2014 National Preaching Conference
"Faithful to the Call"
September 4-5, 2014 | South Hamilton, MA | Register for Faithful to the Call
Please join us September 4-5, 2014, for "Faithful to the Call." Pastors, students, ministry spouses and others who have accepted the call to be preachers to this generation will gather together for worship, training and inspired preaching. Conference participants will be equipped with tools and a renewed passion to carry out their calling through an impressive array of accomplished preachers and teachers.
The biennial preaching conference, sponsored by the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, exists to promote preaching excellence by modeling biblical preaching, and by equipping preachers with practical skills for proclaiming the Word of God.
|Dr. Matthew Kim—Assistant Professor of Preaching and Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary|
Matthew D. Kim (Ph.D, University of Edinburgh) is assistant professor of preaching and ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to his current position, he served as the senior pastor of Logos Central Chapel in Denver, Colorado. Matt is the author of 7 Lessons for New Pastors: Your First Year in Ministry (Chalice, 2012) and Preaching to Second Generation Korean Americans: Towards a Possible Selves Contextual Homiletic (Peter Lang, 2007). His future publications include Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: The “Other” Side of Homiletics (Baker Academic, tentative title, forthcoming). He and his wife, Sarah, have three sons and live in Beverly, Massachusetts.
|Pastor Bryan Loritts—Pastor, Fellowship Memphis|
Bryan is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis Church, a multi-ethnic church ministering to the urban Memphis community. Bryan has a Master’s Degree in Theology and is currently working on his Ph.D. In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences, and retreats. He is the author of God on Paper and A Cross Shaped Gospel. He was also a contributing author for the book entitled Great Preaching. Bryan was recently voted as one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders in the country by Outreach magazine. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Biola University. Bryan is married to Korie, and is the father of three sons: Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. You can follow Bryan on twitter: @bcloritts.
|Dr. Carol Kaminski—Associate Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary|
Dr. Carol M. Kaminski is Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA campus. Originally from Australia, Dr. Kaminski holds an M.A. in Old Testament and an M.A.in Religion from Gordon-Conwell, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include exegesis and theology of Genesis, Old Testament covenants and the meta-narrative of the Old Testament. Her dissertation, From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing After the Flood, published in the Journal of the Society of Old Testament Studies Supplement Series, explores how the creation mandate is being realized in the book of Genesis. In her most recent book, Was Noah Good? Finding Favour in the Flood Narrative (T&T Clark, 2013), she explores the relationship of favor (Gen. 6:8) and righteousness (Gen. 6:9; 7:1) in the flood story. In addition to her work in Genesis, she is currently writing a commentary of 1—2 Chronicles in the new Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan).
Dr. Kaminski has created a visual chart of the Old Testament that enables people to grasp the redemptive story of the entire Bible by using a simple and memorable acronym: CASKET EMPTY. She has created and written an Old Testament timeline, which is structured around the acronym CASKET, and is entitled: Casket Empty: God’s Plan of Redemption through History. She has written a companion Old Testament Study Guide, which is part of the CASKET EMPTY Bible Series (www.casketempty.com). She speaks at conferences and retreats, and has a passion to communicate God’s word in the local church.
Dr Kaminski and her husband Matthew have two children, Robert and Ryan. Matt serves as a pastor of the MeetingHouse Church, in Salem, Massachusetts.
|Dr. Bryan Chapell—Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL|
Dr. Chapell is Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL and President Emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he has served in leadership capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-Centered Worship, Each for the Other, Holiness by Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multiple editions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
|Dr. Derek Tidball—Visiting Scholar, Spurgeon’s College, London|
|Former principal of London Scholar of Theology, Derek is currently Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon’s College, London. Derek has supervised a number of doctoral studies in homiletics. He is a Baptist minister who has served as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council UK and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He is the author of some 30 books, several in the area of pastoral theology, and edits IVP’s Bible Speaks Today Themes series, which is especially aimed to be a resource for preachers. Derek is married to Dianne who is regional minister of the East Midlands Baptist Association in the UK.|
Dr. Scott Gibson—The Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching; Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching; Director of Th.M. Program in Preaching; Director of the A.J. Gordon Guild, Gordon-Conwell
Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs—Professor of Preaching and Communication; Chair, Division of Practical Theology, Gordon-Conwell
Dr. Patricia Batten—Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell
Dr. Jim Singleton—Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism, Gordon-Conwell
Professor Quonekuia Day— Instructor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell
Dr. Nicholas Gatzke—Senior Pastor, Osterville Baptist Church, Osterville, ME
Click here to register for Faithful to the Call.
