For those who have been following my blog for any length of time will know that I believe that the most comprehensive and overall helpful conference training for church planters in North America is the Global Church Advancement (GCA) National Church Planting and Renewal Conference. Why is it so good? Let me give you just a couple of reasons why.
First, it is one of the most theologically rich treatments of church planting around. You will gain a deep appreciation of the centrality and primacy of theological inquiry and how tethered they are to the Word of God. You will not likely be familiar will all the names of the speakers, but the draw to GCA is not a celebrity church planters but gold-standard content delivered from those who have been living in the mines when you were still in your diapers.
Second, it is especially contextual and practical. The format of the conference is intentionally interactive and engaging, and the layout of the materials is such that upon your completion of the work, you will have a working draft of a robust church planting proposal. They challenge you to think of the kingdom of God in your particular context and how joining God on His mission will instill in you a vision for planting truly grounded in the gospel and launched with a trajectory of God’s glory in the church.
With that said, I just got word from Steve Childers, president of GCA, that they are extending their January 26-29, 2010 Early-Bird Discount until the end of this year (December 31, 2009). There are two tracks, both of which are basically a semester’s worth of material in four days. Located in sunny Orlando, you will enjoy not only the best training but also the best weather in the country. 🙂
Seriously though, church planters – do yourself a favor and take advantage of this opportunity to be encouraged and equipped for the work ahead of you. You will be glad that you did.