9Marks and the North American Missions Board (NAMB) partnered with Send DC to hold a one-day conference on church planting and revitalization in DC. This year’s focus was “Understanding the Basics for Planters & Revitalizers”.
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks
Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Ed Moore, Senior Pastor, North Shore Baptist Church, Queens, NY
Nathan Knight, Senior Pastor, Restoration Church, Washington, DC
Brian Davis, Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
Philip Van Steenburgh, Senior Pastor, Grace Harbor Church, Cape Cod, MA
John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA
Mark Dever, C. J. Mahaney, Darrin Patrick, and Dave Harvey gathered at Sovereign Grace’s PLANT Conference.
Plant! is about vision and action and ideas outside the box. Sovereign Grace Ministries is gathering church planting thinkers and doers from Acts 29, PCA, IX Marks, and the Southern Baptist Convention for conversation across the lines. It’s a conference, yes, but it’s so much more. Whatever your background, if you’re a church planter or ever hope to throw yourself into the mission of the gospel through church planting, you’ll love what you encounter at Plant!.
John Piper gathers a group of men who have a heart for the church to talk about various issues facing the church: Bryan Chapell, Matt Chandler, Ed Stetzer, Danny Akin, Tyler Jones and Mark Driscoll.
There were some messages that stood out to me. Piper always is a treat to listen to and learn from.
As much as I have been struggling with Driscoll lately, his message “Mission Idolatry” was good stuff, much of the material drawn from G.K. Beale’s book We Become What We Worship, but applied to church and missions.
Ed Stetzer’s message “Keys to Understanding the Church” and the Kingdom does a good job of examining how many church plants and missional (I’m really getting sick of this term) movements have derailed from the purpose of the church.
If you have been enjoying the Christ the Center programs, you will be familiar with Nic Batzig. Nic was recently ordained, and none other than Phil Ryken gave the ordination message from 1 Corinthians 16.
Ryken draws a number of parallels between his knowledge of Nic and the similarities of what Paul faced in Corinth. He also drew heavily from John Calvin’s ministry. Nic will be planting a church in Georgia, and Ryken deals heavily with the nature of the warfare he will face as a church planter.