Christian faith shouldn’t be a Sunday-only thing, one where parishioners show up waiting to be fed a weekly spiritual meal. Instead, Sunday worship should provide the prep work for each person’s larger mission outreach into local communities and the world beyond.
That’s the idea behind a move among churches to become more “missional” and is the topic of a two-day conference Thursday and Friday at Charleston Southern University that will feature prominent Christian speakers and church leaders.
“Church is moving from a noun to a verb,” said Rick Brewer, CSU’s vice president for student affairs and athletics. “We are called to impact the world around us.”
The SYNC conference is open to the public and targeted at pastors, laypeople, students and pastoral staff. It is open to the public.
The cost is $79, although a free program at 8 p.m. Thursday will feature performer Phil Wickham and Nashville megachurch pastor Pete Wilson.
The missional movement began in the 1980s and has been spreading since, motivating people to reach out beyond their own church walls to serve God’s larger kingdom, Brewer said.
“It’s a deeper level of discipleship,” Brewer said. “It goes beyond denominational lines, beyond cultural barriers.”
CSU and the S.C. Baptist Convention are partnering for the SYNC Conference. Speakers include:
Sonny Holmes, lead pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston, who served on the S.C. Baptist Convention staff for three years. He will speak about turning around churches that have plateaued or declined.
Reggie McNeal, a missional leadership specialist for the Leadership Network of Dallas, who spent a decade as a denominational executive and leadership development coach.
Pete Wilson, founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, which has grown to 5,000 members at its five campuses around Nashville and online.
Phil Wickham, a worship pastor and contemporary Christian vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. He has released six CDs, most recently “Singalong 2” in 2012.
Doug Paul, director of content for 3DM and an expert in multisite churches, church planting and megachurch leadership.
Alvin Reid, an author and professor at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
To register or see the full schedule, go to charlestonsouthern.edu/sync or call 863-8082.