Lifted Up: Preaching the Cross
EMA 2019 - Lifted Up: Preaching the Cross
The overarching aim of the conference is to focus on the cross, the epicentre of the Christian faith, to both glory in it ourselves and be galvanised to proclaim it clearly to others. Whilst the preaching and centrality of the cross is not necessarily a weakness we need every encouragement to continue preaching its seemingly foolish and weak message and being assured that it is in fact the power of God.
Please do join us at EMA 2019, Lifted Up: Preaching the Cross and please pray with us that our time together will be greatly encouraging and result in preaching and teaching that continuously lifts up the crucified and risen Lord Jesus.
Don Carson will bring our ‘From Study to Pulpit’ at the beginning of each day looking at the passion narrative of John’s Gospel (John 18-19). Hugh Palmer will deliver a ‘Pen Portrait’ on Billy Graham a man who kept the cross at the forefront of his preaching. CJ Mahaney will help us think about Cross-Shaped Ministry and Nigel Styles will deliver the inaugural ‘EMA Lecture on Preaching’. Each day will end with a conference sermon by Dave Gobbett, James Hely-Hutchinson and Andrew Sach. There will also be an array of seminars both one-offs and also seminar streams.
We are very excited about EMA 2019, Lifted Up: Preaching the Cross and really hope that you will be able to join us.
This year’s EMA will run from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th June at our new venue of Westminster Chapel in the middle of London. This new venue enables us to reduce the cost of EMA for everyone, be in an auditorium purpose built for preaching, a place which is more convenient to access by public transport and an opportunity to fill this iconic building with people singing God’s praises and sitting under God’s Word together.
EMA registration will open at 9am each morning and there will be coffee served between 9-9:45am. The first EMA session starts at 10:30am and the day finishes at 4:30pm.
The bookshop will also be open from 9:30am
The timings are:
Session 1 – 10:30-11:30
Coffee – 11:30-12:00
Session 2 – 12:00-13:00
Lunch - 13:00-14:00
Session 3 – 14:00-15:00
Tea – 15:00-15:30
Session 4 – 15:30-16:30
The bookshop will also stay open until 5pm (except on the last day when it closes at 15:30)
The cost of the EMA is £120 for the 3 days, or £55 per day for delegates.
There is a discounted rate of £80 for the 3 days or £30 per day for students.
Seminars and Seminar Streams
This year there are two different ways that seminars are functioning.
Firstly there are two seminar streams. These seminar streams run on the Tuesday and Wednesday and delegates must attend both.
Preaching Foundation Seminar Stream (Gwilym Davies) (Tues & Wed)
This is the perfect seminar stream for individuals starting out in preaching ministry or for occasional preachers. Gwilym will be teaching the foundations of exposition and helping people think through how to get from text to talk. This seminar stream will be of particular value to those who have not had any preaching training either at The Cornhill Training Course or elsewhere.
Women in Ministry Seminar Stream (Carrie Sandom) (Tues & Wed)
This seminar stream is for women at EMA who want to be sharpened and helped in their teaching of the Bible. The seminar stream will look at one particularly genre found in the Bible and think through how to teach it to others faithfully, powerfully and well.
Secondly at EMA there are one-off seminars. You can book on to one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. Please be aware that spaces are limited so booking early will greatly enhance your chances of getting your first choice.
Theology of the Cross – Garry Williams
Sermon Walk Through (TBA) – Vaughan Roberts
Sermon Walk Through (John 1:19-34) – Robin Weekes
Sermon Walk Through (Isaiah 53:7-9) – Daf Merion-Jones
These sermon walk throughs are small seminars where delegates are given the opportunity to see the work that these three experienced expositors put into their sermon preparation. Each walk through will take a passage of scripture and walk through preparing a sermon from it. As well as hearing and seeing their processes there is also opportunity to ask questions all with the aim of being sharpened in our handling and preaching of the text.
Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction – preaching the cross to Muslim people - Rob Scott
Progressing as a Preacher in the early years [0-7 years] – Lewis Allen
Progressing as a Preacher in the middle years [8-20 years] – Matt Fuller
Progressing as a Preacher in the latter years [ 20+ years] – Jonathan Lamb
Each of these small seminars will look at how to stay sharp and how to continue to make progress as a preacher at different stages of ministry. These seminars will be encouraging and sharpening, giving help on making progress and addressing particular dangers that are prevalent at the different stages of ministry.
Westminster Chapel, Buckingham Gate, Westminster
London, SW1E, 6BS.
Westminster Chapel is an iconic church building in the heart of Westminster, in the centre of London. It was the church where Rev Samuel Martin, Rev Dr George Campbell Morgan and more recently Rev Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones were the minister. It is a world famous preaching centre and a terrific new home to house the EMA.
The main auditorium can seat 1400 people, every seat is orientated around the pulpit and despite its enormous size will prove an intimate place to hold our main sessions. The chapel also affords a large hall to house the bookstall and several other rooms to aid the smooth running of the EMA.
As well as the chapel itself we will be using Broadway House and Cathedral View in the vicinity of the chapel to hold our seminars.
The chapel is also brilliant served by public transport, Waterloo & Victoria train station are very close as well as Westminster Underground Station, St. James Park Underground Station. Westminster is also served by a great number of London buses as well as the MBNA Thames Clipper boat service.
Being at Westminster Chapel also affords the opportunity to do some sight-seeing of The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey & Buckingham Palace as well as exploring or eating lunch in either St. James’s Park or Green Park.
About the EMA
The Evangelical Ministry Assembly is our three day, flagship conference (25th-27th June 2019).
This will be the 36th EMA that the Proclamation Trust will run. The EMA is a conference for all those involved in an array of expository word ministry, both men and women. The vast majority of delegates are pastor-teachers, but there are also many apprentices, missionaries, women’s workers, youth and children’s workers, parachurch workers, ministry wives, members of church leadership teams, as well as lay people involved in word ministry.
The age range is also broad, there are those just starting out in ministry and others for whom EMA has been a regular fixture in the diary for decades. It is a diverse group united in the goal of keeping the main thing of preaching and teaching the Bible the main thing in ministry. This conference therefore fits within the aims and objectives of The Proclamation Trust.
We will add directions and other further details here shortly.