This year’s Shepherds Conference was titled “Faithful.” It was focused on being faithful in ministry. A host of men joined John MacArthur this year including Sinclair Ferguson, Al Mohler, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, HB Charles, Voddie Bachman, Joel Beeke and many others.
This years conference also included some great breakout sessions focusing on the ministry of faithful ministers.
Sinclair Ferguson on Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne
Joel Beeke on Bunyan
Dever on Sibbs
Lig Duncan on Samuel Rutherford
Steve Lawson on Jonathan Edwards
Mohler on Luther
HB Charles on Spurgeon
Voddie Bachman on William Arthur Phillips
The theme of T4G/18 is about being distinct from the world. The usual suspects led the conference: Mohler, Dever, Duncan, Mahaney, DeYoung, Piper, MacArthur, Chandler, Anyabwile, and Platt.
From the website:
What began as a friendship between four pastors from across denominational traditions has burgeoned into a biennial conference for thousands of pastors and church leaders who, for all their differences, are committed to standing together for the main thing—the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Over a decade of consequential gatherings focused on expositional preaching (2006), biblical theology (2008), the gospel (2010), conversion (2012), evangelism (2014), and the Reformation (2016), T4G has sought to reaffirm and reiterate the central doctrine of the Christian faith and to encourage local churches around the world to do the same.
The ensuing years have brought with them many new faces, along with seismic cultural shifts and challenges for Christian ministry. And yet the conference has grown as more and more pastors discover that they share the same gospel-centered ambition.
Twelve years ago, at the inaugural T4G, we adopted a series of theological positions in the form of affirmations and denials. “We are convinced,” we wrote, “that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been misrepresented, misunderstood, and marginalized in many Churches and among many who claim the name of Christ.”
As false gospels circulate and pastors are tempted to bow to cultural pressures, we remain convinced that the church is in a moment of spiritual crisis. Going on twelve years, buoyed by Christ’s promise that the gates of hell will not prevail against it, we remain convinced of the need for a full and gladdening recovery of the gospel in the church.
The 2018 Shepherd’s Conference media is now available at the Shepherd’s Conference page. The title of this years conference was “I Will Build My Church.” John MacArthur was joined by Al Mohler, Austin Duncan, HB Charles, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Arturo Azirdia and Ligon Duncan.
9Marks and the North American Missions Board (NAMB) partnered with Send DC to hold a one-day conference on church planting and revitalization in DC. This year’s focus was “Understanding the Basics for Planters & Revitalizers”.
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks
Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Ed Moore, Senior Pastor, North Shore Baptist Church, Queens, NY
Nathan Knight, Senior Pastor, Restoration Church, Washington, DC
Brian Davis, Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
Philip Van Steenburgh, Senior Pastor, Grace Harbor Church, Cape Cod, MA
John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA
Audio for the 9 Marks 2017 First Five Years Conference is available online.
From the website:
First Five Years is a 9Marks Conference meant to encourage and instruct new pastors.
If you’re new in your ministry—perhaps in the first years of a church plant, or beginning a pastorate in a new place, or still preparing for ministry in seminary—then this conference is for you. We would also love for seasoned pastors who devote themselves to training men for ministry to attend.
With brothers from around the country and beyond, 9Marks intends for First Five Years to provide practical counsel from God’s Word and to facilitate fellowship between new pastors.
The Gospel Coalition’s 2016 Women’s Conference was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from June 16 to 18, 2016. More than 7,000 women from all 50 states and 40 countries gathered together to study 1 Peter.
The conference, “Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering,” sought to show who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners.
Along with the seven main plenary sessions, we had more than 40 workshops and 30 focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including discipleship, sexual identity, abortion, mentoring, sexual abuse, raising children, faith and work, and more.
Speakers include Tim and Kathy Keller, Don Carson, Kathleen Nielson, Jen Wilkin, Rosaria Butterfield, and many more.
R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. gathered in Sanford, Florida to speak on lessons from the Reformation and the relevance it has for us today. Audio and video are free to stream at Ligonier.org.
The Reformation Bible College Winter Conference is available to stream online for free. The subject:“Scripture in the Early Church.” Drs. Michael Haykin, Michael Kruger, Stephen Nichols, and R.C.Sproul addressed topics such as early Christian preaching, Augustine’s use of Scripture, the development of the biblical canon, and other topics.
Dale Ralph Davis is well known for his masterful ability to preach the Old Testament historical texts. He has written commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series covering the historical books from Joshua and 2 Kings. In 2010 he delivered this message at the Trinity Baptist Pastor’s Conference in New Jersey.
The audio from Ligonier’s 2016 National Conference is available to stream for free. The subject is the Gospel itself, and the speakers who join R. C. Sproul to speak on the glories of the Gospel included Al Moher, Michael Reeves, Ian Hamilton, Derek Thomas, Tim Keesee and many more.
R.C. described the purpose of this conference this way:
In 2 Peter 1:16, the Apostle tells us that he and the other Apostles “did not follow cleverly devised myths” when they proclaimed “the power and coming” of Christ Jesus. Rather, the Apostles were “eyewitnesses of his majesty.” These men saw something take place in space and time that altered the course of human history. The incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are not legendary events in a fictional tale. They are firm historical realities on which the Christian faith stands or falls.
In the face of cultural hostility, followers of Christ must not compromise the bold historical witness of the Christian faith. We stand not on a mere idea or a fanciful myth, but on historical events that testify to the fact that Jesus is Lord and Savior.
We must be prepared to articulate and defend our faith so that we can give an answer for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). To help prepare you for this task, our national conference will be centered on the theme of “The Gospel.”
Truth and clarity regarding the life and work of Jesus Christ are critical issues for the rising generation. That is why I am looking forward to revealing the Ligonier Statement on Christology at this conference. It’s intended as a clear and memorable articulation of orthodox Christology, and I hope it will serve the Church for years to come.