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Cultivating Gospel Mission :: PLNTD + New England Conference

May 29, 2012

PLNTD announced today its second regional conference of the year – Cultivating Gospel Mission, scheduled to take place on September 20-22, 2012 in Portland, Maine. Main session speakers will be Scotty Smith and Caesar Kalinowski, with breakout sessions with Jared Wilson. This week only, you can register for 50% off regular ticket price for just $29 (discount ends Friday night). If you live in the New England or Canada area, be sure to check this training event out.

Here’s a blurb from the conference website:

We live in a day where it is commonplace to hear the words “gospel-centered” and “missionally-driven”. The danger, however, is to use those phrases in ways that diminish their meaning to that of a cliché. At the 2012 New England Training Event, PLNTD partners with the Gospel Alliance to focus on why those phrases are grounded in God and His purposes for the church.

Every church planter and pastor should lead their people to live gospel-centered lives on mission as those who have been sent by God. What does that kind of life look like? How does articulate this kind of vision to people in their community? These are the kinds of questions we hope to address as we gather together on September 20-22.

This training event is open to anyone who would like to be instructed and encouraged to cultivate gospel mission, including pastors, church planters, aspiring ministry leaders, leadership teams, and the like.

Unlike the typical conference format, the goal of this training event is interaction, integration and application of teaching and instruction. Our desire is that you leave equipped with practical instruction, edified through meaningful fellowship, and encouraged by Christ-centered passion for greater kingdom advance.

Join us as we press into the call to be oriented around the mission of church and saturated in the message of the gospel!

PLNTD South Florida Conference – Register & Reserve

February 24, 2012

I’ve enjoyed trekking through South Florida the past couple of weeks (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, etc.), meeting with pastors and church planters about the upcoming training event, “Cultivating Gospel Community.”

Evangelical shorthand would call it a conference, but we are intending it to be an event with practical help and relevant application to ministry and mission in the local church.  Our hope is that men and women passionate about the gospel, making disciples, and building authentic community will be compelled to come (not just pastors or church planters).

I realize that some (many?) are coming from outside South Florida, and we are glad you are coming! This week, we are giving a heads up for those of you coming from outside the area and looking to book hotel rooms for the weekend of our conference.  This is the peak week of our peak season (spring break, spring training (Red Sox), snowbirds galore, etc.), which means the available rooms will go really fast.

The going rate for hotel rooms right now is $199/night. That’s crazy, I know. But we have worked out a deal to get them for nearly half that price, just $109/night. To take advantage of this rate and reserve your room, follow the instructions on this online newsletter.  If you have not registered already, be sure to do so.

I hope to welcome many of you to sunny South Florida for a great weekend of rejoicing in the gospel and renewing our lives in the mission of the church!

 

Early Bird Registration for PLNTD South Florida Conference

February 11, 2012

» Get all the info on PLNTD Conference website
» Register Now for just $39 (ends 2/14)

Cultivating Gospel Communities | PLNTD Conference

January 16, 2012

Get all the info here.

Register this week for a special opening week rate of just $29.

We are only making this rate available to the first 100 who register. I would love for you to this training opportunity on how to cultivate gospel communities on mission from Steve Timmis and Jared Wilson, along with local practitioners. More to come . . .

2011 GCM Collective National Conference Audio

September 22, 2011


I’ve attended quite a few conferences the past ten years.  Some of them engender hype; others bring in large crowds due to the evangelical celebrity culture.  But then on a rare occasion, there will come a conference that surprises you in unexpecting ways.  It is not that I had low expectations but that the conference accomplished far more than what is typical for conference these days.

Last week, I attended the 2011 GCM Collective National Conference, and I came away with far more than inspirational thoughts or trendy methodology.  I walked away with a greater love for Jesus and His church.  Everything, I mean everything, was focused on the gospel.  I loved it.  I was convicted by it.  I was tremendously helped by it.  In fact, I can say with a certain level of clarity that there is few, if any, conferences that were as personally edifying and ministerially beneficial to me as this one.  Having said that, I encourage you to download the audio of the main sessions (the breakout sessions are currently being edited and will be available soon).

Thank you, GCM Collective, for a superb conference and a very affordable price.  I took home with me a mother load of gospel nourishment and application of what it means to be gospel communities on mission.

Main Session Audio

GCM Collective Vision
What Is the Gospel
:: Jeff Vanderstelt
Gospel-Centered Discipleship :: Jonathan Dodson
Generous Church :: Steve Timmis
Stealth Church :: Steve Timmis
A Movement of Multiplication :: Jeff Vanderstelt

Breakout Session Audio

/// Coming Soon ///

GCM National Conference

September 14, 2011

Today through Friday, I will be in Huntsville, AL for the GCM Collective National Conference.  If you are unfamiliar with the GCM Collective, I encourage you to check out their website and join their online community. Their vision is simple, and I love it:

A gospel community is a group of believers that lives out the mission of God together as family, in a specific area to a particular people group, by declaring and demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms. Regular people, living ordinary lives, with great gospel intentionality. The GCM Collective is a community that allows people to exchange ideas, resources and encouragement around topics that relate to creating gospel communities on mission.

