An opportunity to improve the way we preach
A major preaching conference at Moore College in September
In September, Dr Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois USA, and author of Christ-centered Preaching will be visiting Moore College as part of the College’s program of developing preachers both during their time at College and beyond. His visit is the centrepiece of a week of concentrated teaching and training in expository preaching. His input will serve not only our current students but those who are serving by preaching in our churches.
Dr Chappell will speak at the one-day John Chapman Preaching Conference on 23 September, considering the topic ‘Application in Expository Preaching’. He will also address College students on preaching method, and our preaching mentors will spend time with him in workshops at the next of our Chapman Preaching Clinics.
Rev Archie Poulos, Head of Department of Ministry, commenting on Bryan’s visit said he wouldn’t miss it, “At Moore, we have used Bryan’s ‘Christ Centered Preaching’ for many years, as it brings together true Bible understanding with wise ministry practice and a process that enhances sermon preparation. We are delighted to have Dr Chappell to assist us to become better proclaimers. I wouldn’t miss what he has to contribute to us!’ Register now to secure your seat so you don’t miss it!”
Dr Chase Kuhn, a member of the Ministry Department at the College is excited about the opportunity Dr Chappell’s visit will afford to consider important questions like ”How is it that we move from text to today without compromising the integrity of the message? How should we give consideration to our audience? Should our sermon presentation change based on the crowd we address?”
“Application is a crucial element of rightly handling the word of God”, commented Dr Kuhn, “and perhaps the point at which we are most susceptible to error. Our prayer is that this week of concentrated attention to this topic will help us all be more faithful and effective as preachers”.
“Of course, preaching is not the only way we teach the Bible in our churches, but it is a vital way”, commented the College’s principal, Dr Mark Thompson. “When God’s people gather around God’s word it is important both that it is actually God’s word that is proclaimed — that is the powerful agent by which God advances his mission in the world — and that it is proclaimed in a way that engages the hearer’s mind, heart and will. What we preach has first priority, but how we preach is important too. As Campbell Morgan put it a century ago, biblical preaching should be characterised by truth, clarity and passion. All three elements are necessary.”
Moore College invites you, your church staff, your MTS apprentices, and any others involved in Bible teaching at your church to join us for the one day preaching conference on Saturday 23 September 2017.
Why not register today here.