Grace Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Gary McIntosh, internationally known professor of Christian Ministry & Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, to its campus for its first Thriving Leaders Network event, formerly known as “PastorPedia Live!” The event, “Welcoming and Connecting Guests to Your Church,” will take place on Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the William Male Center, 1 Lancer Way, Winona Lake.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. McIntosh back to the Grace campus to launch the Thriving Leaders Network – a ministry that I’m so excited to see God use to build His Kingdom through the local church,” said Dr. Freddy Cardoza, dean of Grace Theological Seminary. “A church growth expert, Dr. McIntosh brings a wealth of knowledge to the topic of welcoming and keeping guests at church. All pastors and church staff in attendance will walk away from the session enlightened with an expanded perspective on church hospitality and practical steps to better implement connection in their congregations.”
McIntosh is recognized as the foremost spokesperson for classical Church Growth Missiology in the USA. He has published more than 300 articles and reviews in Christian magazines and theological journals and is the author of twenty-two books. McIntosh holds a D.Min. and a Ph.D. both from Fuller Theological Seminary.
In the session on June 22, Dr. McIntosh will unpack the biblical foundation for a solid welcoming ministry and speak about the importance of assimilating newcomers into the life and ministry of a church so that people have the opportunity to grow into mature followers of Jesus Christ. Additionally, he will walk through the various stages of engaging newcomers so that they will stay in the church.
“When we extend our hand in welcome, we extend the gracious hand of God,” said McIntosh. “The best place to invest limited resources is the connection ministry of your church. Improving how you welcome and follow up with guests brings immediate fruit that remains.”
Tickets can be purchased at seminary.grace.edu/thrivingleaders
. General admission tickets are $25 and include lunch from Cerulean. For $55, attendees can register and receive two books Dr. McIntosh will reference at the event.
The Thriving Leaders Network will host events four times each year. The next event will take place in November. For more information about the Thriving Leaders Network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Attached: Grace Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. Gary McIntosh, internationally known professor of Christian Ministry & Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, to its campus for its first Thriving Leaders Network event on June 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.