Klang Valley Pastors Seminar 2018: Identifying Idols in Christian Ministry

The very first commandment of the Ten Commandments is "I am your God--have no other gods before me."  There is no third option between those two. Romans 1:25 says we will "worship and serve" either God or some created thing (an idol). It is not possible that we should worship nothing.  Something will capture our hearts and imaginations and be the most important object of our affections, the ultimate concern, value, or allegiance. So every personality, community, and thought-form will be based on either God Himself or on some god-substitute, an idol.  This danger is a real struggle for even pastors!



Main Speaker:

Dr. Stephen Um

Dr. Um is the Senior Minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, and the author of many books. Dr. Um is both Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors for The Gospel Coalition. He is also an Associate Director of training for Redeemer City to City Asia/Australia. Dr. Um resides in Boston, MA with his wife and three children.


Devotion Speakers:

Rev. Dr. Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid is the Principal of the Evangelical Theological College of Asia (ETCAsia) in Singapore. He and his wife, Heather, are parents to two married sons. Andrew was converted to Christ at 18, studied at Moore Theological College, and with his wife, Heather, has enjoyed lifelong involvement in student ministry through the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES). He has pastored churches in Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne and loves writing books that attempt to make the Old Testament accessible for Christians who don't really know how it fits with their faith in Christ. Andrew also serves as a member of The Gospel Coalition Australia Editorial Panel as Editor for the Ministry, Training and Leadership channel.

Pastor Denesh Divyanathan 

Denesh is currently the Senior Pastor-Elder of The Crossing Church in Singapore. He is the founding pastor of the church. He is also the President of the Project Timothy. Prior to his pastoral ministry, he was the business journalist for The Straits Times. Denesh graduated from The London School of Economics (in BSc Econs). He trained for theology Down Under at Moore Theological College (BTh) and then pursued a Research Masters at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois (ThM). He is married to Deborah and they have three children, Ethan, Elijah and Emma. (Denesh is a long-suffering fan of Liverpool.)

Who Should Attend:


 Pastors, elders, lay preachers, church and ministry workers and trainees, and all others who are engaged in the regular teaching of God's word. 



9:00am Registrations
9:30am Welcoming & Introduction
9:45am Bible talk 1: Philippians 3:1–11 (Rev. Dr. Andrew Reid)
10:15am Session 1: Biblical Theology & Constiution of Idols (Dr Stephen Um)
11:30am Morning Tea
11:50am Session 2: Identifying and Dismantling Idols (Dr Stephen Um)
1:10pm Lunch
2:00pm Session 3: Secure Leader (Dr Stephen Um)
3:20pm Q & A (Panel)
3:45pm Bible talk 2: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (Pastor Denesh Divyanathan)
4:15pm Small Group Prayer
4:30pm Finish



Early Bird (Closing date: 25th August 2018)





Council Of Churches Of Malaysia
No. 26, Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya,

There is limited on-site parking at CCM which is on a first come, first served basis, at a flat rate of RM3 per entry. However just a few minutes walk away on Jalan Universiti is a large open-air car park at RM2.50 for the first hour, RM2 for consecutive hours, or RM15 for all-day parking (until 11.30pm). There is also a free shuttle service from Taman Jaya LRT station.



There is accommodation available at the venue, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Suite (for 3 pax) RM 160.00 per night (per room)
Twin (for 2 pax) RM 110.00 per night (per room)
Single (for 1 pax) RM 80.00 per night (per room)


Rooms at CCM are limited and are on a first come first served basis.
Alternatively, nearby hotels in the area are Crystal Crown and Shah's Village Hotel.


About the organisers:


KVPS is jointly organised by Equip Gospel Ministries and the KVBC Trust.

Equip Gospel Ministries was formed in 2011 with the goal of preparing Christians for works of ministry, in partnership with local churches, through Biblical, theological and ministry skills training and is best known for its Certificate in Theology classes offered in partnership with Malaysia Bible Seminary using materials from Moore Theological College. See www.equip.org.my for more information.

The KVBC Trust was formed in 1997 with a single purpose: to encourage godliness through expository Bible teaching, and is best known for organising the annual Klang Valley Bible Conference (KVBC) and the associated Expository Preaching Seminars (EPS). Visit www.kvbctrust.org for more information.