Church Planting/Revitalization Track

Reaching rurality with video multisite
Andy Addis
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Diamond  (330)

Video-driven multisite is one of the easiest and cheapest paths to church planting, an astoundingly effective tool in church revitalization, and a proven method for expansion. Best yet, it’s not nearly as difficult or expensive as you think! And, it’s not just for the big city. CrossPoint Church began as a neighborhood church of 127 people, but now has locations across Kansas with more than 3,000 in attendance.

Addis pastors CrossPoint Church. He authored Reading It Right, a systematic strategy for Bible study, and BLOTCH, a children’s book and parent resource from LifeWay/B&H Kids. Andy has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication and an MDivBL from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Planting churches in small towns
Will Basham
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza C (100)

Church planting is important to the mission of God in the Midwest, but we must grasp the fact that most of the population lives in small towns. Planting a church in a small town presents its own set of challenges and we’ll examine how a new church can not only transform a small town, but impact an entire region with the gospel.

Basham planted New Heights Church in 2012 after graduating from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. New Heights has grown into a regional multi-site church with three campuses impacting an entire region of the mountain state. Basham also serves with NAMB as a church planting catalyst.

When sending hurts: multiplying when you don’t have enough to send
Will Basham
Wed 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Diamond  (330)

New Heights Church has around 400 people and has planted 2 churches and 2 campuses. They began planning for these plants when they had less than 100 people. The idea that small churches can’t send is a myth. As a matter of fact, the leadership of New Heights would credit their quadrupling in size to the fact that they started sending when they were smaller than 100. (See Basham’s bio above)

Rethinking bivocational church planting
Brad Brisco
Wed 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Plaza A (100)

Over the past several years there has been an increasing interest in church planting. As attendance declines and existing churches close, every major denomination is focusing more resources towards starting new congregations. Of late, bivocational church planting provides a more desirable way to plant a new church, rather than being based on limited funds. Learn the philosophy behind creating a bivocational pipeline of planters and discover how to best resource and send them into Kingdom activity.

Brisco is currently the director of bivocational church planting for the North American Mission Board. He also serves on the National Leadership team for Forge America Mission Training Network. Brisco is the co-author of The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, among others. He blogs regularly at

6 practices of churches that multiply
Daniel Im
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza E (188)

Learn the six practices of churches that multiply based on the largest church planting research project ever done. These practices aren’t conjecture, nor are they merely good suggestions; they were discovered out of churches that multiplied in their first five years of existence. Whether your church is one year old, or 100 years old, you will walk away with practices to help you move towards multiplication.

Im is the founder of and the director of church multiplication for LifeWay Christian Resources, and teaching pastor at The Fellowship. He is the author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd Ed.), among others. Visit to learn more.

Revitalization: six hats of church merger
Sylvan Knobloch
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Illinois (90)

We’ll explore the different goals, expectations, emotions, attitudes, and theological concerns that individuals bring to the discussion on church merger. Participants will learn how to

leverage the six hats conversation to determine the readiness for merger and the creation of a working covenant.

Knobloch lives based on a deep desire to equip others to know Jesus personally. He will retire from IBSA on December 31 this year and guides the church to ask: “How can we bring God glory in our unique ministry field?”

Church planting: developing a fundraising strategy
Joe Lightner
Wed 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Springfield (40)

One of the single greatest pressures facing church planters is funding their new church plant. Fundraising for a new church is a multi-year, 365 days a year proposition. In this breakout, Lightner will share how to develop a fundraising strategy that will help relieve financial pressure facing church planters.

Lightner is the lead and founding pastor of Legacy Stone Church within the Indianapolis metro area. He has an expansive ministry background from pastoring growing churches to serving as a Christian organization executive leader. He earned his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a DMin from Liberty Theological Seminary.

Church planting: developing a launch strategy
Joe Lightner
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Governor (90)

One of the greatest challenges in starting a new church is knowing how to get started. As a result, many new churches do not start well or at all. In this breakout, Lightner will share how to develop a strategy that will not only help planters know where to start but how to effectively launch their new church into the community.

Lightner is the lead and founding pastor of Legacy Stone Church within the Indianapolis metro area. He has an expansive ministry background from pastoring growing churches to serving as a Christian organization executive leader. He earned his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a DMin from Liberty Theological Seminary.

Developing a target area
Joe Lightner
Wed 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Springfield (40)

A common mistake that church planters make is attempting to develop strategy without a proper understanding of their communities. This mistake creates an unfortunate barrier between the church and the community. Join us to learn how to develop a community profile that will help shape strategy. (See Lightner’s bio above)

Why church planting?
Mark Millman
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Illinois (90)

Let’s try to understand the many lay people who serve in our churches today, then look into why many churches are not involved in church planting. We will talk about the benefits of church planting and how a church can get started being a supporting church.

Millman has served as the church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board and in Wisconsin since 2005, where the Southern Wisconsin Baptist Association has grown from 13 to 30 churches. He earned his MDiv and DMin from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark is credentialed with the International Coach Federation.

Revitalization is for every church
Scott McConnell
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Diamond (330)

Revitalization is not a destination. It’s a process. Whether you call it plateaued, stagnating, or growing more in some areas than others, every church needs revitalization. Research has shown that the difference between a transformational church and an average church is a few people doing a few things differently. Learn how to discover what your church needs to work on first.

McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, has researched the needs and preferences of church leaders, laity, and the unchurched for over 20 years. His in-depth studies and national polls have generated relevant insights on today’s church and culture. Scott authored Multi-Side Churches and co-authored The Parent Adventure. Scott is a co-host of the Keep Asking podcast.

“I think it may be time for this church to close”
Doug Morrow
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Illinois (30)

It’s a tough conversation for any church, but sometimes the best decision may be to close. When should this occur? How do we begin? How can this be done while encouraging remaining members? How can this be done and still advance the overall Kingdom’s growth? We’ll have a panel of directors of mission who, along with their state Baptist Foundation, have worked with churches who have successfully closed their doors while continuing their ministry.

Morrow heads up the Baptist Foundation of Illinois, helping Illinois Baptists respond to God’s call of stewardship upon their lives, and has served in Christian financial management leadership for more than 25 years. He has been a certified fundraising executive since 2001.

Issues in church revitalization
Frank Page
Wed 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Emerald (330)

Join us in this breakout to combat issues of church revitalization! Though every church is unique, there are transferrable issues that can be learned to help revitalize plateaued and declining churches.

Page has been president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee since 2010. He oversees the convention work of 46,000 plus churches and over 16 million members.

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