‘Contagious Churches and Leaders’ Conference– CANCELED

Editor’s Note: This event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

 May 1, 2012

                                                                                                                                             For Immediate Release
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University will sponsor a conference titled “Contagious Churches and Leaders” June 11-14 at the Louisville Education Center (LEC), 2303 Greene Way, Louisville, Ky.


 Dr. Ed Stetzer
 Dr. Ed Stetzer

The theme of this year’s conference is “Igniting Church Planting” with Dr. Ed Stetzer, vice president of research and ministry development for LifeWay, as the keynote speaker.


Stetzer, who has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, will guide those attending “through the shifting landscape of church planting in today’s culture,” according to Jim Woolums, director of regional centers and assistant professor of Christian studies.


“It has been said that the greatest evangelism tool ever devised is the planting of new churches,” Woolums said. “Our goal is to equip and encourage church planters whose aim is to win communities to Christ.”


He said the event will help church leaders “think outwardly as local churches so we can mobilize for strategy and action.”


Stetzer is a teacher, pastor, church planter, missiologist, contributing editor to Christianity Today and author. He holds two master’s degrees and two doctorates and has written dozens of articles and books.


In addition to his position as contributing editor to Christianity Today, he is a columnist for Outreach magazine and Catalyst Monthly. He serves on the advisory council of “Sermon Central” and “Christianity Today’s Building Church Leaders.” He is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.


Stetzer is visiting professor of research and missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and visiting research professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has taught at 15 other colleges and seminaries.


He also serves on the church services team at the International Mission Board.


Those attending the conference will also hear Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicago, Ill.; Aaron Coe, vice president of mobilization group with the North American Mission Board;


Dr. Jeff Eaton, founding pastor of Hope Community Church in Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Matt Johnson, founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church in Murray, Ky.; and James Welch, senior pastor of Harbor Community Church in New Orleans, La.


Woolums said this is the fourth year Campbellsville University has been involved in sponsoring the conference, and he is pleased with the lineup of speakers for the conference.


The sessions are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. for Monday and Tuesday, and from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. for Wednesday and Thursday.


Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.