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.
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!
“You Have Heard It was Said…”
Short talks and group discussions will revolve around the following:
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:
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.