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Understanding & Reaching the Dechurched in Your City // Caleb Davis

75% of people in the US claim to be Christians. 50% of those are what Stetzer, Keller, and others refer to as the “mushy middle;” they confess Christianity but often they are done with church. This is the biggest mission field opportunity.  In this workshop we will discuss who the dechurched are, what you need to understand about them, and how to continue studying them. We’ll also look at an effective strategy for reaching and discipling these people including attracting the dechurched to your church, communicating to them, and helping your church members reach them.  We’ll even dive into a common path of ongoing discipleship for this group of dechurched.

Diagnosing a Diverse Worship Ministry // Scott Gayer & Mike Mumford

Diversity is a hot topic when it comes to leading worship. In this workshop, we'll discuss your next steps to pursue a diverse worship ministry. This diversity conversation however will not be limited to simply a conversation about race. We'll discuss how to craft a more transcultural worship ministry that serves all ages, races, socio-economic demographics, genders, levels of spiritual maturity and more. Core topics will include developing worship diversity through three key lenses: liturgical balance, racial awareness and missiological focus.

Creating a Real Gospel Culture in Your Church // Jeff Hensley

Having come from a church culture that was religious by nature where everyone is polished on the outside and dying on the inside, Jeff has seen and personally experienced how such a culture can not only prevent healing, but cause significant trauma in the lives of our people and ourselves.  Using the Biblical account of the man with the withered hand, this workshop will walk through Jeff’s story, including how God has used his experiences to effect the culture at Heritage Christian Fellowship. We’ll then look at how other pastors and leaders can take tangible steps toward creating a culture that depends on the gospel of Jesus Christ, and not a faked plastic religious front.

Pastors and leaders will be challenged in the following areas:
- To know their own story and the grace of God in their own life, understanding and embracing their own weaknesses
- To be transparent with their churches about these stories, giving no room for the “Holy Man” mentality, and exemplifying a reliance on God’s grace themselves
- To place an emphasis on training and raising up leaders in the church that will do the same
- Why and how these emphasis are not only an encouragement to their churches, but create a safe place of hope for the lost
- To place a constant emphasis on God’s grace and the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ

When the Church & the LGBTQ Community Collide  // Edward Paz

Edward pastors a church in one of the most religiously hostile and LGBTQ friendly places in the world. In addition to learning from his experiences, you will be given practical insights on how church leaders can bring the full measure of Jesus Christ's grace and truth to the LGBTQ community. The main false narrative that will be unpacked is that to be non-affirming is to be non-loving. The workshop will answer questions like, "How are your beliefs on your position on LGBTQ issues communicated?" "What about church membership?" and "How do LGBTQ members serve in the church?" There will also be an extended time of Q&A in this workshop as well so that your specific questions can be asked and possibly answered!

Connecting People to Your Church  // Carli Ragains

Connecting people to your church is one of the most important aspects of church planting and often, because of overwhelming to-do lists, it can be the most neglected. This workshop will take a look through the lens of a newcomer, and offer ways to think through the newcomer's experience as well as strategies for turning visitors into members.

Blueprint for Reconciliation:  Preparing Your Church for Diversity Before It’s Diverse  // Steve Ross & SHAUN GARMAN

We all have issues, experiences, gifts, and distinctions that must be integrated into the real life kingdom. How do people from different backgrounds and with different preferences, interests, and perspectives live together in unity within the body of Christ? How do we live out our faith beyond the walls of the body of Christ as parts of the broader human family? This workshop will give you practical steps that will help you, your leaders, community members, peers, and neighbors find the life-changing, paradigm-shifting power of the gospel that reconciles differences and divisions of every sort.


Are you about to plant a church and want to know how to start a Children's Ministry? What should you prioritize? Have you already started your Children's Ministry and want to reshape culture? Resonate Church is 8 years old and has grown from a group of 50 adults to a congregation of 1000+. They believe that every child has the capacity to know and believe truths about their Creator. Come hear what they've tried and where they've succeeded, but also what they've learned from our mistakes.


The Importance of Church Membership & Practical Systems of Discipleship // Joel Webbon

Church membership is not commanded in Scripture—it is assumed. There are multiple New Testament commands given to every believer that will be minimized at best, or all together neglected at worst, if we do not take the time to define who actually belongs to our local churches in a clear and visible way. However, it’s not enough to simply establish a formal process for membership in our local churches. We must also put forth the time and effort to create practical ways of shepherding and discipling our church members so that pursuing membership actually produces a real spiritual benefit to those who are willing to do so.

Practical Tips for Effective Marketing & Communications in the Church // Rachel Wolverton

What role and level of importance should marketing and communication have within the church, and how should you approach them? Communication can often fall through the cracks at churches, or be handed to whoever might have the time to take it on regardless of strategy, skills, or passion. In this workshop, you'll be encouraged as to the importance of strategic communications within your church and how it can foster engagement & involvement. You will leave with practical marketing and communications tips to apply within your own church context.