National Friends Church Multiplication Conference
August 6-8, 2014
A Church Multiplication Conference for church and denominational leaders, previous and potential church planters, students, and anyone else who has a heart for church planting and fulfilling the Great Commission through the Friends Church. The conference will feature inspirational messages, “best practice” workshops with speakers who have “done it” from around the country, and time for fellowship, synergistic networking, sharing, and dreaming. Recognizing that it takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people, a number of different methods and approaches will be discussed. This conference will be informative, stirring, and help us refocus on God’s call.
This will be the second church multiplication gathering of its kind to attract evangelically-minded Friends from around the country who share a desire to build the Kingdom and who want to be faithful to do our part as Friends to fulfill the Great Commission. For the first conference (held in May, 2013), organizers hoped that 30-40 representatives would participate in a small precursor to the main conference in 2014. However, more than 100 leaders from around the country gathered for the preliminary inspirational event. Among other things, this larger-than-expected initial response indicates both an interest in and a need for evangelism and church planting among Friends.
In the face of many challenges faced by Friends in every region, this may be exactly the right time to have a forward-looking emphasis that reminds us of our calling with a “gates of hell shall not prevail against it” passion. There are exciting flickers of this fire around the country and globe among Friends, but it is time to bring these sparks together to learn, grow, and to stir one another up to “love and good deeds.” With God’s help, we need to prayerfully consider how we might shed a maintenance-mentality and stir up a strategic church multiplication movement.
Many people will find this conference stirring and relevant, including: those who are interested in church planting, have started a new church, plan to start a new church, or would like to find out more about the possibility of starting a new church. Pastors of potential mother churches, those with an apostolic vision to start a number of churches, or those who see themselves in a supportive role to start new churches will each have their minds and hearts stretched and encouraged! Students and young adults who have a vision to make a difference in the world for Christ are especially urged to attend. This conference will provide a strategic mix of younger and older leaders.
What about students?
Undergraduate credit is available through Barclay College. Both George Fox Seminary and the Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology have agreed to provide graduate credit for any interested students, now and in the future for subsequent conferences.
Want to Come Early or Stay Late?
We know that some need to arrive early due to flight arrangements. We will offer some “Pre-Conference Prayer Meetings” and fellowship time on Wednesday afternoon, August 6 for anyone who would like to participate. In addition, we plan to have a Post-conference “student and youth” emphasis on Saturday, August 9. At least one regional group in the past has also requested to be able to stay after the conference for a time of debriefing and fellowship with their own pastors and leaders. Post-conference gatherings like this are possible by prior arrangement.
This conference will be held on the campus of Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas.
COSTS AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES: TBA
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jim Le Shana
NFCMC Planning Committee
607 N. Kingman, Haviland, KS, 67059