The Christian Minister
His Shepherd and Flock, his Identity and World
13-15 June 2023 – IPC Ealing
The first calling of the Christian Minister is to be a Christian. His following of Christ is the wellspring of his leading others to Christ. In days where pastoral authority is in the spotlight, and where the needs all around us are so great, we must be sustained by a deep grounding of the identity and work of the minister in Christ and the glory of the gospel, in a way which then overflows to others in grace, truth, and love.
The 2023 IPC Catalyst Conference will look at the Christian Minister in Scripture: his life in Christ and before God, the nature of his identity as an overseer, his relationship with the flock under his care, and his relationship to the world in which he ministers.
Each day will consist of the following sessions:
The Minister’s Shepherd
David Gibson (Morning Expositions)
The Minister’s Identity
The Minister’s Flock
The Minister’s World
Bookings open Monday 6 March 2023
Tuesday, 13 June
Thursday, 15 June 2022
£30 per day or £75 for all three days
£37.50 for students, all 3 days,
(Lunch and accommodation are not included)
IPC Ealing, 53 Drayton Green, West Ealing, London
The first 150 bookings for all 3 days will each receive some outstanding free books.
About the Speakers
Sinclair Ferguson earned his Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen. He was minister of two churches in Scotland, on the Island of Unst the most northerly of the Shetland Isles, and in St George’s-Tron, in the centre of Glasgow, as well as serving in the USA at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. He is Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Teaching Fellow of Ligonier Ministries. He has now returned to his native Scotland and is serving as Preaching Associate at Trinity Church, Aberdeen.
David Gibson (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is the Minister of Trinity Church, Aberdeen, where he and his wife Angela have lived for nearly 20 years. They have four children: Archie, Ella, Sam and Lily. David has written on the wisdom literature and the book of James, and, with his brother Jonathan, is co-editing ‘The Grace Project’, a multi-volume series on the doctrines of grace. He has recently authored The Lord of Psalm 23: Jesus as our Shepherd, Companion, and Host (Crossway, forthcoming 2023).
Stafford Carson is a graduate of Ulster University, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Since his ordination in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1983 he has pastored three different congregations. He has also served as Executive Vice President at Westminster Seminary (2000-05), as Moderator of the General Assembly of PCI (2009-10), and as Principal of Union Theological College, Belfast (2013-20). He is currently Senior Director of Global Ministries at Westminster Seminary.
David Filson is Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at WTS in Philadelphia and Pastor of Theology and Discipleship for Church and Academy at Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville, TN, where he has served for the past decade. He has been in vocational pastoral ministry for over thirty years. David has a background in youth ministry and church planting. His doctoral work explored the history of apologetics, focusing on Post-Princetonian, twentieth-century developments and debates over epistemology with special attention to the works of J. Oliver Buswell and Cornelius Van Til.
Is there a Crisis in Pastoral Ministry?
A Discussion about the Nature of Christian Leadership with Sinclair Ferguson and Stafford Carson
(Chaired by Jonathan Gibson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary)
Wednesday 14th June 2023, 6-11pm
Summer BBQ hosted by Westminster Theological Seminary
The Drayton Court Ballroom
What have the sins of shepherds towards the flock done to pastoral authority? What have the sins of the congregation towards the minister done to pastoral ministry? What does it actually look like to lead God’s people by pastoring them, preaching to them, and praying for them with integrity, courage and faithfulness?
Join us as we consider these and other questions together. There are 120 free places for an evening of good food and reflection on the nature of pastoral ministry.
Staff from Westminster will be present to explain more about the historic vision of the Seminary and what it offers for the needs of contemporary ministry.
This event is first come first served, but priority will be given to those currently in or considering further theological education (male or female,) and to those in church ministry responsible for the training of others. It is only open to those attending all three days of the Catalyst conference.
- Session 1. The Gospel of Knowing God. Andrew Randall
- Session 2. The Supremacy of God. Scott Swain
- Session 3. The Works of God: Decrees. Kevin DeYoung
- Session 4. Indelible Marks of our Calling. Sinclair Ferguson
- Session 1. The Life of Knowing God. Andrew Randall
- Session 2. The Sovereignty of God. Scott Swain
- Session 3. The Works of God: Creation. Kevin DeYoung
- Session 4. Rigorous Demands of our Service. Sinclair Ferguson
- Session 1. The Garden in the Wilderness – Jonty Rhodes
- Session 2. Pentecost and the gift of the Spirit – Richard Gaffin
- Session 3. The Spirit of Christ – Sinclair Ferguson
- Session 4. Worship Today (1) – Jonathan Gibson & Mark Earngey
- Session 1. Leviticus: The Mountain of the Lord – Jonty Rhodes
- Session 2. Pentecost and the gifts of the Spirit – Richard Gaffin
- Session 3. The Spirit of Sonship – Sinclair Ferguson
- Session 4. Worship Today (2) – Jonathan Gibson & Mark Earngey