tell people about Jesus, they would be saved. Another myth is that if only the church would get its presentation right, making the Gospel compelling, showing its relevance, scratching where it itches, etc., then people would be saved. Luke explodes the myth by recording the astonishing response of people not only to the good news, but to the best possible presentation of it. Luke 4 confronts us with the challenge of Gospel ministry, the heart of the human condition, and the response of those who commit to following Christ in Gospel proclamation.
Jesus' Transforming Power on Behalf of the Afflicted (Luke 8:26-56)Crawford Loritts
Jesus' Resolve to Head Toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:18-62) Don Carson
No sooner has Jesus announced that as "God's Messiah" he must be rejected, killed, and then raised to life, than he resolutely sets out for Jerusalem. As Luke orders his account, from here on, barely a third of the way through the book, Jesus' journey is in one direction only: to Jerusalem, and therefore to his cross and resurrection. This holy resolve that drives toward the cross shapes how Christians ought to read the rest of Luke's Gospel, as everything that takes place from Luke 9:51 on unfolds under the shadow of the looming cross.
Jesus and the Lost (Luke 15:1-32)Kevin DeYoung
Jesus and Money (Luke 16:1-31) Stephen Um
Did Jesus Preach the Gospel? Panel Discussion: Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, Tim Keller, John Piper
Current discussion sometimes associates "gospel" with what Paul preached, and prefers to attach Jesus to the kingdom or to "the gospel of the kingdom." So did Jesus preach the gospel? If not, is it because he simply is the gospel? What is the relationship between what Jesus preached and the four "Gospels"? How can we think accurately, integratively, and prophetically about such matters?
Jesus Betrayed and Crucified (Luke 22:39-23:43) Gary Millar
As we draw close to Jesus' execution, the pace of Luke's account slows right down. He makes us pause, think, linger and gasp, as he painstakingly explains the significance of the unthinkable events unfolding before our eyes. The richness of his account contains constant echoes of the Old Testament, but is carried along by Jesus of Nazareth's final encounters with people - friends, enemies and strangers - as the Messiah dies in our place, that we might taste life with him.
Jesus Vindicated (Luke 24:1-53) Tim Keller
Knowing God as Father: Understanding the Doctrine of AdoptionC.J. Mahaney
Christians are to be convinced of God's love for them and yet often struggle with doubts. After the doctrine of justification, no truth deepens our certainty and experience of God's love as much as understanding our adoption in Christ. It has a convincing effect on the soul. J.I. Packer has written, "The truth of our adoption gives us the deepest insights that New Testament affords into the greatness of God's love." This seminar will explore this insight and its implications for every Christian and pastor.
Are Adam and Eve Historical Figures? Albert Mohler, Bryan Chapell
Recent challenges to the historicity of Adam in evangelical settings make it essential that we discuss the necessity of our first parent’s existence and origin according to the biblical record. Mohler and Chapell will discuss both the importance of Adam to our understanding of humanity, our world and salvation, as well as, the “field and fences” of what should be considered consistent with biblical fidelity.
Because We Are One: Incarnation, Union and Life as the BelovedElyse Fitzpatrick
In spite of more ways to "connect" than ever before, many people, including Christians, feel isolated and alone. While we believers know that the second person of the Trinity became man, and while we have read the biblical phrase "in Christ," we don't always consider how the incarnation and our union with Christ are meant to impact our daily lives. In this workshop for women, Elyse will share the fruit of her experience in ministering to women through the wisdom of the Word, showing how some of the fundamental doctrines of the faith can speak into our contemporary sense of isolation and disconnectedness.
Black and White and Red All Over: Racial Reconciliation and The Gospel in the Local ChurchRussell Moore
The apostle Peter thought he could appease Jewish opposition in Galatia by not eating with Gentiles. However, the apostle Paul said that the racial reconciliation of Jew and Gentile into one body is precisely the sign of God's manifold wisdom that is being presented to the rulers and authorities over this present darkness. This seminar will explore the significance of learning to receive one another, and go around whatever obstacles the satanic order puts up. The hope is that that we might confess together that what we have in common isn't what we were born with, but what we were born again into: the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit.
