I’m very excited about the TogetherLA conference, which will be this February 26 – 28 with Tim Keller as the keynote speaker.
Tim Keller has helped call our attention back to the importance of cities in the mission of God. But what does it look like to actually love your city (in this case, LA)? That’s what this conference is about.
The aim of the conference is thus to “engage pastors, ministry leaders, non profit leaders, lay leaders, and marketplace leaders on what it means to love Los Angeles.”
I love the fact that it is for people in all areas of life, not just ministry. Christians in every type of vocation are called to engage and love their city for the glory of the gospel. TogetherLA is thus seeking to bring together Christians from every sector of society to learn about what this means for whatever vocation they have.
It is also bringing together an amazing and diverse range of speakers. Here is part of the description from the website:
At this event we will hear what churches and church planters are doing. We will learn about partnerships in the city and ways to partner together. We will discuss how social problems impact LA. We will learn how LA is integral in shaping culture and why culture is important. We will hear from leaders in the entertainment, arts, political, and business community. And we will discover how the men and women of LA, Asians, Caucasians, Hispanics and African Americans are loving and engaging their city for the Gospel.
The conference will be divided into four parts:
Thursday: The Church (church planting, church partnership, church renewal, and so forth)
Friday morning: Social problems in Los Angeles
Friday afternoon and evening: Culture and Los Angeles
Saturday: Faith and work
This conference will be an incredible opportunity for equipping and encouragement for those who are in LA. And even beyond that, it is in itself a model for how all of us, in any city, should be seeking to ask and answer the question of how we can love our cities most effectively.
Here is the trailer for the conference:
And here is also a brief video of Tim Keller talking about why you should come to TogetherLA: