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Inspiring Keynotes from National Leaders

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Dan Reiland

5 Crucial Skills for Executive Church Leaders

It’s great to dream about being in charge, “I know how I’d lead this church!” Then one day you ARE in charge, and you wonder, “What was I thinking?!” There are certain essentials for those who carry “big picture – the buck stops here” leadership roles in the local church, starting with 3 key responsibilities that set executive leadership apart, and 5 crucial skills necessary to thrive, not merely survive.

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.

He 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

The Fears of Leaders and Invitations for Growth

Fears keep us up late at night and sitting down in meetings. Some fear that the next change will cause core members to leave. Others fear that we will finally be exposed as an imposter. Fear in all its unique presentations both haunts and paralyzes us. We can see fear not as force for destruction, but as an invitation to growth. For us to be who we were created to be, we are required to go where we don’t want to go.

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 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.”

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