September 23–25, 2022
First Presbyterian Church
Practical, local engagement
in the mission of God …
Jesus told his disciples, “As the Father sent me, I also send you,” and then he breathed the Holy Spirit upon them. Our mission is rooted in, and even a continuation of, the mission of the Trinitarian God. The practical pursuits of the local churches, and the everyday lives of church members, play a crucial part in God’s mission, through the Son, in spreading the gospel of the kingdom and reaping in ripe harvest fields.
But local congregations are often ill-equipped to take practical, everyday part in this labor, and individual members often feel daunted by the thought. How, beyond financially supporting a few missionaries, do we “at home” engage in Spirit-empowered mission? Where are these so-called “harvest fields” that are ripe? What role does the local church, and what role do I, play in the harvest? Beyond those big picture questions, how do I cultivate love for my actual unreached neighbors? How do I begin sharing the love and truth of Christ with them, particularly as the questioning, and the opposition to Christ, seems to get harder each day in the contemporary world? Where can I go to find help?
These are the kinds of concerns we hope to tackle at First Presbyterian Church’s 2022 Fall Theology Conference, The Local Church and the Gospel Harvest. We have a great schedule of sessions lined up, with gifted, wise, field-tested teachers who will guide us through complex and practical questions in hopes of cultivating a vision, a heart, practical wisdom, and a passion for God’s harvest. We will hear many stories of God’s work in the fields to help fire our imaginations for what is possible in Hinckley and beyond. And we will call upon the name of the Lord together for maturation in Christ’s mission and for fruit in the fields of harvest in which God has placed us.
All sessions are free and open to the public. We hope you, perhaps with a group from your local congregation, can join us!
1813 Fire Monument Road
Hinckley, MN 55037
Ted Powers is Director of the Midwest Alliance, a movement dedicated to planting PCA churches in 14 midwestern states. He also coaches church planters and pastors and is the Director of Church Planting for Central Indiana Presbytery (PCA). He has long worked with the PCA’s Mission to North America (MNA), church planting leaders and planters, and church planting network directors to provide vision and catalytic leadership for church planting in the PCA. Ted was born in Maryland and grew up in Michigan. He earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, an M.Div. from Gordon Conwell, and a D.Min. from Covenant Seminary. He lives in Chicago, where he previously planted and pastored a church prior to joining MNA staff. He is married to Ann and they have one adult daughter.
Rev. Matt Ryman serves as the Pastor/Church Planter of Trinity Church in Wayzata, MN. He and his family moved here from Florida in the summer of 2021. Matt has been in pastoral ministry for 15 years. He earned an M.Div. in 2009 from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He was ordained in the PCA in 2010, and is currently a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the Siouxlands. He has served as a ministry director, assistant pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor. And he is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry degree. Matt has been married to Hana for 16 years. They have four great kids and one loyal dog.
Nursery for 0–3 will be available for the Friday and Saturday sessions.
All sessions are at First Presbyterian Hinckley and are free and open to the public. Saturday Table Talk is BYOL (there will be a break to allow for lunch pickup where/as desired).
This conference is provided free of charge by First Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to drop in on any or all sessions. However, RSVPing will help us in our planning!