For many years the Shepherds Conference has been a well-loved opportunity for men in church leadership to be refreshed, stimulated, directed, motivated, instructed, and encouraged in biblical ministry as servants of our chief Shepherd.

We are excited to see you in Wittenberg in May of 2019!


The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

9. – 11. May 2019 in Wittenberg

Why preachers must study and teach about the Holy Spirit.
Interview with Steve Lonetti

Why the Holy Spirit is important for the local church.
Interview with Phil Foley

Every Christian believes in God the Father, in God the Son and in God the Holy Spirit. He was baptized in the names of the three persons, testifying that he owes his salvation to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that he would henceforth live in the glory and service of the triune God. The Holy Spirit is no less involved in the salvation of man than God the Father and God the Son. Unfortunately, his person and nature are often given little attention. This may be due to ignorance, but all too often it is an overreaction to distorted or even grotesque portrayals of the Holy Spirit in errant currents.

By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the believer has been placed in a special position. This fact has far-reaching implications for the believer’s personal life and ministry in the church. The goal of the 2019 shepherd conference is to clarify what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit. The purpose of the lectures is to focus on the triune God, glorify His name, and equip the participants for ministry in the church of Christ.

 


Pre-Conference:

Leadership Development – Our Lord’s Method for Building His Church

8.-9. May 2019

How do you prepare the next generation of leaders?
Interview with Phil Foley

 

I don’t think so. Anyone who already leads spiritually today must have a clear idea of how he can equip the spiritual leaders of tomorrow without simply throwing them in the deep end. The next generation of spiritual leaders should take over the baton at the right time. This does not happen in a hurry. Scripture warns us: “Where leadership is lacking, a people will fall” (Pr 11:14). This applies equally to equipment. Today’s leaders need to know which way to go and how to get there with future leaders.

Phil Foley has experienced this kind of training himself in his church. Today he practices it passionately and joyfully leads others to emulate the example of Jesus.

Venue

The Shepherds’ Conference will take place in the Stadthaus Wittenberg, as in recent years:

Mauerstraße 18
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Conference Gift Package

The EBTC will give out a conference gift package to every conference attendee with some special surprises

Conference Costs

Pre-Conference (Wed-Thu): 60 €

Conference: Thursday-Saturday: 180 €
Accompanying Wives: 100 €
Daily Visitor Thursday: 60 €
Daily Visitor Friday: 80 €
Daily Visitor Saturday: 70 €

Accommodation in the Youth Hostel Wittenberg

Check-in starts at 15:00 at the reception desk.

Thursday to Saturday, incl. Breakfast (2 nights): 70 €
Wednesday to Saturday or Thursday to Sunday, incl. Breakfast (3 Nights): 105 €
Wednesday to Sunday, incl. Breakfast (4 Nights): 140 €

Special Offerings

You will find the EBTC book table, the souvenir shop, the conference information table etc. In the Stadthaus you’ll find EBTC information tables about the programs of the EBTC, as well as other information tables from TMAI, Grace To You, Mitternachtsruf, Radio Neue Hoffnung, Missionswerk Heukelbach, NBS Netzwerk Biblische Seelsorge, and Logos Bibelsoftware.

Meals

Breakfast: If you stay in one of the EBTC locations (youth hostel, etc.), breakfast will be included.

Coffee & Snacks will be provided at the conference and is included in the conference fee

Lunch will be provided at the conference and is included in the conference fee.

Dinner: You are free to enjoy a German meal in one of the excellent restaurants in Wittenberg

Cities in relation to Luther and the Reformation

Arrival

by car

At the Stadthaus there is a parking garage with daily fee.

by plane

We recommend to choose Berlin Tegel (TXL) or Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) as arrival airport. From there, there are various ways to get to Wittenberg:

via Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

From Tegel you take the TXL bus to Hauptbahnhof (central station). From the airport at Schönefeld you take the S-Bahn or Regionalbahn (train) to the Hauptbahnhof (central station). You can use the BVG website/app for public transportation.

From the Hauptbahnhof (central station) please take the train to Wittenberg.

rental car

At the airport Tegel and Schönefeld there are some rental car stations.

train

Destination statin is Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hauptbahnhof.

There is at least one train every hour from Berlin Hbf to Wittenberg (ICE: 40min, RE: 1: 17h). Depending on the type of train, travel costs usually range between € 21 and € 31.
The Regional Express (RE) takes significantly longer, but costs less.
The Inter City Express (ICE) is the fastest train, but costs more.
You can view more information about train connections on the Deutsche Bahn website (from “Berlin HBF” to “Lutherstadt Wittenberg”).

