January 23-25
Springfield, Illinois
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Three days of focused equipping for church leaders. Come ready to learn. Return ready to change your church and community.

1,300+ participants expected from 13 states and 10 Baptist state conventions

Over three days, you will receive dynamic and helpful equipping from SBC leaders and pastors who are making Southern Baptist ministry work in the Midwest. Our part of the U.S. is different from the Bible Belt. The culture here makes our work challenging—and all the more important.

114 breakout sessions with a Midwestern perspective

  • Church Planting/Revitalization
  • Organizational leadership
  • Current topics
  • Spiritual formation
  • Evangelism/Discipleship
  • Specialized ministries
  • Hispanic track

Advance the gospel with fresh teaching and equipping from Midwest ministry specialists & practitioners

Midwest Map blue

Speakers

Keynote speakers for the Midwest Leadership Summit are:

Kevin EzellKevin Ezell
President, North American Mission Board

Plus a panel of Midwest church planters
“Advancing the gospel through church planting in the Midwest”

 

Darryl GaddyDaryl Gaddy
Urban Church Planting Specialist & former pastor of Victory Fellowship Community Church in Detroit

“Advancing the gospel in the urban setting”

 

Jeff IorgJeff Iorg
President, Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention
“Advancing the gospel through the culture”

 

 

Conference speakers also include:
Chase Abner • Andy Addis • Arnaldo Achucarro • Will Basham • Augie Boto • Georges Boujakly • Brad Brisco Jeff Christopherson • Tim Cotler • Mark Croston • Chris Eller • Mark Emerson • Gordan Fort • Brian Frye • David Francis • Adam Groza Carmen Halsey • Daniel Im • Sam Jackson • Carlos Jerez • Claudia Johnson • Kelly King • Sylvan Knobloch • Joe Lightner • David Manner • David Melber • Jorge Melendez • Luis Mendoza • Jonathon Meyer • Scott McConnell • Dave Miller • Mark Millman • David Mitchell • Doug Morrow • Troy Nesbitt • Ramon Osorio • Frank Page • Pat Pajak • Jim Presnell • Alan Raughton • Zachariah Seanor • Bobby Sena • Terry Sharp • Wanda Shellenbarger • Joel Southerland • Mandy Stenberg • Todd Stiles • Steve Turner • Trevin Wax • Dave Wedekind • Sandy Wisdom-Martin • Joshua Whetstine

Schedule

Tuesday, January 23

3-5 p.m.
• Registration and check-in begins
• (Dinner on your own)

6:30-7:30 p.m.
• Registration continues

7:30 p.m.
• Opening worship session
• SBC partner update from Frank Page, SBC Executive Committee
• Darryl Gaddy, Urban Church Planting Specialist & former pastor of Victory Fellowship Community Church in Detroit – “Advancing the gospel in the urban setting”

9 p.m.
• Networking opportunities by state

Wednesday, January 24

7:30 a.m.
• Morning devotion with Anthony Allen, President, Hannibal-LaGrange University

8 a.m.
Conference session #1

9:15 a.m.
• Break

9:30 a.m. 
• Conference session #2

10:45 a.m.
• Break

11:00 a.m.
• Conference session #3

12:15 p.m.
• Box lunch provided
• Time for networking

2:15 p.m.
• Conference session #4

3:30 p.m.
• Break

3:45 p.m.
• Conference session #5
• (Dinner on your own)

7:30 p.m.
• Evening worship session
• SBC partner update from Sandy Wisdom-Martin,Woman’s Missionary Union
Kevin Ezell, North American Mission Board President & panel – “Advancing the gospel through church planting in the Midwest”

9 p.m.
• Movie preview (optional) – “I Can Only Imagine”

Thursday, January 25

7:30 a.m.
• Morning devotion with Anthony Allen

8 a.m.
• Conference session #6

9:15 a.m.  
• Break

9:30 a.m.  
• Closing worship session
• SBC partner update from Guidestone and LifeWay
• Jeff Iorg, President, Gateway Seminary of the SBC – “Advancing the gospel through culture”

Location and Lodging

The Midwest Leadership Summit will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center located at 3000 South Dirksen Parkway in Springfield, Illinois.

Contact your state convention for specific information about lodging, fees, and the reservation deadline for your state.

The Midwest Leadership Summit is a by-invitation-only event. Contact your state convention representative listed below for information about attending the event.

While the summit is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, some states have been assigned sleeping rooms at different hotels due to the large volume of event participants. The hotels and blocks of sleeping rooms are listed with the state convention information below. Your state convention will provide you with information regarding fees and reservation deadlines.

Dakota Baptist Convention
Jeff Musgrave • jeff@dakotabaptist.com
701-818-8801 • www.DakotaBaptist.com
Sleeping room block: Hilton Garden Inn, 3100 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

Illinois Baptist State Association
Barb Troeger • barbtroeger@ibsa.org
217-391-3138 • www.IBSA.org
Sleeping room block: Crowne Plaza, 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

State Convention of Baptists in Indiana
Michelle Hillard • mhillard@scbi.org
317-481-2400 • www.SCBI.org
Sleeping room block: Holiday Inn Express, 3050 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

Baptist Convention of Iowa
Mandy Stenberg • mstenberg@bciowa.org
515-809-2819 • www.BCIOWA.org
Sleeping room block: Drury Inn, 3180 Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
Peg Davis • pdavis@knscb.org
785-228-6806 • www.KNCSB.org
Sleeping room block: Crowne Plaza, 3000 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

Baptist State Convention of Michigan
Lisa Johns • lisa@bscm.org
810-714-1907 • www.BSCM.org
Sleeping room block: Country Inn and Suites, 3029 Stevenson Dr, Springfield, IL

Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention
Julie Sundeen • jsundeen@mwbc.org
507-282-3636 • www.MWBC.org 
Sleeping room block: Country Inn and Suites, 3029 Stevenson Dr, Springfield, IL

Missouri Baptist Convention
Carla Martin • cmartin@mobaptist.org
573-636-0400 • www.MoBaptist.org
Sleeping room block: Ramada North, 3281 Northfield Dr, Springfield, IL
– and –
Northfield Inn, 3280 Northfield Dr, Springfield, IL

State Convention of Baptists in Ohio
Bruce Smith • brucesmith@scbo.org
614-601-6789 • www.SCBO.org
Sleeping room block: Wingate, 3185 Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists
Michelle Harris • michelleharris@wvcsb.org
304-757-0944 • www.WVCSB.org
Sleeping room block: Holiday Inn Express, 3050 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL