Regional - Nashville, TN 2022
Empowered: Moving with The Spirit
The single command that Jesus gave his followers before igniting a movement was “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…” He was telling them to wait for and then move with the Spirit. In 2022, we’ll discover a growing awareness of the Spirit’s work and leadership while also realizing that we will always be more effective if we move with the Holy Spirit.
April 25-26, 2022
New Vision Baptist Church
1750 N Thompson Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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Hear from Today’s Top Church Multiplication Practitioners
10+ national speakers in 5 main sessions!
Jon is the co-founding pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicagoland where he provides leadership in new ventures. COMMUNITY has grown from a handful of people to a church with hundreds of leaders and thousands of people celebrating at locations throughout Chicagoland. Jon is also one of COMMUNITY's Lead Teaching Pastors.
In addition, Jon led in the launch of NewThing, a church-planting movement, whose mission is to be a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches that includes over 1000 churches and sites in the US and abroad. Jon continues to lead in NewThing as one of the North American Apostolic Leaders.
He has co-authored Finding Your Way Back to God, with his brother Dave, which was recognized as a Resource of the Year by Outreach Magazine for 2016. Their follow-up book, Starting Over - Living Beyond Your Regrets, was released September 20, 2016. He has also co-authored The Big Idea: Aligning the Ministries of Your Church Through Creative Collaboration and Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement.
Ben Mandrell was elected the 10th president of Lifeway Christian Resources on June 28, 2019. As president and CEO, Mandrell provides vision and strategic leadership to the nonprofit organization headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prior to joining Lifeway, he pastored churches in Colorado and Tennessee. A native of Tampico, Illinois, Mandrell graduated from Anderson (Indiana) University in 1998. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.
Mandrell and his wife, Lynley, have been married since 2001. The couple has four children: Ava, Max, Miles and Jack.
Alex Seeley is a passionate communicator and teacher of the Word. Through her boldness and tenacity, Alex shares openly about how the power of God has proven real in her own life. She loves to see people’s lives transformed by the power of Holy Spirit.
Alongside her husband, Henry, she co-leads and pastors The Belonging Co, a thriving church that has quickly become known as a place for people to find freedom and experience Jesus in an authentic way that affects every area of their life. She continues to travel and write books equipping the body of Christ everywhere.
Alex and Henry call Nashville home where they live with their two children, Holly and Taylor.
Alexandra Hoover is a wife, mother of three, daughter, sought-out speaker, Bible teacher, and Author of Eyes Up: How to Trust God's Heart by Tracing His Hand. She's passionate about communicating the Gospel's beauty and hope, whether through writing or speaking, online or in person. Her words spur people on to hope, healing, and their mission. She has the privilege of serving on staff at Transformation Church and spends her days loving on her family, dancing with her kids, and living on mission right where God has her. Connect with her at alexandravhoover.com or on social media @alexandravhoover.
Drew Hyun is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown, as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in and around NYC. Drew is also the Co-Founder of the New City Network, a network of urban churches that value multi-ethnicity, Spirit-filled ministry, emotional health, and mission. Drew loves cities, ESPN, and naps, and finds it a restful Sabbath when all three come together. He resides in New York City with his wife Christina and their son David and daughter Avery. Drew is the author of no books.
Grant has a deep passion for finding, uniting, and developing diverse and dynamic young leaders to reach the most lost generation our nation has ever seen. In 2020 Grant married his wife Cheyanne and moved to Nashville to become the Next Gen Director for Q Ideas with Gabe and Rebekah Lyons.
Janet and her husband Troy are the founding pastors of Restore Community Church, a multi-site church planted in Kansas City in 2008. Through its focus on developing and sending leaders, Restore has been a part of planting over 40 churches and invested overa million dollars in church planting. Janet serves Restore as the Community Life Pastor creating next steps of discipleship and spiritual formation for the community primarily through the development of small group leaders. Janet serves on Restore's teaching team, developing message series and content for Restore. Prior to planting Restore Community Church, Janet served on staff at Community Christian in Naperville, IL, in children's ministry, support and recovery ministry as well as small groups and spiritual formation. Janet and Troy love to visit their kids and grandkids who are spread across the country.
Jason Gerdes serves as the Lead Pastor of Revolution Church in Canton, GA located in the suburbs of Atlanta. He took over as Pastor when the church was 5 years old and has helped transition the church through what would best be described as a re-planting effort. Now 12 years in, the church has outgrown its rented facilities, has become a multisite church with a vision to multiply disciples, leaders, campuses and churches. In addition, as a part of Newthing Network and in collaboration with other local churches, he started a church planting network in Atlanta that is focused on planting multiplying churches. He is married to his amazing wife Lindsey and has 2 children – Jackson and Natalie.
Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr. is an author, international speaker, and co-founder—along with his wife Breanna—of Renovation Church in Atlanta. Originally from Louisiana and raised Catholic, Léonce began following Jesus at age 16. Before committing his life to pastoral ministry, and civil rights activism, Léonce was a collegiate All American in wrestling, nearly made the World Team in wrestling, and a professional football player. The former professional athlete has strong transcultural appeal and connections in the world of professional sports and hip-hop music, as well as church planting and leadership circles. He has been in ordained ministry for nearly20 years, and holds multiple graduate degrees.
In 2008, Pastor Léonce answered God’s call to relocate from Tennessee to Atlanta and begin the process of planting Renovation Church. He details the obstacles he and his family faced and the revelations he uncovered during this process in Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are. A champion for the Church’s participation in focused and intentional cultural renewal, Pastor Léonce is the leading voice of a generation committed to operating as God’s redemptive agents in the earth.
A prodigious reader and engaging speaker, Pastor Léonce regularly speaks and preaches across the country at conferences and churches of all denominations. Pastor Léonce enjoys boxing, MMA, studying theology, history, leadership, church structure and poetry. He like ssoul music like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix (the blues albums), working out, watching football, UFC, and rugby, and playing with his children.
Pastor Léonce and his wife Breanna live in Atlanta with their son and three daughters.
Scott Sauls is husband to Patti, dad to Abby and Ellie, and serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Nashville, Scott was a Lead and Preaching Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City after planting two churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. Scott has authored several books, including Jesus Outside the Lines and his upcoming work (releases June 14), Beautiful People Don't Just Happen. He blogs regularly at scottsauls.com. Scott's work has been featured in Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Qideas, Catalyst, Leadership Magazine, Outreach Magazine, annvoskamp.com, The Gospel Coalition, and several other publications. You can connect with Scott on Facebook or Twitter/Instagram at @scottsauls.
Todd Proctor serves on the Executive Leadership Team of Alpha USA, journeying with pastors of key churches across the nation to explore the Alpha course within their own context. He also serves as the interim Lead Pastor of Rock Harbor in Costa Mesa, a community he planted and pastored through past seasons of multiplication that birthed new campuses and churches across Orange County. Through regional “One Table” pastors’ gatherings, the national “Searock Sessions” emerging leaders cohort, and other initiatives - Todd’s passion is convening and envision those who will take the Church forward to lay new foundations for the future together.
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Multiplication: Five Levels of Multiplication & Three Dimensions of Multiplication – Hosted by Exponential
The Multiplication Equipping Lab will unpack the “5 Levels of Multiplication” to help you:
• Understand the context of your current situation
• Identify a path toward reproduction/multiplication
• And give you practical guidance on what to expect on the journey.
We’ll explore the “3 Dimensions of Multiplication”: Disciple making, Mobilization, and Capacity. And we’ll have veteran leaders break down each of those dimensions for practical insights from their experience.
Todd Wilson / Founder, Exponential
Myron Pierce / Founder and Lead Pastor, Mission Church in Omaha
Empowered: Moving with the Spirit – Hosted by Alpha USA
Let’s discover a growing awareness of the Spirit’s work and leadership while also realizing that we will always be more effective if we move with the Holy Spirit. Unpack Exponential’s 2022 church multiplication theme and join the conversation with other reproducing church leaders and multiplication activists.
Part 1 – “THE EMPOWERED HEART”
At some point, almost every pastor or leader looks at their churches and ministries and thinks to themselves, “There must be more to it than this.” There must be more than our best plans, programs, and people can accomplish. The good news is, this is where the empowerment of the Spirit truly begins. And before we discover what He has for those we are pastoring, it is critical to cultivate a longing for “more” for ourselves. This session will look at practical postures that help position leaders to find new starting lines or refreshed hunger for more of the Spirit in our own lives and leadership.
Part 2 – “THE EMPOWERED CULTURE”
Life in the Holy Spirit is not simply for individuals but for communities. In the book of Philippians, Paul speaks of a “common sharing in the Spirit” among believers, and in Ephesians, he encourages the church to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit has not come simply to unite us to God but also to unite us to one another. In the Empowered Culture session, we will talk about best practices for building a ”common sharing in the Spirit,” and discover ways we can grow in leading teams and communities into greater dependence and expectation towards the work of the Spirit in our gatherings and ministries.
Part 3 – “THE EMPOWERED MOVEMENT”
Just as no one Christian, can fulfill Jesus’ purposes without community, so too no one church, no matter how big or well-resourced, has all the tools necessary to “change the world” or even change our cities or neighborhoods without connection to and partnership with other churches. No single community can fully express all that Jesus is and all that he wants to do in the world. The body of Christ is bigger than any one church. If we want our churches, our cities, and our world to experience more of the Spirit we will need actively and intentionally to build ongoing relationship and partnership with leaders and communities across the spectrum of the collective Church. In this session, we will explore stories of where and how that is happening across our nation, and best practices for how to begin in our own contexts.
Todd Proctor / Alpha USA and Rockharbor Church
Insourcing: Identifying and Developing Leaders From Within Your Church – Hosted by Stadia
Did you know many of the future leaders of your church and hundreds of church plants to come are sitting in your congregation right now? Insourcing is about how to identify and develop the next generation of leaders that will change the world through your church and hundreds of new churches.
Craig Whitney / VP of Church Planting Strategy, Stadia
Sam Chacko / Founder and Lead Pastor of Loft City Church and Project Manager, Stadia
Cutting Edge Tools & Training to Advance Your Study, Teaching, and Pastoral Care – Hosted by Logos Bible Software
When the people you serve have questions, do you want them going to Google? Most people are satisfied with sermon length, but a recent study shows that many are unsatisfied with sermon depth. You want to dig deeper into the Bible, showing the way for your people, but how? Learn how to study the cultural and historical context, explore the original Greek and Hebrew and leverage a massive theological library to do in-depth exegesis delivering 40-50 hours of Bible study and sermon prep in seconds. Then see how to seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technology and media resources into your messages, and be able to both archive them for your own future reference, as well as publish them to the web. Practice using a professionally curated computerized counseling guide to search topics including marriage, grief, and addiction to discover what trustworthy biblical counseling resources have to say. Then be guided in what you may say and ask when the need arises and you are at a loss. In this interactive training, learn how you can use Logos to further equip yourself and the Church to grow in the light of the Bible.
ChurchNext: How To Restore, Recenter, and Regather to Fuel Movement – Hosted by Auxano
Four tools for the church of 2040 designed to help leaders facilitate on-the-ground discussion with teams today, in order to create movement, prioritize multiplication, and sustain momentum around the next generation of healthy church engagement.
Bryan Rose / Director of Communication/Marketing & Senior Lead Navigator, Auxano
Reaching and Raising the Next Generation – Hosted by Leadership Network
It seems that every new generation is making negative headlines. They’re “leaving the church,” “deconstructing their faith,” “constantly job-hopping,” “not graduating college,” and “in crippling debt.”
But it’s not all bad news for Gen Z & Millennials. We are seeing a remnant of resilient young leaders who are pursuing holiness, pushing back darkness, and not bowing to political correctness or cultural norms. Rather, they’re insistent on changing their culture for Christ and reaching the most lost generation our nation has ever seen.
In this equipping lab, you will experience an honest discussion about how leaders can effectively reach and raise a new generation towards a hopeful future in a dark and divided world.
Aaron Barnett / Next Gen Director, Leadership Network
Hannah Gronowski Barnett / Next Gen Director, Leadership Network
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The NEXT Gathering: a dinner event for college students and young adults
Monday, April 25 | 6:00-8:00 pm — Hosted by Leadership Network
NEXT is an exclusive gathering of Next Gen leaders in high school, college and young professionals who are passionate about creating change in our world through their leadership. Rarely are there opportunities for Next Gen leaders to connect from all different universities, sectors of society and unique churches. NEXT furnishes the space to engage in meaningful conversations and tackle the challenges of leadership as a young adult. Relationships and conversations that begin at NEXT will continue for years.
This FREE Dinner and gathering is hosted by Leadership Network in partnership with Generation Distinct and will be led by Aaron & Hannah Gronowski Barnett.
Hannah Gronowski Barnett is the Founder and CEO of Generation Distinct. Generation Distinct has grown to reach leaders all over the world with a vision to use conversations around passion, purpose & justice to bring the next generation into conversations around Jesus, the Gospel & the Great Commission. She is a sought after speaker at Leadership Conferences, Churches, College Campuses and Youth Events around the globe. Hannah’s latest book, Generation Distinct: Discover the Wrong You Were Born to Make Right was released on September 15, 2020
Funding Your Ministry Vision Lunch
Monday, April 25 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm — Hosted by CDF Capital
Learn the five most important things to factor in when deciding to buy, build, or remodel. FREE lunch! Sign up when you register for the Exponential Nashville Regional or stop by our booth to inquire.
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12:30 pm Main Session 1
2:30 pm Main Session 2
4:30pm Main Session 3
6:00-8:00 pm The NEXT Gathering for Next Gen Leaders
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9:00 am Main Session 4
11:00 am Main Session 5
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