Ministry That Lasts

2018 Leaders’ Summit


OCTOBER 23-25, 2018

Sojourn Community Church, Midtown Campus

1207 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40203

“Why do 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 close? Why do more than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month? What causes 50% of pastors to feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could. And why will 50% of the ministers starting out today not last 5 years?”
— the Schaeffer Institute

Sojourn Network wants to plant churches; many churches — urban, suburban, rural, small cities, different peoples — we want to take the gospel there! But not at the expense of our planters, their families or the long-term sustainability of their ministry. All over the land pastors are burning out. They feel underpaid and overstretched, discouraged, some even depressed. Some feel like they no longer hear the sweet melody of God’s love. If that’s you, we understand. And we want to help!

So one key question we want to highlight during our Leaders’ Summit is this: whether you're a preaching pastor, worship director, youth leader, executive pastor, Sunday school teacher, women's ministry director, or any other kind of leader, what does it take to sustain a ministry in such a way that it will flourish for the long haul? We’ll explore the reality of sin and the impact of grace, learn how to minister as human beings, addressing the reality of our weakness and frailty in light of the gospel, and hear the stories of those who have gone before us.

Our hope is to help one another to be good shepherds and leaders. The goal of Ministry That Lasts is to stir up men and women to lead churches towards their most fruitful future. We want to bring clarity, charity, gospel-saturated, renewal-based thinking and practice to local church life. We truly want to serve and inspire you to love Jesus and lead his people in a ministry that endures.

Keynote Speakers

Zack Eswine

Zack Eswine (Ph.D.), serves as pastor for Riverside Church and as Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is the author of many books, including The Imperfect Pastor, which received Christianity Today’s Book of the Year award 2016, in the category of Church/Pastoral Leadership, and Preaching to a Post-Everything World, recipient of Preaching Today’s Book of the Year Award, 2008. 

Zack cultivates life in Webster Groves, Missouri with his wife Jessica and three children. Jessica is an attorney studying apologetics through Houston Baptist University. They open their home for those with honest questions as well as ministry leaders both national and international, who need rest, seek apprenticeship in ministry or have questions to sort out. He has served as coordinator for the Clergy Alliance for Racial Equity and has served on the Board for the Alliance for Interracial Dignity and Avenues Counseling. Zack also teaches graduate students in ministry both locally and abroad. For hobbies, Zack enjoys music, film, poetry, Hoosier basketball and Notre Dame Football. 

For more information visit zackeswine.com.


Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey serves as the Executive Director of Sojourn Network and a Teaching Pastor at Summit Church in Fort Myers, FL. Dave is also the founder of Am I Called.com, a leadership resource site helping pastors, leaders and men who sense a call to ministry. He has 31 years of pastoral experience, with 19 years as a lead pastor. Dave chairs the board for the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and has traveled nationally and internationally doing conferences where he teaches Christians, equips pastors and trains church planters. Dave has a D.Min from Westminster Theological Seminary, writes regularly for The Gospel Coalition and For the Church, and is the author of When Sinners Say I Do, Am I Called, Rescuing AmbitionLetting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls, and Healthy Plurality = Durable Church (a Sojourn Network Press publication). Married for 35 years, Dave and Kimm have four kids and two grandkids.


Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams is the lead pastor of Sojourn Midtown in Louisville, KY. He is a native of Chicago, IL. Jamaal received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He has a M.A in Church Ministries and is currently pursuing a D.Ed. Min in Black Church Leadership from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Amber, and they are the parents of Nia, Josiah, Kayla, Micah, and Judah.


Timothy Paul Jones

Timothy Paul Jones oversees The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Global Campus while also teaching in the areas of family ministry and applied apologetics. Before coming to Southern, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor. Jones has received the Scholastic Recognition Award and has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including PROOF; Conspiracies and the CrossPerspectives on Family Ministry; and Christian History Made Easy. In 2010, Christian Retailing magazine selected Christian History Made Easy as the book of the year in the field of Christian education. He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters: Hannah, Skylar, and Kylinn. The Jones family serves in SojournKids children’s ministry at Sojourn Community Church.

