Fresh Eyes = Guest Eyes
We’re all creatures of habit so we get used to our surroundings. Discover ways we can look at our churches through the eyes of a guest and simple steps we can take to make the best possible first impression.
Getting Guests to Say, “We’re Here!”
New guests can be leery of contact cards and welcome tables, preferring to check a church out anonymously. We’ll discuss multiple strategies for encouraging them to take that step.
Moving Neighbors to Guests to Friends to Family
People are still looking for a place where everybody knows their name. We’ll discuss strategies and processes for helping people move from being honored guests to loved family.
Creating an Inviting Atmosphere
Many churches struggle to internally market events and opportunities in a way that moves people to get involved and invite others along. We’ll discuss how to create an atmosphere that encourages both new attenders and members to engage with and promote important church initiatives.
Ultimately the goal of branding is to create a look and feel that ties into our church’s mission and vision. We’ll give practical guidance on how to use brand elements to cast a clear and compelling picture of who we are and what we’re all about.
Why Our Church Brand is Important
Whether we know it or not, our church has a brand—an image or feeling that sums up how we are perceived by the outside world. It’s much more than a logo, color scheme or website. We’ll share how our brands affect everything about our church and why we need to pay attention to it.
Moving Into the Digital Age
Learn how we can join the rest of the world in digitally marketing to a screen-based generation. Promote church and church events on free or next-to-free platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
Partnering with Parents
In today’s culture, raising teenagers is not for the faint of heart. Discover how our churches can position ourselves as equippers and encouragers of parents as the spiritual leaders of their teens, not their replacement.
Learn how we can leverage the natural milestones in a child’s life to help parents lead their children to authentic faith and spiritual maturity.
Communicating Big Ideas to the Next Generation
Creating environments where preschool and elementary kids engage in worship and Bible teaching is the result of planning and creativity. We will discuss how to prepare and execute exciting kids worship on any size budget.
Spiritually Significant Experiences for Teens
Hear how to leverage Spring Break to: 1. disciple middle school students, 2. develop leadership skills in high school students, and 3. train students to take the gospel to every person in every neighborhood.
Every Church Needs Interns
A well-crafted internship program is within the reach of any church, regardless of size. Explore how we can help interns define their calling, grow as leaders, and serve the church in practical ministry.
Summer Camp: The New R&D Laboratory
Summer camp is often disconnected from the larger life of the church. We’ll unpack how to transform it into an R&D laboratory which propels innovation and injects new life into our entire church.
Write What We Sing
Chris Tomlin writes good songs, but he can’t write what’s happening at our church. Learn an approach to songwriting that fuels, and is fueled, by the mission of our churches.
Training New Worship Leaders
Where can we find worship leaders who are musically excellent, spiritually vibrant, and committed to the mission of the church? Answer: we don’t find them; we have to develop them. Learn how you can do so in any church context.
Moving a Legacy Church to Modern Worship
Few leadership challenges are trickier than modernizing a church’s worship style, because it’s not just about the music. Learn about the overlooked, non-musical elements that must also be shifted in order to make an effective and lasting change.
Creating a Culture for Creatives
It’s true for cities and for churches: creative people cluster where they feel welcomed and inspired. We’ll discuss ways to create this kind of cultural environment at our churches.
Worship Production Tools: Multitracks, Ableton and More
Technological advancements have amplified our ability to produce musically impactful services. Learn about the tools we can use to achieve a wise balance of technology.
Technology For Worship: Audio
Creating impactful worship services goes beyond the platform to the audio mixing. We’ll discuss practical, scalable ideas for the best practices in Audio.
Technology For Worship: Video
Creating impactful worship services goes beyond the platform to the Video production. We’ll discuss practical, scalable ideas for the best practices in Video production.
Technology For Worship: Lighting
Creating impactful worship services goes beyond the platform to the Lighting design. We’ll discuss practical, scalable ideas for the best practices in Lighting design.
A Prayer Strategy that Works
Learn how to think through the big picture of each church’s mission and then develop a prayer strategy that undergirds it. As Oswald Chambers says, “Prayer does not equip us for greater works; prayer is the greater work.”
Practical Tools for Prayer
People in our churches all understand the importance of prayer. They all want to pray more, but they also need more direction. Let’s give people in our churches prayer tools that give them the focus and direction we all need.
Facing the Brutal Facts
It’s the job of every leader to define reality and the reality is that we live in an increasingly non-Christian and post-Christian America. Learn how lead our churches to an understanding of lostness and ignite their fire to fulfill Jesus’s Great Commission to “go and make disciples…”
A Simple Way to Share the Gospel
Every day we have dozens of conversations that have the potential to turn into gospel conversations. Learn how to use our 3 Circles life conversation guide to naturally tell others about the hope we have in the gospel of Jesus.
