Discipleship Conference

September 27-28, 2019 Memphis, TN

Featured Speaker

Pastor Gary Stump

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Onward Church, Fishers, IN

Pastor Gary Stump and Onward Church are the rarest of birds in that they have discovered, by God's grace and power, a very successful disciple making process right here in the heart of the USA! They believe that God has called the church to focus on training Christians to obey Jesus—especially as it relates to disciple-making. They do this through teaching the Word, assembling as a community for worship, and keeping it simple in all aspects of the church.

Gary likes to say that he is way too old to play church. Gary describes Onward not as an “attractional” church, but a church committed to growth of both the church and individuals through disciple-making. Gary has been a pastor since 1989 and planted Onward Church in 2011.

Gary says, “As a native Hoosier I was in the business world for almost 20 years, but became a pastor after my wife was killed when our car was hit by a drunk driver. It left me with four children to rear. Through this experience God taught me the value of my faith and my family in a profound way.”

The Onward Discipleship Journey is a path of study that contains the essentials of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Each session in the Onward Discipleship Journey builds upon the other. At the end, you’ll have a strong foundation for your walk with Jesus — you’ll understand what it means to be a disciple and how you can disciple others.

Through the Bible is the second step in a discipleship journey where we explore the entire Bible, book by book. Get a “crash course” on the Bible, the characters, the storyline, and the Message of Christ. By journeying Thru the Bible, new disciples form Life Groups that are the real hub of the church.

Learn More About Pastor Gary HERE

Featured Speaker

Robert Newton

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San Jose, California

Rev. Dr. Robert Newton is a prophetic and apostolic voice in the wilderness of American evangelical churchianity. As a former President of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Senior Pastor at First Lutheran Church in San Jose, California, and evangelistic missionary to the
Kankanaey people in the Philippines, Newton knows from first-hand experience what it's like to be a "church-insider." He also knows from that experience that it is very difficult for church insiders to reach and connect to Jesus those people who are "church-outsiders," which is a large and growing population in America today.

As one of the pre-eminent theologians and Bible scholars in the LCMS today, Bob has the wonderful ability to apply ancient biblical principles to the challenges and issues facing today's world and church. He is especially passionate about "Discipleship" and its ramifications on the mission of the Gospel.

Pre-Conference Speaker

Bill Dasch

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Mansfield, Texas

A cutting edge leader in praying for healing and wholeness, Rev. Bill Dasch has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod for 42 years. Having led workshops and conferences around the country, Bill is known as a dynamic speaker and informative teacher. He has written a comprehensive workbook and leader's guide on praying for healing and wholeness called Reclaim! He prays daily for people who have cancer and other life threatening diseases...and he does it for FREE! Bill will lead a Pre-Conference Workshop of Healing Prayer from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, September 26.

Conference Director

Terry Tieman

TCN Executive Director

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Terry Tieman began his career in ministry as a pastor in Michigan and Arkansas. He then served for 13 years as Mission Executive of the Mid-South District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).

In January 2009, Terry became the Executive Director of Transforming Churches Network (TCN), which helps churches become more effective in reaching their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. TCN’s transformation process – which is based on Biblical principles and was developed through worldwide research on effective mission movements and pilot projects – has successfully changed hundreds of churches from the inside out.

Terry continues to gain front-line experience as Pastor at Grace Celebration Lutheran Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began serving in 2018. Terry’s most recent work has led to the development of the TCN Discipleship Process and the TCN Discipleship Conference.

Hotel Information

There are many fine hotels in the Cordova/Germantown area. We recommend The Hampton Inn - Wolfchase Galleria which has special rates for Church Conferences. Just tell them that you are attending the Discipleship Conference at Grace Celebration Lutheran Church in Cordova to get their best rate. There are also many restaurants to choose from around Wolfchase Galleria and on Germantown Road.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, September 26

6:30 – 7:00 pm Registration

7:00 – 8:30 pm Healing Prayer Workshop – Bill Dasch

Friday, September 27

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration

8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome – Terry Tieman

8:45 – 9:30 am Why Make Disciples? – Bob Newton

9:30 – 10:30 am The Story of Discipleship @ Onward Church – Gary Stump

10:30 – 10:50 am Break

10:50 – Noon The Story of Discipleship @ Your Church

What applies to your church? What doesn’t? (Small Groups)

What have we learned about Discipleship? (Large Group)

Q & A with Gary Stump

Noon – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 pm What is a Disciple? – Bob Newton

1:30 – 2:30 pm How Do You Find and Train Your First Disciple? – Gary Stump

2:30 – 2:50 pm Break

2:50 – 4:00 pm A Discipleship Training System – Gary Stump

4:00 – 4:30 pm Q & A

Saturday, September 28

8:30 – 9:30 am How to Make Disciples – Bob Newton

9:30 – 10:15 am Another Story of Discipleship – Terry Tieman

10:15 – 10:35 am Break

10:35 – 11:25 am The Story of Discipleship @ Your Church

What applies to your church? What doesn’t? (Small Groups)

What have we learned about Discipleship? (Large Group)

Q & A with Panel

11:25 – 11:55 am Next Steps

11:55 am Closing Prayer


Grace Celebration Lutheran Church

8601 Trinity Road

Cordova, TN 38016


Jesus started a grassroots Gospel movement that shook the world 2,000 years ago and continues to grow like a tsunami in many parts of the world today! But not so much here in North America...Why? Could it be because we are overlooking the simple, but profound, kingdom principles that Jesus taught his first disciples?

The principles that Jesus presented in the Gospels constitute the basic job description for making and multiplying disciples in fullfillment of his Great Commission and they still work today! However, they must be learned and implemented in the context and culture of your church and community.

Find out how you can begin to do that from practitioners who are doing it right here in North America! Learn from Pastor Gary Stump, Dr. Robert Newton, Rev. Bill Dasch, and the TCN staff, as well as other practioners from across the country.



Go...make disciples!

Transforming Churches Network

1736 Edgeburg Lane

Cordova, TN 38016