EFCA Theology Conference

Reformation 500: Theology and Legacy – God’s Gospel and the EFCA

Feb 1, 2017Feb 3, 2017
Deerfield, Illinois

2017 is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses, what traditionally is known as the beginning of the Reformation. We join the celebration in giving thanks to God for this rediscovery of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our emphasis will be on the theology of the Reformation and its ongoing historical legacy, with a specific focus on the biblical gospel of grace, rediscovered by the Reformers (Luther referred to himself and the movement as Evangelicals, not Protestants), and its impact historically on the EFCA.

Genesis and the Age of the Earth: Does the Bible speak definitively on the age of the universe?

Wednesday afternoon, you are invited to participate in the Henry Center for Theological Understanding (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) session.

“We believe in one God, Creator of all things,” we profess in our Statement of Faith. This is a summary of the Bible’s teaching on the doctrine of creation: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” (Gen. 1:1); “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good,” (Gen. 1:31); “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1); and “all things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16). While affirming God is the Creator of all things, does the Bible speak definitively on the age of the universe? Does affirming inerrancy mandate a certain hermeneutic? Does our hermeneutic require a certain interpretation of the early chapters of Genesis? Additionally, what is the relation between our biblical conclusions and science? And how do we as believers who affirm the inerrancy and authority of the Bible carry on these discussions as theologians and scientists in the context of the local church? C. John Collins and Albert Mohler will shed light on these issues in a debate format. They will address these issues and answer the question, with Collins answering “no,” and with Mohler answering “yes.” After the debate, we will address the implementation and application of these matters in the context of a local church, providing guidance to pastors and leaders as they think about, navigate and lead through these discussions.

Current pastoral and church issues sessions

Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and author, will open the conference Wednesday morning. Dan’s first session will cover trust, accountability and integrity in our real-world situations. In his following session, Dan will share his “view from Washington” on current issues such as religious liberties, IRS tax laws, medical insurance and other topics affecting pastors and churches.


$175 – Ministerial Association members
$200 – Non-ministerial members

Online conference registration is now closed. On-site registration will be available starting at 9:00am on Wednesday, February 1, outside of Melton Hall in the Waybright Center. Registration will continue at the A.T. Olson Chapel in the afternoon.


D.A. Carson

Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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C. John Collins

Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

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David Luy

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Scott Manetsch

Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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R. Albert Mohler

President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Kevin Vanhoozer

Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Stephen Wellum

Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Kenneth Young

Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ministries, University of Northwestern – St. Paul

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Wednesday, February 1

Registration - outside Melton Hall Waybright Center
WorkshopTrust – Dan Busby - sponsored by CIF/FCMM (Melton Hall)
WorkshopFinancial issues Affecting Pastors – Dan Busby (Melton Hall)
MealLunch – Melton Hall Waybright Center Note: Conference moves to TIU Chapel
Welcome and introduction – Greg Strand
WorkshopSession 1: Yes: R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) Session 2: No: C. John Collins (Covenant Theological Seminary)
PanelPastoral Guidance for This Discussion in the Local Church
MealDinner – Hawkins Dining Center
WorshipScripture and worship
Greeting – President David Dockery (Trinity International University/TEDS)
Introduction – Greg Strand
TeachingTeaching session 1 – Solus Christus as Central to the Reformation Solas – Stephen J. Wellum

Thursday, February 2

WorshipScripture and worship
TeachingTeaching session 2 –The Heart of the Reformation: Justification – D. A. Carson
TeachingTeaching session 3 - Faith Alone Justifies, Yet the Faith Which Justifies Is Not Alone: Justification and Sanctification – R. Albert Mohler
PanelQ & A
Meal Lunch - Hawkins Dining Center
WorshipScripture and worship
TeachingTeaching session 4 – The Heidelberg Disputation: The Theology of the Cross Versus The Theology of Glory – David J. Luy
TeachingTeaching session 5 – The Reformation, Sola Scriptura and Tradition – Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Fellowship share & prayer time (your greatest joy & greatest challenge)
MealDinner – Hawkins Dining Center
Ministerial Association annual meeting
FCMM Q & A session

Friday, February 3

WorshipScripture and worship
TeachingTeaching session 6 – The Reformation, Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms – Kenneth N. Young
TeachingTeaching session 7 – The Extent of the Reformation’s Reform: Word, Church, Ministry and Worship – Scott M. Manetsch
Closing comments with book drawing (registered attendees only, must be present to win) – Greg Strand Conference ends