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Pre-Conference Intensives

Tuesday, October 23 • 9AM-4PM

Intensives are highly interactive, focused workshops on topics of special interest to ministry leaders. Experienced teachers who can demonstrate with hands-on practical approaches will get to the heart and soul of the subject matter, while giving you the nuts and bolts that you can take home and apply immediately. These Intensives are designed especially for you — the Leaders' Summit attendee. 

Why attend an Intensive? 

  • These full-day training sessions add significant value to your conference experience by providing exclusive content not offered during the main conference.

  • By taking the opportunity to study more deeply with a featured leader on a specific subject, each member of your team will be better equipped, thus strengthening your entire ministry team.

  • Participating in a Pre-Conference Intensive allows each person the unique opportunity to connect with other attendees (who share similar interests, experiences, and struggles) before the main conference even starts.

Note: Intensives are not included in the Leaders' Summit registration and require a separate registration fee. Space is limited to ensure small group interactions. Cost is $75/person. Intensives are open to both men and women, unless otherwise noted. Topics are subject to change.


Locations for the pre-conference intensives will be announced closer to the start of the Leaders' Summit and will be at one of the following locations:

  1. Sojourn Midtown

  2. Sojourn East


Alignment Intensive

Sojourn Network Leadership


GCD Writer’s Intensive

Jonathan Dodson, Mike Cosper, Hannah Anderson


Sage Preaching

Zack Eswine


Growing in Diversity

Dr. Jarvis Williams

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Communicating in a Complex Age: Strategy, Tactics, and Crisis

Nick Bogardus


Shepherding through the Realities of Marriage

Robert & Karen Cheong


Scalability: Principles for Church Growth

Tim Beltz


Cultivating a Humble, Hospitable Ministry

Ronnie & Melissa Martin



Tuesday, October 23

9:00-10:00AM Intensive Registration
10:00-4:00PM Intensives


5:00-7:00PM Leaders’ Summit Registration
7:00-8:30PM Main Session 1 - Zack Eswine - "The Wisdom of Jesus for our Naivete"
8:30-9:00PM Prayer Time
9:00-11:00PM Late Night Hang Out

Wednesday, October 24

9:00-10:30AM Main Session 2 - Dave Harvey - "The Claypot Conspiracy"
10:30-10:45AM Break
10:45-11:30AM Main Session 3 - Timothy Paul Jones - "Diversity as a Spiritual Discipline"
11:30-12:15PM Panel Discussion - "Diveristy and Ministry that Lasts"
12:15-2:00PM Lunch
2:00-3:00PM Panel Discussion - "Women, Ministry, and Reformed Churches"
3:00-3:15PM Break
3:15-4:30PM Main Session 4 - Zack Eswine - "The Wisdom of Jesus for our Folly"

Thursday, October 25

9:00-10:15AM Main Session 5 - Jamaal Williams - "The Pastor and Friendship"
10:15-10:30AM Break
10:30-11:30AM Main Session 6 - Zack Eswine - "The Wisdom of Jesus for our Wounds"


Sojourn Community Church
Midtown Campus


Recommended food & Hotels

Here is a downloadable list of recommended places to eat near Sojourn Midtown.
We suggest booking early and directly (or use KayakTrip Advisor, AirBnB, or similar travel website) to find the best options. 

Legacy Hotel
2825 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40206
Airport: 10 Miles
Sojourn Midtown: 3.9 Miles

Legacy Hotel Group Rate 
Reservations for Sojourn Network are available to be booked at the group rate for stays from October 22-25, 2018.This special rate is only available for booking until August 25, 2018. Book here by calling (502) 736-0600 using block id# 100950.

Hampton Inn
101 E Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Airport: 7.3 Miles
Sojourn Midtown: 2.2 Miles

Springhill Suites
132 E Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Airport: 7.2 Miles
Sojourn Midtown: 2.1 Miles

Hilton Garden Inn
350 W Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Airport: 7.1 Miles
Sojourn Midtown: 2.2 Miles