Today’s post is a guest post by my friend and brother, Pastor Brian Carter. Brian serves as the Senior-Pastor of the Concord Church in Dallas, one of the great congregations in this country. Brian is also the host and leader of the annual E.K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference, which will meet in Dallas later this month.

The late Dr. E.K. Bailey is one of my homiletical heroes. Through his example and this conference, the Lord used him to influence many African-American pastors toward expository preaching. Brian and his team are carrying on this great work and taking it to new heights.

The following is a personal invitation to this year’s conference by Pastor Carter.

I want to thank my friend, H.B. for this opportunity to share a guest post on his blog. My name is Bryan Carter and I serve as host for the E.K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference. H B serves on our advisory council and is a member of our teaching team.

We host a conference with one purpose in mind and that is to assist you in becoming a more effective preacher. We firmly believe preaching is one of the central tenants for life transformation. Effective preaching is the foundation for discipleship and building a healthy church.

Yet in order to be an effective preacher, preachers must develop their skills on an ongoing basis. Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend four hours sharpening my axe.” In the demanding pace in which many of us do ministry, we rarely have time to sharpen our axes for preaching. We preach every Sunday yet rarely find the time to prepare ourselves as preachers rather than preparing sermons.

I want you to strongly consider joining us in Dallas, TX on July 16-19 for four days of investment in your preaching ministry. I can guarantee you that you will walk away as a better preacher. You will be challenged, inspired and trained on enhancing your sermon preparation, development, and delivery.

Our theme this year is “Preaching That Looks Up” based on Exodus 34:4-7. We want to engage this year’s participants to preach with God as the center of their sermons. Preaching today has a tendency to become need driven and pragmatic, yet if we can give our members a greater view of God it will serve them well in every arena of life.

Our presenters include: H B Charles, Matt Chandler, Steve Lawson, Bryan Loritts, Gaylon Clark, Ralph West, Maurice Watson, Robert Smith, Freddie Haynes, Harry S. Wright, Marcus Cosby, A. B. Sutton, Joel Gregory and many others. Our goal is to offer to you a world-class teaching team to assist you throughout the week.

We will offer over 40 classes from the basics of developing a sermon, effective introductions and conclusions, to preaching through a book of the Bible. Additionally we will offer a course on LOGOS, which is the leading Bible software in the world. Between a combination of general sessions, workshops and intensives, you will have an opportunity to go deeper in strengthening your preaching.

As a reader of Pastor Charles blog we are offering a special discounted offer that ends on Monday, July 9 to attend our conference for $285. Space is quickly filling up. Please place the discount HBCharlesJr on your form. You can register at www.concorddallas.org and click on the conferences tab.

Thanks for considering our conference,

Bryan