3 Sessions (The Pastor's Soul, The Pastor's Family, The Pastor's Ministry)
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization and an adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty years, while serving the last thirteen of those years as Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church. Brian has written or contributed to over a dozen books to help serve pastors and church leaders on the practicalities of pastoral ministry. Brian’s most recent book, Biblical Church Revitalization was a finalist for book of the year in 2016 with The Gospel Coalition. In addition to his writing, Brian travels all over the world preaching at local churches, speaking at conferences, and training pastors.
2 Sessions (Training Men, Sending Men)
Chris is a sinner saved by God’s grace and seeks to glorify Christ by stewarding the gifts given to him so Christ is honored in all things. He is passionate about preaching God’s Word, training men and exercising leadership in the Church family to exalt Christ as the Head of His Church.Chris’s roots go back to Grace Community Church from 1979 to 1989 where he functioning in many roles, among them, Junior High Pastor, College Pastor, and Executive Assistant to John MacArthur. Chris is thankful to call John his mentor and friend.Chris has had the privilege of teaching at many marriage and men’s conferences, and been used of God as adjunct faculty at three seminaries; now exclusively at Masters Seminary. Since 2006, Chris is blessed to be the teaching pastor of Faith Bible Church in Murrieta California. Chris also leads The Training Center, a 3 year training process for Church leaders and first steps for future pastors.
Session (The God of the Man of God)
Seminar (Vital Views for Ministry: Holy God, Humble Man)
Manuel V Pereira III was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. He served the Roman Catholic Church as an altar boy (altar server) from the age of five to sixteen. God opened his heart to see the glory of Christ and the wickedness of his own sin under the preaching of the gospel in a Protestant church. God graciously granted him repentance and faith in Christ in the summer of 1992. From a young age Manny has enjoyed and studied God's creation. He became a student of physics. With two applied science degrees, he entered IBM’s Almaden Research Center. After seven years of success at the Almaden laboratory, he gracefully departed from the science and technology profession to pursue training at The Masters Seminary and full-time ministry. Manny now pastors Trinity Bible Church in Morgan Hill, California.
-- All ministry exists for the worship of God. But all that is named worship is not all worship to God. Israel’s failure in ministry was first a failure in her view of God and self. Views are vital to ministry. Perspectives drive practices. Our approach to ministry must first acknowledge and address the reality that we all suffer from an impoverished view of God and an exalted view of self. Maintaining a Christ-centered, gospel empowered, correction of these views is vital to the minister and his ministry. Applying these powerful principles, presented in the final chapter of Isaiah's great scroll, this seminar seeks to encourage and equip the minister of God’s Word as one who shapes and sculpts people’s perspectives for God’s glory and man’s joy.
Seminar (Raising up Leaders from the Ground Up)
Phillip Foley is the Lead Pastor of Community Bible Church, where he has served full-time since 1996. Phil came to know the Lord in 1984 through the discipleship ministry of CBC. Phil currently provides general oversight of the church, preaches weekly, and has a passion for training and shepherding men to be leaders in their home and in the church, for women to experience the joy and freedom of biblical womanhood as they carry out their role in the various spheres of their lives, and for the next generation to come to know the Lord. Phil is one of the board of directors and a professor at The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary. Phil is a graduate of Grace School of Theology and Ministry (BA), and earned a Master of Arts degree at Trinity Theological Seminary. Phil and his wife Becky have been married since 1985 and have five children and four grandchildren.
-- In this seminar, we will discuss practical ways to raise up leaders within the local church. Using the example of Christ as the master teacher, who often left the many in order minister to a select few, we will showcase ways to make this a reality in the midst of a busy ministry schedule. All of us want to raise up the next generation of leaders. This seminar will not only leave you with a desire to raise up leaders, but will give you tools to do it.
Seminar (Sexual Orientation, Science, and the Bible)
Mark and his wife, Debbie, have served as ECMI church-planting missionaries for the last 23 years in Cape Town, South Africa. Mark is a graduate of The Master's Seminary (M.Div., 1994). He also has a Th.M. in Old Testament from North-West University in South Africa. He is the author of Same-sex Marriage: Is It Really The Same? (DayOne) and his Th.M. thesis addressed the topic of the pro-gay hermeneutic and the Bible. Over the years, Mark has done a number of conference seminars, as well as radio debates, on the subject of homosexuality and the Bible.
-- The term "sexual orientation" is used ad nauseam by secular society today to advance the LGBT agenda in western society. Through the repeated use of the term, public policy is set, and in some instances opposition to all things LGBT is even criminalized as "hate speech" and/or "hate crimes", based on "sexual orientation". Yet, for all the redundancy, rarely is term defined, let alone understood. The purpose of this seminar seeks to examine the current definition of the term, discuss the supposed "science" behind the born-that-way theory, and explain the Scriptural intersections between sexual orientation and the Bible.
Seminar (Protecting Leaders from Burnout and Discouragement)
Andrew Arcilla is the Associate Pastor of Community Bible Church, where he has served full-time since 2013. Andrew came to know Christ as a young teenager through the faithful proclamation of the gospel through CBC Student Ministries. As Associate Pastor, Andrew currently oversees the Discipleship Ministry, Home Fellowship Groups, and Adult Training Seminars. Andrew also leads his own weekly Home Fellowship Group and disciples several men in the church. Andrew has a burden for world missions, having taught at several pastoral training conferences worldwide. He and his wife, Rubyann, have three sons.
-- Your church barely has enough laborers to go around. The last thing you want to hear are those dreadful words from one of your key leaders: “I need to take a break. I’m burned out.” As much as you might want to avoid this scenario, you know it happens. Therefore, you shouldn’t merely be concerned about raising up new leaders, but making sure they don’t grow weary. In this seminar, we want to consider the various ways we can serve our ministry leaders, so they keep pressing on and don’t drop out due to burnout and discouragement.
Seminar (Pastors who Train Pastors)
Tony Arnds is a graduate of the Master's Seminary (M.Div. '01) and has been a pastor at Potter Valley Bible Church since 2002. He is a professor at the Cornerstone Seminary. He has 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. He lives in Potter Valley with his wife of 35 years, Tawny and their 16 year old son Joshua.
Address to Women (Facing Expectations)
Cara is the wife of Brian, who is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. She has served alongside her husband in pastoral ministry for over twenty years. Cara co-authored the book, The Pastor's Family, with her husband Brian and is currently working on her Master's degree in Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
-- This will be a session that deals with identifying the expectations women experience from without and from within. We will also walk through ways we become chained to those expectations and how we can begin to live free of them.