being church in a rapidly changing world


    Summer 2021

  • COST

    $39 Individual
    $19 Students

  • Schedule


Sponsored by: Vibrant Congregations in partnership with
Center for Church Renewal, Luminex, Healthy Church Discernment Process, Resonate Global Mission, Holland Classis RCA , Classis Holland CRC.

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Ed


Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents and has written dozens of articles and books. Previously, he served as Executive Director of LifeWay Research. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.

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Keynote Presenter

Dr. Rick


Rick is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and directs the Church Evangelism and Research Institutes for the Billy Graham Center.  Rick is an ordained Anglican priest. He consults widely with churches on Evangelism, Church Revitalization, Healing, Reconciliation, the emerging generation and contemporary missional churches and missional movements.  He has written or coauthored several books including : Evangelism Outside the Box, Reimagining Evangelism, The Heart of Racial Justice and You Found Me.

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Wednesday, June 10


New Day Worship
-Welcome, Worship and the Pillar
-Story“Behold I Make All Things New”  (Jon Brown & Jenna Barber)

Coffee Break


Lunch Break

*1:00 – 2:00
Keynote: “Hunger for God in a Rapidly Changing World” (Rick Richardson)

Renewal Story

Coffee Break


Renewal Story

Picnic Supper

*7:00 p.m.
Keynote:  “Faith Conversations in a Rapidly Changing World” (Rick Richardson)

Evening’s End
Dessert reception on front lawn

Thursday, June 11

New Day Worship
-Welcome and Worship
-“Remaining Hope-filled in a Changing World”  (Tim Brown and Jessica Shults)

Renewal Story

Coffee Break

Keynote: “Being Church In a Rapidly Changing World” (Ed Stetzer)

Lunch Break

*1:30 – 2:30
Keynote: “Re-Imagining Ministry in a Rapidly Changing World” (Ed Stetzer)

Coffee Break

Keynote: “Leading Well in a Rapidly Changing World” (Ed Stetzer)

A Final Renewal Story, Presentation, Gathering at the Lord’s Table

* These gatherings take place in the sanctuary of Pillar Church located at 57 E. 10th St. Holland, MI. All other gatherings take place on or around Pillar’s ministry campus. Exact locations can be found in the registration materials.



Transforming Our Current Conflicts into Spiritual Formation and Witness

Chris De Vos
Colossian Forum

This session will introduce the main thought framework for The Colossian Way group with examples from our Political Talk curriculum.

Reconnect, Refresh and Reenergize: How Church Planting Can Impact a Parent Church

Kevin Schutte
Church Planting

This session will explore how church planting will assist a congregation in reconnecting with the community, refreshing creativity for mission and reenergizing congregational vitality.


From Generation to Generation

Louis Ford
Nex Gen Ministries

In this breakout session we will discuss the following: discipleship and a relational approach to intergenerational mentoring around scripture, service, and prayer. 


Taking Discipleship to the Next Level

Mike Johnson
Ascending Leaders

This session will help congregations learn how using a congregational discipleship assessment tool (like REVEAL or RENOVO) can take your discipleship temperature and point to optimal next steps.

Learning Lessons from International Church Planting

Greg Stamm
Multiplication Network Ministries

5 essentials of church planting and 10 characteristics of a healthy church will be discussed during this session.

Political Discipleship

Dan Carter
The Center for Public Justice

Citizenship is a calling that Christians should take seriously - a calling that is in desperate need of cultivation and engagement by the Church.  In this session you will learn about how one curriculum addresses the discipleship of politics.

Making a Deep Change to Reach God's Preferred Future

Edie Lenz
Churches Learning Change

Do you and the leaders of your congregation need a broader understanding and deeper toolkit to lead God's people in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world? This session will introduce you to a journey of personal and congregational transformation for faithful, fruitful missional living.

Getting Ready for Mission-Shaped Living

Amy Schenkel, Moses Chung
Go Local

If you’re ready to begin living missionally in your own community, attend this session to get a taste of Go Local. Here you will experience missional practices and gain practical suggestions you can take back to your own setting.

Building an Innovation Engine in Your Church

Keith Doornbos
Center for Church Renewal

High-impact disciple-making in a rapidly changing world demands fresh Spirit-guided imagination. This session discusses how innovations and fresh thinking can be built into the rhythm and structure of a congregation.

First Things First

Scott Vander Ploeg
Multiply 222 Network

Recovering the consistent practice of teaching and preaching the gospel in a clear, compelling, concise and memorable way is the most important step toward congregational renewal.  If you are looking for the one thing that will make the biggest difference in your church, this session is for you.

Growing Young

Jake Mulder
Fuller Youth Institute

This session provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults.  It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15-29-year-olds and as a result are growing spiritually, emotionally, missionally and numerically.

Discerning Fresh Steps in Ministry and Mission

Larry Doornbos
Vibrant Congregations

Taking fresh steps in ministry and missions? This session will introduce you to Vibrant Congregation’s Pray, Discern, Pursue tool that is a critical part of finding hope rooted in God’s will for your congregation.

Church Partnerships in Renewal

Kris Vos
Multiply 222 Network

From the front lines of Church renewal! In this session, Kris shares his story of church renewal in partnership with a healthy, missional church.  Still in the fragile stages of renewal 5 years in, you’ll hear some of the breakthroughs and barriers from the journey.

Vitality is not a program – it’s a pathway

Steve Norman
Congregational Vitality Pathway

Church health is a journey. This session is a brief summary of how Congregational Vitality Pathway provides the map, but each congregation walks their own path in their own way – led by God’s spirit. Discover a church health process that invites every member of your church to embark on the journey of becoming a healthy missional church.

Leading With Velocity During Times of Transition

Mike Gafa

This session discusses how in times of transition, most churches are content with trying to maintain the status quo. But in Luminex's experience, a much better approach is to strategically place a transition minister who is equipped and called to lead congregations through transition, and where the goal isn't to stay in place but to lead forward with clarity and velocity.

Let There Be HEALTH

Dave DenHaan
Healthy Church

Christ's universal reconstruction program includes congregations-- as both objects of renewal and as agents of renewal. Come to this introduction to the Healthy Church Discernment Process and learn what this could look like in your congregation.

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