Saturday, April 16, 2016

Change and the Church: Why the Local Church Still Matters

We are excited to announce this year's FREE one day Bible conference!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! (Again, we are not requiring registration, but it will be a help to us if you do register. Plus, the first 80 people who register will receive a FREE copy of Dr. Jeff Johnson's book The Church: Why Bother?)

Date: August 27, 2016

Time: 10am - 4:30pm

Location: (NEW PLACE THIS YEAR!) 2nd Baptist Perryville, AR.  Perryville is about 45 minutes NW of Little Rock, 35 minutes west of Conway, and 15 minutes south of exit 108 on I-40 at Morrilton. CLICK HERE for MapQuest. 


We are living in unprecedented times in America. By the time of the conference, we will be just over a year out from the Obergefell decision.  And things aren't just changing from without, but within the Church (or those who claim to be) we've seen entire denominations capitulate on a variety of issues.  Even within faithful denominations we've seen sketchy evangelism tactics, a confusion of the role and function of the local church, and anover-emphasiss at times on parachurch organizations. In the Southern Baptist Convention we continue to struggle with a great disparity between membership rolls and actual meaningful membership within our churches.  With all of these changes that are taking place within and without we want to address the theme of Why the Local Church Still Matters. Our chief priority is to be faithful to the Church's Head who is Christ our Lord. The conference will feature three different plenary sessions and a Q&A Panel to discuss these important issues. 


Steve Burchett

Steve is a speaker, writer, and assistant to the president for Christian Communicators Worldwide. He thoroughly enjoys communicating the Bible at retreats, conferences, and pastors’ meetings of various denominations. In addition, Steve loves to teach through writing. He is a co-author of Divorce and Remarriage: A Permanence View, and many of his articles may be found at , , and .

In 1998, Steve earned his B.A. from Cedarville University, followed by a Masters of Divinity in 2001 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For nearly five years prior to serving with CCW, he was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Athens, Ohio.

Along with his current ministry with CCW, Steve serves as an elder in Christ Fellowship of Kansas City , a unique church made up of home congregations in the Kansas City metro area.

Steve married Patty Noble of Westwood, New Jersey, in 1998, and they now have three children: Katie, Luke, and Lilly. You can keep up with Steve’s ministry and family by visiting

Ray Van Neste

Dr. Van Neste is a believer in Christ, husband, father, pastor, and professor. He and his wife Tammie and have 5 boys and one little girl. This is his first ministry. He teaches at Union University, his alma mater and where he met his wife. He teaches classes in New Testament, Greek, and pastoral ministry. He also directs the R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies. He also serves as one of the pastors at Cornerstone Community Church, a church in Jackson, TN, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Tom Nettles

Dr. Tom Nettles is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America. In 2014, after 38 years of teaching, he retired as Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he had served since 1997. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including By His Grace and For His Glory and Baptists and the Bible (with Russ Bush), Stray Recollections, Short Articles and Public Orations of James P. Boyce, Whomever He Wills (edited with Matthew Barrett), and Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. (taken from

The Q&A Panel will consist of the above speakers as well as Dr. Jeffrey Johnson of Conway, AR. (Dr. Johnson gave a powerful message at our conference last year on The Authority of Scripture). Please submit a question for the panle to answer! You can do so by clicking here


It is our vision to keep this conference completely free to those attending. We have a great set of speakers lined up this year and we also plan on doing some giveaways.  If you do feel led to contribute monetarily to the costs of this conference or if you would like more information you can contact me at the form below:

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