Church Planting Webinar

Church Planting Webinar – 11am (EST) Wed 4th Nov. 2015

Church planting is an exciting frontier of ministry. There are churches who have been involved for many years in planting other churches and others who are seriously thinking about it. Church planting can be tough, complex and draining. It’s important to share ideas and experience, encourage one another and build supportive relationships.

Join us for our Church Planters Webinar on Wed 4 November at 11am EST. Our guest is Andrew Turner the author of Fruitful Church. Andrew works as a Church Development Facilitator with the Baptist Churches of South Australia and is a valued member of the Crossover Taskforce. Andrew replanted and for 11 years pastored Glen Osmond Baptist Church, during which time it in turn planted several churches. He and his family have now joined a team to missionally reinvigorate a small church in West Beach SA.

The Webinar length is scheduled for between 60-90min. Click on this link to join us: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/412314997
You can dial in by telephone to participate on this number: Australia +61 2 8355 1024 using the following access code:  412-314-997

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