The Future Forward Conference is for church leaders and church members who are committed to fully engaging the next generation in a rapidly changing world. In addition to three dynamic main sessions led by Carey Nieuwhof, Sam Collier, and Lee Kricher & Jason Howard, there will be 15 breakout sessions covering some of the most challenging and practical topics related to growing a multi-generational church.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
6 PM: Doors open and Check-in
7 PM: Main Session 1 with Sam Collier
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
8 AM: Doors Open
9 AM: Main Session 2 with Lee Kricher & Jason Howard
10:30 AM: Break
11 AM: Breakout Session 1
Irresistible Kids Ministry
Making Your Facility Amazing and Safe
Taking The Mystery Out of Production
Multi-Site Strategy and the Role of the Campus Pastor
Building a Church that is Both Attractional and Missional (with Lee Kricher, Dr. Scott Hagley, and Pastor John Wallace)
12 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM: Breakout Session 2
Irresistible Pre-School Ministry
Leveraging Creativity to Elevate Your Church's Impact
Building a Worship Team That Transforms the Atmosphere
Building Genuine Community in a Disconnected World
Unique Challenges of Denominational Churches (with Lee Kricher and Pastor Josh Linman)
2:30 PM: Break
3 PM: Breakout Session 3
Irresistible Young Adult Ministry
Digital Messaging For A New Generation
World-Changing Women in Ministry (with Toni Nieuwhof, AJ Howard, and Linda Kricher)
Building Guest-Centric Volunteer Teams
Unique Challenges of Non-Denominational Churches (with Lee Kricher and Pastor John Nuzzo)
4 PM: Dinner Break
6:30 PM: Doors Open
7 PM: Main Session 3 with Carey Nieuwhof
*You will be prompted to choose your breakouts during the registration process.
MAIN SESSION SPEAKERS
Carey is a former lawyer and the founding pastor of Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario, one the most influential churches in North America. He’s the author of several best-selling books including Lasting Impact and Leading Change Without Losing It. He writes one of today’s most widely read Christian leadership blogs and hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast where he interviews some of today’s best and most influential leaders. His podcasts and blogs are accessed by millions of leaders each year. Carey is passionate about helping people thrive in life and leadership, and we are honored to welcome him back to the 2019 Future Forward Conference!
Sam is a communicator at Northpoint Ministries (founded by Andy Stanley) as well as the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group (founded by Reggie Joiner). He is also a nationally syndicated radio host and the author of Find Your Voice: Capturing the Power of Influence to Live a Greater Story. Lastly, Sam is a top 20 Gospel Billboard producer and founder of No Losing, Inc. – In these roles, he has empowered over 80k young people to have a winning mindset in life to achieve their goals by creatively making education relevant to young people. Sam brings a fresh perspective to every topic and we are excited to add him to our conference keynote lineup this year!
Lee is the founder of Future Forward Churches. For fifteen years he was the Senior Pastor of Amplify Church in Pittsburgh. During that time the church was transformed from an aging, dying church to a growing, multi-generational church. In addition to his pastoral experience, Lee was Vice President of Leadership Development for Development Dimensions International (DDI), one of the premier leadership consulting firms in the world. Lee has a Master's Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and he is the author of For a New Generation: A Practical Guide For Revitalizing Your Church.
Jason is the Lead Pastor of Amplify Church. He is a graduate of Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, and he earned a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
BREAKOUT SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2018 CONFERENCE
“WHO AM I TO STAND IN GOD’S WAY?”
“5 GOOD REASONS A CHURCH SHOULD CLOSE”
COMMENTS FROM CONFERENCE ATTENDEES:
“The openness of your facility, ministry leaders, and staff was impressive. We were highly impressed by Amplify's overall hospitality and how welcoming your people were. We felt free to explore literally any corner, ask any question, and were constantly met with helpful answers and engaging people. we probably could have spent a week just having conversations about ministry with people in each environment and it wouldn't have been enough. The bar for church/conference hospitality has been raised WAY up. Very grateful for how you all presented yourselves and let us get an inside look.”
“It was well thought out. You were fantastic hosts from the parking lot to the tours to the breakouts. You provided your story not as prescriptive, but descriptive and that is helpful because Pittsburgh and West PA is not Nashville and Middle TN (our context). Thank you for making the experience affordable as well!”
“For our team that went, it was like we saw the finish line a little bit. We are a church mid-transition, so it was encouraging and a breath of fresh air.”
"Well done, Amplify!!! This conference filled me up big time. You all had such great hearts of service under a united vision and mission. It was JUST what we needed!"
"The conference was well organized, the process was effectively implemented, the speakers were prepared and appeared respectfully practiced, and the topics were perfect."
"All I can say is, Thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU! There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit is alive and thriving at Amplify Church!"
"It was amazing!"
"Excellent quality throughout."
"I really don't know what you could have done differently or improved upon. It was superb!"
"I was so impressed with how well done the conference was. It was excellent. The breakouts matched the descriptions and gave me so much to ponder and implement. I could have listened to the main session speakers all day. The speakers were prepared and communicated with passion, honesty and understanding of our hearts as servants of Jesus and our desire to do everything we can to reach each new generation with God's deep love for them."