The guys behind the GCM Collective (Steve Timmis, Tim Chester, Jeff Vanderstelt, Drew Goodmanson, Caesar Kalinowski, David Fairchild, and Jonathan Dodson) have all challenged and helped me in tremendous ways in recent years, probably more than any other group outside my fellow elders.  These brothers are gospel-driven practitioners who are leading churches to embrace a missional ecclesiology that is both healthy and fruitful.

If you would like to check out the conference schedule, click here.  If you are attending the conference, hit me up.  I’d love to connect.  I will also likely be posting updates via Twitter for those interested in following.

Sinclair Ferguson on Union with Christ

December 4, 2010

The doctrine of union with Christ has to be my favorite meditation because it lies at the very heart of the gospel.  Very few people alive today can preach with such simplicity and clarity as Sinclair Ferguson.  And at the 2010 Basics Conference held at Parkside Church (where Alistair Begg is senior pastor), the two came together.  Here are the videos of Ferguson addressing this precious doctrine of union with Christ.

Paul on Union with Christ

Union with Christ in Christian Living

Question and Answer

HT :: Nick Batzig

GCM Everyday Audio

November 26, 2010

Last month, he GCM Collective held a one-day training focused on the gospel, community, and mission in everyday contexts.  Steve Timmis and Tim Chester has a new book coming out soon on the “ordinary” church–living as gospel communities on mission in everyday life, not just Sunday’s.  The audio from this one-day conference is not available, so check them out!

There are some additional resources that you can check out here.  I also recommend that you check out their online community, which is a great place to learn with/from others.

The Gospel Centered Life Conference

November 16, 2010

1.  I really like affordable conferences.
2. I really like conferences focused on the gospel.
3. I really like conferences in South Florida.

Is it possible to get 3 for 3?  The answer is yes! Check it out.

The Gospel Centered Life Conference will be taking place on January 21-23, 2011 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Registration is only $30.  Here is a brief overview of the conference sessions and speakers:

  • Tullian Tchividjian – The Gospel and the Individual
  • J.D. Greear – The Gospel and the Culture
  • Michael Horton – The Gospel and the Church

If you are looking for an excuse to get out of sub-freezing weather and get a taste a load of gospel smothered South Florida sunshine, then you need to attend this conference!

The Gospel Community Conference Audio

November 10, 2010

Back in September, The Gospel Community Conference was held in my old neck of the woods (Huntsville, AL).  What is the goal of this conference?  They state:

It is our desire to retake the South through the biblical idea of missional community, the idea that life does not just include some missional activities, our life is about the mission of the Gospel. It is our desire to hold a regional event that will not only challenge and inspire the church planter, pastor, elder, member, small group leader, etc., with the biblical notion of a life immersed in mission, but to equip them by putting tools and networking opportunities in their hands with ongoing encouragement to begin to make it happen in their particular context.

I love this vision, and they have gathered a great group of dudes to lead in their recent conference.  Below is the conference audio that I encourage you to download and give a listen.  This is the kind of challenge we need today, especially in the South.

The Mission of the Kingdom by Paul Whaley
Tensions in Attractional and Incarnational by Jonathan McIntosh
The Gospel Centered Church by Jeff Vanderstelt
Community Focused Gospel by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
The Gospel Presented Through Story by Caesar Kalinowski
Mission Directed Life by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
Question and Answer with Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
Doctrine in Missional Community by Ray Ortlund
Planning Life to Plant Churches by Brian Howard and Chad Lewis (PDF)
Developing Leaders in Community by Paul Whaley, Mark Sellers, and Brad House (PDF)

Lead 10 Audio

November 9, 2010

Lead 10 is a conference recently held in Auburn, Maine hosted by my friend Josh Cousineau.  This is the second year, and the main speakers were Bob Thune (author of The Gospel Centered Life) and Bill Streger. Jared Wilson also shared about gospel wakefulness in breakout sessions.  What I love about this conference is that it is situated in the least likely place (Maine) with the most needed subject matter (the gospel).

So if you’re like me and were not able to go, I encourage you to download the 13 MP3’s below.  It is definitely worth a listen.  Check them out.

What Is the Gospel? | Q&A by Bob Thune
Gospel Hype | Q&A by Bill Streger
The Gospel and the Ordinary | Q&A by Bill Streger
The Centrality of the Gospel by Bob Thune
What Is Gospel Wakefulness? by Jared Wilson
Preaching for Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson
A Plea for Church Planting | Q&A by Bob Thune
The Subversiveness of the Gospel | Q&A by Bill Streger

Baptist21 Luncheon and Panel Discussion in Orlando

June 2, 2010

For those of you heading down (or up for me) to Orlando in two weeks for the SBC Annual Meeting, you will want to be sure to sign up for the Baptist21 Luncheon and Panel Discussion.  This is an opportunity to hear and discuss important issues related to the SBC and Great Commission Resurgence and give voice to the younger generation supporting gospel renewal and missional vision.  On a selfish note, I hear that books will be given away as well.  The details are listed below,, and to register for this event, click here.  Check out their promo with David Platt . . .

