In Jesus we see the mission of God modeled in His words and in His actions and Jesus calls us to carry on His mission in that same holistic manner. But Jesus not only gives us a model for mission in Himself, Jesus gives us His presence and power for mission. Hosted by Sojourn Network and Access Ventures, this national conference will explore God’s desire to turn lifeless ashes of our lives into beautiful life, as the above image artistically depicts. In this life, the beauty can often seem like a sliver compared to the ashes of the broken lives, families, and communities around us.
God’s desire, though, is that renewal of the ashes inside our hearts drives external mission as the presence and power of God gives transformed people the privilege of working toward holistic solutions to the complex issues within our churches communities. Therefore, we invite you to join us as at this year’s national conference to learn from leading pastors, teachers, and theologians about the importance of proclaiming the gospel and living on mission through mercy and justice.
In 1969, Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He continues to serve at C.U.T.S., and is also on the faculty at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Carl is currently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship.
Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his Masters in Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil from Oxford Graduate School.×
Four Oaks is incredibly blessed to have a man of Dave’s background, experience, and training serving with us. While Dave has been involved in a number of national and international leadership efforts in the broader evangelical world, he is first and foremost a pastor, having served in that capacity for over 25 years. His desire to serve the local church as part of a healthy team of pastors and elders brought him to Four Oaks, where he serves as Pastor of Preaching. Dave and Kimm, his wife of 31 years, have four children and one grandchild.
Dave's primary duties at Four Oaks are preaching and teaching at the Killearn Campus, while also training and mentoring younger preachers and pastors; providing pastoral care to the Killearn Campus alongside other members of the pastoral team; providing mission-oriented leadership, organization, and initiative specifically related to multi-site expansion and church-planting initiatives; and engaging in extra-local church ministry opportunities in the service of God’s kingdom and the church at large (speaking, teaching, writing), focusing on those activities that will particularly bless Four Oaks.
Dave received a Master of Arts in Missiology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989, worked toward a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1993 to 1995, and in 2001 became a graduate in Westminster’s Doctor of Ministry program. The subject of his doctoral thesis was identifying and equipping church-planting pastors. He is the author of Am I Called? The Summons to Pastoral Ministry (Crossway, 2012), Rescuing Ambition (Crossway, 2010; rescuingambition.com), and When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage (Shepherd, 2007). He contributed a chapter to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (Crossway, 2008) and wrote a chapter for Why Small Groups?, a book from SGM’s Pursuit of Godliness series. He has been a board member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) since 2007.
Dave joined the staff of of Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA in 1986, and served as senior pastor there from 1990 to 2008. In 1995, he joined the leadership team of Sovereign Grace Ministries, and began serving full-time with Sovereign Grace in 2008. While at Sovereign Grace, he was responsible for church care, church planting, and international expansion.×
Scotty Smith, a native of Graham, North Carolina, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (BA in religion); Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR) and Covenant Theological Seminary (DMin). After planting and pastoring Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee, for 26 years, Scotty has most recently assumed a position on the pastoral staff of West End Community Church, as teacher in residence. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Covenant Seminary, Westminster (Philadelphia), Redeemer Seminary (Dallas), RTS in Orlando, and most recently, Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Scotty and his wife of 41 years, Darlene, continue to live in Franklin, close to their two adult children, Kristin and Scott, and their one grandchild, Finn. Scotty has authored six books, including, Unveiled Hope (with Michael Card), Objects of His Affection, Restoring Broken Things (with Steven Curtis Chapman), and Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to Gospel Centered Faith. Among his hobbies, Scotty enjoys photography, fishing, cooking, and exercise.×
Daniel Montgomery planted Sojourn Community Church in the fall of 2000 in Louisville, KY; he has been serving as the Lead Pastor since. He is the founder of Sojourn Network, a group of evangelical, reformed baptistic churches committed to planting, growing, and multiplying healthy churches, which began in 2010. Daniel is also co-author of Faithmapping, and PROOF: Finding Freedom Through The Intoxicating Joy Of Irresistible Grace.×
Since 1979, The Reverend Dr. Kevin W. Cosby has served as Senior Pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his practical and dynamic Bible teachings, the congregation has grown from 500 to approximately 14,000 members, and has been recognized by Outreach magazine as one of the 100 largest churches in America (2010) and Emerge magazine as one of six “super churches” of the South. During his tenure at St. Stephen, the church has grown from the “little church on the corner” to a multi-faceted institution that includes a 1,700-seat worship center, a cutting-edge $4 million inner-city family life center and a 1,000-seat worship facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana. In October 2013, Dr. Cosby began a satellite church in Hardin County, Ky. During the first Sunday’s service, 70 people united with the church.
