October 3-5, 2017

Orlando, FL

As the head of the church (Col. 1:18, ESV), Jesus makes a faith-building declaration about the church in Matthew 16:18b, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” As pastors who plant and build local churches, our hope rests not in our labors, but in Jesus who promises to build and protect his church. Even in an age when the church is under attack and being marginalized, we have hope, faith, and joy because the church of Jesus Christ is indestructible!

Join us October 3-5 as we study these truths and fellowship together at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL.

Speakers

H.B. Charles Jr.

H.B. Charles Jr. serves as the pastor-teacher of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author of several books, including It Happens After Prayer, The Difference Jesus Makes, On Preaching, and On Pastoring, and the host of the OnPreaching podcast.

Jeff Purswell

Jeff Purswell serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. As Director of Theology and Training for Sovereign Grace, Jeff is dean of the Pastors College, leads pastoral and theological training for Sovereign Grace Churches, and is responsible for seeing that ordination standards and testing are in place to serve Regional Ordination Committees.

Rich Richardson

Rich Richardson serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, AZ. As the Director of Global Missions for Sovereign Grace Churches, Rich leads, promotes, coordinates, and helps execute our global church planting and missions work by casting vision and exercising theological discernment.

C.J. Mahaney

C.J. Mahaney serves as the Senior Pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. C.J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. C.J. cheers for the Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, and University of Maryland basketball, and he cheers against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, and Duke basketball.

Jon Payne

Jon Payne is the senior pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Round Rock, Texas and the chairman of the Sovereign Grace Churches Executive Committee. Jon is a 2005 graduate of our Pastors College and served as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, Arizona for eight years before planting Redemption Hill Church.

Rick Gamache

Rick Gamache is the Pastor for Preaching & Mission of Sovereign Grace Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. Rick was sent out to plant Sovereign Grace Church in 2000 by Bethleham Baptist Church and was adopted into Sovereign Grace in 2003.

Bob Kauflin

Bob Kauflin is the director of Sovereign Grace Music and a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky. As the director of SGM, Bob teaches pastors and worship leaders on the theology and practice of congregational worship.

Schedule

Monday 1-2 PM Council of Elders Registration
2-9 PM Council of Elders Meeting (Dinner Included)
Tuesday 4-7 PM Conference Check-In
7 PM General Session 1
9:30 PM Reception
Wednesday 9 AM General Session 2
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11–12:30 PM Breakout Sessions (descriptions below)
7 PM General Session 3
Thursday 9 AM General Session 4
10:30 AM Coffee Break
11–12:30 PM General Session 5
3 PM Regional Assembly of Elder Meetings
7 PM General Session 6

Monday


1-2 PM :: Council of Elders Registration
2-9 PM :: Council of Elders Meeting (Dinner Included)

Tuesday


4-7 PM :: Conference Check-In
7 PM :: General Session 1
9:30 PM :: Reception

Wednesday


9 AM :: General Session 2
10:30 AM :: Coffee Break
11-12:30 AM :: Breakout Sessions (descriptions below)
7 PM :: General Session 3

Thursday


9 AM :: General Session 4
10:30 AM :: Coffee Break
11 AM :: General Session 5
3 PM :: Regional Assembly of Elder Meetings
7 PM :: General Session 6

Breakout Sessions

The Nuts and Bolts of Global Missions in Sovereign Grace – Rich Richardson
Our mission as a family of churches is to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ by planting and strengthening churches all over the world for the glory of God. This breakout session will give you the “nuts and bolts” for how you and the members of your church can participate in our global missions efforts to advance the gospel in Sovereign Grace.

Learning from Calvin's Company of Pastors – Jared Mellinger
What was everyday church-life and pastoral ministry like during the Reformation? Pastors today have much to learn from the pastoral theology and practical ministry of John Calvin and the ministers who served with him in Geneva from 1536-1609. During these years, more than 130 men belonged to John Calvin’s Venerable Company of Pastors. Drawing from Scott Manetsch’s book, Calvin’s Company of Pastors, this session gives an inspiring portrait of Reformed pastoral ministry, full of application for today. Learn from these Genevan ministers about preaching, pastoral care, worship, ordination, the pastor’s weekly schedule, study, family life, living conditions, and more.

Commitment in a Casual Culture – Panel led by Mickey Connolly
Are you concerned about a growing lack of commitment to the local church? Do you see people take a more casual view regarding their participation in Sunday services, small group meetings, and serving the local church? This panel will explore some of the causes and grace-filled cures of this increasingly concerning issue.

A Loyalty That’s Deeper Than Mere Sentiments: Building a Local Church in an age of Social Media, Crazy Politics, and Constant Change – John Loftness
We live in an age of radical individualism. When that’s the ruling value, loyalty goes out the door. And, sadly, when the world gets sick, the church often neglects to get the right vaccination.This seminar will explore the cultural and philosophical roots of individualism and how the evangelical church, in particular, has been unwittingly drawn into its thinking, often leading to weakness in fellowship and ministry. It will also establish an ethic of loyalty from Scripture, with the gospel informing how we are to treat one another.Pastors, by teaching and example, can help create a culture of loyalty within their church, but we must lead by grace in our teaching and leadership and avoid the danger of requiring something that can only be freely given.

Women's Breakout – Jeff Purswell
Description forthcoming.

Travel & Lodging

Travel

The nearest airport to Wyndham Orlando Resort is Orlando International Airport (MCO), 12 miles from the airport.

We have arranged a discount with the Mears Shuttle Company. Click the button below for more information.

Lodging

Special guest room rates have been negotiated at Wyndham Orlando Resort for conference attendees:

The guest room rate is $129 per night (plus taxes).

Reservations may be made by calling 407-351-2420 or 1-800-421-8001, or online using the button below.

Reservations must be made by September 11 to guarantee the special conference rate. This rate is also available 3 days before and 3 days after the conference, for those who may wish to stay longer.

Wyndham Orlando Resort

8001 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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