Articles from Reach! 2018 Keynote Speakers
About 500 United Methodists from the Dakotas and Minnesota Annual Conferences came together in Sioux Falls, SD to gain knowledge and resources to reach new people for Jesus. Five keynote speakers gave inspirational talks, sharing lessons they learned from starting and leading fast-growing congregations.
Bishop Ough is the resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area of The United Methodist Church. In his keynote address, Bishop Ough urged courage that maintains integrity to one’s true self and to the gospel of Jesus while transcending personal preferences for the sake of others. Read article
Debi Nixon is the executive director of development and ShareChurch at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, a congregation that has grown from four members in 1990 to more than 22,000 in 2018. Getting back to an outward focus means being clear about your purpose, embracing change, going out into deeper water, and trusting God, Nixon said. Read article
Rev. Rosario (Roz) Picardo planted a church in Lexington, Kentucky—Embrace Church. Roz served as the director of new church development for Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio. “You know what’s amazing about your story? It points back to God,” said Picardo. “It’s not just your story, it’s God’s story.” Read article
Jacob Armstrong is the founding pastor of Providence Church near Nashville, Tennessee, which reaches 1,800 people each week. Armstrong talked about the importance of listening to your community, opening the loop for new people, being intentional, and asking for help. Read article
Adam Weber lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is the lead pastor at Embrace Church, an 11-year-old church that has grown to five physical campuses, plus an online community. In the final Reach keynote address, Weber told attendees: Know your “why,” be the real you, and connect Jesus to reality. Read article