College Ministry: Because Real Life Begins Now!Jon Nielson, J. D. Greear, Rupert Leary
Many churches struggle with how to best reach young adults between the ages of 18 and 22. Do we build another "youth group" experience for them during their college years? Do we try to push them into the life of the larger body of the local church? How do we ensure that college years are ones where faith in Jesus Christ grows into maturity? We, as church leaders, need to build a biblical model of ministry to college-aged students that will prepare them for lives of gospel ministry and leadership in the church of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Divine Hospitality: Feasting with God in Luke's GospelMichael Horton
A lot of relationships today—with God and each other—are more like fast food than a feast. Films like Babette's Feast or The Big Night reflect the longing for deeper connections over a wonderful meal together. Luke's Gospel is in part organized around major feasts, with Jesus as the host, drawing on the Old Testament promise of eating and drinking with God in the land of Canaan. We learn a lot about Jesus Christ and his kingdom at these dinners. And consequently, we learn a lot about the message and mission of the church until the host returns for the feast that never ends.
9Marks Panel Discussion: Growth and Grace: How Obedience Sets Us Free . . . Or NotMike McKinley, Jonathan Leeman, Tom Schreiner, Hunter Powell, John Piper, Tim Keller
Is Christian freedom about watching movies or memorizing the Ten Commandments? Can Christians smoke cigarettes? What does it mean for a Christian to delight in God’s law? All Christians want to grow in grace, but it seems easy for churches to stumble into legalism or license. The goal of this panel is to consider what it means to pursue Christian holiness and freedom, and how the local church is the best place to do both.
How Do Others Experience You as a Counselor?David Powlison
Usually counseling skills are talked about from the counselor's perspective. But what is it like from the point of view of the one seeking help? For counseling to be fruitful, what must happen in the counsel-seeker’s relationship with the counsel-giver? This workshop will discuss four key ingredients that make a decisive difference in the effectiveness of pastoral counseling.
How Suffering Sets You FreeTullian Tchividjian
In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In this seminar Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves—or others.
Reaching into Broken Homes: An Opening for the ChurchLydia Brownback
Father, mother, children – a family by God’s design. Current statistics evidence how greatly sin has marred this good design and left broken men, women, and children in its wake. Parental abandonment, divorce, and single parenting have become less remarkable, almost standard. How can God’s people more intentionally minister to those from such homes? What are the gospel opportunities, the ways in which we can speak the good news of Christ to those who long for the love of family? This workshop will bring together both personal experience and Word-based challenge to reach into broken homes with the love of Christ.
Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the ChurchStephen Um, Justin Buzzard
More people live in cities now than at any other time in human history, presenting a historic opportunity for Christians to influence the majority of the world. Unfortunately, many Christians have had the tendency to focus merely on urban problems, rather than on the potential for widespread gospel renewal. In this session, two urban pastors demonstrate why this should no longer be the case. Learn why cities are on the rise, and gain practical insights for ministering in our increasingly urban world.
Women and Men: Going Back to the BeginningClaire Smith
What can we learn from Genesis about the relationship of men and women to God and to each other? What does it mean that human beings were created in God's image as male and female? Working from Genesis 1-3, in this workshop for women we will examine the Bible's presentation of the first man and woman, and we will see how New Testament teaching grows out of these chapters.
Living and Active Prayer: led by The PsalmsKathleen Nielson
We know we need to pray! We read this book and that book on prayer, and we sometimes make progress. The book of Psalms does more than teach us about prayer; it gives us the inspired praises and supplications of God’s people, to take into ourselves and make our own. How does this happen? In this workshop for women, we will explore and celebrate the ways in which the psalms teach us to pray.
Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: Jesus' Mission to the Next GenerationTim Hawkins, Dave Wright
Across the youth ministry landscape we can see that many have mistaken moralism for the gospel. Youth leaders have not misunderstood the church's teaching of historical Christianity. Rather than preaching Christ crucified, our churches have catered to a pragmatic, entertainment-driven, and numbers-oriented model of church growth. This workshop will look at strategies for gospel growth in youth today for a spiritually strong church for tomorrow.
9Marks Panel Discussion: Membership and Mission: Why Membership Matters for the Church's Mission . . . or Hurts ItMike McKinley, Jonathan Leeman, Edward Copeland, Andy Davis, Matt Chandler
The knock on church membership is that it’s all about counting numbers and boosting the pastor’s ego. Biblical churches, however, are all about mission. Membership looks inward, mission outward, right? But what if someone wanted to argue that getting our membership practices right was essential to revitalizing our churches, evangelizing our neighborhoods, furthering the cause of Christ around the world, and bringing glory to God?
Preparing Leaders of Integrity for Public InfluenceMichael Lindsay
Moral leadership is vitally needed for communities to thrive and for societies to flourish. Over the last 50 years, changes within our society have made significant demands of those who assume the mantle of public responsibility. In such a context, how should the church prepare young people for lives of faithful leadership? And how should the gospel shape our understanding of the virtues that we need to cultivate among emerging leaders and our understanding of the ends to which their leadership should direct us? In an era when the leadership segment of American society is plagued by scandals and moral decay, there has probably never been a time when people of high integrity can provide greater leadership for wider society. Yet few churches and faith-based institutions are attending to these important opportunities. Join us for this session in which we explore the best ways to prepare Christians for lives of public influence. Based on the country’s largest study of its kind, Lindsay will present findings from his multi-year research project on the lives of national leaders and outline how churches and Christian colleges can work together to develop counter-cultural, Christ-centered leaders who work for the common good.
Recapturing a Robust Doctrine of the Person and Work of the Holy SpiritBurk Parsons
The person and work of the Holy Spirit is perhaps the most neglected doctrine in contemporary Reformed theology, and the consequences are evident. Practical deism abounds within the church today, and our grasp of the sovereignty of God is more akin to Islamic determinism than Christian theism. Much of the teaching we hear regarding sanctification is almost completely devoid of the role of the Holy Spirit. We have relegated spiritual warfare to the realm of the fanatical and have grown largely complacent about the work of Satan and the demonic world. What's more, our piety, our prayers, our preaching, and our evangelism and missions have suffered. We are at a critical moment in our generation, and the most crucial question of our day is whether or not we will recapture a robust biblical understanding of the most neglected doctrine of our day—the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
Rhythms of GraceMike Cosper
Every church has a liturgy. We all have a series of practices that are - to one degree or another - repeated week after week. These practices have profound, life and faith shaping effects on our congregations. In this seminar, we'll examine the formational impact of our worship services, with an eye towards how our services can shape congregations in the story and rhythms of the gospel.
The Theology of Deuteronomy for PreachersGary Millar
Deuteronomy is the ultimate sermon for preachers! Not only is it the capstone of the Pentateuch, it lays the foundations of the flow of the rest of Old Testament theology. Prophecy, wisdom and biblical history all find their 'genesis' in Deuteronomy! That's why getting to grips with the theology of Deuteronomy not only opens the way to preaching a really helpful series on this book, it has the potential to transform our Christ-centred preaching of the Old Testament.
9Marks Panel Discussion: Conversion and Community: How the Church Pictures Supernatural Community . . . Sort ofMike McKinley, Jonathan Leeman, Al Mohler, Jared Wilson, Jeramie Rinne, J. D. Greear
The cultural forces pushing against the Christian teaching on conversion are intense. Just consider the claims of naturalism, the affirmation “gay is good,” the call to respect all religions, and contemporary ideas of tolerance. But surely the power of a church’s witness depends on people who have been supernaturally changed. How do we talk about something that both offends and gives hope? Do we call people to . . . convert? How critical is repentance? Can they belong before they believe?
