2014 Church Planting Postcard - English
2014 Church Planting Postcard - Spanish

Plant Generously, Reap Bountifully - Toward an Intercultural Future

Bethany Theological Seminary (Richmond, Indiana)
May 15 - 17, 2014

Sponsored by the Church of the Brethren through the office of Congregational Life Ministries and the New Church Development Advisory Committee

"This vibrant gathering is rooted in worship and prayer while providing practical training, nurturing conversation, and stimulating idea-sharing. The entire conference will be focused on working toward an intercultural future; there will also be a unique training track offered in Spanish."
"This vibrant gathering is rooted in worship and prayer while providing practical training, nurturing conversation, and stimulating idea-sharing. The entire conference will be focused on working toward an intercultural future; there will also be a unique training track offered in Spanish."
2014 Church Planting Postcard - Spanish
2014 Church Planting Postcard - English

Keynote leaders:

Efrem Smith
Efrem Smith

Efrem Smith
Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults with churches on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development.

He is the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization committed to the empowerment of the urban poor through the facilitation of church planting movements and leadership development. Previously he served as Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church and was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church. Efrem is an author of three books. He is married with two daughters.

Alejandro Mandes
Alejandro Mandes

Alejandro Mandes
Dr. Mandes is director of Hispanic Ministries for the Evangelical Free Church of America. He serves as a catalyst for multiplying healthy Hispanic churches and has a special commitment to love, train and send immigrant leaders.

Alex has planted three churches and writes and speaks regularly about the need to recalibrate the American church’s vision to see, serve and send the immigrants among us. Alejandro is married and has five daughters.

Opening worship preacher

Nancy Heishman
Nancy Heishman preaching at Annual Conference 2009

Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference moderator for 2014, will preach at our opening worship service.

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