FCON 2008: Renewing and Planting Local Churches

I know, I know. There’s a lot of great conferences out there these days. Probably too many. I will be going to two next week (one I am hosting myself). But I have to say that I do not believe there is one I am more excited about than the 2008 Founders National Conference which will take place on June 24-27, 2008 in Tulsa, OK.

The theme for this year is “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes: Renewing and Planting Local Churches.” The reason I am so excited about this particular conference is not simply because I appreciate the Founders for what they have stood for, but rather my excitement comes especially because of where they are focused (local church) and what they are looking to do in the future (renew and plant local churches).

Here is a brief description about the conference:

A stagnant pond suffocates the life in its waters. Yet movement spurs health and life. The same can be said of the church. A stagnant church stymies health and vitality in its ranks, and consequently, affects the broader community. The infusion of new gimmicks or other non-biblical actions only mask the church’s health. The kind of movement that stirs life strengthens inwardly and stretches outwardly. These twin movements for church vitality are captured by the intertwining themes of church renewal and church planting.

The 2008 National Founders Conference will explore the place, necessity, and some of the God-ordained means for church renewal and church planting under the theme, “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes: Renewing and Planting Local Churches.” The conference theme has arisen out of the many questions conference organizers have fielded regarding local church reformation and planting new churches. These themes go hand-in-hand, revealing the desire for healthy, vibrant, and reproducing churches. Conference speakers bring a wealth of experience and expertise in both the strengthening and lengthening of the church.

Guest speakers include Ed Stetzer (keynote), Andy Davis, Tom Nettles, Voddie Baucham, Donald Whitney, Ted Christman, and Phil Newton. Here is the schedule for the conference:

Tuesday, June 24

3:30 pm – Ted Christman :: An Exposition of Psalm1
6:30 pm – Andy Davis :: Dangers in Reforming a Church

Wednesday, June 25

9:00 am – Tom Nettles :: Biographical Sketch of Daniel Marshall
10:30 am – Voddie Baucham :: Building a Solid Doctrinal Foundation
6:30 pm – Ed Stetzer :: Keynote Address

Thursday, June 26

9:00 am – Don Whitney :: Reforming through Discipline
10:30 am – Ed Stetzer :: Keynote Address
1:30 pm – Leadership Dialogue led by Tom Nettles
6:30 pm – Andy Davis :: The Importance of Filling Your Life With Scripture

Friday, June 27

9:00 am – Phil Newton :: From Planting to Reforming

Whether you are a seminary student looking to connect with church planting efforts within the SBC, a minister desiring to renew and revitalize the church you serve, or simply someone who longs to see the church strengthened and multiplied in the years to come, this conference would one that I pray you give serious consideration. Where else will you find men who love the church like Stetzer, Davis, Nettles, Whitney, Baucham, and others in one place?

Perhaps the most compelling reason to attend this conference is that it is the cheapest conference around. For pastors and students, registration is only $60 (until May 15), and for everyone else it is $80. I hope you consider attending participating in this conference. Perhaps this could be the catalyst for even greater things to come. May the Lord rally us all behind a gripping vision to renew and plant local churches for the glory of His name.

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