Learning Labs

Getting Outreach into Every Ministry of Your Church

The Underground


Everyone wants to see people converted and transformed by Christ, but why is it so rarely happening in our churches? Join us for testimonies from current EFCA pastors who are experiencing growth and conversions in their church through their work with the Church Evangelism Institute at the Billy Graham Center. Learn simple steps of accountability that will help shift your church onto a trajectory of sustainable conversion growth. You will also hear some exciting new research on the unchurched and the churches reaching them that is a game changer.
Session 1 | 9-10 am

How to Grow and Revitalize Your Church Through Mission

Session 2 | 10:30-11:30 am

Becoming a Conversion Community

Session 3 | 1-2 pm

Practical Next Steps to Revitalize Your Church

Additional Information

The mix of stimulating research, plus front-line reports from EFCA churches that are seeing significant revitalization and conversions, plus an opportunity through a major grant from the Lilly Foundation for churches to get help will provide a powerful combination of help leaders will be able to get. There will be an additional four speakers who will be part of our learning lab:
Dr. Ed Stetzer (Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center)
Sean McDowell (Senior Associate Pastor of Constance Free Church in Andover, Minnesota)
Keith Gordon (Pastor of Love of Christ Baptist Church in Chicago)
Terry Erickson (Church Evangelism Institute Catalyst Coach)

Dr. Rick Richardson

Executive Director
Billy Graham Center Research Institute and the Church Evangelism Institute
Wheaton College
Dr. Rick Richardson is a Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and also directs the Church Evangelism Institute and Research Institute for the Billy Graham Center. He consults widely with churches on evangelism, healing, reconciliation, the emerging generation and contemporary missional churches and missional movements. Rick earned his M.Div. from Northern Baptist Seminary, studying with Ray Bakke, and focusing his studies in evangelism and urban ministry. He received his PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Rick seeks to bring together his passions for evangelism, prayer and racial reconciliation in order to cast vision and equip an emerging generation in ministry for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Randy Discher

Senior Pastor
Constance Free Church
Andover, MN
Randy Discher serves as Senior Pastor of Constance Free Church in Andover, Minnesota. He received an undergraduate degree from Crown College and an M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Under Randy’s leadership, Constance has experienced significant growth. He is a macro, visionary leader who empowers staff to dream, innovate, and lead and has a passion to help people connect with Jesus.

June 20-22, 2023


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Minneapolis, MN 55420
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