Founding Pastor at 
Imago Dei Church


Pastor at Cities Church and Senior Teacher & Editor at Desiring God


Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Phoenix Seminary

Jonathan akin

Senior Pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church
Featuring theological teaching by noted evangelical leaders, Sacred Task is a conference established to encourage and equip pastors and church leaders in faithful enduring ministry.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 26th, 2023
8:00am – Check-In & Full Breakfast with the speakers and Phoenix Seminary faculty
8:45am – Doors Open
9:15am – Welcome & Worship
9:30am – Session 1 with Tony Merida
10:20am – Break
10:30am – Session 2 with David Mathis
11:20am – BBQ Lunch
12:45pm – Worship
1:00pm – Session 3 with Nathan Tarr
1:50pm–  Break
2:00pm  – Session 4 with Dane Ortlund
2:50pm – Closing Comments
3:00pm - Dismissal

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Phoenix Seminary Alumni - $65
Student - $45
Group Sales – Purchase 10 full-price tickets and receive your 11th free.
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7901 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260

Introducing an annual conference for 
pastors and ministry leaders

Hosted by Phoenix Seminary
The calling on a pastor is a noble task—one of divine calling (1 Timothy 3:1). We are confident that any lasting strength church leaders receive will come as God works by his Spirit through his Scripture. Christian ministry, from small group leaders to senior pastors, is best run at a marathon pace, and we commend this long sacrifice in the same direction. Following the Apostle Paul’s example, we “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

This fall, our inaugural theme at Sacred Task will focus on biblical truths about endurance that can be found within the book of Philippians. Service to our Lord is to be marked not only by grit but also by gospel-rooted joy.
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Who is this conference for?

This conference will focus primarily on lead or teaching pastors but is ultimately for any Christ-follower who leads in the church or in Christian ministry.

I am a woman.  Am I welcome?

Yes. While being primarily geared toward lead or teaching pastors, anyone with a Christian speaking platform will be encouraged by this conference.

How do I register?

Any Register button will take you to our ticketing portal where you can purchase for yourself or a group.

Who do I contact if I have a unique question?

Please direct any questions related to the conference to sacredtask@ps.edu.

Are meals included?

Yes! A full southwestern breakfast and BBQ lunch will be provided on-site for all registered attendees. Cold brew and hot coffee will be available throughout the conference.

Are group rates available?

Yes! Churches or ministries bringing groups of ten or more at the full ticket price will receive their eleventh ticket free. For group sales, please email sacredtask@ps.edu.

Is my ticket refundable?

We will extend full refunds until June 30 and 50% until September 15. We are unable to refund after September 15.
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We train men and women for Christ-centered ministry for the building up of healthy churches in Phoenix and the world.