Should We Be Preaching Theology?
Systematic theology must be used to assist the preacher in moving from biblical exegesis to gospel proclamation. The key word is ‘assist’ rather than ‘control’ or ‘be absent.’ But which systematic theology should assist?
Preaching and Perseverance: The Ministry of Charles Simeon
This breakout session will examine and highlight the historical contribution and continuing impact of the preaching and pastoral ministry of Charles Simeon (1759-1836), who pastored the Church of the Holy Trinity in Cambridge for more than 50 years. Particular emphasis will be given to the “text-driven trajectory” of his teaching and practice of preaching. The session will also address key principles for pastoral perseverance which may be gleaned from Simeon’s experience as a pastor.
A Text-Driven Plan for Preaching the Joseph Narratives (Genesis 37-50)
This session will provide an outline/overview for preaching Genesis 37-50. Special attention will be given to the narrative genre, the structuring of narrative sermons and the development of a text-driven preaching plan based on Genesis 37-50.
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Contend for the Faith: An exposition of Jude
Jude intended to write about the gospel. He starts his letter with a common but joyful salutation. He moved quickly to warn believers of false teachers. Jude used Old Testament accounts, extra-biblical examples and descriptions of ungodly behavior to illustrate how false teachers subvert God’s Word. Jude said these unrepentant false teachers would eventually face judgment. The letter ends with a challenge to believers capped with a doxology of praise.
Facilitating and Recognizing Spiritual Maturity in the Church (1 John 2:12-14)
One of the great mistakes in appointing leadership within the church is to equate spiritual longevity with spiritual maturity. Number of years in the faith does not always correlate to maturation of faith. But how do we recognize spiritual maturity? What markers are there? From 1 John 2:12-14, Dr. Wolfe presents the biblical stages of spiritual growth including how to recognize them and facilitate movement between them in the context of the local church.
Organic Illustrations – Discovering the most natural illustrations to fit the needs of the sermon. This workshop will help participants learn how to discover illustrations that are indigenous to the text and fit naturally in the sermon. Participants will be able to replace their futile internet searches with rich, textual discoveries.
Finding the Take Home Truth
This workshop will focus on creating a powerful central idea for the sermon that is biblically faithful and engaging.
Applying Truth to Life
Application is one of the most important elements of biblical preaching. This workshop will explore ways to bring sermons to life through effective, faithful application.
Preaching Obadiah: The Pearls of Pride
God hates arrogance and pride, but these are celebrated in our Western Culture. Whether through social media platforms or hallway conversations, your church members are presented the weekly opportunity to act from pride and self-preservation instead of humility and faith. Obadiah’s letter to Jewish exiles 2,500 years ago is more relevant today that your congregants may think.
Logos Tools for Creating Text-Driven Sermons
This workshop will focus on using Logos Tools for Creating Text-Driven Sermons.
How to Plan and Organize Text-Driven Worship Services
If we are committed to text-driven sermons, why not also commit to planning text-driven worship services? This break-out will provide ideas on how to plan and organize worship services that are organized.
How to Make Jesus the Hero of Every Sermon
Does every text in Scripture point to Christ? Is it possible to “make a bee-line to Christ” in every sermon while being faithful to each individual text? This break-out will explore ways of pointing to Christ while preaching the text.
Creating A Churchwide Culture of Evangelism
One of the most frustrating challenges in leading a local church is creating a culture of evangelism. In this breakout, attendees will be taught a clear and realistic strategy for creating a culture of evangelism that works in any size church and in any setting.
A New Testament Church Model That Works
Northeast Houston Baptist Church has grown from 110 to 1,200 people. NEHBC is united though radically diverse in terms of age groups and socioeconomic status, and increasingly diverse in ethnicity. NEHBC has a culture of expository preaching, excellent member care, deliberate discipleship, and missionary zeal. This is the result of a church model that is biblical, reasonable, explainable, and measurable. This model works in churches of 100 and 1000. This model can be run for $0 or $3,000,000. This model can work within the framework of any form of church polity. This model is working in America, North Africa, Subsaharan Africa, and Europe. The model will be taught in this breakout session.
How to Leave a Place of Ministry
Robert Dale said, “Hello and Goodbye are crucial words for Leadership in Ministry.” Although more of our focus in ministry is on “hello” than “goodbye.” Much of our focus in ministry revolves around how to “find” a place to serve in ministry, and understandably so. However, equally important is how we say goodbye. This session will focus on biblical principles and a biblical example of how to leave a place of ministry.
