Leading Bible Teachers Equip Pastors to 'Preach the Word'

Some of the top Bible teachers in the country are helping Christians gathered for the "Preach the Word" conference to teach the Word of God in a fresh, accurate and relevant way.

Invited by megachurch pastor Greg Laurie of Southern California, speakers including Chuck Swindoll and John McArthur are encouraging and equipping all attendees of the Nov. 17-20 conference at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., who feel they have been called to bring the Word of God.

"As Christians and preachers of the Word, we're not doing a new thing. We're doing a very old thing and hopefully in a very new way that's fresh," commented conference attendee Levi Lusko, the 26-year-old pastor of Fresh Life Church in Kalispell, Mont.

John Collins, who directs Laurie's Harvest Crusades, meanwhile said, "I think people who are going to be pastors, in specific, are going to be encouraged" at the conference.

"There's a lot of pastors out there who I think are … maybe struggling," he told Laurie in an interview after the opening session on Monday.

"They feel like they're looking for some kind of substance, something to help bring their preaching to a new level. And I think by hearing all of these great speakers that we've got … they're going to be able to take away some really practical stuff from this conference," he added.

A total of nine speakers are scheduled to speak over the course of the conference on topics ranging from "Practical Preaching" and "Expositional Foundations" to "Preaching with Imagination" and "Creative Preaching and Evangelism."

The conference concludes Thursday with a closing session by Laurie and a film screening of Lost Boy: The Documentary, a film based on the new autobiography of Harvest Christian Fellowship Pastor and Harvest Crusades founder Greg Laurie.

Since Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades in 1990, more than 3.5 million people have attended Harvest Crusades events around the United States, and in Australia and New Zealand. Of the 3.5 million, more than 275,000 people have registered professions of faith through the outreaches.