Flourish 2009 Conference

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Flourish™, a national conference for pastors and church leaders, is an invitation to one of culture’s most exciting conversations: creation care. Our goal is to explore the biblical call to care for God’s creation through the teachings of today’s most insightful church leaders.

The conference features a collection of well-known evangelical speakers, most of whom are not associated with the creation care movement, with some speaking on the subject for the first time. Speakers include Lifeway’s Ed Stetzer and former SBC president James Merritt, pastor of the host church. Other speakers: Gabe Lyons, Leroy Barber, Andy Crouch, Margaret Feinberg, Joel Hunter, Jo Anne Lyon, Matthew Sleeth, Chris Seay, Rick McKinley, Tri Robinson, and Ken Wilson.

  • “This may be a turning point in the shape of evangelical engagement with environmental action.” David Neff, editor-in-chief and vice president, Christianity Today.
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 21: Dr. James Merritt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said: “Being a conservative — social, political and theological — I took a little bit of a jaundiced view of the whole Al Gore approach to environmental phenomena.” But Merritt, like many evangelical and conservative Christians, has crossed over and now sees taking care of the environment as a faith issue, “creation care,” as he terms it.

Andy Crouch said “A new kind of evangelical conversation about God’s creation is beginning, and Flourish will be one of the milestones. Those who attend will be on the leading edge of a significant new movement that I believe will, and must, shape the Church and our culture for generations to come.”

As the first national gathering of its kind, Flourish will focus on what is necessary for the church to produce a robust Gospel-witness on the creation. This includes creation care theology, worship and evangelism, stewardship of church buildings, and personal discipleship. So sign up now. You don’t want to miss this revolutionary event!

Early bird pricing has ended. Limited scholarship are still available (inquire at admin@www.flourishonline.org. And, if you are part of a group from the same church or organization, use the discount code “flourish50″ to take advantage of a special group discount of 50%!

Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Restoring Eden
Creation Care Study Program
Bardin & Marsee National Association of Evangelicals Creation Care Program
Floresta Plant with Purpose
Logos Bible Software Energy Star
Eden Vigil Evangelical Environmental Network
Broadman & Holman Regent University School of Divinity
American Scientific Affiliation David C. Cook
The King's University College InterVarsity Press
National Wildlife Federation Renewal
Tyndale House Publishers Puckett--Brand Advertising and Graphic Design
Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative Biblical Botanical Gardens Society, USA
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee