FAQs

FAQs 2018-01-18T18:56:42+00:00
Will there be people from my size church? 2016-10-12T11:01:54+00:00

What you will find is people from a church of similar size to yours!

2016 Seminar Attendees Churches

 

 

 

Who is invited to this event? 2016-08-07T10:15:27+00:00

This is primarily designed for Executive Pastors and others who lead and manage the local church. Board members and other church leaders also learn with the XPs. Senior Pastors also come, as well as those preparing or considering the role of the XP.

 

Where is the event held? 2016-10-12T11:01:54+00:00

We hold it at the Dallas/Park Cities Hilton.

Hilton Dallas/Park Cities
5954 Luther Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225
214-368-0400

Read more about the hotel on this page.

What’s the benefit? 2015-09-26T13:44:20+00:00

There is that often quoted saying, “Those who do not learn the lessons of history, they are prone to repeat its mistakes.” This event is for people who want to grow and learn. They want to network with other leaders. They want to know about cutting edge ministries and great historical practices.

This is a terrific place to find new ministry colleagues—people who are doing the same ministry function that you are. Most pastors do not have a sounding board, a colleague, or a friend in another church—this makes it hard to get objective advice! This seminar provides an environment where networking happens.

Weather in February 2017-08-30T16:27:21+00:00

Weather

  • January—Every four years, Dallas has snow or ice for a couple of days and the entire city stops for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, temperatures can swing from mild to cold to cool. Bring a coat.
  • February—Temperatures may be cool to mild. Sweaters are needed during the day and evening. Every 6-10 years, Dallas can have one day of snow in February.
  • March—Temperatures swing from mild to warm.
Videos & Photos 2018-01-31T20:44:21+00:00

You can get a taste of the XP-Seminar large group time in this 60 second clip of Larry Osborne at the 2013 XP-Seminar.

Personalized Discussion

Our breakout sessions are workshops of 10-30 people around pertinent topics to leading and managing the church.

National Leaders

On each day, we will have workshops led by some of the best church leaders from North America—people who are coming up with innovative solutions in ministry.

Learn from your peers

Whether in the workshops or around the tables in the main room, they are your peers. They are church leaders who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

Group Discussion

Around tables we get plenty of time to interact with others from around the country. The speakers content is amazing. The table discussion is stimulating. The relationships are invaluable.

Travel to Love Field Airport 2017-07-15T21:39:59+00:00

The hotel is located just 10 minutes from the Love Field regional airport (DAL)

  • Love Field is a major hub for Southwest Airlines, 800-435-9792
  • Rental cars and taxis are available. Taxi service is provided on the upper level across the street from the baggage claim wing of the main terminal building.
  • Uber and Lyft.
  • Fee-based shuttle service is available.
    • City Shuttle, 214-760-1998
    • Super Shuttle, 800-329-2000
    • Yellow Checker Shuttle, 214-841-1900
Travel to D/FW Airport 2017-07-15T21:39:33+00:00

The hotel is located 25 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

  • DFW is a major hub for American Airlines, 800-433-7300
    • Many other airlines are serviced at DFW.
    • Visit the DFW website for more airport information.
  • Rental cars and taxis are readily available.
  • Uber and Lyft.
  • Fee-based shuttle services are available.
    • City Shuttle, 214-760-1998
    • Super Shuttle DFW, 972-456-3128
    • Yellow Checker Shuttle, 214-841-1900
Things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth 2015-09-24T15:09:08+00:00

Local Attractions

  • American Airlines Center (Dallas Mavericks), 4 miles south
  • Cowboys Stadium (Arlington), 20 miles
  • Dallas World Aquarium (family fun), 6 miles south
  • Dallas Theological Seminary (education), 10 miles south
  • Deep Ellum District (music), 6 miles south
  • Galleria Mall (upscale shopping), 5 miles north
  • Hall of State/Fair Park (education), 9 miles south
  • Highland Park Village (very upscale shopping), 2 miles south
  • Hurricane Harbor (water park), 24 miles west
  • IMAX/Science Place (family education), 10 miles south
  • Malibu Entertainment (go-carts), 6 miles west
  • NorthPark Center (upscale shopping), 2 miles east
  • Old City Park (historical education), 8 miles south
  • Owens Spring Creek Farm (showcase farm), 13 miles northeast
  • Palace of Wax/Ripley’s Believe It (amusement), 18 miles west
  • Six Flags Over Texas (amusement park), 23 miles west
  • Sixth Floor Museum/JFK Memorial (education), 6 miles south
  • Southern Methodist University (education), 3 miles south
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (education), 40 miles west
  • Texas Motor Speedway (rnnn rnnn), 37 miles northeast
  • West End Market Place (varied shopping and food), 5 miles south
  • West Village Shopping (upscale shopping), 4 miles south
Special XPastor Hotel Rates 2017-08-30T16:28:49+00:00

Enjoy a special rate at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities. The special rate will be available until January 30, 2018 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 on this link for the page about the Hilton.

Senior Pastors 2016-10-12T11:01:54+00:00

Why should a Senior Pastor come?

“My senior pastor should have been here with me. You may want to encourage seniors coming with their executives. This seminar was helpful. Time well spent!”

Interact with other Senior Pastors

Senior Pastors are visionary leaders, preaching to change lives. Here is an opportunity for you to sit around a table with others like you to talk about ministry.

  • How do others handle the non-stop tension of ministry?
  • How do you stay fresh with God?
  • What is success in preaching? How do I measure it?
  • How do others handle the joy and pain of staff and volunteers?

Be with other Senior Pastors who have been in the role for 10, 20 and 30 years.

Come with your XP

The ideal path is to come with your XP. Both of you will learn from the sessions and workshops. Then, in the evenings, compare and contrast what you’ve learned. This is a great time to enhance your SP/XP relationship.

A great place to build a team

Senior Pastors often bring their staff teams or members of their governing boards to the XP-Seminar. By talking about church leadership and management, teams learn how to handle the tough questions of ministry. After interacting with others who have “been down the road before,” your team will be more prepared for future successes or crises.

A great place to “Get a feel for the XP role”

Many Senior Pastors have come to learn more about the XP role. Some of the questions that they ask are:

  • Should I have an XP?
  • What would it really do for me?
  • Is it worth the risk?

By interacting with other Senior Pastors—and by interacting with skilled XPs—you will better understand the role. Learn what type of XP is best for you and your church. Learn how to free up your schedule by utilizing an Executive Pastor!

Is there a lot of study to prepare for this? 2016-10-12T11:01:56+00:00

You will want to read the case study or articles, which takes most people about an hour or two. There are also special articles that are offered, but not required reading. Special reading is usually available online a few weeks before the seminar.

Also, each person that attends the seminar can choose two free books from our book table!

How many come? 2016-10-12T11:01:54+00:00

The group is limited to 200 people. This allows anyone in the room to speak with one of the Keynote Presenters. It also allows for discussion around tables.

Food within Walking Distance 2015-09-24T15:09:46+00:00
  • Boston Market (Chicken, fast food), 300 feet on Northwest Highway, moderate cost
  • California Pizza Kitchen (upscale pizza), 750 feet on Preston Road, expensive
  • Chipotle (Mexican fast food), 500 feet in Preston Center, moderate cost
  • Corner Bakery (breakfast and sandwiches), 1000 feet in Preston Center East, moderate cost
  • Einstein’s Bagels (breakfast and lunch), 400 feet in Preston Center, moderate cost
  • Hilton: Grain, a full-service restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, expensive
  • Hillstone (upscale American), 1000 feet on Preston Road, very expensive
  • La Madeleine (French, fast food) 700 feet in Preston Center, moderate cost
  • Macaroni Grill (Italian), 200 feet directly north from the hotel, expensive
  • Pei Wei (Chinese bistro), 500 feet in Preston Center, moderate cost
  • Rock and Roll Suishi (Japanese), 500 feet in Preston Center, expensive
  • Sevy’s (upscale world cuisine), 750 feet on Preston Road, very expensive
  • Snuffers (American hamburgers), 500 feet in Preston Center, moderate cost
  • Starbucks (ubiquitous coffee), 400 feet on Northwest Highway, moderate cost
  • Stein’s Deli (sandwiches), 500 feet in Preston Center, moderate cost
  • Taco Diner (Mexican), 1000 feet in Preston Center East, moderate cost
Cancellations 2017-08-30T16:21:11+00:00

We are looking forward to having you attend this great event but know that sometimes circumstances might change your plans.

  • If you have multiple people coming from your church and one person is unable to come, you can transfer—at no cost—the registration to another person from your church. Just let us know so we will have a nametag ready!
  • Due to the cost of materials, if you must cancel your enrollment:
    • Forty-five days and more before the event, there is a 20% cancellation fee—or you can apply the full entrance fee to next year’s event.
    • Forty-four days before the event, there is a 40% cancellation fee (books and materials will be sent to you). Again, you can apply your entrance fee to a future event.
    • Within eight days of the event, there is a 100% cancellation fee (books and materials will be sent to you). Don’t be looking for much grace here … but sometimes miracles happen.
  • In case of issues beyond our control that interrupt or cancel the seminar (thermonuclear war, the second coming, a California earthquake causes the state to fall into the ocean), you will be credited with attendance at the next year’s event.

In many cases, if you need to cancel we can credit your account for another XPastor event—either a future XP-Seminar or an XPastor Online Course. Contact Tami for help. We will do everything we can to help and work with you!

Are there other hotels? 2017-07-15T21:41:33+00:00

Other Hotels from the Hundreds in Dallas …

  • Baymont Inn & Suites Dallas Love Field, 2370 West Northwest Highway, Dallas. Ten minute drive from the Hilton meeting; shuttle service may be available, 214-350-5577
  • Comfort Suites, 2287 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, 214-350-4011
    Ten minute drive from the Hilton meeting. Reservations: 877-424-6423
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 10325 North Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-739-2500. Five minute drive from the Hilton meeting. Reservations: 888-236-2427
  • Embassy Suites Hotel-Love Field, 3880 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, 214-357-4500. Five minute drive from the Hilton meeting. Reservations: 800-EMBASSY
  • Red Roof Inn, 1550 Empire Central Drive, Dallas. Inn Phone: 214-638-5151. Ten minute drive from the Hilton meeting. Reservations: 877-467-7303
  • and hundreds more in Dallas!
About the Dallas/Park Cities Hilton 2015-09-24T15:11:04+00:00

The XP-Seminar is held at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities. They provide special hotel rates for us.

The hotel has a fitness room, pool and internet connectivity. Standard rooms have a chair and ottoman and a work desk.

In-room amenities include cable TV with free premium channels and technology options, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and complimentary weekday paper.

As is common with hotels in urban areas, there is a fee for daily (approx. $12-15) or overnight parking ($24). You will need to get a taxi, rental car or fee-based shuttle to get to the hotel.

About Dallas and things near the hotel 2015-09-26T13:49:39+00:00

Learn about Dallas and the Hilton Dallas-Park Cities

2018 XP-Seminar 2018-02-24T15:26:49+00:00

Hebrews 8:10

“For this is the covenant that I will establish … I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts.” Hebrews 8:10

Limited to a Tribe of 200 People

Sold out … and then some!

Fly, Drive, Walk … but get there

200

Our Featured Guest

Richard R. Hammar
The 5 Legal Threats Every XP Needs to Know

Attorney, CPA and Author

Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA, and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and pastors. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and attended Harvard Divinity School. He is senior editor of Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax Team and author of several of its books, including Pastor, Church & Law, the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Reducing the Risk, the biannual Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and the Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches.

He also is the senior editor of the Church Law & Tax Team’s Church Law & Tax Report, a bimonthly newsletter reviewing significant legal and tax developments for churches and clergy, and Church Finance Today, a monthly newsletter for church treasurers.

Richard has contributed articles to numerous journals and publications, including Leadership Journal, Christian Century, and Enrichment; is a frequent speaker at legal and tax conferences; has taught church law at a number of seminaries; and is often asked to consult with attorneys, CPAs, and church and denominational leaders on legal and tax issues.

He has been a lecturer at the annual Washington Nonprofit Legal and Tax Conference since 1992; addressed a National Institute of the American Bar Association on the tort liability of charitable and religious organizations; has been a featured speaker at the annual Program on Philanthropy and Law sponsored by the New York University School of Law; and has taught continuing education seminars at several institutions, including Princeton Theological Seminary and Emory University

Richard has been inducted into the church management “hall of fame” by the National Association of Church Business Administration, and has served on the boards of several prominent charities, including the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Our Featured Guest

Rich Birch

Trends Impacting Our Churches
Some You See, Some You Don’t!

In this conversation, Rich explores cultural trends impacting all of our churches that we need to be aware of. You’ll be challenged with this a new thought and consider how you could leverage these trends for your church. Rich is a pastor, entrepreneur and thought leader.

Rich founded unSeminary, “stuff you wish they taught you in Seminary” … a place to collect some thoughts about the local church and doin’ stuff right in the local church. He says, “I really am not a ‘know it all’ or ‘expert’ but really just somebody who has made a lot of mistakes in leadership and is attempting to pass along some learning so you don’t have to pay the ‘stooopid tax.'”

Rich has been involved in church leadership for over 20 years. He led in one of the first multisite churches in North America, The Meeting House in Toronto, which became the leading multisite church in Canada with over 4,500 people in six locations (today they are seventeen locations with somewhere over 6,000 people attending). In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner.

For seven years he served as a part of the four member Lead Team at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing communities of New Jersey. In his time with the church it grew from one campus to six and attendance grew to over 3,500 people.

He has a dual vocational background that uniquely positions him for serving churches to multiply impact. While in the marketplace, Rich founded a dot-com with two partners in the late 90’s that worked to increase value for media firms and internet service providers. He speaks at conferences like Orange, WFX and various regional multisite church events—and s a featured writer on Auxano’s Vision Room, ChurchLeaders.com and MinistryBriefing.

Rich’s first book, Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged and Saw More Impact Because of It, is an Amazon bestseller in the Church Leadership category. It’s designed to help church leaders think a new thought and take new risks in impacting their community.

The 2017 XP-Seminar was a sold out success … so enroll early for 2018.

‘But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,’ says the Lord. ‘I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people.’ Jeremiah 31:33

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.

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.

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 14th 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 13th year at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities! Enjoy a special rate at the Hilton. The special rate will be available until January 30, 2017 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

The XP-Seminar has been a career and a life changer for me. Thank you for taking the time to put on this event.

Tim Samuel
CPA & CFO, Bridgeway Community Church
Columbia, Maryland

We limit attendance to 200 people of our tribe.

2018 XP-Seminar Attendees

The Seminar is the time for XPs, SPs and church leaders
to come together, hear from national leaders
and peers, and be life-long learners.

We cap our attendees at 200 and in 2017 were maxed out!

“The topics were relevant to where I am at—both personally and professionally.”

Our 14th Year of Powerful and Motivating Speakers …

Tuesday—February 20, 2018

7:30-8:30 Registration and Dessert. Evening welcome and social in the Beverly Ballroom. Join us for this informal time to pick up your materials, get your free books for the huge selection, talk to old friends and meet some new ones. Coffee and a cookie dessert is open to all (and spouses are welcome to join you for this dessert time!)

Wednesday—February 21, 2018

7:30 Full breakfast sponsored by FellowshipOne with a discussion between Chris Nelson and David Fletcher. We get the XP-Seminar kicked off with a focus on doing ministry. This year’s topic is one which every XP lives in everyday: “Business Brains + Pastoral Heart = Your XP Calling.”
8:30-9:30 Workshops: Session #1   Yes, alumni will notice that Wednesday workshops are in the morning this year. Saddle up early!
9:45-10:45 Workshops: Session #2
11:00-12:00 Workshops: Session #3
12:15 short-rideLunch 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. Dr. Gene Getz has written over 60 books, started an entire movement of Fellowship Churches and so much more in his 86 years on this planet. Yet, he has asked God for another very active 5-year plan for ministry–that will take him to age 91! Be challenged to continue on in life and ministry in this lunch with Gene.
1:30

Keynote by Richard Hammar, The 5 Legal Threats Every Executive Pastor Needs to Know. Having written over 100 books, Richard is the national expert on church law and tax issues. Society is exceedingly complex and churches consider fiduciary issues everyday.

2:30 Afternoon snack on first floor
2:45 Keynote by Rich Birch. Trends Impacting Our Churches—Some You See, Some You Don’t!
Rich is a Pastor, Entrepreneur and Thought Leader. Rich founded unSeminary. Get ready for “stuff you wish they taught you in Seminary.” Rich brings to the table a mix of business and ministry, sometimes unconventional and always innovative. His experience and interviews with so many pastors gives him enormous expertise on “doing ministry.”
4:00 “Business Brains + Pastoral Heart = Your XP Calling” by David Fletcher. Being in ministry for 35+ years and an XP for 18 of those years, David has insights on the role of the XP and church leaders. What does it take to successfully minister to the needs of a congregation? What do they expect and need from an XP? Be ready to take home some challenges about doing ministry.
5:15 Take an XP/SP friend to dinner! Schedule it early with someone from your state or similar-sized church. We saw scores of people do this last year.

Thursday—February 22, 2017

7:45 Breakfast–a great time to network
8:45 Keynote on “Having a Security Mindset in Your Church.” This isn’t as simple as guns or no guns. Mike Kramer of Brotherhood Mutual will bring years of firsthand experience about case studies on church safety and security. David Fletcher will pose challenging questions on the topic for small group discussion. Brotherhood Mutual is giving to each attendee their $40 book on Church Safety: “The guidebook is a great tool to engage leadership and start the safety and security discussion at your church, as well as a step-by-step manual with instructions on creating a church safety and security team and plan. With more than 20 checklists, sample policies, training scenarios, and a sample plan, you’ll have practical help with a ministry focus.”
9:45 Keynote on “the Pastoral Heart.” What is this thing of shepherding and how does it relate to XPs? Can an XP be all business and no pastoral presence? Some see shepherding as weddings, funerals and pastoral counseling. It is far deeper than that–it is actively bringing the ethic of Jesus’ Kingdom, as laid out in the Sermon on the Mount, to the leadership and management of the church.
11:00 Break for Lunch—Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and take it to a workshop
11:30-12:30 Lunch Workshops: Session 4
12:45-1:45 Workshops: Session 5
2:00-3:00 Workshops: Session 6
Have a safe trip home

“I’m truly excited about the excellence of this seminar.”