General Registration: The registration cost for the conference includes the registration, handouts, and snacks. Please note dates below. These are the options for registration without the conference meal package. Meal packages are sold separately (see below):
General Registration* $140
Spouse (w/ individual registration) $110
Alumni & Group Rate* $110
[Current] GCTS Student/Spouse $30
GCTS Faculty/Staff/Spouse $0
* Includes 1 year subscription to PulpitTalk (General Registration & Individuals with Groups)
Group Registration: All group registrations must be submitted together (paper or online) to qualify for the group rate unless otherwise instructed by the Center for Preaching. The group registration rate is available until August 28 after which the late individual rate will be in place.
Gordon-Conwell Community: Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell community (faculty/staff/students) are also available until August 28, 2014.
Meal Package: Meal packages of $20 are available for the conference and include 1 lunch and 1 dinner. Meal packages will not be sold after August 21, 2014.
Special Meals: If you request a special meal at registration (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc), it is your responsibility to ask the Dining Services staff during the conference meal times to receive your meal. Requests not made by August 21, 2014 may not be accommodated due to planning.
One-Day Rate: One-day rates are not available at this time, but may open up a week or two prior to the event.
Walk-In Registration: Walk-in registrations may be accommodated on the day-of the event pending seat availability, however, meals will not be sold to walk-in registrants. Please plan accordingly.
You may consider your cancelled check or credit card statement to be confirmation of your registration. Event tickets will not be mailed. Online registrations will receive an email confirmation. Phone and mailed registrations will only receive receipts upon request. Due to planning involved with the conference, please note the following dates involving registration cancellations.
Cancellations must be received by August 4, 2014 to receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee.
The conference will be held in the Academic Center and Kaiser Chapel of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA. Registration will be held in the Kaiser Chapel Lobby. Please see the above schedule for specific times for registration and sessions.
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This is the basic conference schedule. Please note that the schedule may be subject to change. If you have specific questions regarding the schedule please call us at (978) 646-4190.
Thursday, September 4
11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Registration opens
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Plenary Preaching: Session I
Dr. Matthew Kim: The Empty-ness in Faithful Ministry
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Plenary Teaching: Session II
Dr. Derek Tidball: The Calling to Preach
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Workshops
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Plenary Preaching: Session II
Pastor Bryan Loritts: Faithful
Friday, September 5
8:00 a.m. Doors Open
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Preaching: Session IV
Dr. Carol Kaminski: Faithfully Leading God’s People: Principles of Leadership from Chronicles
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Teaching: Session V
Dr. Derek Tidball: The Calling of the Preacher
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Workshops (Same as Thursday Workshops)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Plenary Preaching: Session VI
Dr. Bryan Chapell: Faithful to Both Sides of the Gospel
Listed below are accommodations within 30 minutes of the seminary. Participants must arrange their own accommodations.
Courtyard Boston Danvers ($134/night plus tax)
SpringHill Suites Boston Peabody ($119/night plus tax)
|Take Rte. 128 North (toward Gloucester) to Exit 17 (Grapevine Road). Turn left off of the exit ramp and continue past Gordon College. Take your first right onto Rte. 22 (Rubbly Road). Turn left at the first stop sign (Essex Street). The entrance to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be 200 yards ahead on the right. Follow Billy Graham Way and the “Conference” and "Event Parking" signs. For more specific directions click here.|
We are excited to partner with your organization for this conference. This partnership may take many forms such as a Conference Sponsor, having an Exhibit Booth displaying your product, or placing an ad in our conference notebook. Please download our Exhibitor Packet for more information and packages offered for the conference. To participate with your organization for this conference, please fill out and submit the last page of the Exhibitor Packet and mail to the following address or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Preaching, GCTS
National Preaching Conference, Exhibitor
130 Essex Street
S. Hamilton, MA 01982
Call 978.646.4190 or email email@example.com.