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pastors` conference
M O O D Y
B I B L E
I N S T I T U T E
PASTORS’
CONFERENCE
May 20–23, 2013
www.pastorsconference.com
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Speakers
Voddie Baucham
Alistair Begg
Grace Family
Baptist Church
Spring, TX
Parkside Church
Cleveland, OH
Pastor of Preaching
Senior Minister
Henry Cloud
Leadership Consultant,
Psychologist, and Author
Los Angeles, CA
Michael Easley
Daniel Henderson
Fellowship Bible Church
Brentwood, TN
Strategic Renewal
Forest, VA
Dallas Theological
Seminary
Dallas, TX
Tommy Nelson
Paul Nyquist
Ray Pritchard
Denton Bible Church
Denton, TX
Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL
Keep Believing Ministries
Elmhurst, IL
Lead Pastor
Pastor
President
President
Abe Kuruvilla
Associate Professor
President
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Schedule
MONDAY, MAY 20
2:00–5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
7:15 p.m.General Session: Paul Nyquist
TUESDAY, MAY 21
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer & Renewal: Daniel Henderson
8:15 a.m.
General Session: Alistair Begg
9:45 a.m.
*General session for pastors’ wives: Jill Briscoe
9:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m.
General Session: Ray Pritchard
11:45 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
7:15 p.m.
General Session: Tommy Nelson
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer & Renewal: Daniel Henderson
8:15 a.m.
General Session: Alistair Begg
9:45 a.m.
*General session for pastors’ wives: Jill Briscoe
9:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m.
General Session: Abe Kuruvilla
11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
2:00 p.m.3 on 3 basketball tournament in the Solheim Center
2:00 p.m.
Free time
7:15 p.m.
General Session: Michael Easley
9:15 p.m.
Concert: Willie Pickens
THURSDAY, MAY 23
7:00 a.m. Morning Prayer & Renewal: Daniel Henderson
8:15 a.m.
General Session: Alistair Begg
9:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m.
General Session: Henry Cloud
11:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
7:15 p.m.
General Session: Voddie Baucham
Prayer and counseling with David Decker, Director of Deer Ridge Ministries, is available each day
9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Alumni Student Center. No appointment is necessary.
For recordings of conference session, please visit www.pastorsconference.com and follow the links
for Moody Audio.
There will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the Solheim Center on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.
Pastors should visit the Conference Information Desk to sign up.
*Registration required for Pastors’ Wives conference sessions. Women may register at the
Conference Information Desk.
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Meal Options
STUDENT DINING ROOM
If you purchased a conference registration including meals, you may eat in the Student
Dining Room (SDR) on the lower level of the Alumni Student Center. To accommodate all
participants, there are two assigned meal times. Your meal time (A or B) is indicated by the
color of your name badge. Because of limited seating, we ask you not to linger too long
after you have finished eating. Meal times are as follows:
Breakfast (A & B)
Lunch A–Red Name Badge
Lunch B–Blue Name Badge
Dinner A–Red Name Badge
Dinner B–Blue Name Badge
6:30 a.m.–8:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.– 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m.– 1:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.– 5:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m.– 6:15 p.m.
Dessert will be served in the Plaza (weather permitting) Mon.–Thurs., 8:45–9:30 p.m.
Guests, wives, and those not registered for meals can purchase meal tickets at the
Conference Information Desk. Breakfast is $8, lunch is $9, dinner is $14, and snacks are $5.
THE COMMONS
You may also purchase food at The Commons, located on the first floor of the ASC building.
Hours are Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
JOE’S CAFÉ
Specialty coffee and other beverages can be purchased at Joe’s—featuring two locations. Each
location will be open at the following times:
Fellowship Hall
Monday
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. 6:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Friday
6:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Solheim Exhibit Hall
Tuesday
11:45 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
ALUMNI MEAL
Moody Bible Institute alumni are invited to a buffet breakfast on Thursday, May 23, at
7:00 a.m. in the Kimball Room (on the lower level of the Alumni Student Center). Space
is limited, so sign up early in the Alumni Office, open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on
weekdays, or at the Conference Information Desk located in The Commons.
FRIDAY MORNING BREAKFAST
Although breakfast is not available in the SDR on Friday morning, you may purchase
breakfast in The Commons from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
CHICAGO DINING INFORMATION
If you’d like to eat out in Chicago, please pick up a Dining Guide (available at the
Conference Information Desk, Smith Hall desk, and Smith Hall literature rack).
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Moody’s Campus
CAMPUS TOURS
If you would like to learn more about the rich heritage of Moody Bible Institute, take a guided
campus tour, beginning at 11:00 a.m. weekdays in the D. L. Moody Museum, located on the
first level of Smith Hall.
You will start off by watching a short historical video on the life of Dwight Lyman Moody,
followed by a 30-minute walking tour of the campus. Along the way, your guide will point
out various aspects of student life, historically significant areas, and Moody Radio’s flagship
station, WMBI.
SOLHEIM CENTER
Please feel free to use our athletic facility featuring a full basketball court, four racquetball
courts, weight room, aerobics room, jogging track, and pool. The facility is available for your
use from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, and pool hours are 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily. Please bring
your conference badge with you to access the facility. The use of black-soled shoes is not
permitted on the gym floors.
INTERNET
For Internet information and instructions to access our network, please refer to the
Internet Information insert in the Conference Bag you received upon arrival, or stop
by the Conference Information Desk in the Alumni Student Center. Wireless Internet is
available throughout the campus.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN STORE
If you’d like to purchase books or other items while you are on campus, visit The LifeWay
Christian Store exhibit in the center of the Exhibit Hall at Solheim Center.
LOST AND FOUND
If you lose an item, please visit the Conference Information Desk, located in the Alumni
Student Center, or our Campus Post Office, located on the lower level, just below Torrey-Gray
Auditorium.
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Ministry City Tours
HEART FOR THE CITY–CHICAGO MINISTRY TOUR
Led by Dr. John Fuder
Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23,
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This tour, led by Moody Theological Seminary professor Dr. John Fuder, will give you a
glimpse of the needs, cultures, beliefs, churches, and ministries in many West and South
Side neighborhoods of Chicago.
Sites include:
• Polish Museum
• Original Sears Headquarters
• Cook County Jail
• Nation of Islam Headquarters
• DuSable Museum
• Ukrainian Village
• Roberto Clemente High School
• Little Mexico
• Chinatown
• Operation PUSH
Come see, pray, and praise God as we exegete the city and cultivate a heart of
compassion for the world at Moody’s doorstep!
For both tours: Please sign up at the Conference Information Desk in the
Alumni Student Center, starting 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Space is limited
to 45 people per trip.
