In the early years of my ministry, programs and conferences sponsored by districts of our national church and also by the national church itself were designed to provide ideas and materials for use by the local congregation. That was then. This is now.
While our national church and some districts still offer such programs and conferences, growing congregations and visionary leaders are initiating ministries and hosting conferences that impact churches across the nation and even around the globe. Today I’m highlighting some of them.
In preparation, I contacted the leaders of each of these ministries or conferences, requesting one long or two short sentences briefly describing their purpose and focus. Those descriptions are posted below my signature. Here are the ministries and conferences, listed alphabetically:
• Best Practices for Ministry www.bestpracticesforministry.net
• Dwelling 1:14 www.dwelling114.org
• FiveTwo www.fivetwo.com
• J2e3 www.J2e3.com
• LCMS Mega Church Conference
• MinistryFocus ministryfocus.org
• Mission of Christ Network www.MissionofChrist.org
• Pastoral Leadership Institute www.plinstitute.org
Congregations and individuals with a vision for intentional, strategic, faithful and fruitful Gospel proclamation through word and deed are finding encouragement, support and inspiration through these and other entrepreneurial ministries and conferences. Read the descriptions below and check them out for yourself. I believe you’ll be blessed by what you discover!
Entrepreneurial Ministries and Conferences:
Best Practices for Ministry www.bestpracticesforministry.net is a free conference sponsored by Christ Church Lutheran (that’s not a typo) in Phoenix for those who love the local church, the lost and the LCMS. Last year’s conference had over 1,500 lay leaders and pastors.
Dwelling 1:14 www.dwelling114.org is a ministry that helps leaders disciple their people to join Jesus on His mission in the places they already live, work and go to school. This simple lifestyle is described in Greg Finke’s book, “Joining Jesus on His Mission.”
FiveTwo www.fivetwo.com is a network that fuels sacramental entrepreneurs who start new to reach new. To reach the millions of lost people in the U.S. and beyond, we need a variety of new ministries and the men and women wired to start them.
J2e3 (Jesus to Everyone, Everywhere, Every Day) www.J2e3.com Missions Summit will be held May 4-6 at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Tex. Featuring inspiring speakers who will share best practices of missional efforts that effectively reach the lost, the purpose of J2e3 is to send you to be Jesus to everyone, everywhere, every day.
LCMS Mega Church Conference is a fellowship of the senior pastors of congregations of our Synod that have, on average, over 1,000 people in weekly worship. These pastors and their wives meet annually and also offer support and encouragement to one another throughout the year.
MinistryFocus ministryfocus.org is a grassroots organization within the LCMS, established in 2013 to eliminate systemic barriers to the proclamation of the Gospel. To achieve our mission, we provide certain “tools” that are commonplace outside the church, that within the church provide energy and focus for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
Mission of Christ Network www.MissionofChrist.org is a lay-led pastor advised tax-exempt organization whose primary objective is to multiply intentional Gospel proclamation worldwide through existing networks of Christian people groups, congregations and organizations. This includes age appropriate local, national and international short and long-term mission work integrated with long-term discipleship internationally and in your home congregation.
Pastoral Leadership Institute www.plinstitute.org trains and invests in leaders for a changing world. PLI believes pastors and spouses gain confidence and courage to lead in community so that fear and isolation are defeated and ministries can best reach lost and broken people with the Gospel of Jesus.