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The 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.

The Minister’s Trust

Plenary Speakers

  • Jason K. Allen
  • Matt Carter
  • Matt Chandler
  • H.B. Charles, Jr.
  • Ray Ortlund, Jr.
  • Owen Strachan
  • Jared C. Wilson

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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.

    • H.B. Charles, Jr.

      H.B. Charles, Jr. has been the pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida since 2008. Over the course of H.B.’s pastorate, his love for God’s Word, the church, and lost people has resulted in joyfully balancing his pastoral responsibilities with speaking engagements in revivals, conferences, and other church events. He is married to his best friend, Crystal, and they are the proud parents of three children, H.B. Charles III, Natalie Marie and Hailey Breanne. He was a contributor of the Power in the Pulpit, and continues to seek further education to help fulfill his prayerful desire to write and teach alongside his calling to pastoral ministry.

    • 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 – H.B. Charles, Jr.
“The Minister’s Prayer”

5:15pm – Dinner

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

8:30pm – Late Night Marriage Conference w/ Lifeway’s Mark & Janet Dance w/ guests Ray & Jani Ortlund


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 – Plenary Session 5 – Matt Carter
“The Minister’s Mission”

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 6 – Jared Wilson
“The Minister’s Legacy”

4:15pm – Break

4:30pm – Plenary Session 7 – 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


We are pleased to announce our great selection of workshop sessions from some of our favorite leaders and thinkers for next month’s For The Church National Conference. Choose two from the eight breakout options provided. All sessions will be repeated in both workshop time slots (with the exception of the Women’s Track led by Jani Ortlund).

If you have already registered for the conference, but still need to register for workshops, click “Workshops Only”. If you need to register for both the conference and the workshops, please click “Conference & Workshops”.

Workshops OnlyConference & Workshops

Preaching Roundtable

Jason K. Allen

Midwestern Seminary

H.B. Charles

Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church

Ray Ortlund Jr.

Immanuel Church

Owen Strachan

Midwestern Seminary

Jared C. Wilson

Midwestern Seminary

Kevin Peck

Leadership Development for the Church

Austin Stone

Erik Stanley

Unfettered Truth: Strategies to Protect
your Church

Alliance Defending Freedom

“Steal Away Home”

Matt Carter

Austin Stone

Aaron Ivey

Austin Stone

Christian George

Midwestern Seminary

Drew Dyck

Ministry in a Post-Christian Context

Moody Publishers

Dean Inserra

Boots on the Ground: “Creating a Missional Culture for your Church”

City Church

Andrew Walker

In His Image: Biblical Sexuality in a Post-Christian Era


Women’s Track

Part 1: Fading Fears, Flourishing Faith

Part 2: Cultural Clarity, Christ-Filled Renewal

Jani Ortlund: Author/Speaker



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