Pre-Conference

Wednesday
13:00 Registration Stadthaus Wittenberg
14:00 Leadership Development Phil Foley
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00  Leadership Development Phil Foley
17:15 Coffee Break
17:45 Leadership Development Phil Foley
19:00 End
Thursday
09:00 Leadership Development Phil Foley
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Leadership Development Phil Foley
11:45 Coffee Break Stadthaus Wittenberg

Main Conference

Thursday
12:00 Registration Stadthaus Wittenberg
13:30 The Purpose (or the passion) of the Spirit: The exaltation of the Son to the glory of God the Father (Joh. 16,12-15) Phil Foley
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Breakout Session I

  • Geboren aus Wasser und Geist, Joh. 3 (Matthias Fröhlich, SH1)
  • Geistesführung oder doch Selbsttäuschung? (Heinz Flütsch, SH2)
  • Spiel nicht den Heiligen Geist in deiner Familie! (Nick Kalena, JH-S5 Philipp Melanchthon)
  • Frauenseminar (JH-S1 Martin Luther)
16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Der Heilige Geist und die Heiligung (Röm. 8) Benedikt Peters
18:00 Dinner (at your own leisure)
19:30 Church Planting in Acts: Powered by the Holy Spirit Steve Lonetti
21:00 End
Friday
09:00 Der Heilige Geist und das Wandeln im Geist (Röm. 8) Benedikt Peters
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Spirit-empowered preaching: The need of the Spirit to empower us to make our preaching effective Phil Foley
12:30 Lunch
12:40 Generationen der Gnade Präsentation
14:00 Breakout Session II

  • Taliabo (Steve Lonetti, Stadthaus 1)
  • Der Heilige Geist in der Seelsorge – die dritte Person im Seelsorgezimmer, die kaum Beachtung findet (Mike Leister, Stadthaus 2)
  • Die Sünde gegen den Heiligen Geist (Marco Bartholomä, JH-S5 Philipp Melanchthon)
  • Frauenseminar (JH-S1 Martin Luther)
15:00 Coffee Break
15:45 Acts & Select Appearances of the Holy Spirit Steve Lonetti
17:00 Dinner (at your own leisure)
19:00 Ein richtiges Denken über das Werk des Heiligen Geistes (Gal. 5,16-26) Carl Hargrove
20:30 End
Saturday
08:30 Das Aufhören der Gaben Benedikt Peters
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Q & A Benedikt Peters
Matthias Fröhlich
Martin Manten
Phil Foley
Steve Lonetti
11:15 Coffee Break
11:30 Being filled with the Spirit Phil Foley
13:00 End

Eine Stornierung der Konferenzteilnahme ist unter folgenden Bedingungen möglich:

  • Bis zum 01.02.2019 werden 50% der Konferenzkosten fällig
  • Nach dem 01.03.2019 berechnen wir 75% der Konferenzkosten
  • Änderungswünsche zur Unterkunft (etc.) können ab 01.03.2019 nicht mehr berücksichtigt werden

MAIN SPEAKERS

Phil Foley

Phillip Foley ist der leitende Pastor der Community Bible Church (Vallejo, USA), wo er seit 1996 vollzeitlich tätig ist. Phil kam 1984 durch Jüngerschaft der Gemeinde zum Glauben an den Herrn. Gegenwärtig übersieht Phil die ganze Gemeinde, predigt wöchentlich und hat eine große Leidenschaft Männer für eine gute Leiterschaft zuhause und in der Gemeinde auszubilden.

Phil ist Direktor und Lehrer am Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary. Er hat einen Abschluss der Grace School of Theology and Ministry (BA) und des Trinity Theological Seminary (M.A.). Phil und seine Frau Becky sind seit 1985 verheiratet und haben fünf Kinder und vier Enkelkinder.

Benedikt Peters

Benedikt studierte an der Universität Zürich Griechisch, Hebräisch sowie allgemeine Linguistik. Er war mehrere Jahre Redakteur eines christlichen Verlags. Benedikt dient in einer Gemeinde in Arbon und übt eine vollzeitliche Lehrtätigkeit in Gemeinden verschiedener europäischer Länder aus. Er ist Autor zahlreicher theologischer Bücher.

Am Standort Zürich unterrichtet Benedikt Bibelkunde, Systematische Theologie, Homiletik. Er ist Sprecher an der jährlichen Hirtenkonferenz und erarbeitet Unterrichtsmaterial. Benedikt ist verheiratet und hat vier erwachsene Kinder.

Steve Lonetti

Steve arbeitete über 20 Jahre als Missionar in dem Stamm Taliabo auf Indonesien. Nach seiner Rückkehr vom Missionsfeld diente er einige Jahre in der Grace Community Church (Los Angeles, USA) und Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, USA). Seit 2009 arbeitet er als Gemeindegründer und Pastor der Gemeinde Bacon of Hope in Saint Paul/ Minnesota, USA.

Sein Buch „Roter Faden durch die Bibel“ ist sehr beliebt für evangelistische Hauskreise und um Gläubige eine gute Basis für das Verständnis des Evangeliums zu geben. Neben seinen pastoralen Aufgaben unterrichtet er Klassen am TMS und anderen Bibelschulen.