Pre-Conference Evening Session
May 13, 2019 @ 7 pm | Halifax, NS
Undivided: One Church, Many Peoples
"There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:4-6)
It takes just a few moments to create a long list of potential “dividing walls”: Racism, sexism, socio-economic-classism, language barriers, cultural barriers, ideologies, philosophies and theologies—to name just a few. Additionally, individualism, regionalism and nationalism increasingly block our ability to learn from “others” not like us.
These issues are not new; they have been part of our human experience throughout history, but the Bible paints a hope-filled picture of a different reality.
Very few Christians would not be familiar with the imagery of Revelation 7:
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10)
We look to the future portrayed in Scripture, and sometimes wax eloquent about the coming Kingdom of God. Yet, this side of eternity, it seems that our human experience continues to be marked by the walls that divide us, not the unity we have in Christ.
While this topic is not the central focus of the Multiply Conference, it is of critical importance to the question: “What KIND of churches do we want to multiply?”
Ephesians 2:11-22 calls us to remember that we are “one in Christ” and that Jesus is both the person of peace and the path to that peace. In Him we find peace with God and peace with one another. O God, how we need the healing oil and wine of Your Spirit!
Each of those involved in this conversation carry a burden for the people of God to become “one”. Some represent very specific, localized issues, while others will raise our eyes to the global opportunities before us today.
We trust this will be an encouraging, hopeful, and helpful evening as we ask the questions:
What do we need to know or learn?
What do we need to repent of or change?
What steps forward can we take?
May 13, 2019 @ 7 pm
6135 University Avenue, Halifax, NS
This event is open to the public
About the Speakers
Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the Executive Director of Community Restoration with the North American Mission Board. He earned his Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary and most recently received his Doctorate of Ministry in Great Commission Mobilization from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dhati has seven beautiful children and is married to Angie, a discerning woman who empowers and encourages him to live fully in his identity in Christ. He is the author of both the Bible Study and book, Among Wolves: Disciple Making in the City.
Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center, and as Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles.
Dr. Bob Roberts
Dr. Bob Roberts, Jr. is the founding and Senior Pastor of NorthWood Church, a multiplying church near Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. He is the author of Transformation, Glocalization, The Multiplying Church, Real Time Connection: How To Use Your Job To Change The World, Bold as Love and Lessons from the East. He is a leading practitioner and writer on glocal—global and local—transformation of individuals, religious organizations, communities and global engagement. He has penned articles for both religious and secular publications. Roberts’ experience has resulted in his being called upon by a global audience, including, but not limited to the United Nations as well as the US Islamic World Forum, among others.
Terry is Mi’kmaq / Acadian. He and his wife Bev are in their 47th year of marriage. They have three adult children – twin daughters and one son. In addition to being the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, Terry is also Director of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community (NAIITS),
Terry holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary, specializing in Theology and Anthropology and serves as adjunct professor at Sioux Falls Seminary in Oregon, Acadia University and Divinity College in Wolfville, Whitley College at the University of Divinity in Melbourne, and Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, where he is also program elder for the University B.Ed. program. Terry has accrued over 40 years of community work in global Indigenous contexts including as an educator in theology, cultural anthropology, and community development practice.
Dr. Lennett Anderson
Lennett J. Anderson is the Senior Pastor of EBC: The MEETing Place, Upper Hammonds Plains, NS.
Named by MacLean’s Magazine as “one of five Canadian Pastors who are breathing new life into their communities,” he has been identified as a source of inspiration and encouragement to many. Since returning to his home church in 1999 Pastor Anderson’s leadership has led to the formation of a blended community of worshippers who meet to exemplify unity within the Body of Christ.
Lennett is a sought after speaker with a dynamic presentation and message. Dr. Anderson is also a retired commissioned Officer in the Canadian Forces where he served as Unit Chaplain for HMCS SCOTIAN.