At the Outcomes Conference 2017, CLA and Christianity Today will partner to present a NEW Church Leader Summit.
This special Church Leader summit led and developed by Christianity Today: Leading With Hope in a Post-Christian Culture, will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. CLA will also develop and offer a special Church Leader workshop track offered on April 5 - 6, 2017, as part of the Church Leader Experience.
Civility seems to be collapsing. Incidents of racial and ethnic bias seem to be increasing, and the debate over how to respond is polarizing. The dominant understanding of family, sexuality, and gender seems to be dramatically shifting. All these trends and more suggest that Christian influence is dwindling in our culture. But there is a vanguard of Christian leaders who already are modeling a new, hopeful, non-defensive way of leading in the face of marginalization and opposition. Some—like the African-American church—have been doing so for generations. Others—serving in highly secular communities like universities and coastal cities—have experienced both opposition and tremendous fruitfulness. This Summit will give you a model for Christian faithfulness, help you lead with hope and love, and equip your team and organization to model Beautiful Orthodoxy.
Register early to be a part of this unique experience for church leaders of today’s high impact churches.
Katelyn Beaty is print managing editor of Christianity Today, based in the Chicago suburbs. She is the youngest and first female managing editor in the magazine's 60-year history. In 2009 she cofounded the women's website Her.meneutics and for three years served as editorial director of This Is Our City, a documentary film and article series about Christian pursuing the common good in six U.S. cities. She is the author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World, which was published this summer by Howard / Simon & Schuster.
Richard Clark is the Online Managing Editor of Christianity Today. He hosts the Christianity Today interview podcast, The Calling. After growing up in southeast Alabama, he went to college at The Baptist College of Florida, did a couple years of youth ministry, then moved to Louisville to study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also pursued a pastoral internship at Third Avenue Baptist Church. He currently lives in Wheaton, IL with his wife, Jennifer, and his son, Atticus
In his 2016 book Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, Andy Crouch continues the compelling exploration of faith and culture found in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.
Andy serves as the Senior Communication Strategist for the John Templeton Foundation and serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today (CT), including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction."
From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Bishop Claude Alexander, D.Min.
Bishop Claude Alexander, D.Min, is pastor of The Park Church of Charlotte, NC. Under his leadership, The Park Church has grown from a local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach. Under Alexander’s leadership The Park Church has innovatively fused enterprise and ministry models, having purchased the Charlotte Merchandise Mart (now The Park Expo and Conference Center) offering a multi-faceted destination that includes live-streamed and simulcast worship services as well as ample space for conferences, banquets, and exhibition space for trade shows. The future plans are for it to be a hub for leadership development, missionary training, and much more. Bishop Alexander is author of Necessary Christianity (MMGI Publishers House, 2013). He serves on numerous ministry, and local/national organizational boards, and has consistently worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from Morehouse College, a M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. After eight years with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt and The University of Texas at Austin, she now serves as Co-Associate Rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA. She writes regularly for The Well, CT Women, and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Christ and Pop Culture, Art House America, Anglicanpastor.com, and elsewhere. She is author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (IVP). She and her husband Jonathan have two young daughters.
Deb Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer. She has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network and a current member of the Forge America national team. She also serves as a board member for Missio Alliance, and was part of the leadership team of Christian Associates (a church planting movement in Europe, North & South America). She co-authored (with Alan Hirsch) Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. Her new book Redeeming Sex reflects something of her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations around sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.
For over 20 years, Stuart Lark has focused on helping nonprofit clients navigate complex matters related to their distinct operational and legal challenges. Stuart advises nonprofits on legal structure, governance, operational and personnel policies, joint ventures and affiliations, commercial activities, unrelated trade or business income tax, intellectual property, international structure, tax-exempt financing, private foundation rules, planned giving, and mergers and acquisitions. He has obtained many favorable IRS exemption rulings, as well as determinations granting state property and sales tax exemptions. Additionally, he counsels many clients with respect to religious accommodations in the law. He has helped clients secure religious tax exemptions, faith-based employment or activity rights, government benefits, and religious worker visas. Stuart also regularly advises on church property disputes and other religious exercise matters.
Angel Maldonado serves as the Lead Pastor of The Path, a diverse congregation in Atlanta, Georgia with a focus on outreach and leadership development. Angel preaches, trains and counsels at churches and conferences around the country and the caribbean. Angel is the co-founder of the AND Campaign, a coalition of urban Christians addressing sociopolitical issues based on the compassion (&) conviction of the Gospel. Angel also mentors high school and college athletes as a Character Coach with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In addition, Angel has worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes of the media industry for over a decade. As a television producer and host, he has helped to launch several shows and news programs for the NBC affiliate station, WXIA-TV/11Alive, including Atlanta & Company, and most recently, Atlanta Tech Edge. He is an alumni of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2014.
Angel became a disciple of Jesus Christ at the age of 20 while attending Florida State University. He is married to Christina who serves alongside him as a Women’s Ministry Leader at The Path. They reside in southwest Atlanta with their two daughters Layla and Aria.
Follow him on Twitter at @AngelXMaldonado.
John Onwuchekwa serves as a pastor of Cornerstone Church. A native of Houston, John was born into a Nigerian home where the gospel was cherished deeply and modeled excellently. After graduating from college, he studied at Dallas Theological Seminary. He’s served at churches in both Texas and Georgia and in 2015 moved to the West End of Atlanta, GA to help plant Cornerstone Church with his best friends. He and his wife, Shawndra, have been married since 2007. They’re eager to see the hope of the gospel restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope to their neighborhood through their local church of ordinary people.
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles.
Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week.
As of fall 2015, Stetzer co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.
He also serves the teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship, a multi-cultural megachurch in Miami, Florida.