Evangelical Leaders Set Course; 40 Mega-Church Pastors Meet in Dallas to Discuss Church's Influence on Society

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Association of Evangelicals

    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Big names in evangelical
 Christianity, including pastors of mega-churches (weekly attendance of 3,000
 or more) from across the nation, will gather in Dallas on Tuesday and
 Wednesday for a series of meetings and discussions on growing healthy churches
 that impact culture, sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals
 (NAE).  Entitled "28 Hours," the meeting will run from 1 p.m. on Tuesday,
 April 3, through 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Lincoln Doubletree Hotel in
 Dallas.
     Participants include Dr. Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral
 in Garden Grove, Calif., Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas;
 Dr. Tommy Barnett of Phoenix First Assembly in Phoenix; Dr. Ted Haggard of New
 Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Dr. Jack Hayford, pastor of the
 Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif.  Dr. George Barna will serve as resident
 statistician on evangelical Christianity, participating in group discussions
 and providing input on characteristics of a healthy church that contributes to
 a community's spiritual growth.
     Many of these pastors represent some of the most dynamic and effective
 churches in the country, and will be sharing some of their "secrets of
 success" with their fellow pastors.  Key to the event will be networking among
 the group and the exchange of ideas for furthering each of their churches'
 impact through practical advice and examples.  The NAE hopes to initiate
 regular, ongoing relationships among the group, thereby strengthening each of
 the individual ministries through mutual support and encouragement.
     "These pastors all have a wealth of knowledge and expertise, some of it
 collective, but much of it from individual backgrounds and experiences, which
 we believe will be extremely helpful to share among the group," Dr. Mannoia
 said.  "If we can forge bonds among these highly influential leaders, as a
 group we can have a much greater impact on culture -- not only at the local
 community level, but on our nation as a whole."
     An umbrella group comprised of 51 evangelical denominations and nearly
 43,000 local churches, the NAE encourages its members and other evangelical
 groups to work together across denominational, racial and cultural boundaries
 to impact society with the Gospel message.  The NAE recently completed its
 59th annual national convention in Dallas, where special guest Dr. John J.
 DiIulio, Jr., director of the White Hose Office of Faith-Based and Community
 Initiatives, delivered his first comprehensive policy speech on President
 Bush's controversial plan.  At its meeting the NAE passed a resolution in
 favor of Faith-Based programs, pledging support of the Administration's
 efforts while cautioning participants to protect their organizations from
 government control or any blurring of the lines between the two entities.
 
 
                                  MEDIA ALERT
 
                        EVANGELICALS LEADERS SET COURSE
            Mega-Church Pastors and Christian Research Specialist in
            Round-Table Discussion on Church's Influence on Society
 
     WHAT:   A RoundTable Discussion to include media as part of the National
             Association of Evangelicals-sponsored "28 Hours" gathering of
             mega-church pastors who are meeting to talk about ways their
             churches can impact culture.
 
     WHO:    * Dr. George Barna        Barna Research Group, Ventura, Calif.
             * Dr. Jack Hayford        Church on the Way, Van Nuys, Calif.
             * Bishop Charles Blake    West Angeles Church of God in Christ,
                                       Los Angeles
             * Dr. Kevin Mannoia       President of the National Association of
                                       Evangelicals
     WHEN:   Wednesday, April 4, 2001
             12:30 p.m. (for a working luncheon)
 
     WHERE:  The Jefferson Room on the Lobby Level
             Lincoln Doubletree Hotel
             5410 LBJ Freeway
             Dallas, TX
 
     OTHER:  Drs. Barna, Mannoia, and Hayford, as well as Bishop Blake, will
             meet with media in a luncheon setting to discuss their priorities
             for this conference, as well as take questions about leading
             evangelical churches toward a larger degree of influence - at the
             individual and community as well as the policy levels.
 
             40 pastors representing mega-churches from around the nation
             (churches with more than 3,000 in weekly attendance) are meeting
             from 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, through 5 p.m. on Wednesday,
             April 4, to hear from other pastors and exchange ideas about how
             their churches can be more impactful on society.  Speakers include
             Dr. Barna and Dr. Hayford, as well as Dr. Robert Schuller of the
             Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., Bishop T.D. Jakes of
             the Potter's House in Dallas, Dr. Tommy Barnett of the Phoenix
             First Assembly, and Dr. Ted Haggard of New Life Church in Colorado
             Springs, Colo.  Participants will be exchanging ideas and possibly
             forging new networks to more effectively lead their congregations
             to influence culture.
 
