2017 National Conference Highlights
Living the Fullness of Christ-Centered Leadership in Turbulent Times
September 29 – October 1, 2017 • Held at the Loews Chicago Hotel
American culture is in desperate need of mature, wise, Christ-Centered leadership. What does that look like? How do we walk in it? How does the Pinnacle Forum strategy help us better realize it? How is “Christ-Centered” leadership unique, and what are the ramifications of this leadership?
Our 2017 National Conference addressed many of these questions and others like them.
The President’s Perspective: The Amazing Move of God at Our National Conference by Guy Rodgers, President & CEO
“I want to thank you for the spectacular conference! I was blown away…” Lisa Sooy (wife of Pinnacle Forum Partner Brian Sooy)
“…through the incredible, insightful and spirit filled speakers and “how-to” practical breakout sessions, I have never been more encouraged to live as a Christ centered leader.” Steve Hillard, National Board Member
Please take a few minutes to read this all the way through; I believe you will be blessed and encouraged.
When we began planning this conference over a year ago, my main thought, my principal prayer, and thus my primary goal, was that all the pieces would come together in such a God-orchestrated way that every single attendee would leave with a clear impression that God showed up and did something amazing in their lives.
While I can’t say I’ve talked to everyone who attended, I heard enough feedback from enough people to conclude that this prayer was robustly answered.
I just wanted you to know that I thought the conference was fantastic. In my opinion, you could not have done any better…
Ed Delph, President, Nationstrategy
I want to thank you for the spectacular conference! I was blown away…
Lisa Sooy, (wife of Pinnacle Forum Partner Brian Sooy)
Reaffirmed the reason why God called me to serve him through Pinnacle Forum.
John Lochner, National Board Member
The conference and Pinnacle Forum has opened up my heart and business to like-minded individuals… I now feel more equipped and fortified for the next half or quarter of my life.
Milo Hamilton, President, Firstgrain, Inc.
…through the incredible, insightful and spirit filled speakers and “how-to” practical breakout sessions, I have never been more encouraged to live as a Christ-centered leader.
Steve Hillard, National Board Member
This conference and workshops gave much needed clarity, direction, equipping, and encouragement to leaders.
Abraham Ajenifuja, Pinnacle Forum Partner
This was one of the best, Christ centered conferences I have ever attended.
Bob Fischer, National Board Member
The speakers were on point and thought provoking, so fantastic… but the in between moments were the prize, new relationships and those deepened. I am and will be processing for days if not weeks!
David Sauter, CEO of Envano
Wow! From start to finish, from the speakers to the breakouts to the fellowship, this conference was the best one yet… I came away freshly encouraged and equipped, with a renewed commitment to execute on my calling to be a Christ-centered leader in every area of my life.
Mark Vasche, Executive Director, Modesto, CA Chapter
The beauty of the Pinnacle Forum National Conference is the opportunity to be engaged with and challenged by Christian leaders who are on the front line of a Biblical worldview and cultural transformation. The experience is truly authentic, personal, intimate, and powerful. There are no distractions—no light show, smoke, or overly-produced environments—just the essence of thoughtfully curated perspectives on transformational leadership, and affirmation of our calling to be engaged and influential leaders where we are called, by cultural leaders of the body of Christ.
Brian Sooy, President & Design Director, Aespire
Main Speaker Bios
Dr. Os Guinness
Os Guinness is an author, social critic, and member of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team. He is the founding Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum, whose motto is “Contributing to the Transformation and Renewal of Society Through the Transformation and Renewal of Leaders.” Os is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth, The Call, A Free People’s Suicide, and Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times.
Guy Rodgers, Pinnacle Forum CEO, regards Os as one of the world’s leading voices on the intersection of biblical truth, history and culture.
Os will be joining us at the conference via video. You can see his full bio here.
Tom Holladay is Senior Teaching Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Tom’s passion in ministry is to help people discover a love for the Bible and an understanding of God’s truth that changes the way they live. In addition to his pastoral leadership and weekend teaching ministries at Saddleback, he assists Rick Warren in teaching Purpose-Driven Church conferencesto Christian leaders around the world. Drivetime Devotions is his 10 minute a day podcast through the Bible, phone app or online. His books include The Relationship Principles of Jesus, Love Powered Parenting (with Chaundel) and Putting It Together Again (spring 2018). He and his wife, Chaundel, have three children and six grand-children.
Here’s what Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, had to say about Tom Holladay in his foreword for Tom’s book The Relationship Principles of Jesus: “For over thirty-five years, I’ve closely watched how Tom Holladay lives and leads by showing Christ-like love to everyone…” Warren further wrote,
“…you were never meant to live your life in a vacuum. In fact, you cannot fulfill your life’s purposes by yourself.”
