The E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching conference is a gathering of preachers committed to growing in our skills and practice of the exposition of Scripture. Our conference is designed to strengthen your preaching from the process of preparation to your weekly delivery. We want to equip you to handle the Scriptures with integrity, scholarship and reverence. Our theme for this year is Preaching Romans. We will provide you with a core group of workshops that will teach you how to preach effectively through the book of Romans. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, when Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Thesis” on the church door of Wittenberg in 1517, it was the book of Romans that inspired this movement. Our hope is that you will leave with help to develop a preaching plan to use at your church in your preaching or teaching ministry after attending one of our core workshops. In addition to these core workshops, we will also offer you a variety of preaching workshops for your consideration. All of our general sessions will be tied to our conference theme.

Allow me to highlight a few returning and new features at our upcoming conference.


Conference Sessions

Opening Session Begins on Monday at 7:00 p.m.
Ending Session Begins on Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

Living Legend

For the past twenty years of our conference, we have honored a preacher who has made a lifetime of contributions to the preaching community. This year we are honoring, Dr. Robert Smith, Jr. for his over forty years of stellar preaching and scholarship in the pastorate and academia. He is well known for shaping a generation of preachers while serving as a preaching professor at Beeson Divinity School.


We will offer eight exciting intensives to take you deeper in your study of specific topics related to preaching or leadership. Intensives allow for a time of concentration with subject matter experts, these four hour sessions leave you challenge and inspired to grow as a preacher or leader. You can find a listing of these intensives by clicking on this section.

Leadership Pastoral Session – NEW

In today’s culture, it is crucial that pastors be both skilled in preaching and leadership if they want to establish a healthy and growing church.   This year we have added 7 workshops and 2 intensives specifically focused on the matter of pastoral leadership. We want to equip you to lead your church or ministry to it greatest potential.

Ministry Couples Lunchtime Session – NEW

This year we are offering a new session especially for ministry couples taught by John & Trina Jenkins. Recognizing that ministry couples experience unique pressures and opportunities, we are offering a Wednesday lunchtime session on principles for success in balancing marriage, family and ministry.


  • Preaching Romans
  • Reflections on Effective Biblical Preaching
  • The Spiritual Life of a Preacher
  • The Basics of Sermon Preparation
  • Repairing the Proclaimer for Ministry
  • Leading Your Church Through Transition
  • Funeral Preaching
  • Pastoring All The Generations from Seniors to Millennials
  • How to Preach Sermon Series
  • Transformational Preaching in an Ever Changing World
  • Developing an Annual Sermon Plan
  • LOGOS Bible Software
  • Doctrine That Dances: Romans Edition
  • Keys to Balancing Family and Ministry
  • Effective Introductions, Conclusions, & Illustrations
  • Developing Leaders in Your Church
  • Developing a Vibrant Music Ministry

Thanks again for considering attending our conference and we hope to see you in July.

In His Service,

Bryan L. Carter
Conference Host
Senior Pastor
Concord Church