Study Week for Gospel Workers
Being a gospel worker can be challenging. There will be times when it is frustrating, isolating and exhausting. Trying to stay fresh yourself, think creatively about ministry, keeping up with new ideas and movements, on top of dealing with the daily challenges and tensions of life in church is hard, to say the least.
At QTC we’ve been thinking hard about how we can serve gospel workers in a way that actually helps encourage, refresh and assist them to keep going for the long haul. That’s why we’re running our first Study Week for Gospel Workers in July.
It’s for anyone who feels tired or jaded in ministry. It’s for gospel workers who know they need to be reminded of the gospel and encouraged to keep growing and to keep going.
The week is built around bible teaching from Thabiti Anyabwile specifically for gospel workers, includes a special focus on key issues facing gospel workers (like insecurity and anxiety) but also allows substantial time to share challenges and encouragements and to pray with other gospel workers.
To facilitate those who live outside the South East, we are including the option of shared accommodation within easy walking distance of College. QTC’s Study Week for Gospel Workers will kick off at 2pm on Monday 22nd of July and will finish at 1pm on Thursday 25th of July. If you have booked accommodation, you will be free to check in after the afternoon session and before dinner. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Dinner will be provided on Monday and Wednesday (not Tuesday).
Price without accommodation: $250
Price with accommodation $450
About the Programme.
In the middle of the highs and lows of gospel ministry, it can be a real challenge to keep growing, stay informed and be refreshed. It can even be tough carving out time to make sure that we are listening to God speak through his word as well as teaching others. That’s why we’ve put together a programme which has been carefully designed to provide a blend of spiritual nourishment, theological stimulation and personal challenge and encouragement.
Expositions for Gospel Workers
The week is built around ‘Expositions for Gospel Workers’. Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor at Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC, and a Council Member of the Gospel Coalition US, will preach four times specifically addressing the challenges we face as gospel workers.
A Biblical Theology of Transformation
Gary Millar, Principal of QTC, will take two sessions on ‘A Biblical Theology of Transformation’, examining what it means (and what we can expect) as we live for Jesus between his comings. How can we avoid promising too much on the one hand and too little on the other? Can we legitimately expect change in real time? How much? How does that happen?
Prayer & Share
We will also have several opportunities during the week to share at length the challenges and encouragements we face in our ministries, and to pray for one another.
Issues Gospel Workers Face Sessions
Two ‘Issues Gospel Workers Face’ sessions, led by Carolyn Russell and Derek Hanna, will tackle ‘The Gospel and Self-Care’ and ‘The struggle of the now and the possibilities of the future’, helping us to negotiate the constant tensions that dominate our lives as human beings and particularly as pastors. These sessions will be highly practical, and offer a great chance to stop and take stock of the shape of our lives and ministries.
What Gospel Workers Need to Know
In the ‘What Gospel Workers Need to Know’ sessions, we aim to provide a rich mixture of contemporary thinking (helping you get to grips with books you may not have had time to read), untapped riches from the past (which you may not have had time to read) and current ethical issues. Mark Baddeley will walk us through the stimulating recent work of James K A Smith, Nick Brennan will explain why reading the English puritan John Owen is well worth it, and the Bains will tackle two pressing ethical challenges: Andrew will deal with the ‘The Ethics of Ministry and Mission’, and Robyn ‘Voluntary Assisted Dying’.
Our programme will be completed by two conference dinners – one at which Thabiti will give an extended interview on life and ministry, and the second, when he will be joined by Dave Thurston (Living Church/Church2Church), Dave Walter (AFES Queensland) and members of the QTC Faculty to discuss the theological challenges facing us today.
All in all, we think this promises to be a richly encouraging and worthwhile few days – we do hope you can join us!