2023 Pastors' Seminar

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David Mathis & Pastor Dan Miller
Cost: $20.00

There is more at stake in pastoring God’s flock than we are able to fully comprehend. Yet what we can grasp of this noble stewardship is more than sufficient to rivet the attention.

The Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to exercise keen watch-care over his own soul and over his teaching. What is at stake? In so doing, Paul exhorts Timothy, “you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Tim 4:16). Nothing less than perseverance unto eternal salvation is at stake in the example we provide to Christ’s church and in the faithful doctrine we teach believers week by week.

The Apostle Peter exhorts elders to watch over the flock of God with integrity of character. What is at stake? The chief Shepherd will appear and bestow on faithful pastors “the unfading crown of glory” (1 Pet 5:4). Nothing less than a share in Christ’s glory as Savior awaits faithful under shepherds in eternity.

In light of these eschatological prospects, I greatly anticipate benefitting from the teaching and counsel of David Mathis. David will speak to us as a pastor to pastors. He will also speak to us as one who has invested significantly in considering precisely who a pastor must strive to be according to the chief Shepherd.

It is my prayer that our joy as pastors, and that the health of our local churches, will profit greatly from David’s exceptional teaching. Please consider joining us as we partner together in building up the church for which Jesus died.

For the Glory of Christ,
Dan Miller


  • 8:00–8:30 – Registration and coffee/complimentary breakfast, BCS Bookstore, Ministry tables available
  • 8:30–9:30 – Session 1: Willing, Eager Examples: Our Heart as Christian Leaders (Mathis) 
  • 9:30–9:45 – BREAK 
  • 9:45–10:45 – Session 2: Sober-Minded Teachers: Our Two Central Abilities (Mathis)
  • 10:45–11:00 – BREAK
  • 11:00–12:00 – Session 3: Servant of Two Kingdoms: The Ministry and Legacy of John Chrysostom (Dan Miller) 
  • 12:00–12:45 – Lunch
  • 12:45–1:45 – Session 4: 'One-Woman Men' and 'Not Quarrelsome': Our Countercultural Calling (Mathis)
  • 1:45–2:00 – Final Q&A, Prayer, & Dismissal (Mathis and Miller)

Speaker Bios


David Mathis serves as a senior teacher and executive editor at Desiring God. He is also a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul and an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary.

In 2022, Mathis released his book, Workers for Your Joy: The Call of Christ on Christian Leaders, which considers the nature, calling, and work of local church leadership.

After undergrad studies at Furman University, Mathis studied at The Bethlehem Institute (now Bethlehem College and Seminary) and Reformed Theological Seminary. He began working at Desiring God in 2003 as the executive pastoral assistant to John Piper. Residing in Minneapolis, Mathis and his wife have been married 16 years and have four children. In his free time, he enjoys being an avid fan of Twins baseball and Clemson football.


Dan Miller has served Eden Baptist Church as lead pastor since 1989. He grew up in the Philadelphia area, then returned to the state of his birth. Dan earned a M.A. in History from Minnesota State University, Mankato; M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Minneapolis; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago. He is married to Beth and the Lord has blessed them with four children and four grandchildren. Dan enjoys playing sports, skiing, hiking, landscaping, visiting historical sites, reading, and doing virtually anything on earth with Beth.