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Preaching Wisdom Literature: Ecclesiastes

Practical Instruction - Persuasive Preaching - Small Group Practice

May 03-05, 2023 | Toronto, Ontario
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What Is It?

The Workshops on Biblical Exposition is a 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 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 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 also 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 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 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

CAMERA David Camera Senior Pastor, River Oaks Church

David Camera

Senior Pastor, River Oaks Church

David Camera is Senior Pastor of River Oaks Church in Lake Mary, Florida. He holds an MA in Theology from Wheaton College, an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary. David is also a graduate of the Cornhill Training Course in London, England. He previously served on the pastoral staffs at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, Illinois.

WALKER Kevin C. Walker Director of Workshops

Kevin C. Walker

Director of Workshops

Kevin took on the role of Director of Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust in 2022, after serving as the Director of Training since 2016. He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Cline Avenue Fellowship Church in Highland, Indiana. A native of western New York, Kevin came to a personal faith at a Youth for Christ event. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute and completed an MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has contributed to the Kairos Journal on 1 Timothy 3. During his time in Chicago, he completed three years of the pastoral training program at Holy Trinity Church. After seminary, Kevin served as lecturer in New Testament and Greek at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia for three years. He then served as Assistant Preaching Pastor at the International Protestant Church and Principal of Kinshasa Christian School in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo from 2014-2016. He is married to Alyssa (who serves as Director of Advancement Operations at the Charles Simeon Trust). Kevin is primarily responsible to ensure our Workshops on Biblical Exposition provide high-quality training for pastors and Bible teachers around the world. Specifically he works to train instructors and small group leaders, as well as to coordinate logistics.

Contact: kwalker@simeontrust.org

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SEWARD James Seward Senior Pastor, Maple Avenue Baptist Church

James Seward

Senior Pastor, Maple Avenue Baptist Church

James Seward is Senior Pastor of Maple Avenue Baptist Church. Before that, he served as Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas. James completed his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago, where he was also part of the founding core of Holy Trinity Church and served as a pastoral intern under David Helm and Jon Dennis. He went on to complete a master’s degree in the Biblical Exegesis program at Wheaton College where he also served on the pastoral staff of College Church under Kent Hughes. James serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Charles Simeon Trust (Canada) and has been involved with the Workshops on Biblical Exposition for more than 20 years.

Maple Avenue Baptist Church
Schedule

8:15am-4:30pm, Wednesday, May 3
8:15am-4:30pm, Thursday, May 4
8:15am-12:15pm, Friday, May 5

Small Group Texts
Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 Ecclesiastes 7:1-22
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Ecclesiastes 8:1-17
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 Ecclesiastes 9:1-12
Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8
Cost

$179 CAD before March 27
$209 CAD after March 27
Lunch and refreshment breaks are provided each day at no cost.

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