Friday, March 09, 2007

The Gospel Coalition: Conference

Several years ago, Don Carson and Tim Keller began rallying like-minded pastors who center their ministries on “the center”—Jesus Christ and him crucified. Fifty pastors--including John Piper, Mark Dever, Phil Ryken, Mark Driscoll, C. J. Mahaney, Ligon Duncan--comprised the initial meeting in Deerfield, Illinois.

They are now hosting a special 550-person-only conference for fellow pastors and laborers on May 23-24, 2007 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield. I've been given permission now to post this information onto the blog.

To register, go to the Gospel Coalition registration page. Enter the username gospel and the password coalition. Lodging information is available on the website. Conference registration is $80.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday Afternoon (May 23)

1:00 - 2:45 Open Corporate Worship
“What Is the Gospel?” Primarily an exposition of the first part of 1 Corinthians 15 (Don Carson)
2:45 - 3:15 Panel Discussion
3:15 -5:00 Gospel-Centered Ministry (Tim Keller), Panel Discussion
5:00 - 7:00 Supper Break (Melton Dining Hall)

Wednesday Evening

7:00 - 9:00 Corporate Worship and Exposition: “Passing on the Torch” (Crawford Loritts)

Thursday Morning (May 24)

7:00 - 8:15 Breakfast for those in Trinity Hall
8:30 - 9:00 Devotions and Corporate Prayer
9:15 - 10:30 Workshops
  1. The Doctrine of God Today (Graham Cole)
  2. Defining Evangelicalism (Ray Ortlund, Jr., Reddit Andrews)
  3. Union with Christ and Justification (Phil Ryken)
  4. The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Counseling (Mike Bullmore)
  5. Mentoring Younger Pastors (Mark Driscoll, Michael Lawrence)
  6. Mentoring Younger Lay Leaders (Harry Reeder, John Yates)
  7. The Church of the Living God: Crucial Issues in Gospel and Community (Jeff Louie)
  8. The Church of the Living God: Practical Challenges in a Mobile Society (Stephen Um)
  9. Christ and Culture Revisited (Sandy Willson)
  10. Q & A on Preaching (Crawford Loritts, Ligon Duncan)
  11. Cultivating Biblical Meditation and Prayer (Andy Davis)
  12. Evangelizing People in a Post-Christian Society (David Bisgrove)
10:45 - 12:00 Closing Exposition: “The Triumph of the Gospel in the New Heavens and the New Earth” (John Piper)
Update: In answer to a few questions posed in the comment section: (1) It will be at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; (2) all audio will be subsequently available online for free--the main sessions will be audio + video, the breakout sessions will be audio only; (3) women are welcome.