By Bethany Royer
March 30, 2014
TIPP CITY — Ginghamsburg Church will hold its 2014 Change The World Missional Conference in Tipp City, April 3-4. The conference draws the attention of national and world-renowned speakers and church leaders from coast to coast to gain valuable insight on how to make local, national and global communities a better place to live, work and grow.
“What makes this conference unique and draws people from all around the world to travel to Tipp City is that people see the kind of impact we have on our community. We are in the midst of a tough time economically, and we have the opportunity help improve people’s lives. You change cities by bringing hope to neighborhoods,” said Ginghamsburg Church Lead Pastor and conference speaker Mike Slaughter.
Ginghamsburg Church has committed itself to be an example of changing the world by serving more than 40,000 people annually in Miami and Montgomery counties through its outreach services. Last year, Ginghamsburg’s New Path Food Pantry served nearly 33,600 people in the Miami Valley alone. Their Gateway Café program provided more than 4,300 full-course meals, and their GIVE program offered assistance to more than 1,700 people with short and/or long-term disability needs with medical equipment. Since 2005, the congregation has invested $6.5 million into sustainable humanitarian projects in the Sudan and South Sudan.
In addition to what Ginghamsburg has learned over the years, they welcome the insight and knowledge of Adam Hamilton, Rachel Held Evans and Diana Butler Bass.
“Ginghamsburg’s Change the World Conference is an invitation to repentance — an invitation to changed minds, changed hearts, changed lives, changed churches and ultimately a changed world,” said Adam Hamilton, conference speaker, author and pastor of the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. In 2013, Hamilton delivered the sermon at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Prayer Service in Washington, D.C.
“We all want to make a difference. Too often, we feel like we are doing this on our own. When we come together, we see that we are not alone. Gathering gives up hope and helps us realize that there is actually a community of transformation. Knowing that, we can go forward with more confidence and optimism about the future,” said conference speaker, author and scholar specializing in American religion and culture Diana Butler Bass. Bass regularly comments on religion, politics and culture in the media including USA Today, Time, The Washington Post, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS and NPR.
“I hope everyone leaves feeling both refreshed and challenged, and that we’ll be inspired to think outside the box a little when it comes to being the Church in the world,” said Racheld Held Evans, conference speaker, bestselling author and popular blogger with more than 250,000 visits on her blog each month. Evans has been featured on “The View,” “The Today Show,” NPR, Slate, The Huffington Post and Oprah.com.
It is this very concept of change that sparked Pastor Mike Slaughter’s book, “Change the World,” which sent a ripple effect across the United Methodist world that ultimately inspired the global outreach May 17-18 event, Change the World weekend. “We have had as many as a quarter of a million people from 16 different countries participate in Change the World weekend, which was inspired out of Ginghamsburg Church,” Slaughter said.
The Change the World missional conference is from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and from 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday at Ginghamsburg Church, located at 6759 S. County Road, 25-A, Tipp City.