One of the privileges I have working at LifeWay Research is the opportunity to travel and speak to a variety of denominations about a variety of topics. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I'll be going from coast to coast in the U.S., meeting with everyone from Mennonite Brethren, Wesleyans, Pentecostals, and Charismatics. Perhaps you can tell that it's the summer denominational meeting season!
Here's where I'll be:
Monday, July 21—Boston, MA.
Monday night, before I head to Providence, I'll be having dinner with about 50 pastors, sharing some research on ministry in New England and answering some questions. The meeting is already full, but I'm looking forward to being with and encouraging Boston area pastors. Thanks Adam Mabry of Alethia Church and Every Nation, a group of charismatic churches, and an awesome user of the Gospel Project.
Tuesday, July 22—Providence, RI.
At the national meeting of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Annual meeting, I will be speaking twice. First, I'll speak on how we can understand our culture. Second, we'll apply the knowledge of our culture and explore how we can minister effectively to our culture. If you are in the area, you can actually drop in and attend the meeting—no registration is required and there is no cost.
Wednesday, July 23—Grand Rapids, MI.
After Rhode Island, I'll head to Grand Rapids, where I'll join the Wesleyans at the West Michigan District Conference of the Wesleyans. I have the opportunity to speak a number of times at this meeting, the topics are as follows: America: Wide Open (Evangelistic) Spaces, Research Trends and Refocusing, Research Trends and Church Planting, Research and Multi-Campus Approaches, and whatever else my friend Chris Conrad tells me to do.
BTW, I am increasingly convinced that we need more of the heart of Wesley in evangelicalism, so I am happy to encourage these folks in the gospel.
Thursday and Friday, July 24-25—Santa Clara, CA
On Thursday, I'll join up with my Mennonite friends at the national meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches ("Connection 2014"). While with my Mennonite brothers and sisters, I'll speak a few times, and participate in a Q&A.
I'm amused, in a way, by all the people wanting to claim to be Anabaptist when they, well, don't know anyone who really is. So, as I mentioned in this post, I am looking forward to being with some real Anabaptists who, by the way, are pacificsts.
Sunday, July 27—Nashville, TN.
I will be at Grace Church because I love my home church!
Monday, July 28—Orlando, FL.
After spending a weekend at home, I'll head back out on the road to Florida and spend some time with the folks of the Church of God, Cleveland, TN at their 2014 international General Assembly. We are doing a leadership conference for pastors and I'm looking forward to it. Details are here but you must register, etc.
Wednesday, July 30—Nashville, TN.
Speaking to 100 fastest-growing churches small groups pastors with Eric Geiger, right here at LifeWay. This invite-only meeting will talk about best practices among some amazing churches. Eric and I will be sharing from our new book, Transformational Groups.
Please pray for me for good flight connections, strength, and that we all might make much of Jesus!