Church, Culture, and Pastors Conference 2018
Register here for Pastors Conference 2018.
Pastors Conference is always a special time. There are plenty of possible spaces for pastors to fill up for the journey of ministry – there are big ones like Hillsong Conference or Global Leadership Summit, which have world-class leaders sharing insights to the multitudes. Many pastors are connected into Renewal Retreats which can be rewarding but intensive experiences sharing about the ups and downs of ministry with an intimate small group. However, Pastors Conference is unique in that it seeks to bring the best of these two experiences together with a quality speaker and intentional yet relaxed times of fellowship.
The 2018 Pastors Conference has a new venue at McCracken Country Club, overlooking the lush greens of their golf course (which may provide a wanted source of distraction for some). Amidst the beachside serenity of Victor Harbor we will examine the topic of ‘Church and Culture’. Never before has it been so obvious that ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’, the modern world isn’t what it was at the turn of the century. That is why we have invited Dr Dave Benson from the Baptist Bible College in Queensland, who is the Director of Traverse, the Malyon College Centre for Bridging Church and Culture. As a former high school teacher, youth worker, and pastor, Dave loves to talk about pluralistic dialogue and the public expression of Christian faith in a post-Christendom context, toward the flourishing of all. With his wife and running partner, Nikki, they lead Christ’s Pieces, an intentional Christian community. Dave has expertise in the areas of evangelism, apologetics, worldviews, faith–work integration, and practical theology, as well philosophy.
I was fortunate enough to hear Dave’s thought-provoking and engaging presentation at Tabor’s inaugural ‘Theologicon’ last year as he brought together understanding the superhero metanarrative and the gospel. Dave will help us better equip our congregations for the dangerous business of going public with our faith in secular culture. Secularists see religion as a private affair, invalid and uninvited to shape our immanent existence. In a polarised and increasingly progressive context, it takes courage to confess your identity and speak out of a biblical worldview on contentious issues. As pastors, how do we prepare our congregations to faithfully enter this conflicted space?
Countless public issues are pressing in on the church, and calling us out to engage the culture. So how do we find wisdom to respond? How do we tie together our thinking about Scripture and walking the way of Jesus as an integrated call? Dave will prompt us through the use of case studies to better learn how to become a community of faith seeking truthful action. Pastors Conference 2018 is sure to be an encouraging time as we wrestle with some of the big questions facing our congregations and learn from one another along the process.
You can register here for Pastors Conference 2018.
Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church