Large Church Initiative 2017

Hosted at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL
May 8-10, 2017

The Large Church Initiative (LCI) is a conference that will equip you as a pastor or church staff member to be more effective in your ministry for the Kingdom. In addition to hearing from brilliant keynote speakers and learning from informational workshops, LCI is a time of renewal for you as a church worker. We know leading a community can often drain you of your physical, spiritual and emotional resources. We want to offer you the opportunity to relax, worship the Lord, spend time in prayer and connect with others experiencing the same trials and victories as you. No matter your role in the life of your church community or the size of your church, we’ll have something for you. Won’t you join us for this extraordinary event?


Go to Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck. Read More Here

Go to Thom Rainer

Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. Read More Here

Go to Adam Weber

Adam Weber

Adam Weber lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He likes typewriters, drives a Rambler, cheers for the Cincinnati Bengals, has 4 chickens, and a dog named Daisy. He’s the Founder and Lead Pastor of Embrace, a 10-year-old church that has grown to 6 campuses in two states.
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Go to Telley Gadson

Telley Gadson

With sensitivity and a warm smile as her hallmarks, Reverend Telley Lynnette Gadson is recognized as a ministry mentor, a church leadership coach, a national leader and some have even said “national evangelist” in the United Methodist Church. She models her life after the African-American spiritual: “If I can help somebody as I travel along the way, then my living shall not be in vain. Read More Here

Go to Robert Schnase

Robert Schnase

Robert Schnase serves as bishop of the South Central Jurisdiction of the San Antonio Episcopal Area, and is the author of the bestselling books Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Practicing Extravagant Generosity, and Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences, and Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry. Read More Here

Go to Shane Bishop

Shane Bishop

Christ Church worship attendance has increased from 200 to over 2,100 since Shane’s appointment in 1997. He was named The Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church in 2010 and Christ Church was recognized as the seventh fastest growing United Methodist congregation in the United States in early 2016.
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Go to Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

Ashley is the Senior Leader at Swan Bank, the largest Methodist congregation in England. He joined the staff in September 2007. He has a passion for reaching the forgotten people for Jesus in his city’s urban setting. He and his wife, Moira, have two children.
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Go to Brad Kalajainen

Brad Kalajainen

Brad grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Asbury College and Asbury Seminary before coming to Michigan in 1981. Brad met his wife, Colleen, in college.
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Go to Melissa Bishop

Melissa Bishop

Melissa Bishop has served full-time positions at Christ Church in both Student Ministries and Worship and currently serves as the Children and Student Staff Coordinator. She is a wonderful speaker known for her honesty about church, family and ministry all served with grace and good humor. Read More Here