This understanding is central to our mission, and why we have a NationalConference.
Dr. Beverly Upton
Beverly serves as Chief Executive Officer of Haggai Institute International. She is responsible for leading the ministry, and ensuring that the world’s highest-qualified, credentialed, Christian leaders are equipped to powerfully impact their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Haggai allows her to combine her passion for sharing the Gospel and her skills of organizational development to make an impact for the Kingdom. From an organizational perspective, this ministry has an extensive infrastructure, built over 48 years and encompassing 188 nations, that enables their leaders to reach the world with the Gospel. Haggai truly is a missions force unlike any other!
She joined Haggai Institute in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Haggai, she was CEO of Upton & Associates, an organizational development consulting and executive coaching firm based in North Carolina. Her work focused on helping leaders, teams, and organizations increase their effectiveness to achieve desired results. She also worked for the Covey Leadership Center as a senior consultant. Her clientele included leading companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Companies, and Westinghouse. Full bio can be viewed here.
Regi has an extensive history in the founding of new companies, helping to start fifteen companies and serving as CEO four times. As President & CEO of Async Corporation, he was recognized as Georgia’s high technology Entrepreneur of the Year.
This experience in company start-ups, coupled with his energy for mentoring leaders, led to Regi’s role in the formative stages of several ministry organizations in the Atlanta area. One of those was North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, whereRegi has twice served as an Elder.
Regi’s passion and calling is the mentoring of younger men to help them grow to be “all-in” followers of Christ. He has led sixteen mentoring groups over the years.
Regi is the author of three books:
- About My Father’s Business
- What Radical Husbands Do
- Mentor Like Jesus
He is the Founder and Chairman of Radical Mentoring, a ministry whose mission is to develop the next generation of Christian leaders through intentional men’s small group mentoring.
Dr. Albert Mohler
Dr. Mohler is the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.
Influential publications such asChristianity Today have described Dr. Mohler as a leader among evangelicals; Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”; and The Chicago Tribunecalled him “an articulate voice for conservative Christianity at large.”
An author and widely sought-after speaker and commentator, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He has been quoted in newspapers ranging from The Wall Street Journalto The New York Times, and has appeared on numerous national news programs.
He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues, and has written several books, including:
- Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth
- Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists
- He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Post-Modern World
- The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters
Dr. Mohler’s extensive bio can be viewed here.
A well-known speaker, writer and cultural commentator, John Stonestreet is the President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is co-host with Eric Metaxas of Breakpoint Radio, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson. He’s also co-host of BreakPoint This Week with Ed Stetzer, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.
John previously worked extensively with Summit Ministries, including in the capacity of Executive Director, and served on the teaching faculty of Bryan College, where he helped develop a Christian worldview sequence for the core curriculum.
He is the co-author of three books including Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. His full bio can be viewed here.
“My name is Kelvin Cochran, former Fire Chief of the City of Atlanta. I was terminated for living out my faith in Jesus Christ.”
This is how Kelvin opened his testimony last year at the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Kelvin, one of six children, grew up very poor in Shreveport, Louisiana – so poor that the family frequently ran out of food. His alcoholic father left the family when he was quite young. He had a dream to be a firefighter, and he achieved that dream, rising to the position of the Fire Chief of Shreveport in 1999. Kelvin was the first African-American to serve in this position in Shreveport. Continue to read Kelvin’s story. You may also read Kelvin’s bio here.
Schedule of Events Recap
Friday, September 29, 2017
3:00 PM to 6:30 PM – General Sessions
Tom Holladay, Dr. Albert Mohler, and Bob Smiley
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Dinner (on your own) for those not attending the optional cruise
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM – Optional private cruise
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM – General session for those not attending the optional cruise
Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:30 AM to 11:15 AM – General Sessions
Kelvin Cochran, Regi Campbell, and Dr. Beverly Upton
11:15 AM to 12:10 PM – Breakout Sessions
12:20 PM to 1:50 PM – Luncheon
Dr. Os Guinness and John Stonestreet
2:00 PM to 3:55 PM – Breakout Sessions
3:55 PM to 6:45 PM – Optional meetings and/or time on your own
7:00 PM to 9:45 PM – Gala Dinner Banquet
Sunday, October 1, 2017
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Optional Worship Service
On Friday night, September 29th, half of our guests embarked on a private, customized Chicago River Architectural AND Lake Michigan Chicago Skyline cruise.
They sailed on the Anita Dee I, a 90-foot charter yacht moored at the mouth of the Chicago River, past some of Chicago’s finest architecture.