OLD TESTAMENT RELICS AT THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
Led by Dr. James Coakley
Tuesday, May 21, Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23,
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join Moody Theological Seminary professor Dr. James Coakley as he leads a tour of the
Oriental Institute, located on the campus of the University of Chicago. The museum
displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations from ancient Egypt, Nubia,
Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo. See a portion of
the “Processional Way” from Babylon that Daniel and his three friends saw with their
own eyes. Gaze upon the actual Clay Prism of Sennacherib, which mentions Hezekiah
by name.
For both tours: Please sign up at the Conference Information Desk in the
Alumni Student Center, starting 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Space is limited
to 45 people per trip.
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Around Town
CHICAGO TROLLEY TOURS
Enjoy sights and shopping in downtown Chicago on Chicago Trolley Tours. These
trolleys will be running a continuous route from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Look for the Moody Pastors’ Conference signs when you re-board. Please board your
return trolley by 4:00 p.m. (No sign-ups are required for the trolley.)
The trolley stops are as follows:
• Moody Bible Institute
• 50th Anniversary McDonald’s (LaSalle Boulevard and Ohio Street)
• Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
• Art Institute
• Museum Campus (The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium)
• Navy Pier
• John Hancock/Water Tower (observatory and shopping)
OTHER LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
For information about Chicago attractions, please visit the brochure kiosk in the Hall of
Presidents, located on the first level of Smith Hall, or stop by the Welcome Center on
the first floor of the Alumni Student Center. You can also visit the Chicago Convention
and Visitors’ Bureau at: www.choosechicago.com, or call 312-567-8500.
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Exhibitors
ABWE International
LifeWay - Bible Studies for Life
AVANT
LifeWay Films
Brotherhood Mutual
Loving Shepherd Ministries
Cedarville University
Maranatha Tours
Children’s Hunger Fund
Madison Tours and Travel, Inc.
Christian Aid Mission
MBI Music Department
Christian Healthcare Ministries
Moody Publishers
Church Mutual Insurance Company
Moody Radio
Columbarium Designers, Inc.
MOVE: a ministry health resource
Dare to be Different
My Hope America with Billy Graham
Dave Ramsey’s The Legacy
Journey
NavPress
Destiny Rescue
Friendship Tours
Global Recordings Network
Gordon-Conwell Theological
Seminary
Operation Christmas Child
Phonetree
Pinnacle Ministries, Inc.
Preaching Today
Randall House/D6
Grace Theological Seminary
Reality Outreach Ministries
Institute for Creation Research
SEND International
Jews for Jesus
Teen Challenge Chicago
Joni & Friends
Think the Bible
Kids Alive International
TLC Ministries, Inc.
Lake Ann Camp
U-Turn Ministries
Life Action Ministries
And more.
Life Action Camp
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Sessions at a Glance
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Greg Atkinson
Sweeting 347
Church Leadership 101, Part 1
Chris Browne Sweeting 204
Engaged Discipleship Part 1—Equipping Individuals for
Christ-Centered Discipleship Dave Davis
Sweeting 234
Muslims in My Neighborhood!
Bradley Furges
Sweeting 343
Pure Life Ministries
Dan Green
Sweeting 328
Dealing with Stress In Ministry
Gary Harrison
Sweeting 229
Mile Markers on the Road to Impact
Marcus Johnson
Sweeting 219
The Incarnation and Evangelical Theology
John Koessler
Sweeting 209
The Surpassing Grace of Disappointment
Knute Larson Sweeting 319
Leadership Lessons after 44 Years of Pastoring
(Spanish Translation) Jason Lisle Fellowship Hall
Your Origins Matter Matt Loehr
Sweeting 230
DARE Marriage Mentor Training
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Sessions at a Glance
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Erwin Lutzer, Samuel Naaman
Sweeting 211
The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent:
An Informed Response to Islam’s War with Christianity
Sajan Mathews Sweeting 235
Networking: A Biblical-Theological Model
Winfred Neely
Sweeting 201
Style and Imagination in Biblical Preaching
Scott Rae
Sweeting 218
A Theology of Work and Ministry
Peter Spychalla Sweeting 233
Reading and Praying Scripture for
Spiritual Transformation Tim Stafford
Sweeting 301
Worship Guys: What Are They Thinking?
Bill Thrasher Sweeting 317
A Journey to Victorious Praying Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Greg Atkinson Sweeting 347
Church Leadership 101, Part 2 Chris Browne Sweeting 204
Engaged Discipleship Part 2—Equipping Churches for
Christ-Centered Disciplemaking
Peter Everett
Engage Your Church in the Battle to End Child
Sex Trafficking 24
Sweeting 343
Sessions at a Glance
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Stefano Fehr Sweeting 328
To Whom Does Jerusalem Belong: Roots of
Muslim Anti-Semitism Gary Harrison
Sweeting 229
Avoiding Accidents on the Road to Impact Marcus Johnson Sweeting 211
Outside of the Church There Is No Salvation? Knute Larson Sweeting 209
Leadership Lessons after 44 Years of Pastoring Jason Lisle Creation: Science Confirms the Bible Fellowship Hall
Erwin Lutzer, Michael Catt, Richard Owen Roberts, Steve Canfield,
and Byron Paulus Alumni Auditorium
Life Action Panel Discussion Bob MacRae, Paul Nyquist, Carson Nyquist, Sweeting 319
Donielle Alicea, Neal Anderson, and Bryan Halferty
The Post-Church Christian (Spanish Translation) Bobby Moss Sweeting 235
Becoming a Logos Power User Jim Nicodem Sweeting 201
Bible Savvy - Engage Your Church with God’s Word Gerald W. Peterman Sweeting 301
Pastoring Difficult People - Lessons from Paul Scott Rae Sweeting 218
Connecting Sunday and Monday: Work and Economics 25
Sessions at a Glance
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Peter Spychalla Sweeting 234
Cultivating Gospel-Centered Prayer Cells in Your
Local Church Bill Thrasher Sweeting 317
God As He Wants You to Know Him Doug Witzig
Sweeting 230
Business as Missions (BAM): Your Businesspeople
Making a Global Impact
Peter Worrall Sweeting 219
Spiritual Growth: Something Extra for Overachievers? Kevin Zuber Sweeting 233
Problem: Church Fads. Solution: Discernment Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Mike Busch Sweeting 204
Rethink Mercy: Gospel-Centered Mercy Ministries
in the Local Church
Charles Davis
Sweeting 230
You Can’t Mass-Produce Disciples
Ishak Ersen
Sweeting 218
The Real Muhammad Daniel Henderson Sweeting 235
How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Culture
in Your Church John Koessler The Surpassing Grace of Disappointment
(Spanish Translation)
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Sweeting 319
Sessions at a Glance
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Knute Larson Sweeting 343
Sunday and Home Groups for Growth, Discipleship,
and Care Jason Lisle Fellowship Hall
Astronomy Reveals Creation Matt Loehr
Sweeting 234
How to Stop DIVORCE In Your Church
(Confronting Divorce Head On)
Winfred Neely Sweeting 211
