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JUNE 14-15

WITH PASTOR JOHN ELMORE

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JOHN ELMORE

RE:GENERATION PASTOR AT WATERMARK COMMUNITY CHURCH | DALLAS

John has the joy of serving as the Director of re:generation at Watermark Church Dallas. For him, it’s a dream job because he gets to walk with people who are humbly seeking freedom and growth through walking daily with Jesus - in community – leaving behind the pain of the past, and places where they’re stuck. As a recovering alcoholic, he knows firsthand the wreckage that comes from living a life disconnected from God, but much more than that,  Jesus’ promise of a new, full, abundant life in Him. John now sees it as his life’s purpose to point people to the Healer, Redeemer, Creator and Deliverer. 

John was raised in Springfield, Missouri, and got to Texas via Baylor University. After eight years in advertising, sales and reckless, foolish living down in Austin, he found himself walking into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, following a family intervention in 2005. At the age of 30, he surrendered his life and will to Jesus and He began changing everything. Addictions, hopelessness, anxiety and depression quickly turned to freedom, purpose, peace and joy. John enrolled in the Kanakuk Institute to be discipled and learn the bible and earned an MA from John Brown University and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary - while serving with ministries in Dallas, Haiti and Sudan along the way.

He loves his wife and best friend, Laura, and together they believe the quality of their marriage rises and falls, not on circumstances or feelings, but based on daily abiding with Jesus (Jn 15.5). He sees Laura as a gift of God’s tangible grace and together they have a ball raising their three children (boy, girl, boy). 

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Conference Program

FRIDAY:

8:30am | Coffee & Arrival
9:30am | Session 1 with Pastor Timon Bengston
11:00am | Morning Tea
11:30am | Session 2 with Pastor John Elmore
12:30pm | Lunch*
2:00pm | Electives
3:00pm | Afternoon Tea
3:30pm | Electives
4:30pm | Dinner break
7:00pm | OUTREACH SERVICE with Pastor John Elmore

SATURDAY:

8:30am | Coffee & Arrival
9:00am | Session 4 with Pastor John Elmore
10:30am | Morning Tea
11:15am | Session 5 with Pastor John Elmore
12:30pm | Lunch*
2:00pm | Electives
3:00pm | Afternoon Tea
3:30pm | Electives
4:30pm | Dinner break
7:00pm | Session 6 with Pastor John Elmore

*Morning tea will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase from the CityReach Cafe

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Electives

DAY 1 ELECTIVES

TORTURED FOR CHRIST

In many countries around the world to stand for Christ and reach out to others is a crime. Come hear first hand as Pastor Timon hosts two pastor’s from the developing world as they share about what life and ministry in such an environment is like. Be inspired by their testimonies of faith and devotion to the gospel.

Evangelism

Our enthusiasm for evangelism often comes and goes, but the call of the great commission is clear and the task is not yet finished. Matt Lehmann is the Pastor of Trinity Church Colonel Light Gardens and has a passion for reaching the people of this city with the gospel. Through personal experiences, biblical insights and practical ministry examples in his local church, he will encourage and inspire you to think creatively, work together in community and find joy in the call of taking the gospel to friends, family and your local neighbourhood.

Help! I'm so busy I'm burning out!

Too often we live fueled by the idea that the one who hurries gets the most done for God. But often our busyness leads to burning out! In this workshop Rowland Forman offers an inspiring vision of life that is less hurried, and more fruitful, less hectic and more joyful. Rowland will provide practical insights into how you can slow down and enjoy the journey that God has for you.

DAY 2 ELECTIVES

When the darkness will not lift

Hopelessness and despair are common to life and Christians are not immune. In this session you will take away 10 practical tools from Pastor Andrew Green and Counselling Practitioner, Vanessa Bendikov, to help you fight well when the darkness will not lift.

The power of crying out to God in prayer

Prayer has always been the key to unlocking God's power in His church. In this workshop Pastor Lawson Hannahford will demonstrate how a true understanding of prayer will empower you to commune with God with renewed passion.

Mutual Mentoring

What if we approached mentoring relationships to listen and learn, rather than merely talk and teach? What if mentoring friendships became the norm in the church rather than an off-to-the-side ministry? Rowland Forman has over 50 years experience in church ministry and mentors church leaders all over the world. Come and learn some key mentoring practices that you can fold into your life or small group so they can become life changing habits.

 

FOR THE KIDS

WE ARE HOLDING A SPECIFIC PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGED 0-12, SO BRING THEM ALONG AND LET’S MAKE THIS A CITYREACH FAMILY AFFAIR! THERE WILL BE HEAPS OF FOOD, GAMES, ACTIVITIES, CRAFTS, AND EVEN A MOVIE!

All you need to do is tick the box that  they're coming along when you register, let us know what day's you'll need them cared for, and their names and ages. Our team of qualified children’s workers and helpers provide a safe and caring environment that is focused on building relationships with both children and their families. Simply sign in your children in the foyer upon arrival. For newborns, our parents’ room is available at the rear of the church if you need to feed or tend to your little one during conference.

During the Reach Conference the children of the Cityreach family of churches will be going through the curriculum called ‘Gadgets and Gizmos’



Children’s Ministry is provided for: 0-2 years old in the Pebbles classroom, 2-6 years old in the Explorers room, 7-11 years old in the Blue room.

Childminding will be available during our Friday day sessions and our Saturday day sessions. Please specify what sessions you are sending your children to when you register.


FRIDAY:

Session 1: 9am – 12:30pm | Children’s Program Provided
Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Children’s Program Not Provided*
Session 2: 1:30pm – 4:30pm | Children’s Program Provided
Dinner: 4:30pm – 7pm | Children’s Program Not Provided
Session 3: 7pm – 9pm | Children’s Program Provided

SATURDAY:

Session 1: 9am – 12:30pm | Children’s Program Provided
Lunch: 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Children’s Program Not Provided*
Session 2: 1:30pm – 4:30pm | Children’s Program Provided
Dinner: 4:30pm – 7pm | Children’s Program Not Provided
Session 3: 7pm – 9pm | Children’s Program Not Provided

*The Blue room with be available during the lunch break for children to play

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