Our 16th XP-Seminar
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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

More Speakers

Is there anyone better than Brad Leeper to get us talking about this year’s theme, The Ancient Art of Teamwork? Brad brings national expertise in the fields of generosity, church and congregational teams and analytics. At the heart of any culture of generosity is a deep sense of how each person part of the team and overall teamwork. Brad is the President and Principal of Generis Partners.

Foundations of Governance with The Church Lawyers, Middlebrook & Goodspeed—what your church needs to know about constitutions and by-laws. Is yours up to date? Have you filed necessary paperwork? Are you following your existing by-laws or do they need to be amended? What special items need to be in these documents, such as dissolution, church conflict resolution, officers, etc.

Church Boards: Best Practices and Good Relationships with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). President Dan Busby and his team always bring top-level nationwide financial standards and outstanding resources. Dan’s recent book is Lessons From the Church Boardroom.

Lunch with A Short Ride on a Hot Topic. As we eat, it is a time to hear a different perspective on church–innovative, creative, Jesus focused. Bruce Woody, President of HH Architects will talk with David about key building issues that your church needs.

David Fletcher. Fletch doesn’t always bring a keynote address, although many folks want him to each year. He will take lessons-learned from 35 years of pastoral leadership and board experience and put the cookies on the bottom shelf. This will be practical and impactful.

Troy Pollock is the Chief Ambassador of Pushpay. He and Fletch began a discussion at last year’s XP-Seminar on the future of electronic giving and they continued that in the summer with a webinar on the topic. By popular demand, they will continue their lively discussion!

30 Workshops Are Planned During the Seminar

Come Early for 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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Only for a tribe of 200


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