"Mercy is the driving force behind the call to social justice—efforts to bring freedom and renewal to the oppressed and broken. Social justice is not just about giving relief; it’s also about empowering the individual and entire communities. Often when we talk about social justice, we only focus on changing structures. But, if we only redesign the structures without empowering individuals within their communities, we fail to bring about systemic change." - Mike Slaughter, "Good News for All"
Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, is the three-decade dreamer of Ginghamsburg and the spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has now made him a tireless and leading advocate for the children, women and men of Darfur, Sudan, named by the U.N. as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. Mike’s call, to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, will challenge attendees to wrestle with God and their God-destinies. When Mike arrived at Ginghamsburg Church in 1979, worship attendance hovered at 90 with 118 members and an annual budget of $27,000. As of 2008, 4000 attendees on average worship weekly at Ginghamsburg and the multi-million dollar budget helps resource a faith community committed to serving the poor, lost and disenfranchised. Under Mike’s leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church “media reformation” and cyberministry, with the Ginghamsburg website averaging 50,000 visits monthly from around the world. Since initiating the Sudan Project in January 2005, Ginghamsburg has invested nearly $6.4 million into humanitarian relief in Darfur. The resultant agricultural project, child development program and safe water initiative are expanding to reach a quarter of a million Sudanese refugees and villagers. Mike has visited (three times) the internally displaced persons camps and villages in South Darfur served through The Sudan Project to witness firsthand God’s “loaves and fishes” miracle and to reconfirm for the Sudanese people Ginghamsburg’s determined commitment toward completing the mission that has been placed before it. Locally, the New Path outreach arm of Ginghamsburg Church annually serves more than 40,000 people in surrounding communities via its food pantry, car, clothing and furniture ministries. In 2005 and 2006, Ginghamsburg was named as one of the top 50 churches in the U.S. by The Church Report magazine. In 2007, The Church Report listed Mike as one of the top 50 most influential Christians in America. As a mentor, Mike travels globally to speak and uses his “gift of irritation” to equip ministry leaders to minimize brick and maximize mission so that they may fully deploy the mission of Jesus into the world. He is also the author of multiple books with the most recent being Hijacked Responding to the Partisan Church Divide (Abingdon Press); Christmas Is Not Your Birthday Experience the Joy of Living (Abingdon Press) and Giving Like Jesus and Change The World: Recovering The Message and Mission of Jesus (Abingdon Press).
Mike is an ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church (UMC) and holds a Doctorate of Ministry. He was named the Foundation for Evangelism’s “Distinguished Evangelist” in 2003 and has twice received the Denman Evangelism Award from the Foundation in recognition of demonstrated leadership in promoting the United Methodist Church’s historic commitment to evangelism. In 2007, Olivet Nazarene University granted Mike the Reed Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, given in recognition of outstanding leadership.
He will be speaking on 5/21/2014 at 11:00am at Central Lutheran Church in a lecture and again on 5/21/2014 at 1:30pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in worship.
We are looking forward to having Mike Slaughter as a speaker at the 2014 Festival of Homiletics. He has many insights to offer in the ways of preaching, social justice, and global ministry.
For more about him, please check out the following links:
Preaching Moment videos from WorkingPreacher.org: