|Ministry, not comfort|
Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic, a church in Los Angeles and opening speaker for the April 10-13 Connection 2002 conference in Ontario, Calif., said his church has grown by asking more of its members, not less. Photo by James Dotson
ONTARIO, Calif. (BP)--It's not the message of Christ that is keeping young adults out of churches, but the church context in which that message is presented. That was the message of two California pastors who have been successful in reaching thousands of young adults and mobilizing them to reach others.
Ervin McManus, pastor of Mosaic, a Southern Baptist church in Los Angeles, and Matthew Brown, pastor of Sandals Church in nearby Riverside, were among the featured speakers at the April 10-13 Connection 2002 in Ontario, Calif. The conference -- geared primarily toward small-group breakout sessions on a variety of church planting and evangelism topics -- was the first of three regional meetings sponsored by the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board this spring for pastors, missionaries and other denominational partners. Read More