Tension Management in Expository Messages
Gerald W. Peterman Sweeting 301
Developing Generous Givers—Lessons from Paul Andy Pfederer Sweeting 201
“Youth Violence”: Issues of Identity That Affect Ministry Chris Rappazini Sweeting 219
Show AND Tell: Communicating with More Than Words Tim Shoemaker Sweeting 347
Using Jesus’ 8 Practices to Maximize Teaching
Elizabeth Smith Sweeting 209
Children’s Ministry Curriculum 101 Bill Thrasher Sweeting 317
How to Experience Spiritual Rest Peter Worrall Sweeting 233
Who Is Indoctrinating Our Children? An Overview
of Culture Influences and Remedies to Address Them
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Sessions at a Glance
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Christopher Yuan
Sweeting 328
Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Rosalie de Rosset Sweeting 233
Naked and Ashamed: A Theology of Modesty Ishak Ersen
Sweeting 218
Islam Honors Jesus? Peter Everett Sweeting 343
Engage Your Church in the Battle to End Child
Sex Trafficking Jason Lisle
Fellowship Hall
The Ultimate Proof of Creation Bob MacRae Sweeting 209
The Age-Segregated Debate in the Church Jeff and Debby McElroy Sweeting 201
Relationship Discipleship: Building Strong Churches
Through Strong Relationships Eric Moore
Sweeting 319
Helping to Tell the Story: The Art of Preaching the
New Testament Narrative (Spanish Translation) Karen Roberts
Sweeting 234
Fastest Growing Ministry . . . Disability. Is Your
Church Ready? Tim Shoemaker Family Devotions That Blow Up the Box Description 28
Sweeting 235
Sessions at a Glance
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Bruce Strom Sweeting 301
How Your Church Can Serve the Vulnerable
Through Gospel Justice Bill Thrasher Sweeting 317
God As He Wants You to Know Him
William Torgesen Sweeting 219
A New Preaching Application: Illustrating the Application J. Brian Tucker Sweeting 328
Insights for Preaching from Current Pauline Studies Douglas Wilson
Sweeting 204
Sharpening Your Intercultural Skills Christopher Yuan
Alumni Auditorium
A Christian Response to Homosexuality
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
Clive Craigen Sweeting 219
Race, Privilege, and Evangelicals Rosalie de Rosset Sweeting 233
Mindful or Mindless: A Theology of Leisure and Technology Stefano Fehr Sweeting 218
From Followers of Islam to Followers of Jesus Bradley Furges Sweeting 343
Pure Life Ministries Dan Green
Sweeting 319
How to Prepare Yourself Spiritually to Preach
(Spanish Translation)
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Sessions at a Glance
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
Stan Guthrie Sweeting 301
Making Sense of Bible Prophecy Jason Lisle Fellowship Hall
Evolution and Logical Fallacies Bob MacRae
Sweeting 209
Short-Term Youth Missions Trips: Great Investment
or Waste of Money? Jeff and Debby McElroy Sweeting 201
Having a Fruitful Ministry Without Living In a Desert Eric Moore Alumni Auditorium
Encouragement for the Small Church Pastor Bill Thrasher Sweeting 317
A Journey to Victorious Praying William Torgesen Sweeting 235
Leadership Intentionality J. Brian Tucker Current Thinking in Pastoral-Practical Theology 30
Sweeting 328
Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Greg Atkinson
Campus Pastor, Forest Park Carthage, Carthage, Missouri
Sweeting 347
Church Leadership 101, Part 1
In these sessions, Greg teaches foundational and practical principles of church
leadership from his book by the same title, which has been downloaded by over
24,000 church leaders and pastors around the world. The book is used as a resource
by their staffs and teams. Greg will discuss each of the chapters and the principles he
describes in his book.
Chris Browne
Bible Department Head, Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL
Sweeting 204
Engaged Discipleship Part 1 - Equipping Individuals for Christ-Centered
Discipleship
Christ’s invitation to disciple was to equip those who responded to become His
imitators. As pastors, our job is not to design another discipleship program, but to
discover and communicate Christ’s process for spiritual formation and apply it in
an incarnational way. This session will introduce a strategy for spiritual formation by
outlining Jesus’ process.
Dave Davis
Coordinator of Muslim Ministries, TEAM, Wheaton, IL
Sweeting 234
Muslims in My Neighborhood!
How do I understand these people? What do they believe? How can I encourage
people at my church to have the compassion of Christ for Muslims around the world
when we can’t seem to love them in our neighborhood? Dave Davis, raised in Pakistan
as a child of missionaries, has 40 years of working with Muslims and has some answers
to these questions.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Bradley Furges
Director of Men’s Counseling, Pure Life Ministries, Dry Ridge, KY
Sweeting 343
Pure Life Ministries
The mission of Pure Life Ministries is to serve Christian individuals and organizations
dealing with sexual sin by providing biblically based counseling, teaching resources,
and a public speaking ministry with the goal of leading Christians to victory over
sexual sin through a deeper life in God. Hear how they can help you minister to your
congregation.
Dan Green
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 328
Dealing with Stress in Ministry
Stress cannot be eliminated, only managed. This session will address the question
of how pastors can best face the pressure of ministry. Included will be tips on how
to manage stressors so as to maintain appropriate emotional, spiritual, and physical
stamina, and avoid deep despondency and depression. Gary Harrison
President, Pinnacle Ministries, Mosinee, WI
Sweeting 229
Mile Markers on the Road to Impact
If you’re not asking the right questions, it’s hard to come up with meaningful answers.
Many churches have the right intent but don’t know the steps to take to have
meaningful impact in their community. This session doesn’t give you 5 things to grow
your church, but outlines significant mile markers every church needs to have in
place for Kingdom impact.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Marcus Johnson
Assistant Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 219
The Incarnation and Evangelical Theology
For far too many evangelicals, the incarnation plays only a peripheral role in
understanding salvation and the church. This session is designed to demonstrate
the central significance of the incarnate person of Jesus Christ for how we are to
understand salvation, the Bible, and the Church.
John Koessler
Chair and Professor Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 209
The Surpassing Grace of Disappointment
Disappointment is a common experience in ministry and in the Christian life. In this
session, John Koessler explores this difficult topic in a way that will help you make
sense of your own disappointment in ministry and better equip you to minister to
others.
Knute Larson
Coach of Pastors and Churches, Sawyer, MI
Sweeting 319
Leadership Lessons After 44 Years of Pastoring (Spanish Translation)
Included in this session are insights on partnering with church staff and elder boards
in a healthy way. You’ll hear several case studies about “tribal chiefs” and leadership
dysfunction, with appropriate remedies suggested.
