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Chris Backert - Fresh Expressions - How the church is changing to meet the needs of a new generation.

Chris Backert will share about his experiences in developing fresh expressions of the church.  From their website, they note: " Around the world, Christians are stepping out in faith and beginning fresh expressions of church, new or different forms of church for a changing culture. Each fresh expression of church is unique, and designed for their particular context. They can be rural or suburban, in public spaces, housing projects and college dormitories. Some are aimed at specific groups, ranging from “Messy Church” for families with children to “Amore Groups” led by married couples. There is biker church, cowboy church, church for artists, church at or after work; the sky’s the limit. Each is an adventure in bringing the power of the Gospel to people who might never experience Christian community and the transformational and self-giving love of Jesus.

How Changing Generations - Change: Harnessing the Differences Between Generations and Their Approaches to Change. - Bob Whitesel

This session will explore how younger generations utilize different change methods than their parents. Based on Whitesel’s Ph.D. research at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena), this session will explore how to create organic partnerships with younger generations that leverage cross-generational approaches to change.

Rethinking Denominationalism - Elmer Towns

One of the new items that excites me is the multisite church. There is one church in Indonesia that has over 600 locations throughout the islands. There is another church in Fiji that has over 5,000 churches throughout the islands. It is interesting to see one church with many sites. In my lecture I would like to examine the strengths and weaknesses of such churches, assuming I will be looking at its biblical nature as well as aspects of their programs that seem to be non-biblical.

Practical Evangelism for the 21st Century


HOPE Coffee - Waking up a new generation for Christ - Ben Penfold

Ben brings finance, business startup experience, and theological training to the Camino Foundation. After graduating in 2007 with a degree in Business Finance from the University of Northern Colorado, he worked as a commercial loan underwriter with Wells Fargo. In 2008, after receiving a promotion to Collateral Auditor with the Asset Based Lending division of Wells Fargo, Ben moved to Texas and enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary. Eventually Ben would leave Wells Fargo to focus on his education and began working in the finance department at Camino Global (then CAM International). While working at Camino, Ben helped incubate HOPE Coffee into the for profit endeavor it has become.

Through his business background, theological training, and experience with HOPE Coffee, Ben has become passionate about seeing business impact the world with the gospel for God’s glory. As a result of this passion, Ben was the catalyst for Camino Global creating the Camino Foundation in June of 2014 and has served as its president since the launch.

Through his doctoral research (DMin) focused on his own local association, Kelton was able to discover eighteen characteristics that distinguished pastors of numerically growing churches from their plateaued and declining counterparts.  While eleven components were "set" pieces that could not be changed, seven habits of these men can be replicated in others.  


For this field based research project, Kelton Hinton called upon his 18 years of service in the JBA as a backdrop for making several key discoveries never before identified in any published church growth material.  He is currently undertaking a similar study looking at pastors serving in churches of 500 or more in worship attendance to compare the results in order to help young pastors know into which ministry contexts they need to explore for a best "fit" for their personality type and life experience.

From the Millennial Horizon to an Untethered Horizon: Moving from analysis to predicting - James Cho

Each generation moves from understanding itself and then discovering how the next generation thinks. This model is being challenged by the rise in technology and information. This session asks questions of the attendees to discover how to predict the desires of future generations rather than react to how the next generation thinks. 

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