Pastors expect to help others through times of suffering. But many do not realize how much they, too, will suffer. Caught off guard, many end up deeply hurt and quit the ministry, deciding that perhaps they misunderstood God’s call or that they simply do not have what it takes. Pastors and ministry leaders who work alongside them need encouragement to run the race with endurance.
In The Gospel Coalition’s first West Coast Conference—Enduring Faithfulness—veteran pastors from around the country will open 2 Timothy and consider the example of Paul, who fought the good fight and kept his faith in Jesus Christ. Dozens of other workshops will explore various aspects of gospel ministry, from appreciating the beauty of Christian sexual ethics to thinking creatively about faith and work. Several workshops will profile historical examples, such as Jonathan Edwards and Augustine, to instruct and challenge us to cultivate ministry that lasts a lifetime and beyond.
We invite you to join us October 16 to 18, in Los Angeles, California.
Alistair Begg is general editor of the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible; senior pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio; and the Bible teacher on Truth for Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world. He graduated from theological college in London and served two churches in Scotland before moving to Ohio. Alistair is married to Susan, and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs for TGC at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. Kevin is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He has authored several books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
Ligon Duncan is chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and a Council member for The Gospel Coalition. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or contributed to numerous books, including Does Grace Grow Best in Winter? Duncan holds an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He and his wife, Ann, have two children.
Stephen J. Nichols, PhD, is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of 20 books including Beyond the 95 Theses, Jesus Made in America, and A Time for Confidence. He hosts the podcast 5 Minutes in Church History. He lives with his wife, Heidi, and three children in Sanford, Florida.
Miguel Núñez (ThM, Southern Baptist School for Biblical Studies; DMin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; MD, INTEC School of Medicine) is senior pastor of Iglesia Bautista Internacional and president of Ministerios Integridad & Sabiduría in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition and Coalicion por el Evangelio. He has authored a few books, including Enseñanzas que transformaron el mundo. He is married to Catherine.
Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, the president of Renewal Ministries, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He has authored a number of books, including Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. Ortlund has a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MA from The University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He and his wife, Jani, have four children.
Alyssa Poblete is the wife of Chris and mother of Geneva (3) and Haddon (1). Their family planted King’s Cross Church in Orange County, California, in April of 2017. Alyssa studied English Literature at Concordia University and worked in local church ministry for several years. She has written for TGC, Acts 29, and CBMW. Her passion is to see women connect the transforming power of the gospel to their everyday life through an ever-increasing understanding of God’s Word.
Robert (Bobby) Scott is a pastor at Community of Faith Bible Church. He holds a BS from UCLA, and a ThM and MDiv from The Master’s Seminary. He is an author, and you can follow his podcast or blog online at “Truth in the City.” It is his desire to be used by God to strengthen the local church within the urban community by investing in the family, encouraging singles to live radically for Jesus, and developing a ministry that is built upon the exposition of the Word of God. Scott and his wife, Naomi, have six children.
Stephen Um is senior pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, Massachusetts, the president and executive director of The Center for Gospel Culture, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is also the author of Micah for You: Acting Justly, Loving Mercy. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three children.
Kim Bogardus loves teaching, coaching, and counseling, and has a passion to see women live with courage through owning their story and being content with who and where they are. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Kim has a diverse ministry background. She and her husband Nick have planted two churches, most recently Cross of Christ in Costa Mesa, California. They spent the first year and a half of their marriage living and serving in Mongolia. They live in Orange County with their three energetic kiddos.
Joshua Ryan Butler
Joshua Ryan Butler is a pastor at Imago Dei Community in Portland, Oregon, and author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet and The Pursuing God. Joshua has developed the church’s city ministries in areas like foster care and human trafficking, and international partnerships in church-based community development. Joshua’s wife, Holly, and their three children enjoy spending time with friends over great meals and exploring their beautiful little patch of the world in the Pacific Northwest.
Justin Buzzard founded Garden City Church from a love for the gospel and the Bay Area of California. He also serves as city director for Made to Flourish Silicon Valley, founder of Three Sons Club, and author of books such as Why Cities Matter and Date Your Wife. A fifth-generation Californian, you can find Justin running on Bay Area trails, visiting Silicon Valley workplaces, surfing, dating his wife, wrestling his three sons, and hanging out with old and new friends.
Steve S. Chang
Steve S. Chang has been serving as the founding senior pastor of Living Hope Community Church in Brea, California, for 24 years. He helped found the Sola Network and serves on its council. He is married to Hannah and has two daughters, Christine and Janice.
Eden Chen is a co-founder and a managing partner at Fishermen Labs, one of the fastest-growing digital creative agencies in the United States. Eden is also the founder of Common Foods, CE Foundation, and Chen Hu Holdings. Eden sits on the board of Pioneers, Biola University’s executive ed program, and SENE. Eden was selected as a part of Forbes’ 30 under 30, LA Business Journal’s 20 in their 20s, Emory Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was a TedX speaker.
Joey Chen is lead pastor at Sunset Church in San Francisco, California. He has a passion for what God is doing in cities, since they are a strategic place for gospel ministry. Chen earned his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing a DMin at Talbot School of Theology. He is blessed to be married to Jeannette, and they have two beautiful girls, along with a silly labradoodle named Cashew.
Jamin Goggin is a pastor at Mission Hills Church and the co-author of Beloved Dust and The Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb. He lives with his wife and four children in Escondido, California.
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition, and is the author of several books, including Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He edited The New City Catechism Devotional, among other books. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.
Andrew Hoffman serves as lead pastor of Solano Community Church in Albany, California, and serves as national team leader for church multiplication in the Evangelical Free Church of America. He received his MDiv at Trinity International University, an MA in New Testament at Trinity, under the direction of D. A. Carson, and also holds degrees in literature and music from U.C. Santa Barbara. Andrew and his wife, Jodie, have four children.
D. A. Horton
- A. Horton serves as pastor of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in North Long Beach, California, and as chief evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). He earned his BS in biblical studies from Calvary Bible College, his Master’s Degree from Calvary Theological Seminary, and he is currently working on his PhD at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. D. A. is an author of several books, including Enter the Ring: Fighting Together for a Gospel-Saturated Marriage, which he recently co-authored with his wife Elicia. They have three children.
Elicia Horton travels the nation teaching and encouraging others by using rap and poetry. Her first book will be released in 2018. Co-authored with her husband, Enter the Ring is a plea to fight for gospel-saturated marriages in the midst of an anti-God culture. She holds an MS in religious studies and an MS in organizational development from Calvary Theological Seminary. She and D. A. Horton have been married for 14 years and have three wonderful children.
Robert Jacobsen serves as senior pastor of Trabuco Canyon Community Church. He graduated with an MDiv from Talbot School of Theology, and he helps lead the Orange County chapter of The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Amy, have adopted two children from Russia, Grace and Paul, who fill their lives with unexpected surprises. In his spare time he enjoys hockey, a good cup of tea, audiobooks, winning game shows, and 5 a.m. morning walks with his wife.
Aimee Joseph works alongside her husband, G’Joe, who directs Campus Outreach San Diego. She has the privilege of discipling her three boys and college women. While many decry the millennial generation, she has the joy of watching the gospel of Christ and Word of God transform students from lost to leaders. She has a passion to see women equipped to study and treasure the Scriptures and writes regularly at aimeejoseph.wordpress.com.
G’Joe Joseph directs Campus Outreach San Diego out of Redeemer Church in Encinitas. He and his wife, Aimee, partner to shepherd a growing staff team of recent graduates seeking to raise up Christ-centered leaders on the campus for the city of San Diego and beyond. After decades of doing college ministry in the Southeast, he has learned afresh his own insufficiency and the all-sufficiency of the gospel upon moving to the West Coast to pioneer a new region. He and Aimee have three wild boys who love all things Nerf, fort, and Lego.
Anthony Kidd currently serves as the preaching pastor at Community of Faith Bible Church in South Gate, California. He has also served for 18 years as a professor at the Los Angeles Bible Training School in Watts, California. He received his undergraduate degree at Washington State University and his graduate degree at The Master’s Seminary. Anthony and his wife, Sherry, have five children.
Julius J. Kim
Julius J. Kim is the dean of students and professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as an associate pastor at New Life PCA in Escondido, California. He is the author of multiple books and articles, and contributor to several study Bibles. Kim has also served on several boards, including the Council for The Gospel Coalition.
