Ridley College Annual Preachers’ Conference
Preaching the Cross

When: April 21-23, 2020

Speakers: Peter Adam, Murray Campbell

When  21 – 23 April 2020
Where El Kanah Guest House, Marysville
Catering All meals will be provided at the conference venue
Accommodation There is a range of accommodation options on-site. Alternatively, you may choose to arrange your own accommodation in the area.

“If the Cross of Christ is anything to the mind, it is surely everything – the most profound reality and the sublimest mystery.” (John R.W. Stott, The Cross of Christ).

How can we preach the Cross of Christ today so that we can plumb its depths without losing its impact to convict and convert? How can we make sure that for our hearers “it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18)?

This year’s Ridley College Preachers Conference will help us grow stronger and deeper in our preaching of the atoning work of Jesus. Whether you are a seasoned preacher or someone just starting out, this conference will stretch and equip you for a lifetime of faithfully expounding the word of God.

We are pleased to have as our keynote speaker and preaching trainer, renowned theologian and teacher Peter Adam. Joining him will be local Melbourne preacher and popular blogger Murray Campbell. Murray will give three expositions on the cross to model for us the sort of preaching and teaching that we might do ourselves.

Other aspects of the program include practical workshops, a session on the life of the preacher, as well as great fellowship together in the beautiful surrounds of El Kanah Conference Centre, Marysville.

Download the Conference Timetable


Preaching the Cross in 1 Corinthians – Brian Rosner
“I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). What was there about the church in Corinth that led Paul to make this statement? What impact did Paul’s preaching of the cross have on the church in Corinth? This two-part workshop will explore the theology of the cross in 1 Corinthians and what this means as we preach the letter today.
Preaching the Cross in the OT – Mike Raiter
Do you have to preach Christ in every sermon on the Old Testament? Do you have to preach the cross of Christ in every sermon from the Old Testament? This workshop will examine principles for deciding when and how to appropriately preach the cross from the Old Testament and in such a way that you’re not saying the same thing every time.
Preaching the Cross Masterclass – Murray Campbell
This workshop for seasoned preachers is an opportunity to ‘test out’ a sermon and receive constructive feedback. Participants are to bring along a new or recent sermon and preach it to a small group. Sermons are to be no longer than 20 minutes. The group will be limited to six participants
Preaching the Cross Masterclass – Anthea McCall/Richard Trist
This workshop for preachers with less than ten years’ experience is an opportunity to ‘test out’ a sermon and receive constructive feedback. Participants are to bring along a new or recent sermon and preach it to a small group. Sermons are to be no longer than 20 minutes. Groups will be limited to four participants.

Guest speakers
Peter Adam
Peter Adam is Vicar Emeritus at St. Jude’s Carlton, and formerly principal of Ridley College. Peter is a well-known preacher, teacher, and trainer of preachers. His publications include Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching; Hearing God’s Words: Exploring Biblical Spirituality; Written for Us: Receiving God’s Words in the Bible; as well as practical biblical commentaries on the books of Malachi, Hebrews, Ezra and Nehemiah, and Esther.

Murray Campbell
Murray is married to Susan and they have 3 children. He has served as Senior Pastor of Mentone Baptist Church since 2005. He also writes articles for various publications on topics relating to Christianity and culture. He loves watching his children play cricket, enjoys listening to real music, will eat good food, and sitting in a room filled with Rothko paintings is worth the time.

Workshop leaders

  • Brian Rosner is the Principal of Ridley College. He lectures in New Testament and is the author of several books including Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity, and the Pillar New Testament Commentary on 1 Corinthians.
  • Mike Raiter is the Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching in Melbourne and a popular preacher and trainer of preachers. He is the author of a number of publications including Stirrings of the Soul: Evangelicals and the New Spirituality. 
  • Anthea McCall is a Lecturer in New Testament and Greek at Ridley College. Anthea also is the Coordinator of the Ridley Women’s Preaching Network.
  • Richard Trist is the Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at Ridley College as well as Dean of the Anglican Institute. He tutors preaching both on-campus and online.

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