“A wild herd of wolves and other critters could not keep us from partnering with the XP-Seminar!”

Brad Leeper, President, Generis

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors!

We want to thank Generis for their fourteenth year as a sponsor. Brad Leeper has served in church leadership roles and has real-life experience to offer far beyond that of most industry consultants. We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper.

Generis is a church consulting firm passionate about helping ministries of all sizes bridge the gap between vision and resources by engaging the hearts of givers and accelerating generosity. Generis has served over 13,500 churches, helping them raise more than $13.5 billion for Kingdom expansion.

For the twelfth year, we welcome FellowshipOne, the industry’s premier church management software. FellowshipOne streamlines ministry details with the simple approach of aligning people, processes, and technology to maximize ministry efficiency and growth.

With the launch of FellowshipOne Insights, church leaders can have instant visibility into the attendance and giving trends in your church. This analytics tool offers unparalleled visibility into the effectiveness of your ministries. Lead your church into greater accountability based on data-driven analysis of where you are using your resources.

For the twelfth year as a sponsor, we welcome Evangelical Christian Credit Union. ECCU is an alliance of Christian people and organizations committed to fueling Christ-centered ministry worldwide. While their mission extends far beyond banking, they have been providing ministry-centric financial services and resources for over 50 years to churches and their members, missionaries, and many others.

We welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the twelfth year. GuideStone® is one of the leading providers for retirement, medical, life and disability coverage, investment management and executive planning services to the evangelical Christian community. Since 1918, they have worked to enhance the security of more than 230,000 individuals and oversee $12 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2017. GuideStone offers its clients access to Christian-screened investment funds for retirement, endowment and operational assets.

For the eighth year as a sponsor, we welcome HH Architects. For 45 years, HH Architects has had the privilege of working with and planning campuses for many of the fastest-growing and top-attended churches and private Christian schools across America.

HH Architects has worked with a broad range of churches and schools on a wide variety of facilities, from first-unit buildings to 7,000+ seat Worship Centers, providing Strategic Positioning, Master Planning, Architectural, and Interior Design services for nearly all aspects of religious facility projects.

For the seventh year, we welcome CapinCrouse. As a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving nonprofit organizations, CapinCrouse provides professional solutions to organizations whose outcomes are measured in lives changed.

Since 1972, the firm has served domestic and international outreach organizations, universities and seminaries, foundations, media ministries, rescue missions, relief and development organizations, churches and denominations, and many others by providing support in the key areas of financial integrity and security.

With a network of offices across the nation, CapinCrouse has the resources of a large firm and the personal touch of a local firm. CapinCrouse is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA. Learn more at CapinCrouse.com

For the seventh year, we welcome Clark. Clark is the leading provider of custom audio, video, lighting (AVL) solutions for churches. Clark’s mission is to help you communicate your story, personally connect with your audience and inspire change.

Twenty years of experience enables Clark to partner with your organization, transforming your environment into a space that uniquely reflects your core values.

For the fifth year, we welcome Slingshot.  Slingshot Group partners with the local church and ministry minded non-profits to find and develop next level people through relational search and coaching services.  Founded in 2007 by Stan Endicott and Monty Kelso, Slingshot Group has 40 associates nationwide that serve in the following divisions:  Senior Leadership, Students, Childrens, Worship Arts, and Communications.  What sets Slingshot Group apart is their winsome and relational team who provide innovative solutions that facilitate the work of God on the journey of finding and developing the people you need.

For the fourth year, we welcome Church Community Builder. Church Community Builder is a technology and services company focused on equipping church leaders for better ministry. We exist to give you the tools you need to know, grow, and keep your people—through comprehensive software and church leader coaching. We focus on the tools and processes so you can focus on reaching and empowering your people. Our inspiration is “the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11b-12).

For the fourth year, we welcome the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. With its mission of Enhancing Trust, ECFA now certifies over 2,100 Christ-centered churches and ministries based on its high standards in financial management, governance and gift administration.

ECFA is also a leading provider of church resources, including the free ChurchEXCEL subscription at ECFA.church.

Check out the XPastor page and free items at ECFA.

For the fourth year, we welcome Worlds of Wow. They create ridiculously cool, fun environments for kids and families! They assist with stage design, theming for various ages and stages, indoor play and any other design idea you may have. They provide original artwork and graphics to bring your ideas to life! With over 13 years experience and more than 600 completed projects, they are the experts when it comes to theming and play. Whether you are a multi-site, a mobile church or just giving your space a whole new look, they know what it takes from the very first conversation as we dream together to the very last nail put into place. WOW loves the creative process of working with you through the development of concepts, characters, elements and stories. It’s just their role to bring your vision to life. Themes are always original, never borrowed from check in, to hallways, to large group rooms, our themes are designed to tell a story and create destinations where kids want to be! 

We welcome for the third year, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches, Christian schools, and related ministries. Its comprehensive property and liability coverage for ministries fills gaps left by standard insurance policies.

Brotherhood’s travel service, Faith Ventures®, helps missionaries reach the world without fear of being sidelined by illness, injuries, or lawsuits. And its payroll service, MinistryWorks®, takes the pain out of payroll administration. More than 50,000 ministries across America trust Brotherhood Mutual, so they can focus on ministry.

We welcome for the third year, Ziegler. Since their first financing in 1913, Ziegler has become a recognized leader in providing creative, tailored solutions to religious institutions.

Ziegler offers fixed-rate financing for multidenominational churches, religious schools, colleges and universities, and other organizations in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Ziegler is headquartered in Chicago with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S.

We welcome for the second year, Batts Morrison Wales & Lee. BMWL is a national CPA firm dedicated exclusively to helping churches, Christian ministries, and nonprofit organizations cover their financial bases through professional audit and assurance, tax, and advisory services.  BMWL has a highly experienced and motivated team of professionals, all of whom share a common passion for serving organizations that make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of people.  The BMWL team helps organizations maintain strong donor trust and confidence, produce highly effective financial reports, strengthen internal controls and financial oversight, improve overall risk management, maximize tax exemptions, protect exempt status, provide board member governance orientation and training, and simplify financial administration.  BMWL is honored to serve clients across the United States.  Please visit nonprofitcpa.com to learn more.

For the first year, we welcome Visioneering Studios. They are the only nationally-licensed, faith-based design-build firm that specializes in commercial, nonprofit and worship environments. We are not just developers, designers, architects, and builders—we are storytellers.  We come alongside our partners, who lead movements and organizations that have unique stories crafted by a unique people, place, and passion, to be trusted stewards of their story and space.

Our beliefs positively impact the relational nature and integrity of our work. Visioneering Studios’s “look to launch” services include: Real Estate and Development Advisory Services (Visioneering Studios Real Estate), Master Planning, Architecture and Interior Design (Visioneering Studios Architecture), National Construction and Construction Services (Visioneering Studios Construction).

For the first year, we welcome Vanderbloemen Search Group. Vanderbloemen helps churches and ministries build great teams by finding their key staff. Vanderbloemen is an industry leader in executive search for the church, having worked with ministries in nearly every state and several countries. God has uniquely called and positioned your church to do what only you can do, and having the right team members in the right roles is vital to fulfilling that calling. From finding the right worship leaders to children’s ministers and senior pastors, Vanderbloemen helps discover your church’s DNA and then conducts a nationwide search for whom God is calling to your church. Whether you’re planning your next hire, reorganizing your staff, analyzing your compensation structure, or need help with succession planning, build your best ministry team with Vanderbloemen.

2018 Promotional Sponsors

We welcome Leadership Network for the thirteenth year, www.leadnet.org. Leadership Network’s role is to foster innovation movements that activate the Church to greater impact for the Glory of God’s name. What began in 1984 with 20 leaders now serves over 200,000 leaders all over the world.

Our programs work with entrepreneurial innovators—leaders starting and doing new things. We focus on the practical parts of ministry action. We use what we call a “peer protocol” which means that our approach is to put leaders with leaders and let them learn from one another.

We work with multiple innovations—such as multisite, city impact and generosity—and multiple leaders—including senior pastors, executive pastors and campus pastors—using multiple models and approaches. We help the church teams move from ideas to implementation to impact. Learn more about the programs offered at leadnet.org/programs

We welcome Christianity Today for the fifth year.  Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax Team publishes the award-winning Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, the award-winning ChurchLawAndTax.com and ManagingYourChurch.com websites, and numerous print and digital resources that help church leaders keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound. The Church Law & Tax Team is led by senior editor Richard R. Hammar, a Harvard Law School graduate, CPA, and author of more than 100 books (including the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Pastor, Church & Law, the 2018 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and Church Finance, a book co-authored with Michael Batts. The Church Law & Tax Team is led by an esteemed group of Editorial Advisors that include attorneys Chip Grange, David Middlebrook, and Frank Sommerville, and CPAs Michael Batts, Dan Busby, and Elaine Sommerville.

For the third year, we welcome the Historic Agency as a sponsor. Historic doesn’t call itself a marketing agency because they want to do more than just move product and grow numbers. They want to tell lasting stories.

With over five decades of experience, their team provides a suite of expert services fit to meet your unique needs. Whether you’re investing in brand & identity, communication strategy, assessments & coaching, or all things creative, they’ll align your short-term solutions with long-term strategy. “Let’s create something Historic together.”

Special thanks to the Historic Agency for their design and production of the XP-Seminar notebook–their excellence, creative design and attention to detail is readily apparent!

Workshops

Most workshops will be offered twice. No pre-registration for the workshops is necessary–but it is advised to get to the room as soon as possible as some rooms fill up fast.

Thanks again for the conference. Thanks for the privilege (and I mean that term, privilege) of sharing a slice of life from my experience with the conference participants. You continue to provide a necessary, stimulating, and exciting energy to many of us in ministry.

–Paul Utnage, XP of Catalina Foothills Church, Tucson, Arizona

Workshops on “Business Brains”

Basics of Tax Compliance

Mike Batts

Mike Batts

All XPs need help with the basics of tax compliance for churches.  Mike and BMWL have compiled excellent materials on this vital topic. This will cover the basics of federal tax compliance for churches. They have such a wealth of experience that this workshop will be done in two parts, back to back.

This workshop will be led by Mike Batts. Mike is the president and managing partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, a CPA firm dedicated exclusively to helping churches, Christian ministries, and other nonprofit organizations cover their financial bases through professional audit and assurance, tax, and advisory services. Mike has more than 30 years of experience serving churches and ministries in a variety of ways. He advises churches on matters related to board governance, financial reporting, tax compliance and strategy, risk management, corporate structure, international activities, and related topics. Mike recently co-authored, together with attorney and CPA Richard Hammar, the book Church Finance, published by Christianity Today. Church Finance has become the “go-to” reference in America providing practical guidance for church financial administration.

Building a Vision-Centered Staff

Julie Eastman

This workshop is both ‘business’ and ‘ministry.’ It often feels like everyone on staff is running in different directions. Work is duplicated, ministry opportunities are overlooked and communication is a mess. Silos form to solve the problems, but can complicate ministry. As an XP, your role as a staff leader is crucial to eliminating these distractions and uniting your team with one central purpose. At Northside, recently we have been intentionally seeking to unite our staff with our vision, becoming disciples who are making disciples. It has been a slow, sometimes bumpy ride, but so worth every investment. If you are interested in creating or honing a workplace that starts as vision-centered, this workshop will be a great discussion.

Julie Eastman is the Executive Minister at Northside Christian Church. With a Masters in Administration degree, she works closely with their Lead Pastor to develop the overall leadership and direction of the church staff in order to carry out its God-given vision of becoming disciples who are making disciples. Her role also includes assessing current church health, the development of strategic planning, goal and budget setting, with an eye on overall staff operations. One of her favorite parts of the role is the opportunity to act as a catalyst in the formation of needed teams and ministries to carry out their vision.

Executive Pastor 101

Dr. David Fletcher

Reviewing the basics of the XP role is a good idea for seasoned veterans and newbies alike. Question Zero from the Harvard Business School is one good place to begin: “What exactly are we trying to accomplish here?” There are a lot of things to master, but not many people to ask. In this session, we will dialogue together about the role. We’ll talk through the best areas on which to focus, common pitfalls and practical resources for XPs. Don’t expect a lecture from David but his synthesis with you on the salient issues that face XPs today.

Architect and Pastor Alliances

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody will share what a great alliance of architect and pastor can look like. Their credo says it all—“We Believe, We Serve, We Create.” When you are looking for an architect, what are the guidelines that you will need? How can you build a relationship working towards a common goal? The keys are removing barriers, opening pathways to connecting, and setting the ministry up with Strategic Positioning towards growth.

Bruce is the President and CEO of HH Architects. Based in Dallas, this architecture and planning firm has done work around the country. This award winning firm has a commitment to quality and thorough understanding of planning for growth. It has attracted a wide range of clients with needs on both a small and large scale. For 45 years, they have provided Architectural, Interior Design, Strategic Positioning and Master Planning services to clients ranging from churches to municipal entities to schools to corporate buildings. They approach projects from the client’s perspective. Building upon your image and identity, they strive for creative solutions that meet the project’s scope, schedule, and budget. They have developed an expertise in designing to a highly complex set of requirements and constraints, and through this process, they provide the facility that meets and exceeds all of the owner’s expectations.

Pulse on Capitol Hill

Dan Busby President ECFA

Dan Busby
President ECFA

Michael Martin
Vice President ECFA

With all that’s happening on Capitol Hill these days, who has time to keep up? This informative ECFA workshop will highlight the most significant changes impacting churches, from recent tax and legislative developments to charitable giving trends, judicial activities affecting religious freedom, and other areas of interest.

David Fletcher heard Dan Busby give a “Pulse” in March 2017 … it was an enthralling 45 minutes. Bring your questions for some discussion after Dan and Michael’s presentation.

Dan Busby is the president of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in the areas of governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising. ECFA’s seal enhances trust of givers, which increases generosity, providing greater resources to help fulfill the Great Commission. ECFA accredits over 2,200 churches and nonprofits. These organizations have annual revenue of nearly $26 billion, receiving charitable contributions of nearly $17 billion. Dan has over forty years of experience serving the Christ-centered church and nonprofit community and frequently speaks nationally on related issues. He is a prolific writer with 55 volumes of five book titles published including a 2015 release, TRUST: The Firm Foundation for Kingdom Fruitfulness. His latest book,co-authored with John Pearson, Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom, a 2017 release. Dan received a masters of business administration degree from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. The University also named him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2014. Dan served as a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national legislative advisory commission convened to address legislative proposals for the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Times named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Leaders from 2010-2015.

Michael Martin serves as ECFA’s vice president and legal counsel—and a newly minted CPA. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in government, summa cum laude, from Oral Roberts University and a juris doctor from Regent University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Regent University Law Review. Michael is passionate about helping churches and ministries with legal and tax-related issues and compliance with ECFA standards. In addition to authoring and reviewing articles and other resources featured in ECFA publications, he assists with member compliance and leads ECFA’s church initiative. Beginning with the 2013 edition, Michael co-authored the Zondervan Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide and the Zondervan Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide with ECFA President Dan Busby and ECFA Executive Vice President John Van Drunen.

How Risk Management and Internal Controls can Improve Performance

Rob Faulk

There are two often hidden issues at a church—risk management and internal controls. Both are vital and need your attention. Using the COSO Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control frameworks, this workshop will explore how well-designed and implemented risk management and internal control processes lead to improved operational performance and governance.

Rob serves as Partner and Church and Denomination Services Director at CapinCrouse. He has more than 35 years of financial leadership experience in serving both for-profit and nonprofit entities, as well as more than eight years of direct ministry experience as Executive Pastor and CFO of large churches. He previously served with a Big Six accounting firm, where he was the lead manager on the project that developed the COSO Internal Control framework. Rob holds a MA in Ministry Management from Azusa Pacific University Graduate School of Theology.

Leveraging Technology to Know, Grow, and Keep Your People

Shannon Neely

The people in your church matter. Your ministry is about more than managing data – it’s about connecting with your people and helping them connect with each other, so they can grow in their faith.  Join us as we discuss using the power of technology to build community, engage people, and help grow disciples.  In our time together you will learn how you can:

  • Know first-time guests and stay connected with fully engaged members
  • Provide opportunities for people to connect with each other and grow deeper in their faith
  • Follow up with people so they feel valued and keep coming back to your church

Shannon Neely has been advancing the local church through Church Community Builder for the last five years, where she serves both churches and denominations. Shannon is often a speaker on behalf of Church Community Builder at various national conferences and seminars. Prior to joining the ChMS team, she was leveraging technology to develop brand management and online marketing campaigns for various companies. Her paths have always involved furthering the church in some capacity through church planting, worship leading, mentoring young women, commencing homeless outreach of college students in Santa Cruz, lay counseling for grief and loss sufferers, serving high school and college populations, and employing short-term missions to Mexico, Germany, and Chile. And now, she enlists all her experiences to encourage the church to engage technology in order to follow Christ’s command to “go and make disciples.” She is passionate about Jesus, His church, and her local church, Rock Harbor in Bakersfield, California, where she is involved in mentoring junior high and high school girls and playing the keys every Sunday morning on the worship team.

Retirement Planning for your Staff

Jeff Robinson

Thirty years ago, most workers retired with a traditional pension plan. Employers managed everything. Employees made no decisions, but retired with a set amount of money. The rise of 403(b) and 401(k) retirement plans in the 1980s and 1990s shifted responsibility from employers to employees. This workshop will help you think through the different options out there as you consider what would best benefit your employees in their retirement years.

Jeff Robinson joined GuideStone in 2002. His background includes 29 years in the financial services area. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. His professional credentials include: the CFP®; CLU; ChFC; CEBS; FLMI; and the Series 6, 7, 26 and 63 investment registrations.