Dealing with Discouragement in MinistryDarrin Patrick, Amie Patrick
All ministry leaders minister to people who are discouraged and many are discouraged themselves. In this session, Dr. Darrin Patrick and his wife Amie will speak from the Scriptures, church history and personal experience about how to believe and proclaim the gospel in the face of discouragement.
Hymns for the Christian LifeKeith Getty
Keith Getty will share his passion for congregational singing. You will also get exclusive access to some new songs, learn from this insight into writing and discuss the vital role of corporate worship in your local church. This will be a wonderful seminar for anyone interested in corporate worship in their local church, from minister to musician.
False Comfort and Faulty Assumptions: Confronting Misbeliefs in the Midst of GriefNancy Guthrie
Even in our churches, those experiencing grief often grab hold of ideas emanating from the vacuous spirituality and shallow beliefs of our culture rather than solid truth from God's Word. In this workshop we'll consider ten misbeliefs often taken hold of by those who are grieving, such as: "The God I believe in would never do this," or, "My loved one is now up in heaven watching over me" -- challenging each misbelief with the truth (and the true comfort) of Scripture.
Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: Building on Jesus not the JokesNate Morgan Locke, Josh Cousineau
Theories of moving the youth from moralistic therapeutic deism to genuine gospel transformation are needed. But so is practical application. Come along to this workshop and here what two experienced youth leaders have used to ground their kids in gospel truths.
Marks of the Messenger Mack Stiles
This workshop will not provide another "fresh approach" to evangelism. We won’t target methods but ourselves. Stiles speaks from his years of experience in the United States and overseas about the nine marks that should distinguish Christ's messenger.
A Biblical Theology of RevivalTim Keller
Many ask if an emphasis on conversion and revival is not a manifestations of Western individualism. Would it not be better simply to call people to join the life of the church, to come under its ministry of the Word and Sacrament? These should not be pitted against each other.This workshop will show the Biblical basis for revival as well as giving practical guidance on how to promote gospel renewal using the ordinary means of grace within the ministry of the church.
What Do We Mean When We Confess Jesus to be the Son of God?Don Carson
The Bible uses the expression "son(s) of God" to designate angels, Israel, kings in the Davidic line, individual Israelites, Christians, and Jesus. What does the expression mean? The Bible calls Jesus the "one and only Son." So what is unique about his sonship? What do they mean, and what is at stake, when Christians confess that Jesus is the Son of God?
Women in the Church: A Distinctive ContributionClaire Smith
Working from key biblical passages, in this workshop for women we will look at how and why women belong in the church, and the distinctive contribution they are to make to the growth of Christ's body. In the process we will consider the question of why the different roles and responsibilities given to men and women in Scripture apply in the church today.
The Church and Her ArtistsMike Cosper, Shai Linne
When a pastor is approached by a member of his congregation, who says something to the effect of, “I believe God has called me to... (sing, dance, paint, write novels, make films, juggle knives, etc.)”, what should his response be? What are the unique temptations that Christian artists face? How can pastors equip their congregations to think about the arts (and artists) in ways that avoid the two extremes of cultural withdrawal and cultural captivity? We’ll be discussing these things and more in this discussion, led by Mike Cosper and Shai Linne.
Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral MinistryPaul Tripp
Why do so many pastors get lost in the middle of their own ministry story? What's wrong with the way we call and relate to our pastors? What are the temptations that are unique to or intensified by local church ministry? Why do so many pastors live in isolation from the body of Christ? Why is so much ministry motivated by fear and not by faith? Where does our current ministry culture need to change? This study will answer these questions and more in the most honest discussion of ministry you will ever encounter. If you are a pastor, a ministry leader in your church or someone who loves and cares for your pastor, this resource is for you. Learn how the gospel can radically alter the way you think about yourself and the ministry to which God has called you.
