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.


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Debi Nixon: 4 thoughts on reaching relentlessly

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. Roz Picardo on reaching personally, sharing our stories

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

Rev. Jacob Armstrong on reaching adaptively

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

Rev. Adam Weber: Be real, point people to Jesus

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