IMB church planting expert to hold seminar
Area pastors, laity invited to April 4 special event
at Baptist Building
By Allen Palmeri
March 21, 2006
JEFFERSON CITY – David Garrison, a leading Southern Baptist expert on missions, is coming to the Baptist Building April 4 to conduct a five-hour seminar for Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) staff members, pastors and other Missouri Baptist leaders on the redemptive power that is being unleashed within church planting movements around the globe.
Garrison holds a PhD from the University of Chicago and is the author of four books on missions, including the pioneering 2004 book Church Planting Movements. He has been a missionary in Hong Kong, Egypt, Tunisia, Europe and Asia. He also has served as associate vice president for Global Strategy at the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) before assuming his current post as the IMB’s regional leader for South Asia.
The Garrison seminar is being slotted into the regularly scheduled time frame for “MBC In-Office Day,” a monthly meeting where MBC staffers receive various ministry updates, swap information with other staffers and discuss trends in Missouri Baptist life that impact MBC service. In-Office Day typically starts at 8:30 a.m. and finishes around 3 p.m., with lunch being served at noon. Garrison is scheduled to conduct his seminar from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
“God has used church planting movements to rapidly multiply new believers and churches all over the world,” IMB President Jerry Rankin said in a quotation printed on the back of the book. “David Garrison’s book helps us understand how God is doing it.”
Key MBC leaders have been studying Garrison’s book in anticipation of his visit. In a March 7 session led by MBC Associate Executive Director Jim Austin, MBC staff members discussed the power and wisdom connected to Garrison’s “Ten Commandments for Church Planting Movements.”
Garrison admits in his writing that he has tapped into a variety of sources for his many innovative church planting ideas. He even goes so far as to call himself a “shameless plunderer” of the best ideas that are working around the world. In that context, he gives credit to “the mind of the Creator” and writes that men must humble themselves under this Creator and ponder how He would have us participate in these miraculous works.
For more information on how you can participate in the David Garrison seminar at the Baptist Building, contact Debbie Gorham by telephone at (800) 736-6227, ext. 202, or by email at d email@example.com. Meal reservations for lunch are required.