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Inspiring Keynotes from National Leaders

Dan Reiland

Dan is Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for twenty years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY.

Dan is best known as a leader with a pastor’s heart and a coach’s instincts. He truly loves the local church, and is described as one of the nation’s most innovative church thinkers. His passion is developing and empowering leaders who want to grow, are willing to take risks, and enjoy the journey.

Bryan L. Carter

Bryan is the Senior Pastor of Concord Church in Dallas. Preaching, teaching, and leadership are his life passions. Respectfully described as a “difference maker,” he gets great joy out of helping people to reach their full potential in Christ.

He serves as a co-presenter/developer for “33 The Series,” a curriculum on authentic manhood published by Lifeway Christian Resources, and as a presenter for “The Art of Marriage” curriculum published by Family Life Ministries. Bryan also annually hosts the E. K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference. He has served on the boards of Dallas Habitat for Humanity, Dallas ISD Education Foundation, HIS Bridgebuilders, and Mentoring Brother to Brother. Bryan also leads Harmony Community Development Corporation, an organization committed to improving the community of southern Dallas. He also served as a member of the Mayor’s Taskforce Against Domestic Violence.

Bryan has served as Senior Pastor of Concord Church since 2003, succeeding the church’s founding pastor, Dr. E. K. Bailey. Under Bryan’s leadership, Concord has tripled in size, currently serving more than 8,500 members.

Luke Norsworthy

Luke is the Senior Minister of Westover Hills Church. Luke hosts the Newsworthy with Norsworthy Podcast, a weekly podcast discussing spirituality, Christianity, and anything else that seems news worthy. In more than 300 podcasts, Luke interviews leading thinkers such as N. T. Wright, Barbara Brown Taylor, Miroslav Volf, Walter Brueggemann and John Ortberg.

Luke’s first book God over Good was released in October, 2018. Richard Rohr, author of Everything Belongs and Falling Upward, says “Luke transparently shares the struggle many have with a faith focused on certain answers because that type of faith ends up delivering only more questions. But Luke doesn’t leave us there; he shows us a way to the other side of cynicism. God isn’t what we always expect, but God is always beautiful. There is life and love on the other side of simplicity, and Luke guides us toward it.”

Investing in the XP-Seminar was a catalytic decision for our organization. The value of an expanded network and broadened perspective helped us take major steps forward.

As a leader, learning to develop both the business brain and pastoral heart, and having the self-awareness of which to lean on in various situations, is crucial for anyone in the Executive Pastor role. It’s a gift to have a community like this to provide support, insight, and education through the ministry journey.

McKenzie Schreck, Executive Pastor
Capital Church, Salt Lake City

30 Workshops Are Planned During the Seminar

Plus, Great Pre-Seminar Workshops

Two Pre-Seminar Workshops from Jenni Catron

Jenni will be leading two pre-seminar workshops. She served as an Executive Pastor for nearly twelve years in two of the largest and fastest growing churches in the country. Jenni has been the only female at the table more often than not and has great heart and perspective on how to navigate this role with grace and confidence. Each 3-hour pre-seminar workshop carries additional enrollment fees.

1. Cultivate an Extraordinary Team Culture Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

  • Do you wish your team was more aligned and working effectively together?
  • Do you find yourself frustrated because staff are not making decisions based upon vision and values?
  • Is your leadership development strategy disjointed and inconsistent?
Research tells us that a strong and healthy culture leads to greater employee engagement and more growth for your organization. And yet while 90% of leaders believe that an engagement strategy will have an impact on their success, only 25% of them actually have a plan.
In this pre-seminar workshop, you will be equipped to evaluate, design and develop the building blocks for an extraordinary culture. You will leave with a step-by-step process and tools that enable you to create a strategy that allows your organization to thrive.
In our time together, you will:
  • Begin to evaluate and define your team values.
  • Identify habits that influence behaviors.
  • Build a plan to implement values throughout the organization.
  • Learn how to create a values-based framework for leadership development.

2. Women Leaders/Women XPs Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

  • Do you have a desire to grow and develop your leadership gifts?
  • Are you looking for a network of like-minded women in similar roles to connect with?
  • Do you want more practical tools you can use to improve both your life and your leadership?
  • Do you struggle with loneliness and isolation because you’re the only female in your leadership circle?
  • Do you sometimes feel inadequate because of the challenges of leadership?
Join Jenni for a pre-seminar workshop designed to help you connect with other like-minded women and equip you with the tools to keep leading confidently as a woman in the XP seat.
What you’ll learn:
  • How to cultivate confidence.
  • Strategies that will transform your work-life balance.
  • How to effectively use your gifts, strengths and influence.
  • How to lead with all of who you are for the glory of God and the good of others.

