Thursday, April 10, 2008

2008 Founders Conference

The 2008 Founders Conference will meet this June in Owasso, OK focusing on church planting and revitalization. The title is Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes: Renewing and Planting Local Churches and features Ed Stetzer, Voddie Baucham, Andy Davis, Tom Nettles, Don Whitney, Ted Christman, and Phil Newton.

The conference website talks about how gimmicks can mask the lack of health in a church and that we should instead seek the God-ordained means of church renewal. This echoes a key theme of mine- using God-given means rather than humanly devised gimmicks.

From the conference website:
The 2008 National Founders Conference will explore the place, necessity, and some of the God-ordained means for church renewal and church planting under the theme, “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes: Renewing and Planting Local Churches.” The conference theme has arisen out of the many questions conference organizers have fielded regarding local church reformation and planting new churches. These themes go hand-in-hand, revealing the desire for healthy, vibrant, and reproducing churches. Conference speakers bring a wealth of experience and expertise in both the strengthening and lengthening of the church.
I will not be able to attend myself, but I wanted to pass on word for any that might be able to go.

3 comments:

jalash said...

Will the audio be posted online? I would love to catch some of these sessions.

-Jeff

Sam Bullington said...

It would be great for many a lay person to become involved with these kinds of things. Many pastors struggle because so many congregants prefer gimmicks over biblical growth. Sometimes folks just have to see things for themselves.

Ray Van Neste said...

Jeff, I am not sure what will be posted.
Sam, I agree! It is a good idea for pastors to take church members with them to this sort of meeting when they can.