The Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference will take place at the Shiloh Church in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 20-22, 2016. This conference is designed to train, promote, and model biblical preaching and teaching.
At its core, Cutting It Straight is a preaching conference for pastors, preachers, and teachers. The goal is to help those who preach and teach the word to present text-driven and truth-driven message. But Cutting It Straight is not just for pastors. There are tracks for worship, youth, and women’s ministry leaders to help build word-filled ministries.
Expository preaching seeks to explain what the text says by what it means and exhorts the hearer to live the truth. At Cutting It Straight, we will train you in the fundamentals of expository preaching. Lectures will emphasize biblical preaching. Workshops will train you how to understand the text and communicate it clearly. And worship services will model faithful biblical preaching. Guest speakers include Alex Montoya, Maurice Watson, Mac Brunson, Robert Smith, R. Albert Mohler, K. Edward Copeland, Rufus Smith, Charlie Dates, James K. Allen, Romell Williams, Steven J. Lawson, David Helm, and more.
Worship and Arts
Music in worship should be an extension of the ministry of the Word (Colossians 3:16). Those who lead music should be just as concerned about cutting it straight as those who give the sermon. At Cutting It Straight, there will be a track for those who lead the various areas of worship and arts. We will promote a biblical philosophy of music ministry. And help worship and arts leaders to choose selections, train volunteers, oversee teams, do rehearsals, and lead worship in a God-glorifying way.
The job of the church is to live, proclaim, defend, and share the gospel – and pass to it on to the next generation. Youth pastors, too, must cut it straight. Youth ministries must be discipleship-oriented. And youth workers need to understand the mindset of young people and teach them a biblical worldview. Cutting It Straight will have a special track designed to help those who minister to students to craft word-driven ministries that change lives by the power of the gospel.
Ministers’ Wives and Women’s Ministry
Cutting It Straight will have a new track this year that focuses on ministers’ wives and women’s ministry leaders. We understand that heavy burden pastors’ wives face. We want to urge you and to help you view the work of the ministry through the lens of scripture. The Bible commands women to teach women. Cutting It Straight seeks to equip women’s ministry leaders to teach the word faithfully and clearly and to build their ministries on a biblical foundation.
2016 will be the third Cutting It Straight Conference. And I am excited about the speakers who will teach and preach, the resources we will give away, and the opportunity for Shiloh members to serve those who serve the church.