The Exponential East 2014 conference was an overwhelming gathering of approximately 5,400 Christians committed to seeking and saving those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
The 5,400 accounts for those physically present at the conference at the First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida. There was an unknown number of additional participants connected via a simultaneous global webcast who could use Twitter to send comments, ask questions and highlight key points from each session.
The strength of the Exponential East 2014 was the cross-section of participants and opinions on how to effectively evangelize the world. There were representatives from every imaginable denominational and nondenominational church exchanging ideas..
The theme of the event was "Seek + Save" and every session and workshop asked participants to rethink how Christians should seek and save souls through various church planting efforts. Each of the major sessions was hosted by Dave Ferguson who is the lead pastor at Community Christian Church in Naperville, Illinois.
Here is just a partial list of the excellent speakers featured at the event.
- Lou Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church, Atlanta
- Tim Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City, New York
- Greg Nettles, senior pastor of RiverTree Christian Church in Massillon, Ohio
- Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia
- Michael Frost, founding director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling College in Sydney, Australia
- Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois
Hybels and Ferguson closed the conference with an "altar call" that asked attendees to surrender to the call of church planting. Hundreds came forward to pray with the leadership team.