2019 Leadership Conference

2019 Leadership Conference “Turns the Page”

Nashville, TN—The 2019 Free Will Baptist Leadership Conference returns to Nashville Airport Marriott December 9-10. Pastors and church leaders from across the country will gather to explore the theme, “Turning the Page,” according to Ryan Lewis, conference organizer. Keynote sessions will feature recently retired Executive Secretary Keith Burden and his successor, Dr. Eddie Moody. The two leaders will assess the denomination’s past successes, present challenges, and future potential.

Tuesday morning training seminars will feature a third keynote speaker. Dr. Gordon Penfold will present The State of the Church in AmericaHow to “Make” Change, and Vision Basics. Penfold has served four churches and two interim pastorates over 37 years of pastoring and recently stepped down as lead pastor of First Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic congregation in Holyoke, Colorado.

In 2006, Dr. Penfold became director of Fresh Start Ministries, focused on bringing health and vitality to plateaued, declining, and conflicted congregations. Recently, Dr. Penfold and Gary McIntosh developed Turnaround Pastor, an organization to equip struggling pastors with tools to transform stagnant churches.

The two-day conference provides more than training. Attendees will enjoy banquet-styled meals, music provided by Welch College, and free time Tuesday afternoon for sightseeing in Nashville. A number of national boards and committees also will meet in conjunction with the conference.

“As our denominational enters a transitional phase,” notes conference director Ryan Lewis, “we need to be encouraged to remain unified as we work to equip strong pastors and churches that will push us forward.”

Registration for the conference is $199 and includes four meals, three refreshment breaks and all conference materials.

Hotel reservations can be made at the Nashville Airport Marriott. Rooms are $149 per night plus tax and include parking and complimentary WiFi.

Conference Schedule

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