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The Propel Conference offers inspiration and innovation to see your church grow. You and your team will hear powerful speakers, experience inspiring worship, grow your skills, and leave equipped to propel the next season of growth at your local church.


Powerful Speakers

At our main sessions, you'll hear from some of the top experts in Adventist evangelism.

The full schedule will be available soon!

What people are saying:

"This is a must-come conference! There's a wealth of information and a lot of people who have been doing evangelism for a long time. It will help not only your ministry, but it will also feed you. From the plenaries to the different workshops, there are things I am thinking about that I won't just use for my churches, but for myself and my own life."
Babawale Adepuho, Pastor
Baltimore County, MD
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Sunday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.

Jose Cortes, Jr.: The State of the Church
Over ¾ of Adventist churches in the North American Division have plateaued or are declining. It's time to do something about that.
Bill McClendon: Are Your Dreams Big Enough?
God has big plans to grow your church. When God fills you with passion, vision, and faith, you'll have everything you need to see His big dreams made reality.

Monday, May 8, 8:30 a.m.

Dr. Roger Walter: The Evangelism Pyramid
The Evangelism Pyramid is an effective framework for planning your church growth strategy.

Monday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Roscoe Shields Jr.: Leadership & Discipleship
Your church can only grow as deep as its leaders, and staying connected to Jesus is a critical foundation for church growth.
Richie Halversen: Darkness Will Not Overcome
Addiction is prevalent in our society, and even within our own church. Richie will share his testimony of overcoming addiction, offering a roadmap for reaching people in your own community.

Tuesday, May 9, 8:30 a.m.

Richie Halversen: Meeting Felt Needs
Tactics for discovering and meeting the needs felt by people in your community.

Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m.

Richie Halversen: Red Zone Evangelism
How to help people in your church's sphere of influence make decisions to identify as members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Dr. Calvin Watkins: Growing Your Church
Drawing on his decades of experience in church growth, Dr. Watkins will inspire you to take the next step in faith.

Wednesday, May 10, 8:30 a.m.

Dr. Roger Walter: Putting It All Together
Time to plan your next cycle of evangelism.
Larry Witzel: The Power of Asking Boldly
Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you." In this final charge of the 2023 Propel Conference, Larry will share five things to ask for in your church.
Mission flows out of worship.
Dr. Jesse Wilson
At the Propel Conference, you'll worship with hundreds of other like-minded believers passionate about reaching the lost. We believe worshiping together is the foundation of our mission, and inspiring music is key to that. Join us at the start of each Main Session as we spend some time praising the name of Jesus and worshiping our Creator.

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Training Tracks

On Monday and Tuesday, a diverse option of breakout sessions will give you an opportunity for a deep dive into the best practices for growing Seventh-day Adventist churches. Choose sessions from several different tracks—attend all sessions in a track, or mix and match to tailor your training experience.

A full schedule for each of the training tracks is coming soon!

Church Revitalization

Over ¾ of Adventist churches in North America are in decline, but your church doesn't have to be one of them! The 4 workshops in the Church Revitalization training track will help you assess your church's health, forge stronger relationships among members, and reestablish a culture of growth in your church community.
Monday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Ryan Whitehead: A Spirit of Friendship
Ryan Whitehead looks at the foundation of the Evangelism Pyramid. How can you help your members learn to like each other?
Monday, May 8, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Roscoe Shields Jr: Revitalizing the Sharon Church
Last year the Sharon Church in Portland saw over 60 baptisms. Dr. Roscoe Shields will share the story of how this church was revitalized.
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.
Tyler Long: Revangelism
The Washington Conference has coined a new word by combining church evangelism with church revitalization. Elder Long will tell you how you can implement this program in your own church.
Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. César De León: Dealing with Church Conflict
Conflict is inevitable, even in the church. Dr. De León will share some principles for dealing with conflict that will leave your church stronger—and more inviting to the guests God will bring.