Jason Lisle
Director of Research, Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX
Fellowship Hall
Your Origins Matter
This session shows the central importance of the history in Genesis to major Christian
doctrines, and shows how the decline in society is connected to the increasing
rejection of biblical creation. The defense of literal, historical Genesis is absolutely
crucial to the success of the Church in its call to make disciples of all nations.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Matt Loehr
President, Dare to Be Different, Bettendorf, IA
Sweeting 230
DARE Marriage Mentor Training
DARE marriage mentoring offers a radically different approach to helping couples,
even those who are at risk of divorce. We train healthy couples how to go deep with
other couples with 4 steps: mediate, teach, confront, and hold accountable. Building
a team of marriage mentors can take a HUGE load off your church staff. Come see
how it works.
Erwin Lutzer
Pastor, The Moody Church, Chicago, IL
Samuel Naaman
Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 211
The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent: An Informed Response to Islam’s
War with Christianity
Drs. Erwin Lutzer and Samuel Naaman share how Islam is taking root in the U.S.
through a variety of political and social agendas. What is the role of the church and
Christians in addressing this issue?
Sajan Mathews
Professor of Theology, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 235
Networking: A Biblical-Theological Model
Networking is a term popular in the secular world. Does the Bible provide a model
for networking? The Bible teaches by precept and pattern, and with networking, a
pattern is evident. This session will provide Biblical, pastoral, and practical insights on
networking with the purpose of building and maintaining Christ-like relationships in
multiple contexts.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Winfred Neely
Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 201
Style and Imagination in Biblical Preaching
This session will help you improve your style and learn how to use the imagination
in biblical preaching. We will also look at the biblical text as a model of style and
imagination for the preacher.
Scott Rae
Chair, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA
Sweeting 218
A Theology of Work and Ministry
We are affirming that all legitimate work is service to Christ and all believers are in
full-time ministry, regardless of occupation. This session will give the theological basis
for viewing work as service to God. The common dichotomy between work and
ministry is not an accurate representation of the biblical teaching.
Peter Spychalla
Director of Prayer Ministries, Eask White Oak Bible Church, Carlock, IL
Sweeting 233
Reading and Praying Scripture for Spiritual Transformation
Revive your devotional life by learning to read and pray Scripture for spiritual
transformation rather than reading merely for information. Learn how historic
traditions and contemporary practice of lectio divina (spiritual reading of Scripture)
can help you meditate on Scripture, pray Scripture, apply Scripture, and grow in lifechanging intimacy with God.
Tim Stafford
Pastor of Music Ministries, The Moody Church, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 301
Worship Guys: What Are They Thinking?
Get in the head of a younger worship leader who isn’t on your payroll and he will tell
you what he really thinks about music in church, his role on a ministry team, and his
dreams for the future. Ask him a question and get an honest answer. Your worship
leader is praying you’ll show up for this one.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Bill Thrasher
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 317
A Journey to Victorious Praying
D. L. Moody said, “I had rather teach one person to pray than ten men to preach.” This
session not only encourages one to pray, but introduces one to a clear explanation of
the spiritual dynamics and foundation that lead one into developing and sustaining
a meaningful prayer life.
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Greg Atkinson
Campus Pastor, Forest Park Carthage, Carthage, Missouri
Sweeting 347
Church Leadership 101, Part 2
In these sessions, Greg teaches foundational and practical principles of church
leadership from his book by the same title, which has been downloaded by over
24,000 church leaders and pastors around the world. The book is used as a resource
by their staffs and teams. Greg will discuss each of the chapters and the principles he
describes in his book.
Chris Browne
Bible Department Head, Wheaton Academy, West Chicago, IL
Sweeting 204
Engaged Discipleship Part 2 - Equipping Churches
for Christ-Centered Disciplemaking
Too often our churches are a place where teaching is the constant and learning is
the variable. This session will equip pastors with Christ’s model for differentiated
teaching and a tool that will help you follow Christ’s example of teaching to the
heart of individuals, and empower your leaders in how to measure and maximize
effectiveness in disciplemaking.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Peter Everett
COO and David Grant, Marketing and Communications Director, Destiny
Rescue, North Webster, IN
Sweeting 343
Engage Your Church in the Battle to End Child Sex Trafficking
1.2 million children are forced to enter this industry every year to face unthinkable
horrors. We cannot stand by and allow this to continue. Destiny Rescue works to
rescue these children and provide a future full of the hope that comes when the
people of God reach into this darkness. Hear how your congregation can partner to
end child sex trafficking.
Stefano Fehr
Director, Call of Hope International
Sweeting 328
To Whom Does Jerusalem Belong: Roots of Muslim Anti-Semitism
Muslim anti-Semitism is as old as Islam. Some Islamic experts in the West claim that
Muslim anti-Semitism is a modern-day phenomenon in response to the “Jewish
occupation of Jerusalem.” How important is Jerusalem to Islam? On what basis do
Muslims make their claim on Jerusalem? What does the fatal “dream journey” of
Muhammad have to do with this topic?
Gary Harrison
President, Pinnacle Ministries, Mosinee, WI
Sweeting 229
Avoiding Accidents on the Road to Impact
Sometimes we start to initiate change in a church with good intentions, but things
take a turn and go wrong. How can we avoid having an accident along the way?
Drawn from years of ministry experience, church planting, and conflict, Pinnacle
presenters share Biblical perspectives and practical experiences.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Marcus Johnson
Assistant Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 211
Outside of the Church There Is No Salvation?
This phrase was widely accepted not only by the early church fathers, but by the
fountainheads of the evangelical tradition, Martin Luther and John Calvin. Why is it,
then, that so few contemporary evangelicals are willing to affirm such a notion? This
session probes the reasons for such reluctance.
Knute Larson
Coach of Pastors and Churches, Sawyer, MI
Sweeting 209
Leadership Lessons After 44 Years of Pastoring (Spanish Translation)
Included in this session are insights on partnering with church staff and elder boards
in a healthy way. You’ll hear several case studies about “tribal chiefs” and leadership
dysfunction, with appropriate remedies suggested.
Jason Lisle
Director of Research, Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX
Fellowship Hall
Creation: Science Confirms the Bible
In this session, we see that the evidence in several major fields of science confirms
the Genesis account of creation, but is contrary to the expectations of evolutionists.
Topics include: genetics, information science, and earth sciences such as geology
and paleontology, and radiometric dating methods.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Erwin Lutzer, Michael Catt, Richard Owen Roberts,
Steve Canfield, and Byron Paulus
Alumni Auditorium
Life Action Panel Discussion
We believe that the power of God—spiritual revival—is not something we can
control, but it is something we can seek from God. We can plan and prepare based
on God’s power rather than on human strategies alone.
*Must be pre-registered to participate. For questions, please see the Conference Information Desk in The Commons.
Bob MacRae, Paul Nyquist, Carson Nyquist, Donielle Alicea,
Neal Anderson, and Bryan Halferty
Sweeting 319
The Post-Church Christian (Spanish Translation)
A panel discussion on the subject of generational divides within the church. This
discussion focuses on the honest and informative interaction between father
and son coauthors, Paul and Carson Nyquist, and their new book The Post-Church
Christian where they unpack many of the issues that arise between generations,
mainly, baby boomers and millennials.
