Archives For EFCA One 2015

The “Proposed Replacement of the EFCA Policy on Divorce and Remarriage related to Ministerial Credentials by the Board of Ministerial Standing” (download here) is a decision before this summer’s Conference. Although the history of this policy is outlined in the document, here is a brief history of the presentation of this recommendation:

  • The DPE document was first posted this past January on the EFCA website in conjunction with the Theology Conference.
  • The document was presented and discussed at an evening session at the Theology Conference (January 29).
  • A reminder and request to disseminate the document throughout the districts was sent to District Superintendents in February. An email was included in this for anyone desirous to follow up with questions or comments (
  • The document was made available to be translated into Spanish in April (Español)

There is one more session scheduled to focus on this proposed replacement. Prior to the brief discussion and decision by the delegates during the Business Session on Thursday, June 18, there will be a time for Q and A on Tuesday, June 16 from 12:00-1:00 in The Edge (where the Forum on Expository Preaching is held).

If interested in this discussion, please pick up your lunch and join us. You can also communicate your questions, comments or concerns through



This deeper learning track will highlight Jesus as the Son of God, his proclamation of the kingdom of God, his message to repent and believe the gospel, his call to discipleship, his death on the cross. The focus will be on understanding Mark with the end goal of being taught, guided and modeled how to preach and teach the text with faithfulness and fruitfulness. Having recently completed a commentary on Mark, Grant will have much to share. If you have not preached the Gospels for a time, or Mark more specifically, you will leave with resources for your next sermon series.


This learning track will occur in three sessions: Wednesday, June 17 at 10:30-12:00 (Session 1) and 3:00-4:30 (Session 2); Thursday, June 18 at 10:30-12:00 (Session 3).


Grant R. Osborne, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, has taught at TEDS for over 30 years. During this time he has taught hundreds of pastors and written numerous commentaries and served as editor of a couple of commentary series. In addition, he has authored a classic textbook on hermeneutics. Osborne’s most recent works are Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) (2010), Romans (IVP New Testament Commentary) (2010), James, 1-2 Peter, Jude, Revelation (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) (2011), and Mark (Teach the Text Commentary Series) (2014).

More personally, Grant is a dear friend who has served the Lord faithfully for many years, including not only at TEDS, our EFCA seminary, but also in our EFCA churches. It is a special treat to have him with us this year (again!) since Bill Hamel and Grant are friends that go back to their days as fellow students at TEDS.

Please plan to join us for this focused time in the Gospel of Mark!

Faith at Work: Made to Flourish


Disciples of Jesus Christ have been and are being transformed as they live under the Lordship of Christ. These disciples proclaim the gospel with their lips and their lives.

This training track will focus on the implications of worship and life specifically at the intersection of faith and work as we connect Sunday with the rest of the week. This training will:

  • Raise awareness about human flourishing under the Lordship of Christ through the integration of faith and work
  • Develop a theology of work to provide contextualized resources for pastors, leaders and congregations
  • Illustrate this theology of work in action through testimonies
  • Cultivate rich and catalytic conversations to engage churches
  • Provide an opportunity for a grant to implement a strategic ministry plan integrating faith and work in the local church where you serve

This track is intended for pastors, leaders and all others who desire to live faithfully and fully where God has placed them vocationally. Although each individual session can be attended as a stand-alone session, the greatest benefit of learning and implementation keys will be gained by attending all sessions.


Session 1 – Wednesday, 10:30-Noon

Biblical/Theological (with a pastoral application focus) – Constantine Campbell, TEDS, Associate Professor of New Testament

Session 2 – Wednesday, 3:00-4:30

 Pastoral Practice (with a biblical/theological grounding) – Tom Nelson, Senior Pastor, Christ Community

Session 3 – Thursday, 10:30-Noon

Implementation: Testimonies and Kern Grants – Gary Hoag, Generosity Monk

Donald Guthrie, M/C Facilitator, TEDS, Director of the PhD (Educational Studies), Professor of Educational Ministries and The Jeanette L. Hsieh Chair of Educational Leadership

Please plan to join us for this wonderfully rich time of learning!


EFCA One: Forum on Expository Preaching


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)


“Preach Not Ourselves, But Preach As Ourselves.”


Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:5 that though we do not preach ourselves, we preach Christ, and we preach Christ as ourselves, with our own unique God-given gifts and voice.


