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Preaching Wisdom Literature

Practical Instruction - Persuasive Preaching - Small Group Practice

October 28-30, 2020 | Tempe, Arizona
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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.

 

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Leaders

O'Donnell Douglas Sean O'Donnell Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Senior Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

Doug is Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Elgin, Illinois. He previously served as Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton Graduate School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and earned his PhD from the University of Aberdeen. Doug is the author of several books, including commentaries on the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, the Gospel of Matthew, and John’s Epistles. With R. Kent Hughes, he wrote and edited The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry.

Johnston Jim Johnston Senior Pastor, Camelback Bible Church

Jim Johnston

Senior Pastor, Camelback Bible Church

Jim Johnston serves Senior Pastor for Camelback Bible Church near Phoenix, Arizona. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and earned both an MDiv and PhD in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His dissertation was on Mark’s Gospel. Jim has previously served as Senior Pastor of Tulsa Bible Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Free Church in Maplewood, Minnesota and on staff at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois and Chain of Lakes Church in Antioch, Illinois. He is the author of the forthcoming volumes on the Psalms in Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series

Newkirk Chuck Newkirk Lead Pastor, Church on Mill

Chuck Newkirk

Lead Pastor, Church on Mill

Chuck Newkirk is the Lead Pastor of Church on Mill in Tempe, Arizona. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Phoenix Seminary. Chuck holds an MDiv from Gateway Seminary and a Doctor of Preaching from Talbot Seminary. Chuck is on the board for the Gospel Coalition Arizona, and has taught for several international missions organizations and churches.

Schedule

8:15am-4:30pm, Wednesday, October 28
8:15am-4:30pm, Thursday, October 29
8:15am-12:30pm, Friday, October 30
Decision Date: September 2, 2020
Text assignments will come from Psalms.

Nearby Hotels

Graduate (0.4 miles)
Holiday Inn Express (1.1 miles)
DoubleTree (1.9 miles)

Cost

$139 USD before October 7
$159 USD after October 7
Lunch and refreshment breaks are provided each day at no cost.

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