Jesus’ last words to his followers was a passionate plea to make disciples. While his parting lesson has been called “The Great Commission,” so many followers of Jesus have treated it as if they were “The Great Suggestion.” In fact, statistics show that only 2 percent of all Christ-followers have actually made a disciple. Now I don’t say this to be critical or condemning. I actually think the reason these numbers are so low is because we don’t know how to make disciples, not because we don’t want to. Well, we here at ALCF are deeply committed to producing reproducing followers of Jesus Christ, or as some would call discipleship. And we want to equip people with the practical tools needed to do this. We are beyond excited to partner with Garden City Church to host our first Discipleship Summit. Dr. Kennon Vaughan, one of the world leading experts and practitioners in this field will be presenting. If you come to this half-day event, you will be inspired and outfitted with exactly what you need to fulfill Jesus’ plea to make disciples. I hope to see you there!—Pastor Bryan Loritts
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kennon Vaughan
Dr. Kennon Vaughan serves as the Lead Pastor of Harvest Church in Memphis,TN, and President and Founder of Downline Ministries. A Memphis native and graduate of Auburn University (BA), Dallas Theological Seminary (MBS), and Gordon Conwell Theological (DMin), Kennon founded Downline in 2006 to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church. Downline has exploded into a 50+ church network in Memphis with over 1,700 lay leaders trained through the local Institute, four other cities hosting LIVE Institutes, and an online Institute training students all over the world. In October 2013, Kennon planted Harvest Church with the hope of establishing a faithful, Gospel-driven, disciple-making church that will plant other churches of the same kind. By God's grace, over the last 3 years, Harvest has become a fast-growing, multi-cultural, multi-generational beacon of the Gospel in the Memphis community and beyond. He is married to Kathryn and dad to four amazing boys: Caleb, Luke, Jonathan and David.