January 23-25
Springfield, Illinois
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Church leaders from 13 Midwestern states gathered in Springfield, Ill., this week to share success stories and struggles—and to encourage each other through both—at the Midwest Leadership Summit, a meeting organized every three years by Southern Baptist state conventions in the region.

“We share the same love for our communities and vision to see people come to Christ,” said Missouri pastor Tim Burgess, “and getting together is a great reminder that we are not working at this alone.”

Over three days at Springfield’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, around 1,000 people heard from their Midwestern neighbors on a wide range of topics: collegiate church planting, urban ministry, church revitalization, women’s ministry, and a host of others presented in more than 90 breakouts.

In large-group sessions, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell interviewed four Midwestern church planters who have seen God grow their congregations from as few as one, into churches that welcome hundreds of worshipers each week. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, spoke on advancing the gospel in the current culture. And church planting specialist Darryl Gaddy shared from his experience in Detroit, calling leaders to be agents of change.

“Being a change agent means you have to give up your rights to someone else,” said Gaddy. “That someone else is Jesus Christ.”

Session surveys and the event evaluation are available on the “Survey” tab and at  MWAdvance.org/surveys.

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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 – levels 1 and 2
• Time for networking

2:15 p.m.
• Conference session #4

3:30 p.m.
• Break (food on all three levels)

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.
• Special preview screening of movie: “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 in 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

Sponsors

The Midwest Leadership Summit is provided through a financial and planning partnership between ten Baptist State Conventions and four national SBC entities.

GuideStone Financial Resources
LifeWay Christian Resources
North American Mission Board
Woman’s Missionary Union

Dakota Baptist Convention
Illinois Baptist State Association
State Convention of Baptists in Indiana
Baptist Convention of Iowa
Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists
Baptist State Convention of Michigan
Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention
Missouri Baptist Convention
State Convention of Baptists in Ohio
West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists