Session Information

PRE-CONFERENCE

The Samson Saga – Hermeneutics for Homiletics
Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla – Pre-Conference (Monday, March 5th 9:00-11:00AM)
This pre-conference will explore hermeneutics for homiletics. Particular interest will be given to preaching the story of Samson from Judges.
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BIBLICAL TOPICS

PREACHING AND TEACHING FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Dr. Denny Autrey – Session A (Monday, March 5th 1:00-2:15PM)
This breakout session will explore the seven major genres of Scripture with insights on how to preach each type from a text-driven approach. Particular interest will be given to preaching “narrative” portions of Scripture.
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PREACHING OLD TESTAMENT LAW
Dr. Deron Biles – Session B (Monday, March 5th 2:30-3:45PM)
A look at the specific genre of Old Testament law and the uniqueness’s of preaching it.  It would include what is the law; is the law still relevant today; how do we preach the law today.
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TEXT DRIVEN PREACHING: HOW IT’S DONE
Dr. Barry McCarty – Session C (Monday March 5th 4:00-5:15PM)
In this session Dr. McCarty will walk you through the process of how he developed his Plenary Session sermon.
PREACHING 1ST PETER: PILGRIMS WITH A PURPOSE
Dr. Matthew McKellar – Session D (Tuesday March 6th 1:00-2:15pm)
This breakout session will offer an overview of the background and setting of 1 Peter. Exegetical and homiletical insights for ten suggested preaching units will be presented. Additionally, key points of application and options/sources for illustrations will be addressed. Ultimately, the objective of this breakout session is for participants to depart with a clear, practical, text-driven preaching plan for 1 Peter. Its timeless perspective, which includes the ‘alien’ status of believers in this world and the inevitability of their suffering for Christ in it, merits faithful proclamation to congregations in a postmodern and passing world.
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PREACHING THE BOOK OF ACTS
Dr. Kyle Walker – Session E (Tuesday March 6th 2:30-3:45pm)
This one hour session offers an overview and introduction on how to preach text-driven sermon through the book of Acts.
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THE “WAY” OF DAILY WISDOM: APPLYING THE TEXT DRIVEN MODEL TO PROVERBS
Dr. Daniel Dickard – Session F (Tuesday, March 6th 4:00-5:15pm)
Many challenges await the courageous expositor who traverses the wise road of Proverbs. Perhaps the greatest challenge for the expositor, however, is determining whether or not it is possible to preach the book as a unified collection. Join us on a quest to see the two main structural divisions (Proverbs 1-9; 19-31) in light of the whole book through the book’s ruling metaphor – (דרך).
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PREACHING TOPICS

FINDING THE TAKE HOME TRUTH
Dr. Michael Duduit – Session A & B (Monday March 5th 1:00-2:15pm and 2:30-3:45pm)
Every sermon needs a central idea – a biblical truth/principle that impacts the lives of listeners – and the most effective central ideas are ones that listeners understand and carry home to apply. This session will discuss why a Take Home Truth is so vital and how to identify and present that truth in a sermon.
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EXEGETING EMOTIVE STRUCTURES
Dr. Adam Dooley – Session C (Monday, March 5th 4:00-5:15pm)
If every biblical text has an inspired pathos, how do we discover it?  This session will offer five hermeneutical steps to follow in oder to pinpoint the emotional tone of a pericope, as well as a brief discussion about prioritizing the same during sermon delivery.
SERMON NOTES
Dr. Tony Mathews – Session D (Tuesday March 6th 1:00-2:15pm)
In the book, Black Preaching: The Recovery of a Powerful Art, Henry Mitchell writes about “personal style in black preaching” and the black context in which it takes place. This breakout session explores these chapters and addresses the use of mannerisms, tone, rhythm, call and response, and other styles relative to many (but not all) African American preachers. Additionally, attention will be given to examining aspects of sermon delivery that Akin, Curtis and Rummage address in their book Engaging Exposition. Exploring these dynamic features will be examined for the purpose of highlighting the rich variety and commonality that exist within the community of preachers.
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YOU’VE GOT TO START WITH A BANG AND END WITH A BANG
Dr. Mark Howell – Session E (Tuesday March 6th 2:30-3-4:15pm)
The Importance of the Introduction and Conclusion in the Text-Driven Sermon
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HUMOR IN PREACHING
Dr. Chris Osborne – Session F (Tuesday March 6th 4:00-5:15pm)
How to reach a millennial culture in your preaching.

