May 19 · 1pm EST
Planting a church is more than finding the right building and a group of people to fill it. It's about planting a healthy and growing body of believers on mission with God. Yet, so often we get distracted by the details of pulling "church" off that we forget to make sure we are planting what matters.
You will hear from Pastors and Churchplanters from across the nation about the following topics:
Creating a healthy staff culture
New trends in ministry
Pastor Steven Furtick
Pastor Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He holds the master of divinity degree and is the New York Times Best Selling author of Crash the Chatterbox, Greater, Sun Stand Still, and (Un)Qualified. Pastor Steven and Holly live in the Charlotte area with their two sons, Elijah and Graham, and daughter, Abbey.
Is CEO & Principal of Generis, a consulting firm passionate about helping Churches inspire and cultivate generosity through giving development, coaching and strategy.
Jim is a student of generosity and is passionate about spreading it throughout the Church. For the last 25 years, he has devoted his life to coaching pastors and understands the financial challenges that churches face today—annual giving, debt, capital projects and planned giving—and is a positive force in bridging these needs with the power of spiritually motivated stewardship. Cumulatively, Jim has partnered with his clients to raise over $1.3 billion for local church ministry. Jim is a frequent writer and speaker on generosity and ministry funding. He is co-author of Contagious Generosity: Creating A Culture Of Giving In Your Church.
Jim and his wife Nancy live in the Atlanta, GA area and they have two daughters. He is actively involved in Perimeter Church, where he serves as an elder and provides guidance to the Generosity Ministry Team.
has planted churches, pastored churches, merged churches and launched multisite campuses. In addition to providing leadership to MultiSite Solutions, Wade also serves as the Multisite Channel Champion for Exponential, where he focuses on multisite, merger and multiplication strategies. In a prior life, he was a nationally recognized lawyer whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, ABC 20/20, NBC Dateline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, People Magazine and many others. For the past five years, in addition to his work in the local church, Wade has served as a coach and consultant for pastors. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Amy and their three children.
A dynamic pastor and speaker, Chris Brown joined the Dave Ramsey team in 2014 to carry the message of stewardship and intentional living to churches across the country.
Chris was ordained in 2007. He began his ministry in the trenches as a campus pastor and became an executive pastor, helping his churches grow by more than 5,000 people in six years. He drew from his previous business and real estate training to tackle numerous executive-level pastoral duties. As CFO, Chris managed multi-million dollar congregational budgets, and supervised the development of seven domestic and international church campuses. He understands the seasons and rhythms in the church world.
Chris often draws from his childhood and college experiences to deliver messages of exceptional faith in God and His love. He speaks from the heart with vulnerability and connects with audiences in an honest and meaningful way.
Chris is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College. He and his wife Holly now call Franklin, Tennessee home with their three children Max, Jack, and Annie.
Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. Her passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently in the different spheres of influence God has granted them. Additionally, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. Jenni blogs at www.jennicatron.com and contributes to a number of other online publications as well. Outreach Magazine has recognized her as one of the thirty emerging influencers reshaping church leadership
A leader who loves “putting feet to vision,” Jenni has served on the executive leadership teams of Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California, and Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to ministry leadership, she worked as an Artist Development Director in the Christian music industry.
Jenni loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis, and hanging out with her husband and their border collie.
Chris Emmitt is the lead pastor of Mountain Lake Church. He and his wife Bre’anna are from San Antonio, Texas. Chris served as the Executive Pastor of Community Bible Church before moving to the Atlanta area in 2015. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University (yes, he is an Aggie) and received a Masters of Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. He loves to golf, hunt, fish, and eat really good BBQ. Chris and Bre’anna have been married for over ten years and have four children, Daniel, David, Cara and Micah. Chris’ love for his family is second only to his love for Jesus.
Shawn is the Directional Leader of CourageToLead.com, a Coaching and Consulting Ministry for Pastors and Leaders. Today His heart longs for healthy churches led by healthy leaders and healthy teams. His new book for leaders: Be Mean About The Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters, releases in April at bookstores everywhere. Shawn lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife Tricia, and their three kids Hannah, Madison, and Paul.
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors, and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees, and two doctorates and has written dozens of articles and books.
Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1 million individuals each week. Stetzer is also Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of more than 70,000 readers. In 2015, he began serving as the co-host of the BreakPoint This Week radio program with John Stonestreet.
Stetzer is the Senior Fellow of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.
He also serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., a congregation he planted in 2011.
William has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search. William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Besides helping connect churches with key staff and preaching, William spends a whole lot of time with family and connecting with people. William is an avid social networker. Whether connecting with friends, candidates for searches he is doing, or church members, he loves to network, and he would love to interact with you through Facebook and/or Twitter. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodle Moses live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.
Chances are you’ve heard of musician, thought leader, blogger and communicator Carlos Whittaker and just didn’t realize it. Maybe you know him because of a certain Beyonce “Single Ladies” viral video that received a People’s Choice Award or from his segment on TLC’s “LA Ink” or maybe it was through his popular blog – Ragamuffin Soul. Whatever the outlet, one thing’s for certain – Carlos Whittaker knows how to make big moments in his life.
In a journey that has taken him from the west coast to the deep south, Carlos has become something unique within the church. His favorite phrase is his calling card – to disturb and disrupt to see Christ’s face fresh again – and his voice sounds loud and clear
Jud Wilhite serves as Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church. Central is dedicated to introducing people to Jesus and helping them follow Him. Jud is a best-selling author who has written several books including The God of Yes, Pursued, and a study Bible for new believers, The Uncensored Truth Bible for New Beginnings. His teaching segments are heard nationally on KLOVE radio. Jud and his wife, Lori, reside in the Las Vegas area with their two children, Emma and Ethan, and a slobbery Bulldog named Roxy.
is the Founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, NYC, a large, multiracial, international church with seventy-three countries represented. After serving as Senior Pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a Teaching Pastor/Pastor at Large. He is the author of two best-selling books: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and The Emotionally Healthy Church (Zondervan, 2010) and most recently released The Emotionally Healthy Leader (Zondervan, 2015). He is also the author of The EHS Course (Zondervan, 2014) and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (Zondervan, 2013).
Pete and his wife Geri are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. They have four lovely daughters.
Robert Emmitt is Pastor Emeritus of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, TX. His passion is encouraging church planters to pastor like Jesus. He has planted and led churches from a country church with 25 members, to a mega church with 23,000. He understands the usual attendance barriers of 75, 150, 300, 600, 1,200, 2,400, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 people. As Pastor Emeritus he has successfully transitioned leadership of a large church to the next generation. When asked what really matters in ministry his answer is "Preach Jesus, love the people and lead the organization."
Robert and his wife, Julie, live in San Antonio, TX, but they frequently visit their children and grand children in Cumming, GA, Fort Collins, CO and San Diego, CA. He loves to hunt, fish, golf and grill steaks.