Here are three opportunities that may be of interest – a church planting summit in Western Australia, an Adventist Fresh Expressions Conference in the United States, and Peter Corney’s resources.
Be courageous & creative for God,
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Western Australia Church Planting Summit, Feb 26- Mar 1, 2010 @ Logue Brook Dam Camp in Western Australia: for all interested in how to plant and multiply groups. Each house church plant and current church planting team is to bring a new team of at least four – who will plant the next church! For registration or more information – contact Phil Brown [email protected] .
Adventist Fresh Expressions Conference, May 2-8, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA):
If you feel like “the world has changed and the church has Alzheimer’s” … If you feel called to plant a new congregation, start a new kind of ministry or simply start a small group that is designed to reach contemporary, unchurched people – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you! Monte Sahlin and Peter Roennfeldt – will team up for a week of spiritual, practical, creative, contemporary and Bible-based dialogue.
Monte Sahlin has helped churches and community groups start more than 100 community-based ministries of compassion since he organized ACT in Los Angeles in 1967. He has planted churches in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Annapolis, Maryland; and Hoboken, New Jersey. He has served as a pastor, director of urban ministries, and assistant to the president of the North American Division of the General Conference. He is currently director of research and special projects in the Ohio Conference. He also teaches community organizing for the Tony Campolo Graduate School at Eastern University.
Peter Roennfeldt has planted churches in Europe, Australia and developing nations, including some of the most unique, exciting churches in the Adventist movement. He has trained hundreds of church planters, many of them not church employees or clergy. For the past four years he has been an associate Ministerial Association director in the Victorian Conference and is the pastor of several new congregations. After launching a movement of Adventist churches for the unchurched in the South Pacific Division of the General Conference, he spent a decade in Europe, coordinating church planting across 39 nations, including some of the most secular on the globe and some with Islamic cultures.
Andrew and Mayda Clark will host the event at their church plant and community service project in Pittsburgh. You will be able to worship with their PULSE congregation on Saturday and tour the many projects they have completed in the Carnegie neighborhood—housing rehabilitation, building a community park, small-business development, eradicating hunger in the community, help for teens and young adults, community organizing, etc. This is one of the most innovative outreaches in America today—the Pittsburgh Metro Initiative.
What Will You Bring Home?
A focused, deeply rooted sense of God’s call on your life.
An understanding of how to relate to contemporary culture that is based in Scripture and Adventist heritage.
Practical tools, strategies and proven ideas to build your project.
A written plan with specific goals and strategies for your project.
The skills necessary to start or continue to grow a fresh expression of Adventist faith.
A network of friends who are praying for you and willing to share their own successes and failures.
Space is limited and seats will be reserved on the basis of a deposit of $50.
Every person who attends is asked to read or re-read the Book of Acts before arriving at the event.
It is strongly recommended that you come as teams or couples. We prefer to see teams of at least two to four people attend.
Bring information about your hopes and dreams or the project you may have already started, if you have some goals in writing, etc.
The registration fee is $125 per person. This includes a daily noon-time meal, a notebook of materials and all instruction and activities for seven days.
Arrangements have been made with three locations to offer a special price of $100 per night or less, if you mention “Adventist Community Services” when you make your reservation. The hotels offer suites that will easily sleep up to six individuals and provide breakfast as part of the package. You must make your reservation for lodging directly with one of these hotels:
Extended Stay America, 520 North Ave., Carnegie — (412) 278-4001
Quality Suites Pittsburgh, 700 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh — (412) 279-6300
Residence Inn Pittsburgh Airport, 1500 Park Lane Dr., Pittsburgh — (412) 787-3300
To pre-register and reserve seats:
Send a check for $50 made out to “Adventist Fresh Expressions” to:
Pastor Andrew Clark
Adventist Community Services
40 East Main Street
Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106
Include a letter telling us:
Name and contact information (including phone and Email)
How many seats do you want to reserve for your team?
Have you already started a project or are you still thinking and praying about it?
Names of the others who will be coming with you
MORE QUESTIONS: If you would like to ask questions or discuss the event in more detail, you can contact Monte Sahlin at (800) 272-4664 or (937) 748-9075 or by email at: [email protected] or, you can contact William Peterson, Assistant to the President of the Pennsylvania Conference, at (610) 374-8331 or by email at: [email protected] . This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Peter Corney Resources: Peter Corney is widely known for his church growth and ‘leadership skills. Highly regarded as a biblical scholar, preacher and practitioner – for many years senior pastor St Hillary’s Anglican Church – many have been blessed by his mentorship and insights. Peter has now made many of his resources and materials freely available on www.petercorney.com . This is worth checking.
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