I Can Only Imagine
It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many – often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.
Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury – combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential – set Bart on a musical pathway.
Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe – named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.
Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.
A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love… from an eternal home in Heaven.
Small-town/rural New England pastors, lay leaders, and
Christian workers, here’s an initiative designed for you,
located close to you, and meant to learn from you.
Small Town Summits are small, local, affordable gatherings of Christians who long for God’s glory to spread throughout the small places of New England. We welcome pastors and lay leaders, men and women. Partnering with The Gospel Coalition New England, our Summits provide support, training, encouragement, and connection for New England churches beyond the urban centers.
Much of New England lies beyond the cities. Therefore, to reach this region for Christ many gospel workers must minister in the small places. We want to encourage and equip these faithful ministers. We don’t disdain the big conferences in the big cities with the well-known speakers (we attend and benefit from them). But our Summits are a bit different. We intend to go small: small conferences in small places for small-town Christian workers.
In common parlance, the term ‘summit’ describes a gathering of leaders for the purpose of making significant decisions. Our Summits gather pastors and ministry leaders within a State or region. We learn from one another as we pray and plan for gospel advance. We worship together, eat together, talk together, learn together, and pray together.
The goal of Small Town Summits is to see the small places of New England filled with healthy, missional, gospel-centered churches and Christian workers, for the glory of God.
“Small Town Summits are gatherings for small-town pastors and ministry leaders,
by small-town pastors and ministry leaders.”
Christians in New England are Struggling. We wonder if the Gospelcan really make a difference here — the least churched, most post-Christian region of the country. But we know nothing is impossible withGod. In fact, Scripture tells us that He“is able to do immeasurably morethan all we ask or imagine!” (Eph. 3:20)
So, what can you imagine? On Saturday, October 19th, we will explorewhat it looks like for ordinary churches to become missional whole-lifedisciples in the places He sends us throughout the week—in ourworkplaces, in our schools, in our neighborhoods—on oureveryday“Frontlines.”
Our keynote speaker, Neil Hudson, brings a wealth of wisdom gained by working with hundreds of leaders, both in the UK and around the world, who want their churches to become whole-life disciple-making communities. He is a gifted speaker, author of Imagine Church (IVP,2012) and Scattered & Gathered (IVP, 2019), and a pastor for more than30 years. He understands first-hand the challenges and opportunities ofleading a local church in a post-Christian context.
We will also hear from local leaders who have been pursuing this visionin New England over the past several years. And we will give you timeand space to process the implications for your own unique context.
So whether you are a pastor or lay leader, you are invited. And don’t forget to bring your leadership team!
Individual: $30 each
Two or three: $25 each
Groups of 4+: $20 each