This past weekend, I had the privilege to attend a 9Marks Workshop led by Mark Dever, Ryan Townsend, Zach Schlegel, and Jaime Owens. Over 200 people attended and it was a huge blessing, well worth the $20! Mark Dever, author and senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, is one of my heroes in the faith and I was very blessed to hear four sermons by him over the weekend. He spoke on love and unity in the church, church membership, church leadership and biblical ambition. Being under his wise preaching for a few days was amazing for me, so amazing that I am thinking about attending the Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference in April 2012.
The T4G conference is held once every two years in Louisville, Kentucky and features the whos-who of reformed pastors. The conference was established in 2006 by four long-time friends, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, C. J. Mahaney, and Albert Mohler, who will all be speaking at the conference. Thabiti Anyabwile and John Piper will also be there. Joining them for the first time for main sessions will be Matt Chandler, Kevin DeYoung, and David Platt. I’m also excited to hear from Russell Moore, Peter Williams and Carl Trueman in the breakout sessions.It’s easily one of the biggest pastoral conferences around, over 7000 people attend.
The reason a conference like this is so appealing to me is the spiritual comradery among the speaking pastors and those in attendance. These are men united for a good, eternal cause—the preaching of a clear and complete gospel message. John Piper says it best here:
Amen. If you have a hazy Christ, you have a hazy fellowship. No one wants that right?