Two Pre-Seminar Workshops from Rich Birch

Rich has served on the senior leadership teams of three innovative and fast-growing churches. He brings his signature “uber practical” style to this workshop. Also, he has interviewed over 200 church leaders through his podcast, unSeminary, which gives him a unique vantage point when offering help to new Executive Pastors. Each 3-hour pre-seminar workshop carries additional enrollment fees.

1. Multisite Best Practices Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 9:oo am-12:00 pm

If your church is considering launching a multisite campus, this pre-seminar workshop is for you! Led by Rich Birch, an early multisite church pioneer who’s been in the driver’s seat for thirteen launches will share best practices for readying your church for launch. During this session, we’ll cover critical questions every church needs to wrestle with before launching your first (or next) campus, including:

  • What factors need to be present to move forward with a launch?
  • How are prevailing multisite churches structuring for multiplication?
  • Discover the key success for healthy launches. 
  • Why do some churches get stuck at three locations but others move to 5+?

This pre-seminar workshop is ideal for the Executive Pastor of a church looking to start their multisite journey. If you’ve already launched a campus or two, this workshop will help you as you prepare to launch your future locations. 

2. New Executive Pastor OnRamp! Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Are you a new Executive Pastor wondering where you should focus your time? Have you wanted to maximize your efforts and energy in this role, in a desire to help your church soar? Are you looking for an edge on how your role can create the biggest difference in the life of your church?

This afternoon pre-seminar workshop session is designed for new Executive Pastors who are looking for help with best practices in this role. We’ll dive deep into seven systems that every successful executive pastor must see thrive in order for their church to move forward. As well, the session will be packed with practical insights from a wide variety of executive pastors from across the country. 

A Pre-Seminar Workshop from Nathan Baxter

Nathan is a former XP and SP and now is an executive leadership coach. Every month, both corporate and ministry leaders from around the country fly to Tulsa for a two-day private coaching session with him. In 2008, Dr. Baxter founded Lead-Self Lead-Others and has coached with over 3,300 people—from CEOs to pastors to physicians. Also, he has recruited and trained eight Leadership Coaches who work with him to meet the demand for his services. Each 3-hour pre-seminar workshop carries additional enrollment fees.

How to Build a Coaching Culture for Your Staff and Volunteer Leaders Workshop

Tuesday, February 18, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Churches that coach their leaders and volunteers discover that their investment pays off. Research continues to show that people want coaching. Your staff wants to know how to be more effective in their jobs and ministries.

Here’s a fantastic opportunity to be with a gifted and national-level coach. XPastor has partnered with Dr. Nathan Baxter to bring this coaching resource to the 2020 XP-Seminar.

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It goes well for the one who generously lends money,
and conducts his business honestly.
Psalm 112:5

The 2017, 2018 and 2019 XP-Seminars were sold out

He has filled him with the Spirit of God—with skill, with understanding, with knowledge, and in all kinds of work … every skilled person in whom the Lord has put skill and ability to know how to do all the work for the service of the sanctuary are to do the work according to all that the Lord has commanded. Exodus 35:31-36:1

We limit attendance to 200 people. We are a tribe, not a town. This enables everyone to talk to our distinguished speakers and sense the XPastor Community.

Our mantra from 2018

Why Come?

Gene Getz, Pastor and Author of 60+ Books

David Fletcher has been helping Executive Pastors for over a decade through XPastor.org. I love what he is doing through the keynotes and workshops—and I had a great time a couple of years ago when I was a speaker. To learn and grow, this is a fantastic place.

I’ve also seen first hand the results of his own leadership where he serves at the local church level and in helping train leaders in cross-cultural situations—which has added to his ability to structure a dynamic learning environment regardless of the societal factors. Don’t miss this opportunity!!

Clint Smith, XP of NORTH Church

The XP-Seminar has had a huge impact on my leadership and development as a person, as well as an executive pastor. Years ago, when I began the journey as an XP in my late twenties, it provided the networking, mentoring and insight that I needed to grow in this demanding role. I continue to attend the Seminar to increase my knowledge in church law, HR, staff development, budgeting and so much more. The relationships I have built through XPastor grow every time I attend. I believe in this seminar and what it represents and would love to give back any way I can.

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Tim Samuel, CFO of Bridgeway Church

The Seminar enables me to create future opportunities. Daniel Rolfe’s talk last year helped shape my year. It connects me with church leaders from around the country so that I can innovate and save money for my local church.

