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Exponential West to Highlight Church Planting in Four-Day National Conference
Diverse lineup of 70+ speakers includes local/regional planters and multiplication leaders for the live gathering Oct. 7-10

Highlighting the church planting work currently happening in the Western United States, Exponential West (Oct. 7-10) will bring together local and regional church planting leaders that are forging new territory and new ways to think about church planting. Via 100+ workshops, 10 sessions and five pre-conference intensives, a total of 70+ speakers led by Rick Warren, Choco de Jesus, Larry Osborne and Michael Frost will be sharing their experience and insights on what it takes to plant and lead a church that makes disciples.

Throughout the Los Angeles area and West Coast, local/regional leaders are exploring how to reach ethnically and culturally diverse groups of people, with many focused on pioneering fresh models of planting the Gospel and bringing Good News to a community. At Exponential West, these leaders will draw from their unique experience to offer practical tools and training, equipping planters to make a greater impact in the people and the community they serve.

“We recognize that the church leader demographic in Southern California is as diverse as anywhere in the country,” says Exponential Director Todd Wilson. “So we have absolutely made it a priority to bring together a group of leaders who reflect the diversity of the leaders we’ll be serving at Exponential West. As we continue to talk to these leaders and hear their stories of church planting, we’re convinced that anyone who attends Exponential West will come away inspired and equipped to plant and lead a healthy church.”

To identify these local/regional leaders, Exponential worked with key church planting connectors on the West Coast and asked for suggestions for local influencers and practitioners. From PlantLB in Long Beach (led by Eric Marsh) and the Ambassador Network (led by Ray Chang) to Mission OC (led by Chris Lagerlof) and the LA Church Planting Movement (led by Kevin Haah), Exponential West will provide registrants with multiple opportunities to learn from leaders and ministries who understand their specific challenges and needs.

“We’re really grateful that Exponential is coming to the West Coast,” says Eric Marsh, who leads Plant LB, a local movement that works with church planters to see many more healthy churches in Long Beach, Calif., that represent who the city is becoming. “We’ll be having our gathering of a yearlong intensive cohort at Exponential, so we’re going to utilize the conference as a way of training our leaders.”

Exponential West speaker Linda Bergquist, strategist for North American Mission Board and the California Southern Baptist Convention, adds: “I am elated that Exponential is expanding to the West Coast this fall. It is always such a jubilant, insightful gathering—both practical and visionary—and like no other church planting event I know.”

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Greg Atkinson

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