B21 Panel Info:

WHENJune 15th 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (during the lunch break of this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando immediately following President Hunt’s address). Lunch will be provided.

WHERE: The panel will be on site at the Convention in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), W414

WHO is on the b21 panel:

•                Daniel Akin
•                Matt Chandler
•                Albert Mohler
•                David Platt
•                Jimmy Scroggins
•                Ed Stetzer
•                Ronnie Floyd
•                Johnny Hunt

WHY: This is a pivotal year for the SBC with the report coming from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. This could be a “tipping point” for our future. We want to have significant leaders help guide us in thinking through these issues.

HOW MUCH: There will be a $7 charge that will accompany registration for the event. This $7 will include lunch and books.

POSSIBLE TOPICS:

•   Gospel-centrality in life and the church
•   Discerning what ministries to prioritize in the church, associations, denominations?
•   Great Commission Resurgence
•   How the Gospel should affect budgets: church, personal, a denomination, etc.
•   Cooperative Program and Great Commission Giving
•   Challenges facing the SBC in next year
•   Why should I stay in the SBC when there are others doing great mission work?

Jared Wilson on the Gospel

May 10, 2010

Last Saturday, my friend Jared Wilson spoke at The Calling, a youth conference sponsored by Atmosphere Church. Below are the MP3’s to his four talks, one of them being a Q&A on gospel centrality.  Check them out.

» The Resilient Gospel
» The Empowering Gospel
» Crucifying the American Dream
» Q&A on Gospel Centrality

Lig Duncan’s Message to Young Pastors at T4G

April 29, 2010

One of the most encouraging and challenging messages I heard while in Louisville during Together for the Gospel was the 10 minute talk by Ligon Duncan where he answered the question, “If you, an experienced pastor, had 10 minutes to exhort 200 of the next generation of ministers what would you say to them?”  His answer was laid out in the following six exhortations:

1. Preach the Word

“J.I. Packer says that for those of us who are conservative, evangelical Protestants, when we are faithfully preaching the Word of God, the Word is delivering God’s message through us to His people. It is not that we are delivering the Word of God to His people, it is that His Word is delivering through us His Word to His people.”

2. Love your people

“You cannot reform what you do not love . . . your people will receive even your rebuke when they know that you love them. But if they catch a whiff of your distance, detachment or cynicism they will not bear the wounds of a friend that you must deliver if you are going to be a faithful pastor. You must love your people passionately.”

3. Pray down heaven

“A young woman met me at the door of the church at the end of Sunday morning worship services with tears in her eyes and she said, ‘Dr. Duncan, what was it that he did (pastor Derek Thomas) in the middle of the service?’ I started going back over the order of service and it occurred to me that he prayed a lengthy, biblical pastoral prayer,” Duncan said. “I said ‘do you mean the prayer?’ ‘Yes, that thing’ she said. ‘What was that?’ I said ‘are you from a Christian background?’ ‘O, yes,’ she said. ‘Have you grown up going to church?’ I asked. ‘O, yes: my father is a pastor,’ she said. She grew up in church. But she had never heard a pastor assail the gates of heaven in prayer for his people.”

4. Promote family religion

“Did you know that Calvin and many of the Reformers wanted daily preaching?  After 50 or 60 years or so it became apparent that there was not going to be daily preaching regularly attended in Protestant churches so Matthew Henry and others recognized that they had to make every home a local church. If we do not family religion it will contradict what happens every Lord’s Day as you preach the Word.”

5. Equip your elders

“Whoever the shepherds are in your local congregation, you must pour your lives into them. Every follower of Jesus Christ in the local church is to be one who not only follows Jesus Christ herself or himself, but calls others to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. You must have a group of godly, qualified male elders, or shepherds, nurturing and admonishing that congregation, discipling alongside of the public ministry of the Word on the Lord’s Day.”

6. Live a godly life

“Robert Murray McCheyne said, ‘my people’s greatest need is my own holiness.’ We will contradict what we say from the pulpit if our lives do not bear it out. The Gospel cannot be preached wordlessly, but it can be contradicted wordlessly. Our lives can contradict what we speak.”

HT: Towers

POTW :: Swingin

April 9, 2010

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Aiden had his first shot at the neighborhood swings, and needless to say, he loved it.  I’ve had some sweet moments with the boys this week, and I pray that I will always have front-row seats to watch them grow up.

My heart has been heavy all week with the passing of Michael Spencer.  I’m glad he is with Jesus.  Please continue to pray for his wife Denise, his children, and those whom he ministered to in Oneida, KY.

For those heading to 2010 Together for the Gospel in Louisville, I look forward to (re)connecting with many of you.  The Band of Bloggers gathering is ready to go with over 2,400 books ready to be given away, but more importantly spending time with a couple hundred gospel-centered folk discussing a very important topic (Internet Idolatry and Gospel Fidelity).  I’m looking forward to a great time next week.

Speaking of next week, I will probably not be able blog much due to a packed schedule, but I will try to give regular updates on twitter (including pics) and toss up more photos on Flickr.

Grace and peace.