*If you are registered for the 2018 conference and have not yet registered for your workshops, please use this link to register now.

Ministerial Jealousy:  Killing the Green Eyed Monster // Art Azurdia

Ministerial jealousy is a disease that, at one time or another, plagues every gospel minister—most often, ironically, at pastors’ conferences.  How can you put it to death? How can you crucify this insidious sin that so radically contradicts the gospel you proclaim?

Intentionally Partnering with Families in Your Church // Brent Cisson

We all want the families in our churches to be intentional about raising generations that follow Jesus. Yet, we are often unsure of how to practically lay out a plan that accomplishes this.  This workshop will walk pastors and leaders through Heritage Milestones, the plan that Heritage Christian Fellowship (Medford, OR) has used to resource and equip families in this endeavor. We will share what has worked, what has been challenging, and what has failed. After attending this workshop, you will be given tools to honestly assess how your church is doing when it comes to intentionally partnering with families. You will also be prepared to formulate a vision to resource and equip the families in your church so that your church and the families within it are intentionally raising generations that follow Jesus.

How to Wildly Succeed with Volunteers // Brian Howard

Every church relies on volunteers to carry out its vision. In this workshop Brian will teach you how to double the number of volunteers in your church and how to excellently care for your current volunteers.

Administrative Assistants: The Position & Potential // Grace Maultsby

Sidekicks unite! Administrative assistants are the behind the scenes helpers that do just about anything and everything. They have a unique calling to help their pastor and ministry thrive. Come hear how success in this position comes from knowing your identity, knowing your pastor, and knowing your role. You will be encouraged in understanding why and how admins serve and grow the kingdom. We will also have an open group time of sharing practical tips and tricks that can enable all of us to be the super sidekicks God designed us to be.

Identifying & Responding to Domestic Violence in Your Church // Joanna Wong

Is there domestic violence in your church community?  How would you know? What would you say to a domestic violence survivor in crisis?

Current statistics estimate that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced domestic violence. However, misinformation on the topic abounds, and ignorance can cause irreparable harm.

Learn about the dynamics of domestic violence, discuss the hidden signs of abusive relationships, and practice trauma-informed counseling in this interactive workshop. Leaders and laypersons will be equipped to identify and respond to domestic violence in their churches.

Healthy Systems, Healthy Churches // Josh Reich

Every person, church, team, ministry or organization has a system and that system is either healthy or unhealthy. Healthy systems are crucial to the growth and longevity of any church. And like a body, those systems are interconnected with each other and work together to make the whole church all that God has called it to be. The healthier your assimilation, groups, kids, students, evangelism, preaching and formation systems are, the more people you can help grow in their relationship with Jesus. The question this workshop will answer isn't whether those systems in your church are in place - they are whether you know it or not.  The question is whether they are being maximized. You will leave with clear steps to take back to your team for systems that need work and what needs to be done to fix them.

Doing What You Can: Utilizing the Gifts God has Given to Minister as Women // Kirsten Black

The Bible is full of wise, courageous, faithful, godly women who did not believe they were doing anything exceptional. BUT, they believed in the greatness of their God. They did what they could in the midst of their circumstances. We will take a closer look at Mary of Bethany, who Jesus commends for “doing what she could” and how Mary’s example in Mark 14 can encourage us to be faithful with what we have in ministry.

Helping Your Staff & Other Leaders Grow as Shepherds // Mark Hallock

The Lord has called leaders in the church to shepherd with a heart like his. Just as our Heavenly Father is the ultimate Shepherd of his flock, so our churches are in desperate need of elders, staff and other lay leaders who capture and flesh out a biblical vision and conviction for faithful, shepherd leadership. In this workshop, we will be discussing how to help your staff and other leaders grow as shepherds.

Church in Hard Places:  Reaching the Least, Last & Lost // Steve Ross & Shaun Garman

Is there is really a need to plant new churches in hard to reach cities and rural areas? This workshop will discover why the answer is undoubtedly YES; and why, more than additional churches, we need to pray for, join, and lead movements modeled after the strategy of Jesus to reach the underserved areas of the US West. Engage with us as we explore how issues like poverty, crime, and injustice pave a way for gospel advancement that leads to people being transformed and rising up as Kingdom laborers in their own communities. The goal for this workshop is to help church leaders understand why we must be involved in helping those who have been overlooked, and for us all to consider the foundation for gospel-centered mercy ministry and mission.

Two Churches, One Mission:  How to Plant a Church from Your Church // Ty Neal & Travis Fox

Acts 29 is a diverse, global family of church-planting churches, right? So how do you plant churches from your existing church that will in turn plant churches? Come to this workshop to hear some practical steps and do’s and don’ts that are not just theory, but straight from Grace Point Church’s story of church planting in Las Vegas.  You will be equipped to create a church planting culture, strategically know how to assess your community's receptivity to a new church, and send out a healthy planting team. This session will also include a time for you to ask questions. It's not "rocket surgery;" every church can do this, but you will need a plan.


*If you are registered for the 2018 conference and have not yet registered for your workshops, please use this link to register now.

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.