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Teaching the Psalms - Cancelled

This Workshop has been cancelled.

October 22-24, 2020 | Toronto, Ontario

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 people 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

Meeks Marjorie Meeks University Ministry, Christ Church

Marjorie Meeks

University Ministry, Christ Church

Marjorie serves as a university ministry worker at Christ Church Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, she and her husband planted Hope Community Church in West Nashville, Tennessee, where she served on the women’s ministry leadership team teaching women’s Bible studies and training women’s Bible study leaders and children’s Sunday School leaders. Marjorie is a student of the Chicago Course on Preaching and serves on the board of Radstock Ministries. Previously, she and her husband served as church planting missionaries in Nicaragua.

Grant Karen Grant Bible Teacher, Parish Presbyterian Church

Karen Grant

Bible Teacher, Parish Presbyterian Church

Karen Grant is a Bible teacher at Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, where her husband, George, is the pastor. She studied at the University of Houston and Covenant Theological Seminary. Karen and George founded Franklin Classical School in Franklin, where Karen continues to serve on the board of trustees. She has also served on the multicultural church planting and mercy committee for the PCA. Karen’s work in women’s ministries has often centered on creating connections between women’s and mercy ministries. She has co-authored books on gardening, reading, cooking, and travel.

Hackmann Kyle Hackmann Pastor, Christ Church Toronto

Kyle Hackmann

Pastor, Christ Church Toronto

Kyle serves as Pastor of Christ Church Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. Kyle earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife have ministry experience in Chicago, Leipzig, and St. Louis, before moving to Toronto in 2010 to join Grace Toronto Church in their mission of seeing churches planted throughout Toronto. Kyle served as the Associate Pastor of Grace Toronto for seven years before planting Christ Church Toronto in 2017.

Schedule

This Workshop has been cancelled. See our COVID-19 updates for more information.

Cost

$179 CAD before Oct 8
$209 CAD after Oct 8
Dinner Thursday, lunch Friday,
and refreshment breaks each day
are provided at no cost.