We are encouraged to have Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College and David Dockery, President of Trinity International University serve as our speakers at our Forum on Expository Preaching. Both of our speakers have served faithfully as pastors of local churches and now as presidents in Christian education settings. Both are extremely gifted as preachers of the Word of God. With their unique gifts, and as they preach Christ, not themselves though as themselves, one approaches preaching as more of a preacher-teacher while the other approaches it more as a teacher-preacher. These differences are represented well in the Free Church. There will be much to learn from these godly and gifted expositors.

Goal of the Forum on Expository Preaching

The goal of the Forum on Expository Preaching is to encourage and equip expository preachers in the EFCA who are God-centered, Christ-focused and Spirit-empowered, who are biblically faithful, theologically informed and pastorally sensitive, and who have a passion to proclaim God’s Word to God’s people with the goal of glorifying God, nurturing God’s people and building up the church of Jesus Christ.


9:00 – 9:20 Greg Strand – Welcome and Introductions; Worship and Prayer

9:20-9:40 Greg Scharf – “Expository Preaching: A Few Reminders”

9:40-10:00 Discussion in Triplets and Feedback on Challenges Participants are Facing in Their Preaching

10:00 -11:00 Phil Ryken – Preaching: “Crucifixion and Resurrection in the Ministry of the Gospel” (Philippians 3:10-11)

11:00–11:30 Q and A

11:30-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 2:00 David Dockery – Preaching: “Our Glorious Salvation” (Titus 3:3-8)

2:00 to 2:30 Q and A

2:30 –3:00 Panel – David, Phil and Greg (moderated by Greg Strand)

Please plan to join us for this excellent Forum on Expository Preaching!

EFCA One 2015: “The Gospel, Transformation and Disciplemaking”

The EFCA Vision guided/directed our theme: “We are praying God will raise up one million disciplemakers, impacting millions with the gospel and transforming entire cities and regions globally.”

From this Vision, we placed the foundation in the gospel (there is no other without it becoming another gospel!, cf. Gal. 1:6-9) and from there we emphasized three key themes:

  • The gospel transforms individuals, i.e., i.e. new birth, regeneration, becoming a Christian, etc. If one looks at the transformation language in the New Testament, one will see that the gospel transforms people, and it is those people, transformed by the gospel, that influence, impact, form, shape, etc., culture and cities and regions. The focus and application of the gospel, which focuses on the completed work of Christ, which is why it is good news, something done to be proclaimed, applied, received, is people. The gospel made alive by the Holy Spirit brings new life, it transforms. The gospel’s focus is not to transform cities and regions, social structures. The focus of the gospel is to transform individuals to make them part of a new community. And it is that new community, transformed and being transformed by the gospel, that impacts, influences and shapes  culture, cities, regions and social structures.
  • The gospel is foundational to discipleship in the local church. Often we conclude the gospel is necessary for salvation, understood only as conversion, not more broadly as in the New Testament such that our salvation is past, present and future. Therefore once we have been “saved,” understood in this more narrow, limited sense, we move on to other important matters in our discipleship such as parenting, marriage, culture, etc. And yet as Tim Keller writes, not only is the gospel the ABCs of salvation (conversion), it is the A – Z of salvation (sanctification). Granted the gospel is not everything, since it focuses on the completed work of Christ. Yet the gospel has entailments and implications for everything we are and do. Whereas the focus of discipleship in the context of the local church has been information, there is a right and necessary focus on transformation. It is information for the purpose of transformation, conformity into the image of the Son. There is a head, heart and hands component to discipleship.
  • The gospel as foundational to discipleship for the glory of God among all people. The gospel focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ, and as the gospel goes forth and the Holy Spirit enlivens it and brings new life to those who receive it by faith, creating a new community, the people of God, the church. Those people proclaim that gospel, in turn, and also embody that gospel, so that the church and her message consist of lyrics and melody, leaving an aroma of Christ. In essence this means that the gospel of Jesus Christ, which creates the people of God, is also proclaimed by the people of God and manifested in, through and by the people of God. In understanding the New Testament teaching of the nature of the church, the new community is missional by its very existence. We are redeemed for a purpose, for mission (which consists of a different nuance than missionary). And at the heart of mission is worship. As John Piper stated so well, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more.” And this begins in our communities and extends to the ends of the earth and to all people to the end of the age, so the goal is that a passion for God’s glory among all people will be kindled. We are an eschatological people reflecting heaven now, while we also experience the not-yet as well.

Plenary Messages

The following are our keynote speakers:

Phil Ryken, President of Wheaton College: The Gospel and Transformation

Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church: The Gospel, Discipleship and the Local Church

Ryan Kwon, Lead Pastor, Resonate Church: The Gospel, Discipleship and the Glory of God among All People

Please plan to join us at EFCA One 2015!