FREE WEBINAR: COVID-19 CHURCH SURVEY SUMMARY REPORT
HOW CHURCH LEADERS ARE RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19
Ed Stetzer, Daniel Yang, Andrew MacDonald, D.A. Horton, Elicia Horton and Kevin & Angela Brown
Join us for a FREE webinar as we:
1. Review the results from a national survey of over 1,500 pastors and church leaders about their responses to COVID-19.
2. Provide perspective on what the results mean for the future of the American Church.
In partnership with the Billy Graham Center, Leadership Network, Discipleship.org, and ARC, Exponential conducted a second-round survey of church leaders and pastors' responses to the COVID-19 epidemic and quarantine. The purpose of this polling is to help church leaders get a feel for where things are regarding the state of the Church and the significant challenges as they adapt to their new reality of remote ministry.
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. ET
Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week. Stetzer also co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.
Daniel Yang is the Director of the Send Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church in Toronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and was involved in global and multi-faith engagement. Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Andrew MacDonald is the Associate Director of the Billy Graham Center Institute. He has an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology and is currently a PhD Candidate in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Andrew and his wife Jenna live in Wheaton, Illinois with their two children.
D.A. Horton serves as the pastor of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in North Beach, Calif., and as Chief Evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute. He has authored several books including G.O.S.P.E.L., DNA and Bound to be Free, and he has also co-authored a book with his wife, Elicia, called Enter the Ring. Elicia holds two master’s degrees and travels the nation teaching and encouraging others through the use of rap and poetry. D.A. and Elicia have been working together at their church to counsel couples for more than 10 years. The Hortons have two daughters and a son.
Elicia Horton earned her B.S. in Bible & Theology and Organizational Leadership from Calvary Bible College. There, she played two seasons of basketball for the Lady Warriors. Elicia went on to earn an M.S. in Religious Studies as well as an M.S. in Organizational Development from Calvary Theological Seminary.
Wife of D.A. Horton (who she met when she was 10!), Elicia has served as a church planter/pastor’s wife while serving as a mother to her children. She currently serves as her husband’s road manager and has enjoyed homeschooling her kids the past two years while being able to travel and speak at conferences. Her greatest joy comes from serving her family and being able to pour into them first.
Elicia has a strong desire to see people liberated from their broken pasts and then used as models to be put on display for the glory of God.
Kevin and Angela Brown are living proof that “if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done,” a principle they learned from their spiritual father, the late Dr. Lamont D. McLean, who pastored them for nearly 15 years before his death in 2007. The products of less than perfect families, Kevin and Angela vowed separately and privately to be different, defining and finding success on their own terms. Yet when they met in 1989, they seemed destined to repeat the mistakes that plagued the generations before them.
As a young adult, Kevin struggled with drugs and alcohol as he sought to discover his purpose in life. Meanwhile, Angela, the product of a bitter divorce, resisted any committed relationship. For them, the results would be a pregnancy outside of wedlock when Angela was just a 17-year-old college freshman and Kevin a recent college drop-out. For God, it would be the ingredients He’d use to do a new thing and give Kevin and Angela a future and a hope.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds facing them as a young couple, together Kevin and Angela decided to whole-heartedly dedicate their lives to God and one another, forsaking the ungodly habits that defined their past and laying a foundation for God to do something new. In exchange, they experienced the fulfillment of God’s promise in Psalm 37:4 that if you “delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desire of your heart” as he’s taken them from poverty to wealth and from disappointment to Godly contentment.
Today their union of 25 years has given birth to two, spirit-filled children, KJ and Olivia, and numerous accomplishments. They attribute their Christian family and achievements to consistently seeking and applying God’s word to their lives. Kevin and Angela learned this as part of the rich spiritual upbringing they received at Living Faith Christian Center where they were active members for nearly 20 years and Kevin worked as a staff minister from 2005-2007; senior minister from 2007-2009; and senior minister and associate pastor from 2010-2011.
Together they are known to powerfully yet practically minister the Word of God with a transparency that discloses both their tests and testimonies revealing how a perfect God perfects His people so the “real you” emerges.
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