June 20, 2018
This year, along with two staff members from our church, I attended the Canadian Church Leaders Conference held June 14-16th at Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario.
This is the second year for this gathering and its primary attraction for me is its focus on the Canadian church. Though I appreciate the wealth of material and conferences that our friends south of the border provide, they have little to no understanding of the church dynamics in Canada.
The Canadian focus, coupled with the conference theme of 'Change is Good', produced a much needed shot of inspiration and encouragement. We are in the throes of some significant changes at our church and this conference helped to affirm and validate many of our decisions.
I've gathered various quotes and nuggets from each of the main sessions. If you have been considering the conference or are in the midst of some changes in your church, I hope this summary will help you in some way.
As I mentioned above, the conference theme was 'Change is Good.' Each of the main speakers dealt with some aspect of change as it pertains to ministry.
Jeff is the lead pastor at Connexus Church and the one who introduced the theme of change.
Carey is the founding pastor of Connexus and is their primary communicator. His podcast and books are one of the best resources for those in the church world. You can find him at www.CareyNieuwhof.com. Carey spoke on how to lead change without losing it.
Jeremy is the pastor of the Orillia campus at Connexus. He talked about leading above your weight class.
Jon is the Preaching and Vision Pastor at C4 Church in Ajax Ontario. He spoke on a Christian leaders life cycle and how our calling is integral to leading change.
Rich is a pioneer in church multi-sites and is a well-know author, speaker, and consultant. He blogs and podcasts at www.unSeminary.com. Rich spoke on change dynamics at your church.
Shaila is the National Director of Alpha Canada. Her session was one of the more inspirational messages of the conference. Her leadership has been instrumental in bringing the changes needed to revitalize Alpha. She spoke on How to Let Go and Hang On?
Dr. Laurel Buckingham
Laurel is founder and CEO of Buckingham Leadership Institute founded in 2013. He pastored Wesleyan Church in Moncton from 1969 until 203. He brought years of pastoral leadership and insights into his session.
Carey closed out the conference with his session on Engineering Change.
This was a conference worth attending. The theme, at least for us, was timely and the sessions instructive and inspiring. A final comment given by Carey Nieuwhof struck a cord with me and summarized the spirit of the conference. He said, "Sometimes people come looking for God and find us instead." It certainly spoke to the necessity of the church to not only seek change, but to do so for the sake of the mission we claim to embrace.
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