Beyond Cotton Balls and Popscile SticksSally and David Michael
Sunday morning and midweek programs for children have the potential for significant spiritual impact on children and their families. Too often we underestimate in the church the impact we can have in a child’s life during the few hours that they spend in church. The point of this seminar is to expand our vision and raise our expectations for nurturing the faith of our children while they are at church. David and Sally Michael will share the vision and strategy for pursuing the joy of the next generation that has grown out of their experience as parents and as church leaders overseeing ministry to children, youth and their families.
How Pastors Can Encourage Artistic GiftsPhil Ryken
Many Christian artists live between two strange worlds. Their faith in Christ seems odd to many of their friends in the artistic community—almost as odd as their calling as artists seems to some of their friends at church. Yet Christians who are called to draw, paint, sculpt, sing, act, dance, and play music have extraordinary opportunities to honor God in their daily work and to bear witness to the grace, beauty, and truth of the gospel. This workshop will focus on how pastors (and churches) can encourage Christians with artistic gifts in their dual calling as Christian artists.
Every Disciple Making Disciples, Every Church Multiplying ChurchesDavid Platt
Jesus intends every disciple to make disciples, and he designs every local church to multiply other local churches. Yet somewhere along the way we have subtly and tragically taken the costly command of Christ to go, baptize, and teach all nations and mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come, be baptized, and listen in one location. The result is a rampant spectator mentality that skews discipleship across the church, stifles the spread of the church around the world, and ultimately sears the heart of what it means to be followers of Christ in local churches. This seminar will explore corrective exhortations for us today based on New Testament principles and patterns for making disciples and multiplying churches.
How to Create a Sending Culture in Your ChurchJ. D. Greear
It has been said that the missional church is to be judged as much by its seating capacity as its sending capacity. This was Jesus' focus when telling his followers that they would do even "greater" works than he did. In this seminar learn to inspire and equip your church to reach the city, engage the poor, and plant churches both domestically and internationally. Being "sent" is for every disciple of Jesus—including the business people of our churches. Currently, one out of 20 Summit Church members lives on the international mission field on a church planting team. How can you cultivate a sending culture in your church?
Leading with Integrity (Spanish)Miguel Núñez
Integrity is of the essence in ministry. It is not an accident that the list of requirements to be a pastor in 1 Tim 3 begins with this "an overseer must be above reproach". A man without integrity can not and will not have the approval of God and without it, he will lack insight into His truth, grace for the souls of the sheep and vision for the journey. This workshop will address what it takes to walk in integrity of heart before God, yet in a humble way.
Panel Discussion: Integrity in Ministry in Latin America (Spanish)Miguel Núñez, Sugel Michelén, Juan Sánchez
The latin culture has not been characterized by accountability either at the personal or the institutional level. The church has not been immune to this weakness. To strengthen the ministry in our region, the people of God need to learn the role of biblical accountability in the formation of character. If this process is not done, supported by biblical principles, accountability becomes intimidation and self destructive. This panel will discuss the current situation of the christian ministry in Latin America related to its personal, doctrinal and institutional integrity.
Preaching with Integrity (Spanish)Sugel Michelén
If there's anything we can learn from church history it's that the spiritual health of the body of Christ has always walked hand in hand with the health of its pulpits. We need men who are willing to preach the scriptures with integrity and who, in dependence on the Holy Spirit, make an effort to maintain a clean conscience before God and men. In our workshop we will look at the implications of this for preaching, as well as for the practical lives of God's servants.
New Directions in Assisted Reproduction - How Did We End Up Here?Megan Best
In this presentation, Megan will outline the history of the development of assisted reproduction and explain new trends in IVF use. She will then look at the biblical principles which allow us to interpret the morality of current practices.
Faithful and FruitfulMatt Chandler
There is a false dichotomy around ministry that is viewed as faithful and ministry that appears to be fruitful. Larger churches are often times categorized as being wide but not deep and smaller churches are often viewed as being deep and faithful. The Bible makes no such distinction and in this session we'll look at how to hold fast to faithfulness and hope for and expect fruitfulness.