Ryan Lister is professor of theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of The Presence of God and serves as director of doctrine and discipleship for Humble Beast, where he also helped start the Canvas Conference. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Chase, and their four children.
Brett McCracken is a senior editor at The Gospel Coalition and author of Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community, Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty, and Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide. Brett and his wife, Kira, live in Santa Ana, California. They belong to Southlands Church, where Brett serves as an elder. You can follow him on Twitter.
Katie Roberts is a conference speaker, Bible teacher, and women’s ministry leader. Her passion is knowing Jesus through studying Scripture and training women to do the same. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and three teenage children. Katie holds an MA from Western Seminary and is currently completing her Doctor of Ministry. She serves as co-director of the Women’s Training Network for The Gospel Coalition and also co-directs women’s ministry at Emerald Bible Fellowship.
Ric Rodeheaver thought he was going to be a rock-star so he moved to Hollywood in 1991. Instead he became a pastor. Along with his responsibilities at Christ Community Church in Laguna Hills, Ric is an adjunct professor of practical theology at CBS in Nagoya, Japan, and helps The Gospel Coalition Orange County chapter. Rodenheaver has a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
Fred Sanders is a theologian who teaches in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. He is the author of The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything and The Triune God. He maintains an active online presence (fredfredfred.com), and he and his wife are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California.
Kyle Strobel is a theologian at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and is the author of Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards and co-author of Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself, and The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb. Kyle is a widely published Jonathan Edwards scholar, and serves on the preaching team of Redeemer Church.
Thomas Terry is the founder and executive director of Humble Beast, a record label and ministry in Portland, Oregon. As a spoken word artist and a member of Beautiful Eulogy, he seeks to bring creativity and theology together to glorify the Lord who created them both. Thomas lives with his wife, Heather, and two boys, Tobin and Kuyper, and serves as the executive pastor at Trinity Church Portland. You can follow him on Twitter and find his words and music at www.humblebeast.com.
Donna Thoennes serves on the faculty of Biola University in the Torrey Honors Institute. Donna also helps to lead the orphan-care ministry at their church. Donna and her husband, Erik, have been married since 1989 and have four children.
Erik Thoennes is the professor of theology and chair of the theology department at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology and is also a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada California. He and his wife, Donna, have four children.
P. J. Tibayan
P. J. Tibayan is pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Bellflower, California. He blogs at gospelize.me and helps lead TGC’s LA regional chapter, the Shepherd LA Conference, and the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association (executive board). He has an MDiv from The Master’s Seminary, completed the pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, and is a DMin student in biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Frances, have five children.
Jeremy Treat is pastor for preaching and vision at Reality LA in Los Angeles, California, and adjunct professor of theology at Biola University. He is the author of The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology and preaches regularly on college campuses such as USC, UCLA, and Pepperdine. He holds a Phd from Wheaton College.
Taylor Turkington is a conference speaker and Bible teacher who has served in church and parachurch positions, where she has trained women to teach the Scriptures and disciple others. Living in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Taylor holds an MA from Western Seminary and is scheduled to complete her Doctor of Ministry this year. She currently serves as co-director of the Women’s Training Network for The Gospel Coalition.
Danté Upshaw serves as associate pastor of Solano Community Church in Albany, California. He was ordained with the Evangelical Free Church and spent nine years serving the Evangelical Free Church of America as national director of African-American ministries. He committed his life to the Lord while attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to study pastoral ministry at Moody Bible Institute, and evangelism and spiritual formation at Wheaton College.
