Welcome!

​We are 4Amarillo—a collaboration between First Presbyterian Church, Polk Street United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and Central Church of Christ. We want to invite you to the 4Amarillo Preaching Conference in March. Full details below, including a link to register. We hope you'll join us!

March 1 - 2, 2020  |  Amarillo, TX  |  All welcome  |  FREE

The truth of the Resurrection of Jesus matters—maybe now more than ever.

This free event is open to all preachers, all church leaders, all church members, and anyone eager to reawaken within themselves and their congregations the deep urgency and immense joy in the Resurrection of Jesus.

This is a two-day event for everyone. Four of the best communicators in our fellowships will join us for worship, preach their favorite Easter sermons, and share their own insights and experiences in proclaiming the Good News.

What will the two days look like?

On Sunday morning, each of the four preachers will preach at his or her host congregation in downtown Amarillo.

On Sunday evening, we will offer a 4Amarillo worship experience that will feature all four speakers in a panel discussion answering the "So what?" of Easter. What does the truth of Easter mean to a broken world? Why should our city, this country, the world, care at all about the resurrection of Jesus? How does the resurrection make a difference to anybody? Come for the inspiring music, the ecumenical fellowship, and the important conversation.

On Monday, choose to come-and-go or come-and-stay. Breakfast and lunch are provided for this meaningful day of preaching and equipping, training and encouragement. Full details below.

Featuring Guest Speakers...

Dr. RON SCATES

First Presbyterian Church San Antonio, retired

sponsored by First Presbyterian Church

Ron grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Trinity University in San Antonio on a baseball scholarship. His pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine there was permanently interrupted when he responded to the Lord’s call to preach. After earning his Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary, Ron served as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry for San Antonio’s First Presbyterian Church. He has also served as Senior Pastor for Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore and Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He just recently retired after seven years as the Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian in San Antonio. Ron and his wife Anne are blessed with five children.

Dr. Alyce McKenzie

Professor of Preaching and Worship, SMU Perkins School of Theology, Dallas

sponsored by Polk Street United Methodist Church

Alyce is Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She received her BA in History of Religions from Bryn Mawr College, her Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School of Duke University, and her Ph.D in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has served several congregations in a variety of roles, including associate pastor and lead pastor positions in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. Her articles appear in many periodicals such as Quarterly Review, Word and Witness, Leaven, and Interpretation. She has written many books on preaching, including 2011’s What Not to Say: Practical Advice for Provocative Preaching. She and her husband, Murry, have three grown children, they co-teach a Sunday morning Bible class at First United Methodist Church of Allen. And she also sings in the choir.

Chris Seidman

Lead Minister, The Branch Church, Dallas

sponsored by Central Church of Christ

Chris has served in congregational ministry since 1991. He is the Lead Minister at The Branch Church, a multi-site church of more than two-thousand members in the North Dallas suburbs of Farmers Branch and Carrollton. Before that, he served as the Campus Minister at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, the Preaching Minister at the Gateway Church of Christ in Pensacola, and the Associate Preaching Minister at The Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth. Chris graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in broadcast journalism and earned his Masters from ACU in 1995. He met his wife, Tara, while they were students in Abilene and they have three sons. Chris is the author of three books on Christian living and a popular speaker at church conferences and preaching seminars.

Dr. Joel Gregory

Professor of Preaching and Evangelism, Baylor Truett Theological Seminary, Waco

sponsored by First Baptist Church

Joel is Professor of Preaching and Evangelism at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, the school’s Director of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching, and the President of Joel Gregory Ministries. Less than two years ago he was named one of the “Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English Language” by a poll of more than 500 preaching professors in American seminaries and universities. Joel earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of New Testament Studies from Baylor. Joel has served four student pastorates and three lead pastorates, including Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth and First Baptist Church in Dallas. An internationally known and sought-after preacher, Joel speaks to an average of 60 churches and conferences in more than 20 states every year. He is the husband to his wife, Joanne; father to their four adult children; and the author of five books.

 

Schedule

Sunday (03.01.20)

Morning Worship at sponsor churches

8:00, 11:00, & 11:05 am – Ron Scates  |  First Presbyterian Church

                   “Who is this Man?”  John 8:12-30

8:30 & 10:55 am – Alyce McKenzie  |  Polk Street United Methodist Church

                   “Wise Up! The Lenten Journey from Fear to Faith” 

                   Prov.3:5-8, 13-18; Matt.11:28-30

10:15 am – Chris Seidman  |  Central Church of Christ

                   “Resurrection Hope”  Luke 24:13-35

8:30 & 11:00 am – Joel Gregory  |  First Baptist Church

                   “The Apostolic Facebook”  2 Timothy 4:9-22

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Evening Activities at First Baptist Church

6:00 pm – Combined Worship at First Baptist Church

                   including 4Amarillo Panel on the topic of

                   “Easter’s Coming. So What?”

Monday  (03.02.20)

at Polk Street United Methodist’s Great Hall

8:30 am        Continental Breakfast

9:00 am        Preaching Workshop with Ron Scates

                      “The Grinch Who Almost Stole Easter”  Matthew 16:21-23

10:00 am     Break

10:10 am     Preaching Workshop with Alyce McKenzie

                      “My Favorite Angel”  Matthew 28:1-10

11:10 am     Break

11:20 am     Preaching Workshop with Chris Seidman

                      “Easter in the Weeds”  John 20:11-18

12:20 pm     Lunch

12:50 pm     Preaching Workshop with Joel Gregory

                      “Long Night’s Journey into Day”  Luke 24:1-53

1:50 pm       Closing Prayer by 4Amarillo Pastors

2:00 pm       Dismissed

 
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