Published on January 13, 2010 by Mary Wimberley  
Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-07-01

Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School will host its 23rd annual Pastors School July 19-23. 

“Respite,” as in the sense of rest and a refreshing interval from life and work--ministry included, is the theme of this year’s series of lectures, workshops and worship services. 

Daily Bible teacher James Earl Massey will lead morning studies on the topic “The Book of Hebrews: Jesus and the Believer.” Dr. Massey, dean emeritus and distinguished professor-at-large of Anderson University School of Theology, is author of The Burdensome Joy of  Preaching, Preaching magazine’s 1998 Book of the Year. 

Other speakers are Alistair Begg, author, Truth for Life broadcaster and senior pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio; Steve Brown, Key Life radio broadcaster, author and preaching professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla.; Christian George, a Beeson graduate whose five books include Sacred Travels and Sex, Sushi and Salvation; and Haddon Robinson, preaching professor and doctor of ministry program director at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Denise George, Carolyn McKinstry and Vickie Gaston will lead a women’s track on the theme, “Can you drink from this cup?” 

Workshops on dozens of topics will follow basic themes of Bible and theology, Christian living and spirituality, ministry and leadership, and preaching and worship. 

Beeson preaching professor Dr. Robert Smith and Reginald Calvert, pastor of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Birmingham, will lead a pre-conference preaching workshop beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 19. The theme will explore biblical and theological perspectives of the Holy Spirit’s work in preaching. 

The Pastors School schedule also includes opportunities for fellowship and recreation, and special programs for children and youth. 

For registration information, including cost and complete schedule, call (205) 726-2731 or visit the website at . 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.