free conference for church planters

Yes, it really is free. I was so excited to see this, and I’m sure many church planters would be happy about this too!

Journey Church (NYC) Hosting Free Church Planting Conference

In conjunction with the release of the book Launch: Starting a New Church From Scratch, authors and pastors Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas of The Journey Church will host a free National Church Planting Conference, January 22-23, 2007 in metro New York City.

During this two-day event at The Korean Church of Queens, Nelson and Kerrick will explore from scratch to success in launching a new church. The conference is designed for church planters, pastors and church leaders planning to start a new church or anyone looking for the latest insight into church planting success.

Nelson started The Journey Church of the City in New York, NY in 2002. The congregation has grown from a handful of people to more than 1,000. The Journey is an innovative, multicultural church in Manhattan and is one of the fastest-growing churches in the Northeast.

The conference is FREE with RSVP at the website ($35 at the door). For questions, contact Lauren at (212) 730-8300 x212 or lauren[at]

For my church planting friends in DC (or Philly or Boston), you can hop on a Chinatown bus to get to New York City on the cheap. I’m thinking about doing a 1-day trip to NYC myself to celebrate Joseph Tsang’s ordination (a long time a coming!), but haven’t decided yet.

[update 12/7] found another one, hosted by Pastor Ron Sylvia (who I’d met in Oregon in October, great guy) —

FREE “Starting Churches on Purpose: Strategies for the 21st Century” Conference – Tues & Wed, Feb 27 & 28, 2007 in Ocala, Florida (note: $15 fee per person during registration to cover the cost of snacks and drinks)

A successful purpose-driven church is launched, not planted. Every stage of a new church is essential for a successful launch and each of the five stages of a new church should be fully understood and developed for a successful first year and beyond. This conference begins with the drawing board and takes you through developing an actual weekend service: from dreaming about to actually leading a church that impacts this generation. This conference will take you from the drawing board to developing an actual weekend service, and it is a great opportunity for you to bring your entire team! For planning and registration control, there is a $15 registration fee per person to cover the cost of snacks and drinks.

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  1. Hey,

    I have pastored in NYC for the last 20 years and have never seen anything like what God has done through The Journey here. In fact 6 months ago I joined The Journey pastoral team. I have learned more in the last 6 months than any other time in my life! I would highly reccommend the Jan. 22-23 launch conferece to anyone who is considering launching a church.

    If you have any questions or I could be of help with anything, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

    Growing together,