2016 National Preaching Conference

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

September 8-9, 2016

The 2016 National Preaching Conference is focused on the place of evangelistic preaching in our culture today. What does evangelistic preaching look like? How are preachers to engage the culture with the gospel in a way that connects with and yet challenges it? A line up of preachers familiar with speaking to our time will encourage attendees to preach the gospel with commitment and conviction.

Location: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 130 Essex St, South Hamilton, MA

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Plenary Speakers

Ken Shigematsu

Jon Acuff

Mark Acuff

Bryan Wilkerson

Duffy Robbins

Becky Pippert

Crawford Loritts


Workshop Speakers

Jeffrey Arthurs

Patricia Batten

Jim Singleton

Matthew Kim

Patrick Smith

David Currie

Calvin Choi


Matt Woodley


Please find below the conference schedule and note that some portions are subject to change. For clarification or confirmation, please email us.

Thursday, September 8
11:00 am Registration Opens
1:00 pm Ken Shigematsu - A Gospel You Can't Afford to Refuse
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Jon Acuff - The Power of Empathy in Reaching Today's Generation
4:15 pm Break
4:45 pm Jon & Mark Acuff - Two Generations: One Conversation
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Bryan Wilkerson - A Preacher, And Not Ashamed
Friday, September 9
8:00 am Doors Open
8:30 am Duffy Robbins - The Preacher as Translator: Bringing Truth to Life
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Workshops
  Jeff Arthurs - By Way of Reminder: Fulfilling our Mandate to Serve as “Remembrancers”
  Patricia Batten - The Motivation Factor in Preaching
  Calvin Choi - Unapologetic Preaching
  David Currie - The Big Idea of Biblical Worship
  Matthew Kim - Preaching with Cultural Intelligence
  Jim Singleton - What Kind of Congregation are we Serving? 
  Patrick Smith - Do Not Be Conformed to this World: Homiletics and Christian Ethics
  Matt Woodley - Preachers Who Connect with Lost People
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Becky Pippert - Engaging Today’s Culture Faithfully & Effectively
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Crawford Loritts - Preaching for Transformation

Conference Details

Please read the following for details about the conference. If you have any questions please email us.


Please note that rates below include conference meals (if registered by August 31), materials and snack breaks. Rates without meals are not available. Please indicate during the check-out process if you are an alumni and if you plan to attend the special Alumni Lunch during the conference. 

  • General Registration: $130
  • Alumni Rate and Spouse Rate: $110

Cancellations are subject to a $20 processing fee, and must be received before June 30, 2016. Cancellations received after June 30 will not be refunded. Meals cannot be guaranteed for registrations made after August 31.

GCTS Student and Faculty/Staff rates are non-refundable upon purchase.

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Lodging and Travel Details

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Exhibits and Sponsorship

We look forward to your organization participating in this conference as a Conference Sponsor, as an Exhibit or notebook advertiser. Please email us if you are interested in participating. 

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