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Preaching to the Heart

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 7 Nov 2019

The 2020 Fellowship Conference, featuring R. Kent Hughes, will be held from 3rd-5th February at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick.

When God’s Word is preached faithfully, what is it that God intends to be changed in us? Is it to give us truth for our mind? Is it to give therapy for our soul? While our intellect and feelings matter deeply, the transformation God desires of us from His Word is the transformation of the heart! But to do that, preaching needs to challenge our affections, our imagination and our cultural assumptions, while being practical, awe-inspiring and centred on Christ. That’s what we want to explore together in this Fellowship Conference.

R. Kent Hughes has more than forty years experience in preaching and pastoral ministry as well as training pastors in biblical exposition and preaching at Westminster Theological Seminary and through the Simeon Trust.  The author of many books and editor of a commentary series for preachers, Kent will be speaking on Preaching to the Heart in the three main conference sessions.

Jason Ward is vicar of St Mary’s, Chaddesden, near Derby. Jason is a trustee of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit and also serves on the Church Society Council. Jason will be giving the Bible readings each day, Following in the Footsteps of Failures, based on sermons from the book of Acts.

The three seminars are designed to give historical perspectives on preaching, applied into our contemporary situations.  There will be plenty of time given to discussion and application in these seminar sessions. Andrew Towner will lead our seminar on Jonathan Edwards’ preaching to the affections, Simon Vibert looks at lessons from Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Wallace Benn considers the preaching ministry of Alec Motyer.

At the Fellowship Conference, we foster a forum for debate, sharing ideas and encouraging one another in ministry. Each session is rooted in clear teaching, but includess substantial time for interaction, application and deepening our appreciation of it. We are committed to reformed theology and its application to the whole of life, but are ready to encourage and help each other wrestle with its challenges. We are a genuine fellowship, with plenty of time given for spiritual encouragement and prayer, for cultivating friendships old and new, and for resting from the usual frantic pace of ministry. We hope this conference will be a time of real spiritual and physical refreshment for both clergy and lay people.

The conference runs from 3rd to 5th February, at The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick. For details of fees and booking, please download the conference brochure. A printable booking form can also be found here.


Ros Clarke is Acting Director of Church Society and Course Leader of the Priscilla Programme

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