Thrive: A Symposium with Ed Stetzer
Friday, May 20, 7pm — Saturday, May 21, noon
The Great Commission. We’ve all heard it. It’s almost certainly a part of your church’s mission statement.
Need a reminder? In Matthew 28, it reads, “…Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
Did you notice this commission is given without conditional clauses? This command isn’t “Go and make disciples…” unless there is a pandemic, or unless a certain political party is in office, or unless half your church hasn’t yet come back, or until your neighbor tells you “no.” The command is to “Go and make disciples…” in the midst of whatever the world, or the Devil, throws at us. After all, the promise is “I (Jesus) will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So the question is: How do we make disciples in our present age?
“Thrive” is a mini conference for church leaders who want to move past just surviving their present circumstances. We are welcoming our keynote speaker Ed Stetzer, professor and dean at Wheaton College where he also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents. Ed will be teaching and challenging us on how we are doing ministry now and how our ministries can truly thrive over the next 5 years.