Train Our Church to Evangelize
Hear how focused training on the 3 Circles gospel sharing tool can transform and expand our ability to reach those who remain irreligious and far from God. If we are going to keep advancing the movement Jesus started, we need to put the gospel into the hands of the “Joes,” not just the pros.
Meaningful Membership: Conversations
Learn how to have strategic conversations about the gospel, baptism, church membership, serving, and groups. Done right, a church and potential members will understand each other clearly, and church membership becomes more meaningful and lasting.
Sunday School, Missional Communities, Growth Groups, Life Groups, or Small Groups—no matter what we call them, groups are the best relational context to spur people’s spiritual growth. Discover how to create groups, train leaders, and multiply disciples.
Discipling New Believers
Introducing 7 Commands of Christ, a discipleship tool for new believers that has proven itself in both U.S. and international contexts. It’s super-simple to use, reproducible, and effective.
Starting a Recovery Ministry
The opioid crisis confirms what we already knew: that no congregation is untouched by the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction. We’ll discuss several approaches for engaging this often-overlooked demographic so our churches can make a lasting difference in recovery ministry.
The economic realities facing most church plants make bivocational church planting an attractive alternative to traditional “launch large” strategies. Learn the benefits and challenges of being a bivocational church planter.
Why Plant Seed Churches?
A seed church starts small, with a person with a passion for a place or people group. It’s affordable, it’s adaptable, and it can reach people anywhere on the socioeconomic spectrum. We’ll help you see how powerful and accessible the seed church strategy is for reaching people far from God.
Seed Church Nuts and Bolts
How exactly do you start a Seed Church? We will detail a step-by-step strategy for launching Seed Churches, including specific tools and best practices.
Start a Church Planting Residency
Every church that wants to plant churches needs more qualified leaders. Join us to learn how develop an adaptable training model to raise up the people we need from within our own ministry contexts.
Multisite Church for the Rest of Us
Most people think that multisite is only for megachurches, but that simply isn’t the case. Churches of any size can launch new campuses using the resources we have with the scalable strategies presented here.
Leading Through Change
The only thing most church people dislike more than change is major change. Pastors Ray Underwood and Aaron Filippone will share leadership lessons from the change they navigated in forming a successful partnership between two established churches.
Church revitalization is just as important as church planting, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Learn how we can truly be better together from two pastors who have led their churches to partner with another church.
Starting Non-English Speaking Churches
Living in a diverse culture and being an inclusive church means offering church to people in their own heart languages. We’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges of planting language-based campuses.
Church Mergers and Partnerships: Nuts and Bolts
Creating strategic partnerships for church revitalization is a powerful opportunity, but the devil is in the details. We’ll discuss how to navigate the legal, financial, and administrative hurdles that go with becoming better together.
Leadership Pipeline: Creating a Culture of Leadership
Future church leaders are probably in elementary school. Our churches can set up systems now to develop them so that through middle school, high school, college, and beyond they can become the leaders God wants them to be.
Sacred Cow and Secret Cows
Every church has them— stated and unstated obstacles to fresh mission and vision. Learn how to lead people to abandon ineffective methods based on tradition or nostalgia and to do it in a way that honors the past while embracing the future.
Are We Stuck?
We all know it’s a lot easier to spot other people’s flaws than it is our own. The same is true organizationally for churches. Learn the metrics we can use to accurately evaluate our churches in order to make the tweaks necessary to keep moving forward.
Abandon the Regional Megachurch Model
The 1990s church growth dream was a giant one-stop church: worship and teaching, kids, students, seniors, coffee shop, and bookstore. Pastor Jimmy Scroggins will share why Family Church abandoned the regional megachurch model to embrace a network of neighborhood churches.
Video venue or live preaching that is the question? Does it have to be either or? Learn how to embrace a mixed model for preaching that allows multisite churches to have a unique feel at each campus while maintaining familial likenesses.
Leading Multisite Organizations
It doesn’t matter if we have 2 locations or 20, once we go multisite organizational complexity increases. We will walk through the tensions that need to be managed in order to effectively lead a growing multisite church.
Encouraging People to Give
Learn strategies to encourage people to invest in our churches in strategic ways (e.g., online) and at strategic times (e.g., end of the year) to increase our resources for ministry.
Create an Inclusive and Diverse Church
Diversity is the stated goal of many churches, but we need to learn how to move beyond superficial tokenism to full-hearted inclusion of multiple cultures. Learn the difference between diversity and inclusion so we can have more churches that look like heaven on earth.
Valuing the Volunteer: Identify, Recruit and Place
It’s too easy for churches to recruit volunteers out of desperation to cover positions and plug holes. There’s a better way, which approaches recruiting as discipleship and prioritizes the calling of the person over the need of the organization.
Join with other ministry wives for a discussion of the unique challenges and opportunities pastors’ wives face. We’ll share stories, encourage each other, and call each another to faithfulness in pursuit of this high calling.