12Stone® Church cuts ribbon on 68,000-sq-ft regional training facility
(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) January 27, 2014—Partnership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Chamber, and community leaders will join 12Stone® Church for the opening of The John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church this Thursday. The 68,000-square-foot campus will house the headquarters location for John C. Maxwell’s international training organization EQUIP®, as well as the Sugarloaf Campus for 12Stone Church. The facility creates 11 new jobs for Gwinnett County.
The campus, located on 17 acres at 2050 Sugarloaf Circle, will enable 12Stone Church to develop and train the next generation of ministry leaders. In addition to housing the headquarters for EQUIP, the facility is also home to the Williams Auditorium a state-of-the-art, broadcast-ready, recording studio auditorium, where John C. Maxwell will produce a digital leadership library.
“We approached John to enter this partnership with us to honor his contribution to the international leadership landscape and the value of his legacy,” said 12Stone Pastor Kevin Myers. “As for location, Gwinnett County has been our home for almost 26 years. We are honored to expand here knowing the high value Gwinnett places on leadership.”
Together, EQUIP and The John Maxwell Company, both founded by Maxwell, have trained more than five million leaders worldwide. An internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author, Maxwell has sold more than 22 million books.
“This center will carry my passion for training leaders and will create an expanding and enduring legacy of leadership for generations to come,” shared John Maxwell.
For more than a decade and a half, 12Stone Church has rapidly grown to become the largest Wesleyan church in the world, and was named one of the fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach in 2010. The church has weekly attendance of more than 15,000 people across four greater Gwinnett area campuses.
“We are delighted about the opportunities this new training center brings to Gwinnett County. It is exciting to have this facility available to help mold the next generation of leaders who will play a role in moving Gwinnett forward,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash.
Led by the Gwinnett Chamber and a host of public and private partners, the community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, has been actively engaged in cultivating leadership development opportunities in the County since its inception in 2007.
“Developing the next generation of leaders is a critical part of the growth, vitality, and future of any community. We are fortunate in Gwinnett to have many organizations supporting and cultivating leadership initiatives throughout the County, and the Maxwell Leadership Center is certainly a welcome addition to our community,” commented Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO, Dr. Dan Kaufman.
12Stone’s initiatives include leadership training and coaching, a two-year residency program, and biblical education courses in partnership with churches, Indiana Wesleyan University, Wesley Seminary, and The Wesleyan Church.
A press kit with photos and talking points can be found at www.maxwellcenter.com.
For more information about the efforts of the award-winning Partnership Gwinnett initiative, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.