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Preaching from the Gospels

Practical Instruction - Persuasive Preaching - Small Group Practice

February 10-12, 2021 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What Is It?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip you in the skills needed to read, understand, and proclaim the Word of God.

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The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 3-day training event aimed to encourage and equip you in the skills needed to read, understand, and proclaim the Word of God. The Workshop includes times set aside for 1) Principles of Exposition (instructional sessions on how to better handle biblical texts), 2) Small Group Practice (when you will share and receive feedback on two passages you prepare in advance), and 3) Expositions (the opportunity to sit under the word). Each of these sessions is carefully designed to be interrelated for the greatest value in improving your work. In other words, this is a Workshop and not a conference. If you cannot be at all the sessions, then it really isn’t for you.

It is important to note: Partial participation is not permitted. Our pedagogical commitments in the small group sessions as well as the cumulative relationship between the small group and plenary sessions, full participation is required. Extenuating circumstances should be discussed with the Charles Simeon Trust and exceptions will be granted very rarely.

Who Should Attend?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for men who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching. We also welcome those in bi-vocational ministries as well as those training for ministry.

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The Workshops on Biblical Exposition are generally for men who are responsible for regularly preaching and teaching. We also welcome those in bi-vocational ministries as well as those training for ministry. We also have Workshops for women who are responsible for teaching women.

Given our understanding of Scripture, most of our Workshops on Biblical Exposition are for men who are responsible for regularly opening up God’s Word for God’s people. Specifically, they are for those men currently in pastoral ministry and, as such, are responsible for preaching and teaching God’s Word in congregational settings. Though vocational preaching pastors are our priority, the Workshops are open to those in general teaching ministry: including some lay-preachers, teaching Elders, seminary students or professors, teaching missionaries, and those serving in similar roles. Again, our priority is those who regularly preach or teach from God’s Word.

I noticed you just said “men.” What if I am a woman?
We are fully committed to training women for ministry through our Workshops on Biblical Exposition for women. But we also have theological commitments as to what that means. The Charles Simeon Trust adheres to a position on church leadership that is often identified as “complementarian.” While we do not support the ordination of women for pulpit ministry, we do believe that women are called to teaching ministry for women in biblically appropriate settings and should be trained for it as such. It is our conviction that the Church in North America has been particularly slow in this kind of training effort, and as such, we need to do a better job of training women. Women need to be equipped for this task. While the local church should and will do much of this work, we believe that we can support the church in further enabling women. As such, we have established Workshops on Biblical Exposition for women in ministry. We believe that women who are working in ministry in churches need encouragement in their ministry and hope that, by encouraging women to participate in the Workshop for women in ministry, we can also establish a base for fellowship and encouragement. Knowing this, women who wish to attend a Workshop on Biblical Exposition, regardless of where they identify themselves on an egalitarian-complementarian spectrum, are welcome to participate in a Workshop for women in ministry. It is designed for women who are currently in a teaching ministry with the responsibility to teach the Bible regularly. It is open to women who lead in regular teaching ministries including large group instructors, small group teachers, and women’s and children’s ministry leaders appointed by their churches. Women who are interested in this Workshop or have questions about our position or philosophy on this matter are encouraged to contact the Director of Women’s Workshops, Colleen McFadden (cmcfadden@simeontrust.org).

How Should I Prepare?

During the small groups, you will have an opportunity to get feedback on work you’ve prepared in advance.

 

PREPARE FOR A WORKSHOP

Leaders

Messner Aaron Messner Senior Minister, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Aaron Messner

Senior Minister, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Aaron is the Senior Minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Atlanta. He served as the Chaplain of Covenant College from 2007 until 2012. Before moving to Covenant, Aaron was the Associate Pastor at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He received both Bachelors and Masters degrees from Wheaton College and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He has authored two articles in the Princeton Theological Review and has worked with the Nehemiah Project in Philadelphia.

O'Toole Ben O'Toole Pastor, Windsor Baptist Church

Ben O'Toole

Pastor, Windsor Baptist Church

Ben O’Toole serves as Pastor of Windsor Baptist Church near Philadelphia. He earned a BS from Penn State University as well as an MDiv and an MA from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ben formerly served oversees and in the U.S. with The Navigators.  Ben is passionate about expositional preaching in the local church.

Johnson Raymond Johnson Senior Pastor, Christ Church West Chester

Raymond Johnson

Senior Pastor, Christ Church West Chester
Raymond serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Church West Chester in West Chester, Pennsylvania. A Southern Miss graduate, he holds an MDiv, ThM, and PhD in New Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has taught as an adjunct at Boyce College and Kenya Baptist Theological College. Raymond is the author of I See Dead People: The Function of the Resurrection of the Saints in Matthew 27:51-54.
Christ Church West Chester
Schedule

8:15am-4:30pm, Wednesday, February 10
8:15am-4:30pm, Thursday, February 11
8:15am-12:30pm, Friday, February 12
Decision Date: December 30, 2021
Small group passages will be taken from the Gospel of Mark.

Nearby Hotels

Hotel Warner 0.6 miles

Cost

$139 USD before January 20
$159 USD after January 20
Lunch and refreshment breaks are provided each day at no cost.