How To Establish Your Staff Values & Build A Winning Team Culture

William Vanderbloemen

Building a winning team culture is hard work, but it’s crucial to retaining a high capacity church staff. The foundation to a winning culture is establishing staff values that unify your team. They are more than words in an employee handbook – they guide the daily rhythms of your team. In this session, you will learn how to establish your staff’s values, develop leaders, and build a winning culture where staff and volunteers are lining up to get on board.

William is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO/Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group. He is a regular contributor to both Forbes and Fortune. William has combined over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search. Vanderbloemen Search Group has served over 800 churches since its founding eight years ago, has grown to thirty-five full-time employees, and has won several company culture awards.

William has written: Next: Pastoral Succession That Works (2014), Search : The Pastor Search Committee Handbook (2016) and Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace (March 2018).

21st Century Giving: How to Use Technology to Fuel Church Growth

Gary Kehr

Tom Mays

As a successful XP, you should not only understand your giving trends, but all of the tools available to grow top-line revenue. Join us as we discuss the ins and outs of electronic giving, including how it is priced, the advantages and disadvantages of “flat rate” pricing models, how to use it both to reach millennials and existing givers, how to automate your giving, and how to better incorporate social media platforms. Additionally, we will present an overview on how to use that giving to prepare for your next expansion. If you are considering buying a property, refinancing existing debt, or even embarking in a building project, we will show you what lenders are looking for, how to prepare your ministry for those expectations, and what to expect when applying for a loan in today’s changing market.

This workshop will be brought by Gary Kehr, Regional Director Lending, and Tom Mays, both with Associate Vice President, both with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union.

Communication Strategies that Shape Culture and Grow the Church

Ted Vaughn

Communicating in an effective and compelling manner has never been more important to sustainably growing your church and shaping a healthy culture. From your digital presence to the print collateral you distribute, intentionally connecting the right message to the right people at the right time is critical to ensuring your voice not become white-noise and be pushed into the background. In this session, we’ll review the fundamentals of a good brand and communication strategy and consider innovative new solutions and best practices that make communicating with excellence more possible (and affordable) than you might think.  From social media to storytelling, come learn strategies and solutions that can take your brand and communication to new levels of excellence and impact.

After 22 years of local church leadership, Ted serves multiple congregations in America, Africa, and the UK as a consultant and strategic advisor in areas of brand, vision, strategy, and organizational alignment.  His most recent staff position (2009 – 2014) was as Chief Creative Officer for the Rock Church in San Diego, CA, a young, urban, and forward-thinking church of roughly 16,000 weekly worshippers.  With an additional 14-years of leadership experience in mainline denominations, Ted has unique insight and passion for the local church of all stripes and sizes.  Today Ted coaches vision clarity, strategic planning, and organizational alignment through Leadership Capital and is a partner in Historic Agency helping churches and non-profits grow their brand and digital communication strategies.

Christianity Today Forum

Rob Toal

This invitation-only forum will discuss key topics of church ministry. Rob is a Publisher at Christianity Today, overseeing its Church Law & Tax, Small Groups and Christian Bible Studies brands. He has 15 years of experience in brand strategy and content development and 8 years of pastoral roles at Park Community Church and MissioDei in Chicago.

Workshops on “Pastoral Heart”

Developing Elders

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor is the XP of Mosaic Church and is a frequent part of XPastor.  He has just released Eldership Development: From Application To Affirmation. What does it take to develop the next group of elders for your church? This workshop will show you the actual process that one church uses to develop their elders over a two year period. Think of it like a case-study. You’ll see the prerequisites and the application that potential elders fill out, and even the questions asked during the interviews. You’ll get an in-depth look at the two-year process, all the way to the final moment when you affirm the new elder on stage in a gathering. Phil will explain from experience why he made the decisions he made on everything from book assignments to awkward questions in an application.

Also, Phil has also written Defining The Executive Pastor Role and more in his Backstage Pastor Series of books are in the hopper. Phil has served the church for over twenty years. He is passionate about bringing vision into reality and has spent the last eleven years serving alongside of gifted communicator-visionary Lead Pastors of Acts 29 Network churches in New York and now Florida. He serves as the Executive Pastor of Leadership and Development at Mosaic, a multi-site church in West Orlando and at Walt Disney World. He is passionate about serving the XP community around the world through writing, speaking and coaching.

Church Analytics

Brad Leeper

This workshop will focus on what your giving data says about you and your church. Let’s examine what that data means and what to do about it. Like a properly designed medical test, understanding what to look for in your church giving patterns can reveal hidden insights into how your giving flows and does not flow. Using real data from churches, we will examine data points rarely looked at by church leaders. Good news: whatever that data might be, you can take steps to elevate the giving direction by year’s end.

Brad is the President and Principal of Generis Partners. Based on experience and affinity, he is drawn to innovative, growing churches and the challenges of helping them expand practically and spiritually.

Forum for Churches Under 2,000 in Worship

Mike McDonough

This forum will be for XPs in churches with under 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size church as yours. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs. Executive Pastor Mike McDonough will lead the discussion.

Forum for Churches Over 2,000 in Worship

Rev. Nicholas Smith

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

This forum will be for XPs in churches with over 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size church as yours. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

Nick Smith is the Executive Assistant Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey, where he assists pastor/teacher Bishop David G. Evans. This is a dynamic church with mega-thousands of worshippers. Nick brings pastoral warmth to his staff and leadership style. He is one of our favorites! There are always great take-aways with Nick.

Make Your Church the Primary Giving Destination of More Givers

Brad Leeper

In an increasingly complex giving environment, churches battle factors that constantly reinforce not to give to a church. This workshop will cover not only the mounting pressures but will give you practical skills to overcome the threats. You will know how to make the complex simple. Turn threats into strengths to have your church as the primary giving destination–not just one of many.

Brad Leeper is the President and Principal of Generis Partners. Based on experience and affinity, he is drawn to innovative, growing churches and the challenges of helping them expand practically and spiritually.

Maximize

Dr. Paul Utnage

You’ve heard the adage: strengthen the culture and effectiveness of your staff for a variety of reasons—reasons that don’t need to be repeated because they’ve been rehashed dozens of times. Yet can you maximize—not just strengthen—the effectiveness of your staff during seasons of change, whether small or great change? The answer is, absolutely yes. Change does not need to diminish effectiveness. Aim to maximize. In this workshop, learn to implement four crucial skills that maximize the immediate impact of staff members’ leadership upon your church ministry.

Paul has been an XP and SP, serving in ministry for decades. He has served with some of the most noted pastors in the nation. Paul has been a noted contributor to the XPastor world, giving mentoring to many upcoming XPs. Currently he is the XP of Catalina Foothills Church in Tucson, Arizona and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Seminary.

Mentoring Your Staff

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Mentor your staff and help them move their lives and leadership forward—helping them strengthen their gifts, talents and abilities while keeping balance in their lives.

Dr. Nathan Baxter, founder of Lead Self Lead Others has been leading teams and helping people move their stories forward for over twenty years. Before starting his Executive Coaching career, he served for 28 years in full time ministry, filling the roles of Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Executive Pastor.

Multi-Site Strategies

Jody Forehand

It seems every church is going multi-site these days, so shouldn’t you? To quote Lee Corso, ESPN’s college football prognosticator, “Not so fast, my friend!” Multi-site is a strategy and a tool, but not a magic bullet for church growth. In fact, if done incorrectly, it can be harmful to your church. So, what is the purpose of a multi-site location? When, Where, and Why should I launch a multi-site? What role should contextualization and demographics play in selecting a multi-site location? This workshop will discuss general trends, provide insights into what gives a multi-site the best chance for success, and highlight potential pitfalls.

Jody Forehand, MBA, LEED AP, DBIA, is President of Visioneering Studios Real Estate. Jody has been working with churches nationwide since 2003 helping them with development advisory services, real estate consulting, and coordinating the design and construction of everything from multi-site tenant improvement projects in repurposed retail locations to new ground-up campuses on greenfield sites. Jody also holds general contractor’s licenses in several states and a real estate brokers license in North Carolina.

Rowing in the Same Direction

Dave Brandolini

As leaders, we understand the crucial importance of leading a team that’s rowing in the same direction, with everyone on the same page. Do the ministries on your team determine their own vision, language and ministry plan, or do you have a shared ministry plan that answers not only the “why we do ministry” question (mission statement), but also the “how we do ministry” question?  Not having a united mission and plan leads to confusion among your staff and within your church. A shared ministry plan, on the other hand, provides clarity and simplicity as your church seeks to carry out the mission Jesus gave us. Developing a shared plan can revolutionize your team and ministry effectiveness, while providing a great measuring tool for accountability. This seminar offers practical steps to help you create a unified team rowing together in the same direction.

Dave Brandolini is the Executive Pastor at Austin Ridge Bible Church, in Austin, Texas. He brings 14 years of XP experience to his role, which began at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, Ohio. Prior to that, Dave served 18 years as a student ministries pastor. He loves working alongside his lead pastor to shape the vision and philosophy of Austin Ridge, and helping teams to row in the same direction is his passion.

Tune Up Your Small Groups Program

Ryan Hartwig

This workshop is based on “Lessons Learned From A Study of Hundreds of Church Small Groups.” Over the past year, Dr. Ryan Hartwig, a professor from Azusa Pacific University and author of Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership, has led a research team studying church small group ministry philosophies and practices, and what thriving small groups do and don’t do. Combing through a rich data set, Ryan and his research team have learned what’s really happening in small groups across the country, what differentiates thriving groups from those that struggle, and what support group leaders need as they seek to lead transformational small groups.

Ryan will offer a sneak peek into his team’s research findings and share implications for pastors and leaders, and those who architect and direct small group ministries. Learn data-driven, practical tips you can implement right away to take your small group ministry to the next level of health and effectiveness.

The XP During a Senior Pastor Transition

Mike Bonem

The Executive Pastor role is dynamic, rarely the same from one season to the next. Few changes are bigger or more unsettling than a transition in lead/senior pastors. In this workshop, we will look at ways that the XP role changes during and after a pastoral transition. We’ll explore some of the things to do and to avoid and whether it is possible to remain as XP after a transition.

Mike Bonem is an author, consultant, speaker, church leader, businessperson, husband and father. He loves to help ministries and their leaders grow in effectiveness to reach their God-given potential. Mike’s books include Thriving in the Second Chair, In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership and Leading from the Second Chair. He has spoken across the country and internationally on topics related to ministry leadership and congregational effectiveness. Mike has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a breadth of experience in ministry and business, including 11 years as an executive pastor, consulting with Fortune 100 companies, and leading a start-up business. More information is available at www.MikeBonem.com.

Ministry Planning … Does It Really Matter?

Chris Lagerlof

We know that without vision people and ministry perish and that a vision, without a strategy or plan is just a dream. Join us as we look at how to design and implement a ministry planning process that will serve as a blueprint to help the ministries at your church think differently and create a “bigger” and “better” way of executing ministry in the preferable future. Our time will focus on designing a ministry planning process and schedule, integrating the churches vision, mission and values into the life of every ministry, building a culture of accountability and synergy to outcomes, designing a ministry planning retreat, implementing standards of excellence within the organization and providing you with several tools to implement great ministry planning in your church.

Chris is a Lead Associate with Slingshot Group, where he focuses on helping Kingdom-minded leaders and organizations thrive. Chris is a strategic thinker, project specialist and experienced leader. His passion is to help leaders and churches move forward by maximizing their focus, clarity and performance. Chris worked for 17 years as a Pastor and Champion of several ministries at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Chris and his team at Slingshot leverage their relationships and experience to deliver expert staffing and coaching focused on helping churches find clarity at the senior leadership and multisite level. Chris also serves as the Executive Catalyst for Mission Orange County, which exists to Mobilize and multiply churches in Orange County to collaborate within their cities to impact every man, woman and child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The New XP

Craig McClain

What is needed in the first 90 days, the first six months and the first year of being an XP? There are special challenges when entering the role. Are you ready or in the midst of it already? Some new XPs have been in their church for years and enter the role. Others move to the city and become the XP. Still others transition from business to ministry life.

Craig McLain is the Executive Pastor of Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota–an active and growing non-denominational church of over 5,000 members and attendees with two campuses in the Southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities. He works closely with the Senior Pastor to define and deliver organizational leadership and vision for Grace Church while leading the efforts of staff to accomplish the church’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities. Professionally, Craig has an extended background in both the public and private business sectors. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Global Business Development for a medical device company. Prior to that he was one of the founding executives of a company that provides innovative technologies to the Life Science industry. Craig has just finished his “first year” and has plenty of stories to share and lessons learned.

Focus Discussion on Small Groups

Ryan Hartwig

This invitation-only forum will discuss key topics about Small Group Ministry in local churches. Ryan is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical university near Los Angeles with over 10,000 students. He teaches group, organizational, and leadership communication courses, and his engaged scholarship, training, and consulting work aims to help nonprofits and churches thoughtfully leverage effective group and organizational communication practices, processes, and structures to fulfill their missions.

How to Be a Better Coach to Your Staff and Volunteer Leaders

Pre-Seminar Special with Dr. Nathan Baxter
Tuesday, February 20, 1:00-4:00 pm
Hilton Dallas/Park Cities

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

We all know that one of our key roles is coaching our leaders towards higher levels of effectiveness. But not all coaching results in change and that can be frustrating. Why not learn from an expert?

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 2017 XP-Seminar.

What you will learn

  • How to create customized coaching templates to fit your ministry culture.
  • The latest research that identifies the key components for healthy leadership cultures.
  • Practical tips for using assessments to develop your leaders.

And

  • How to structure 20 minute coaching conversations that bring the best results.
  • Best practices for holding leaders accountable.
  • The 10 Commandments of Coaching

Before the workshop

A reading list will be provided as an option for those that want to take a deeper look into leadership coaching.

About Dr. 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 five Leadership Coaches who work with him to meet the demand for his services.

Nathan and his coaches work with leaders to help them create a personal and professional growth strategy. He loves to follow up with each person to help keep them on track.

Enroll in the Pre-Seminar Workshop

The cost for this workshop with the pre-session, session and post-session materials is $399. Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

I had reached a point of frustration in not knowing the next step in my personal leadership development and he helped me bridge that frustration gap and send me on my way into the next season of my journey. Each session and contact was like connecting with a friend.

Jim Kuykendall, Executive Pastor

Dr. Baxter Has Coached …

Nathan has all the necessary tools and experience to meet you where you are, to speak your language quickly and, in a disciplined manner, guide you towards your objectives.

Doug Welsh, President, Strategic Sales Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio

Non Profit Organizations

  • John Sharp, Regional Director, Young Life, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dave Jewitt, Founder/Director, Your One Degree, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Adam Donyes, Founder/Director, LinkYear Kanakuk, Branson, Missouri
  • Dr. David Fletcher, Founder/Director, XPastor, Fullerton, California
  • Chris King, Founder, GPS Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dr. Scott Barfoot, Director of DMin Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Eric Hill, Founder/Director, Withyou, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jeff Anderson, Founder, Acceptable Gift, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dr. Baxter cares genuinely about helping people. He does what it takes to help folks understand and use the tools to find their way. As a result I have more focus in my life. The tools he uses and the approach he takes are better than many other similar consultants.

Randy Welsch, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ministry Leaders

  • Micah Davidson, Lead Pastor, Real Life Fellowship, Corpus Christi/Austin, Texas
  • Toby Slough, Lead Pastor, Crosstimbers Church, Argyle, Texas
  • Daniel Rolfe, Lead Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Dwight Yoder, Executive Pastor, Asbury Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Eric Bryan, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Fred Neal, Executive Pastor, Harvest Community Church, Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • Marc Evanger, Elder, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • Keith Duff, Elder, Village Bible Church, Chicago, Illinois
  • Matt Roberson, Campus Pastor, The Met, Houston, Texas
  • Rob Curry, Executive Pastor, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, Texas
  • Terry Langenberg, Executive Pastor, New Beginnings Church, Bixby, Oklahoma
  • Thomas Thompson, Lead Pastor, Pulpit Rock Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tom Messer, Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida

Nathan knows what he is doing and does it well. He has good insight and recommends realistic behaviors to improve performance.

John Urbin, Business Unit Manager, Linde Process Plants, Inc.

Executives

  • Bob Skaggs, Northwestern Mutual Insurance Agency, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dustin Parker, President, Box Insurance Agency, Grapevine, Texas
  • Aaron Shelby, Executive Vice President, Legacy Texas Bank, Plano, Texas
  • Paul Fredette, President, Legacy Texas Insurance Services, Plano, Texas
  • Brandt Hamby, Managing Partner, Six Pillars Partners, Addison, Texas
  • Chris Cadeiux, Board Member, QuikTrip, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Chuck McDaniel, President, Lockton Insurance, Denver, Colorado
  • Dwight Mankin, President, NCN, Dallas, Texas
  • Mike Greer, Owner/Director, Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake, Lubbock, Texas
  • Mike Loomis, Owner, Loomis Consulting, Winter Park, Colorado
  • Ron Decker, Founder/President, Innovative Health Care Systems, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Ronnie Dunn, Client Partner, MicroStrategy, Dallas, Texas
  • Sean Kouplen, President, Regent Bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Hank Coleman, President, TriggerPoint, Austin, Texas
  • Dan Peckenpaugh, MD, President, HEB Emergicare, P.A., Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Rob Kenagy, MD, Senior Vice President, St. John Health Network, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tom Ellis, Vice President/Partner, MHBT (Commercial Insurance), Dallas, Texas
  • 32 National Sales Directors, 25 Top Sales Directors, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Dr. Baxter’s coaching has allowed me to take my strengths, understand them and ultimately begin to incorporate them into my ever changing role as CEO. Working with Dr. Baxter is worth the investment because we have seen results in effectiveness in communication, efficiency in decision making.

Ron Decker, CEO, Innovative Healthcare Systems, Inc., Edmond, Oklahoma

Pre-Seminar Event

Generosity—
Unveiling the Mystery of Your Church’s Donors

With Brad Leeper

Tuesday, February 20, 2:00-4:30 pm

$250 per person when you also enroll in the XP-Seminar. Limited attendance.

