Institutes

Dr. Stephen Olford was a champion for expository preaching in the United States and around the world. He was often termed a preacher’s preacher and devoted his life to preaching the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit and teaching others to do likewise. He opened the Stephen Olford Center in 1989 to provide intensive training to pastors and lay leaders.

More than 25 years later, GMF is committed to providing the same intensive training in focused courses we call institutes. Pastors, church planters, lay leaders, and evangelists from all over the world come to our center for specialized training that enhances their ministries. Dr. David Olford, who taught in conjunction with his father, leads these institutes every fall and every spring. Each institute includes lectures, messages, training from Dr. Stephen Olford via DVD, interactive sessions, times of worship, fellowship, and meals. On site lodging is also available.

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Institutes Offered:

The Christian Life Convention is a gathering of God’s people to hear God’s Word expounded, have extended times of prayer and worship, and enjoy fellowship with one another. If you are like us, you need special times to be refreshed, renewed and spiritually revived, and that is the goal of our Christian Life Convention. Few would question that these are critical days for our families, our churches, for this country and the world. We desire that these days together be days of “advance” in our Christian lives as we hear from God and respond to Him. Join us and pray with us for a special work of God in our lives as we meet together.
This institute helps participants in their biblical understanding of incarnational leadership and its application to the church and ministry in general. Participants are given practical instruction that assesses and addresses problems within and outside the church. As well, participants will be challenged in the enhancement of their own God-given gifts in order to more effectively lead, mentor, and instruct the people of God, as well as to encourage their constituents in practical participation in the ministry of the church. This institute is applicable to church leaders, parachurch leaders, and denominational leaders alike.
This institute is designed to ignite a passion for evangelism and to equip participants to faithfully proclaim the gospel message. Special attention will be given to the content, preparation, and delivery of evangelistic messages as well as to the importance of the invitational portion of the message. Also, critical aspects of discipleship and biblical church growth will be addressed.
This course brings together the spiritual, personal, and practical elements of expository preaching. It addresses (1) the theological essentials of what expository preaching is and does, as well as its biblical authority; and (2) the practical essentials of the development and delivery of expository sermons. The spiritual formation of the preacher is emphasized as well as the fundamental elements of incarnational preaching and the place of the Holy Spirit in preaching.
This special and intensive workshop offers a small-group atmosphere designed to improve the teaching and preaching skills of the participant. In addition to instructional sessions dealing with important aspects of incarnational communication and delivery, the participants will gain practical experience in preaching a message and receiving constructive feedback and critique. Prior to the workshop, each participant will be required to submit two sermons which will be reviewed at a private coaching session.
This four-day conference is open to church leaders and congregants alike and will focus on answering the question, what is true revival? We invite you to join keynote speaker Dr. Richard Owen Roberts and four other speakers as they focus on revival that is biblical, historical and personal.
This course brings together the spiritual, personal, and practical elements of expository preaching in Spanish. It addresses (1) the theological essentials of what expository preaching is and does, as well as its biblical authority; and (2) the practical essentials of the development and delivery of expository sermons. The spiritual formation of the preacher is emphasized as well as the fundamental elements of incarnational preaching and the place of the Holy Spirit in preaching.
This course is designed to strengthen each student’s expository preaching skills in three primary areas: (1) some of the challenging elements of the sermon that every preacher faces; (2) some of the interpretive traps to avoid and guidelines to follow; and (3) how to study, interpret, and sermonize some of the different types of biblical literature.

Our upcoming institutes for spring of 2016 are:

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Future institutes:

  • June 10-11: Anointed Biblical Preaching and Teaching Seminar
  • October 18-21: Essentials of Expository Preaching and Teaching
  • October 21-24: Practical Preaching Workshop
  • October 25-28: Essentials of Evangelistic Preaching

Registration is not yet open online for these institutes. However, you can reserve your spot by calling 901.453.6422 today.

Reviews from past attendees:

“The two institutes I have attended are by far the best training experiences I have attended. I am so inspired and challenged by the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word. Thank you so much!”

“It has helped me to be more focused in my leadership and preaching style, making Christ the Center and object of worship for the people.”

“The big draw for me was the quality of the faculty, the legacy of a great preacher, and the targeted aspect of expository preaching.”

“It has exceeded my expectations. The things I have learned and have taken away have been immediately practical.”

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