Evangelistic Innovation

As the cultural environment shifts, we need to stay nimble and adjust our own approach to outreach to remain effective. In the Evangelistic Innovation training track, you'll hear about new outreach programs available to use at your church, as well as a framework for innovation you can apply to your own ministry environment.
Monday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Stan Hudson: Origins
Dr. Hudson will give training on how to use his new bridge event, Origins, a 6-part series on the biblical perspective on creation.
Monday, May 8, 2:00 p.m.
Larry Witzel: Evangelistic Websites
Your church website should be the welcome mat for the community with a strong focus on guests. From his 25 years of digital communication experience, Larry will share some best practices for turning your church website into an evangelistic engine.
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.
David Klinedinst: Preaching Christ in the Doctrines
In this presentation, David will share his perspective on how to keep Christ at the center of every evangelistic sermon. He'll also share about Forecasting Hope, a brand new full-message series he wrote that applies this philosophy.
Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.
Charles Byrd: Thunder in the Holy Land
In this seminar, Pastor Charles Byrd will share the details of Thunder in the Holy Land, an innovative evangelistic video series that has proven successful in reaching people with the Everlasting Gospel.

Member Discipleship

The purpose of church is to make more and better disciples of Jesus, and in this training track you'll learn some specific tactics you can apply to deepening the faith of your members.
Monday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Sherri Uhrig: Nurturing Faith in Children
Discovering effective ways to nurture the faith of the children in your church, leading them into a lifetime of discipleship.
Monday, May 8, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Sherri Uhrig: Child Evangelism
A disciple of Jesus leads others to Christ, and doing this for children is an incredible joy. In this seminar. Dr. Sherri Uhrig will share some tips and tools to help you do just that.
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.
Tim Taylor: Reclaiming Missing Members
Strategies for drawing missing and former members back into active participation in the life of the church.
Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.
Cindy Chamberlin-Eastwood & Ted Vanderlaan: Making Church a Safe Place
Speakers from the Hope of Survivors will share best practices to protect your children and members from abusive behaviors.

Bible Study Training

This comprehensive Bible study training will get you ready to dive deeply into Scripture with interests. Presented by Cyndi Keiser, a Bible worker and trainer with nearly three decades of experience, you'll leave equipped to find Bible study interests and walk with them on the path toward membership.
Monday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Cyndi Keiser: Bible Study Training Part 1
Comprehensive training on how to give Bible studies.
Monday, May 8, 2:00 p.m.
Cyndi Keiser: Bible Study Training Part 2
Comprehensive training on how to give Bible studies.
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.
Cyndi Keiser: Bible Study Training Part 3
Comprehensive training on how to give Bible studies.
Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.
Sarah Grant: LeadGenerator and InterestTracker Training
Learn how to find Bible study leads in your community and keep track of their progress through the evangelism process.

Reaping Meetings

The fastest-growing Adventist churches in North America still use reaping meetings as a crucial step in the evangelism cycle. The 4 workshops in this training track will help you hone your skills in this critical area of ministry: helping people make decisions to identify as a Seventh-day Adventist Christians.

Monday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
David Klinedinst: Interest Visitation
Meeting one-on-one with interests is a vital practice. Elder Klinedinst will share effective visitation tactics to help keep your meetings on track.
Monday, May 8, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Roger Walter: Asking for Decisions
The crucial purpose of reaping meetings is to help people make decisions to move forward in their faith journey.
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.
Richie Halversen: Reaping Meetings Part 1
Richie shares his experience with reaping meetings, with tips and techniques to maximize effectiveness.
Tuesday, May 9, 2:00 p.m.
Richie Halversen: Reaping Meetings Part 2
Richie shares his experience with reaping meetings, with tips and techniques to maximize effectiveness.

Evangelismo Hispano

domingo, 8 de mayo, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Paulo Macena: Evangelismo Creativo y Eficaz Parte 1
domingo, 8 de mayo, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Paulo Macena: Evangelismo Creativo y Eficaz Parte 2

Discipulando Miembros

martes, 9 de mayo, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Paulo Macena: Discipulado y Mentoría Parte 1
martes, 9 de mayo, 2:00 p.m.
Dr. Paulo Macena: Discipulado y Mentoría Parte 2

What people are saying:

"The opening night set the tone which was frankly: honesty. That we are looking for answers and we are all in this together. I've had opportunities to attend a few breakout sessions that gave me some really good ideas for my new churches."

Cesar Gonzalez, Multi-Church Pastor
Chesapeake Conference
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Continuing Education Credits

Pastors who participate in the full conference can receive 2.5 CEU credits through Adventist Learning Community. Details on how to receive these credits will be provided at the event.

Resource Exhibits

We have invited organizations offering quality evangelistic resources to exhibit at the Propel Conference. Throughout the event, we encourage you to visit each booth to learn how these organizations can help your church grow.