2015 Leadership Conference to Promote Church Revitalization


2015 Leadership Conference to Promote Church Revitalization

Antioch, TN—The 2015 Free Will Baptist Leadership Conference will return to Nashville Marriott Airport Hotel December 7-8. Pastors and church leaders across the denomination will explore the theme, “Rekindle,” and the important topic of church revitalization.

Dr. Harry Reeder, senior pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Dr. Reeder is passionate about church revitalization. He authored From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church and is founder of Embers to a Flame conferences dedicated to church renewal. He has led conferences around the world including South Africa, Kenya, Australia, Uganda, and South Korea, in addition to the United States.

Dr. Reeder will present five keynote messages during the conference:

  • The Biblical Mandate for Church Revitalization
  • The Biblical Paradigm for Church Revitalization
  • Leadership and Church Revitalization
  • Obstacles to Church Revitalization
  • Getting Started in Church Revitalization

“Church vitality or revitalization is nothing more than following God’s prescription for church health,” Reeder notes. “Church health naturally leads to conversions and improved personal discipleship, for our good and God’s glory. If a body is healthy, it will grow appropriately. So our focus is on the spiritual vitality of the church knowing that a healthy church will grow.”

The meeting will feature more than keynote sessions, however, with plenty of time for renewing friendships during banquet-styled meals and free time. The Tuesday luncheon will feature security specialist Sam Hodges, who will address the important topic of church security. Services will feature music provided by Welch College, and a number of national boards will meet in conjunction with the conference.

“This is a great opportunity for pastors and leaders to be refreshed and renewed while exploring a subject that is vital for our movement,” said Ryan Lewis, conference director. “We are pleased to have Dr. Reeder as keynote speaker, and we look forward to learning from this man who has dedicated his life to revitalizing churches.”

The cost of the two-day conference is $195 and includes all materials and meals. Registration is available online or by using the attached Registration Form. Rooms are available at the Nashville Airport Marriott for $137/night for the conference. Visit www.nafwb.org/leadershipconference to register and make hotel reservations.