The Dangers and Delights of a Long Ministry in One PlaceAlistair Begg
“A young minister is prone to try to attain by one jump the height which others have reached by a long series of single steps in the labor of quarter of a century.” We tend to over-estimate what we can accomplish in one year and under-estimate what may be achieved in five.
Conference Focus Gatherings
Mentoring Younger LeadersRay Ortlund, Tom Nelson
Ways to Work on Your PreachingDavid Helm
The standard Paul set for Timothy's preaching is this, "that all may see your progress." The word progress comes as a relief—we are not called to be perfect. This forum will interact on principles that have helped many get started. Also, we will explore year-round ideas that could put you, and any interns you are training, into relationship with others in your region who are committed to making progress in preaching.
Women and the Word: Encouraging Fruitful Study of the Scriptures within the Local ChurchMary Willson
By the power of his Spirit, God transforms us when we encounter Christ through the Scriptures, especially when two or three of us gather in his name. How does study of the Scriptures happen most fruitfully among women in a church context? How might we encourage growth and training for women who desire to study more deeply, teach, or lead? What are the particular joys and challenges of studying God’s Word within the context of the local church? Mary Willson will lead this gathering by engaging with issues she has encountered in ministry with women.
Glimpses of Grace at HomeGloria Furman
What does homemaking have to do with sanctification? How do our ordinary lives display the power of our extraordinary God? Discussion in this gathering will spring from Gloria's new book, Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in your Home (Crossway) -- addressing the role the gospel plays in motivating and empowering homemakers in the daily and seemingly mundane rhythms of life.
Authentic New Covenant Ministry: God's Strength in Our WeaknessKent Hughes
Let All the Little Prodigals Come to MeElyse Fitzpatrick
As starting point for this gathering focused on parenting, Elyse brings a biblical foundation, much experience in family and in professional counseling, and the book published with her daughter Jessica Thompson (Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus). Elyse will lead a discussion on parenting with the gospel in full view.
Stability in the Midst of Suffering Lauren Chandler
Lauren will give testimony out of her personal experience with suffering, as she leads this group in considering how God sustains his people through his character revealed in his Word. Come to be encouraged by God's faithfulness, and challenged to consider the Lord himself as the "stability of your times" (Isaiah 33:6).
What is the State of Gospel-Centered Ministry and Training Among Spanish-Speaking Peoples?Juan Sanchez
Join us as we discuss the state of gospel work among Spanish-speaking peoples. We've invited several key pastors from the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States to let us know about gospel work in their regions. In addition, we,re asking you to join us in this conversation if you're interested in learning more about this work and willing to let us know what the Lord is doing among Hispanics in your region.
Growing Into the Leader You Wish You WereJohn Yates
Times arise in ministry when the circumstances seem so contrary to what we want and what God would want that we wonder, Is he really involved, or does he even care about this? Sometimes it seems the Devil is simply having his own heyday, and we are left on our own to do the best we can. Such times will reveal the depth of our faith and our ability to lead even when we aren’t sure where the Lord is going. How can we trust him in times like this? How can we know that "what I’m doing now you won’t understand but eventually you will understand" (John 13:7)? And how can we prepare ourselves so that we can completely rely upon him when we have no answers?
Atonement in Luke-Acts Tom Schreiner
Scholars often say that Luke doesn't have a theology of atonement and even that he denies the atonement. Certainly, the atonement isn't as explicit as we find in Paul, but a careful examination of Luke-Acts reveals that the atonement is more important than is often claimed.
How the Responsibility of Preaching Gets Worked Out in the Week-to-Week Life of the PastorMike Bullmore
How To Get PublishedJustin Taylor, Collin Hansen, Jennifer Lyell
Three editors will draw on their experience in new media and book publishing to guide you in the teaching ministry of writing. They know how to get published, but more importantly, they can challenge you to ask the right questions of yourself as a writer. Christians don't compose for our own acclaim but to spread the renown of Jesus Christ and his gospel.
