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Archaeological Evidence for Jesus

23 May 2022 | Peter S. Williams

We live in an age of uninformed scepticism about Jesus. This talk shows how the physical discoveries of archaeology undermine common misconceptions about: the existence of Jesus; the reliability of the Gospels; the historical credentials of the crucifixion, burial, and empty tomb of Jesus; and the existence of people who believed Jesus was God long before the 4th-century church council of Nicea.

5 Secrets from the Master Teacher: Power, Authority, and Finding Your Voice

21 May 2022 | Dave Patty

This is part three of a three-part series. A central part of any healthy ministry is the teaching of God’s Word. But after spending hours at work, then facing the pressures of home and family, and then even more hours consuming media, the minds of people in your ministry are often numb and unresponsive. How was Christ able to hold the attention of crowds for hours? Why did his teaching stick – and transform? What can we learn from him that will make our teaching attractive, interesting, and life-changing to people who are used to hearing a lot of noise?

5 Secrets from the Master Teacher: Stories, Illustrations, and Questions

21 May 2022 | Dave Patty

This is part two of a three-part series. A central part of any healthy ministry is the teaching of God’s Word. But after spending hours at work, then facing the pressures of home and family, and then even more hours consuming media, the minds of people in your ministry are often numb and unresponsive. How was Christ able to hold the attention of crowds for hours? Why did his teaching stick – and transform? What can we learn from him that will make our teaching attractive, interesting, and life-changing to people who are used to hearing a lot of noise?

5 Secrets from the Master Teacher: Tension and Relevance

20 May 2022 | Dave Patty

This is part one of a thee-part series. A central part of any healthy ministry is the teaching of God’s Word. But after spending hours at work, then facing the pressures of home and family, and then even more hours consuming media, the minds of people in your ministry are often numb and unresponsive. How was Christ able to hold the attention of crowds for hours? Why did his teaching stick – and transform? What can we learn from him that will make our teaching attractive, interesting, and life-changing to people who are used to hearing a lot of noise?

The Pastor’s Bible

22 May 2022 | Michael Chalmers

The Bible is God’s instrument of change, transformation, and, above all, a revelation of His heart. We should expect that whenever the Bible is opened and faithfully taught, lives will be changed and transformed. This talk considers the importance of the Bible in the life of every disciple and the local church. How should the teacher/preacher approach the Bible in order to see transformation in their own life as well as in the lives of those who hear?

Raising Up Female Evangelists

22 May 2022 | Nay Dawson

Public evangelism is a daunting task for many, yet how many evangelistic events have you attended in the last few years that have had women speaking? How many women do you know who are confident speakers and have opportunities to speak evangelistically? Why are so few women speaking in this context – and what can we do to help women be courageous? Reflecting on establishing Passion for Evangelism, a network to raise up female evangelists, this talk shares ways to support women in evangelism and raise up a new generation of creative, public evangelists.

Communicating Persuasively in a Post-Christian World

23 May 2022 | Lars Dahle

What does it mean to love God and to love people as we engage and work in an increasingly hostile world? We have to be sure about what we communicate (content) and also the manner in which we present truth. In our social media world, this last issue is an important one for all leaders. We want our communication to be truthful, clear, and gracious. How do we hold these apparently opposing tensions together?

Seeing the Psalms as God’s Guide for Worship

24 May 2022 | Angela MacKenzie

Because the New Testament doesn’t mention the connection of worship and the arts, artists in the modern church tend to turn to other sources for ideas on worship - friends, books, personal experiences, and culture. Yet, God has given us a “North Star” to know him and to know how to worship him in the Psalms. This talk unpacks a biblically-based definition and vision of worship, demonstrating how worship can take a wide variety of forms.

Take-aways from the Trenches: Ten Practical Insights for Leading

20 May 2022 | Jane Norton

Whether it’s establishing non-negotiable guiding principles that bring clarity in chaos or being able to let go of unhealthy behaviours (perseverance beats perfectionism every time), who we are as leaders impacts the cause of Christ. In this talk, we discuss observations on hard-won lessons from experiences in serving in appointed and elected leadership roles.