The 2008 Founders Conference will meet this June in Owasso, OK focusing on church planting and revitalization. The title is Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes: Renewing and Planting Local Churches and features missiologists, historians, pastors, professors and planters. It's a great line up: Ed Stetzer, Voddie Baucham, Andy Davis, Tom Nettles, Don Whitney, Ted Christman, and Phil Newton. From the conference website:
A stagnant pond suffocates the life in its waters. Yet movement spurs health and life. The same can be said of the church. A stagnant church stymies health and vitality in its ranks, and consequently, affects the broader community. The infusion of new gimmicks or other non-biblical actions only mask the church’s health. The kind of movement that stirs life strengthens inwardly and stretches outwardly. These twin movements for church vitality are captured by the intertwining themes of church renewal and church planting.
The 2008 National Founders Conference will explore the place, necessity, and some of the God-ordained means for church renewal and church planting under the theme, “Lengthening the Cords and Strengthening the Stakes: Renewing and Planting Local Churches.” The conference theme has arisen out of the many questions conference organizers have fielded regarding local church reformation and planting new churches. These themes go hand-in-hand, revealing the desire for healthy, vibrant, and reproducing churches. Conference speakers bring a wealth of experience and expertise in both the strengthening and lengthening of the church.
I am not sure I can go this year (Jen is having our third baby shortly before the conference. I am playing this by ear), but I am holding out hope. Anyone going to this?