RTC Preaching Conference 2022: Preaching Hard Sermons

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RTC Preaching Conference 2022: Preaching Hard Sermons

Our Annual Preaching Conference aims to encourage and equip you to keep preaching faithfully and passionately, even when it feels hard.

Preaching is often hard work, but sometimes it seems harder than ever. We might have a hard text to deal with or hard truths to talk about. Sometimes we face hard and tragic situations and we need to bring a timely Word from God. Some topics are hard to address because they are delicate, complicated or complicated. And at times we are the ones finding life hard but we still have to stand up and preach the Word.

To shed light on how to preach hard sermons, RTC lecturers will be joined by Melbourne pastor, blogger and cultural commentator, Murray Campbell.

Conference Schedule

All times are in AEST.

Day One — Wednesday, September 21

9:30AM | Welcome, Prayer, Announcements

9:40AM | Session 1 – Opening Sermon (Murray Capill)

10:30AM | Morning Tea

11:00AM | Session 2 – Learning from Paul: Preaching Hard Sermons (Murray Campbell)

12:30PM | Lunch

1:15PM | Session 3 – Preaching on Hard Texts (Stephen Lewis)

2:30PM | Session 4 – Interview with Murray Campbell

3:00PM | Afternoon Tea

3:30PM | Session 5 – Preaching on Hard Topics (Murray Campbell)

5:00PM | Day One Finish

Day Two — Thursday, September 22

9:00AM | Welcome, Prayer, Announcements

9:10AM | Session 6 – Preaching from Hard Places (Murray Capill)

10:15AM | Morning Tea

10:45AM | Session 7 – Preaching on Hard Doctrines (Murray Campbell)

12:00PM | Session 8 – Q&A Panel: Murray Campbell, Murray Capill, Stephen Lewis, Andrew Stewart

12:30PM | Lunch

1:15PM | Session 9 – Preaching on Hard Occasions (Andrew Stewart)

2:30PM | Session 10 – Closing Sermon (Murray Campbell)

4:00PM | Day Two Finish

Conference Speakers

Murray Campbell

Murray has served as a pastor at Mentone Baptist Church since 2005. He is involved with The Gospel Coalition Australia, serving on the national council and the Victorian committee. Formerly a classical pianist, he enjoys listening to music, watching his kids play cricket, drinking coffee, and dabbling in writing about Gospel and culture.

Murray Capill

Murray is the RTC’s Lecturer in Pastoral Ministry and Dean of Ministry Development, with over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry. Originally from New Zealand, he came to Australia in 2001 to teach at the college, before serving for 12 years as the principal. He is the author of Preaching with Spiritual Vigour and The Heart is the Target

Stephen Lewis

Stephen is the RTC’s Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He came to the RTC from the USA with extensive pastoral ministry experience. He holds three degrees, including a PhD in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament), awarded by Westminster Theological Seminary.

Andrew Stewart

For over 20 years, Andrew has been minister of the Geelong Reformed Presbyterian Church and serves as an adjunct lecturer in New Testament and Theology at the RTC. Originally from Northern Ireland, he’s served pastorates in his home country, Cyprus and Australia. In 2021, he was awarded his Th.D. degree for a thesis entitled, “The Three Accounts of Paul’s Conversion in Acts 9, 22 and 26: A Study of Consistency and Creativity in Narrative Retelling.”


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RTC Preaching Conference 2022 Registration
Individual or group registration to RTC’s 2022 Preaching Conference, “Preaching Hard Sermons.” Registration includes both days of the conference (Sep 21-22).
$ 185.00
Pastor's Package: RTC Preaching Conference + Think Ministry 2022 Registration
Individual or group registration to RTC’s 2022 Preaching Conference, “Preaching Hard Sermons” and Think Ministry 2022. Registration includes both days of the preaching conference (Sep 21-22) and one day of the auxiliary event (Sep 23).
$ 250.00
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