Regional - Raleigh 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.
May 4-5, 2022
Hope Community Church
821 Buck Jones Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
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10+ national speakers in 5 main sessions!
J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
The Summit is characterized by its gospel focus and sending culture. As Pastor J.D. often says, “The gospel is not merely the diving board off of which we jump into the pool of Christianity, it’s also the pool itself.” The deeper we dive into the extravagant love of Christ, the more our lives will be filled with unquenchable joy, reckless generosity, and audacious faith.
Depth in the gospel also leads to width in the mission. Under Pastor J.D.’s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of over 10,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for many years running.
Seating capacity, however, is not the church’s primary metric for success. Sending capacity is. Pastor J.D. has led the Summit in a bold vision to plant one thousand new churches by the year 2050. In the last 18 years, the church has sent out more than 1,000 people to live on church planting teams—in North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world.
Pastor J.D. Greear has authored several books, including Just Ask: The Joy of Confident, Bold, Patient, Relentless, Shameless, Dependent, Grateful, Powerful, Expectant Prayer (2021), What Are You Going to Do With Your Life? (2020), Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal (2019), Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems (2018), Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send (2015), Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011), Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013), and Jesus, Continued … Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You (2014).
Pastor J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Seeing Muslims come to faith in Christ has long been a burden of his, a burden that led him to serve in Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board.
Pastor J.D. served as the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Pastor J.D. and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh. Together they are raising four awesome children: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.
As the Executive Director of Saturate and visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches, Jeff Vanderstelt gets to spend his days doing what he loves – mentoring leaders and equipping the Church in the gospel and missional living. Additionally, Jeff is on the leadership team of Saturate the Sound, a local church collective focused on gospel saturation in the Puget Sound. Jeff has authored Saturate, Gospel Fluency, and Making Space.
He and Jayne, his wife, have three children: Haylee, Caleb, and Maggie. Connect with Jeff at his website www.jeffvanderstelt.com or on twitter @JeffVanderstelt.
Dr. Bryan Loritts
Dr. Bryan Loritts
Bryan Loritts (D.Min, Liberty University) is the Teaching Pastor at The Summit Church. An award-winning author of seven books, Dr. Loritts has spent the bulk of his ministry serving and resourcing the multiethnic church. He co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003, and serves as the President of The Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal. His ministry takes him across the globe annually as he speaks at conferences, churches and retreats. Bryan has been a featured speaker for Catalyst, and the Global Leadership Summit. Currently, he serves on the boards of Biola University and Pine Cove Christian Camps. He is the husband of Korie, and the father of Quentin, Myles and Jaden.
Dave Ferguson is the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional community that is passionate about "helping people find their way back to God." Community has grown from a few college friends to thousands every weekend meeting at multiple locations in the Chicago area and has been recognized as one of America's most influential churches.
Dave provides visionary leadership for NewThing, a global movement of multiplying churches. He is the president and board chair for Exponential, the largest church planting conference in the world and is on the board of Leadership Network. He is also an adjunct professor at Wheaton Graduate School and an award-winning author of eight books, including Hero Maker: 5 Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders.
Dave and his wife, Sue, live in Naperville IL. They have three adult children - Amy, Joshua and Caleb.
Donnie Williams is the Lead Pastor of Lifepointe Church, a multi-site church in and around Raleigh NC. Lifepointe has supported and helped plant over 30 churches including 4 international church plants through Stadia Church Planting. Over the last 15 years Donnie has led Lifepointe to launch new campuses, start new churches, and be an example of strong, consistent leadership for the long haul. He lives in Raleigh NC, with his wife Cinda and they have three daughters (Molly, Abby and Lexi) and two sons in law.
Sent out from the Summit Church in 2012, Andrew Hopper serves as the Lead Pastor of Mercy Hill Church in Greensboro, NC. The Lord has been gracious over the last 10 years, as Mercy Hill has grown to be a multi-site church and strategically planted 4 campuses in the Triad region. From the start, Mercy Hill has been a church committed to sending capacity over seating capacity. This vision has led them to invest deeply in church planting, both domestic and international, sending over 120 of their members to domestic church plants and international missionary teams. The goal is to see 500 "baptizers" commissioned and sent out from Mercy Hill by 2032.
