Pursuing the Great Collaboration
What is missing from many of our efforts and strategies? Doing it Together! We are all very familiar with the Great Commission and the challenge to “Go.” There has been much taught on the Great Commandment and the need to go with “Love.” But it is the last part of Jesus’ mission – which was Jesus’ final prayer – that we have forgotten. It’s the Great Collaboration – that we are to go in love Together!
“…that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me…” John 17:22-23
Regional - Chicago 2021
Join hundreds of leaders for inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential’s Chicago Regional in Naperville, IL. Register early as space is limited at these smaller, more intimate gatherings.
November 2-3, 2021
$549 group of 5
$799 group of 10
Community Christian Church
1635 Emerson Ln
Naperville, IL 60540
WORSHIP IN ALL 5 MAIN SESSIONS
Church Multiplication Practitioners
10+ national speakers in 5 main sessions!
In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor at Chicago's Progressive Baptist Church; a church celebrating a distinctive 100-year history. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities at Progressive, Pastor Charlie serves as an Affiliate Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and on a number of boards for Christian organizations, including Preaching Magazine and TogetherChicago.
Dave Ferguson is the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, a multisite missional community that is passionate about “helping people find their way back to God.” Community has grown from a few college friends to thousands and has been recognized as one of America’s most influential churches. Dave also provides visionary leadership for the international church-planting movement NewThing and is chairman of the board and president of the Exponential conference. He is an award-winning author of many books including his most recent, B.L.E.S.S. 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World. Dave and his best friend Sue have three terrific children Amy, Josh and Caleb.
Jon is the co-founding pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicagoland where he provides leadership in new ventures. COMMUNITY has grown from a handful of people to a church with hundreds of leaders and thousands of people celebrating at locations throughout Chicagoland. In addition, Jon led in the launch of NewThing, a church-planting movement, whose mission is to be a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches that includes over 1000 churches and sites in the US and abroad.
Homero Garcia is pastor and founder of La Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana, Spanish-speaking church located in Mundelein, Illinois. He has helped plant twenty churches and is in the process of planting more. Homero was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the USA years ago to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Claudia have been married for twenty-seven years and have three children Kevin, Kristian and Kacey.
Drew Hyun is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown, as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in and around NYC. Drew has also co-founded the New City Network, a network of urban churches that value multi-ethnicity, Spirit-filled ministry, emotional health, and mission.
Watson Jones III is the Senior Pastor of Compassion Baptist Church on Chicago’s Southside. He served as the Lead and Founding Pastor of Restoration Church of Philadelphia. Watson’s church planting experience was chronicled by This American Life and The StartUp Podcast. Before starting his church, Watson served in a dual two-year church-planting residency with Epiphany Fellowship in North Philadelphia and Fellowship Associates in Little Rock, Arkansas. Watson is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric.
Scot McKnight -- husband to Kris, father of two adult children (Laura, Lukas) and two grandchildren -- is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, where he directs the New Testament master's and doctoral programs. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 books, including A Fellowship of Differents and, with his daughter Laura Barringer, author of A Church called Tov.
Pastor James T. Meeks is the founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing megachurches in the United States. It is the largest African American church in Illinois with over 15,000 members. Pastor Meeks has been a minister in Chicago for 41 years, which has enabled him to spread the gospel beyond the four walls of the church in local communities in Chicago and around the world .
Ed Stetzer is a professor and dean at Wheaton College who also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is regional director for Lausanne North America and publishes research through Mission Group.
Dave and Ann Wilson
Dave and Ann have been married for nearly 40 years and have spent the last 33 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway since 1993 and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country. Cofounders of Kensington Church—a national, multicampus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend—the Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released book Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019).
Hosanna Wong is an international speaker, author, and spoken word artist sharing captivating stories of a powerful God with churches, conferences, prisons, & other events around the world. She is passionate about empowering this generation to know who they are, boldly live out their purpose, and reveal God’s love to the people right next to them. Her latest book, How (Not) to Save the World, releases August 2021.
Our Need for Reproducing Churches
“I love what Exponential is doing to focus on multiplication, specifically the mission to see the percentage of U.S. churches that ever reproduce increase to greater than 10%. That’s a mission worth giving our lives to.”
Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton
Equipping Lab Options
You can register for one when you register for the conference.
How to Mobilize God’s People, God’s Way hosted by Exponential
Revolutionize Your Church: Understanding the Phygital Approach to Ministry hosted by Stadia
ChurchNext: How To Restore, Recenter, and Regather to Fuel Movement hosted by Auxano
Together: The Great Collaboration hosted by NewThing
Community Outreach: How to Develop A Simple Yet Powerful Plan for Maximum Kingdom Impact hosted by Outreach
Pre-Conference Equipping Labs are held on
Tuesday, November 2 (9:00 – 11:30 am)
before the main conference begins.
$799 for a group of 10
$549 for 5, $159 for individuals
TUESDAY, November 2nd
9:00am Pre-Conference Equipping Labs
12:30pm Main Session 1
2:30pm Main Session 2
4:30pm Main Session 3
WEDNESDAY, November 3rd
9:00am Main Session 4
11:00am Main Session 5
XP Summit Forum – an exclusive experience for XPs by XPs hosted by CDF Capital. Immediately following the 5th main session, join us for an informal lunch to hear from key leaders addressing post-pandemic issues and network with other executive pastors in your area. Executive Pastors, add this complimentary experience when you register.
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