Meet The Speakers


J.D. Greear

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Tim Keller


Ed Stetzer


Bryan Loritts

Silicon Valley

Joby Martin


How The Church Thrives in a Post-Christian Era

It’s election season. North America has reached a cultural tipping point. As society transitions into post-Christendom, the church finds itself increasingly at odds with majority culture. Yet history testifies that the gospel is always clearer in an age when it is not culturally assumed. The early church thrived in a non-Christian world because she was both culturally relevant and radically distinct. We believe the church can do the same thing today.

View The Schedule

Tuesday, October 18

12:30 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Doors Open

1:30 p.m.

Session One

  • Ed Stetzer - Cultural Trends and the State of the Church

3:00 p.m.

Breakpoint This Week Live

  • Ed Stetzer, Tim Keller and J.D. Greear

4:00 p.m.

Session Two

  • Tim Keller - The Future of American Protestantism: Conservative Christianity After the Christian Right
  • Q&A Panel

5:30 p.m.


Wednesday, October 19

8:30 a.m.

Doors Open

9:00 a.m.

Session Three

  • Joby Martin - Preaching the Gospel Clearly Among the Vestiges of Cultural Christianity
  • J.D. Greear - Why Sending is the Future: Mobilizing People in the Pews (multiplication not addition)
  • Q&A Panel

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Conversations

  • J.D. Greear: Simultaneously Pursuing Ministry At Home and Overseas
  • Bryan Loritts: The Multiethnic Church
  • Ed Stetzer: From Attractional to Incarnational
  • Joby Martin: Engaging Millennials with a “Cold Drink of Grace”
  • Brad Hambrick: Do Ask, Do Tell - Why and How Christians Should Have Gay Friends
  • Bruce Ashford/Chris Pappalardo: A Christian Hope for American Politics
  • KJ Hill/Matt Miglarese: Loving the City through Local Outreach

2:15 p.m.

Session Four

  • Tim Keller - How the Gospel Makes the Church Relevant and Distinct
  • Q&A Panel
  • Bryan Loritts - Contextualizing the Gospel To a Rich, Diverse Culture (The Future of the Church Will Be Much More Multiethnic)
  • Guided Group Prayer

5:15 p.m.

Conference Concludes


We've intentionally limited seat availability because we recognize pastors aren't seeking another conference; they desire accessibility and conversation with pastors and leaders they respect. This gathering seeks to expose the issues and facilitate intellectual conversations as you develop next steps for cultural engagement in your specific context.

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Travel & Lodging


The nearest airport is RDU, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 7 miles away from The Summit Church.


If you are planning to stay in the area, here are two lodging suggestions.

Hampton Inn

8021 Arco Corporate Drive, Raleigh, NC
Mention “Summit Church” and get $10 off the lowest rate.


Provides the best deals for lodging nearby. Enter “2335 Presidential Drive, Durham” in the address field and select a rate that is in the “Research Triangle Park vicinity.”