This past week I had the opportunity to attend “Grow Conference” at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham Ala. My sister and her husband attend this church and have been telling me about this conference for the last few years. It is designed to come alongside pastors and help them grow their churches. Church of the Highlands is a mega-church in central Alabama and has 26 campuses and broadcasts into many of the local prisons. During this conference the church staff members are encouraged to share with pastors and literally give material, supplies, and tools that are not critical to worship the next Sunday.
SACA Superintendent, Rev. Joe Pritchett, joined me for the conference and we both truly enjoyed the fellowship and worship with about 800 pastors and leaders at our campus along with about 25,000 at other campuses.
The foundation of Pastor Chris Hodges vision for the planting, growing and discipling are founded in:
Know God: Weekend Services
Weekend Service: create services that lost people love to attend and discover their personal relationship with Jesus.
Find Freedom: Small Groups
Create Small Groups where people can experience community, find freedom and grow.
Discover Purpose: Growth Track
Create a process where people can discover their spiritual gifts.
Make a Difference: Dream Team
Create a process where every person can serve on a team connected with their dream.
Chris Hodges was the keynote for our general sessions speaking on the key components of the vision. John Maxwell was the special speaker on leadership on Thursday Night sharing his vision of reaching out to the lost world.
It was a great time of partnering with other church leaders and experiencing a true unity of purpose for the kingdom of God. If you are interested in learning more, please speak to Joe or me or visit www.churchofthehighlands.com.