There’s a good article in this month’s EN about why pastors should attend conferences. In broad terms, because pastors and preachers need help, they need to sit under ministry, they need time to relax and they need friends and space to develop and cultivate friendships. We heartily agree. The article speaks volumes. But here’s the thing. It’s hard for pastors to find time in the diary. And – our experience shows us – that unless you carve out time well in advance, you run the risk of missing out. Nearer the time it’s just too difficult to free up space to invest in ministry in this way. So, even though it’s a cold, wet November day, can I encourage you to think now about 2015? Not just our conferences, of course, but other ways you can be encouraged. I happen to think that our conferences tick all those boxes. Others do too. But make sure you carve out the time now – and make sure your friends do too. Our ministers residentials next year are 27 -30 April for Senior Ministers (in post longer than 7 years)(with Peter Adam and David Robertson – an intriguing combination). Then the following week it’s 5-8 May for the young ‘uns with Peter Adam (we’re working him hard) and Paul Mallard (who will help us minister to those who are struggling: a much neglected topic). Then in the autumn (9-12 November) we’re joined by OT expert Richard Pratt together with your truly. I have the privilege of going to all these conferences and they’re definitely worthwhile. Why not carve out time to plan to join us for one of them next year?
A final thought on 2 Peter. This time it’s a difficulty of application. Peter spends a long time in ch.2 spelling out three things about the false teachers themselves: their destructive denial of the return of Christ, the depraved conduct they engage in, and the ways they try to entice believers into the same. My initial problem in applying that is: I struggle to think of many people who fit exactly that description and who are causing problems for the people I preach to. There are plenty who hold official teaching positions in churches who deny the return of Christ: just round the corner from most Bible-based churches there will be a church where that denial can be heard from time to time. The problem is that most of those preachers are thoroughly decent people who give themselves in love and service to their communities. So in preaching 2 Peter, just who am I to relate this to in our world? Here’s my not very profound thought. In our particular world right now there may not be many obvious individuals who have in themselves all the features set out in ch.2. But there is no doubt what happens morally in churches and denominations which consistently deny the return of Christ as judge. (And of course you effectively deny something if you refuse ever to speak about it, or if you reinterpret it into something else, as liberalism regularly does with biblical truths about Christ.) What happens is: those churches and denominations end up before long going along with the world in its approval of gross immorality. That is rather obviously happening in major denominations right now. What Peter says in ch.2 of individuals may in our world be more observably true of churches and denominations. But the principle is the same, and the same sharp application is valid and timely.
Day rate £50
3 days £110
Student day rate £25
Student 3 days £60
Monday 22nd June 2015 –
Wednesday 24th June 2015
EMA 2015: Identity Crisis - Preaching to a confused world. Speakers will include Christopher Ash, Tim Keller, Mike Raiter, Andrew Reid, Vaughan Roberts, Bruce Ware and John Wyatt. We're confused about identity. We're confused about gender and sexuality. We're confused about race. We're confused about the beginning and end of life. The 2015 EMA will focus on a biblical theology of humanity: if we can be clear about the Bible's teaching on humanity, then we can be joyfully confident in our own identity in Christ and equipped to preach to a confused world.
For those who are really looking ahead, the dates for EMA 2016 are 21st to 23rd June.
Cornhill London Week 2014
Thursday 11th December 2014 –
Monday 15th December 2014
Our London week is a great introduction to ministry for undergraduate students thinking this might be for them. Each student is placed with a ministry family in London, living and serving with them in the busy lead-up to Christmas - it's a great opportunity to experience ministry first-hand.
Each weekday morning is spent at our central London offices where there will be time to reflect on what you're learning, to discuss the practical implications and to be taught by Cornhill staff and other London-based ministers.
Started in 1991, PT Cornhill exists primarily to train preachers, as well as equipping men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts, such as youth/children's work and women's ministry. Click here for more details
Autumn Ministers Conference 2014
Our "collections" are specially selected talks which have been grouped together to help you make the most of our resources. We are currently featuring a collection of pen portraits of major Christian figures from history by Vaughan Roberts given at EMA over a number of years. Or click here and use the collections filter to see other collections.