We’ve Never Done This at a Conference Before – Staff

One of the new things at TGC’s upcoming 2021 National Conference—a hybrid conference unlike any other we’ve done—concerns rethinking breakout sessions. We’re debuting new technology that we’ve never seen in a conference before. It will allow online registrants to virtually drop in and out of breakout sessions as they are happening. 

If you attend the conference virtually, during our six rounds of breakout sessions (with 5–6 breakout options per round, listed below), you’ll have access to whatever breakout you want to watch, and then change to another midway if you like. This digital flexibility will allow you to avoid the FOMO feeling of wishing you’d chosen differently. The image above is a screenshot of the interface we’ve developed for this virtual breakout experience.

These breakout sessions, along with all the main stage sessions, will NOT be streamed live online for the general public. That’s another change this year. Only paying registrants will have access to watch the content, either live as it happens or later with private online access to revisit your favorite talks or breakout sessions you missed.

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We hope this new format will serve you well as you attend TGC21, giving you flexibility and more chances to benefit from more topics and more voices. Below are all the breakout sessions you’ll have access to if you register for TGC21.

TGC21 Breakout Session Options By Round

If you attend virtually, your exclusive digital access will allow you to toggle between more than 30 breakout sessions as they happen online (all times EST).

Round 1: Monday, April 12, 10 a.m.

  • “How Long, O Lord?” – How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation (Jason Cook, Irwyn Ince, Mark Vroegop)
  • Deliver Us from Evil: Female Bravery and the Mission of God (Jen Wilkin)
  • Justification: Again? (Michael Horton)
  • The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World (Brett McCracken)
  • Nothing Outside His Control: The Paradox of Faithful Anxiety (Alasdair Groves)

Round 2: Monday, April 12, 11:15 a.m.

  • The Role of the Local Church in 21st-Century Missions (David Platt)
  • The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims (Rebecca McLaughlin)
  • Why’s It So Hard to Talk About Race & Racism? (Isaac Adams)
  • Bully Pulpit: Training Christian Leaders to Resist Spiritual Abuse (Dan Doriani, Michael Kruger, John Yates)
  • Gathered by God’s Grace (Matt Merker)
  • How the Cross Offers Healing for Victims of Abuse (Mez McConnell)

Round 3: Monday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.

  • Does Grace Oppose Hard Work? A Conversation about Legalism, Moralism, and the Gospel (Michael Kruger and Jen Wilkin)
  • Why the Gospel Is Good News for Your Body (Sam Allberry)
  • Discipleship: Building Stronger Churches One Life at a Time (Courtney Doctor, Vanessa Hawkins, Melissa Kruger, Trillia Newbell)
  • With All Your Heart—How to Orient Your Mind, Desires & Will Toward Christ (A. Craig Troxel)
  • Preaching for Transformation: The Art and Science of Wise and Winsome Sermons (Julius Kim)

Round 4: Monday, April 12, 2:45 p.m.

  • It’s Not About You: How Biblical Theology Transforms Bible Study (Nancy Guthrie)
  • The Multi-directional Leader: Responding Wisely to Challenges from Every Side (Trevin Wax)
  • The Duty and Delight of Catechizing Your Children (Collin Hansen)
  • Seeding a National Reformation (John Yates)

Round 5: Tuesday, April 13, 1:45 p.m.

  • Gentle Savior, Gentle Shepherds: His Deepest Heart, Our Secret Power (Dane Ortlund)
  • Healthy Complementarianism (Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Nancy Guthrie, Melissa Kruger)
  • Free at Last? The Gospel in African American Experience 25 Years Later (Carl Ellis, Phillip Holmes, Walter Strickland)
  • What Makes Plurality So Important? (Dave Harvey, Vermon Pierre, Sam Storms, Jeremy Treat)
  • Developing the Next Generation of Faithful Leaders Who Will Teach Others Also (Juan Sanchez)
  • Overcoming Resistance to Finish Well (Heb. 12:3) (Darryl Williamson)

Round 6: Tuesday, April 13, 3:15 p.m.

  • Live ‘As In Heaven’ Episode: A Biblical Theology of Race and Justice (Tim Keller, Irwyn Ince, Jim Davis, Mike Aitcheson)
  • Before You Lose Your Faith: Deconstructing Doubt in the Church (Alisa Childers, Brett McCracken, Preston Perry, Trevin Wax)
  • Rising Above Cancel Culture with the Fruit of Gentleness (Scott Sauls)
  • Christ’s Supremacy in Church Planting (Mike Bullmore, David Helm, Tony Merida)
  • Biblical Theology and End of the Ages (G. K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd)
  • How Theological Triage Can Help You Lead (H. B. Charles, Albert Mohler, Gavin Ortlund, Afshin Ziafat, Matt Smethurst)

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