For The Church 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.

Session Speakers

  • Matt Chandler
  • Jason K. Allen
  • Ray Ortlund, Jr.
  • Jared C. Wilson
  • Matt Carter
  • Owen Strachan
  • and others

There will be three Workshop sessions on Tuesday. More information regarding Workshops coming at a later date.

This two day conference on the campus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is open to the general public.

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    • Jason K. Allen

      Jason K. Allen was elected by the Midwestern Board of Trustees as the Seminary’s fifth president on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, becoming the youngest seminary president in the Southern Baptist Convention, and one of the youngest presidents in higher education in America. Previously, he served as the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and executive director of the Southern Seminary Foundation.
      In addition to his seminary duties, Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. Dr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., as well as Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries.
      Allen and his wife, Karen, have five children.

    • Matt Carter

      Matt Carter is Pastor for Preaching and Vision at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which he planted in 2002. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min), Matt is also the author of several books, including For The City, Creation Unraveled, and The Real Win. Matt is married to Jennifer, and they have three children: John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.

    • Ray Ortlund, Jr.

      Pastor Ray Ortlund received a B.A. from Wheaton College, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Pastor Ortlund served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, from 1989-1998. He was ordained by Lake Avenue Congregational Church, Pasadena, California, in 1975.
      In addition to a number of essays and articles, he has published several books. Ray also participated in The New Living Translation and the English Standard Version of the Bible. He contributed the introduction and study notes to the book of Isaiah in The ESV Study Bible.
      Ray is the President of Renewal Ministries, a regional director in the Acts29 Network and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition.

    • Matt Chandler

      Matt Chandler is the Lead Teaching Pastor of The Village Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas metroplex and the president of the Acts29 Church Planting Network. An acclaimed preacher and conference speaker, Matt has authored numerous books, including The Explicit Gospel, To Live is Christ, and The Mingling of Souls. Matt is married to Lauren, and they have three children: Audrey, Reid, and Norah.

    • Owen Strachan

      Owen Strachan is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B. in History), Southern Seminary (M.Div. in Biblical & Theological Studies), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D. in Theological Studies). In roles within the SBC and greater Evangelical sphere, Dr. Strachan serves as president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, whose purpose is “to set forth the teachings of the Bible about the complementary differences between men and women, created equally in the image of God, because these teachings are essential for obedience to Scripture and for the health of the family and the church.”

    • Jared C. Wilson

      Jared 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 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.



September 25

The conference will begin on Monday, September 25 at 3:30pm and conclude on Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30 pm. 

All attendees can purchase discounted tickets during registration to join us for a Kansas City Royals game immediately following the conclusion of the conference on Tuesday night.

2:00pm – Registration open

3:00pm – Welcome

3:30pm – Plenary Session 1– Jason Allen
“The Minister’s Preaching”

4:15pm – Break

4:30pm – Plenary Session 2 – Matt Carter
“The Minister’s Mission”

5:15pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Plenary Session 3 – Ray Ortlund Jr.
“The Minister’s Marriage”

8:30pm – Late Night Marriage Conference w/ the Ortlunds


September 26

8:00am – Coffee Bar

8:30am – Welcome

9:00am – Plenary Session 4 – Owen Strachan
“The Minister’s Study”

9:45am – Break

10:00am – Panel – Allen, Strachan, Duesing
“The Minister’s Reading”

11:00am – Lunch –Free Chick-Fil-A w/ Dr. Allen

1:00pm – Workshop One

1:45pm – Break

2:00pm – Workshop Two

2:45pm – Break

3:00pm – Worship

3:30pm – Plenary Session 5 – Jared Wilson
“The Minister’s Legacy”

4:15pm – Break

4:30pm – Plenary Session 6 – Matt Chandler
“The Minister’s Gospel”

5:15pm – Worship

5:30pm – Close

5:40pm – Leave for Dinner or Kauffman Stadium

7:15pm – Royals vs Tigers


Breakout Sessions will be the same offerings for each time slot, allowing each attendee to select three workshops to attend. There are a total of six workshop sessions.

Available Workshops

  • Expository Preaching from Start to Finish – Jason K. Allen (Session 1 & 2 only. Free Chick-Fil-A lunch.)
  • Pastor as Missionary – Jason G. Duesing
  • Pastor as Church Historian – Christian T. George
  • Pastor as Theologian – Owen Strachan
  • Pastor as Evangelist – John Mark Yeats
  • Women in Ministry Track – Susie Hawkins & Karen Allen

Conference Classes

Wednesday, September 2

10:00am – Chapel (David Platt)

11:15am – Missions Luncheon

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