HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2016 EPPI CONFERENCE
"Set yourself on fire, and others will burn with you," declared Dr Jeffrey Arthurs of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. That captures the theme of the 2016 EPPI Conference -- expound, express, explode!
We aim to always bring you the best possible instruction in preaching, proclamation and persuasion, and the EPPI Conference is just one way we do that.
Day One opened with a stirring performance by the Crosswinds, as a reminder in song that no matter what happens, Jesus is fully in control.
The opening plenary by Dr Arthurs, "Contagious Passion," highlighted the core of persuasion in preaching. It has to come from a clear foundation in knowledge and intellectual support (logos), but be bolstered by emotional connection and appeal (pathos) - and show through in the preacher's own heart and life (ethos). Then the preacher's passion and zeal cannot help but spread to the congregation.
And when that happens, God Himself adds to the result. He can take the lips of the preacher, and transform it into a message that changes the lives of His people forever.
"Finding Your Voice" by debater and speaking coach Joshua Hiew dived into the nuts and bolts of developing yourself as a public speaker. The greats take every opportunity to speak. They put in disproportionate work on and off the stage, studying role models and arguments, gestures and memorising key points.
And they fail. Over and over again they fail, sometimes badly. But to them, it's a step closer to success... and mastery. It's a lot of effort making it look easy, but don't fear failure, and don't give up!
Next came a presentation by Logos Bible Software's Scott Lindsey, who showed new features in Logos to make Bible study, Hebrew and Greek word usage, background research and sermon preparation easier than ever.
The morning ended with the panel dialog with the speakers joining Michael Tan of Eagles Communications. In a fascinating exchange of questions and answers, participants learnt more about dealing with poor response, preaching without notes and tailoring their words to the audience.
After lunch came a series of illuminating workshops on the art of preaching and proclamation.
You can read Part Two here. Meanwhile, do watch the video highlights below:
Stay tuned for more on our next conference in 2017. God bless!