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.
WHO WILL BE SPEAKING
Dr. Tim Roehl has a heart for church planting and especially the development of leaders for church multiplication movements. He is the former director of church planting ministries for two North American denominations (the Evangelical Church and the Wesleyan Church), served as a missionary with Church Resource Ministries (CRM) with their Church Multiplication Team, and provided leadership as a Lead Coach and Trainer at Church Planting Boot Camps for the Church Multiplication Training Center (CMTC). He has a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Transformational Leadership for Church Multiplication Movements. Today, Tim serves as the Director of Training and Development for One Mission Society (OMS), equipping leaders in over 70 nations.
Tim’s passion is to “lead leaders to discovery, clarity and destiny for the sake of eternity.” To that end, in addition to speaking frequently for leadership training and church multiplication purposes, he has developed a variety of church planting and missional ministry resources while also authoring five books. His most recently published book is called: “Game Plan: Developing Intentional Missional Ministry.”
Bob Adhikary, EFM Missionary, will present a stirring message in one of our general sessions, live via Skype. He is an experienced church planter and leader of church planters who has a passion for the lost, developing leaders, and the spread of the gospel among people of every nation, including the United States. You will not be the same after hearing what God has to say through him in relation to church multiplication!
Amilcar Sosa, Senior Pastor of Bell Friends Church in Southern California and the Director of Latin Church Development for EFCSW, is a veteran church multiplication leader. He will inspire and challenge us to identify and develop new cross-cultural church plants, especially among the growing Hispanic populations throughout the country.
A Variety of Other Speakers will be featured in a number of relevant and helpful workshops. Led by experienced leaders and church multiplication practitioners among Friends from around the country, these sessions will both inform and provide opportunities for interaction to address a number of church multiplication strategies and solutions.
WHO SHOULD COME?
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.
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.
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. God’s call.
WHAT ABOUT PRAYER?
Nothing significant happens unless people pray. We recognize that we are completely dependent on the Lord and need Him to pour out His Spirit in such a way that Friends’ hearts are awakened and that a multiplication movement of evangelism and church planting might be born. Many area and regional prayer groups are springing up around the country both before and after the conference based on Acts 4:31, and the conference itself will have a prayer emphasis. For more information (or to start or join a prayer group), contact Kay Wilson, the National Prayer Director for a Friends Church Multiplication Movement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conference will be held on the campus of Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas.
COSTS AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
Registration Fee (includes meals, materials, conference expenses, etc.):
By July 7 – $95
After July 7 – $120/person
Lodging on Campus (based on double occupancy for two nights): $40/person
Total Costs (for those who stay on campus):
By July 7 – $135/person
After July 7 – $160/person
Special Student Rate (for George Fox Evangelical Seminary and Azusa Pacific Graduate School of Theology) – $75/person (includes both registration fees and lodging)
Pre- or Post-Conference Fees: For those who would like to arrive early or stay late, the cost is an additional $25/person per day to cover the costs of food and lodging.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Jim Le Shana
NFCMC Planning Committee
607 N. Kingman, Haviland, KS, 67059