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‘Church Planting Emphasis Week,’ Oct. 16-19

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Crockett Davidson

Bart Stone

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Milligan College will host two church planters to speak for the second annual “Church Planting Emphasis Week,” Oct. 16-19, in partnership with Stadia, a world church planting organization. The presentations will be free and open to the public.

Crockett Davidson is the lead pastor of Vintage City Church in Hickory, North Carolina, and will discuss his church planting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel.

Bart Stone, lead pastor of Momentum Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, will speak at the same time at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan in the Mildred Welshimer Phillips Memorial Chapel located inside the college’s B.D. Phillips Building. On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. he will speak in Seeger.

In 2016, Milligan partnered with Stadia to raise awareness of church planting and further the mission of both institutions by creating new educational opportunities for Milligan’s students and Stadia’s church planters alike.

“The Stadia and Milligan partnership is vital to the Church as we continue to grow and plant churches in urban and under-resourced cities in the US and around the world,” said Stadia’s Executive Director Dr. Tom Jones (Milligan B.A. ’77, Emmanuel M.Div. ’82). “Events like ‘Church Planting Emphasis Week’ at Milligan are important because the Church needs catalytic, world-changing women and men willing to be used by God to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. This partnership challenges students to think beyond what they have seen and experienced and encourages them to start a new, fresh community of God that will reach where the established church does not go.”

Davidson also serves as a coach for Stadia and Waypoint Church Partners and is a board member of Splagna, a church planting network that plants churches for cynical people in hard to reach areas. He is passionate about reaching people that most won’t and helping leaders lead the way God intends.

Stone helped plant Momentum in January 2007. The church currently has two campuses and is planning to launch a third. He is dedicated to church planting, adoption, and serving the next generation of leaders.

In addition to these presentations, these church leaders will meet with Milligan and Emmanuel students to discuss opportunities for them to get involved in church planting.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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