Thursday, March 16, 2023
8 am to 4 pm
Calvary Church
$30 per person

What Is Compelled By Love?

A Collaborative Gathering Of Lancaster Church Leaders

Compelled by Love is an annual gathering of Lancaster County pastors and church leaders that aims to spark a movement of loving your neighbor in our congregations and in turn, our community. 

This Year's Topic

Love Your Neighbor Change the World

We all know God commanded us to love our neighbors, but what does that mean practically, in this day and age? How can we inspire our congregations to follow us as well?

This year, we’ll be centering our discussion on B.L.E.S.S., co-written by our main speaker Jon Ferguson. While it offers practical advice, (and a great mnemonic!) about how to go about loving our neighbors through sharing the gospel, most of the time this conference will focus on collaboration – sharing, and learning from other local pastors and church leaders on how to best address issues we each face in our work. So come prepared to ask questions, and share your knowledge and experience with others!


What Pastors and Leaders are Saying About Compelled:

What's Included

All the tools to have a great day with other local church leaders…

  • Main Session Attendance
  • Conference Materials
  • Coffee And Refreshments Throughout The Day
  • Catered Lunch
  • Access To Breakout Sessions
  • Easy Access To Parking

This Year's Sessions

Morning Session:

“You Have Heard It was Said…”

Our morning session will be focused on the challenges we are facing as church leaders who are seeking to motivate our congregations to love neighbors.  This will give us a chance to identify how this season of deep division is creating obstacles and resistance to this end goal.

Short talks and group discussions will revolve around the following:

  • What do we do when other voices seem louder than ours?
  • We were once enemies…how being reconciled to God through Christ changes everything
  • Helping our congregations see beyond us versus them

Afternoon Session:

“But I Tell You…”

The afternoon will be focused on practical responses to these challenges. Learning from one another and equipping us to equip our congregations.

We’ll be discussing the following:

  • Loving your enemy and praying for those who persecute you
  • How a gentle answer turns away wrath
  • What’s the difference? Specks versus Planks
  • How listening and loving neighbor tie together
  • It is to one’s glory to overlook an offense…how to look beyond disagreement


The Schedule For The Day

8:00 AM – Registration Opens With Coffee And Pastries

8:30 AM – Morning Session Begins

12:00 PM – Catered Lunch

1:00 PM – Afternoon Session Begins

4:00 PM – Conference Wraps Up

Discussion Leaders

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Jon Ferguson

co-author of B.L.E.S.S.

Jon is the co-founding pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicago where he provides leadership in New Ventures. Jon is also one of COMMUNITY’s Lead Teaching Pastors.
In addition, Jon led in the launch of NewThing, a church-planting movement, whose mission is to be a catalyst for movements of reproducing churches that includes over 6000 churches globally. Jon continues to lead in NewThing as one of the North American Apostolic Leaders and as a Movement Leader in Chicago.

He has co-authored a number of books with his brother Dave including the most recently released BLESS – 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World. He has also co-authored Finding Your Way Back to God, Starting Over – Living Beyond Your Regrets, The Big Idea: Aligning the Ministries of Your Church Through Creative Collaboration and Exponential: How You and Your Friends Can Start a Missional Church Movement.

Jon holds a BA in Christian Education from Lincoln Christian University and an MA in Spiritual Formation at Wheaton College Graduate School where he is an adjunct professor. He also serves on the Exponential Conference and Thrivent Financials boards.

He resides in the Lincoln Park Community of Chicago with his wife, Lisa. They have two adult children, Graham and Chloe.


Jack Crowley

Water Street Mission
Jack Crowley has served as President of Water Street Mission since 2014, bringing over 20 years of experience with the Mission. He previously served as Executive Director of Teen Haven, a part of the Senior Leadership Team since 2004, and served as Interim President prior to being appointed. Jack has a love for urban communities, youth, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Serving at Water Street allows Jack to fulfill his passion for equipping and motivating others to work collaboratively for the glory of God and the healing and wholeness of our cities. Through his work, he focuses on developing models for maximizing partnerships with local churches and community service organizations.

Jack earned a B.A. degree in Government and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Jack enjoys golfing and playing the guitar. He serves on the Leadership Team of his church, is a worship ministry leader, and serves on the board of Community Basics, Inc. a local developer of affordable housing. Jack and his wife, Tanya, and four daughters reside in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.



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