Bobby Moss
Adjunct Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 235
Becoming a Logos Power User
Logos Bible Software is an incredibly powerful tool for study and lesson prep. In
this session you’ll be trained on how to take your use of Logos beyond the next
level. You’ll learn easy tricks to customize and organize Logos so that you can study
practically and efficiently. Whether you are new to Logos or a veteran, this session will
help you become an equipped power user.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Jim Nicodem
Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church, St. Charles, IL
Sweeting 201
Bible Savvy—Engage Your Church with God’s Word
91% of newcomers to the church begin to attend because of an interest in the Bible.
But biblical illiteracy seems to be on the rise in our churches. Other forms of media
often take the place of reading and studying the Bible. Jim’s passion is to whet
people’s appetite for God’s Word; he’ll share his strategies including the over 400
small groups studying the Bible at Christ Community.
Gerald W. Peterman
Chair, Bible Department, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 301
Pastoring Difficult People—Lessons from Paul
Do you ever think, “Sometimes it seems like they hate me, and why don’t they listen
to me!?” But then on the other hand, what are you going to do? Paul shepherded
difficult people too. In this session, we’ll look at how he dealt with rejection,
theological error, arrogant people, moral problems, competing leaders, and greed—
just to name a few.
Scott Rae
Chair, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, CA
Sweeting 218
Connecting Sunday and Monday: Work and Economics
Since the majority of the people to whom we minister in the local church spend a
lot of time in the workplace, how they relate their faith to their work is a crucial part
of their spiritual growth: seeing the workplace as under the Lordship of Christ. This
session will explore what this involves for each person, regardless of the type
of work.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Peter Spychalla
Director of Prayer Ministries, East White Oak Bible Church, Carlock, IL
Sweeting 234
Cultivating Gospel-Centered Prayer Cells in Your Local Church
Learn how one local church leads lively, Spirit-led, Scripture-fed, kingdom-focused
prayer cells targeting the progress of the gospel. Learn what is biblical and impactful.
Learn what has worked well in this church, and also what had not worked so well
and what challenges remain. Be freshly stirred and encouraged to cultivate prayer
teams in your local church!
Bill Thrasher
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 317
God As He Wants You to Know Him
A. W. Tozer said that the most important thing about a person’s life is what comes
into their mind when they think about God. Right living begins with right thinking,
and right thinking begins with right thinking about God. This session will trace
common schemes of the evil one and how they undermine our view of God.
Doug Witzig
Senior Director, Global Ministry, TEAM, Wheaton, IL
Sweeting 230
Business as Missions (BAM): Your Businesspeople Making a Global Impact
Your church has sent missionary church planters, teachers, doctors, pilots…how
about business-people? Doug Witzig will present the principles and practices of BAM.
Case studies of BAM, ventures from TEAM and other agencies will illustrate how this
strategy contributes to reaching the unreached in both closed and open countries,
even in the USA.
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Sessions
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Peter Worrall
Professor, Educational Ministries Department, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 219
Spiritual Growth: Something Extra For Overachievers?
In this session, Peter will relate his experience as an advisor to The Chapel in northern
Illinois. The church has worked to address issues of spiritual growth in contrast with
behavior modification and small groups that have questionable effectiveness. We will
discuss the need for a model of growth, a means of assessment, and organic models
rather than rigid programming.
Kevin Zuber
Professor of Theology, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 233
Problem: Church Fads. Solution: Discernment.
“Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.” What
the evangelical fads have been, what they’ve done, and what pastors need to do to
avoid them—in a word, “discernment.”
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Mike Busch
Ministry Development Director, Children’s Hunger Fund, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 204
Rethink Mercy: Gospel-Centered Mercy Ministries in the Local Church
How can a local church establish effective and gospel-centered mercy ministry? Truly
helping those in need and building relationships focused on discipleship is the heart
of biblical mercy ministry. This session examines the church’s mission, poverty, and
mercy ministries in Scripture and sets forth practical principles for gospel-centered
mercy ministry in the local church.
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Sessions
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Charles Davis
Discipleship Consultant, TEAM, Wheaton, IL
Sweeting 230
You Can’t Mass-Produce Disciples
Western assumptions about life have gradually undermined the ability of the
Western version of the body of Christ to multiply and reproduce effectively. We hear
of church multiplication movements in Mongolia, Iran, India, and China. Why don’t
we hear about them in the West?
Ishak Ersen
Subject Matter Expert, Call of Hope
Sweeting 218
The Real Muhammad
Understanding the founder of a religion is key to understanding its ideology and
direction. Dr. Ishak Ersen, a former Muslim who studied Islamic theology in several
Middle-Eastern countries, helps us better understand Islam by revealing the history
of Islam through the life of its founder, Muhammad.
Daniel Henderson
President, Strategic Renewal, Forest, VA
Sweeting 235
How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Culture in Your Church
Every church leader knows he should lead his church in prayer, but most have
never learned how. Periodic prayer activities and promotions are inadequate for a
pervasive culture of prayer that transforms a congregation. This session will present
seven truths about developing a culture of prayer with practical steps for seeing
your church become a “house of prayer for all nations.”
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Sessions
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
John Koessler
Chair and Professor, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 319
The Surpassing Grace of Disappointment (Spanish Translation)
Disappointment is a common experience in ministry and in the Christian life. In this
session, John Koessler explores this difficult topic in a way that will help you make
sense of your own disappointment in ministry and better equip you to minister to
others.
Knute Larson
Coach of Pastors and Churches, Sawyer, MI
Sweeting 343
Sunday and Home Groups for Growth, Discipleship, and Care
Adult Bible Fellowships, or whatever name you call them, at church and in homes—
this session is about how to organize and manage them to effectively be your #2
event or ministry in the church. This is about groups of 3-80, not about worship
services.
Jason Lisle
Director of Research, Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX
Fellowship Hall
Astronomy Reveals Creation
This session will explore the universe through “biblical glasses.” We see how the
universe declares the glory of God and confirms the Bible throughout history and
in modern science as well. Topics include the age of the universe, the design of the
universe, and others.
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Sessions
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Matt Loehr
President, Dare to Be Different, Bettendorf, IA
Sweeting 234
How to Stop Divorce in Your Church (Confronting Divorce Head On)
DARE marriage mentoring offers a radically different approach to helping couples,
even those who are at risk of divorce. We train healthy couples how to go deep with
other couples with 4 steps: mediate, teach, confront, and hold accountable. Building
a team of marriage mentors can take a HUGE load off your church staff. Come see
how it works..
Winfred Neely
Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 211
Tension Management in Expository Messages
This session will deal with how the preacher can build suspense, create anticipation,
and sustain the listener through the strategic imparting of information in message.
