Founders Journal · Spring 2005 · pp. 22-23


Southern Baptist Founders Conference

The national conference for 2005 will be held July 12–15 at Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. The theme is The Gospel and the Family. Keynote speakers will be Paul and David Tripp. This year we will also be offering sessions for youth and children. The youth sessions will be taught by Michael Harsch, who serves as Pastor of Students at Riverbend Community Church. The youth will focus on the theme: We are Family: Ten Reasons God Gave Us Our Families. Cindy Malott, the Children’s Ministry Director at Riverbend will coordinate all of the children’s sessions. The children will participate in a Reformation Celebration: A Look at the Life of Martin Luther.

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New Book by Dr. Phil Newton

Kregel Publications has just released a new book by Dr. Phil Newton: Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership

Dr. Phil Newton is the Pastor of South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

A biblically functioning church requires intentional devotion to the New Testament model of church leadership. In this practical book, experienced pastor Phil Newton examines this biblical model of leadership by explaining the necessity of elder plurality and how it functions in a congregational setting. Newton presents the history of elder plurality in Baptist life from personal experience, expounds three biblical texts to shed light on the New Testament model for spiritual leaders, and provides answers to commonly asked questions.

The book is available from Founders Ministries at:

What Is the Gospel?

Founders Ministries is sponsoring a conference November 10–11, 2005 in the Tampa, Florida area. Speakers include Tom Ascol, Fred Malone, Roy Hargrave, Steve Kreloff and David Wooten. The conference will address foundational questions such as: “What is the Gospel?”, “What is Evangelism?”, “What is Preaching?”, “What is the Church?”, “What is Salvation?” and “What is Christianity?” It will conclude with a concert by Grammy Award winning musician, Steve Camp. The conference will be hosted by Lakeside Community Chapel in Clearwater, Flordia.

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Coming this Fall 2005

To the Online Founders Study Center

Worship: with audio lectures by Dr. Bruce Leafblad

Dr. Bruce Leafblad is Professor of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Systematic Theology I: with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This will be the first in a series of courses on systematic theology. Topics included in this first course include: the Place of Systematic Theology, Divine Revelation and the Authority of Holy Scripture.

Study theology under one of the preeminent theologians in America. Dr. Roger Nicole is a retired professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.

Intro to the Puritans: with audio lectures by Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. J. I. Packer and others

This course offers students a brief historical overview of the Puritans and their value to us today.

Preaching and Preachers: with audio lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Learn from one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century as he shares his vision of preaching.

Register Early!

Fall orientation for students will open August 8, 2005.

Fall courses begin on August 22, 2005.

Founders Study Center

An Online Academy for Ministerial Training

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