Today’s U.S. pastors face a culture that is increasingly hostile to biblical truth. Pastors recognize that the culture is inundated with a barrage of lies that are destroying people’s lives, and they don’t want to get caught in the political controversy.

At the same time, pastors know they are called to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Agreeing with lies, like telling children that men can get pregnant, definitely does that.

So how do we speak God’s truth to pressing issues while keeping the Gospel at the center?  That’s the focus of two upcoming seminars hosted by Alaska Family Council in partnership with Family Research Council.

The goal is to help pastors in the Fairbanks and Anchorage areas incorporate conversations about the sexual revolution, critical race theory, and transgenderism as part of their gospel message, instead of seeing them as distractions from it.  

Understanding HOW the Bible addresses cultural issues can be difficult. A Biblical worldview is a necessary foundation, but what is this and how does it affect decisions believers make?

Too often, Christians engage in critical conversations – perhaps a moral issue – and then find themselves in a political argument. These situations seem to further frustrate and even divide family members.

Effective preaching needs to equip the saints to be ready to share Jesus. Beyond that, preaching needs to empower believers to know why they believe what they believe.

Frequently, the foundational pillars of origin, morality, and purpose are ignored when considering contemporary issues. So, the challenge is often about how to answer the cultural questions – speaking the truth in love.

This daylong seminar will help address these challenges and much more!


Preparing – Assist with background, research, and outline development for preaching God’s Word to believers.

Preaching – Resource and outline key issues from Scripture that speak to the culture.

Discipleship – Equip pastors to develop a Biblical worldview with their congregations.

Exegetical study from a historical/grammatical hermeneutic – Pastors can be confident of the theological perspective offered while preparing to preach from passages like Genesis 1-11 and Jesus’ references to the Creation story and other Hebrew Testament passages.

Resources – Resources are focused on developing a Biblical worldview and preaching the Scripture in light of issues facing our churches.

Times – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Seminar includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.  

Locations: Fairbanks – Thursday, February 29 at Pikes Waterfront Lodge / Anchorage – Friday, March 1 at Petroleum Club of Anchorage


— Click here to register.  The fee is $35 and includes materials, resources, breakfast and lunch.

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Alaska pastors invited to hone authentic preaching in a hostile culture

Jim Minnery
A lifelong Alaskan, Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006.


  • John J Otness says:

    The govt of this land is the beast…. the churches’ 501c3 status clamped the truth and made all pastors minions of the beast.
    Preach against homosexuality from the pulpit for what it is and see how long you last? Mammon is your GOD.

  • Kathy L. says:

    Along these same lines Dr Del Tackett, who produced the widely received and very successful “The Truth Project”, will be speaking at Lazy Mountain Church Feb 17th. He’ll also be speaking about the Biblical World view and how to engage the culture. He has a new series coming out, too.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Too late Jim! Unfortunately the church is soft, and the evil has become hardened and emboldened! Your proposed event will be useless, and poorly attended because pastors have calculated the cost of standing up to this present day culture. The cost is seen as too much!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    The idea that pastors need help to “hone their preaching skills “ is absolute crap! Minnery your efforts here to encourage a redirection in the manner you are doing reveals that you also have the same human disease that all the pastors have! Let’s recognize that both you and these pastors have degrees attained through higher education. Here’s the critical question for both you and the pastors to answer. What percentage of the Bible that you study, have your degrees in, and preach from is prophetic? You ought to be able answer this. Answer is 1/4 of the Bible is prophetic! The second question is where the indictment lyes. Why has there been an aggressive attempt to avoid one forth of the Bible? The resolution to this issue isn’t bringing in “experts “ to get updated on contemporary irreparable problems, it is to repent of your sins! Preach the whole counsel of God! Comfort and tolerance has become your god and society is suffering from it!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Engage Minnery! Are you frightened?

    • Lucinda says:

      Dave are you FOR anything. You complain a lot.

      • DaveMaxwell says:

        Yes I’m for preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God! Lucinda your well on your way to hell!!!
        Repent before it’s too late ! If not enjoy eternal burning!