2020 EFCA Theology Conference

Feb 5, 2020 8:30 amFeb 7, 2020 12:00 pm
Deerfield, IL

Contending for the Faith–7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response

Our upcoming EFCA Theology Conference addresses and follows up our 2018 Doctrinal Survey. Thanks be to God we remain strongly and thoroughly orthodox and evangelical in belief. We do not take that for granted these days. And yet, there are also some outliers, which is not completely surprising, even though it is still somewhat distressing. Now is the time to address some of those issues so that we retain biblical and theological fidelity and there is no incremental biblical or theological compromise against those matters, which are of first importance. Please plan to join us for this important Theology Conference.

To download this information, go to the Theology Conference 2020 PDF.


  • $179 – EFCA licensed or ordained
  • $209 – General registration
  • $179 – Two or more attending from the same church
  • $179 – First five years of ministry in the EFCA
  • $99 – One-day rate

Online registration closes January 27, 2020; walk-in registration is available.

The dates for next year's conference are February 3-5, 2021.


Gregg Allison–The Doctrine of Humanity

Gregg Allison is professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a pastor of Sojourn Church East, Louisville, Kentucky

Thabiti Anyabwile–The Doctrine of the Church

Thabiti Anyabwileis a pastor at Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition.

D.A. Carson–The Doctrine of Hell

D.A. Carson is Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL and President of The Gospel Coalition.

Graham Cole–The Doctrine of the Scriptures

Graham A. Cole is Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, and an ordained Anglican minister.

Jonathan Leeman–The Doctrine of the Church

Jonathan Leeman is Editorial Director for 9Marks series of books and 9Marks Journal, Washington and holds a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Theology.

Harold Netland–The Doctrine of Christ

Harold Netland is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.

Fred Sanders–The Doctrine of God

Fred Sanders is Professor and Associate Director of Torrey Honors, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

Steve Wellum–The Doctrine of Salvation

Steve Wellum is Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Editor, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Louisville, KY.


Wednesday, February 5

8:008:30amRegistration - outside Melton Hall in the Waybright Center (TIU)
8:308:45amWelcome and introduction–Greg Strand
8:459:45amPart 1: Leaders Who Face Abuse in the Church–Mike Sloan
10:0011:00amPart 2: Leaders Who Shift Church Culture on Abuse–Mike Sloan
11:15am12:00pmPart 3: Leaders who Prevent and Respond Well to Abuse–Mike Sloan
1:301:45pmWelcome and introduction–Greg Strand
1:453:45pmSession 1–Women and Ministry Matters
4:155:15pmSession 2–Women and Ministry Matters
5:156:30pmDinner–Hawkins Dining Center
6:306:45pmScripture and worship
7:007:15pmIntroduction–Greg Strand
7:158:30pmTeaching session 1–The Doctrine of God– Fred Sanders
8:308:35pmDismiss with announcements for Thursday

Thursday, February 6

7:308:30amTIU Alumni Breakfast
8:309:00amScripture and worship
9:0010:15amTeaching session 2–The Doctrine of the Scriptures–Graham Cole
10:45am12:00pmTeaching session 3–The Doctrine of Humanity–Gregg Allison
12:0012:30pmQ & A session
12:302:00pmYoung Theologians Lunch–Waybright Conference Room (across the hall from Melton)
2:002:15pmScripture and worship
2:153:30pmTeaching session 4–The Doctrine of Salvation–Steve Wellum
3:304:00pmBreak & announcements
4:005:30pmTeaching session 5–The Doctrine of the Church–Thabiti Anyabwile and Jonathan Leeman
5:307:00pmDinner (sponsored by EFCA Network)–Hawkins Dining Center
7:008:00pmEFCA Network annual meeting

Friday, February 7

8:309:00amScripture and worship
9:0010:15amTeaching session 6–The Doctrine of Christ–Harold Netland
10:1510:30amStretch Break
10:3011:45amTeaching session 7–The Doctrine of Hell–D.A. Carson
11:45am12:00pmClosing comments with book drawing – Greg Strand (registered attendees only, must be present to win) Conference ends