Check out what happened at CPLF November 2014 in Dallas, TX.
What could happen if we gathered together a large room full of the most significant and influential church planting leaders in the country? That was the question I asked myself a few years ago. It occurred to me that leaders who lead church planting efforts at the denominational and network level do not have a peer learning community. There is not a safe place for them to gather together, learn from one another, be friends with each other, and seek ways to see the gospel advanced as churches are planted.
It was out of that desire that the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship (CPLF) was birthed. Since that time, we have gathered together this exciting group twice each year. Represented among this group are approximately 75% of all US and Canadian Evangelical church plants each year. At each gathering we focus on one or two topics in an effort to learn and serve the gospel more faithfully.
Last week we held the most recent gathering of the CPLF. Prior to last week we have always held the gathering on our LifeWay campus, but we decided to move off-campus for this gathering, and The Village Church, along with Pastor Matt Chandler, were really gracious to host us at their Flower Mound campus. As with each gathering, we focused on a primary topic.
Our topic for this gathering was Church Planting Networks. We wanted to understand what made the most effective networks function so well. What systems were in place to help them prosper? What theologies and ideologies undergirded their success? How was their leadership structured and what vision did they share? These and a number of other questions were answered by some of the great church planting leaders of our day. Our speakers included:
Matt Chandler, Acts29 Dave ...