Gerald W. Peterman
Chair, Bible Department, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 301
Developing Generous Givers—Lessons from Paul
Being short on cash is a constant problem. And there is no secret formula to
make sure the church has enough money to carry out the ministry. But there are
principles we can work with to cultivate generous givers in our congregation. In this
session, we draw guidance from Paul’s financial relationship with his churches.
Andy Pfederer
Assistant Professor of Intercultural and Urban Studies, Moody Theological
Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 201
“Youth Violence”: Issues of Identity That Affect Ministry
Often youth committing acts of violence are labeled according to a few perceived
characteristics that are assumed to describe who they are, and are considered to be
unchangeable. This leads to summary judgments, marginalization, or paternalistic
interventions. This session offers fruitful ways to point these youth to Christ.
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Sessions
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Chris Rappazini
Instructor of Biblical Exposition, Moody Bible Institute, Spokane, WA
Sweeting 219
Show and Tell: Communicating with More Than Words
Visuals used in sermons have the capability to engage listeners by stimulating their
senses and appeal to the various learning styles of the congregation. In this session
we will see how the combination of visual aids and language enhances clarity, the
unity of the sermon, as well as creates a memorable experience for the listener.
Tim Shoemaker
Author and Traveling Ministry Teacher
Sweeting 347
Using Jesus’ 8 Practices to Maximize Teaching
Teach your children’s ministries and youth workers to lead more effective devotions
by incorporating some things Jesus often did. This session will especially focus on
object lessons and storytelling techniques that work miracles with today’s kids
and youth.
Elizabeth Smith
Assistant Professor, Educational Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 209
Children’s Ministry Curriculum 101
What do we teach to our children? How do we know if it’s any good? By far, one of
the most expensive line items for any church can be the curriculum for children’s
ministry. Being wise stewards of what we buy and making sure we are equipping
our children with a firm foundation of faith are necessary ingredients to children’s
ministry curriculum.
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Sessions
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Bill Thrasher
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 317
How to Experience Spiritual Rest
In our stress-filled culture, there is an immense thirst for true rest. This session will
examine several key questions concerning spiritual rest. The aim of the workshop is
to aid the participant in the experience of what Jesus called “rest for your soul.”
Peter Worrall
Professor, Educational Ministries Department, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 233
Who Is Indoctrinating Our Children? An Overview of Culture Influences and
Remedies to Address Them
In this session, we will look at worldviews communicated to children through
movies, music, friends, church, education, and family. We will discuss ways to help
children process the information they receive, and will talk about possible future
influences on our children.
Christopher Yuan
Author and Adjunct Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 328
Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics
Traditional interpretation of the six Scripture passages on homosexuality condemns
any sex outside of marriage between husband and wife. Yet some of the Bible
doesn’t condemn homosexuality. With his biblical training, Christopher presents and
analyzes the gay-affirming interpretations of Old and New Testament passages with
clarity and compassion.
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Sessions
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Rosalie de Rosset
Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 233
Naked and Ashamed: A Theology of Modesty
Modesty is not just women’s concern or problem, and it’s not just about clothing.
Both men and women need a theology of modesty. Too dependent on just rules for
dress, we have little foundation for our thinking on this subject. This session seeks to
provide that foundation by beginning from Creation and working toward a biblical
theology.
Ishak Ersen
Subject Matter Expert, Call of Hope
Sweeting 218
Islam Honors Jesus?
“Islam appreciates Jesus and honors him” is a statement one often hears in the
media and in conversations with Muslims. How accurate is it? What is the real
teaching of Islam on Jesus and what kind of Jesus do Muslims believe in? Using the
texts of Islam, Dr. Ishak Ersen, a former Muslim, paints a more accurate picture of
what Muslims really believe about Jesus.
Peter Everett
COO and David Grant, Marketing and Communications Director,
Destiny Rescue, North Webster, IN
Sweeting 343
Engage Your Church in the Battle to End Child Sex Trafficking
1.2 million children are forced to enter this industry every year to face unthinkable
horrors. We cannot stand by and allow this to continue. Destiny Rescue works to
rescue these children and provide a future full of the hope that comes when the
people of God reach into this darkness. Hear how your congregation can partner to
end child sex trafficking.
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Sessions
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Jason Lisle
Director of Research, Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX
Fellowship Hall
The Ultimate Proof of Creation
Christians can demonstrate with absolute certainty that the biblical account of
creation is true. Any alternative to biblical creation is irrational, and cannot make
sense of laws of logic, nor morality, nor the methods of science. This gives Christians
absolutely irrefutable arguments for the Christian faith, even if they have little
knowledge of the sciences.
Bob MacRae
Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 209
The Age-Segregated Debate in the Church
More and more attention is being given to the idea that children and adults should
learn together in the church setting. There is a movement in the church labeling
youth ministry as being unbiblical and even anti-biblical. What is the argument? Is it
valid? What does the Bible have to say about this growing movement?
Jeff and Debby McElroy
Founders, Forever Families, Knoxville, TN
Sweeting 201
Relationship Discipleship: Building Strong Churches Through Strong
Relationships
Broken relationships are the #1 cause for the decline in church membership and
effectiveness in America. If the church doesn’t deal with this issue, who will? This
session provides strategies for growing effective relational disciples who build
strong marriages and families, and using marriage and family ministry to create
powerful evangelistic opportunities to reach your community.
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Sessions
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Eric Moore
Chair, Practical Christian Ministries, Moody Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MI
Sweeting 319
Helping to Tell the Story: The Art of Preaching the New Testament
Narrative (Spanish Translation)
Many pastors preach the narrative passages of the New Testament as if they are the
Pauline Epistles. Unfortunately, this limits the wonder of the story being told by the
biblical writer. Learn to preach these narrative passages in such a manner that the
listener is brought face to face with the biblical story while discovering the truth of
God’s Word.
Karen Roberts
Church Relations Manager, Joni and Friends Chicago, Oak Brook, IL
Sweeting 234
Fastest Growing Ministry . . . Disability. Is Your Church Ready?
1 out of 5 people in the neighborhood surrounding your church is affected by
disabilities. This session will be an interactive panel discussion to explore God’s
word and heart for individuals and families affected by disability, shepherding and
including people with disabilities in your church family, and the unique blessings,
challenges, and practical tips for this ministry.
Tim Shoemaker
Author and Traveling Ministry Teacher
Sweeting 235
Family Devotions That Blow Up the Box Description
Parents often struggle with or avoid family devotions. They fear older kids will
be bored and won’t listen. This session will equip you to teach parents secrets to
leading family devotions that will hold kids’ attention...even teens. Powerful, yet
easy to do, Tim will demonstrate at least ten object lessons, visuals, and share
activities that will help you get parents thinking out of the box.
