By Mark A. Taylor
We need dynamic smaller churches. Smaller churches have made a big difference for Christ in our culture, and this must continue. Even though many smaller churches will never reach “mega” status, all of them can grow in both size and impact.
These are the convictions behind the birth of the Energizing Smaller Churches Network. Formed just two years ago, this ministry is already making a difference. Now, because of the great need and potential, Standard Publishing is underwriting and expanding ESCN.
First evidence of ESCN’s new day is the roster of 10 conferences scheduled for 2007. Smaller church leaders and volunteers who attend them will discover
• Vision for the role and potential of their congregation
• Testimony from leaders of smaller churches making a difference
• Ideas that work, presented in practical how-to panels and workshops
• Encouragement to continue their vital, but too-often unrecognized, work for God.
More information about each of these events is at the new ESCN Web site. Go to www.escnetwork.com to register for a conference or get contact information for the conference closest to you.
Keep watching the site for new features as this network offers more help and greater opportunities to connect. Our goal is not only to present great events, but also to create a true network of smaller church leaders. We want to help smaller churches to help each other. We hope your church, or the smaller churches you know about, will join us in making this happen.
Standard Publishing Presents
Releasing the Power of the Smaller Church
Energizing Smaller Churches Network Conferences, 2007:
February 22, 23 — Dallas, TX — Dallas Christian College
March 9, 10 — Moberly, MO — Central Christian College of the Bible
March 30, 31 — Manhattan, KS — Manhattan Christian College
May 4, 5 — Turner, OR — Oregon Christian Convention
May 18, 19 — Kissimmee, FL — Florida Christian College
August 17, 18 — Cincinnati, OH — Cincinnati Christian University
September 7, 8 — Lincoln, IL — Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
September 28, 29 — Lansing, MI — Great Lakes Christian College
October 12, 13 — Knoxville, TN — Johnson Bible College
October 26, 27 — Elizabeth City, NC — Roanoke Bible College