2011 Preaching Conference
Cure for the Boring Sermon
Join us for the 2011 Preaching Conference, October 25-26, with keynote speaker Rev. Kevin DeYoung. Seminar speakers will include Westminster professors Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, Rev. Dr. David Garner, and Rev. John Currie.
"When we preach boring sermons we give the impression that the Bible is boring. This is certainly not our calling as heralds of the best news the world could ever hear. We are pleased to have Rev. Kevin DeYoung with us at this year’s conference to help us find the antidote to boring sermons."
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Engaging the Public Sphere
Westminster alumnus Rev. Alan R. Crippen II (MAR '89), president and founder of the John Jay Institute
The John Jay Institute is a para-academic, intercollegiate organization that prepares Christians for service and leadership in the public arena. The organization revolves around a one-year program in which post-undergraduate students complete a one-semester residency followed by a semester-long field placement....Through it all, there is a commitment to orthodox, trinitarian, Christian theology.
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Cresheim Valley Vision
In July 2006, Rev. Dr. John Leonard, associate professor of practical theology at Westminster, started Cresheim Valley Church (CVC) in the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.
“I had been teaching the young married class at Tenth [Presbyterian Church],” says Dr. Leonard, “and several of the couples moved into the Mt Airy/Chestnut Hill area. These couples, and a few other families in our part of town, talked to me about starting a church. Since I was finishing up my PhD, it seemed like an appropriate time to start a church.”
The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power
New book by Westminster alumnus Rev. Dr. Phillip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton College.
Though the world's wisest king, Solomon's heart was led astray by temptations of wealth, sex, and power. And we face the same dangers today, though the temptations may be different in degree and detail.
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The image of the trellis and the vine raises all the fundamental questions of Christian ministry:
- What is the vine for?
- How does the vine grow?
- How does the vine relate to my church?
- What is vine work and what is trellis work, and how can we tell the difference?
- What part do different people play in growing the vine?
- How can we get more people involved in vine work?
- What is the right relationship between the trellis and the vine?
In the following chapters, we will be suggesting that there is an urgent need to answer these questions afresh. Confusion reigns. Everyone wants their churches to grow, but most are unsure how and where to start. Church growth gurus come and go. Ministry methods fall in and out of favour like women’s fashion. We troop from one new technique to the next, hoping that this one (at last!) may be the secret to success.
Even among those godly, faithful pastors who avoid the trendsetting fads of Christian marketing, there is confusion— most especially between what Christian ministry is in the Bible, and what Christian ministry has become in the particular tradition or denomination of which they are part. We are all captive to our traditions and influenced by them more than we realize. And the effect of tradition and long practice is not always that some terrible error becomes entrenched; more often it is that our focus shifts away from our main task and agenda, which is disciple-making. We become so used to doing things one way (often for good reason at first) that important elements are neglected and forgotten, to our cost. We become imbalanced, and then wonder why we go in circles.
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