Dates for Church Planters Training Announced & Registration Opened!!
This year’s rendition of Genesis: A Theological & Practical Trajectory for Missional Church Planting, will take place from May 12-16 in Baltimore, MD. Join Bob Hyatt, Cyd Holsclaw, J.R. Briggs, Don Coleman, and many others who share a dream of cultivating a vibrant Christ-centered community among an unreached place or people. This year’s training will take place at Holy Trinity Spiritual Center (www.trinitarians.org) and will provide the important foundation for those in the early stages of the church planting journey. Download the flyer and register here.
Plenary Sessions @ Upcoming National Gathering
You may have missed the early-bird deadline, but there is still plenty of time to join Scot McKnight, Mandy Smith, Al Tizon, and William Webb at this year’s 2014 Ecclesia National Gathering. Our theme this coming February is “Bringing the Word to Life: Reading, Understanding, and Proclaiming the Bible in Changing Times”. You can see a full list of plenary sessions here and a developing list of workshops here. Check back for updates and be sure to register sooner than later as space is limited.
Welcome New Board Members
Ecclesia is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new board members who are helping to govern our common work. Give them a shout and say hello.
Aaron serves as founder and lead pastor of The District Church in the heart of our nation’s capital. The District Church is a quickly growing church with a heart to grow and multiply leaders who have a heart for the city. Before moving to DC, Aaron started the Quincy Street Missional Church in a low-income neighborhood of Boston where he served for five years. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and recently completed his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary in missiology. Aaron and his wife Amy are both pastors as well as adoption and foster care advocates. They recently founded DC127 with the mission to unite churches to reverse the foster care wait list in DC. They live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. with their two adopted kids Elijah and Natalie.
Keas Keasler is a pastor and DJ in Miami, FL. He serves as the teaching pastor of Rhythm Church, works with athletes at the University of Miami, and spins records in various places throughout the city. With degrees from Baylor and Princeton, Keas is currently working on a PhD in theology, but also is helping shape a new model of theological education in Miami to bridge the gaps between the seminary, sanctuary, and street. Ordained as a Baptist minister, Keas’ theology and praxis have been shaped by various streams within the Christian family. He has a deep love for the global church, having traveled and done mission work in over forty countries and preached on six continents.
Jeanette Staats has been on staff with New Life Christian Fellowship since 2000. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Tech in 2000 after dabbling in Accounting and Interior Design – three majors that obviously have a lot of commonalities & overlap!
Her role at [nlcf] is called Director of Community Life. She spends time co-overseeing the campus Engage Groups as part of the Spiritual Formation team, developing & leading New Life Kids! ([nlcf]’s kids ministry), and overseeing church-wide events as well as other various administrative tasks.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, teaching piano, organizing and decorating her home, being craft, and watching HOKIE sports! She is a foster parent when the need arises. In addition, she is also pursuing a Certificate of Theological Studies from John Leland Seminary.
Her desire is to love God, love the people He places in her life, and live. “The world is full of people who will go their whole lives and not actually live one day. She did not intend on being one of them.” (quote from curlygirl designs)