Gospel-centered cultural engagement will be the theme of the third national conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).
“Onward,” the ERLC’s 2016 National Conference, will be held Aug. 25-26 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.
The event will focus on helping Christians apply the gospel of Jesus to interaction with various aspects of a culture that is growing increasingly hostile to that message while remaining faithful to the Bible. Conference topics to be addressed will include the arts, politics, sports, race, sexuality, marriage, parenting, millennials and everyday life.
President Russell Moore said in a March 8 news release the ERLC wants “to equip Christians to apply the gospel to everyday life.”
“That’s why we have invited an amazing lineup of speakers to cover an ambitious set of topics,” he said. “In an increasingly complex world, we must prepare Christians to engage the culture without losing the gospel.”
The conference’s title corresponds to that of Moore’s latest book, Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel, which is also the subject of his address at the August event.
Among the other speakers will be Matt Chandler, leading teaching pastor of The Village Church in the Dallas Metroplex; Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today and author; Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in California’s Silicon Valley; Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas; Andy Stanley, founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries in Atlanta; Jackie Hill-Perry, poet and artist with Humble Beast Records; Darren Patrick, lead pastor of The Journey Church in St. Louis; Gregory Thornbury, president of The King’s College; Alissa Wilkinson, chief film critic at Christianity Today; and Jemar Tisby, president of the Reformed African-American Network.
The conference’s speakers will address topics in plenary addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions.
The first ERLC National Conference, which was held in 2014, focused on applying the gospel to homosexuality and marriage, while the 2015 conference was about the gospel and politics.
Registration and further conference information is available at erlc.com/events/nationalconference2016.
The main sessions of the conference will be live streamed at erlc.com.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Tom Strode is Washington bureau chief for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)