Posted on : Tuesday February 1, 2011

By Shannon Baker, BCM/D National Correspondent

SALISBURY, Md.—Award-winning church growth expert Bill Easum will lead a two-day seminar for pastors and lay leaders at Allen Memorial Church in Salisbury, Md., on April 1-2.

“If you’re looking for down-to-earth no nonsense help to growing your church and your people you don’t want to miss this seminar—no theory, just practical how-to information,” shared Reid Sterrett, interim director of missions for Eastern Association, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

Easum is one of the most sought after church consultants and futurists. He has a 30-year track record of growing congregations in two denominations. His last church, which he re-started and pastored for 24 years, grew to one of the largest churches in South Texas.

Over the past 20 years, Bill has served as a consultant to over 700 congregations in more than 40 denominations in six countries. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including “Preaching for Church Transformation” (released Oct. 2010), “Ministry in Hard Times” (released April 2010 and co-authored by William Tenny-Brittian), “Go BIG: Lead Your Church to Explosive Growth” (released 2007, co-authored with Bill Cornelius),  among dozens more.

Easum, the founder and president of 21st Century Strategies (, is the recipient of the Donald McGavran award for outstanding leadership in church growth, an award that is named after the man who wrote the seminal church growth text, “Understanding Church Growth,” and whose work stimulated the Church Growth Movement.

Easum is a graduate of Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Perkins School of Theology. He and his wife, Jan, have one daughter, Caran.

On Friday, April 1, Easum will teach pastors about “The Nuts and Bolts of What Pastors Need to Know to Grow a Church” and on Saturday, April 2, he will teach lay leaders about “The Nuts and Bolts of What Laity Need to Know to Grow a Church.” Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-12 noon with a break for lunch followed by a 1:30-4:30 p.m session.

The cost for each person is $50 with the following cost considerations:

$45 per person, with groups of 2-5
$40 per person, with groups of 6-10
$35 per person, groups of 11-20
$30 per person, with groups of 20 or more.

In addition, there is a 10 percent discount for those who preregister before Mar. 15 as well as a 10 percent discount for EBA member churches. For more information, contact Cheryl Breidenbach at (410) 749-1820 or at [email protected].