Teaching the Bible to Children in the ChurchSally and David Michael
Expositional Preaching of LukePhil Ryken
The main Bible expositions for this conference come from the Gospel of Luke. Pastors and other Bible teachers who are currently working through Luke—or planning to do so in the future—are invited to come with their questions and comments. The discussion will focus on the structure of Luke as a whole, on distinctive aspects of its presentation of the gospel, and on challenges a preacher or teacher may face in expounding and applying its message.
The Role of Grace in SanctificationBryan Chapell
Grace is not simply divine provision that enables us to enter the Kingdom of God; it is also the divine provision that motivates and enables us to live for God every day. Many Christians believe that too great an emphasis upon the grace of God will encourage license, but the counter-intuitive, heart-gripping, radical nature of biblical grace actually compels holiness. If we cannot preach radical grace, we cannot promote real holiness.
Redefining WorkTim Keller
What is work, and how should we see it through the lens of Holy Scripture? From Genesis to Revelation we see a gospel-centered vocational theology. Yet a biblically faithful theology of work is often overlooked, misunderstood, and distorted in our churches. If we are going to better connect Sunday to Monday, we must reframe and wholeheartedly embrace a faithful theology of work.
Rethinking WorkKathryn Leery Alsdorf, Dave Kiersznowski
What are some common distortions of work that hinder a gospel-centered local church? Through inadequate thinking, distorting language, and local church practice we have often reinforced a faulty sacred/secular divide rather than viewing our gospel mission through a more integral lens of faith. A faithful theology of work will profoundly shape the priorities and practices of local church life as it seeks to be a faithful presence for Christ in the world. If we are going to better connect Sunday to Monday, we will need to address common distortions of faith and work.
Reframing Pastoral WorkBob Doll, Tom Nelson
What does it mean for a pastor to better connect Sunday to Monday? Gaining a robust theology of work reframes the pastor’s priorities and practices. Pastors will equip congregations for what they are called to do the majority of their time throughout the week. Sermons will be crafted and illustrated with work in mind. Like hospital visitation, workplace visitation will be a common weekly practice. Sunday liturgies will be planned with an eye toward Monday. A vital stewardship of the local church’s gospel mission is the congregation being equipped for and faithfully present at their places of work throughout the week. If we are going to better connect Sunday to Monday, pastors will need to rethink their work engaging in significant reprioritization.
Reformed Theological Seminary Panel: Having Confidence in the Scriptures Justin Taylor, Bruce Baugus, John Currid, Mike Kruger, and Chuck Hill
While walking with those two disciples on the Emmaus road Jesus, “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45 ESV). Christians affirm the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of God’s Word, but sometimes struggle with confidence in Scriptures. The Scriptures are attacked from outside the Church and are oftentimes minimized within the Church. This panel will strengthen our confidence in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments.
Reformed Theological Seminary Panel: Seeing Christ in the Old Testament David Mathis, Mark Futato, Scott Redd, Derek Thomas, and Miles VanPelt
On the road to Emmaus Jesus was helping two of His disciples see Him in the Old Testament, and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself (Luke 24:27 ESV). Christians affirm that all of Scripture points to Jesus, but often have difficulty seeing how the pieces fit together. This panel with show us Jesus in each part of the OT and how there is a crescendo that builds in God's plan of redemption leading directly to Him.
Zondervan Panel: How to Engage and Study Doctrine in the Local ChurchKevin DeYoung (Moderator), Michael Horton, Justin Buzzard, and J.D. Greear
Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back into the Local ChurchRandy Pope
More than 25 years ago, the leadership team of Perimeter Church real- ized that personal, life-on-life missional discipleship was accounting for a unique and unmatched depth of spiritual growth and heart for outreach within the individuals involved. Many pastors and ministry leaders are realizing that current models of ministry just aren’t working the way they had hoped they would. Based on his recently released book, Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back To The Local Church, Randy will share how life-on-life missional discipleship will help you grow mature and equipped followers of Christ who are making a difference for God’s kingdom.