Enroll in the Generosity Workshop and receive for free the XPastor Online Course “MS202–Generosity.”

Why did donors leave you last year? Job transfer? Getting mad? How do you shut the back door and how do we emphasize the front door? Are you attracting new donors? This session will give a different slant on your church’s data. It will tell you many things that are different than what is readily apparent.

Enroll in the Pre-Seminar Workshop

Most of Us Have Assumptions

Brad Leeper will lead the workshop. He is the President and Principal at Generis, a team of coaches that accelerates generosity toward God-inspired vision. Brad works with churches across the country, and now internationally, to increase everyday church giving, project giving and legacy giving.

Imagine seeing a new perspective on your church’s financial health. See your church in a readable, understandable and helpful format. This is a must for your next steps of your church.

The Generosity Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 20 from 2:00-4:30 pm., right before the XP-Seminar. This is the place to get a handle on your church’s financial health.

This workshop will give you plenty of data to work with, in an eminently understandable format. Generis is just releasing a diagnostic tool and is offering free use of it for the workshop. This includes a 3-page summary report. Plus, you can talk through your report at the workshop and receive more personalized discussion in person or by phone.

Get a numerical analysis of:

    • People giving above a strategic amount
    • Lapsed donors
    • Banding of key donation levels … and much more.

Requirements:

    • Must have Church Community Builder (other software platforms to follow).
    • Attend the Coaching Workshop before the XP-Seminar.
    • Data analysis needs to be begun 14 days before the XP-Seminar.

Get expert advice from national leaders! Enroll today!

What You Need to Know

Suppose you see that giving is up ten percent. Is that more donations per attendee or more donors?

Knowing your metrics tells you where you are, where you are going and measures how you are doing getting there.

With a ten percent increase in donations, how many of those were new donors? Are you attracting new donors?

Increase your giving without requiring a capital campaign.

Even with a ten percent increase in donations, how many donors stopped giving? Are they still attending? When do people stop giving and how much later do they typically leave your church?

Pivotal Concepts

  • Why did donors leave you last year? Job transfer? Did they leave mad?
  • How do you shut the back door and how can you emphasize the front door?
  • Are you attracting new donors?

This session will give a different slant on your church’s data. It will tell you many things that are different than what is readily apparent.

Ministry Fund

Are giving increases a result of a growing donor constituent base or are you pressing into a small portion of donors to make budget growth? Learn why one is sustainable while the other is short lived.

Connecting and Growing First Time Donors

First time visitors are great!  However, are you able to on-board them as donors? Are you able to assimilate them into the fabric of the ministry? If not, learn why weekend attendance growth can be a false positive for healthy ministry growth.

Donor Churn

New faces in church are great, but what is the financial impact of losing the old ones? Minimizing donor churn can supercharge weekend attendance and annual giving growth. Monitoring donor trends is one way to surface ministry opportunities. Rule based push reporting can increase your ministry efficiency and connect with those that need pastoral care.

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The 2017 XP-Seminar was a sold out success …

We limit attendance to 200 people, so that we are a “tribe” not a “town.”
This enables everyone to talk to our distinguished speakers and have a sense of the XP-Community.

Dr. Thom Rainer

Dr. Thom Rainer

Our Featured Guest

Dr. Thom Rainer

Electric Leadership

Our featured guest this year is the renowned thinker, writer and church leader, Dr. Thom Rainer. You have undoubtedly read some of his 26 books, several of which are featured on our free book table (did you know that every attendee gets two free books at the Seminar?)

Thom serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, a 5,000 employee organization headquartered in Nashville. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in business administration. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary, where he served as Dean for twelve years.

Dr. Rainer has served as pastor of four churches. This will be an unforgettable time with Thom.

Featured Speakers

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

6 Legal Issues a Church Should Consider Before Building, Even 7

David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony are with The Church Law Group. Every year they bring imperative topics from the field of law, HR, safety, fiduciary responsibility and more. This will be a growing time and invariably you will take away homework and a full to-do list. There are so many “aha moments” with David and Matt. They are electrifying!

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

6 Parts of the Biblical Basis and Role of the XP, Even 7

Is this role grounded in Scripture? We don’t find the title “XP” there but certainly see strong leaders in similar functions. What are the elements of the XP role? David Fletcher has been a pastor for over thirty years, taught pastors at three seminaries and founded XPastor to help you be the best you can be. Catch some of David’s electric energy about the XP role.

Mike Bonem XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem

6 Vital Aspects of the XP-SP Relationship, Even 7

Mike Bonem wrote Leading from the Second Chair, Leading Congregational Change, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership, and the newly released, Thriving in the Second Chair.  He brings experience from his XP role and now as a consultant to churches across the states.

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor

6 Keys For the Soul of the XP, Even 7

Phil Taylor is the XP of Mosaic Church and is a frequent part of XPastor.  He has written Defining The Executive Pastor Role and has a series of books on the XP in the hopper. What do you do when you feel dry and your soul is withering? Leading a church can be 24/7 but it needs balance and spiritual refreshment. Phil will bring power to your soul so you can continue strong in ministry.

Darrell Owens

Darrell Owens

6 Ways to Build Up Ministry, Even 7

Darrell Owens is the Lead Pastor at Christ the Rock Community Church. He has worked with an inner city ministry to youth, as an international trainer for Promise Keepers and alongside two pastors leading large congregations. In our Short Ride, Darrell will share his experience and convictions regarding the Pastor Function in the XP role.

19 Workshops by Noted Leaders

Dan Busby—Questions Every XP Should Regularly Ask a Finance Team

Dan Reiland—Essentials to Strengthen the XP and Senior Pastor Partnership

Mike Batts—Effective Church Financial Oversight

Dr. Warren Bird—Learning from the Nation’s Best Internship Programs

Brad Leeper—How to Make Your Church the Primary Giving Destination of More Givers

… and many more

Why Come?

Dr. Gene Getz Pastor, Author

Dr. Gene Getz
Pastor, Author

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

Clint Smith

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.

Tim Samuel

Tim Samuel

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

Eddie Park

Eddie Park
Assistant XP, EvFree Fullerton

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. 

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 13th 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 and Dr. John Townsend.

Short Ride

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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. Horse not provided.

Workshops

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On each afternoon, 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

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Our 12th year at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities! Enjoy a special rate at the Hilton. The special rate will be available until January 30, 2017 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 6 Attendees Say, Even 7

6 things even 7 300“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.”

Learn how to better lead and manage your church

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Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!

We want to thank Generis for their thirteenth year as a sponsor. Generis has worked with more than 2,000 churches over the past 25 years, during which they have helped raise over $5 billion. They are experts when it comes to capital campaigns, fund-raising, and creating a generous culture within your congregation. Generis’ team of highly experienced consultants meets churches where they are and partners with them to create a strategy unique to their culture in order to fund their God-sized visions. Brad Leeper has served in church leadership roles and has real-life experience to offer far beyond that of most industry consultants. We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper.

We are very pleased that MinisterSearch is joining us for the thirteenth year. Many of you have met David Lyons, their founder and president, at previous XPastor Seminars and events. MinisterSearch is the most experienced and successful pastoral search firm in the country. During their 15 years leading hundreds of pastoral searches, MinisterSearch has developed an unparalleled process that helps churches to identify their specific needs, to find candidates that they otherwise could not find, and to clearly discern who the right candidate is. David Lyons says, “We have spent years developing a very in-depth process that helps churches find the right candidates–who stick. We identify more than 100 different points about the church and candidate that need to align. If they don’t, we continue searching.”

For the eleventh year, we welcome Fellowship One, which partners with more than 4,000 ministries and 83 of Outreach Magazine’s Top 100 Largest and Fastest Growing Churches. The industry’s premier church management software, Fellowship One enables ministry leaders to offer exceptional member care and engage their communities. New this year, the exclusive patent pending technology used by Fellowship One Giving is transforming donation management. Join their free webinar to learn more at www.fellowshipone.com/giving.

For the eleventh year as a sponsor, we welcome Evangelical Christian Credit Union. ECCU is an alliance of Christian people and organizations committed to fueling Christ-centered ministry worldwide. While their mission extends far beyond banking, they have been providing ministry-centric financial services and resources for over 50 years to churches and their members, missionaries, and many others.

We welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the eleventh year. GuideStone Financial Resources is one of the leading providers of retirement, medical, life and disability coverage, investment management and executive planning services to the evangelical Christian community. Since 1918, the organization has enhanced the financial security of more than 219,000 individuals and reported $10.1 billion in assets as of December 31, 2015. GuideStone offers its clients access to Christian-based, socially screened investment funds for retirement, endowment and operational assets.

For the eighth year, we welcome The Church Law Group, a practice division of Anthony & Middlebrook, P.C. that focuses on the specific legal needs of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including numerous churches, ministries, faith based organizations and their leaders throughout the United States. The Church Law Group is comprised of a talented and diverse group of acclaimed professionals sharing a singular calling and dedication to work with and further the successes of their clients.

For the seventh year as a sponsor, we welcome HH Architects. For 45 years, HH Architects has had the privilege of working with and planning campuses for many of the fastest-growing and top-attended churches and private Christian schools across America. HH Architects has worked with a broad range of churches and schools on a wide variety of facilities, from first-unit buildings to 7,000+ seat Worship Centers, providing Strategic Positioning, Master Planning, Architectural, and Interior Design services for nearly all aspects of religious facility projects.

For the sixth year, we welcome Clark. Clark (formerly Clark ProMedia) is the leading provider of custom audio, video and lighting (AVL) solutions for churches. Clark’s mission is to help you communicate your story, personally connect with your audience and inspire change. Twenty years of experience enables Clark to partner with your organization, transforming your environment into a space that uniquely reflects your core values. We welcome co-founder Houston Clark.

For the sixth year, we welcome CapinCrouse. As a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving not-for-profit organizations, CapinCrouse provides professional solutions to organizations whose outcomes are measured in lives changed. Since 1972, the firm has served mission-focused not-for-profit organizations, churches, and higher education institutions by providing support in the key areas of financial integrity and security. With a network of offices across the nation, CapinCrouse has the resources of a large firm and the personal touch of a local firm. Learn more at capincrouse.com

For the fourth year, we welcome Slingshot.  Slingshot Group partners with the local church and ministry minded non-profits to find and develop next level people through relational search and coaching services.  Founded in 2007 by Stan Endicott and Monty Kelso, Slingshot Group has 40 associates nationwide that serve in the following divisions:  Senior Leadership, Students, Childrens, Worship Arts, and Communications.  What sets Slingshot Group apart is their winsome and relational team who provide innovative solutions that facilitate the work of God on the journey of finding and developing the people you need.

For the third year, we welcome the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. ECFA enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ with its members. Founded in 1979, ECFA’s membership includes 40 of the 100 largest churches in the U.S. plus many other leading churches that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, stewardship, and governance.

For the third year, we welcome Church Community Builder. Church Community Builder is a technology and services company focused on equipping church leaders for better ministry. The Church is called to equip God’s people to do His work, and Church Community Builder exists to support you with a better how—through practical coaching, software, and ‘tribe’-based learning. We focus on the tools and processes so that you can focus on empowering people. Our inspiration is “the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11b-12).

We welcome for the second year, Ziegler. Since their first financing in 1913, Ziegler has become a recognized leader in providing creative, tailored solutions to religious institutions. Ziegler offers fixed-rate financing for multidenominational churches, religious schools, colleges and universities, and other organizations in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Ziegler is headquartered in Chicago with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S.

We welcome for the second year, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches, Christian schools, and related ministries. Its comprehensive property and liability coverage for ministries fills gaps left by standard insurance policies. Its travel service, Faith Ventures®, helps missionaries reach the world without fear of being sidelined by illness, injuries, or lawsuits. And its payroll service, MinistryWorks®, takes the pain out of payroll administration. More than 50,000 ministries across America trust Brotherhood Mutual, so they can focus on ministry.

We welcome for the first year, Batts Morrison Wales & Lee. They are a national CPA firm dedicated exclusively to helping churches, Christian ministries, and other nonprofit organizations cover their financial bases through professional audit and assurance, tax, and advisory services.  BMWL has a highly experienced and motivated team of professionals, all of whom share a common passion for serving organizations that make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of people.  The BMWL team helps organizations maintain strong donor trust and confidence, produce highly effective financial reports, strategically budget for improved financial condition, adapt structure for better risk management, maximize tax exemptions, protect exempt status, and provide board member orientation and training.  BMWL is honored to serve clients across the United States.  Please visit nonprofitcpa.com to learn more.

We welcome for the first year, Bank of the West. They are a national leader in religious institution banking. They understand religious organizations and how they operate. Their unmatched excellence in religious institution lending is based on their experience, knowledge and commitment. Over the past 25 years, they’ve committed more than $3.5 billion to the religious community, nationwide. Their commitment is carried forward by a dedicated staff of 30 full-time professionals, bringing you expertise in Religious Institution Financing, Equipment-leasing and Cash Management. They’re experienced in every aspect of lending, from refinancing existing debt to underwriting large-scale, multi-phased construction projects. Their knowledge and experience allows them to help religious institutions fulfill their vision, which results in long-lasting, successful relationships.

Promotional Sponsors

We welcome Leadership Network for the twelfth year, www.leadnet.org. Leadership Network’s role is to foster innovation movements that activate the Church to greater impact for the Glory of God’s name. What began in 1984 with 20 leaders now serves over 200,000 leaders all over the world.

Our programs work with entrepreneurial innovators—leaders starting and doing new things. We focus on the practical parts of ministry action. We use what we call a “peer protocol” which means that our approach is to put leaders with leaders and let them learn from one another.

We work with multiple innovations—such as multisite, city impact and generosity—and multiple leaders—including senior pastors, executive pastors and campus pastors—using multiple models and approaches. We help the church teams move from ideas to implementation to impact. Learn more about the programs offered at leadnet.org/programs

We welcome Christianity Today for the fourth year.  Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax Team publishes the award-winning Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, the award-winning ChurchLawAndTax.com and ManagingYourChurch.com websites, and numerous print and digital resources that help church leaders keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound. The Church Law & Tax Team is led by senior editor Richard R. Hammar, a Harvard Law School graduate, CPA, and author of more than 100 books (including the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Pastor, Church & Law, the biannual Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and Church Finance, a book co-authored with Michael Batts. The Church Law & Tax Team is led by an esteemed group of Editorial Advisors that include attorneys Chip Grange, David Middlebrook, and Frank Sommerville, and CPAs Michael Batts, Dan Busby, and Elaine Sommerville. We welcome Sam Ogles, Assistant Editor.

For the second year, we welcome the Historic Agency as a sponsor. Like any great novel or timeless work of art, well-built brands endure year after year. We want the same for you and your story. Whether print, digital, physical environments, or video, Historic can help craft and communicate your message in compelling ways that stand the test of time and reach a larger audience. Our people, strategy, and process set Historic apart. We are intentional. We begin with culture. We craft to endure.

Schedule

Our 13th Year of Powerful and Motivating Speakers …

Tuesday—February 21, 2017

7:30-8:30 Registration and Dessert. Evening welcome and social in the Beverly Ballroom. Join us for this informal time to pick up your materials, talk to old friends and meet some new ones. Coffee and a cookie dessert is open to all (and spouses are welcome to join you for this dessert time!)

Wednesday—February 22, 2017

7:45 Houston Clark Co-Founder of ClarkFull Breakfast sponsored by Clark. This is a fantastic time to start the Seminar and learn the latest. The folks at Clark always bring the best and the latest in the world of innovative audio, video and lighting solutions. Their mission is to help you communicate your story in a way that personally connects with your audience. This breakfast will talk about how to share your story using existing and upcoming tools, trends and styles!
8:45 Eddie ParkWelcome by our Emcee, Eddie Park. On a 4-year learning gig at EvFree Fullerton with David Fletcher, he is an Assistant Executive Pastor overseeing teaching and discipleship. Eddie provides church-wide strategic leadership and oversees EvFree’s internship program along with developing his amazing preaching skills. Eddie is a “poster child” millennial and one you should schedule time with to get a vision of the church of tomorrow.
9:00 Matt AnthonyDavid Middlebrook 6 Legal Considerations For Your Church, Even 7, with David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony from The Church Law Group. Every year they bring imperative topics from the field of law, HR, safety, fiduciary responsibility and more. This will be a growing time and invariably you will take away homework and a full to-do list. There are so many “aha moments” with David and Matt. This one session may save you the entire cost of the Seminar in unspent future legal bills. They are electrifying!
10:00 Thom-Rainer-150Thom on Theology, Ministry and the Church.  Our featured guest this year is the renowned thinker, writer and church leader, Dr. Thom Rainer. You have undoubtedly read some of his 26 books, several of which are featured on our free book table! Thom serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, a 5,000 employee organization headquartered in Nashville. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he received his degree in business administration. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary, where he served at Dean for twelve years. Dr. Rainer has served as pastor of four churches. This will be an unforgettable time with Thom.
11:00 Dr. David Fletcher6 Parts of the Biblical Basis and Role of the XP, Even 7 with Dr. David Fletcher. Is this role grounded in Scripture? We don’t find the title “XP” there but certainly see strong leaders in similar functions. What are the elements of the XP role? David has been a pastor for over 30 years, taught pastors at three seminaries and founded XPastor to help you be the best you can be. Catch some of David’s electric energy about the XP role.
11:30 Break
11:45 short-rideDarrell OwensLunch sponsored by Church Community Builder with A Short Ride on a Hot Topic: Not Just Equipping but also Pastoring.  At XPastor we talk a great deal about the Executive Function of the XP. There is also the Pastor Function. How do you balance equipping others, leading the church, with the vital aspects of pastoring a congregation. This first-person story with SP Darrell Owens will show you how one pastor is doing just that, with a dynamic tension mixed in! Tap into some power here.
1:30-2:30 Powerhouse Workshops: Session #1
2:30 Afternoon snack on first floor
2:45-3:45 Powerhouse Workshops: Session #2
4:00-5:00 Powerhouse Workshops: Session #3
5:15 Take an XP/SP friend to dinner! Schedule it early with someone from your state or similar-sized church. We saw scores of people do this last year.

