MARCH 2-3, 2017

Mecklenburg Community Church
8335 Browne Road
Charlotte, NC 28269

This year we'll focus on growing together as students of culture and campaigners for the local church. The conference will be one full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) on March 2 with an optional half-day of breakouts on March 3. 


Friday, March 3

8:30 a.m.   Check-in opens
9 a.m.        Breakout one
10 a.m.      Break
10:15 a.m. Breakout two
11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Breakout three
12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Thursday, March 2

8:30 a.m.   Check-in opens
9 a.m.        Session one
11 a.m.      Break
11:30 a.m. Session two
1 p.m.        Lunch
2 p.m.        Session three
4 p.m.        Closing Remarks

Plenary Sessions

Led by Dr. James Emery White on Thursday, March 2

The Nones, Generation Z, and the New Post-Christian World

The rise of the nones has produced the first post-Christian generation in American history, “Generation Z,” which is also the largest generation of our day. In this session, James Emery White - author of Rise of the Nones and Meet Generation Z - will update the most bleeding-edge trends related to the nones, lay-out the most important marks of Generation Z, and offer three critical approaches to reaching them for Christ. These three approaches have helped Mecklenburg Community Church (Meck) become a church of 10,000 active attenders.


Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of the year was “post-truth.” What does that mean for our culture, and specifically, for making a case for the truth of the Christian faith? Dr. White will explore the nature of today’s “truthiness” and how a new cultural bridge might be built through such things as ghosts and Galileo, neo-atheists and cynics – cultural bridges that continue to help Meck achieve over 70 percent of its annual growth through the previously unchurched.


Pulling from his wide reading and analysis, observation and cultural engagement, James Emery White will offer a set of trends that may prove to be the future challenges of the church, including such thought-provoking developments as the “neo-medieval” and the “daily me.” But don’t think this is attempting to “guess” at the future – each trend is already taking root, and this session will tell you where and how.

Breakout Sessions

Friday, March 3

Preventing Every Church’s Three Natural Tendencies: Getting Older, Becoming Outdated, and Turning Inward
(for senior Pastors only)

In this session designed for senior pastors, fellow senior pastor James Emery White outlines lessons learned from thirty years of pastoral leadership in regard to turning the tide against the three “natural flows” of every church: average age of attenders getting older, the methods and style becoming outdated, and the DNA of the church turning inward toward the already convinced instead of staying outward-focused toward the unchurched.

Ministry-Specific Breakouts

Prior to the conference you will receive an email that will allow you to select three of the following sessions:

- Rethinking the Front Door: Excelling at Guest Services 

- Discipleship from the Ground Up

- Turning First-Time Guests into Fully Functioning Members

- Maximizing the Impact of the Arts

- Enhancing Your Voice: Marketing as the Church

- Reaching and Shaping Generation Z: Dynamics of Children's Ministry

- "May I have your attention please?": Connecting with Students

Session Details >>>


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