     MEDIA CONTACTS:  Brian Rodgers, 972-267-1111, or Melany Ethridge,
                      214-912-8934, both of A. Larry Ross & Associates, for
                      National Association of Evangelicals
 
 

SOURCE National Association of Evangelicals
    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Big names in evangelical
 Christianity, including pastors of mega-churches (weekly attendance of 3,000
 or more) from across the nation, will gather in Dallas on Tuesday and
 Wednesday for a series of meetings and discussions on growing healthy churches
 that impact culture, sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals
 (NAE).  Entitled "28 Hours," the meeting will run from 1 p.m. on Tuesday,
 April 3, through 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Lincoln Doubletree Hotel in
 Dallas.
     Participants include Dr. Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral
 in Garden Grove, Calif., Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas;
 Dr. Tommy Barnett of Phoenix First Assembly in Phoenix; Dr. Ted Haggard of New
 Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Dr. Jack Hayford, pastor of the
 Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif.  Dr. George Barna will serve as resident
 statistician on evangelical Christianity, participating in group discussions
 and providing input on characteristics of a healthy church that contributes to
 a community's spiritual growth.
     Many of these pastors represent some of the most dynamic and effective
 churches in the country, and will be sharing some of their "secrets of
 success" with their fellow pastors.  Key to the event will be networking among
 the group and the exchange of ideas for furthering each of their churches'
 impact through practical advice and examples.  The NAE hopes to initiate
 regular, ongoing relationships among the group, thereby strengthening each of
 the individual ministries through mutual support and encouragement.
     "These pastors all have a wealth of knowledge and expertise, some of it
 collective, but much of it from individual backgrounds and experiences, which
 we believe will be extremely helpful to share among the group," Dr. Mannoia
 said.  "If we can forge bonds among these highly influential leaders, as a
 group we can have a much greater impact on culture -- not only at the local
 community level, but on our nation as a whole."
     An umbrella group comprised of 51 evangelical denominations and nearly
 43,000 local churches, the NAE encourages its members and other evangelical
 groups to work together across denominational, racial and cultural boundaries
 to impact society with the Gospel message.  The NAE recently completed its
 59th annual national convention in Dallas, where special guest Dr. John J.
 DiIulio, Jr., director of the White Hose Office of Faith-Based and Community
 Initiatives, delivered his first comprehensive policy speech on President
 Bush's controversial plan.  At its meeting the NAE passed a resolution in
 favor of Faith-Based programs, pledging support of the Administration's
 efforts while cautioning participants to protect their organizations from
 government control or any blurring of the lines between the two entities.
 
 
                                  MEDIA ALERT
 
                        EVANGELICALS LEADERS SET COURSE
            Mega-Church Pastors and Christian Research Specialist in
            Round-Table Discussion on Church's Influence on Society
 
     WHAT:   A RoundTable Discussion to include media as part of the National
             Association of Evangelicals-sponsored "28 Hours" gathering of
             mega-church pastors who are meeting to talk about ways their
             churches can impact culture.
 
     WHO:    * Dr. George Barna        Barna Research Group, Ventura, Calif.
             * Dr. Jack Hayford        Church on the Way, Van Nuys, Calif.
             * Bishop Charles Blake    West Angeles Church of God in Christ,
                                       Los Angeles
             * Dr. Kevin Mannoia       President of the National Association of
                                       Evangelicals
     WHEN:   Wednesday, April 4, 2001
             12:30 p.m. (for a working luncheon)
 
     WHERE:  The Jefferson Room on the Lobby Level
             Lincoln Doubletree Hotel
             5410 LBJ Freeway
             Dallas, TX
 
     OTHER:  Drs. Barna, Mannoia, and Hayford, as well as Bishop Blake, will
             meet with media in a luncheon setting to discuss their priorities
             for this conference, as well as take questions about leading
             evangelical churches toward a larger degree of influence - at the
             individual and community as well as the policy levels.
 
             40 pastors representing mega-churches from around the nation
             (churches with more than 3,000 in weekly attendance) are meeting
             from 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, through 5 p.m. on Wednesday,
             April 4, to hear from other pastors and exchange ideas about how
             their churches can be more impactful on society.  Speakers include
             Dr. Barna and Dr. Hayford, as well as Dr. Robert Schuller of the
             Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., Bishop T.D. Jakes of
             the Potter's House in Dallas, Dr. Tommy Barnett of the Phoenix
             First Assembly, and Dr. Ted Haggard of New Life Church in Colorado
             Springs, Colo.  Participants will be exchanging ideas and possibly
             forging new networks to more effectively lead their congregations
             to influence culture.
 
     MEDIA CONTACTS:  Brian Rodgers, 972-267-1111, or Melany Ethridge,
                      214-912-8934, both of A. Larry Ross & Associates, for
                      National Association of Evangelicals
 
 SOURCE  National Association of Evangelicals