Session 1: Guard the Good DepositVIEW
Session 1: Guard the Good Deposit
Session 2: Saved Us to a Holy CallingVIEW
Session 2: Saved Us to a Holy Calling
Session 3: A Good SoldierVIEW
Session 3: A Good Soldier
Session 4: Keep a Close Watch on Your LifeVIEW
(Panel) Ortlund, DeYoung, Nichols
Session 4: Keep a Close Watch on Your Life
Session 5: Unashamed WorkmanVIEW
Session 5: Unashamed Workman
Session 6: Godlessness in the Last DaysVIEW
Session 6: Godlessness in the Last Days
Breakout Round 1VIEW
Breakout Round 1
Breakout Round 2VIEW
Breakout Round 2
Session 7: God-BreathedVIEW
Session 7: God-Breathed
Session 8: Keep a Close Watch on the TeachingVIEW
(Panel) Duncan, Um, Nunez, Scott
Session 8: Keep a Close Watch on the Teaching
Guard the Good Deposit
2 Timothy 1:3-8
Saved Us to a Holy Calling
2 Timothy 1:9-18
A Good Soldier
2 Timothy 2:1-13
Keep a Close Watch on Your Life
DeYoung, Nichols, and Ortlund
2 Timothy 2:14-26
Godlessness in the Last Days
2 Timothy 3:1-9
2 Timothy 3:10-17
Keep a Close Watch on the Teaching
MacArthur, Duncan, Um, Nunez, Scott
Preach the Word
2 Timothy 4:1-9
Safely into His Heavenly Kingdom
2 Timothy 4:9-22
Being a Christian on the Job: Thinking Creatively About Faith and Work
This breakout session is focused on how to practically engage with others at work, how to shape the culture and vision of a company in order to integrate your faith at work, and how to personally think through calling and how to create goals based on our calling as Christians.
Centering Women on the Scriptures
A woman in your church is suffering from depression and wants to know if God still loves her. Your 8-year-old son is asking you what happens when people die. Your neighbor lost her job and wants to know if life has meaning. Where’s the best place to turn to answer their questions? The Bible. But turning to Scripture is easier said than done. So many today make the Bible say whatever they want. How can we know what it says for sure? Does God speak in Scripture in a way that actually relates to those I love? To me? Does the whole Bible – Old and New Testaments – fit together? And can I legitimately point people to Christ from every passage? This workshop will answer those questions, giving you the sure foundations you need to center yourself – and others – on the Scriptures.
Communicating the Beauty of Christian Sexual Ethics
Joshua Ryan Butler
Sex is everywhere in our culture, yet an intimidating subject for many Christians to talk about. We may be convinced God's vision for sex is true, but is it also good and beautiful? This workshop will explore some fresh language, imagery, and concepts from Scripture, to help us communicate biblical sexual ethics winsomely, narratively, and beautifully to a culture that is highly skeptical of the Christian vision.
Embracing Uncomfortable Church: Challenging the Idols of a Consumer Culture
In a culture that worships comfort and autonomy, and where pervasive consumerism infects even our approach to church ("church shopping"), pitching Christian community as inherently "uncomfortable" seems like it would be counterproductive. But the discomfort of church community and the countercultural cost of discipleship are crucial, unavoidable, and (ironically) appealing to a generation skeptical of sugar-coated and too-convenient Christianity. In this workshop, Brett McCracken (author of "Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community") will talk about how to identify and winsomely challenge "comfort idolatry" in our churches, and how to build churches where healthy discomfort is embraced rather than avoided.
The Future of Ministry to Asian Americans
Steve Chang, Joey Chen, Mark Lee
Asian Americans continue to be one of the fastest-growing groups in the U.S. and the church must learn how to disciple and reach them with the Gospel. The issues are more complicated than merely race since ministry to Asian Americans includes generational, socio-economic, and other cultural factors. Even to categorize all Asians into one group like Chinese people and Korean people is an oversimplification. Churches that are attempting to reach Asian Americans include immigrant churches, second generation church plants, and majority-culture churches being more intentional to include Asian Americans. Join us as we discuss how the church can continue to grow in reaching Asian Americans.
Gospel-Centered Parenting Amid 21st-Century Challenges
Erik and Donna Thoennes
An optimistic yet realistic consideration of how to raise the next generation in a gospel grounded, Christ exalting daily life. It will include themes such as: following Christ in the mundane, family spiritual disciplines, family rooted in the local church, avoiding the idolatry of family, being an example to your children.
The Joys and Struggles of Being a Church Planters Wife
Kim Bogardus, Elicia Horton, Alyssa Poblete,
What are the unique challenges and joys for women who are married to church-planting pastors? In this panel, three pastor's wives from different church plants in Southern California will share insights and stories from personal experience on a range of topics: guarding your marriage, the importance of friendship and support networks, understanding the difference between legalism and obedience, faithfulness rather than performance, the importance of hospitality, self-evaluation, enduring through hard seasons, and more.
Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry
Church history is filled with compelling stories of pastors who were profoundly afflicted while they carried out their ministry and yet persevered faithfully until death. We must hear their stories again, so that we might be encouraged and armed with faith to endure in our own call today. In this workshop the stories of John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, Charles Simeon, Janani Luwum, Wang Mindao, and others will show that suffering in the context of ministry is expected—and it's never wasted by our faithful Savior.
Searching For Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It
Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin
Everything we do in ministry is fueled by underlying assumptions about the nature of power in the kingdom of God. As we read through the gospels we continually observe the tension between Jesus’ way of power and the expectations of religious leaders, crowds, and disciples, yet those expectations are often our own, and rarely go challenged in the church today. Join Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel as they articulate a biblical account of power and the implications for pastoral ministry and the call of the church.
Thriving Churches in Urban Contexts
Kris Brosett, D.A. Horton, Anthony Kidd, and Bobby Scott
What are the unique challenges, opportunities, and complexities of ministry today in urban contexts like Los Angeles? How does ministry in the city look different from ministry in the suburbs, or ministry in rural areas? What are the particular needs, questions, and problems the gospel can address in contexts like L.A.? In this workshop, four L.A. pastors will share insights on where they have found success—and where they have struggled—in fostering gospel-centered, community-serving, engaged churches in the city.
Timeless and Timely Principles on Reaching College Students
G'Joe and Aimee Joseph
Each passing generation presents its own unique challenges and opportunities for spreading of the Good News of Christ. Join us as we explore both timeless Biblical principles for reaching college students and timely principles that particularly apply to the generation termed Millennials.
What Augustine Teaches Us About the Christian Life
No person living outside the pages of Scripture has thought more deeply or more passionately about God, the Bible, the doctrines of grace, or likely any other theological topic than Augustine. He is a towering figure across the centuries of church history and remains vitally important for the church today. In this seminar, we’ll explore the life and thought of Augustine with a view to how he might help us today be more faithful disciples of Christ, the Founder and Perfecter of our faith.
Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough
Scripture is enough because the work of Christ is enough. They stand or fall together. The Son’s redemption and the Son’s revelation must both be sufficient. As we'll explore together in this workshop, there is nothing more to be done and nothing more to be known for our salvation and for our Christian walk than what we see and know about Christ and through Christ in his Spirit’s book.
The Atonement and the Kingdom: Why We Must Preach Both
The kingdom and the cross are two of the most important themes in Scripture. Sadly, many Christians either champion the kingdom or cling to the cross, often preaching one to the exclusion of the other. The consequences for such a division are devastating for both theology and practice. In this session, pastor and professor Jeremy Treat will demonstrate how atonement and kingdom have a mutually enriching relationship that draws from the story of Israel and culminates in the crucifixion of Christ the king. Building on his work in his award-winning book The Crucified King, Treat will discuss the importance of atonement and kingdom for preaching, discipleship, and bearing witness to Christ in a secular world.
Centering Women on the Gospel
We know that the good news of the gospel is what our lost friends and family desperately need. Sometimes we forget that the gospel is also what we and our believing friends, family, and church brothers and sisters desperately need as well. As new covenant believers, we grow in the gospel. In this session, we’ll talk about how the gospel of grace permeates our ministries as disciple-makers, parents, Bible teachers, and sisters in Christ. The best we can do for others is to help them center their lives on the gospel.
Church Revitalization: Leading in an Age of Leaving
Robert Jacobsen, Ric Rodeheaver, P. J. Tibayan
In our consumer driven culture we seldom repair things any more. We replace everything from cars to TVs with "new and improved." Sometimes that mentality even creeps into the life of our churches. Rather than sticking it out and struggling through the healing process, people and pastors just move on, and in doing so often miss the opportunities to see God's healing power at work in the life of individuals and a community. After all, we worship a God who brings the dead to life. You may be in a church that is dying, or God may be calling you to become a part of a church that needs revitalization. The goal of this breakout session is to encourage pastors and members alike in the work of church revitalization. We'll be discussing the strategic importance of the task, practical implications for those willing to engage it, and pastoral realities that need to be addressed. The session will include recommended resources, great stories of God's faithfulness, and a time of Q&A.
