A conference designed to equip pastors and leaders for the Church | 09.24-25, 2018

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SEPTEMBER 24-25, 2018

For The Church National Conference is a vital part of Midwestern Seminary and College’s aim to train ministry leaders for the magnification of God through the building up of the local church. This is the reason For The Church exists.

We pray this two-day conference will be a time of refreshing and rejoicing. Our heart is for you and for your church.


    • David Choi

      David Choi is the Senior Pastor of Church of the Beloved, a church he started in Chicago, Illinois and which birthed a network of churches stretching across eight campuses in three states. A graduate of Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Choi has been an active member of the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization and a church planter with the North American Mission Board. He has ministered in many diverse contexts from Asian churches to multiethnic, inner city churches to overseas missions and has spoken in many prestigious university contexts, such as on the campuses of Cornell, the University of Chicago, MIT, Wheaton, and Harvard.

    • Charlie Dates

      Charlie Dates is the Senior Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, as well as an affiliate professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute. Dates is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a two-time grad of TEDS, having earned there both the M.Div and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology. Dr. Dates also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department and is a contributor to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail.

    • Russell Moore

      Russell Moore is the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, as well as the author of numerous books, including Tempted and Tried, Onward, and the forthcoming The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. He was named in 2017 to Politico Magazine’s list of top fifty influence-makers in Washington, and has been profiled by such publications as the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and the Weekly Standard. Prior to his election to the ERLC, Moore served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught theology and ethics. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Southern Seminary, and as a visiting professor of ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

    • Jared Wilson

      Jared C. Wilson is director of content strategy and managing editor of For The Church at Midwestern Seminary. He's the author of the books Your Jesus is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastor's Justification, and the Bible study resources Abide, Seven Daily Sins, and Knowing the Bible: Romans. His first novel, Otherworld, a supernatural thriller, was recently released from David C Cook.

      Jared's articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in Rev! Magazine, Tabletalk, Exponential's Leadership Learnings, Pulpit Helps Magazine, Disciple Magazine, Collegiate, Family Life, and at Christianity.com among numerous other publications.

      You can encounter his passion for the ongoing reformation of the evangelical church almost daily at his blog, The Gospel-Driven Church.

    • Owen Strachan

      Owen Strachan is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of The Center for Public Theology. A prolific author, Strachan has written and co-written numerous books on a variety of subjects, including Risky Gospel, The Colson Way, The Pastor as Theologian, and The Essential Jonathan Edwards. He is Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, an organization he previously served as president. He is also a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition, a research fellow of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor-Theologians. Strachan also hosts The City of God Podcast. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Southern Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.