LEADERSHIP TOPICS

BECOMING THE PASTOR
Jordan Easley – Session A (Monday March 5th 1:00-2:15pm)
What I’ve learned since stepping into the role of Senior Pastor.  This session will discuss the transition from ‘staff person’ to ‘Senior Pastor’ and also break down many things I learned the hard way in my rookie season.  This session would address:  Working with a Pastor Search Committee, Planning your first 100 days, Leading a staff team, Leading Deacons, Walking into a foreign church culture with a desire to make changes, hiring staff, reassigning staff, family dynamics related to the role, and also the importance of what happens in the pulpit.
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PASTORS, POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
Jonathan Leeman – Session B (Monday March 5th 2:30-3:45pm)
As American culture grows increasingly anti-Christian, it will simultaneously put more and more hope in politics. As such, the culture wars, if anything, will grow worse. And the potential for division within our churches will only grow. Author of Political Church and How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics for a Divided Age, Jonathan Leeman will offer counsel on how pastors can navigate these increasingly divisive waters. When should pastors address politics? How do we help our members share the Lord’s Supper with a sincere heart and love for people who voted differently from them in the last election? How do we not subvert our church and its gospel to a political party or movement, while also speaking when Christ calls us to speak? Finally, how do we help our members engage in the public square without succumbing to utopianism on the one side or cynical withdrawal on the other?
LEADERSHIP SELECTION
Nathan Lino – Session C (Monday March 5th 4:00-5:15pm)
One of the hardest aspects of leading a church is selecting leaders to help lead the church, especially staff members. This workshop will lead the attendees through the 3 C’s of leadership selection:  1) Character – following 1 Tim. 3:1-7, we would examine how integrity in a leader begins in themselves personally, flows out to their family life, and then into ever widening circles of Kingdom leadership. A leadership role doesn’t cause integrity in a person, it exposes one’s true condition. “Don’t let your talent take you where your character can’t keep you”.  2) Chemistry – following Eph. 4:16, we would examine the components of unity b/w fellow leaders: genuine love and humility toward one another (vs. 1-3), a commonly held doctrine/theology (vs. 4-6), a clear call from God to leadership (7-11), and a shared philosophy of ministry (vs. 12-16)  3) Competence – not much time would be spent on this issue – I think most leaders can figure out if potential leadership candidates are competent or not.
HOW TO PREACH AS A PASTOR
Chris Osborne – Session D (Tuesday March 6th 1:00-2:15pm)
Crafting a sermon is not enough.
DEVELOPING YOUNG LEADERS WITHIN YOUR CONGREGATION
Jarrett Stephens – Session E (Tuesday March 6th 2:30-3:45pm)
How do you develop younger ministers on your team? How do you start an intern program? This session will focus on the priority of raising up leaders within your congregation and then taking a holistic approach to training and developing them. Come learn some best practices from a church that has had an intern ministry for over 30 years.
HELP! MY CONGREGATION IS BECOMING MULTI-ETHNIC
Tony Mathews – Session F (Tuesday March 6th 4:00-5:15pm)
Crafting a sermon is not enough.
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SPANISH LANGUAGE TRACK
Dr. Rudy Gonzalez – Sessions A-F (Monday March 5th and Tuesday, March 6th)

Predicando Dirigido por el Texto
Bienvenidos al curso, Predicando Dirigido por el Texto, diseñado con la intención de ayudar al predicador del evangelio a refinar sus dones en el área de la predicación. En este curso nos enfocaremos en cuatro áreas importantes: 1) la naturaleza de la Biblia que predicamos, 2) la formación espiritual del predicador, 3) la construcción del sermón y, 4) aspectos que afectan la comunicación del sermón.
Felizmente, hay muchas obras homiléticas escritas originalmente o traducidas al español. Animo a todo estudiante que aproveche tales recursos, pues contienen muchos consejos de parte de ministros veteranos del ayer y de hoy sobre la prédica evangélica. Nuestro entendimiento sobre el llamado a predicar se acentuará al ver lo que otros han dicho acerca del desafío de predicar. Este bosquejo provee una bibliografía de obras de homilética en español.
Por supuesto, en nuestra preparación, nada toma el lugar de la Biblia, pues es nuestro texto único y principal. En sus páginas, tanto profetas como apóstoles, y sobre todo el Señor, ilustran la importancia de la Palabra inspirada de Dios, la formación espiritual del predicador, y revela guías sobre la manera de predicar y ser fiel al mensaje del evangelio. Mi deseo, sobre todo, es que Dios quiera usar este estudio como medio para equiparnos a ser competentes expositores de su palabra.
Bosquejo de Talleres
Taller #1: Entendiendo la naturaleza de la biblia que predicamos
Taller #2: Las disciplinas del predicador
Taller #3: Resumen de la interpretación de la biblia en la historia de la iglesia
Taller #4: El exegesis histórico y gramático
Taller #5: Los detalles del sermón textual
Taller #6: Asuntos adicionales relacionados a la predicación
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KOREAN TRACK
Dr. David Lim and Rev. Byung Rak Choi – Session A-F (Monday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 6th)

Why Text-driven Genre Preaching?
Dr. Dokyun David Lim – Session A: Monday, March 5th, 1-2:15pm
How Text-driven Narrative Genre Preaching?
Dr. Dokyun David Lim – Session B: Monday, March 5th, 2:30-3:45pm
Text-driven Preaching and Practical Application Know-how
Rev. Byung Rak Choi – Session C: Monday, March 5th, 4-5:15pm
Text-driven Preaching and Powerful Introduction/conclusion
Dr. Dokyun David Lim – Session D: Tuesday, March 6th, 1-2:15pm
Text-driven Preaching and Elegance Style
Dr. Dokyun David Lim – Session E: Tuesday, March 6th, 2:30-3:45pm
Q & A(Text-driven Preaching & Speech Skills 101)
Dr. Dokyun David Lim and Rev. Byung Rak Choi – Session F: Tuesday, March 6th, 4-5:15pm