Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bible Preaching Week Opportunities

Last year the Baptist General Convention of Missouri sponsored Bible Preaching Week at Windermere. The Missouri Baptist Convention quit sponsoring the event several years ago because they refuse to utilize Windermere’s facilities. I have always enjoyed the time of study and fellowship with pastors and church leaders. It was great to have the opportunity to give this special week a new birth last year. I talked with a number of pastors last year who were not aware Bible Preaching Week was back. I hope you will plan to join us this August.

The theme for this year’s week is Worship: An Encounter with God! from Isaiah 6:1-8. The week will begin on Monday, August 11, with the evening meal and conclude with lunch on Friday morning, August 15. Dr. Charles Wade, Retired Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will be our preacher for the week. Dr. Wade served as Executive from 2000 until January of this year. Prior to coming to his position with the BGCT, Dr. Wade served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Arlington since 1976. Charles is a great preacher, and I am looking forward to hearing him each evening.

Dr. David May, Professor of New Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, will be our Bible Teacher. Dr. May previously served as Visiting Professor of New Testament (1991-94) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Baptist Chair of Bible (1987-1993) at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri.

The theme for the Bible studies will be Upside Down: Experiencing the Parables of Jesus. Dr. May says, “The parables of Jesus have often been neatly boxed and wrapped and their interpretative powers domesticated for popular theological agendas of the Church. Yet, these enigmatic riddles, which serve as the core of Jesus’ teaching on the reign of God, continue to defy conventional wisdom and interpretation. This Bible study will reassess the nature and function of parables and highlight some of the latest approaches for reading and understanding them.”

  • Session 1: Swallowing the Parable Pill: The Function of Parables
  • Session 2: “Warning, Handle with Care”: Approaching Parables
  • Session 3: Weddings, Kings, and Assorted Things: Parables in Matthew
  • Session 4: Sowings, Feastings, and Assorted Things: Parables in Luke

The Women’s Conference will be led this year by Kristie McGonegal. Kristie is a third-year student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, working towards a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education. She has served within her home church (First Baptist Church of Jefferson City) as a Department Director and Bible study teacher for many years and has also taught numerous Bible Studies from Precept Ministries. As a relatively new Stephen Leader, she is also currently serving as training coordinator for FBC’s new Stephen Ministry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from then Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. She is married and has two daughters. The Women’s Study will focus on “Finding Your Role(s) with the Kingdom of God.”

One important aspect of Bible Preaching Week is the breakout sessions. These small group sessions provide an opportunity for dialogue and discussion with a wide variety of conference leaders who cover a diverse range of topics. This year our break out sessions include:

  • BaptistWay Bible Study Resources—Phil Miller
  • Christian Education Certification—Phil Miller
  • Contemporary Worship—Chad Cooper
  • Cowboy Church and Rodeo Bible Camps—Kevin Collins
  • Emerging Trends in Worship—Brad Andrews
  • Finding Fresh Sermons while Walking Ancient Paths: Preaching the Lectionary—Doyle Sager
  • How to Develop a Golf Links Fellowship—Steve Long
  • In-Side Out Weekends—Debbie Atteberry, WorldconneX staff
  • Introduction to Family Systems Theory: Understanding Church Craziness—Bob Perry
  • Managing the Worship Wars—Ian Coleman
  • Moving from Committees to Ministry Teams—Jeanie McGowan
  • Planning for Retirement—Stephen Mathis
  • Preparing for Cross-Cultural Missions—Gary Snowden
  • Right Leader, Right Place, Right Time—Verlyn Bergen
  • Roundtable Listening: Using Mid-Week Services to Prepare for Sunday’s Sermon—Doyle Sager
  • Stewardship: Giving as an Act of Worship—Jim Hill
  • Technology & Worship in the 21st Century—Chad Cooper
  • The [He]art of Worship Leading in the 21st Century—Brad Andrews
  • The History of Church Music and Worship—Ian Coleman
  • They Like Jesus, but Not the Church—Jeanie McGowan
  • Women’s Conference: Finding Your Role within the Kingdom of God—Kristie McGonegal
  • Worship Planning Roundtable—Rod Maples
  • Worship Strategies for New Churches—Owen Taylor

We are delighted to be able to provide $400 scholarships for pastors serving congregations with an average attendance of 150 or less. Pastors, church staff members, and church leaders are all invited to join us for the week. Student teams from Missouri Baptist University and William Jewell College will be leading morning and evening sessions for children and youth. Special “family rates” are available for all Windermere lodging. I hope you will plan to join us for this special time of worship, fellowship and study at Windermere. Check out our website (www.baptistgcm.org) for more information. (This article was originally written for our BGCM e-message.)

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