2008 National Founders Conference Summary and Compilation


I know that attempting to summarize loaded week in just a few words seems like a futile exercise, but I will attempt to do so here. In fact, I think it is quite appropriate that words should not summarize or bring closure to a conference like this. Indeed, this past week was more than a conference, and thus it requires more than words. I have been told that is was unlike an other in recent years (this is only my second NFC) for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the live-streaming which included over 3,000 viewers with relatively little announcement (my blog, Tom’s blog, and the Founders website) the day the conference began.

The messages were great, and I encourage you to download them all. You can also catch up with the messages by perusing my live-blogging posts as well. Perhaps one of the most helpful times was an unscheduled extended meeting with Stetzer Wednesday where candid talk and genuine concern for church planting took place for the purpose of listening, learning, and hopefully one day leading a movement in the area of church planting in the years to come. I was also greatly encouraged by the time I had talking with Voddie Baucham and Andy Davis who instilled in me a desire to be more godly, to love the church more deeply, and give myself more sacrificially for the glory of Christ. The meetings, fellowship, and mealtime get togethers with guys like Doug Baker (whose podcasting equipment I lusted over), Don Whitney (King of the Fountain Pens), Phil Newton (whose baritone voice I envy), and Art Rogers was really refreshing as I heard of all that God was doing in place like North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Lastly, I want to say a word about the men whose lives have shaped this movement for twenty-five years. Men like Tom Nettles, Fred Malone, Tom Ascol, Phil Newton, Don Whitney, Joe Nesom, and Bill Ascol–all who have endured much criticism and caricature and yet have continued to work for reformation within the local church–are men whom I consider my heroes. I don’t have many, especially in the SBC, but I am grateful for these that have taught me more with their lives than all the academy can muster with the sharpest of acumen and brightest of minds.

I suspect that in the future you will be hearing more of all that took place. I pray that what was implanted in the hearts of men and women will find fertile soil in the lives of His people and the churches they serve so that abundant fruit may be harvested for years to come.

Below are the conference audio (MP3), a compilation of my blogposts, and the podcasts I did with the conference.

Conference Audio:

1. Ted Christman on “An Exposition of Psalm 1″
2. Andy Davis on “Dangers in Reforming a Church”
3. Tom Nettles on “Biographical Sketch of Daniel Marshall”
4. Voddie Baucham on “Building a Solid Doctrinal Foundation”
5. Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 1″
6. Don Whitney on “Reforming Through Discipline”
7. Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 2″
8. Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life With Scripture”
9. Phil Newton on “From Planting to Reforming”

Compilation of Posts:

1. A Primer on Ed Stetzer
2. NFC I: Ted Christman on “An Exposition of Psalm 1″
3. NFC II: Andy Davis on “Dangers in Reforming a Church”
4. NFC III: Tom Nettles on “Biographical Sketch of Daniel Marshall”
5. NFC IV: Voddie Baucham on “Building a Solid Doctrinal Foundation”
6. Dr. Nettles Bio Sketch of Daniel Marshall (PDF)
7. NFC V: Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 1″
8. NFV VI: Don Whitney on “Reforming Through Discipline”
9. NFC VII: Ed Stetzer on “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes, Part 2″
10. NFC VIII: Leadership Dialogue
11. NFC IX: Andy Davis on “The Importance of Filling Your Life With Scripture”
12. NFC X: Phil Newton on “From Planting to Reforming”

** If you would like a PDF of all 12 posts together, you can download it by clicking here.


1. Interview with Tom Ascol
2. Interview with Donald Whitney
3. Interview with Voddie Baucham
4. Interview with Andy Davis

To view live-blogging posts from the 2007 National Conference, go here.

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18 Comments on “2008 National Founders Conference Summary and Compilation”

  1. Tim Rogers Says:

    Brother Timmy,

    You did a live blog of a Q&A. Was there a CD of that session? How could one hear that session, other than the live stream?


  2. Tim,

    If I understand correctly, of the eight mics that were on during the session, only two of them made it into the recording. As a result, the majority of the discussion, although heard the in room clearly, was not reflected in the recording. I stand to be corrected on that, but I think that is what I was told a couple of days ago. If I hear anything else, I will pass it on.

