Keynote Topics

justice / mercy / humility / disciple making

DO JUSTICE – RICH STEARNS

Doing  justice in our world means seeing the world through God’s eyes – which doesn’t come naturally in our American culture. There are unjust disparities all around us. Some closer than we realize, even in our own lives. In today’s world, the neighbor we are called to love can be both down the street and across the globe. Justice calls us to open our eyes – to see the broken and hurting, to go to the ragged edges of the world, and to be a voice for those who have no voice.

LOVE MERCY – BRYAN STEVENSON

We will unpack what a love for mercy actually looks like in day to day life. Mercy and justice are often spoken of together; justice requires action on behalf of the innocent being oppressed while mercy seems to require action on behalf of the guilty. What is the real power of a love of mercy? Why would God decide that a love of mercy would be of the highest order for his people? More than any other tribe, Christians should understand the power of mercy, since God in his mercy has acted on our behalf in the midst of our guilt. Participants will sit in the uncomfortable space of examining whether their lives are truly lived in the merciful way God calls them to. Where are the greatest spaces that mercy is required and the greatest opportunities for God’s people to bring the Gospel into their communities by loving mercy?

WALK HUMBLY – CARL MEDEARIS

For people who follow a man who exemplified humility of the highest order, Jesus’ followers often
fall short in the humility department. This session will explore what it means to walk humbly with
God as we share his love and truth with our family, friends, and neighbors. Humility is a key
ingredient in sharing Jesus. Why? What can we do to walk humbly and not haughtily as we share
the truth of God’s great love? Can we collaborate with others for the welfare of our communities if
we can’t come to the table as a humble participant? We will explore the barriers to humility.

MAKE DISCIPLES – REV. LIZ WALKER

Being a disciple is not enough. As long as our highest goal is to grow closer to Jesus, we will miss the
point. God has called each of us to Go and Make Disciples; we are to be disciple-making disciples.
How does a commitment to doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly set the stage for
disciple-making? Participants will leave this session with a sense of urgency to be a part of local
churches filled with disciple-making disciples. What if One Million New Englanders pledged to live a
personal disciple making lifestyle that began with an intentional commitment to go and do justice,
love mercy, and walk humbly with God? The power of one million people intentionally sharing
Jesus in word and deed is unimaginable for our region.

MAY 20-21, 2016

Connecticut Convention Center  |  Hartford, CT