The Gospel Coalition


2009 National Conference

The theme of this Conference gets to the heart of the book of Second Timothy. As Paul is mentoring a young Timothy, he is communicating the great privilege of proclaiming the gospel to the world. In an age bereft of courageous leadership, declining biblical literacy, and rising cultural accommodation, a prophetic voice from the center is needed, a voice that faithfully speaks the ancient text to our contemporary context. This Conference seeks a renewal of faithful preaching that is rooted in the Scriptures and centered on the gospel.

The best of gospel-faithful ministry is not only taught, it is also caught. This was the practice of the Apostle Paul -- the great missionary of the early church -- who not only had much to say regarding what constitutes gospel-faithful ministry, but also had much to show of what it looked like in an individual life and in the life of the church. We see these two foci coming together harmoniously in Paul's letter to the church in Corinth:

Therefore I urge you to imitate me. For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church (1 Corinthians 4:16-17; cf. 11:1; Philippians 3:17).

On 21-23 April 2009, The Gospel Coalition will hold its second National Conference on the theme, "Entrusted with the Gospel: Living the Vision of Second Timothy." During these meetings we will seek to imitate Paul's dual practice of show and tell.

The Plenary Sessions -- led by John Piper, Phil Ryken, Mark Driscoll, K. Edward Copeland, Bryan Chapell, and Ligon Duncan -- will expound the book of Second Timothy. It is through these expositions that we hope to model the sort of preaching through Scripture of which the church is in need, while teaching the glories of this gospel of the blessed God that has been entrusted to the care of the church. Tim Keller and Don Carson will each give addresses that seek to situate gospel-faithful ministry in the currents of the twenty-first century, and Ajith Fernando will discuss the global challenges and priorities of gospel-faithful mission for the next Christendom. There will also be several workshops devoted to the faithful appropriation of text (Scripture) to context (contemporary issues).

While this Conference is aimed at pastors and students of pastoral ministry, all are welcome, and we encourage everyone to attend. Please join us on 21-23 April 2009 for "Entrusted with the Gospel."

The conference will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Conference Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018.

Plenary Speakers

Workshop Speakers

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Tuesday 21 April 2009
10:00 amRegistration Opens
1:30 pmIntroduction, Worship
2:00 pmSession 1: Tim Keller, "The Grand Demythologizer: The Gospel and Idolatry" (Acts 19:21-41)
3:00 pmBreak
3:30 pmWorship
4:00 pmSession 2: John Piper, "Feed the Flame of God’s Gift: Unashamed Courage in the Gospel" (2 Timothy 1:1-12)
5:00 pmDinner
7:00 pmSession 3: Phil Ryken, "The Pattern of Sound Words" (2 Timothy 1:13-2:13)
8:00 pmSession 4: Mark Driscoll, "Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth" (2 Timothy 2:14-26)
Wednesday 22 April 2009
7:30 amInformation Session: Tim Keller and Don Carson explain how to start an official chapter for The Gospel Coalition in your area
9:00 amWorship
9:30 amSession 5: K. Edward Copeland, "Shadowlands: Pitfalls and Parodies of Gospel-Centered Ministry" (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
10:30 amBreak
11:00 amSession 6: Bryan Chapell, "Preach the Word!" (2 Timothy 3:10-4:5)
12:00 pmLunch
Band of Bloggers 2009
2:00 pmWorkshops: Session 1
3:45 pmWorkshops: Session 2
5:00 pmDinner
7:00 pmSession 7: Ajith Fernando, "Gospel-Faithful Mission in the New Christendom"
8:00 pmSession 8: Panel Discussion: Tim Keller, John Piper, Ligon Duncan and Crawford Loritts (chair: Stephen Um)
Thursday 23 April 2009
9:00 amWorship
9:30 amSession 9: Ligon Duncan, "Finishing Well" (2 Timothy 4:6-22)
11:00 amSession 10: Don Carson, "That By All Means I Might Win Some': Faithfulness and Flexibility in Gospel Proclamation" (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

7:00 pm

Special Event: "The Pastor as Scholar, and the Scholar as Pastor". This event will feature reflections on life and ministry by John Piper and Don Carson. This event is sponsored by the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding and will be held at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL.

Session 1

Thabiti Anyabwile, "The Decline of African-American Theology"
Buster Brown, "Preaching in a Christianized Culture"
Michael Bullmore, "The Functional Centrality of the Gospel"
Steven Chin, "Working Faithfully Under a Senior Pastor"
Graham Cole, "Homosexuality and the Bible: Texts, Hermeneutics, and Pastoral Wisdom"
K. Edward Copeland and Charlie Dates, "Mentoring Younger Pastors"
Andy Davis, "The Gospel and Social Action"
Joshua Harris, "Ministering in a Church-Hopping Society"
David Helm, "Biblical Reflections on Building a Staff"
Bill Kynes, "Complementarianism: Definition and Priorities"

Session 2

Crawford Loritts, "Staying Faithful, Staying Relevant: The Use and Abuse of Polemical Preaching"
Jeff Louie, "Gospel and Community: Definitions and Crucial Issues"
Erwin Lutzer, "Finishing Well in Life and Ministry"
C. J. Mahaney, "The Pastor’s Charge"
Tom Nelson and Matt Perman, "The Gospel and Money"
Tim Savage, "Power in Weakness: The Heart of Gospel Ministry"
Colin Smith, "Transformational Expository Preaching"
Scotty Smith, "A Biblical Theology of Worship: On Preference and Other Matters"
Stephen Um, "On Ministry and Revolving Doors: Practical Challenges and Ideas for Ministry in a Mobile Society"
Sandy Willson, "Gospel Mission to the World: Arrogance or Love?"