18 January, 2022

ChurchOS Conference Slated for Feb. 1-2 (Plus News Briefs)

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The inaugural ChurchOS Conference will take place Feb. 1-2 at the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Campus of Christ’s Church of the Valley. The conference is for senior pastors, executive pastors, church planters, department leaders, elders . . . any leader, really, who wants to carry out the Great Commission more effectively and consistently.

The event is being developed by Intentional Churches, co-founded by Bart Rendel and Doug Parks, authors of the book Intentional Churches. The conference is designed to deepen the understanding, use, and implementation of their ChurchOS strategic leadership method for making more and better disciples. Over the past eight years, according to Rendel and Parks, hundreds of churches have installed ChurchOS, and it is helping to revitalize stuck churches, fuel growth in growing churches, and aid in healthier church plants.

Conference speakers will include Garry Poole, Mike Hickerson, and Ron Sylvia. There will be main sessions, customized tracks (ranging from “Foundations”—for leaders just learning about ChurchOS—to “Advanced”), and collaborative elements.

Much additional information, and registration, is available at churchosconference.com.

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News Briefs

Johnson University has begun an oral history project to collect the stories of alumni from JU’s campuses in Tennessee and Florida. Some alumni stories will be included in a book that will be published this year. Learn more at www.johnsonalumni.org.

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Bridges Christian Church in Russell, Ky., is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.

Executive pastor Kevin Fraley told the Daily Independent the church first met in a theater in 1921 (“They were trendsetters”), while senior pastor Tom Lawson said the first floor of the church is currently undergoing renovation for their children’s ministry.

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“Preaching in Season and Out of Season” will be the theme of the National Preaching Summit slated for March 7-8 at The Creek in Indianapolis.

Organizers say the summit is where “preachers of all ages and levels of experience gather to learn and share ways to communicate the Scriptures more effectively.” The summit includes mentoring and fellowship, training and communication workshops, and time and space to rest, recharge, and be spiritually fed.

Speakers will include Mark Scott, Caleb Kaltenbach, Jerry Taylor, and Aaron Brockett. Workshop leaders will include Rob O’Lynn, Jason Poznich, Casey Scott, and Jodi Owens.

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After 25 years with Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, N.C., professor of biblical studies Dr. Lee Fields ended his service there after the fall semester and has begun a new work with Zondervan. Photos from a farewell party are posted at MACU’s Facebook page.

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Hope International University has received final approval to offer its first-ever doctoral degree program: Doctor of Marriage & Family Therapy. The program, offered through the Fullerton, Calif., school’s College of Psychology & Counseling, will debut with its initial student cohort early this year.

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Milligan University in Tennessee recently received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next 10 years from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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Jeff Faull, senior minister of Mt. Gilead Church in Mooresville, Ind., will speak at ministry leadership seminars scheduled Feb. 25 at Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly, Mo., and March 4 at the Christian Church Leadership Center in Florence, Ky. (Greater Cincinnati).

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A team of 19 from Impact Christian Church in Woodland Park, Colo., traveled to Juarez, Mexico, recently to build a home for a family of four. The Pikes Peak Courier reported on the trip last week, while also sharing a short profile of the church. 

“Love is a verb more than an emotion,” lead pastor Scott Park told the newspaper. “We seek to love through action as best we can because of the ultimate loving action of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.”

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Great Lakes Christian College recently shared “10 Bible verses that can help you in your personal walk with Christ.” The first three: Isaiah 41:10; Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 27:4. (See the entire list.)

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