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The GACX Forum is for organizational leaders engaged in church multiplication.
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Working Together with a Shared Vision
GACX is a network of over 100 member organizations collaborating to see one healthy, multiplying, and sustainable church for every 1000 people everywhere.
The 2023 GACX Forum is intentionally designed to catalyze conversations and connections around church multiplication.
Presentations and case studies from global leaders catalyzing conversations on church multiplication.
Interactive sessions on the training, tools and ideas essential to church planting.
A time and place for interactions that lead to mission-accelerating collaboration with others.
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Dr. David Garrison has served for nearly four decades as a missionary pioneer in understanding church planting movements among unreached peoples. His books Church Planting Movements (2004), and A Wind in the House of Islam (2014) have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Dr. Mary Ho is the International Executive Leader of All Nations, an organization with workers making disciples and planting churches in 45 countries. She is passionate about finishing the Great Commission in this generation by sharing the love of God among every people, especially in unreached places.
GACX & Global Church Movements
Dr. Bekele Shanko serves as the President of GACX and the VP for Cru's Global Church Movements. Originally from Ethiopia, Bekele has been involved in designing and leading major national and international church planting projects.
Finishing the Task
Dr. Lisa Pak currently works alongside Rick Warren on the Finishing The Task (FTT) lead team. She has traveled globally and is passionate about diaspora communities and mobilizing the young generation to share the good news of Jesus Christ with all who have yet to hear.
Dr. Wes Watkins serves with One Collective as a missiologist and professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a facilitator of the Motus Dei Network and a researcher at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
Dr. Emanuel Prinz partnered with God to start a movement and works as movement consultant, boosting ministries toward movements, including organizations such as New Generations and Bethany International. He is author of Movement Catalysts.
Discipling Marketplace Leaders
Dr. Renita Reed-Thomson is the founder and president of Discipling Marketplace Leaders. DML believes that “work is worship” and educates, equips, and empowers the local church to establish a ministry that disciples every believer to live out work as worship and mission.
Jimmy Seibert is a pastor, author, leader, and international speaker. He and his wife Laura have a commitment to the Great Commission being fulfilled in their lifetime. Jimmy serves as the founder and senior pastor of Antioch Waco, and senior leader of the Antioch Movement.
Indonesian Peoples Network
Bagus Surjantoro has been serving with Operation Mobilization (OM) since 1986. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Indonesian Peoples Network (IPN), an interdenominational mission network within the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission for Indonesian UPGs.
Dr. Bruce Wilson has worked internationally for 30+ years as a consultant, pastor, and organizational leader. Bruce is currently the Executive Vice President of GACX.
The Timothy Initiative
Dr. Jared Nelms serves as CEO of The Timothy Initiative, an international church-planting movement that trains and multiplies disciples and disciple-making churches around the world. He values operating in the sweet spot between the board room and grassroots-level work.
Grant Olson has experience in campus ministry, media production, leadership development, and church planting. He and his family have served cross-culturally for 16 years, having lived in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. Grant now oversees operations for GACX.
Training Movement Catalysts
Collaborating with the GO Movement
Assessing Funder Responses to Movements
Church Multiplication in the Digital Space
Training Resources for CPMs
Church Measurement and Mapping Tools
Forming & Sustaining National Alliances
Generational Continuity and the Kingdom of God
Reporting to Foundations and Major Donors
Leveraging the Marketplace for Church Multiplication
Developing Church Multiplication Alliances
GACX Support of National Alliances
Effective Succession Planning
Global Academy for Transformational Leadership
Movements and the Unengaged
Thailand National Plan: Lessons Learned
... and more!
Networking opportunities are 60% of the planned schedule. Use this time to connect relationally and explore new opportunities for collaborative partnerships.
The 2023 GACX Forum begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 3, and ends at 12:00 pm on Thursday, October 5. A dessert reception will be held on Monday, October 2, at 7:30 pm.
|Plenary: God's Mission
Passing the Leadership Baton
|Plenary: God's People
Spiritual Vitality and NextGen
|Plenary: God's Move
Case Study: Indonesia
|Plenary: Movement Dynamics
Methods and Catalysts
Case Study: India
|Plenary: Practical Collaboration
Going for the Gaps
Case Study: Azerbaijan
|Plenary: Unity in Diversity
Celebration and Communion
|12:00||Lunch & Networking||Lunch & Networking||Forum Ends|
Training, Tools and Ideas
Training, Tools and Ideas
Training, Tools, and Ideas
Training, Tools, and Ideas
|Dinner & Networking||Dinner & Networking|
|7:00||Plenary: Global Partnerships
Case Studies, Discussion
|8:00||Special Focus Desserts|
Please note that except for Forum start and end times, the schedule is subject to change. * Breakfast is complimentary for overnight hotel guests.
Afternoon meetings from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Monday, October 2, for an additional $50 per registration.
Empowering Church Planters in the Metaverse
In-depth discussions on digital strategy and missional challenges in the metaverse.
Leveraging the marketplace for church multiplication.
Priority Pass: Emerging Leaders
"NEXT" is more than a theme. It's about creating a multiplication mindset in missions leadership. That's why GACX is offering member organizations a 30% discount on the regular rate for leaders in their 30s.
GACX Early Bird Rate
- GACX member organizations save $55 with the Early Bird rate through June 30.
GACX Priority Pass
- Special rate for leaders age 30-39 from member organizations.
Guest Early Bird
- Participants from a non-member organization save $55 with the Early Bird rate through June 30.
Spouse Early Bird
- Save $27 with the Early Bird rate through June 30.
Registration includes access to all sessions and workshops; daily breaks and coffee/tea; Monday night dessert reception; and lunch, dinner, and dessert on Tuesday and Wednesday. A complimentary, full-service hot breakfast is provided for all hotel guests each morning.
Embassy Suites / Denton Convention Center
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, Texas, 76201
Cancellation & Refund
Registration fees are fully refundable for cancellations confirmed 30 days before the event (September 3, 2023). A 50% refund will be provided up to 10 days before the event (September 23, 2023). Unless otherwise stated, there can be no refunds within 10 days of the event.
- All registration fees will be fully refunded if the event is officially canceled for any reason.
- A partial refund (80%) may also be offered if a participant is impacted by a medical emergency, personally or in their immediate family, and contacts us 24 hours prior to the start of the event.
- A partial refund (80%) may be provided for international participants who encounter unexpected travel difficulties due to visa issues.
Please note: the hotel, airlines, and other travel services may have different cancellation and refund policies; these are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
GACX reserves the right, at the sole discretion of the event team, to cancel and refund the registration of any participant deemed a reasonable risk to the health or safety of others in attendance or otherwise compromises the integrity of the event.
Networking and collaboration are two key goals of the GACX Forum. Participation in the whole event is strongly encouraged for the benefit of all participants.
While a few participants may need to arrive late or depart early, GACX cannot provide any discounts or other adjustments to the registration cost.
GACX is unable to provide registration discounts, scholarships, or other financial assistance to students or international participants.
International participants that have a relationship with a US-based organization should first attempt to secure a letter of invitation through that organization.
GACX will only issue a letter of invitation for individuals affiliated with a member organization. Letters of invitation issued by GACX can only support travel to and from Dallas / Denton, Texas during the dates necessary to attend the Forum.
Please note: COVID-related requirements for entry into the United States may change at any time. Current information is available from the US State Department (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html)