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March 25 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

A BER Simulcast Conference March 25, 2017

When the Church Was A Family
A BER Simulcast Conference
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Simulcast to satellite locations
In the brethren assemblies, we have championed the biblical truth of the plurality of elders who govern and shepherd the local church. We are well positioned to utilize everyone’s spiritual gifts to reach the lost, everyone doing their part. Crucial to a well-functioning also is the need for genuine fellowship of the community of believers.

In the midst of a lonely world where increasingly people are feeling disconnected and isolated, the church is a family. God designed us to be in community with Him and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This provides a great platform for our collective outreach. Only an elder or leader who is deeply engaged relationally with his fellow-elders has the genuine credibility necessary to challenge his people to love one another. And this will be a huge witness to the unsaved with whom we share the gospel message and invite to our meetings.

At our up-coming Biblical Eldership Simulcast Conference, Dr. Joseph Hellerman will explore the image of the church as a family, drawing upon his book, “When The Church Was A Family.” We will revisit some familiar passages in the Word with the help of ancient cultural values and early church practices. We will then consider the implications of a relational—versus institutional—model of church for relationships among a team of elders or leaders.

Session 1 — The Church As A Strong-Group Family
The Value Of Cultural Analysis For Biblical Interpretation

Session 2 — I Am My Brother’s Keeper
Relational Solidarity In The Early Christian Church

Session 3 — Pastors Without Friends
Unhealthy Trends In Contemporary Church Life

Session 4 — Benefits Of A Community Of Leaders
Embracing Shared Ministry

Join with us for this thought provoking conference.
Host a satellite site, attend a satellite or audit online.
Bring you elder team or leadership team along.
Network with other leaders.

Click here to find out more about how you can attend the live site or a satellite site near you,
or how you can host a satellite site.

Dr. Hellerman has taught at Talbot for more than a decade and ministered in the church most of his adult life. Joe’s seminary training (at Talbot) focused on Old Testament studies, while his doctoral research at UCLA dealt with the social history of the early Christians. Joe has authored three academic monographs: The Ancient Church as Family (Fortress Press, 2001), Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and Jesus and the People of God: Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007). He has also written two books about Christian community for church leaders: When The Church Was A Family (B & H Press, 2009) and Embracing Shared Leadership (Kregel, 2013).

To catch a glimpse of Joe’s teaching, check out this video here.

Click here to find out more about how you can attend the live site or a satellite site near you, or how you or your church or organization can host a satellite site.
Schedule (in North American time zones)
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone (GMT -4)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time Zone (GMT-5)
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time Zone (GMT-6)
7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time Zone (GMT-7)

NOTE: For those living in time zones where viewing would be too inconvenient, the conference will be recorded in its entirety and will be available for delayed viewing one week after the conference. More information to come.

Host a satellite site

Why not host a satellite site? Hosting or joining in with a satellite site gives opportunity for local networking and fellowship with other leaders. You can meet colleagues and discuss common areas of expertise. This is especially true for elder and leadership teams. And you get the benefits of more people from your church and area learning about leadership together and applying it to your specific needs. Plus you are part of a large nationwide conference with excellent speakers.In a nutshell, BER will supply the live video feed over the internet, the structure, downloads and graphics for promoting the conference in your area; you supply the venue, local advertising, food and enthusiasm.

Who can be a host? A local church, a bible study group, just about anyone interested in encouraging others to grow as leaders. A satellite location can be held at a church auditorium, camp, or even a home–anywhere you can gather people for listening to a live stream and hold discussions.

Click here to learn about, register for and plan to hosting a satellite site.

Find a satellite site

Attend the live site in (Littleton, CO, USA)


Last Resort: If none of the option above will work for you, then you can view the video recordings after the conference. The availability of these will be announced after the conference date.


March 25
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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littleton Bible Chapel
6023 S. Datura Street
littleton, CO 80120 United States
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