Charles “Chuck” Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, was among the speakers Tuesday at the 2008 innovatechurch Conference, being held Aug. 11-13 at Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University.
Colson, a popular Christian author and speaker who can be heard on the daily radio broadcast Breakpoint, told the audience of pastors and ministry leaders that our society, now in a “moral breakdown,” demands Christian leaders for the “frontlines” of the battle.
Colson said he first learned leadership when he trained with the Marine Corps at the height of the Korean War. He talked about the lessons he learned there that could be also be applied to church leaders. They included: assessing the situation and taking stock of your assets (“taking a hard look at ourselves”); serving your troops (equipping them with the strength to do their jobs); giving them a “vision greater than themselves”; and demanding that people follow you (“taking the tough step of saying, ‘I’ll be the first one up’” and “not pandering to your flock.”)
He also discussed his latest book, “The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters,” in which he lays out the 14 propositions of the truth by which people can define themselves as Christians.
A large church conference — a “super” conference if you will — has become an annual tradition at TRBC and Liberty. Typically featuring top Christian speakers, preachers and ministry leaders from all over the country, the conference has offered workshops on everything from missions to music and prayer. It has been “designed for Christian workers and all those who have influence for Christ,” says Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor at TRBC.
Attendees packed the TRBC Worship Center on Monday night to hear Rick Warren, bestselling author of “The Purpose-Driven Life” and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. On Tuesday, they also participated in workshops on worship, leadership, outreach, relationships, women, churches, and faith, many of which were led by TRBC and Liberty staff. Tom Mullins, senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida, spoke that afternoon. Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City was scheduled to speak Tuesday night, followed by the Night of Praise, featuring music from TRBC worship leader Charles Billingsley. The conference will close on Wednesday with a prayer service, a session by Ed Stetzer, a director of research for Lifeway, a panel on church planting, and comments from Falwell.
Conference participants received a free copy of “innovatechurch,” a book by Falwell and other TRBC leaders.
Throughout the conference, they were also able to browse exhibits and speak with sponsors offering the latest products, services and resources for church leaders.
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