Summary of Unite 2016
Unite 2016 was a huge success! The conference was held last week from 10/18-10/20. The theme of the conference was "Made to Worship in Community." Close to 200 hundred church planters, pastors, and women from all over the country attended the conference. The conference began with a pre-conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Providence Road (Pillar Network church in Miami) led in worship and then Providence Road pastor, Jose Abella, preached a great message in chapel. You can access Jose's message "Consider the Majesty of Jesus" on Mark 4:35-41 here. After chapel, the Pillar Network partnered with NAMB to provide a complimentary lunch and various TED talks and panels from church planters and Southeastern professors.
The conference began at Open Door on Wednesday, October 19th. We had a session on "Praise as an Act of Worship" by BT Burke and "Preaching as an Act of Worship" by Duce Branch. We also had the opportunity to hold several breakout sessions. On Wednesday evening, the Milioni's served their famous home-cooked Italian meal and Matt Rogers and Bill Curtis presented on the visionof the Pillar Network for 2017.
On Thursday, Warren Mainard preached on "Prayer as an Act of Worship" and we provided a second round of breakout sessions.
Here's a few testimonials from those who attended the conference:
"The Unite Conference was a tremendous blessing to me and to my fellow elder that attended with me. It was the best overall conference I have attended. I have been to conferences where the content was good but walked away thinking, 'ok now how does this relate to our context?' At Unite not only was content excellent, but the discussion around the tables and tangible partnership were so helpful. I left deeply encouraged and ready to move forward in what God is doing in my context. I had the opportunity to reconnect with some friends and made some new ones." -Brandon Sandifer (Church Planter in South Carolina)
"I love the Pillar network Unite conference. Unlike many conferences and meetings, I always leave the Unite conference feeling encouraged and inspired by my fellow church planters and those that support our ministry. There is a real sense of family within our network that makes the Unite conference feel like a family reunion of sorts. I am thankful for the wise leadership and personal care that Zach and the rest of the Pillar network leadership provide during this conference." -Warren Mainard (Church Planter in Seattle)
"As a first time attendee from a church not yet in the Pillar fold, I attending for the purpose of learning about Pillar and possibly networking with some of the pastors present. Both goals were met. I believe that I have a good grasp of what motivates the network and am in a position to recommend that my local church become more involved. And I was able to network with several pastors who expressed interest in learning more of the seminary which I’m associated, a seminary that trains pastors in China." -David Scott (Businessman and church member in North Carolina)
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Thank you to all of our volunteers who made this conference a success. We are thankful for everyone who attended and we look forward, Lord willing, to seeing you next year!