  3. Timmy,

    It was my first NFC and hopefully not my last. In thinking about what I observed there, the most consistent theme was the mutual encouragement between these men. There just seemed to be an aura of brotherly affection as I saw pastors giving strong hugs and words of grace. From the time when I walked in Bethel Baptist Church and was greeted by her sweet people, to the closing remarks of Tom Ascol that fired me up, I was a sincere recipient of blessings in Christ. The fellowship was genuine, and not awkward or clickish. I was particularly impressed by the kindness and welcoming of Phil Newton.
    It was all good. (Actually, the only negative thing I can think of is when you let me ramble in ignorance at the airport while less than 10 feet away a heavenly fortaste of reunion took place when that returning soldier was greeted by his wife and kids!… but I’m getting over it:)
    I praise God for this ministry and look forward to seeing what fruit this conference will bring in the near future, in the next 12 months.
    Jonathan Parnell

  4. Tim Rogers Says:

    Brother Timmy,

    Thanks for the follow-up. I enjoyed reading the dialog and the answers between the leaders on the panel discussion. One question was presented to Dr. Malone which was; Q: Fred, Founders is openly Southern Baptist, but how can it reach out and bring in others who are not Southern Baptist but are Reformed? The reason I was asking about the recordings was two fold. 1.) You did not tell us where the questions came from in the post. I thought that on the recordings that would be answered. So, could you tell us where these questions came from? I assume Dr. Ascoll was the presenter of the questions as I did not see a question directed toward him. Were these questions some that came from those in attendance, or some the leaders felt needed to be addressed? 2.) It seems that Dr. Malone did a great job explaining how we need a return to expository preaching, but really did not answer the questions proposed. You were at the conference and have a better feel on what was being expressed. Could you tell me if the question means that Founders Ministries are looking at leading the SBC in a direction as to partner with outside groups in order to plant churches?


  5. tom ascol Says:

    Tim R.

    The questions were submitted by those attending and those who watched via livestream. I remember the question you mention, but do not remember the answer. You are correct in assuming that I was the moderator of the dialogue. Founders Ministries is not “looking at leading the SBC in a direction as to partner with outside groups in order to plant churches.” I am not even sure how we would attempt to do that if we wanted to.


  6. Tim Rogers Says:

    Dr. Ascoll,

    Thanks for your response. I am encouraged by your answer. I believe you would agree that by the response given by Dr. Malone and then Dr. Setzer’s follow-up it was kind of vague as to the intention.


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  9. Will Jackson Says:


    I am getting ready to download all of the sermons to listen to at work. Thanks for providing the links. I did notice on your Twitter that you are thinking about a scripture memory plan. I am currently using Andy’s approach to memorize Galatians, and I love it. I have been under conviction since T4G to do this and just kept dragging my feet until Piper preached at New Attitude this year. His sermon ignited the fire and I pulled out Andy’s booklet and have been following it. It has been amazing. I find that during those random moments of the day, I start quoting what I have learned so far over and over leading me to meditate on the truths that are there. I would recommend his method to anybody.

  10. Will,

    Great to hear from you man. Yes, I am working on a new system and will likely be using Andy’s or perhaps a lightly modified version. I have found a young man whom I will be mentoring, and I am going to see if we can work on it together. One thing I have found helpful is to take a chapter, set it in 6 or 8 point font, and cut it to the dimensions of a small moleskin journal where it can easily be pasted on a page. I have a three-pack of the “cashier’s” journal which is the mini-version (64 pages per book) where I am looking to make one my Scripture memory journal, one a missional/evangelistic journal, and the other one a “getting things done” journal. I think by doing that it will help me organize my thoughts and record my dealings with my own soul and the souls of others.

    The biggest challenge I have is retention, and I think Andy’s method will really help me in this regard. Too much of what I remember is deposited in a short-term memory bank, and I need to seal it with permanence through repetition and meditation.

  11. Jonathan,

    Sorry it has taken so long to reply to your comment brother. It indeed was a pleasure to meet and spend time with you this past week. You represent SEBTS well, and I am excited to hear about how and where the Lord is leading you in future ministry and training. No worries about the airport drama. I really enjoyed our conversation and look forward to many future opportunities to sharpen one another in our pursuit of the glory of Christ!

    Grace always,


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  15. I’ve been to a fair amount of conferences in my day, but this one could hold its own with the best of them.

    I pretty much wish each speaker could have had an extra 20-30 minutes, but barring that it would be hard to criticize beyond the glaring improvement of having the conference in the Lone Star State.

  16. Gunny,

    It was a pleasure meeting you at the conference. Indeed, it was a very profitable time. I look forward to keeping in touch!

  17. Same here, brother. I was glad I made the drive up from Dallas. If you’re ever in the area, I’d love to catch up.

    Incidentally, I spent some time this afternoon perusing your blog and really enjoyed my bad self.

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