Thursday, January 14, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
It seems that an invitation to a conference or seminar arrives every day. We have limited time, and most of us feel like we’ve gone to every conference going.
A couple of years ago I received an invitation like this one. I was skeptical, and the timing was not great, but I decided to attend. It was simply the most biblical and helpful workshop I had ever attended.
I’m not alone. Last year, others attended the 2009 Simeon Trust Preaching workshop. They commented on how helpful it had been, and how they wished they had known about it sooner. I heard from one attendee who said it has changed his ministry.
Ian Hugh Clary writes:
I know that I often speak in exaggeration, but I can honestly say that this was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. Practical, soul searching, biblical, affective, encouraging. I was very blessed to have been there and I learned a lot...
I highly, highly recommend that if a Simeon Trust workshop comes within a five hour radius of you that you attend one. You will not be disappointed! Your preaching will improve and your congregation will love you for it. Even if you’ve been at the game for thirty years, you will still benefit from a gathering such as this!
Charles Price, pastor of The Peoples Church Toronto, states:
The preacher must ask three progressive questions of a Biblical text: What? So What? Now What? ‘What?’ is exposition. ‘So What?’ is implication. ‘Now What?’ is exhortation. The most fundamental of these is the ‘What?’ question. What does the text actually say and mean? If the foundation of our preaching is faulty, the implications and exhortations will be distorted – guaranteed! This seminar addresses the disciplines of good exegesis, which is the skill of first importance to the preacher.
We are pleased that another workshop will take place next March 3-5 at Bayview Glen Church. Once again, David Helm, Lead Pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and chairman of Simeon Trust, will be instructing us. The topic this year is preaching apocalyptic literature.
The Workshop will be divided into three sections. We will receive instruction on preaching, we will prepare two sermon outlines which will be evaluated by our peers and we will hear modeled for us clear and inspiring preaching of God's Word.
Let me encourage you to set these two and a half days aside to hone your preaching skills and be encouraged and motivated in the work of preaching to which the Lord has called us.
For more information or to discuss the details of the workshop please feel free to contact Pastor Doug Kelley at 905-873-0249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register go to the Charles Simeon Trust website (http://www.simeontrust.org/).
We have made arrangements for discount rates in a nearby hotel, so please be sure you check your registration confirmation for this important information.
I hope you can attend.