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Young Leaders' Network

The Anderson University Young Leaders' Network provides local pastors, church professionals, and others a place to connect, be encouraged, and learn from each other.  In addition, the Young Leaders' Network is committed to bringing guest speakers to campus that will challenge and teach those in attendance.  Most events include a lunch for additional informal discussion, take-home items from the presenters, and more.  Below is a list of previous Young Leaders' Network events.


Past Young Leaders Network Events

 Clayton King

Dr. Clayton King



One of life's greatest challenges is finding a way to balance all of the demands that are ultimately placed upon us as ministry leaders. How do we 'get it all done?' Is it even possible to work a job, save some money, pay the bills, raise kids, prioritize your marriage, go on vacation, and stay physically healthy?

Dr. Clayton King, an evangelist, teaching pastor, author of seven books and founder of Crossroads Worldwide Missions and Summer Camps, spoke on this sumbect in the Young Leaders' Network series in 2013. 

Dr. King is uniquely equipped to speak on the topic of balancing life and ministry. He has preached to more than 3 million people and has traveled to 34 countries and 45 states, preaching an average of 180 days per year. He is married to Charie and is the father of two boys, Jacob and Joseph.

Rick Warren

Pastor Rick Warren


Senior Pastor of Saddleback Community Church and author of numerous best-selling books, including The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren spoke during campus worship. Young Leaders' Network event attendees had the unique opportunity of lunch with Pastor Warren and members of his leadership team, followed by Q&A and roundtable discussion.

"What's in your hand?" That was the question posed several times by Pastor Rick Warren to an overflow crowd in Anderson University's Henderson Auditorium during a chapel service. Warren spoke at AU as part of the John A. Broaddus Lectures on Preaching, a special component of AU's M.Min. and D.Min. programs. Warren, one of the world's most influential evangelical leaders, used the story of Moses' first encounter with God to urge students to give Him their gifts and trust Him with the results.

The Anderson student body sat in rapt attention during Warren's sermon. After chapel Warren hugged, laughed and posed for dozens of pictures and gave scores of autographs. The warm feelings were mutual as an effusive Warren remarked during his visit. "I loved hearing these students sing," he said.

"One of the best ways to take the spiritual temperature of a campus is to listen to the students singing. I've been to Notre Dame and Baylor this week and I can tell you, the fire is here at Anderson."

"These kids are incredible," he said after his campus worship message. "This campus is incredible. A large number of non-ministry students came out last night to hear me talk about sermon preparation! This place is spiritually alive."

Dr. Haddon Robinson

Dr. Haddon Robinson


Dr. Haddon Robinson, professor of preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and author of the standard preaching text for evangelical schools, was the inaugural lecturer for the first Broadus Lectures series on preaching.

Dr. Robinson is well-known through his textbook, Biblical Preaching, which is the dominant preaching text used in evangelical colleges and seminaries today. Former President of Denver Seminary and professor of preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary, Robinson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1991 and from July 2007 to August 2008, he served as Interim President. Widely regarded as an expert in the area of preaching, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years in 2010. He was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in a 1996 Baylor University poll.

Young Leader's Network attendees enjoyed campus worship and a message from Dr. Robinson, and a private luncheon and Q&A with Dr. Robinson followed by roundtable discussion.

Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson

Primal & In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day discussion

Event attendees heard from National Community Church founding pastor and best-selling author Mark Batterson in campus worship.  They also got to spend time with him in a special Q&A session afterward.  In addition to a catered lunch, people walked away with a copy of Batterson's new book Primal.

Lee McDerment

Lee McDerment & David Walker

"Worship is..." presentation and discussion

Anderson alumnus Lee McDerment ('01) and David Walker, worship pastors at NewSpring Church and City Church, two well-known churches in the Upstate of South Carolina, led campus worship and talked about the idea of worship as being more than "just music."  They shared their thoughts about music in the church over lunch, and also gave away copies of their CDs.

Calvin Miller

Dr. Calvin Miller


Young Leaders Network attendees were invited to attend the Consecration Service for AU's new Master of Ministry (M.Min.) program, featuring special speaker Dr. Calvin Miller, academician and acclaimed author of over 30 books, including his most recent release, his long awaited autobiography entitled, Life is Mostly Edges. In addition, Dr. Miller was also among a group of more than a dozen Strategic Faculty, including well-known national church leaders, who will be part of the instructional program at the Clamp Graduate School.

At the service, Dr. Miller spoke of the significance of the program, saying, "One of the great needs in the church today is pastors and church leaders who are biblically grounded but also understand how to lead effectively. One of the reasons I am so supportive of the Master of Ministry (M.Min.) at Anderson University is that it will provide the kind of practical training for church leadership that few, if any, schools are offering today."

Young Leader's Network attendees attended special lectures and enjoyed a private meal and Q&A with Dr. Calvin Miller, followed by roundtable discussions. At the conclusion of the event they received a copy of his latest book, Life is Mostly Edges.


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