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Each year the conference focuses on a special theme relating to the task of preaching. The workshop sessions and general sessions center on this theme and also address broader issues about preaching and church ministry.

2014 "Striving Together for the Faith of the Gospel"
2012 "The Mystery of Christ: God's Glory Among the Gentiles"
2011 "Church Planting & Renewal"
2010 "Church, Kingdom, Mission: Understanding and Assessing the Missional Church Movement"
2009 "Gospel-Driven Separation"
2008 "Culture, Contextualization, and the Church"
2007 "Learning from the Past, Pressing toward the Future"
2006 "Worthy of Double Honor: Feeding and Leading God's Flock"
2005 "Guarding the Gospel"
2004 "Church Growth that Glorifies God"
2003 "The Ministry of the Holy Spirit"
2002 "The Sovereignty of God and the Spread of the Gospel"
2001 "Fundamentalism at the Start of the 21st Century"

MACP 2014  “Striving Together for the Faith of the Gospel”

Speakers:
David Doran, Jim Newcomer, Chris Anderson, Brian Fuller, Lukus Counterman, Ken Endean, Mark Brock, Mark Snoeberger, John ALoisi, Ben Edwards, David Doran, Jr.

Summary: It seems like every day brings more bad news in this crazy, sin-cursed world. And it seems, at least sometimes, like God's people are dropping into defense-mode as the world becomes increasingly hostile toward Christianity. While all of this may be new to us, it is not different from the landscape that the churches in the New Testament faced. The Philippians, for example, were "granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake" (Phil 1:29).

The darkness of our day should make us more urgent about obedience to Christ's commission, not less so. To that end, the theme for our fall conference this year, based on Philippians 1:27, is "Striving Together for the Faith of the Gospel." By God's grace, we'll gather for two days, October 16-17, to focus our attention on biblical truth about building greater unity within and between our assemblies for the sake of the gospel. Incredible gospel opportunities are all around us. We need to sharpen our focus on biblical truths that will equip and encourage us to make the most of them.

Resource material from MACP 2014, including all general sessions and workshops, is available for free download here. Printed notes are in PDF format and sound recordings in MP3 format. Questions should be directed to macp@dbts.edu.

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MACP 2012  “The Mystery of Christ: God's Glory among the Gentiles”

Speakers:
David Doran, DBTS Faculty, Michael Vlach, Neal Cushman, and Jack Klem

Summary: The relationship between the Old and New Testaments has been debated (sometimes hotly) since the book of Acts! This makes sense since so much hangs in the balance of properly understanding this issue—What role does the Law have in a NT believer's life? Is the Church a New Israel? Does God have a future plan for Israel? Are the ordinances of the Church rooted in OT practices or distinctly different?

Clearly, the Apostle Paul believed that there was something new about what God was doing among the Gentiles. He calls it the mystery of Christ and declares that it was not known in other generations, but had now been revealed to the apostles and prophets (Eph 3:4-5). All sides recognize this to some degree, but debate whether the relationship with the Old is one of continuity or discontinuity--is the present a continuation of the past or has God introduced something new that differs significantly from what preceded it?

Both sides of this debate have at times overstated the case for either continuity or discontinuity. And sometimes the debate has been so uncharitable that many want to just drop it. Yet, there are important theological and practical ramifications attached to each viewpoint. Our understanding of Scripture, Christian growth and living, the nature of the Church's mission, and important aspects of church polity all are affected by these issues.

Resource material from MACP 2012, including all general sessions and workshops, is available for free download here. Printed notes are in PDF format and sound recordings in MP3 format. Questions should be directed to macp@dbts.edu.

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MACP 2011  “Church Planting & Renewal”

Speakers:
David Doran, Bryan Brock, Mark Brock, Ken Brown, Andrew Haney, Sam Hendrickson, Matt Ortega, Jason Parker, Dave Saxton, Jay Searcy, the DBTS Faculty, and ICBC Pastoral Staff

Summary: America is definitely not an unreached mission field, but there is still much Gospel work that needs to be done. Population growth and shifts make it critical to plant churches in new areas, but also in areas that have been abandoned. We shouldn’t waste time debating whether we should plant churches in the suburbs or in the city—we should do both. We need more healthy churches, whether those are newly planted or dying congregations that have been infused with new leadership and life. God has graciously used a number of DBTS graduates to plant new churches and rebuild dying churches. We’ve asked a number of them to come and share what God has done and what they think would be helpful for us all to consider as we pray and work for more healthy churches in our own country.