Why Your Church Probably Needs to Update its Constitution and Bylaws
Most people don’t give much thought to the Constitution and Bylaws of a Church until something controversial arises in the church and then these documents are scrutinized and weaponized. With recent changes in culture and the law (and general apathy and neglect), most churches today are in need of reviewing and updating their Constitution and Bylaws. This session will focus on critical issues today that all churches should address and keep current in these important documents.
Jesus and His Family – Luke 2:41-52 (A practical balance between family and ministry)
The only glimpse we get of Jesus’ childhood is His Temple visit. This unique occasion is between His birth & his baptism. While Jesus did not marry or have children, He did have a strong family connection. We get insights to Jesus juggling family & ministry.
3 Life Drifts in Ministry
“If you don’t know who you are created to be you’ll become what people pay you to be.” Pastor Ken will be speaking on Luke 4 and how we are tempted to stop the mission.
Deacons – Serve the People
Let’s get practical. The number one function of a deacon is to serve. Here are some very practical ideas for mobilizing your deacons toward effective service in the church body.
Understanding Bivocational Ministry: Definition, Biblical/Theological Issues, Ministry Challenges, and Ministry Need
Bivocational pastors choose bivocational ministry because they have a good understanding of what it means. Without that, pastors and churches are susceptible to false assumptions that bivocational ministry is only a lay leader ministry, a volunteer ministry, or worse of all is being perceived second class status in ministry. Bivocational pastors are cognizant that they are called to this particular ministry by God as their full-time ministry.
Bivocational Ministry By Choice
Bivocational ministry is biblical based, honorable, and a needed fruitful ministry. However, the challenges and stigmas associated with bivocational ministry make it difficult for pastors to make bivocational ministry their first choice of ministry. This session could help pastors make bivocational ministry their ministry choice and as a result reap the blessings of this God-ordained ministry.
Preaching and Bivocational Ministry
As bivocational ministry continues to become the norm in evangelical and Southern Baptist life, how do we become careful students and preachers of the word while juggling the needs of work, family, and life? Join us for a discussion of strategy and priority for the bivocational preacher.
African American Perspectives in Preaching
Exposition in Black Preaching
This breakout will look at the method of expository preaching within the Black church. An overview of expository preaching and it’s key influencers in the early Black church will be assessed to show its evolvement. Also, an assessment of expository preaching in the present church will be analyzed to show the impact and influence on the future of the Black church.
The Unique Style of Traditional Black Preaching
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.
Black Preaching Historically
I. Antebellum Period
II. Reconstruction Era
III. Jim Crow/Civil Rights Movement
IV. 21st Century Voices
The Mechanics/Characteristics of Black Preaching
Five methods that denote “Black Preaching”, Five Stylistic Points, Hallmarks of Black Preaching.
Having a Text Driven Reach in an MTD Culture
As we survey the current cultural climate, we will see that Moral Therapeutic Deism is the current religion that permeates teenage life. In many ways, the answers we give in student ministry to the MTD problem only serves to strengthen it and not weaken it. What can be done to turn the tide? Where do we turn in student ministry to take on MTD? The Bible gives clarity on this important topic and as pastors, we need to move forward with the Text as the center of our ministry—leading, empowering and unleashing teenagers to do Kingdom work.
How to Start a Student Ministry With a Few Youth
How can I build a ministry that produces devoted followers of Christ? What are the building blocks to success? A simple look at Jesus’ ministry of discipleship is the key to taking a group of students and transforming that group into a student ministry.
Preaching to Multiply the Number of 18-Year-Old Disciples
Lost students don’t become disciples. Great preaching makes more disciples by effectively introducing more students to Jesus. Students soaked in moral therapeutic deism don’t become disciples. Great preaching makes more disciples by turning the eyes of students from self to the King. Congregations that consider students an appendage to the church don’t make more disciples. Great preaching makes more disciples by calling the entire congregation to connect with and invest in a young generation.
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Preaching to Saturate a Young Generation with a High Christology
Believing students do love Jesus. But today they tend to see him as their little buddy or mascot. A “little Jesus in my pocket” does not move students to love God supremely, love others sacrificially, or make disciples globally. The answer is text-driven preaching that births in students a high Christology. Texts such as Psalm 110, Philippians 2, Colossians 2, Hebrews 1, and Revelation 4 can lift eyes to the ascended, enthroned, and reigning Son of God, King of kings and Lord of lords. For young disciples, that view changes everything.
Connecting with College Students through Text-Driven Preaching
Remember Jesus Christ during congregational worship.
The Senior Pastor & The Music Minister.
The Multifaceted Worship Pastor
How to manage a dual worship ministry position without burning out.
Connecting the Next Generation in Worship
The next generation is a vital part of the worship ministry of the church and church leaders must be diligent in calling them to serve.