The thread of God’s hand is interwoven into the tapestry of Dr. Cosby’s life and ministry. The providence of God is seen most clearly in Dr. Cosby’s ministry in the story of Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY). In 1997, the Lord led Dr. Cosby to encourage the church to purchase and convert into a lifestyle enrichment campus, the original four-acre campus of Simmons University (now Simmons College of KY). The four-acre campus was once home to Simmons University, the first black-owned and operated educational institution in the state of Kentucky, but had been lost to foreclosure during the Great Depression. In 2005, Dr. Cosby was named the 13th President of Simmons. Two years later, because of his obedience to God’s guidance to purchase Simmons’ original campus a decade earlier, Dr. Cosby was the human instrument God used to lead the college back to their original campus. Under his visionary leadership, SCKY was granted accreditation by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in early 2014. To God be the glory!
A staunch proponent of education, Dr. Cosby earned a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University and Campbellsville University.
He has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary. Additionally, his exceptional oratory skills have produced lecture engagements at universities and institutions around the world, including Harvard University. Further, he is a member of the University of Louisville’s board of trustees.
Dr. Cosby has authored five highly-acclaimed books: Get off Your But!: Messages, Musings & Ministries to Empower the African-American Church; As They Went; Treasure Worth Seeking; Who’s Your Daddy?: Life Lessons from the Prodigal Son and Loyal to the Royal. He has been a contributing writer to a number of books, journals and periodicals.
He has been the subject of many national articles and documentaries, which consistently list him among the most influential leaders in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. His 2007 selection as “Louisvillian of the Year” is a tribute to his outstanding contributions to the community. He was ranked #1 of the Top Ten Religious Leaders in Louisville by Louisville Magazine in the October 2011 issue. In the spring of 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at Eastern Kentucky University. Although Dr. Cosby has achieved many notable accomplishments, he is most known for his intense commitment to serving the Lord through improving the lives of others. Dr. Cosby is married to the former Barnetta Turner; they are the parents of two adult children.×
Randy Nabors, for 35 years was the visionary pastor of one of the South’s most racially diverse churches, New City Fellowship in ...Read More
Randy Nabors, for 35 years was the visionary pastor of one of the South’s most racially diverse churches, New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, TN. He currently leads the New City Network, an international coalition of churches that are urban, cross-cultural, include the poor, have joyful worship and sound Bibilcal preaching. Randy is a nationally known advocate of the poor. For over three decades he has championed racial reconciliation, mercy ministry and economic development as lasting solutions for urban poverty. He himself grew up in the inner-city housing projects of Newark, N.J., in a church with a strong commitment to the city and its people.×
Author of 100 Meditations, An Everyday Book for Everyday People, a native to the L.A. area, Michael was born in 1968, the youngest of 8 children. At 9yrs old his mother’s job moved him from the San Fernando Valley to the affluent Malibu hills. He graduated from crossroads High school in Santa Monica; class of 1986. He briefly attended UCLA before god reached into his heart and changed his life forever. He then transferred to The Master’s College where he earned a BA in Political Science, with an emphasis in philosophy in 1991. In 1997 he also earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary.
Michael pastored Free Grace Church in the Antelope Valley, CA from 1997-2008. In 1999 Michael felt a tremendous burden for the sanctity of human life, and subsequently became the co-founder and president of Care Net Women’s Resource Center of North County from 1999-2008. He served on staff of Cornerstone Bible Church, Ridgecrest, CA as church planting and missions pastor 2008-2009.
In 2006 Michael also launched Innovative Consulting, a non-profit consulting business for the Antelope Valley’s underserved community. In 2009 Michael knew God was calling him to Baltimore, MD where he planted Freedom Church. This was fueled by his passion to pastor in an urban city with racial diversity, and to also pour especially into the lives of African American men.
Since landing in Baltimore, Michael continues to serve as Lead Pastor of Freedom Church. Recent accomplishments include Enneagram Certification, coaching numerous leaders though out the US, speaking at conferences, retreats, weddings, funerals, and also serving on the board of Sojourn Network. Michael has been married for 20 years to Dani and has 5 children; Claudia, Tabitha, Nehemiah, Keturah, and Ezra.
Michael’s favorite pastimes include dating his wife, being a ‘sugar daddy’ to his kids, golf, cycling, keeping The Hershey Company and AT&T in business, and looking for any reason to bless those around him. (Written by Dani J )×
* The tracks above with an asterisk are available for seminary credit. See FAQ section below for more details!
** Actual names are changed/omitted to protect identities.
Don’t miss our first national gathering of leaders from churches across the country. With room for only 700 people, registration is first come, first serve for all tracks and forums.
20% Off for Students
*Ends September 1st
20% Off for Students
*Ends October 1st
20% Off for Students
*Ends November 1st
St. Vincent’s Cathedral (Sojourn Community Church) 1207 S. Shelby Street Louisville, KY 40203
Workshops will meeting in a variety of spaces in around St. Vincent’s among the Shelby Park and Germantown neighborhoods.
Louisville International Airport (SDF) Louisville, Kentucky 8 minute drive to St. Vincent’s
Legacy Hotel on SBTS Campus
*Shuttle service available from airport upon request
Hampton Inn Downtown Louisville
Please use ask for our special conference rate through October 4, 2014
When you call, ask for the special “Sojourn Network” block rate. Nightly rates start at $139.00 + taxes (this rate includes free parking, breakfast, free in-room wifi, and recreation facility)
*Shuttle service available from airport upon request
Hilton Seelbach Hotel - downtown Louisville
Please use/ask for our special conference rate through October 4, 2014
When you call, ask for the special “Sojourn Network” block rate.
Nightly rates start at $139.00 + taxes (this rate free in-room wifi, and recreation facility)
*Shuttle service available from airport upon request
This year the Southern Seminary, in partnership with Sojourn Network, will offer five of its tracks for seminary credit through SBTS as hybrid modular courses. Once you register through Moodle with the corresponding course numbers, you will be waitlisted until both your Registration for Conference and membership (or member in process) at a Sojourn Network Church has been verified.
There will be an additional lecture time on the SBTS campus for each track from 1-5pm on Monday Nov. 3rd as a pre-cursor to the conference.
Also, be on the look out for more information about the brand new, fully accredited through SBTS, Sojourn Network Master of Arts and Master of Divinity. Degree program information will be emailed out to all Sojourn Network Churches and Sojourners who attend SBTS currently. Sojourn Conference courses like these will function as key elements for the degree program.
Sojourn Network’s first national conference is primarily aimed at church leaders who serve local churches in a variety of contexts. Whether you are a lead pastor of a multi-site congregation, or a first-year church planter, a community life director or a lay elder, we believe there’s something here for every leader in your church. With a particular emphasis on mercy and renewal, consider inviting and including any person involved with these ministries.
Sojourn Network is a network of churches whose mission is to help pastors plant, grow, and multiply healthy churches. You can head to our website for more details on what we believe, how to join as a church planter or an existing church, what churches commit to when they join the network, upcoming events, and more.
You can sign up for a lunch forum held on Wednesday of the conference. When you click “register” below, it will have a question asking you which lunch forum you would like to sign up for. Click “Joining the Network | Daniel Montgomery and Dave Harvey”.
Access Ventures is a venture philanthropy that offers a new alternative for channeling large-scale private capital to support the theological vision of the local church through missions to expand the churches impact in the community. We aim to respond to complex community problems with holistic solutions by partnering with churches and leaders to change the way we tackle the most pressing problems around us. We provide resources to churches for a new approach to mission that seeks the holistic restoration of people along with propagating the principle belief that all lives have value and dignity. Our Integrated Capital approach is a desire to create a future in which money is an expression of our deepest values and aspirations and that creates access to genuine relationships within the community that result in holistic life change that is only truly available in Christ. We seek to transform how we do missions and how we mobilize the church to love God and love others.
You can sign up for a lunch forum held on Tuesday of the conference. When you click “register” below, it will have a question asking you which lunch forum you would like to sign up for. Click “Introduction to Access Ventures”
This conference is primarily about training, and the goal of any training should be personal and corporate (i.e. your local church) transformation through knowledge applied. Through the main sessions, lunch forums, and various tracks, our prayer is that through this conference, you, your team, and your church are transformed through knowledge that you can apply in your local context.
Some meals are provided as part of your registration. Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and a lite appetizer/Happy Hour on Wednesday night are included in the cost. Breakfasts are not covered, but lite snacks and coffee will be available throughout the event.
Yes. Use the discount code: SNMEMBER14 if you are a pastor or staff member at a network church. If you are not a pastor or staff member, ask one of your pastors before using the discount code.
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