Resource material from MACP 2011, including all general sessions and workshops, is available for free download at here. Printed notes are in PDF format and sound recordings in MP3 format. Questions should be directed to macp@dbts.edu.

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MACP 2010  “Church, Kingdom, Mission: Understanding and Assessing the Missional Church Movement”

Speakers:
David Doran and the DBTS Faculty (William Combs, Robert McCabe, Bruce Compton, Sam Dawson, Mark Snoeberger, Pearson Johnson), and ICBC Pastoral Staff (Dan Winnberg, Ben Edwards)

Theme: Theology and ministry go hand in hand. Our understanding of what the church is always affects our understanding of what the church is supposed to do. The Missional Church Movement represents a recasting of both. While it is true that many use missional in a non-technical sense, for many others that word summarizes new theological commitments about the church, the kingdom, and the concept of mission itself. Our goal in this conference is to get past debates about the word missional in order to understand and evaluate the significant theological and ministerial issues at stake.
  • What is the relationship between the Church and the Kingdom?
  • What is the mission of the Church?
  • What is the relationship between the great commandment and the great commission?
  • What is the Church’s role in the transformation of society?
  • Does the church exist to serve the world?
God’s will for His people is to “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Ideas have consequences. The radical reformation of the church which is underway needs to be examined carefully. Where the Bible supports the changes, we must change, but where the changes lead us away from biblical obedience, we must reject them. One conference will not settle all the questions, but we hope it will provide a valuable opportunity to look at the questions carefully and honestly.

Resource material from MACP 2010, including all general sessions and workshops, is available for free download at here. Printed notes are in PDF format and sound recordings in MP3 format. Questions should be directed to macp@dbts.edu.

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MACP 2009 "Gospel-Driven Separation"

Speakers: David Doran, Sam Horn, and the DBTS Faculty (Robert McCabe, R. Bruce Compton, Gerald Priest, Sam Dawson, Mark Snoeberger, and Pearson Johnson)

Topics: The Sine Qua Non of Separatism; Identifying the Disobedient Brother; Defining Fellowship and Compromise; Worldliness and Ecclesiastical Separation; Contending Without Contentiousness: A Paradigm for Polemics in Early Fundamentalism; A Reflection on Paul’s Defense of the Gospel in Romans and Its Implications for Separation; Who Needs Fundamentalism When We Have T4G and TGC? A Continuing Fundamentalist Raison d’ętre; Principles (or Questions) for Navigating Mission Field Relationships; Church Discipline: Separation from a Believer or Excommunication of an Unbeliever? Comparing Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 & 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; An Old Testament Justification for Separatism; The Practice of Biblical Worship; The Perversion of Biblical Worship

Resource material from MACP 2009, including all general sessions and workshops, is available for free download at here. Printed notes are in PDF format and sound recordings in MP3 format.

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MACP 2008 "Culture, Contextualization, and the Church"

Speakers included Drew Conley, Sam Horn, David Doran, and the faculty of DBTS (Rolland McCune, William Combs, Robert McCabe, R. Bruce Compton, Gerald Priest, Sam Dawson, Mark Snoeberger, and Pearson Johnson)
  • Drew Conley is the Senior Pastor at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, SC)
  • Sam Horn is the Senior Pastor at Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, WI. He also serves as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Ministerial Training at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, WI.
  • David Doran is the Senior Pastor at Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, MI. He also serves as the President of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
Topics: The Essence of Expositional Preaching; Sanctification, Standards, and Slippery Slopes; Contemporary Challenges for Biblical Separatism; A Pastor’s Guide to Contextualization; A Pastor’s Concerns about Possible Contextualization Abuses; An Assessment and Response to Tim Keller’s Theology of the City; Confronting our Culture When the Culture Comes to Church; Confronting our Culture When the Church is in the Culture (1 Corinthians 9); Applying Ancient Truth to a Contemporary Audience – Application in Preaching; The Character of and Effective Ministry in the Midst of a Pagan Culture – 1 Thess 2:1-12; Acts 17:1-9—Turning the World Right Side Up; John 17:14-19—How Christians Must See the World; Marks of Worldliness, Scripturally Defined; Ephesians 4:17-24—New Life, Clean Break; A Leading Challenge to a Literal Interpretation of the Creation Account: The Literary Framework Interpretation; Paul and Educated Unbelief (Acts 17); Persevering in the Faith and the ‘Sin unto Death’: Harmonizing Text (1 John 5:16-17) and Theology; When Church Historians Distort the Truth: The Problem of Cultural Agenda Dictating Interpretation; A Review of John Frame’s The Doctrine of the Christian Life (A Theology of Lordship), A Perspective on Culture; More Notes Toward the Definition of Culture; A Review of D.A. Carson’s Christ and Culture Revisited; Common Ground: The Quicksand of Evangelism and Missions.
Click here to download a copy of the MACP brochure in PDF format.
Resource material from MACP 2008, including all general sessions and workshops, is now available for free download at here. Printed notes are in PDF format and sound recordings in MP3 format.