Eddie Park, Church Planter

At the seminar, I was exposed to some of the most experienced church leaders from all over the nation. I never thought I would ever be prepared for senior leadership until I came to the seminar and received the invaluable wisdom and resources provided by David Fletcher, the speakers, and participants. 

A LinkedIn Post after the 2017 XP-Seminar …

I’ve attended four XP-Seminars and can vouch for its Christ-centered, ministry-minded approach. I highly recommend the good work David Fletcher is doing!”

Matthew Branaugh, Editor, Church Law & Tax Team, Christianity Today

A Tweet after the 2017 XP-Seminar …

Blessed to interact personally today with gurus @drfletcher, @DanReiland, @Mike_Bonem, and @philtaylorxp. Each is the real deal. #XPSeminar

Dan Brubacher

From a first time attender …

We are off-the-hook impressed with the XP-Seminar … no wonder you have such a strong following!
Mike Batts, Managing Partner Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, P.A., Certified Public Accountants

From a Senior Pastor …

I loved the entire XP conference. Probably the best overall conference I’ve attended in 21 years of Senior Pastor ministry.
Rod MacIlvaine, Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

The Annual Event

XPastor’s unique format combines nationally-known authors, the most current thinking in church leadership and pastors from cutting-edge churches. No one has the mix of thought and practice that XPastor offers.

Now in its 16th year, the XP-Seminar brings together Executive Pastors, Senior Pastors and other church leaders from around North America. We have pertinent and penetrating sessions together.

Why XPastor?

XPastor is the market leader with proven capacity in reaching church leaders. XPastor brings together influential decision-makers from churches, both coast-to-coast and around the world.

XPastor.org has hundreds of free, insightful online articles and annually receives hundreds of thousands of visits.

XPastor’s online courses provide training to grow as a church leader. Learn from peers who are in cutting-edge churches around the globe.

Grow with Friends

Meet peers from similarly-sized churches. You are a key decision maker in your church, so grow with others like you. We have a wide assortment of denominations and church polity.

Get cognitive input in the large group presentations and your questions answered in the small group discussions. We always bring in outstanding national leaders. Just to name a few of our past speakers: Sam Chand, Gene Getz, Will Mancini, Reggie McNeal, Larry Osborne, Ken Sande, Jim Tomberlin, Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Thom Rainer.

Short Ride

The short ride is our live case study on church leadership issues. To the point. Clear. Impactful. In the XP role, there are the executive and pastoral functions. This year we will examine some of the vital aspects of pastoring a congregation. This first-person story will show you how one pastor is doing just that. Tap into some power here.
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Workshops

On each day, we have three sets of workshops led by some of the best church leaders from North America—people who are coming up with innovative solutions to practical ministry. Hear from your peers! The workshop leaders speak from their amazing areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

Location

Our 15th year at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities! Enjoy a special rate at the Hilton. The special rate will be available until January 30, or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Guests wishing to arrive early or stay late may do so, based on availability.

Click here for the special XPastor room rate at the Hilton.

What Attendees Say

“The most important part to me is the ability to ‘network.’ I loved being able to ask questions, probe and encourage the other folks I spent time with outside of the scheduled events.”

“Thank you for continuing to offer this most wonderful vehicle for growing, learning and stretching in service to Him!”

“A few of the beneficial things for me: The structure of the conference. The speakers are accessible. The large room is comfortable. The free material is amazing. Chatting between speakers.”

“I love that the conference is small. I liked the clarity I received regarding, ‘What I should do as a new XP?’” —attendance limited to 200 people—

“Thank you so much for the obvious work that was put into the conference. It was my first time attending and it was very beneficial. The Open Forum Workshop was great. It’s so helpful to dialogue and process out loud with other XPs.”

“On our flight home, my XP said to me, ‘So was the conference worth it for you?’ I answered, ‘Yes it was.’ He agreed as well.”

“I appreciated hearing from two Senior Pastors regarding their partnerships with their XPs. And, it was great to hear from David, Mike and Paul about navigating challenges. Those kinds of stories are unique in seminars where typically it’s all success.”

Enrich your life and ministry

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February 17-18, 2021 in Dallas

The keynote sessions are a content-rich time to learn. Take home deliverables for your church.

It’s never a dull moment at the Seminar. The days are full of vital information for your church.

By sitting around tables, discussion is easy. Get to know other church leaders.

Whether in the 25 plus workshops, through individual discussions or in the keynotes, bring a pad of paper, tablet or computer to take notes.

In 2019, after Carey Nieuwhof spoke on Spiritual Leadership, he takes a picture of William Vanderbloemen …

… while William was delivering his keynote address on Hiring: Behind the Scenes Lessons in Interviewing.