Explore practical strategies and powerful motivations for loving our neighbors and sharing the good news. Our incredible and diverse speakers will share unique perspectives and expertise on doing good works, building good will, and sharing good news in a wide variety of contexts.
Join with other believers and ministry leaders who are also passionate about community engagement and outreach. Share ideas, stories, and insights together as we all seek to create bridges of friendship with people outside the church.
Discover the next steps that God has for you and your church in the journey to love your neighbors. Come prepared to be challenged, dream big, and think outside the box!
New York Times Best-Selling Author
New York Times Best-Selling Author
Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker and bestselling author of three books including Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety and depression—and invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose. Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah finds joy in raising four children, two of whom have Down syndrome.
Gabe Lyons founded Q in 2007, a media and events platform that educates and mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Gabe is the author or co-author of three books including Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme. He continues to work widely to represent the perspectives of a new generation of Christians.
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership. Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her family’s unrelenting work ethic and the grace of God for the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life.
Rev. Dr. Kevin Harney is the Lead Pastor of Shoreline Church in Monterey, CA. Kevin is also the Co-Founder and the Visionary Leader of Organic Outreach International, Inc. He is the author of many books including: the Organic Outreach trilogy of books, No Is a Beautiful Word, Reckless Faith, and other books and curriculum. He and his wife Sherry have written over seventy small group study guides (in partnership with John Ortberg, Dallas Willard, Randy Frazee, Gary Thomas, Mark Batterson, Max Lucado, and others).
Sherry Harney is the Executive Director of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship at Shoreline Church in Monterey, CA. Sherry is also the Co-Founder of Organic Outreach International, Inc. She is an international speaker, author, editor, and has served the local church in the areas of staff leadership, women’s ministry and children’s ministry for over three decades.
Alexandra Kuykendall encourages the Church to engage God’s world in the tension and intersection of heartache and hope. Her most recent book, Loving My Actual Neighbor offers a roadmap for how to begin and deepen relationships with those on the periphery of our lives. She is the Co-Founder of The Open Door Sisterhood, a community of women working to be world changers for good right where they are. She co-hosts a podcast and retreat under the same name. Alex’s other titles include Loving My Actual Life, Loving My Actual Christmas, and The Artist’s Daughter: A Memoir.
Craig Springer is the Executive Director of Alpha USA. Alpha’s program provides a judgment-free space where over 350,000 annual participants discuss meaningful topics of faith and life. Alpha USA is helping to transform the culture of churches to invite in those with questions, frustrations or serious doubts about spirituality, the church, the direction of their lives or anything in-between.
Dr. Alejandro Mandes is the Director of All Peoples Ministries and the founder of Immigrant Hope and GATEWAY Theological Institute. In these roles and others, Alex has created innovative programs aimed to bring greater compassion, justice and community transformation. A recognized expert and sought-after speaker, he advises leaders across the US on issues related to ethnic and immigrant communities.
Cedrick is a privileged public speaker for a wide variety of audiences, and serves on Board of Directors for World Team USA, a global mission agency dedicated to Church planting among unreached people groups. He is the author of several books including Influencing Your World and The Racial and Cultural Divide – Are We Still Prejudiced? He is the founding pastor of Commitment Community Church—one of most racially and culturally diverse churches in the state of New Jersey. Cedrick has been married to his beautiful wife Lisa for thirty years. They have three wonderful adult children together:
Scott Sauls serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Nashville, Scott was a Lead and Preaching Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City after planting two midwest churches. Scott has authored five books, including Jesus Outside the Lines and A Gentle Answer. He blogs regularly at scottsauls.com, and his work has been featured in a variety of prominent publications including Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and The Gospel Coalition.
Jamel Crawford currently is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and serves as Lead Pastor of New Life Center in Des Moines and founder and of the Des Moines Dream Center. Jamel has been married for 10 years to his wife Melissa, and they have three children. Jamel has been a part of and has served the community for more than 22 years including serving as a youth pastor, leading the John R. Grubb YMCA, and acting as the Interim Executive Director or the Evelyn Davis Early Learning Academy.
Helen Mitchell is an Ethics and Leadership professor at Biola University. As the Director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work & Economics at Biola University, she works with churches and pastors on faith and work integration. Helen is also a certified leadership and strategy coach, speaker, author, and oversees the leader learning initiative for Convene Corp.
Walt Bennett is the President and CEO of Organic Outreach International. He also serves as an Executive Pastor at Shoreline Church in Monterey, California. Walt has held significant leadership and teaching roles in the US Navy, Public Schools, and the Corporate World. He has designed and led training in subjects from Nuclear Engineering and Risk Management to Leadership and Coaching. He finds this realm of teaching culture change within the church to be both the most challenging and satisfying work he has ever engaged in.
Jolene Philo is both parent and daughter of loved ones with special needs and disabilities, as well as a former educator who worked with children for 25 years. She’s written several books about caregiving, special needs parenting, and childhood PTSD, including Sharing Love Abundantly with Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman.
When RJ Sumrall was twelve years old, a pastor prophesied that he would become a preacher. As a college student (and two sport athlete) at Iowa State University, he accepted Christ… and was surprised and honored to become a preacher a few years later. Passionate about pouring into youth, he now works for Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as the chaplain for the Iowa State football team.
Garry Poole is an outreach specialist, a training facilitator, and strategic planning consultant for churches and organizations around the world. He is also an Assistant Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. Garry is the author of the award-winning Seeker Small Groups, plus The Tough Questions series, and numerous study guides with Lee Strobel.
Kimberly Stuart is the author of eight published novels, including the Heidi Elliott series, Act Two, Stretch Marks, Operation Bonnet, Sugar, and Heart Land. She is a frequent public speaker and is passionate about helping others live great stories.
Quintin Stieff is the Lead Pastor of Valley Church, located in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s a conference and retreat speaker, in both the US and internationally, on leadership, strategic vision, church-community engagement, evangelism, and outreach.
Clint Grider is a respected vision optimizer who has been guiding leaders through vision clarity processes for over 25 years. He has served successful generosity campaigns ranging from $2 million to more than $600 million. Clint excels in facilitating partnerships, process improvements, and improving organizational capacity, with the goal of leading to meaningful results and sustained momentum.
Love like Jesus
What would our world look like if we saw people the way Jesus sees them?
If we truly loved people…with no strings attached? What if we could find common ground, make everyday connections with real people, and got to know our neighbors?
What if we could see God open doors to bring the hope and love of the gospel to our communities?
Join us as we learn from thought leaders, pastors, and church innovators how we can love our communities better and share the gospel winsomely and effectively.
Who should attend?
If you’re a Christian who wants to grow in your compassion for people and learn how to love your neighbors and communities better, this conference is for you! We've developed a wide range of breakouts to help equip you to share the love of Jesus whether you lead a church, an organization, or simply lead a life centered on glorifying Christ. We're confident our time together will propel you toward confidently shining the light of the gospel.
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