Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
The EFCA Theology Conference was held on the Trinity International University campus the end of January. The Preconference topic addressed the important theme of “Soteriological Essentials and the Significance of Silence: Arminianism/Wesleyanism, Calvinism/Reformed (baptist) and Lutheranism and the EFCA.” The Conference theme focused on the vital subject of “The Doctrine of the Scriptures.”
There were over 400 in attendance, which is the second largest Theology Conference on record. The Scriptures and soteriology (and doctrine/theology more broadly) matter to the EFCA, its pastors and churches. Both the Preconference and Conference were excellent!
Regarding the Preconference, one stated the following about both content and presenters:
The pre-conference was exceptionally valuable. The people with whom I attended were blessed to see the spirited defense of the various soteriological positions combined with the deep love and respect that the presenters had for one another. I think they learned more from the example of the presenters than they did from their presentations and they learned a lot from the presentations.
The Conference also proved to be invaluable to attendees, as noted in this comment:
The conference theme was fantastic. In every area of ministry, I find people questioning the authenticity, authority, value, and application of Scripture. This was a great idea for a theme.
And it was not just information about the doctrine of the Scriptures that was gained, but it was information that led to a recommitment to the Word of God and its application.
[The] conference subject matter provided lots of action-items for my return to ministry; likewise, it provided much encouragement for keeping the Word of God central in our work. Great choice of material!
Recordings of all the lectures and accompanying notes and PowerPoint slides are now posted on our website. We will also be posting video recordings of the lectures for local churches to use as they study these important doctrines.