PROPEL (Previewing the 2015 NACC)

By Caleb Kaltenbach

Maybe you’ve gone to many leadership ministry conferences, and maybe many of them seem like the same conference experience over and over again. You walk away with a lot of good information, but wish there had been the opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, or discuss a speaker’s point a little deeper.

What if you could have a more personal experience with seasoned ministry leaders?

Now’s your chance!

The 2015 NACC’s preconference event, “PROPEL,” will be unlike any such event you have ever attended.

02_NACC_Propel_JN“PROPEL” is a one-day conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. At this event, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers, and even pull them aside after a session to discuss issues. We believe it will be an environment where you can learn and grow in a new way.

You’ll also be able to network! Many of us are busy and rarely have an opportunity to rub shoulders with other leaders who are asking the same questions we are. During “PROPEL,” we want you to meet new people, talk with other leaders at breaks, and eat lunch with people you’re just getting to know. Use this event to initiate relationships that may develop into lifelong friendships with others who will pray for you, pray for one another, swap ministry ideas with you, and give you honest feedback.

While everyone is invited, we are specifically targeting those in ministry under age 40. Senior pastors, youth pastors, church planters, worship leaders, associates, men’s leaders, women’s leaders, family directors, parachurch leaders, missionaries, college students, lay leaders, and others are encouraged to sign up.

This event will have four main-session times to discuss “The Relevance of Preaching,” “Biggest Lessons in Leadership,” “Ministry in a Shifting Culture,” and an open question and answer time. Four seasoned ministry leaders with a variety of experiences will lead discussion at each session:

Mike Baker, president of the 2015 NACC and senior pastor, Eastview Christian Church, Normal, Illinois

Todd Clark, teaching pastor with Christ’s Church of the Valley, Peoria, Arizona

Lane Jones, associate pastor with North Point Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia

Carlos Whittaker, worship leader and author, Nashville, Tennessee.

Mel McGowan, president of Visioneering Studios, will host the event, and Sarah Lynn Grubb, director of worship and programming at Discovery Church, Simi Valley, California, will lead worship in the morning and the afternoon.

Our goal is that you leave “PROPEL” with new ideas, questions answered, new friends, and feeling closer to the Lord.

The cost for this event is only $25 and includes everything I’ve mentioned, plus a box lunch, refreshments, some giveaways, and more. Go to to register.

Of course, after “PROPEL” ends, we encourage you to stay for the NACC’s first main session that evening. Mike Baker will be preaching. As a matter of fact, consider staying for the rest of the week. Ideas from “PROPEL” will be appearing throughout the week in main sessions and breakout classes!

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!


Caleb Kaltenbach serves as lead pastor with Discovery Church in Simi Valley, California.


Willing to Help?

Are you willing to help with “PROPEL”? There are several ways you can be part of this event (besides attending). Help us get the word out on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). We also need people to help us set up, tear down, serve lunch, greet people, and more.

To register, sign up to help, or for more information, go to

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