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Waking Up: Ministry When There's No More Normal

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Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn Avenue

Dallas, TX 75207

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We live in a professionalizing, therapeutic, intersectional, post-everything world, and many pastors are waking up to the reality that the imaginations of even many Christians have been captured by this worldview. This conference will encourage church leaders to not simply react to new pressures and changing trends but to embrace the ever-relevant principles of Scripture and the truths of human nature. Topics will include social justice, human sexuality, and the future of the natural family.


1st Presentation: How I Went From Social Justice to Man of the House

After a decade as the founding director of a parachurch educational ministry aimed at Boston's inner-city poor, Pastor C.R. Wiley quit in disgust. He changed everything and became a Reformed Presbyterian pastor known for promoting the role of fathers in productive households. Pastor Wiley’s church today is both racially and economically diverse and theologically rigorous and orthodox. His talk will explain his transition and why he believes more pastors will need to focus on traditional fatherhood if they want to build sustainable churches and healthy communities.

2nd Presentation: Are Families Still Possible?

Though we're awash in material prosperity, cultural, social, and economic forces hinder young people from getting married and raising children. What is distorting our vision and pulling on our affections? Practically, is there anything we can do about it? Drawing on his experience teaching and living in the shadow of a metropolis, Dr. David Talcott, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The King’s College in New York City, will offer a spirited defense of the natural family as the means to true sustainability.

Moderated Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

C.R. Wiley, David Talcott, and Pastor Steven Wedgeworth with contributions from the audience.

Who Are The Participants?

C.R. Wiley is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Manchester in Manchester, CT. He has written for Touchstone Magazine, Modern Reformation, Sacred Architecture, The Imaginative Conservative, Front Porch Republic, Scenes Media, Kuyperian Commentary, National Review Online, and First Things, among others. His most recent book is Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last in a World That is Falling Apart.


David Talcott is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The King's College (NYC) and a Ruling Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Short Hills, NJ. Dr. Talcott earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University — Bloomington and is currently researching and writing about Plato and philosophical issues related to human sexuality.


Steven Wedgeworth is the Associate Pastor of Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a director for the Davenant Institute.



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This event is being held during the Presbyterian Church in America's General Assembly and seeks to address several topics relevant to ministry in the PCA. We have scheduled it so as to allow for attendees to be able to participate in all GA events as well, and the venue is less than a mile from the GA. However, admission is open to all, and we welcome interested participants from all denominational backgrounds.


We are not charging admission, but all food and drink purchases will reduce the overhead cost the promoters have to pay. So, in lieu of buying a ticket, prepare to eat some delicious food and enjoy some of the best craft beer in Dallas.



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The Meddlesome Moth is a gastropub in Dallas' Trinity Design District. For menus and full info, visit their website: https://www.mothinthe.net/

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