On-site events May 6-8
Breakout Session Topics
The Ordinary Church as the Primary Center for Ministry TrainingAndy Gemmill
In an age of declining church attendance and rising average age of pastors, few things are more urgent than training a new generation of competent gospel workers. Many churches and pastors view ministry training as something that should primarily happen “elsewhere”; at the denominational level, in seminary, or at least in Bible college. In contrast, the New Testament sees the ordinary congregation as the essential venue for training, and the ordinary pastor as the primary human agent in training gospel workers. This seminar will explore how ordinary churches and pastors can recapture the vision for their God-given role in ministry training and begin to put it into practice.
Training the Church Family for EvangelismRico Tice
In this seminar, Rico will be looking at two tools that can help the church family communicate the gospel. The first is Two Ways to Live, which presents a wonderfully accessible overview of the Bible in six boxes: Creation, Sin, Judgment, The Cross, The Resurrection, and the need to make a choice. The second involves looking at Mark's Gospel in four words: Blindness, Identity, Mission, and Call. Nearly every verse in Mark is about the fact that people are blind to who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him. Rico has spent 25 years teaching the church family these tools in London.
A Theological Vision of Congregational SingingMatt Boswell
The average church dedicates a substantial amount of its time together in song, but often a theology of singing goes without clarification. In this session we will look at Psalm 96:1-3 as a microcosm of singing together, and build a framework for why we sing.
Ministering in a Culture of AddictionTerry McCutcheon
In 2017, drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans. The statistics in Scotland are just as bad. Our countries have declared this to be a "national public-health emergency.” Come and hear what we at Hope for Glasgow have been doing and learning as we seek to minister God's word in a culture of addiction.
Counseling Couples: 10 Things Every Pastor Needs to KnowJonathan Holmes
At some point in pastoral ministry, pastors will encounter couples in their congregation in need of care, encouragement, and support. Marriage counseling can be difficult and demanding work - stretching the pastor in multiple directions. In this breakout you’ll learn a few basic principles for marriage counseling as well as some practical tools to help sharpen your skills and care.
Building and Maintaining a Christ-Centered CultureJeff Mills
In addition to preaching and teaching, pastors play a key role in developing the leadership team of a church. Whether we are working with other paid staff or volunteers, how do we build and maintain a healthy and Christ-honoring culture in which people can work alongside each other in grace, trust, humility, and honesty? How do we wisely bring people onto that team, develop them, and in some cases, remove them? Join Parkside’s Director of Ministries, Jeff Mills, to consider these and other related topics.