For the past several years I have loved attending the Exponential Conference in Orlando. I don’t normally love going to conferences, but this one in particular offers several things that attract me to come back each year.
1. The topic: Church Planting – this is something that I am passionate about and have given my life to advance. 2. The friends – each year I have the opportunity to connect with network and denominational leaders, as well as church planters that I’ve coached and trained. This has begun particularly meaningful to me. 3. The sunshine – now that I live in Bellevue, Washington, the opportunity to enjoy sunny Florida is more attractive. 4. Influence – each year I look for opportunities to influence church planters to make disciples who make disciples. This year I am pinch hitting for Chris Seay (who can’t be there) and leading a workshop for church planters on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30pm. I know it’s late in the day and many people are going to be hungry and ready to get dinner – but consider joining me as we focus on this important topic of how church planters can personally engage in making disciples. It’s so easy to get consumed with the responsibilities of leading a church and caring for members and getting ready for Sunday worship gatherings. Too many planters talk missional; not as many walk the walk. What does it look like for a church planter to live missionally? How does it impact your schedule? Your friendships? Your family and small group? Your weekends? Your church? In this workshop, Dave DeVries shares how to personally engage in the harvest field and helps you shape your heart and schedule to be more missionally focused.

Time: Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Main Building WC-132/134

I strongly believe that church planters and pastors need to be the lead disciplemakers in their churches. They need to model an example to be followed. This is what we are going to focus on for an hour on Tuesday, April 23 at Exponential. I hope you’ll consider joining me.

Today’s Missional Challenge

Don’t just focus on being the leader – focus on being the lead disciplemaker in your church.