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MACP 2007 "Learning from the Past, Pressing toward the Future "

  • Click here to download a copy of the MACP 2007 brochure.
  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2007, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.

    Speakers included:
  • David Doran & the faculty of DBTS
  • Doug McLachlan (Northland Baptist Bible College - Dunbar, WI)
  • Mark Minnick (Senior Pastor at Mount Calvary Baptist Church; Professor of Homiletics at Bob Jones University-Greenville, SC)
  • Sam Horn (Senior Pastor at Brookside Baptist Church-Brookfield, WI; VP for Academic Affairs and Ministerial Training at Northland Baptist Bible College-Dunbar, WI)
  • Dave Saxon (Professor of Bible and Church History, Maranatha Baptist Bible College-Watertown, WI)
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MACP 2006 "Worthy of Double Honor: Feeding and Leading God's Flock"

  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2006, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.

    Speakers included:
  • Dr. David Doran & the faculty of DBTS
  • Dr. Stephen Jones (Bob Jones University-Greenville, SC)
  • Dr. Tim Jordan (Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary-Lansdale, PA)
  • Dr. Sam Horn (Brookside Baptist Church-Brookfield, WI; VP for Academic Affairs and Ministerial Training at Northland Baptist Bible College-Dunbar, WI)
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MACP 2005 "Guarding the Gospel"

  • Click here to download a copy of the MACP 2005 brochure.
  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2005, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.

    Speakers included:
  • Dr. David Doran & the faculty of DBTS
  • Dr. Mark Minnick (Mount Calvary Baptist Church & Bob Jones University-Greenville, SC)
  • Dr. Kevin Bauder (Central Baptist Theological Seminary-Plymouth, MN)
  • Dr. Sam Horn (Brookside Baptist Church-Brookfield, WI; VP for Academic Affairs and Ministerial Training at Northland Baptist Bible College-Dunbar, WI)
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MACP 2004 "Church Growth that Glorifies God"

  • Click here to download a copy of the MACP 2004 brochure.
  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2004, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.

    Speakers included:
  • Dr. David Doran & the faculty of DBTS
  • Dr. Drew Conley (Hampton Park Baptist Church-Greenville, SC)
  • Dr. Sam Horn (Northland Baptist Bible College-Dunbar, WI)
  • Pastor Ken Brown (Community Baptist Church-Brownstown, MI)
  • Pastor Dave Saxton (Berean Bible Church-Cuyahoga Falls, OH)
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MACP 2003 "The Ministry of the Holy Spirit"
  • Click here to download a copy of the MACP 2003 brochure.
  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2003, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.
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MACP 2002 "The Sovereignty of God and the Spread of the Gospel"
  • Click here to download a copy of the MACP 2002 brochure.
  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2002, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.

    Speakers included:
  • Dr. David Doran & the faculty of DBTS
  • Dr. Mark Minnick (Mount Calvary Baptist Church & Bob Jones University-Greenville, SC)
  • Dr. Daniel Davey (Colonial Baptist Church - Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Dr. Sam Horn (Brookside Baptist Church-Brookfield, WI; VP for Academic Affairs and Ministerial Training at Northland Baptist Bible College-Dunbar, WI)
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MACP 2001 "Fundamentalism at the Start of the 21st Century"
  • Click here for a list of the workshop topics.
  • For information on obtaining resource material from MACP 2003, please contact the Seminary by email (info@dbts.edu) or phone, (313)381-0111.
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