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A One Of a Kind Iron-sharpening Experience

An interactive one-day event designed to challenge ministry leaders' thinking and practice in addressing the critical issues of our time.

OCTOBER 15, 2020
Desert Springs church
goodyear, arizona

Addressing Racial Divisions In The Church

A Note From Our President:

"Our One Day Forums are designed for ministry leaders from both the local church and para-church environments. All senior leaders, including board members and senior leadership teams, are welcome to attend and take part. The forum is meant to be a meaningful and safe environment where differing opinions can be wrestled through in honest and grace-filled discussions. As you consider joining us, please do so with a heart for learning. We are not interested in conformity of thought, but collaborative unity through mutual understanding and thoughtful discourse. We strongly believe that you don't have to agree on all matters to join together in Gospel activity that reaches a community for Jesus. If you agree, you will not want to miss this very special day."


registrations are CLOSED

Event fees

Early Bird Rate - $75
Registration - $95
Member Rate - $75

featured guest


Derwin L. Gray

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University (BYU). They have been married since 1992 and have two adult children. After graduating from BYU, he played professional football in the National Football League for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998).

In 2008, Gray graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. In 2018, Gray received his Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament in Context at Northern Seminary under Dr. Scot McNight. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015) and The High-Definition Leader (2015).

How and Why Cultural Alignment Can Collapse A Kingdom Calling
Why Racial Engagement Must Be Intentionally Relational
How To Take Intentional Steps To Becoming More Multi-Ethnic (and how it reflects God's heart)

Discussion Panel

For our final session, Pastor Derwin will be joined by the following local ministry leaders on the platform to answer open questions from event participants.

Roosevelt Community Church
Vermon Pierre has served as the Lead Pastor for Preaching and Mission at Roosevelt Community Church in downtown Phoenix since 2005. Originally from New York, NY, he attended Princeton University and completed his post-graduate work at Trinity International University. He lives with his family in downtown Phoenix.
As former Sr. Pastor of Word of Grace Church in Mesa, Gary saw the congregation grow to an average weekend attendance to more than 4,500, becoming known for their community outreach and their leadership in strategic world missions. Gary now sits on multiple boards and actively serves churches and ministries throughout Arizona.

Jose Gonzalez

AZ Christian Link
Bio Coming Soon

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