CE Biennial Conference

Flourish: What Jesus Says About Happiness

March 6  |  9am-12:30pm

Everyone wants to be happy. Woven even into our nation's founding documents is the "pursuit of happiness." Yet in a world ravaged by sin, sorrow, national unrest, and a global pandemic, we are asking the same question:  "What would it look like to flourish?" In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus has much to say about this question - and offers life transforming answers. 

Come learn what Jesus teaches about happiness and flourishing on March 6 at MCC's biennial Christian Education Conference. It's one more way to make 2021 better than 2020. 

Our speaker for the weekend will be Dr. Jonathan Pennington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. More information about Dr. Pennington can be found below.


9-10am: Session One

10-10:15: Coffee Break and Snacks

10:15-11:15am: Session Two

11:15-11:30am: Coffee Break and Snacks

11:30-12:30pm: Session Three

*Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel that it is best to cancel the pre-conference breakfast. But don't worry, we are stepping up our snack game and will have great teaching all morning!


  • Dr. Jonathan Pennington

    Jonathan T. Pennington is currently Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Director of Research Doctoral Studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (USA). He has also regularly served as a visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)Southeastern Seminary, The Village Church Institute (Dallas), and The Institute of Biblical Studies in Orlando, FL as well as Morling College (Melbourne, Australia).

    He is also on the preaching staff at Sojourn East and regularly speaks and teaches in churches all over the country.

    He earned a B.A. in History as well as a Teaching Certificate from Northern Illinois University. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago), where he also taught Greek for two years as a NT Fellow. During his time at TEDS he also served for five years as the Associate Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris in northern Illinois.

    He holds the PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (in St. Mary’s College), where he wrote a thesis entitled “Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew” under the supervision of Professors Richard Bauckham and Philip Esler. He attended St. Andrews as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and while there he also served as a lecturer in Greek. Dr. Pennington is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge), the Institute for Biblical Research, and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies. He has published a wide variety of books, articles, and Greek and Hebrew language tools. (For fuller information see the Publications pages.) He is the also the host and co-producer of the YouTube show Cars, Coffee, Theology.