Fighting Together for a Gospel-Saturated Marriage
D.A. and Elicia Horton
Marriage is a fight. The world uses different assaults and tactics to distract us, tempting us to walk away, in order to destroy our marriages. But there is hope: The constant forgiveness, grace, and intervention of God can preserve and protect us from not only the world but also ourselves. Sharing honestly and transparently from their own struggles as two millennials who have fought together for their marriage, D. A. and Elicia Horton will share insights on how a gospel-saturated marriage can not only survive but thrive in today's world.
How the Trinity Should Shape Our Churches
Gospel ministry never takes place without the Trinity; it always takes place within the Trinity. A clear and steady awareness that our God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit should lead us to engage in ministry in the image of the Trinity: not in some speculative way by finding triads and triangles here and there, but by recognizing everywhere the work of the Son of God and the Spirit of God on the mission of the Father.
Jonathan Edwards, Love, and the Formation of the Christian
Jonathan Edwards scholar Kyle Strobel takes us through Edwards's understanding of love and Christian formation, addressing questions like: What does sanctification entail? What are the nature of spiritual practices as means of grace? What does it look like to truly "love our neighbor as ourselves?" Edwards's vision of Christian maturity and growth is as relevant today as it was three-hundred years ago.
Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons
Based on Julius Kim's new book on preaching, this workshop will introduce the primary elements involved in the preparation and presentation of gospel-centered sermons from all the Scriptures. Both the interpretive and communicative parts of the preaching task will be discussed, including implications for preaching from recent discoveries in brain science.
Put Your Faith to Work: Equipping Your People to Walk with Jesus From Monday to Friday
God created people to work. Much of pastoral ministry is about equipping people for what they spend most of their week doing: working. Join Silicon Valley pastor Justin Buzzard to hear a theological vision and practical tips for discipling your church for Monday, not just Sunday.
Race, Gospel and Biblical Justice
Andrew Hoffman and Danté Upshaw
Issues of race and ethnicity have rocketed to the forefront of the cultural conversation in the U.S. As Christians, we know that all are made in God’s image, that Christ has broken down the barriers that divide races and that the heavenly vision includes all peoples. What does it mean to live out the multi-ethnic dimensions of the Gospel and how might we move our congregations in that direction? In this workshop, Pastors Danté Upshaw and Andrew Hoffman will help us think through these and other critical questions.
Redesigned Cathedrals: Creativity for the Church and the Church for Creativity
Ryan Lister and Thomas Terry
Isn’t the church where creativity goes to die? Too often this is true. The church has buried creativity’s vital role beneath a landfill of knockoff artistry. But, on the other hand, isn’t creativity where Christianity goes to die? Too often this is true. It seems to have become not a matter of if, but when, artists will leave the church and the faith. In this workshop, hip hop artist Thomas Terry and theologian Ryan Lister want to show you that it doesn’t need to be this way. Through practical marching orders, the church can learn how to understand and serve creatives in their congregation, while also helping creatives understand their need for the church and how to serve God’s people with humility and grace. Is your church prepared to minister to the creative generation?
Spiritual Medicine: What My Work as a Doctor Teaches Me About Pastoral Ministry
As I look back through the years, I realize that being in contact with patients through my medical practice has made me a more avid reader, a better listener, a more sensitive counselor and pastor, a better one to one evangelist, a more disciplined person and specially, a better servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Medicine was the instrument God used to teach me how to apply the Word of God to the deepest wounds of the soul and to shape my heart to become a servant to all men, regardless of their background. Parabolically speaking, I could say that, His Word was the scalpel, His Spirit was the surgeon and the practice of medicine was the operating room where God worked on my heart. This workshop will provide practical experience to become a physician of the soul.
Suffer and Rejoice: Start Now to Finish Well in Ministry
“. . . lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:27. If the apostle Paul took measures to prevent his being disqualified, how much more should we! How therefore can Christian leaders in their younger years start out, so that they finish well? This breakout session will offer biblical and personal insights into the incentives, resources, costs and rewards of faithfulness over the long haul, for the Lord’s sake.
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