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Grow Leadership Conference

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Grow Leadership Conference

Developing Thriving Rural Churches

Heritage Church, Baxter, MN


Registration opens January 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Grow Leadership Conference equips rural and small town church leaders and pastors in developing thriving rural churches. God has strategically placed churches in rural areas and small towns to impact our culture for all of eternity.

The Grow Leadership Conference will encourage pastors and board members in the unique role they play in the Kingdom of God, and will provide information on ministering effectively to impact their communities.

Grow Leadership Conference is led by a diverse array of denominations and church leaders.


God has given you and entrusted you with this incredible message of the Gospel, and He’s called you to a very unique place. And lest you think, because the place He’s called is not big, that it doesn’t matter. Bigger is not better, deeper is better, transformed is better.

-Rev. Kevin Kompelien, President of the Evangelical Free Church of America




Martin Giese  |  Keynote Speaker

Dr. Martin Giese is the President of Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, MN. He has served with Oak Hills’ Church Ministries by founding and directing the “Country Shepherds’ Workshop,” an interdenominational training seminar for pastors of Town and Country Churches. Giese served as the lead pastor of Faithbridge (previously Faith Baptist Church) in Park Rapids for 23 years. Prior to that Giese served at First Baptist Church in Parkers Prairie for nearly two decade, and as an adjunct faculty member for the Billy Graham School of Evangelism for ten years. Giese has a master’s degree from Moody Bible Institute, and his Doctorate in Ministry and Leadership from Bethel University.





More Speakers coming soon!




13242 Berrywood Dr.
Baxter, MN 56425

Parking will be available at the church.

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Registration will open on January 7th, 2019 at 10:00AM

Registration will include full access to the conference and a meal that will be served on site.



Individual Tickets for up to 4 persons will be $60.00 per person.

The ticket price for each individual after the 4th ticket (up to 10) will be $20 per person.




More information coming soon!






Who are the speakers?

Dr. Martin Giese will be the keynote speaker. Additional speakers coming soon!

What should I bring?

We encourage you to bring a Bible, a notebook and a friend.

Do I have to register now or can I do it at the door?

This event may sell out! We encourage you to purchase your tickets when they become available on January 7th at 10:00AM.

Where is the evening event located?

The Grow Leadership Conference will be held at Heritage Church at 13242 Berrywood Dr, Baxter, MN 56425

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What past attendees are saying:

“Ministry in a rural area is very unique and difficult, yet it’s a well worthwhile ministry. It’s helpful that I’m not the only one telling that to our church staff, I’m glad my staff really resonated with that, and feels encouraging that we’re not alone.”

-Pastor Paul, Birch Hills Church, Melrose, MN

“Ministry in an urban or suburban setting is so different from doing ministry in a rural town where scheduling is different, and so is how people live their lives; to have this space (at Grow Leadership Conference) for learning in the rural context is very helpful.”

-Bracston of Buffalo Free Church in Buffalo, MN.



Listen to Rev. Kevin Kompelien’s keynote address from the 2018 Grow Leadership Conference

Read a summary of the 2018 Grow Leadership Conference in Willmar, MN


March 9, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Heritage Church
13242 Berrywood Drive
Baxter, MN 56425 United States


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