You are invited to a conference dedicated to creating congregational cultures that make more and better disciples.

February 25 - March 2, 2023
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Registration fee: $99

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What is the More & Better Conference?

At the heart of the mission of the Church Renewal Lab are the words "more and better disciples". This conference is all about Christ's call to make disciples. On the journey of church renewal the transformation of lives that discipleship brings is central.

Why you have been invited to this conference.

You are invited to the More and Better Disciples Conference because you are committed to the renewal of the local church. This in-person conference is a pivotal part of the Renewal Lab that you won't want to miss.

Who will be involved in this conference

The core group are the pastors and key leaders of the current cohort (#8) in the Church Renewal Lab. We are also welcoming coaches, trainers, and graduates of the Lab. We are excited to gather in person and go deeper in our relationships as we spend extended time together!

The Details

February 25 – March 2, 2023

Sunlight Community Church, Port St. Lucie, Florida

(payment to be made at conference)

Travel Information:
West Palm Beach (PBI) Airport is the closest at about 1 hour away.
Orlando Airport (MCO) & Fort Lauderdale (FLL) are both about 2 hours from Port St. Lucie.

Hotel Reservation:

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Conference Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 26:


Sunday, Feb. 26:

FORM 1 (Stories of Discipleship)

8:30-9:30 a.m. Orientation (meet and greet, schedule of events, the discipleship focus, prayer) [Keith]

10:00 a.m. - Worship at Sunlight Community Church PSL

11:30-12:30 - Lunch (SL Kitchen)

12:30- 1:30 - Sunlight Tour [Scott]

1:30 pm – 3:00 p.m. Sunlight Story & Testimonies of Discipleship [Scott]

3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Sabbath Rest – Soak up the Sun, Take a Nap

5:30 pm Dinner (Sunlight Kitchen)

Monday, Feb. 27:

FORM 2 (A Vision for Discipleship)

8:30-9:15 a.m. - Worship

9:30-10:30 a.m. - “REVEAL Basics: How to Get People Moving” [Cally Parkinson]

10:45-Noon - “The Five Best Disciple-making Practices” [Cally Parkinson]

Noon-1:00 p.m. - Lunch [SL Kitchen]

1:00-2:30 p.m. - “What Type of Church Are You?” [Cally Parkinson]

3:00-4:30 p.m. - “Critical Challenges in Contemporary Ministry” [Cally Parkinson]

Dinner Out

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

Form 3 (Disciple Making Tools)

8:30-9:15 a.m. - Worship

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Disciple Making Tool [Scott VanderPloeg & Brian Bosscher]

10:45 a.m. - Noon - Practicing Discipleship [Scott VanderPloeg]

Noon-1:00 p.m.  Lunch [SL Kitchen]

1:00-2:00 p.m. – Public Reading of Scripture [Charles Kim & Scott VanderPloeg]

3:00-4:30 p.m. – Conversations Around Critical Investments of Neighbor-Focused Congregations Part 1  [Kris]

Dinner [Sunlight Kitchen]

Wednesday, March 1:

MOBILIZE (Disciples Make More Disciples)

8:30-9:15 a.m. - Worship

9:30-10:30 a.m. Conversations Around Critical Investments of Neighbor-Focused Congregations Part 2 [Guests]

11:00-Noon Enhancing Hospitality [Kris]

Noon-5:30 p.m. (Lunch and Dinner on your own)

Sign up for Boat Ride! or Pool, golf, beach, fly fishing, tennis, etc.

Evening Discussing your “next-step” strategies in peer groups (covenanting your next investments)


Soul Care in the Land BetweenMonday, AM

Host: Kris Vos
Presenter:  Jason DeVries
Presenter:  Elaine May 
Presenter:  Andy Bossardt

Telling and Living the Gospel Monday, AM

Host: Larry Doornbos
Presenter: Scott Vander Ploeg
Presenter: Toby Grupen

Navigating a New Phygital World*MONDAY PM

Host: Chris DeVos
Presenter: Aaron Mamuyac
Presenter: Chestly Lundy

How We Should Measure SuccessMONDAY, PM

Host: John Messer
Presenter: Tom Elenbaas
Presenter: Kris Vos

Nurturing a Holy ImaginationTuesday, AM

Host: Keith Doornbos
Presenter: Brian Keeper
Presenter: Jill VerSteeg

Important DiscoveriesTuesday, AM

Host: Randy Weener
Presenter: Keith Reynolds
Presenter: Reggie Smith

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Sunday June 5
5:30 - 6:00 Registration
6:00 - 6:45 Welcome and Dinner on Pillar Lawn
6:45 - 7:45 Opening Celebration

Monday June 6
8:30 - 9:00 Gathering and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:40 Opening, Music and Tim Brown
9:40 - 10:00 Small Group time for reflection in Tim’s insights
10:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Shifting Pastoral Authority 
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Round Table Conversations
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Downtown
12:30 - 1:00 Session 1 continued: A New Vision of Pastoral Authority - Scot McKnight
1:00 - 1:30 Round Table Conversations
1:30 - 2:00 Session 2: Shifting Models of Ministry
2:00 - 2:30 Round Table Conversations
2:30 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:20 Session 3: Who’s Afraid of Deconstruction - Kristen Sanders 
3:30 - 4:00 Round Table Conversations
4:00 Finished for the Day (no dinner)

Tuesday June 7
8:30 - 9:00 Gathering and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:40 Opening, Music and Tim Brown
9:40 - 10:00 Small Group time for reflection in Tim’s insights
10:00 - 10:30 Session 3: Phygital Realities
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:20 Session 3 continued: Phygital and the Body of Christ
11:20 - 11:50 Round Table Conversations
11:50 Cafe ends

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