CoRE Conference 2019

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CoRE Conference 20109: Gender, Sexuality & the Church

On February 11–12, BJU will host the second CoRE Conference. Designed to connect, renew and equip local ministries, this year’s conference will focus on gender and sexuality issues within the church.

Speakers include Tim Geiger and Ellen Dykas of Harvest USA. Located in Pennsylvania, Harvest USA is a ministry that focuses on helping those who have been affected by sexual sin. It was through this ministry that Geiger was able to overcome his own struggle with same-sex attraction. He then served on the men’s ministry staff and as Harvest USA’s executive director before accepting his current position of president. Dykas joined Harvest USA’s staff in 2007 as the women’s ministry coordinator.

John Street, president of the Board of Trustees for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and a professor for the graduate programs in biblical counseling at The Master’s University & Seminary in California, will also speak at the CoRE conference. He will be joined by Jim Newcomer, senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan, home of The Biblical Counseling Center of Southeast Michigan.

Three different workshop tracks will be available:

  • Helping those struggling with homosexuality and gender confusion
  • Helping women struggling with sexual sins and damaged marriages
  • Helping men struggling with sexual sins and damaged marriages

Time will also be set aside to mingle with the speakers and to browse their books.

Dr. Jim Berg of the BJU Seminary faculty says, “The Bible-believing church today needs a theologically-sound apologetic for the Scripture’s teaching on what constitutes moral sex and biblical gender identity, a Christlike model for compassionately engaging both sufferers and sinners, and a Scripture-driven ministry approach that restores broken believers to usefulness to Christ and personal peace and joy.” The CoRE Conference provides a means to that end.

Special early bird registration pricing is available until January 28. Sessions are also available online for those unable to attend in person.

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