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Sessions
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Bruce Strom
Founder and Executive Director, Administer Justice, Elgin, IL
Sweeting 301
How Your Church Can Serve the Vulnerable Through Gospel Justice
Many churches have compassion ministries that focus on the immediate needs of
individuals. Meeting these needs treats the symptom. What is truly needed is an act
of justice that changes situations and systems. Learn how we can work together to
break the cycle and free individuals by getting to the root of the problem through
legal help and spiritual hope for the vulnerable.
Bill Thrasher
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 317
God As He Wants You to Know Him
A. W. Tozer said that the most important thing about a person’s life is what comes
into their mind when they think about God. Right living begins with right thinking,
and right thinking begins with right thinking about God. This session will trace
common schemes of the evil one and how they undermine our view of God.
William Torgesen
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 219
A New Preaching Application: Illustrating the Application
The danger in preaching today is to focus on applications void of truth. This session
focuses on preaching the text while learning to illustrate the application. Attendees
are encouraged to bring a sample of an upcoming sermon to use for developing
future applications together as a group. Preaching is knowing how to help the
listener see the text and apply it to their lives.
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Sessions
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
J. Brian Tucker
Associate Professor of New Testament, Moody Theological Seminary,
Plymouth, MI
Sweeting 328
Insights for Preaching from Current Pauline Studies
In this session we will look at current trends in Pauline scholarship with an
emphasis on understanding Paul in his first century context. Discussion includes
the new perspective on Paul and subsequent movements, as well as the
philosophy, sociology, and politics of Paul. These will help us better understand
Paul and provide new preaching insights along the way.
Douglas Wilson
Intercultural Ministry Specialist, AVANT Ministries, Kansas City, MO
Sweeting 204
Sharpening Your Intercultural Skills
Our communities, like the world, are becoming a global village. Intercultural
competence is now regarded as indispensable. If we are to be “salt and light” in
our communities, we in the church must also increase our intercultural skills. This
session will provide skills and knowledge which will help you be more successful at
communicating and interacting with other cultures.
Christopher Yuan
Author and Adjunct Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Alumni Auditorium
A Christian Response to Homosexuality
Homosexuality is one of the most relevant issues of our day. How should Christians
respond to homosexuality and more importantly, those in the LGBT community?
Most of us know somebody who is gay. How do we minister to them? Without any
compromise of truth or grace, Christopher combines his life experience and biblical
training to bring a fresh and unique perspective.
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Sessions
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
Clive Craigen
Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 219
Race, Privilege, and Evangelicals
Join a frank and honest conversation about the issue of race and its impact upon the
evangelical church and the challenges for the future.
Rosalie de Rosset
Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 233
Mindful or Mindless: A Theology of Leisure and Technology
Richard Winter writes that “a deadness of soul haunts this generation…
overstimulated by the possibilities of technology and entertainment.” God cares
how we use our leisure and technology; they are not in neutral territory and have
power for good or evil. This session examines the problem and proposes theological
thoughts about cultural icons.
Stefano Fehr
Director, Call of Hope International
Sweeting 218
From Followers of Islam to Followers of Jesus
In spite of terrorism, persecution, and the deep hatred of Christianity in the Muslim
world, hundreds of Muslims are turning to Christ as their Savior. This session will give
the testimonies of many Muslim converts, along with the price they paid to follow
Jesus. They serve as an encouragement to us and our ministries, as God sustains
them through their persecution.
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Sessions
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
Bradley Furges
Director of Men’s Counseling, Pure Life Ministries, Dry Ridge, KY
Sweeting 343
Pure Life Ministries
The mission of Pure Life Ministries is to serve Christian individuals and organizations
dealing with sexual sin by providing biblically based counseling, teaching
resources, and a public speaking ministry with the goal of leading Christians to
victory over sexual sin through a deeper life in God. Hear how they can help you
minister to your congregation.
Dan Green
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 319
How to Prepare Yourself Spiritually to Preach (Spanish Translation)
This session will help you prepare your soul for the sermon, with a major emphasis
on spiritual intimacy with God. Dan Green will also include other tips on how to
connect with your congregation and order the 24 hours before you deliver your
message.
Stan Guthrie
Making Sense of Bible Prophecy
Sweeting 301
Director, Stan Guthrie Communications, Wheaton, IL
Many of us, to borrow a phrase from C. S. Lewis, either have an “excessive and
unhealthy interest” in Bible prophecy or are tempted to walk from it for safer
subjects. And so we, and our people, miss the comfort and encouragement that
God’s prophecies mean to provide. This session will provide tools to navigate the
minefield of prophecy and teach it to your church.
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Sessions
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
Jason Lisle
Director of Research, Institute for Creation Research, Dallas, TX
Fellowship Hall
Evolution and Logical Fallacies
This session addresses logic, and logical fallacies (errors in reasoning). In particular,
fallacies that are often used by evolutionists are thoroughly explored. This guide to
logic will help the Christian to identify mistakes in the reasoning of the critics, and
thereby refute anti-biblical rhetoric.
Bob MacRae
Professor, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 209
Short Term Youth Missions Trips: Great Investment or Waste of Money?
There are many who claim that youth missions trips are glorified vacations with very
little lasting fruit either for the participants or the recipients. Strategies for planning,
executing, and following up short term experiences will be shared as a means to
ensure the experiences are most beneficial to all involved.
Jeff and Debby McElroy
Founders, Forever Families, Knoxville, TN
Sweeting 201
Having a Fruitful Ministry Without Living in a Desert
Browing a ministry and a family at the same time IS possible, but not easy. In this
session, you’ll learn how to keep from making the mistakes others have made as Jeff
and Debby share frank lessons they’ve learned from 25 years in marriage and family
ministry, and in helping hurting ministry families restore their relationships and their
ministries.
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Sessions
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
Eric Moore
Chair, Practical Christian Ministries, Moody Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MI
Alumni Auditorium
Encouragement for the Small Church Pastor
The majority of churches in the U.S. and around the world have an attendance of less
than 250. However, a significant amount of the material written for leading the flock
addresses the needs of those pastoring larger churches. This session addresses some
of the needs of the individual pastoring the small church and highlights the value of a
small church pastor.
Bill Thrasher
Professor, Moody Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 317
A Journey to Victorious Praying
D. L. Moody said, “I had rather teach one person to pray than ten men to preach.”
This session not only encourages one to pray but also introduces one to a clear
explanation of the spiritual dynamics and foundation that lead one into developing
and sustaining a meaningful prayer life.
William Torgesen
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Sweeting 235
Leadership Intentionality
One of the tensions pastors face in ministry is the training of future leaders in the
church. This session will provide tools and assessments to help leaders pour into the
next generation while also growing their own leadership skills and character. Also,
strategies will be discussed to help develop leaders for board and staff positions.
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Sessions
Thursday • 2:00 p.m.
