From flying angels to pyrotechnics and more, attendees learn “this is not your grandfather’s church” when it comes to winning souls these days.
(Detroit) –– It’s pretty clear that this is not your grandfather’s church! Imagine using pyrotechnics to blow up a mock jail cell as one preaches about spiritual “freedom”…or… a pastor literally “flying” above the stage (as angels and demons battle below) to illustrate being “lifted” above life’s struggles. Well, Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple is known for its “creative touch” to illustrations, and over 2,000 pastors, ministers, and church staff workers from across the U.S., and several foreign countries will converge on the church to learn about that and much more. They will come to learn about innovative 21ST Century ministry techniques at the church’s 15th annual “Pastors and Church Leaders Conference ,” May 7- 9th, 2014.
”The fact is that we cannot effectively minister to an iPad generation with an ‘8-track tape’ mentality, “ says GGT Senior Pastor, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III.
Greater Grace, a pentecostal church, is considered a leader in the area of establishing corporate partnerships, and creative approaches toward community outreach. Bishop Ellis is also the Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), the world’s oldest Apostolic Pentecostal organization.
The event consists of seminars and workshops on how to operate various ministries and take the reach of the church beyond its walls into the community. Topics include outreaches, church administration, church marketing, TV ministry, children’s ministry and much more. Greater Grace currently has more than 250 ministries. In addition, there will be a luncheon question and answer session with Bishop ElIis and First Lady Crisette Ellis.
Some of the nation’s best known pastors will minister each evening at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Jamal Bryant, of Baltimore, MD will be the opening speaker on Wed. (5/7). He is well known for helping push for further investigation into the Trayvon Martin case. On Thursday, (5/8) the delegates will learn about the creative use of drama as ministry as Greater Grace presents its acclaimed, “AFTER EARTH,” an on stage presentation. It’s a powerful dramatic production on what happens after our current life on earth. Meanwhile, Bishop Noel Jones of Los Angeles, CA, a nationally-known speaker, speaks on Friday (5/9).
Registration is not required to attend the evening 7:00 p.m. services. They are free and open to everyone. Registration is being handled on-site for the numerous daytime workshops. For information, call 313-543-6000 or visit www.greatergrace.org Greater Grace Temple, is located at 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit, MI