Andrew attended North Greenville University for undergraduate studies and completed his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Anna, with their four children, enjoy spending time on their hobby farm and investing in local adoption and foster care ministries.
Matt Fry is the founder and Lead Pastor at C3 Church. God called him and his wife Martha to start a church that would connect with people authentically. Their vision from the beginning has been to provide real hope for people in a real world. The campus is located on an old 47-acre tobacco farm in Clayton, North Carolina.
Matt also serves on the leadership team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), a church planting organization dedicated to planting life-giving churches across the nation. With a passion for training leaders internationally, Matt also serves as an associate trainer with Equip.
Matt and Martha have been married since 1992 and live in Garner, NC. They have three children, Gloria, Caroline and Caleb.
Rev. Carrion serves as Vice President of Church Planting and Leadership Development at Redeemer City to City in New York City and is the regional coach for church planting and development for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Rev. Michael Carrion, is the founding pastor, and now Bishop of The Promised Land Covenant Churches in the North and South Bronx, and the founding chairman and superintendent of the Bronx Academy of Promise K-8 Charter School. He also serves on the board of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and is currently on the Mayor's Faith Sector Advisory Council.
Michael has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 30+ years. They have five adult children and three grandchildren.
Noemi Chavez pastors Revive Church, a multisite church in Long Beach, CA and the greater Los Angeles area. She is a speaker and cofounder of Brave Global, an organization which focuses on reaching out to girls that are on probation and in the foster care system. Noemi also serves as chair of the board for Exponential Español, and with Biola Church Relations Advisory Board. She is committed to raising leaders and bridging generations to serve the future of the Church and their communities.
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.
Tyler and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh in 1997 after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill. After working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at North Carolina State University for five years, they felt called to plant a church in downtown Raleigh. Vintage Church was planted in the fall of 2002 with a small group of people and currently has four locations in the Triangle that meet every Sunday. He has served in leadership of Acts29 and planted five church-planting regions, while coaching and working alongside church plants in Europe and Africa. Tyler also founded Advance the Church, a cooperative non-denominational movement to help plant and revitalize local churches. Tyler and Kimberly have three children: Ellia, Lyla, and Lincoln.
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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.
David Putman / 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
Reach Them! Church Marketing That Works! – Hosted by Outreach
Pre-launch or post-launch, God has the people for your church – but you have to reach them. In this session, we will show you the best cutting-edge marketing techniques to reach your community and grow your church. Marketing from a 360 spectrum. Using a multi-channel approach, reaching out and making use of all the tools available to you from social media to direct mail to community events to servant evangelism.
Tim Speweik / Director of Ministry Development, Outreach
From Partner-Planting to Parent-Planting: Building a Church Planting Residency That Works – Hosted by NC Baptists
Mercy Hill Church planted through partnerships from the very beginning, but in 2019 they planted their first church completely in-house with a planter they raised up and equipped and a launch team they trained and sent. They did it again one year later in 2020. And now they are planting two churches at the same time in the same way – all home-grown, all in-house. In this track three of their leaders will explain their strategy, open up their playbook, and help you map your next steps to move from partner-planting to parent-planting.
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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.
Theological Education in the Local Church Lunch
Monday, April 25 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm — Hosted by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary believes that local churches are a valuable partner in theological education. The EQUIP Network at SEBTS empowers churches and ministry organizations to offer accredited and accessible courses to students at the highest level of theological training. EQUIP courses wed the seminary experience with real-life ministry opportunities to provide students with the most integrative ministry training available. Join us for lunch so we can serve you as you accomplish your vision for equipping leaders to serve Christ’s church and fulfill His Great Commission. FREE lunch! Sign up when you register for the Exponential Nashville Regional or stop by our booth to inquire.
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9:00am Pre-Conference Equipping Labs
12:30pm Main Session 1
2:30pm Main Session 2
4:30pm Main Session 3
9:00am Main Session 4
11:00am Main Session 5
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