J. Brian Tucker
Associate Professor of New Testament, Moody Theological Seminary,
Plymouth, MI
Sweeting 328
Current Thinking in Pastoral-Practical Theology
The pastoral-practical theological landscape is shifting and we need to be aware of
the ebb and flow. Scholars address three areas of thinking: parameters, coherence,
and dynamics. In this session, we will look at the ways these areas can inform our
practice as we pastor men and women who are navigating the narrative of God
and the world.
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Wives’ Sessions
Jill Briscoe
Author and
Minister-at-Large
Jill Briscoe was born in England and came to know Christ
when she was 18 years old. Upon graduating from Cambridge
University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a
vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.
Since 2000, she and her husband Stuart, who was formerly
senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy
of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe. Jill
has authored more than 40 books, serves as executive editor
of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry
wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of
World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc. for more than 20 years.
Elmbrook Church
Brookfield, WI
TUESDAY, MAY 21
8:30 a.m.Alistair Begg. Torrey-Gray Auditorium
9:45 a.m.Jill Briscoe, Alumni Auditorium
11:00 a.m.Breakout sessions (see following pages)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
8:30 a.m.Alistair Begg, Torrey Gray Auditorium
9:45 a.m.Jill Briscoe, Alumni Auditorium
11:00 a.m.Breakout sessions (see following pages)
To register for the wives’ portion of Pastors’ Conference, please visit the Conference
Information Desk located in The Commons.
Registration is required to attend these sessions, however it is NOT required to attend
general sessions in Torrey-Gray Auditorium with husbands.
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Wives’ Sessions
Tuesday • 9:45 a.m.
Carol Barnier
Author and Speaker, New Fairfield, CT
Fitzwater 207
A Prodigal Speaks: Pastor’s Daughter to Atheist to Amazing Grace
Whether in the pew or in your own parsonage, a prodigal brings challenges and
heartbreak. Carol is a pastor’s daughter who became an active atheist before finding
saving faith in Jesus. She breaks down myths about prodigals, provides useful and
proactive things parents can do to minimize damage in relationships, and gives real
reasons to hope for the hurting parent.
Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery
Authors and Speakers
Fitzwater 208
Authentic Intimacy
In our world, where Fifty Shades of Grey is captivating women, Christians are more
confused than ever about sex. Is it godly to be passionate? What’s OK in the
bedroom? The church could use a fresh approach to these topics. This session will
give you insight and a glimpse into how God’s Word addresses the most practical
questions today’s women are asking.
Tuesday • 11:00 a.m.
Carol Barnier
Author and Speaker, New Fairfield, CT
Fitzwater 208
A Prodigal Speaks: Pastor’s Daughter to Atheist to Amazing Grace
Whether in the pew or in your own parsonage, a prodigal brings challenges and
heartbreak. Carol is a pastor’s daughter who became an active atheist before finding
saving faith in Jesus. She breaks down myths about prodigals, provides useful and
proactive things parents can do to minimize damage in relationships, and gives real
reasons to hope for the hurting parent. Learn how the Holy Spirit uses the preacher’s
personality, language, and experience to mediate the text for the audience.
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Wives’ Sessions
Tuesday • 11:00 a.m.
Pam MacRae
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Fitzwater 207
Skills for Mentoring Conversations
You are called upon to respond to women in both casual and scheduled
conversations. Do you ever feel you don’t know what to say or are not sure how to
handle difficult situations? In this session you will learn how to sharpen your skills
so conversations can be meaningful, redemptive, and helpful.
Elizabeth Smith
Assistant Professor, Educational Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Fitzwater 404
The Theology of Being a Pastor’s Wife
Theology isn’t just for our husbands. How we as the “first ladies” of the church handle
our numerous responsibilities and expectations is directly related to what we believe
about our God and how we worship Him. This session takes the basic doctrines of our
faith out of the pulpit and into the parish; theology for the everyday pastor’s wife at
its finest—practical, insightful, and encouraging.
Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.
Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery
Authors and Speakers
Fitzwater 208
Authentic Intimacy
In our world, where Fifty Shades of Grey is captivating women, Christians are more
confused than ever about sex. Is it godly to be passionate? What’s OK in the
bedroom? The church could use a fresh approach to these topics. This session will
give you insight and a glimpse into how God’s Word addresses the most practical
questions today’s women are asking.
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Wives’ Sessions
Wednesday • 9:45 a.m.
Pam MacRae
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Fitzwater 208
Pastoral Care and Ministry to Women in Pain
Women who are suffering or have relational conflicts seek pastoral care. They want
help from you because you are their shepherd. What can you do and say that will
help them? What could you unintentionally do or say that could further hurt them
or discourage them in their relationship with the Lord? This session will discuss
practical issues of pastoral care to women.
Wednesday • 11:00 p.m.
Carol Barnier
Author and Speaker, New Fairfield, CT
Fitzwater 207
Aren’t You Just Precious . . . and Other Veiled Insults
Many Christian women are suffering an identity crisis. They determine their value by
how their husbands, their children, their friends, or their church family sees them. It
puts them on shaky ground. With much humor and insight, Carol teaches women
how to reclaim their own preciousness, how to find value outside the eyes of men,
and in the eyes of God.
Linda Dillow and Juli Slattery
Authors and Speakers
Fitzwater 208
Authentic Intimacy
What do a 70-year-old missionary and a 43-year-old clinical psychologist have in
common? God called both of us to write “Passion Pursuit,” a Bible study to help
women reclaim God’s truth about sex. In this session, you will discover a biblical role
model for wives that is every bit as inspiring as the Proverbs 31 woman.
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Wives’ Sessions
Wednesday • 11:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Smith
Assistant Professor, Educational Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Fitzwater 404
The Theology of Being a Pastor’s Wife
Theology isn’t just for our husbands. How we as the “first ladies” of the church handle
our numerous responsibilities and expectations is directly related to what we believe
about our God and how we worship Him. This session takes the basic doctrines of our
faith out of the pulpit and into the parish; theology for the everyday pastor’s wife at
its finest—practical, insightful, and encouraging.
Thursday • 9:45 a.m.
Pam MacRae
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL
Fitzwater 208
What Am I Going to Do With Her? Problems and Potential with Strong
Women in Your Church
You are called to encourage all believers to use their gifts in the body of Christ. How
can you encourage women who have obvious strong leadership abilities to thrive in
your church? How do you advise her if she wonders where she best fits? How can you
navigate situations where women feel frustrated by this issue?
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Prayer Sessions
Daniel Henderson
President, Strategic Renewal, Forest, VA
Tuesday–Thursday 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m., Torrey-Gray Auditorium
orning Prayer and Renewal
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Come each morning for a time of concentrated prayer before the day’s events
commence.
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Thursday 2:00
Thursday 9:45
Wednesday 9:45
Tuesday 2:00
Tuesday 9:45
Schedule
1st choice 2nd choice 3rd choice
Write down the sessions you’re most interested in attending to help you remember! If a session is full when you
get there, consider heading to your second choice.
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Haddon
Robinson
Don
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May 19–22, 2014
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