Vertical Church Conference Brings Together More Than 1,000 Global Church Leaders

By Julianna Keck

Aug. 24, 2017


On August 13 – 16, more than one thousand ministry leaders from around the globe gathered at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago for a powerful three-day conference focused on Vertical Ministry.

These church leaders were encouraged, challenged, trained, and equipped for deeper and wider ministry impact.

Vertical Church Conference featured special teaching sessions from Luke MacDonald, Ed Stetzer, Ron Zappia, J.D. Greear, and James MacDonald.

It also featured worship from Vertical Church Band’s Jon and Valeria Guerra (Praytell), Kathryn Scott, and Meredith Andrews.

One attendee described the conference as:

So good. So Inspiring. So God-glorifying. And I for one am walking away with my life changed. Thanks to everyone who put it on. There were tons of great moments. The message on evangelism is one I won't soon forget and changed my life.

- Josh Bowers, Church Planter

Hearts were blessed and refreshed as the Holy Spirit filled church leaders anew with a burning passion for ministry and tools to establish a vertical church.

Enjoy the following snapshots captured throughout the week!

(above) Featured Speaker James MacDonald, Walk in the Word

(above) Featured Speaker J.D. Greear, Summit Life

(above) Featured Speaker Ron Zappia, Highpoint

In 1988, with just eighteen people, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel, which now ministers to more than 13,000 on seven campuses in the greater Chicago area each weekend.

In addition to his preaching ministry, James began the Bible-teaching ministry Walk in the Word on one radio station in 1997. Today, the Walk in the Word radio broadcast reaches more than three million people every day, and the television program, which started in 2014, has a daily audience that extends around the world.

Ignite the same passion in your listeners by bringing the bold and convicting preaching of James MacDonald to your station line-up.

Sign up for the Walk in the Word 26-minute daily and weekend broadcasts and James’ 1-minute daily short feature, Listen Up when you call the RKC Media Services Team at 818-865-0180 or email

For more information about Vertical Church Conference, click here.

For more information about the other radio broadcasters featured at the Vertical Church Conference, visit:

Summit Life with J.D. Greear

Highpoint with Ron Zappia