Thursday—February 23, 2017

7:45 Breakfast–a great time to network
8:45 Mike Bonem XP, author, coach6 Vital Aspects of the XP-SP Relationship, Even 7, by Mike Bonem. Mike wrote Leading from the Second Chair, Leading Congregational Change, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership, and the newly released Thriving in the Second Chair. He brings experience from his XP role and now as a consultant to churches across the states.
9:45 Phil Taylor

6 Keys For the Soul of the XP, Even 7 with Phil Taylor. Phil is the XP of Mosaic Church and is a frequent part of XPastor. He has written Defining The Executive Pastor Role and has a series of books on the XP in the hopper. With insights from a church plant and his current thriving ministry in Orlando, Phil brings resources and insights about the XP. What do you do when you feel dry and your soul is withering? Leading a church can be 24/7 but it needs balance and spiritual refreshment. Phil will bring power to your soul so you can continue strong in ministry.

11:00 Break for Lunch—Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and take it to a workshop
11:30-12:30 Lunch Workshops—Powerhouse Workshops: Session 4
12:45-1:45 Powerhouse Workshops: Session 5
2:00-3:00 Powerhouse Workshops: Session 6
Have a safe trip home

 

“I’m truly excited about the excellence of this seminar.”

“Powerhouse Workshops”

Most workshops will be offered twice. No pre-registration for the workshops is necessary–but it is advised to get to the room as soon as possible as some rooms fill up fast.

5 Essentials to Strengthen the XP and Senior Pastor Partnership

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland will share practical insights and field level wisdom from twenty-eight years of experience with two senior pastors who are strong visionary leaders. There will be candid conversation centered around five essentials to help your partnership flourish.

Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church® in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering together on a number of church related projects. Dan is best known as a leader with a pastor’s heart; he truly loves the local church, but is also 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. In addition to leading the staff of 12Stone Church, Dan coaches many pastors across the country every year. Dan’s leadership blog can be accessed at http://danreiland.com. His semi-monthly e-newsletter, The Pastor’s Coach is distributed to over 40,000 subscribers, www.injoy.com. He is also the author of Amplified Leadership – released January 2012.

7 Questions Every XP Should Regularly Ask A Finance Team

Dan Busby President ECFA

Dan Busby
President ECFA

You may be charged as an XP with the overall responsibility for your church’s finances. More than likely, you’re not involved in the day-to-day details but rely on a capable team to provide you with information necessary for decision making. Walk away from this workshop with 7 key questions you should be regularly asking your finance team to strengthen stewardship at your church.

Dan Busby is the president of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in the areas of governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising. Dan has over forty years of experience serving the Christ-centered church and nonprofit community and frequently speaks nationally on related issues. He is a prolific writer with 55 volumes of five book titles published including a 2015 release, TRUST: The Firm Foundation for Kingdom Fruitfulness.

Dan received a masters of business administration degree from Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas. The University also named him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2014. Dan served as a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national legislative advisory commission convened to address legislative proposals for the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Times named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Leaders from 2010-2015. These organizations have annual revenue of nearly $25 billion, receiving charitable contributions of nearly $17 billion.

Brand and Communication Strategies for Today’s Local Church

Ted Vaughn

Ted Vaughn

It’s never been more difficult to get the attention of those we most want to reach; both inside and outside our church. Learn how effective brands engage and retain their audience and which communication strategies your church should be taking advantage of in 2017.

After 21 years of staff leadership in multiple contexts, Ted serves multiple congregations in America, Africa, and the UK as a consultant and strategic advisor in areas of brand, strategy, and staffing. His most recent staff position (’09-’14) was as Chief Creative Officer for the Rock Church in San Diego, California—a young, urban, and forward-thinking church of roughly 16,000 weekly worshippers. With an additional 14 years of executive leadership experience in mainline denominational churches, Ted has unique insight into local church leadership, healthy cultures, staffing, branding, and strategy. Today Ted leads the Communication and Tech Arts divisions for Slingshot Group (slingshotgroup.org) and is a partner in Historic Agency (historicagency.com).

Coaching Your Staff

Clint Smith

Clint Smith

What does it look like to coach your staff to excellence? There are so many books, blogs and other leadership insights to glean from. Join these two practitioners in an interactive, discussion-based learning environment. Clint Smith has served as the Executive Pastor of NORTHchurch in Oklahoma City for thirteen years. He founded and owns Full Capacity Coach LLC. Clint is committed to personal growth, leader development and passionately serving the local church.

Jim Moss

Jim Moss

Jim Moss is fully committed to seeing people discover and live out God’s unique mission for their lives. He currently serves as the XP of City Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is one of the founding pastors and has seen the church grow from zero to nearly 500 in less than six years. Jim also founded 320Coach with a focus on executives and entrepreneurs.

Effective Church Financial Oversight

Mike Batts

Mike Batts

Geared for non-accountant church leaders, this session focuses on financial oversight, including liquidity, cash flow, financial position, compliance, and key internal controls. Participants will discuss nontraditional, simple, and efficient ways to obtain and analyze critical financial information to facilitate better-informed leadership decisions for the direction of their church.

This will be led by Mike Batts. Mike is the president and managing partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, CPA firm dedicated exclusively to helping churches, Christian ministries, and other nonprofit organizations cover their financial bases through professional audit and assurance, tax, and advisory services Mike has more than 30 years of experience serving churches and ministries in a variety of ways. He advises churches on matters related to board governance, financial reporting, tax compliance and strategy, risk management, corporate structure, international activities, and related topics. Mike recently co-authored, together with attorney and CPA Richard Hammar, the book Church Finance, published by Christianity Today. Church Finance has become the “go-to” reference in America providing practical guidance for church financial administration.

Executive Pastor 101

Dr. David Fletcher

What we wish we knew when we were new: Congratulations, you just became an XP! There are a lot of things to know, but not many people to ask. In this session, we will cover the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for new executive pastors. We’ll talk through the best areas on which to focus, common pitfalls and practical resources for XPs. There will also be time explore the questions you have about being a freshman XP.

Finding, encouraging and building new givers

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Some say that giving is the last step in the assimilation process of a new person. Can we overcome that being the last step? Yes! You will learn the mind of a potential giver, what prevents them from giving, what prevents them from giving sooner and how to develop the rhythm of giving so they give more sooner and stay with you as a financial giver. Increase your giving streams with this usually untapped source.

Brad Leeper is the President and Principal of Generis Partners. Based on experience and affinity, he is drawn to innovative, growing churches and the challenges of helping them expand practically and spiritually.

Forum for Churches Under 2,000 in Worship

Kent Lawrence

Kent Lawrence

This forum will be for XPs in churches with under 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size church as yours. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

Kent Lawrence is the XP of Grace Bible Church of Dallas. Kent brings a warm pastoral spirit to his role, effectively leading a medium-sized church. He is one to get to know!

Forum for Churches Over 2,000 in Worship

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

This forum will be for XPs in churches with over 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size church as yours. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

The Future of Social Security

Don McLeod

This workshop will look at various considerations for the future of Social Security and your involvement.  Get answers to churches’ frequently asked Social Security questions. Some pastors have opted out but is this the right choice? We will explore the benefits of staying in Social Security and the relative merits of opting out.  If you rely on Social Security, what are the potential pitfalls ten or twenty year from now? Don McLeod is a Regional Director with GuideStone Financial Services.

Hiring to New Levels

David Lyons

David Lyons

While placing hundreds of people into ministry positions, David Lyons has seen the centrality of fit and gifting. Is one more important than the other? Can we compromise because “we know that person,” or “he or she is an insider” or “their gifts are just so strong that we …? If you are going to hire staff in the next twelve months, then this workshop will help you. David Lyons is the Founder and President of MinisterSearch.

How to Grow Disciples Utilizing Online Tools

Chris Mavity

Every day we use data and metrics to explain events, evaluate progress and tell stories. Data and metrics don’t necessarily give you all the answers and, by themselves, can’t make you better.

Shannon Neely

However, used well, they can help you assess church engagement and measure the intangibles of discipleship.  From Church Community Builder, Chris Mavity and Shannon Neely will lead this discussion.

Keeping the “Human” in Human Resources

Dave Michener

Dave Michener

Although this is a day of HR complexities and compliance, it’s still possible to put people first as we navigate delicate situations, departures of teammates, and development of staff spiritually and professionally. This session will look at some very practical practices of how to “pastor” people as an executive.

This will cover staff engagement steps Mitch has taken as a result of their Best Christian Workplace Survey, how they let people go and bless them as they leave, with many staying healthy and active in our church family. It will deal with how to handle a divorce on our staff, crisis communication, re-org/reporting structures and new hires.

Dave Michener is the Executive Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland.

Make Your Church the Primary Giving Destination of More Givers

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

In an increasingly complex giving environment, churches battle factors that constantly reinforce not to give to a church. This workshop will cover not only the mounting pressures but will give you practical skills to overcome the threats. You will know how to make the complex simple. Turn threats into strengths to have your church as the primary giving destination–not just one of many.

Brad Leeper is the President and Principal of Generis Partners. Based on experience and affinity, he is drawn to innovative, growing churches and the challenges of helping them expand practically and spiritually.

Mentoring Your Staff

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Mentor your staff and help them move their lives and leadership forward—helping them strengthen their gifts, talents and abilities while keeping balance in their lives. Dr. Nathan Baxter, founder of Lead Self Lead Others has been leading teams and helping people move their stories forward for over twenty years. Before starting his Executive Coaching career, he served for 28 years in full time ministry, filling the roles of Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Executive Pastor.

The Nation’s Best Internship & Residency Programs

Warren Bird

Dr. Warren Bird

Whatever your church size and budget, you can launch and sponsor a strong internship and/or residency program. Gleaning from a Leadership Network survey of over 300 churches, plus follow-up interviews/visits with the top 20, you’ll get best-practice ideas that you can tailor to your context. Warren conducted the internship study, which is available for free download at leadnet.org/intern.

Warren is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development for Leadership Network, co-author of 29 books for church leaders and a former pastor. He always brings the very latest of research in church ministry.

Overtime in Review

Stan Reiff

Stan Reiff

The new Department of Labor overtime rule was in the news. It is blocked, for now, but there are still thorny issues of ministerial exempt versus administrative exempt. This workshop will look at: Why is the ministerial exemption not tied to salary? How should churches handle administering overtime? What fiduciary responsibilities must a church must perform? What are the implications for an external audit? Can an audit help in identifying areas that need improvement?

Stan Reiff is a Partner with CapinCrouse and serves as the Professional Practice Leader – Consulting. His professional experience includes over 20 years in ministry operations, public accounting, government accounting, and missionary work.

Shelf Life + Denial = Expiration

Monty Kelso

There is no secret formula to the life-expectancy of a church leader. No matter how much you may try to preserve your position, there will come a day when you are no longer your church’s first or best choice for the future. It’s real and natural—and even biblical. Become the first in your church to recognize it. Take proactive measures to preserve your role. Learn the things you can do to extend your effective ministry. Monty Kelso is the President of Slingshot Group.

Attendees

We limit attendance to 200 people of our tribe.

The Seminar is the time for XPs, SPs and church leaders
to come together, hear from national leaders
and peers, and be life-long learners.

Those who have enrolled for the 2017 XP-Seminar:

“The topics were relevant to where I am at—
both personally and professionally.”

Special Pre-Seminar Workshop

How to Be a Better Coach to Your Staff and Volunteer Leaders

Pre-Seminar Special with Dr. Nathan Baxter
Tuesday, February 21, 1:00-4:00 pm
Hilton Dallas/Park Cities

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

We all know that one of our key roles is coaching our leaders towards higher levels of effectiveness. But not all coaching results in change and that can be frustrating. Why not learn from an expert?

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 2017 XP-Seminar.

What you will learn

  • How to create customized coaching templates to fit your ministry culture.
  • The latest research that identifies the key components for healthy leadership cultures.
  • Practical tips for using assessments to develop your leaders.

And

  • How to structure 20 minute coaching conversations that bring the best results.
  • Best practices for holding leaders accountable.
  • The 10 Commandments of Coaching

Before the workshop

A reading list will be provided as an option for those that want to take a deeper look into leadership coaching.

About Dr. 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 five Leadership Coaches who work with him to meet the demand for his services.

Nathan and his coaches work with leaders to help them create a personal and professional growth strategy. He loves to follow up with each person to help keep them on track.

The cost for this workshop with the pre-session, session and post-session materials is $399.

Workshop is limited to 20 participants.

I had reached a point of frustration in not knowing the next step in my personal leadership development and he helped me bridge that frustration gap and send me on my way into the next season of my journey. Each session and contact was like connecting with a friend.

Jim Kuykendall, Executive Pastor

Dr. Baxter Has Coached …

Nathan has all the necessary tools and experience to meet you where you are, to speak your language quickly and, in a disciplined manner, guide you towards your objectives.

Doug Welsh, President, Strategic Sales Planning, Cincinnati, Ohio

Non Profit Organizations

  • John Sharp, Regional Director, Young Life, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dave Jewitt, Founder/Director, Your One Degree, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Adam Donyes, Founder/Director, LinkYear Kanakuk, Branson, Missouri
  • Dr. David Fletcher, Founder/Director, XPastor, Fullerton, California
  • Chris King, Founder, GPS Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dr. Scott Barfoot, Director of DMin Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Eric Hill, Founder/Director, Withyou, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jeff Anderson, Founder, Acceptable Gift, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dr. Baxter cares genuinely about helping people. He does what it takes to help folks understand and use the tools to find their way. As a result I have more focus in my life. The tools he uses and the approach he takes are better than many other similar consultants.

Randy Welsch, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ministry Leaders

  • Micah Davidson, Lead Pastor, Real Life Fellowship, Corpus Christi/Austin, Texas
  • Toby Slough, Lead Pastor, Crosstimbers Church, Argyle, Texas
  • Daniel Rolfe, Lead Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Dwight Yoder, Executive Pastor, Asbury Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Eric Bryan, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Fred Neal, Executive Pastor, Harvest Community Church, Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • Marc Evanger, Elder, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • Keith Duff, Elder, Village Bible Church, Chicago, Illinois
  • Matt Roberson, Campus Pastor, The Met, Houston, Texas
  • Rob Curry, Executive Pastor, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, Texas
  • Terry Langenberg, Executive Pastor, New Beginnings Church, Bixby, Oklahoma
  • Thomas Thompson, Lead Pastor, Pulpit Rock Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tom Messer, Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida

Nathan knows what he is doing and does it well. He has good insight and recommends realistic behaviors to improve performance.

John Urbin, Business Unit Manager, Linde Process Plants, Inc.

Executives

  • Bob Skaggs, Northwestern Mutual Insurance Agency, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dustin Parker, President, Box Insurance Agency, Grapevine, Texas
  • Aaron Shelby, Executive Vice President, Legacy Texas Bank, Plano, Texas
  • Paul Fredette, President, Legacy Texas Insurance Services, Plano, Texas
  • Brandt Hamby, Managing Partner, Six Pillars Partners, Addison, Texas
  • Chris Cadeiux, Board Member, QuikTrip, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Chuck McDaniel, President, Lockton Insurance, Denver, Colorado
  • Dwight Mankin, President, NCN, Dallas, Texas
  • Mike Greer, Owner/Director, Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake, Lubbock, Texas
  • Mike Loomis, Owner, Loomis Consulting, Winter Park, Colorado
  • Ron Decker, Founder/President, Innovative Health Care Systems, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Ronnie Dunn, Client Partner, MicroStrategy, Dallas, Texas
  • Sean Kouplen, President, Regent Bank, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Hank Coleman, President, TriggerPoint, Austin, Texas
  • Dan Peckenpaugh, MD, President, HEB Emergicare, P.A., Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Rob Kenagy, MD, Senior Vice President, St. John Health Network, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tom Ellis, Vice President/Partner, MHBT (Commercial Insurance), Dallas, Texas
  • 32 National Sales Directors, 25 Top Sales Directors, Mary Kay Cosmetics

Dr. Baxter’s coaching has allowed me to take my strengths, understand them and ultimately begin to incorporate them into my ever changing role as CEO. Working with Dr. Baxter is worth the investment because we have seen results in effectiveness in communication, efficiency in decision making.

Ron Decker, CEO, Innovative Healthcare Systems, Inc., Edmond, Oklahoma

2016 XP-Seminar 2016-10-22T18:54:09+00:00

The Next Step in Churches

Featuring Mel McGowan
From the Magic Kingdom: Lessons Learned from Disney

A former Disney Imagineer brings vital insight to church design

Mel McGowan is the President and Founder of Visioneering Studios. This firm is a national “Envision.Design.Build. firm” with offices around the country. Mel had a decade-long tenure with the Walt Disney Company, helping to design the renovation and expansion of California Adventure at the California Disney Resort. He also has a background in film and urban design—and continues to work on many civic designs around the country. He brings a rich perspective on “sustainable Christ-centered community” and has written Design Intervention: Revolutionizing Sacred Space.

In Exodus, God gave His people complete instructions for designing and building a tabernacle. From specifying the colors of linen to the dimensions of each alter, God cared about the details of that environment and His connection to the people inside. God still seeks relationship with His creation, and our gathering places can still reflect it—if we’ll consider a Design Intervention. From the Old Testament temple to today’s most innovative building, churches create effective environments by using their unique story to share The Story. Design Intervention is a global journey through this revolution in sacred space.

Also check out Mel’s video interview with Christianity Today.

Highlights

Survival Skills for Managing Moral Failures Among Your Leaders

Dr. Paul Utnage

Dr. Paul Utnage

Paul has been an XP and SP, serving in ministry for decades. He has served with some of the most noted pastors in the nation. Paul has been a noted contributor to the XPastor world, giving mentoring to many upcoming XPs. Currently he is the XP of Springhill Presbyterian Church in Bozeman, Montana and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Seminary.

There are two types of skills that help manage moral failures on your team: tangible and intangible. Tangible skills are the organizational decisions and processes that must be followed to have success. But there are intangible skills that many people ignore, to their later dismay.

Golden Buildings and the Architect-Client Process

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody will share some of their “golden projects.” These are the church buildings that have special merit—things that architects really hit a home run for and with the client. Look for lots of concrete illustrations of the client-architecture process and its results.

This is a “tour de force” of great architecture. Bruce is the President and CEO of HH Architects.

SCOTUS on Marriage—Legal Considerations For Your Church

Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

The majority opinion of the Supreme Court of the United Stated held that “The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.” This was the Oberfefell v. Hodges case, argued on April 28 and decided on June 26, 2015.

In response, one Senior Pastor said, “Our church will never do any kind of marriage again—go to the Justice of the Peace.” An Executive Pastor said, “We won’t rent out our facility to any outside group.” Some changed the constitutions of their church to address the issue and others have done nothing. This imperative presentation contains material that you must consider as you audit your church policies and practices.

Every year, David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony from The Church Law Group bring the XP-Seminar imperative topics from the field of law, HR, safety, fiduciary responsibility and much more. This will be a growing time and invariably you will take away homework and a full to-do list.

The Constant of Change and a Track for Lead Pastors

Mike Erre

Mike Erre

You asked for Mike to return again! We heard from him, Mr. “Lightning in a Bottle,” at the 2014 XP-Seminar about his transition to EvFree Fullerton and the resulting phenomenal growth. But you wanted more of Mike. In 2015, he spoke on being a catalyst and directional leadership. This year he will address The Constant of Change–giving us a continued insight into a dynamic leader.

On Thursday afternoon, Mike will lead a workshop only for Senior Pastors/Lead Pastors. Before becoming the Lead Pastor of EvFree Fullerton, he served as the teaching pastor at Rock Harbor Church and Mariners Church. XPs, this is a prime opportunity to bring your SP!

The New SP and XP Team

Jon Platek

Jon Platek

Two years ago, Jon became the new SP of Maple Grove Church. He soon added XP Jim Hobbs to the team. Let’s learn the “start-up lessons” from Jon about his experience. You never know when you will get a new SP or join a new team. His observations and perspective will give insights to new and experienced XPs and SPs. Read Jon’s story of when he was a Campus Pastor to gain some perspective on his prior ministry.

Emcee

Eddie Park

Eddie Park

Our emcee this year will be Eddie Park. On a 4-year learning gig at EvFree Fullerton with David Fletcher, he is an Assistant Executive Pastor overseeing church business and operations. Eddie provides church-wide strategic leadership and oversees EvFree’s internship program, along with developing skills in teaching and communication.

Eddie is an information addict, avid life-hacker, and leadership junkie. His passion is to change lives and organizations with the highest level of Christian leadership.

At the 2015 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.  ~Eddie Park

More About the Seminar

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 12th 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 from around the world.
  • XPastor has hundreds of free, insightful online articles and receives 500,000 visits annually.
  • XPastor’s online courses provide training to grow as a church leader. Learn from peers who are in cutting-edge churches around the globe.

Why Come to the Seminar?

Learn and grow with your peers. Meet leaders from similarly-sized churches as yours. You are a key decision maker in your church, so grow with others like you.

Get cognitive input in the large group presentations and your questions answered in the small group discussions. We always bring in outstanding national leaders. In prior years, we heard from Sam Chand, Gene Getz, Will Mancini, Reggie McNeal, Larry Osborne, Ken Sande, Jim Tomberlin and Dr. John Townsend.

We have a wide assortment of denominations and church polity. There are concentrations of attendees from California, Washington and Texas—the rest are from around the U.S. Read their stunning online comments but know that we cap our event at 200 people!

Short Rides

short-rideWe will feature a short ride with a case study on church leadership issues. To the point. Clear. Impactful. Horse not provided.

Afternoon Workshops

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

“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.”

“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.”
“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.”
—attendance limited to 200 people—

Sponsors

We want to thank Generis for their twelfth year as a sponsor. Generis has worked with more than 2,000 churches over the past 25 years, during which they have helped raise over $5 billion. They are experts when it comes to capital campaigns, fund-raising, and creating a generous culture within your congregation. Generis’ team of highly experienced consultants meets churches where they are and partners with them to create a strategy unique to their culture in order to fund their God-sized visions. Brad Leeper has served in church leadership roles and has real-life experience to offer far beyond that of most industry consultants. We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper.

We are very pleased that MinisterSearch is joining us for the twelfth year. Many of you have met David Lyons, their founder and president, at previous XPastor Seminars and events. MinisterSearch is the most experienced and successful pastoral search firm in the country. During their 15 years leading hundreds of pastoral searches, MinisterSearch has developed an unparalleled process that helps churches to identify their specific needs, to find candidates that they otherwise could not find, and to clearly discern who the right candidate is. David Lyons says, “We have spent years developing a very in-depth process that helps churches find the right candidates–who stick. We identify more than 100 different points about the church and candidate that need to align. If they don’t, we continue searching.”

For the tenth year, we welcome ACTIVENetwork’s Fellowship One, which partners with more than 4,000 ministries and 83 of Outreach Magazine’s Top 100 Largest and Fastest Growing Churches. The industry’s premier church management software, Fellowship One enables ministry leaders to offer exceptional member care and engage their communities. New this year, the exclusive patent pending technology used by Fellowship One Giving is transforming donation management. Join their free webinar to learn more at www.fellowshipone.com/giving.

We welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the tenth year. GuideStone Financial Resources is one of the leading providers of retirement, medical, life and disability coverage, investment management and executive planning services to the evangelical Christian community. Since 1918, the organization has enhanced the financial security of more than 219,000 individuals and reported $10.1 billion in assets as of December 31, 2015. GuideStone offers its clients access to Christian-based, socially screened investment funds for retirement, endowment and operational assets.

For the tenth year as a sponsor, we welcome the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. ECCU is an alliance of Christian people and organizations committed to fueling Christ-centered ministry worldwide. While our mission extends far beyond banking, we have been providing ministry-centric financial services and resources for nearly five decades to churches and their members, missionaries, and many others.

For the seventh year, we welcome The Church Law Group. The Church Law Group focuses on the specific legal needs of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including numerous churches, ministries, faith-based organizations, and clergy throughout the United States. The Church Law Group is comprised of a talented and diverse group of acclaimed professionals sharing a singular calling and dedication to work with and further the successes of their clients.

For the sixth year as a sponsor, we welcome HH Architects. For nearly 40 years, HH Architects has had the privilege of working with and planning campuses for many of the fastest-growing and top-attended churches and private Christian schools across America. HH Architects has worked with a broad range of churches on a wide variety of facilities, from first-unit buildings to 7,000+ seat Worship Centers, providing Strategic Positioning, Master Planning, Architectural, and Interior Design services for nearly all aspects of religious facility projects.

For the fifth year, we welcome Clark. Sixteen years ago, Clark (formerly Clark ProMedia) began focusing on Audio, Video and Lighting systems for churches. Today, its offerings go beyond Technology and include Strategic Facilities Planning and Project Management. More than 20% of Outreach Magazine’s top 50 churches have relied on Clark to turn their visions into realities. We welcome co-founder Houston Clark.

For the fifth year, we welcome CapinCrouse. As a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving not-for-profit organizations, CapinCrouse provides professional solutions to organizations whose outcomes are measured in lives changed. Since 1972, the firm has served mission-focused not-for-profit organizations, churches, and higher education institutions by providing support in the key areas of financial integrity and security. With a network of offices across the nation, CapinCrouse has the resources of a large firm and the personal touch of a local firm. We welcome Nathan Salsbery, Partner with CapinCrouse.

For the third year, we welcome Slingshot.  Slingshot Group partners with the local church and ministry minded non-profits to find and develop next level people through relational search and coaching services.  Founded in 2007 by Stan Endicott and Monty Kelso, Slingshot Group has 40 associates nationwide that serve in the following divisions:  Senior Leadership, Students, Childrens, Worship Arts, and Communications.  What sets Slingshot Group apart is their winsome and relational team who provide innovative solutions that facilitate the work of God on the journey of finding and developing the people you need.

For the second year, we welcome the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. ECFA enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ with its members. Founded in 1979, ECFA’s membership includes 30 of the 100 largest churches in the U.S. plus many other leading churches that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, stewardship, and governance.

For the second year, we welcome Church Community Builder. Church Community Builder is a technology and services company focused on equipping church leaders for better ministry. The Church is called to equip God’s people to do His work, and Church Community Builder exists to support you with a better how—through practical coaching, software, and ‘tribe’-based learning. We focus on the tools and processes so that you can focus on empowering people. Our inspiration is “the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11b-12).

We welcome for the first year Frontiers.  There are 1,108 Muslim people groups who don’t know Jesus Christ. By partnering with churches and passionate people, our hope is that by 2025 that number will have fallen to zero. It’s audacious, but it’s attainable with your help.

We welcome for the first year, Ziegler. Since their first financing in 1913, Ziegler has become a recognized leader in providing creative, tailored solutions to religious institutions. Ziegler offers fixed-rate financing for multidenominational churches, religious schools, colleges and universities, and other organizations in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Ziegler is headquartered in Chicago with regional and branch offices throughout the U.S.

We welcome for the first year, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches, Christian schools, and related ministries. Its comprehensive property and liability coverage for ministries fills gaps left by standard insurance policies. Its travel service, Faith Ventures®, helps missionaries reach the world without fear of being sidelined by illness, injuries, or lawsuits. And its payroll service, MinistryWorks®, takes the pain out of payroll administration. More than 50,000 ministries across America trust Brotherhood Mutual, so they can focus on ministry.

Promotional Sponsors

We welcome Leadership Network for the eleventh year, www.leadnet.org. Leadership Network is a Dallas-based nonprofit that seeks to help leaders move from ideas, to implementation, to impact. Leadership Network brings together innovative church leaders, creating an environment for collaborative discovery, dialogue and sharing. Leadership Network further enhances this process through the development and distribution of highly targeted ministry tools and resources—including video, podcasts, concept papers, special research reports, and e-publications. To stay updated with the latest articles, resources and opportunities for innovative churches, sign up for the free, weekly newsletter at www.leadnet.org. Leadership Network is here to help leaders move from ideas to implementation to impact. Want to become involved?

For the twelfth year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends at ChurchExecutive magazine. ChurchExecutive is a monthly how-to business information resource for 20,000 readers, reaching pastors, executive pastors and business administrators of larger and megachurches—throughout the United States.

We welcome Christianity Today for the third year.  Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax Team publishes the award-winning Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, the award-winning ChurchLawAndTax.com and ManagingYourChurch.com websites, and numerous print and digital resources that help church leaders keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound. The Church Law & Tax Team is led by senior editor Richard R. Hammar, a Harvard Law School graduate, CPA, and author of more than 100 books (including the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Pastor, Church & Law, the biannual Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, and Church Finance, a new book co-authored with Michael Batts. The Church Law & Tax Team is led by an esteemed group of Editorial Advisors that include attorneys Chip Grange, David Middlebrook, and Frank Sommerville, and CPAs Michael Batts, Dan Busby, and Elaine Sommerville. We welcome Sam Ogles, Assistant Editor.

For the first year, we welcome the Historic Agency as a sponsor. Like any great novel or timeless work of art, well-built brands endure year after year. We want the same for you and your story. Whether print, digital, physical environments, or video, Historic can help craft and communicate your message in compelling ways that stand the test of time and reach a larger audience. Our people, strategy, and process set Historic apart. We are intentional. We begin with culture. We craft to endure.

Schedule

Tuesday—February 16, 2016

7:30-8:30 Registration and Dessert. Evening welcome and social in the Beverly Ballroom. Join us for this informal time to pick up your materials, talk to old friends and meet some new ones. Coffee and a cookie dessert is open to all (and spouses are welcome to join you for this dessert time!)

Wednesday—February 17, 2016

7:45 Houston Clark Co-Founder of ClarkFull Breakfast sponsored by Clark. This is a fantastic time to start the Seminar and learn the latest. The folks at Clark always bring the best and the latest in the world of innovative audio, video and lighting solutions. Their mission is to help you communicate your story in a way that personally connects with your audience. This breakfast will talk about how to share your story using existing and upcoming tools, trends and styles!
8:45 Eddie ParkWelcome by our Emcee, Eddie Park. On a 4-year learning gig at EvFree Fullerton with David Fletcher, he is an Assistant Executive Pastor overseeing church business and operations. Eddie provides church-wide strategic leadership and oversees EvFree’s internship program along with developing skills in teaching and communication.
9:00 Matt AnthonyDavid Middlebrook SCOTUS on Marriage—Legal Considerations For Your Church with David Middlebrook & Matt Anthony from The Church Law Group. Every year they bring imperative topics from the field of law, HR, safety, fiduciary responsibility and much more. This will be a growing time and invariably you will take away homework and a full to-do list.
10:00 mel-mcgowan-150From the Magic Kingdom: Lessons Learned from Disney by Mel McGowan. A former Disney Imagineer brings vital insight to church design. Mel McGowan is the President and Founder of Visioneering Studios. This firm is a national “Envision-Design-Build firm” with offices around the country. Mel had a decade long tenure with the Walt Disney Company, helping to design the renovation and expansion of California Adventure at the California Disney Resort. He also has a background in film and urban design—and continues to work on many civic designs around the country. He brings a rich perspective on “sustainable Christ-centered community” and has written Design Intervention: Revolutionizing Sacred Space.
11:00 jon-platekThe New SP & XP Team by Jon Platek. Two years ago, Jon became the new SP of Maple Grove Church. He soon added XP Jim Hobbs to the team. Let’s learn the “start-up lessons” from Jon about his experience. You never know when you will get a new SP or join a new team. His observations and perspective will give insights to new and experienced XPs and SPs. Read Jon’s story of when he was a Campus Pastor to gain some perspective on his prior ministry.
11:30 Break
11:45 Dr. Paul Utnage Springhill Presbyterianshort-rideLunch sponsored by GuideStone with A Short Ride on a Hot Topic: Survival Skills for Managing Moral Failures Among Your Leaders by Paul Utnage. GuideStone is one of the leading providers of retirement, medical, life and disability coverage. Paul Utnage has been an XP and SP, a noted contributor to the XPastor world and mentor to many upcoming XPs. Currently he is the XP of Springhill Presbyterian Church in Bozeman, Montana and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Seminary. There are two types of skills that help manage moral failures on your team: tangible and intangible. Tangible skills are the organizational decisions and processes that must be followed to have success. But there are intangible skills that many people ignore, to their later dismay.
1:30-2:30 Workshops: Session #1
2:30 Afternoon snack on first floor
2:45-3:45 Workshops: Session #2
4:00-5:00 Workshops: Session #3
5:15 Take an XP/SP friend to dinner!
7:00 Optional evening at LIDE–Life In Deep Ellum hosted by Visioneering, Slingshot, and Clark. Coffee, dessert, entertainment in a fantastic church gallery setting. LIDE is truly a revolutionary church with a great story. Join us for this ‘hang-time.’ Shuttle from the hotel is available, sign up at the Clark table.

Thursday—February 18, 2016

7:45 kevin-foxFull Breakfast sponsored by Brotherhood Mutual–one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches, Christian schools, and related ministries. Kevin Fox, National Director of Agency Alliances, will answer the burning questions of “when should I call my insurance carrier?” and “how can a carrier help me before ‘the big one?’—being prepared for a disaster of epic proportions”.
8:45 Bruce WoodyGolden Buildings and the Architect-Client Process by Bruce Woody. This long-time friends of XPastor will share some of their “golden projects.” These are the church buildings that have special merit—things that architects really hit a home run for and with the client. Look for lots of concrete illustrations of the client-architecture process and its results. This is a “tour de force” of great architecture. Bruce is the President and CEO of HH Architects.
9:45 Mike Erre Lead PastorThe Constant of Change by Mike Erre. You asked for Mike to return again! We heard from him, Mr. “Lightning in a Bottle,” at the 2014 XP-Seminar about his transition to EvFree Fullerton and the resulting phenomenal growth. But you wanted more of Mike. In 2015, he spoke on being a catalyst and directional leadership. This is an outstanding opportunity to get inside the ongoing thinking of an SP. Now Mike has left EvFree and on to something new–lightning came out of the bottle!
11:00 Break for Lunch—Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and take it to a workshop
11:30-12:30 Lunch Workshops—Workshops: Session 4
12:45-1:45 Workshops: Session 5
2:00-3:00 Workshops: Session 6
Have a safe trip home

Workshops

The following workshop will be offered on Wednesday and/or Thursday afternoons of the XP-Seminar. Most will be offered twice. No pre-registration for the workshops is necessary, but it is advised to get to the room as soon as possible as some rooms fill up fast.

Mentoring and Coaching Your Staff

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Mentor your staff and help them move their lives and leadership forward—helping them strengthen their gifts, talents and abilities while keeping balance in their lives.

Dr. Nathan Baxter, founder of Lead Self Lead Others has been leading teams and helping people move their stories forward for over twenty years. He has developed a unique coaching practice and resources that help people break out of plateaus. He has had the privilege of working with executives from fields as diverse as manufacturing, real estate, medical, banking, non-profit, direct sales, church, legal, insurance and energy. Nathan has also provided training for leaders around the world including Ukraine, Mali West Africa, South America, India and Mexico. As a certified consultant with Birkman International, Lead Self Lead Others also provides personalized leadership coaching using the Birkman Feedback Tool. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Administration from Oklahoma State University, a Masters of Divinity Degree with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry and Leadership Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before starting his Executive Coaching career, he served for 28 years in full time ministry, filling the roles of Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Executive Pastor.

How Data and Metrics Help You Lead Well and Make More Disciples

Steve Caton

Steve Caton

Dave Bair

Dave Bair

Data and metrics aren’t just for businesses. Every day, we consciously and unconsciously use both to explain events, evaluate progress and tell stories. Data and metrics don’t necessarily give you all the answers and, by themselves, can’t make you better. However, used well, they can help you assess church engagement and measure the intangibles of discipleship. Please join us if you want to discover how data and metrics apply in a church context and how they help you close the gap between the ministry you have today and the ministry you want to become.

Steve Caton has been part of the Leadership Team at Church Community Builder since 2008. He leverages his unique background in team building, technology, revenue generation and leadership to encourage church leaders who seek to decentralize their processes and equip their people to make and grow disciples. Steve is a contributing author on a number of websites, including the Vision Room, ChurchTech Today, Innovate for Jesus and the popular Church Community Builder Blog. He has also co-written a number of eBooks, including The Ephesians 4 Church. While technology is what Steve does on a daily basis, impacting and influencing the local church is what really matters to him … as well as enjoying the brilliant blue skies and deep powder of Colorado with his wife and two sons!

Dave Bair brings a unique talent for system and process implementation to the Leadership Team at Church Community Builder. His history of consulting with major corporations to implement change has enabled him to build an impressive coaching framework to guide church leaders towards operational effectiveness. In addition for finding Dave at DaveBair.co you may occasionally spot him piloting his hot air ballon in the western sky.

Trends in Internships and Residencies

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Seems like the new path today for developing future staff is through interns and residents (as in the medical model of in-the-trenches mentoring). Where do churches find these people? How are they funded? Who supervises them? What are the marks of an outstanding program?

Warren Bird is the Research Director for Leadership Network, co-author of 26 books and former pastor. He always brings the very latest of research in church ministry. In 2015, Warren and Ryan Hartwig published Teams That Thrive—this is a game changer to increase the effectiveness of your church teams. David Fletcher hosted a Teams That Thrive workshop in August and then the entire ministry staff of EvFree Fullerton walked through the book for three months. The book and discussion was of immense help in honing teams at the church.

How Church Missions Teams Impact Your Weekend

Bob Blencoe

Bob Blincoe

The future belongs to churches that send, says J.D. Greear of Summit Church. Find out how church leaders are aligning their missions program with every part of the life of their congregations by sending long-term teams to plant churches in non-Christian countries. Biblically-based and practical, this workshop will enable leaders to envision sending their own church-based teams and stay in the driver’s seat, even while partnering with a mission agency.

Bob Blincoe is President of Frontiers, based in Phoenix.

5 Keys to Establish Church Financial Accountability

Dan Busby

Dan Busby

This workshop will focus on key financial accountability issues that can make or break a church, including: adequate and quality staffing of the finance function, balancing policies vs. flexibility, handling restricted gifts with integrity, clearly communicating financial results, and developing an internal and external accountability structure.

Dan Busby is the president of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in the areas of governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising. ECFA’s seal enhances trust of givers, which increases generosity, providing greater resources to help fulfill the Great Commission. ECFA accredits over 2,000 churches and nonprofits. These organizations have annual revenue of nearly $25 billion, receiving charitable contributions of nearly $17 billion. Dan has over forty years of experience serving the Christ-centered church and nonprofit community and frequently speaks nationally on related issues. He is a prolific writer with 55 volumes of five book titles published including a 2015 release, TRUST: The Firm Foundation for Kingdom Fruitfulness. Dan received a masters of business administration degree from Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas. The University also named him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2014. Dan served as a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national legislative advisory commission convened to address legislative proposals for the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Times named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Leaders from 2010-2015.

What’s Wrong with My Staff and Why Do I Need A Technical Director Anyhow?

David Cherry

David Cherry

This workshop will examine how to deal with and conquer the frustration of staff not reproducing themselves.  Plus, we will look at creating an environment for exponential growth by incorporating passionate people. This involves stewarding well your church resources (people, money and facilities).  The bottom line is to help you see what you can do as an Executive Pastor to propel your church forward with great efficiency, effectiveness and excellence.  David Cherry has served as Pastor of Technical Ministries in a large church for more than 20 years and now is the Business Development Manager for Clark, Inc.

How To Lead Organizational Change

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek

Your boss has a bold new vision. He’s looking to you to implement it. Just how do you get from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow? Rob Cizek explores the steps leaders take to effectively change organizations. For the last few years Rob’s life has been about changing Northshore from a program church to a relational discipleship church. He has learned a lot of transferable principles for organizational change. Rob will provide a roadmap for XPs who are under a mandate to lead change … and tips he has learned from the trenches while implementing change.

Rob Cizek is Executive Pastor at Northshore Christian Church, a non-denominational church of 1,500 and Christian academy of 1,000 in the Seattle area. He oversees daily operation of the organization and its ministries. He also organizes a networking group for executive pastors in the Puget Sound area. In his former business live, Rob was an Emmy Award winning newsroom producer.  He brings clarity and insight to the role–and has many helpful articles on XPastor.

I Resigned as Senior Pastor, Now What?

Mike Erre

Mike Erre

The Senior Pastor Forum will feature Mike Erre. When Mike came to EvFree Fullerton as the Lead Pastor, the church had about 2,000 in worship. The church had been without a Lead Pastor or Executive Pastor for two years. The tenure of the two prior pastors was long, leaving a deep sense of history and culture. Chuck Swindoll had been the pastor for 23 years, followed by Dale Burke for 14 years. Both men were national leaders and authors. Mike served well but sensed that God was moving him on. Interact with Mike on how the decision was made and the big question of “Now what?”

Mike Erre was Lead Pastor at Mariners Church in Mission Viejo, California, for two years. Before Mariners, he had been the Lead Teaching Pastor at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, California for almost a decade. Mike holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology. He has authored five books:

  • Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God
  • The Jesus of Suburbia: Have We Tamed the Son of God to Fit Our Lifestyle?
  • Why Guys Need God: The Spiritual Side of Money, Sex and Relationships
  • Death by Church: Rescuing Jesus from His Followers, Recapturing God’s Hope for His People
  • Why the Bible Matters: Rediscovering Its Significance in an Age of Suspicion

Thinking of Going Multisite? Recently Became Multisite? Let’s Talk!

Chris Gunnare

Chris Gunnare

Lutheran Church of Hope started its first satellite campus in September 2006; since then, they have started three more (June 2008, September 2011 and October 2014). Today they worship just over 3,000 (about 30 percent) at a campus outside their main location. Each of the campuses has unique characteristics and formats while still maintaining the overall DNA. While they had plans in 2006, 2008 and 2011, they also had to change several things as a result of what they learned, many times the hard way. This breakout will discuss how each of the campuses functions today and some of the lessons learned along the way. We will also have a time for those in the room to share their experiences and also answer any questions.

Read about Chris in the workshop below.

Forum for Churches Over 2,000 in Worship

Chris Gunnare

Chris Gunnare

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

This forum will be for XPs in churches with over 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size church as yours. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

David Fletcher is the founder of XPastor and the XP of EvFree Fullerton. Chris Gunnare is the Executive Minister (COO/CFO) of Hope Lutheran Church in West Des Moines. Hope Lutheran is an amazing Lutheran church with more than  9,000 in attendance at multiple sites. They are innovative and reaching people for Christ!

Forum for Churches Under 2,000 in Worship

Kent Lawrence

Kent Lawrence

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

This forum will be for XPs in churches with under 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size church as yours. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

David Fletcher is the founder of XPastor and the XP of EvFree Fullerton. Kent Lawrence is the XP of Grace Bible Church of Dallas. Kent brings a warm pastoral spirit to his role, effectively leading a medium-sized church. He is one to get to know!

A Practical Diagnostic of Your Giving Culture

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Review an XP checklist of general giving best practices to assess your culture. Learn where you are thriving and where you can elevate your systems. You will identify your top vital next steps to help fund your mission.

Brad Leeper is the President and Principal of Generis Partners. Based on experience and affinity, he is drawn to innovative, growing churches and the challenges of helping them expand practically and spiritually.

Working with the Team

What does it take to work with your Senior Pastor, Board and Staff team to develop a giving culture to abundantly fund ministry? Brad Leeper has worked with hundreds of churches around the nation, helping them instill a culture of generosity.

If you haven’t read the free eBook from Generis, download it now! The 2015 Year-End Giving Guide equips churches to accelerate a generosity culture through a successful year-end project. This free resource will give you the tools you need to frame the message, tell the story and measure their success through a successful year-end giving project. Click here.

Hiring to New Levels

David Lyons

David Lyons

While placing hundreds of people into ministry positions, David Lyons has seen the centrality of fit and gifting. Is one more important than the other? Can we compromise because “we know that person,” or “he or she is an insider” or “their gifts are just so strong that we …? If you are going to hire staff in the next twelve months, then this workshop will help you.

David Lyons is the Founder and President of MinisterSearch. Beside being the leader of one of the oldest church search firms in the nation, he continually does innovative things … like the television show that he was a part of—ask David about it! He has led workshops at each of the previous XP-Seminars, to rave reviews. Bring your questions for the discussion portion of the workshop as well.

Retirement Planning for Your Staff

Jeff-Robinson

Jeff Robinson

Thirty years ago, most workers retired with a traditional pension plan. Employers managed everything. Employees made no decisions, but retired with a set amount of money. The rise of 403(b) and 401(k) retirement plans in the 1980s and 1990s shifted responsibility from employers to employees. This workshop will help you think through the different options out there as you consider what would best benefit your employees in their retirement years.

Jeff Robinson, Regional Director of Retirement Relationship Management, has the privilege of serving GuideStone participants working in Georgia, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington DC. He joined GuideStone in 2002 and his background includes 26 years in the financial services area. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. His professional credentials include: the CFP®; CLU; ChFC; CEBS; FLMI; and the Series 6, 7 and 63 investment registrations.

Safeguards for Church Funds: Understanding the Theology of Fraud

Nathan Salsbery

Nathan Salsbery

Now this is a fascinating topic! Fraud has always been a risk and reality within the church and continues to be present in many churches in varying degrees. By reflecting upon scriptural accounts of fraud, occurrences of fraud throughout church history, and contemporary case studies and best practices, participants will be equipped with practical tools to help improve prevention and detection of fraud within their church.

Nathan Salsbery is a Partner and National Director of Talent Development for CapinCrouse. Nathan also served as associate pastor at his church for nearly ten years. In two of the churches where David Fletcher has served, they had been using CapinCrouse for years. This firm brings amazing talent to a wide variety of financial and fiduciary issues. David gives them two thumbs up every year for their external audits and professional advice. These are folks to learn from!

Raising Up Coaching and Development

Jim Moss

Jim Moss

Clint Smith

Clint Smith

Jim and Clint believe and practice the idea of developing people, not just ministry. Over the past several years, these two XP’s have discovered what it looks like to develop and maintain healthy leaders, both paid and non paid. In this workshop, you will learn practical ways to develop volunteer leaders, invest in staff members and take your team to the next level without a hire as the solution.

Clint Smith has served as the Executive Pastor of NORTHchurch in Oklahoma City for twelve years. Clint founded and owns Full Capacity Coach LLC. He is committed to personal growth, leader development and passionately serving the local church. Jim Moss is fully committed to seeing people discover and live out God’s unique mission for their life. He currently serves as the XP of City Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is one of the founding pastors and has seen the church grow from zero to nearly 500 in less than six years. Jim also founded 320Coach with a focus on executives and entrepreneurs.

Mega-Ideas for a Mega-Church Staff

Rev. Nicholas Smith

Rev. Nicholas Smith

A growing church creates growing opportunities. Each opportunity has a way of creating a new role that needs to be filled. How do we hire to create a balanced staff to opportunity ratio? Do we need to adjust the current staff’s duties? This session will answer these questions and many more!

Nick Smith is the Executive Assistant Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey, where he assists pastor/teacher Bishop David G. Evans. This is a dynamic church with mega-thousands of worshippers. Nick brings pastoral warmth to his staff and leadership style. He is one of our favorites! There are always great take-aways with Nick.

So I just became an XP, now what?

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor

Enjoy a free flowing discussion on things new XP’s should care about. Any new job can be difficult, but when the job description is a constantly moving target and your scope of authority is … everything, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ll discuss your early days on the job, including where your focus should be, who you absolutely need to spend time with, and what resources are critical in your first couple of years.

Phil is the XP of Leadership and Development at Mosaic, a multi-site church in West Orlando and at Walt Disney World. He blogs at www.backstagepastors.org and his first book, Defining The Executive Pastor Role is available on Amazon. He is passionate about serving the XP community around the world through writing, speaking and coaching.

Brand and Communication Strategies for Today’s Local Church

Ted Vaughn

Ted Vaughn

It’s never been more difficult to get the attention of those we most want to reach; both inside and outside our church. Learn how effective brands engage and retain their audience and which communication strategies your church should be taking advantage of in 2016.

After 21 years of staff leadership in multiple contexts, Ted serves multiple congregations in America, Africa, and the UK as a consultant and strategic advisor in areas of brand, strategy, and staffing. His most recent staff position (’09-’14) was as Chief Creative Officer for the Rock Church in San Diego, California—a young, urban, and forward-thinking church of roughly 16,000 weekly worshippers. With an additional 14 years of executive leadership experience in mainline denominational churches, Ted has unique insight into local church leadership, healthy cultures, staffing, branding, and strategy. Today Ted leads the Communication and Tech Arts divisions for Slingshot Group (slingshotgroup.org) and is a partner in Historic Agency (historicagency.com).

Attendees

  • Steve All, Pastor/Administrator, GraceLife Church, Prineville, North Carolina
  • Damon Andrews, Executive Pastor, The Church at Canyon Creek, Austin, Texas
  • Matt Anthony, Attorney, Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Tim Arrington, XP of Administration, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Greg Atkinson, Secret Shopper, Worship Impressions, Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • John Atkinson, Senior Consultant, The 127 Group, Leander, Texas
  • Todd Austin, General Manager, Clark, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dave Bair, Leadership Team, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Scott Barfoot, Director – DMin Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Luke Barker, Pastor of Finance, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nathan Baxter, Executive Leadership Coach, Lead-Self Lead-Others, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dixie Beard, Director, Business Development, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Gino Beltran, Director of Marketing, Visioneering Studios, Irvine, California
  • Tim Beltz, Executive Pastor of Finance & Operations, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Leadership Network, Suffern, New York
  • Bob Blincoe, President, Frontiers, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lambert Boyd, Director of Operations, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • John Boyle, Director of Ministry Operations, Calvary Bible Church, Boulder, Colorado
  • Dave Brandolini, Executive Pastor, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Steve Bray, Executive Pastor, Fountain City Wesleyan Church, Richmond, Indiana
  • Aaron Broberg, Next Generation Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Austin, Minnesota
  • Darren Brown, Executive Pastor, Burke Community Church, Burke, Virginia
  • David Burggraff, Executive Pastor, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
  • Dan Busby, President, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Westchester, Virginia
  • Carlos Cambre, Sr., Executive Pastor, Destiny Christian Church, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
  • Mark Carlson, Executive Pastor, Church on the Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington
  • Bob Carvalho, Chief Financial Officer, Cielo Vista Church, El Paso, Texas
  • Steve Caton, Leadership Team, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Ignacio Cerda, Intern, Iglesia Stonebriar en Español, Frisco, Texas
  • Terrence Chavis, Chief Financial Officer, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • David Cherry, Business Development, Clark, Austin, Texas
  • Linda Chiles, Regional Manager, New Business Sales, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Rob Cizek, Executive Pastor, Northshore Christian Church, Everett, Washington
  • Tom Clagett, Executive Director/Pastor, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • Rick Clapp, Executive Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Houston Clark, Co-Founder and Principal, Clark, Dallas, Texas
  • Bryant Collier, Executive Coordinator, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Errol Coner, Executive Pastor, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Jeff Cooper, Executive Pastor, Bible-Based Fellowship Church, Tampa, Florida
  • Trey Corry, College Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Patrick Curles, Executive Minister, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Rob Curry, Executive Pastor, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, Texas
  • Larry Davies, Executive Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Dave Eberhart, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas
  • Bryan Eck, Lead Team Pastor, Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas
  • Tom Ellis, Executive Vice President, MHBT, Inc. Dallas, Texas
  • Ken Engelking, Executive Pastor, Morning Star Church, Salem, Oregon
  • Mike Erre, Resident Teaching Pastor, Coast Hills Church, Aliso Viejo, California
  • Marc Evanger, Executive Director, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • Gerald Farley, Vice President, Generis, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Kyle Fleischmann, Executive Pastor, New Life Bible Fellowship, Tucson, Arizona
  • David Fletcher, Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Tami Fletcher, Director, XPastor, Fullerton, California
  • Chris Fowler, Leadership Team, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Kevin Fox, National Director of Agency Alliances, Brotherhood Mutual, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Justin Frazier, Executive Pastor, Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, Allen, Texas
  • Terry Geter, Executive Director of Operations, Mosaic Church, Oakland, Florida
  • Joel Gilbert, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rockville, Maryland
  • Cory Goetz, Executive Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Austin, Minnesota
  • Jason Golden, Executive Pastor, Venture Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Jeff Gonzalez, Executive Pastor, Vale Church, Bloomington, Illinois
  • John Gordon, Executive Pastor, Wayside Chapel EFCA, San Antonio, Texas
  • Matthew Greene, National Sales Director, Brotherhood Mutual, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Chris Gunnare, Executive Minister, Hope Lutheran Church, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Todd Hauge, Former Elder/Treasurer, Mesa, Arizona
  • Bill Hawks, Executive Pastor, Highland Colony Baptist Church, Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Jeremy Heavey, Pastor of Community Life & Operations, Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, Michigan
  • Nick Henderson, Executive Pastor, River Valley Christian Fellowship, Bastrop, Texas
  • Jim Hobbs, Executive Pastor, Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Jack Holloway, Executive Administrator, Franklin Christian Church, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Kyung-Ho Hong, Executive Director, Young Nak Celebration Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Daniel Houck, Executive Pastor, Victory Christian Center, Lowellville, Ohio
  • Steve Hron, Director, Ziegler, Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Josh Hughes, Executive Pastor, Four Oaks Church, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Jon Hurst, Assistant Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Brett Inman, XP of Ministry, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Chris Johnson, Executive Pastor, Antioch Church of the Y, Lebanon, Ohio
  • Hunter Johnson, Director of Administration, Crossroads Church of Denver, Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Adam Kane, Executive Pastor, Hope Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Gary Kehr, Vice President, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, California
  • Ed Kelley, Executive Pastor, Bay Area Community Church, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Monty Kelso, President, Slingshot Group, Irvine, California
  • Hyo Kim, Associate Pastor, Young Nak Celebration Church Jefferson, Whittier, California
  • Brad Kinney, Director of Operations, Watkinsville First Baptist Church, Watkinsville, Georgia
  • Mike Knab, Associate, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Rodney Lara, Senior Associate Pastor of Family Life Ministries, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Kent Lawrence, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Brad Leeper, President, Generis, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bill Leick, Director of Church-Based Teams, Frontiers, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Rusty Lewis, Vice President, Generis, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bruce Lininger, Executive Pastor, The Chapel, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Mark Lydecker, Executive Pastor, Living Faith Christian Church, Farmingdale, New York
  • David Lyons, Founder and President, MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Mike Makidon, Director of Strategic Initiatives – Español, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Michael Martin, Vice President, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Westchester, Virginia
  • Ed Martinez, Executive Director, New Hope Church, Manvel, Texas
  • Reggie Mason, Executive Pastor, Calvary Chapel Newport News, Yorktown, Virginia
  • Ryan McCreery, Associate Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Waco, Texas
  • Samuel McFarland, Frontiers, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mel McGowan, President and Founder, Visioneering Studios, Irvine, California
  • Brad McKerley, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Marc McMurrin, Executive Director Operations, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
  • Sean Metcalf, Executive Pastor, Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dave Michener, Executive Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • David Middlebrook, Attorney, Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Jim Mitchell, Senior Associate Pastor, Chief of Staff, The Chapel, Akron, Ohio
  • Matt Morgan, Executive Pastor, Sanctuary, Marietta, Georgia
  • Jim Moss, Executive Pastor, City Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Doug Napier, Executive Pastor, Maryland Community Church, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Kim Neal, Executive Minister, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, New York, New York
  • Zack Nigliazzo, Children’s Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Sam Ogles, Assistant Editor, Christianity Today, Westminster, Colorado
  • Frank ONeill, Executive Pastor, Shelter Rock Church, Manhasset, New York
  • Darrell Owens, Senior Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Eddie Park, Assistant Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Doug Parks, CEO, Intentional Churches, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Todd Parks, Partner, MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Dale Peak, Administrator, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Lee Pennington, Director of Operations, Centerpoint Fellowship Church, Millbrook, Alabama
  • Jon Platek, Senior Pastor, Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Matt Porter, Executive Pastor, Westmoore Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Ricky Pounders, Executive Pastor, Capshaw Baptist Church, Harvest, Alabama
  • Caleb Price, Music/Admin. Assistant, Collective Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Scott Rachels, Senior Leadership Lead Associate, Slingshot Group, Irvine, California
  • Steven Ragan, Executive Pastor, Riverside Baptist Church, Greer, South Carolina
  • Samuel Raj, Executive Pastor, Buckhead Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bart Rendel, President, Intentional Churches, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jerry Rich, Director of Client Services, FCMM Benefits & Retirement (EFCA), Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bo Richardson, Executive Pastor, Rose Heights Church, Tyler, Texas
  • Jerry Roberts, Associate Pastor, Hope Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jeff Robinson, Regional Director–Retirement Relationship Management, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Darrell Roland, Executive Pastor, Northeast Bible Church, Garden Ridge, Texas
  • Nathan Salsbery, Partner and National Director of Talent Development, Capin Crouse, Greenwood, Indiana
  • Tim Samuel, Chief Financial Officer, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • Gaby San Paolo, Director of Operations, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Kim Seebach, Executive Pastor, Centerpoint Church, Murrieta, California
  • David Simerson, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Austin, Minnesota
  • Damon Simpson, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Porter, Texas
  • Paul Singleton, Intern, Church Project, Dallas, Texas
  • Arian Smith, Communications Director, Clark, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Caleb Smith, Executive Pastor, Epikos Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Clint Smith, Executive Pastor, NORTHchurch, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Kenny Smith, Executive Pastor, Church of the Crossing, Aledo, Texas
  • Lorenzo Smith, Lead Pastor, Collective Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Marty Smith, Executive Pastor, Resonate Church, Fremont, California
  • Nicholas Smith, Executive Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey
  • Karen Strong, Senior Director, The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Jack Sweany, Executive Minister, University Christian Church, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Billy Tarka, Creative & Communications Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Bobby Taylor, Worship Arts Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Phil Taylor, Executive Pastor of Leadership and Development, Mosaic Church, Oakland, Florida
  • Chris Thompson, Creekside Campus Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • David Thoroughman, President and CEO, MortarStone, Reno, Nevada
  • Michael Tolle, Executive Pastor, Ministries, Lakeside Christian Church, Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • Tom Truex, Church Administrator, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Kevin Urichko, Executive Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
  • Paul Utnage, Executive Pastor, Springhill Presbyterian Church, Bozeman, Montana
  • Ted Vaughn, Client Strategy Partner, Historic Agency, Gilbert, Arizona
  • Keith Vessell, Pastor of Discipleship, First United Methodist Church, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Matt Watson, Next Generation Pastor, Burke Community Church, Burke, Virginia
  • Kevin Wethington, Executive Director–Ministry Support, Lakeside Christian Church, Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • Jason Wiesepape, Lead Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Tim Willows, Associate, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Brian Wilson, Attendee, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Jerry Wilson, Ministry Development Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Bruce Woody, President, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas

Pre-Seminar Event

Generosity: Unveiling the Mystery of Your Church’s Donors

Brad Leeper President, Generis

Brad Leeper

David Thoroughman CEO MortarStone

David Thoroughman

Tuesday, February 16, 2:00-4:30 pm

$250 when you also enroll in the Seminar. Limited attendance.
Enroll in the Generosity Workshop and receive the XPastor Online Course MS202–Generosity for free!

Why did donors leave you last year? Job transfer? Getting mad? How do you shut the back door and how do we emphasize the front door? Are you attracting new donors? This session will give a different slant on your church’s data. It will tell you many things that are different than what is readily apparent.

Generosity
Most of us have assumptions about our donors

Generis-2015-600Brad is President and Principal at Generis, a team of 20 coaches that accelerates generosity toward God-inspired vision. He works with churches across the country, and now internationally, to increase everyday church giving, project giving and legacy giving. Over the last eleven years, Brad and David have teamed up on many workshops and presentations. If you know Brad, then you know there won’t be a sales pitch. This workshop will stand alone and you will have plenty of data to work with.

We are using an amazing tool from MortarStone. This tool is free for the session and for ten days afterward.

Suppose you see that giving is up ten percent. Is that more donations per attendee or more donors?

Knowing your metrics tells you where you are, where you are going and measures how you are doing getting there.

With a ten percent increase in donations, how many of those were new donors? Are you attracting new donors?

Increase your giving (without requiring a capital campaign to do so).

Even with a ten percent increase in donations, how many donors stopped giving? Are they still attending? When do people stop giving and how much later do they typically leave your church?

mortarstoneWe will examine these pivotal concepts

  • Why did donors leave you last year? Job transfer? Did they leave mad?
  • How do you shut the back door and how can you emphasize the front door?
  • Are you attracting new donors?

This session will give a different slant on your church’s data. It will tell you many things that are different than what is readily apparent.

Samples of Data

From the scores of metrics, you will see charts like these from MortarStone:

Ministry Fund

Are giving increases a result of a growing donor constituent base or are you pressing into a small portion of donors to make budget growth? Learn why one is sustainable while the other is short lived:

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Connecting and Growing First Time Donors

First time visitors are great!  However, are you able to on-board them as donors? Are you able to assimilate them into the fabric of the ministry? If not, learn why weekend attendance growth can be a false positive for healthy ministry growth.

mortarstone-first-time-donors

Donor Churn

New faces in church are great, but what is the financial impact of losing the old ones? Minimizing donor churn can supercharge weekend attendance and annual giving growth. Monitoring donor trends is one way to surface ministry opportunities. Rule based push reporting can increase your ministry efficiency and connect with those that need pastoral care:

mortarstone-donor-churn

Comments from MortarStone

MortarStone conceived donor analytics platform for churches in 2012 wanting to answer the questions: What does a healthy church look like from a metrics standpoint? And how can we apply these indicators to a Web app to help other churches?

Almost three years later, we are now tracking giving from over 1.75MM donors and more than $4 billion donations from some of the largest and fasted growing churches in America.

Our heart is to help the local church find the true value in their data. We don’t believe that your team should have to guess what reports to run or spend hours on repetitive month-end analysis. We developed an economical software solution that makes the data more manageable—and its insights more actionable.

  • In-depth, click-of-a-button reporting on the Key Performance Metrics.
  • Enriched donor profiles to facilitate identification of high-potential donor engagement and analyze donors based on their real-life interests and affinity for your church
  • Analyzing trends over time by leveraging existing historical data

Our team doesn’t equate data with bureaucracy or report running. Rather, we see data as a versatile asset that can direct leadership teams’ strategies and empower communities that the local church serves—given the right tool.

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Featured Guest, Will Mancini on Church Unique

What’s after “strategic planning,” “church growth” and “missional”?

Will Mancini

Will Mancini

Will Mancini wants you and your ministry to experience the benefits of stunning, God-given clarity. As a pastor turned vision coach, Will has worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing megachurches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. He is the founder of Auxano, creator of VisionRoom.com and the author of Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision and Create Movement.

Will’s pastoral experience includes leadership development responsibilities at Clear Creek Community Church and Faithbridge UMC. Both churches have experienced dramatic impact in the same city but represent very different church cultures and unique ministry models. Will’s style blends the best of three worlds: process thinking from the discipline of engineering, communications savvy as an ad agency executive, and practical theology as a pastoral leader. His education includes a ThM in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State. As you walk the vision pathway with Will, we invite you check-out his blog as an additional resource: willmancini.com; twitter: willmancini; facebook.com/claritywill; instagram: will_be_clear

Seminar Highlights

Mike Erre
Mike Erre

Special Keynote and Track for Lead Pastors

You asked for Mike to return! We heard from him, Mr. “Lightning in a Bottle,” at the 2014 XP-Seminar on his transition to EvFree Fullerton and the growth of 2,000 worshippers in a year. But you wanted more of Mike—speaking about being a catalyst, directional leadership and renewing a historic church. Both XPs and SPs should enjoy!

Mike will bring a keynote on Thursday morning on setting vision and implementation. That afternoon, he will lead a workshop only for Senior Pastors/Lead Pastors. Before becoming the Lead Pastor of EvFree Fullerton, he served as the teaching pastor at Rock Harbor Church and Mariners Church. XPs, this is the year to bring your SP!

Daniel Rolfe
Daniel Rolfe

Keynote on Leadership, Change and God’s Audacity

Daniel has been an XP for many years and a long-time presenter at XPastor. Now, God has given an enormous challenge to Daniel as a lead pastor of Mountain Springs Church in Colorado Springs. How do you respond to God when He brings audacious events and ministry assignments into your life?

God is working and has invited you into it, but we all wonder if we can keep up with His work. Leaders are those people who are following God’s direction, sensing His will about change, and then taking others with them on the path.

Dr. David Fletcher
Dr. David Fletcher

A Case Study by David Fletcher

David is the Founder and Host of XPastor and serves as the Executive Pastor at EvFree Fullerton. David has been a pastor for over 30 years in churches of up to 8,000 people in attendance. He founded XPastor in 2003 and has seen it grow into a global tool for churches of all sizes. Detail on this case will be presented soon.

David Middlebrook
David Middlebrook
Matt Anthony
Matt Anthony

Legal Issues

For many years, the XP-Seminar has presented the outstanding legal perspectives of attorneys Matt Anthony and David Middlebrook. David and Matt are nationally-noted attorneys who have helped thousands of churches across America. When Matt and David present at the XP-Seminar, it is “shock and awe.”  Society is litigious and the law is complicated.

This year we will be covering Employment Law: General and Executive Level Employee Contracts, Worker Classification (Employee vs. Independent Contractor). Structuring and Compliance of Internship Programs. Termination of Employment. Wrongful Discharge Claims. Separation Agreements. Confidentiality Agreements.

Yee-haw, that’s a mouthful of big words!

New Short Rides

This year we will feature a financial update on retirement assets with Matt Peden, Director of Portfolio Management at GuideStone Capital Management and a short ride with a case study on church leadership issues. To the point. Clear. Impactful. Horse not provided.

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz

Tim was the XP, Executive Elder, Board Member, and organizational strategist at Mars Hill from 2007-2011.  He will share in a positive and meaningful way the collective takeaways from the vantage points of organizational, pastoral, leadership, and multisite matters. Personal reflections and “so what does this means to my church?” will provide closure to this tragic situation.

Mars Hill has just updated their site with a great history of the church.  Be sure to click on “2015” to see all the churches launched, “with her final breath, Mars Hill gave birth to 11 newly independent churches where, by God’s grace, the gospel will continue to be preached, his name will be glorified, and thousands will be saved by Jesus.”

Afternoon Workshops

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

“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:
→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.”
—attendance limited to 200 people—

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Schedule

Tuesday, February 17

7:30-8:30 Registration & Dessert
Evening welcome and social in the Beverly Ballroom. Join us for this informal time to pick up your materials, talk to old friends and meet some new ones. Coffee and a cookie dessert is open to all.

Wednesday, February 18

7:45
Gary Kehr

Gary Kehr

Full Breakfast sponsored by ECCU—always a fantastic time to start the Seminar and learn the latest.  

  • What’s happening nationally on the church building scene?  Are people building again?  What types of buildings are they doing?  Large boxes, renovations, inner-city spaces? As churches get ready for a building project, what do they need to consider with regards to their bank?  What does a banking relationship look like in 2015 and beyond?   How should churches prepare with financial data—external audits, generosity analyses, donor capabilities?
8:45 Welcome
Dr. David Fletcher, the Founder of XPastor and an XP, will open our time together.  We come from scores of churches across the U.S., Canada & even Malaysia, devoted to growing as leaders.  There are many medium-sized and large churches represented, with an average church size of 3,200 people in worship.  We are peers talking to peers about best practices, cutting edge ministry and resolving age-old issues of church life.
9:00
David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

Keynote on Legal Issues: Employment Law

David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony are nationally-noted attorneys with the Church Law Group and present our annual “shock & awe.”  Society is litigious and the law is complicated.  We will look at Employment Law: General and Executive Level Employee Contracts, Worker Classification (Employee vs. Independent Contractor). Structuring and Compliance of Internship Programs. Termination of Employment. Wrongful Discharge Claims. Separation & Confidentiality Agreements.  Yee-haw, that’s hard hitting!

10:00
Will Mancini

Will Mancini

Keynote on Uniqueness in Ministry: What’s after “strategic planning,” “church growth” and “missional”?

Will Mancini–pastor, author, thinker, strategist.  He’s in the trenches every day.  As a “clarity evangelist,” Will has served as vision architect for hundreds of churches across the country—Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and non-denominational and many more.  His clients include notable organizations like Leadership Network and Upward Unlimited and pastors like Chuck Swindoll and Max Lucado. Will’s style blends the best of three worlds: the process thinking from the discipline of engineering, the communications savvy as an ad agency executive, and the practical theology as a pastoral leader.

Will is the author of Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture and Create Movement and Building Leaders.

11:00

Q&A with Will

11:30

Break

11:45

short-ride

Matt Penden

Matt Penden

Lunch & The Short Ride on a Hot Topic, sponsored by GuideStone.  This year we will feature a financial update on retirement assets and one short ride with a case study on church leadership issues. To the point. Clear. Impactful. Horse not provided.

Financial Investment Update with Matt Peden, Director of Portfolio Management at GuideStone Capital Management.

Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill with Tim Beltz.  Tim was the XP, Executive Elder, Board Member, and organizational strategist at Mars Hill from 2007-2011. He will share in a positive and meaningful way the collective takeaways from the vantage points of organizational, pastoral, leadership, and multisite matters. Personal reflections and “so what does this means to my church?” will provide closure to this tragic situation.

1:30-2:30 Workshops: Session #1
2:30 Afternoon snack on first floor
2:45-3:45 Workshops: Session #2
4:00-5:00 Workshops: Session #3
5:15 Take an XP/SP friend to dinner!

Thursday, February 19

7:45
Steve Caton

Steve Caton

Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler

Full Breakfast sponsored by Church Community Builder.

  • What were the origins of church databases and their growth.  As the Harvard Business School asks in Question Zero, “What exactly are we trying to accomplish here?”  Where are church databases going?  What are the current obstacles that you are trying to overcome?  What will churches want in 3, 5 or 10 years?
8:45
Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe

Keynote on Leadership, Change and God’s Audacity

Daniel has been an XP for many years and a long-time presenter at XPastor.  Now, God given an enormous challenge to Daniel as a lead pastor of Mountain Springs Church in Colorado Springs.

9:45
Mike Erre

Mike Erre

Keynote on re>knew: Candid Thoughts on the American Church and Your Role In It

Mike is the Senior Pastor of EvFree Fullerton.  He has served as the teaching pastor at Rock Harbor Church and Mariners Church.  Since coming to Fullerton, there has been tremendous growth under his dynamic leadership.  Restoring a historic church is both exciting and challenging.  Where is your church in this dynamic tension in the America today?

11:00

Break for Lunch

Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and take it to a workshop

11:30-12:30

Lunch Workshops

Workshops: Session 4

12:45-1:45 Workshops: Session 5
2:00-3:00 Workshops: Session 6

Have a safe trip home

“I’m truly excited about the excellence of this seminar.”

Sponsors

Generis-2015-600For the eleventh year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends at Generis Partners. True giving is a deeply transformative act. Generis believes it’s less about raising capital and more about raising the spiritual consciousness of people. It’s about meeting churches where they are and helping them achieve their own true vision according to their unique culture. Whether that entails a video venue, multi-campus site, or raising a daunting amount of capital, Generis consultants are ready to share the Leadership’s risk—because they understand it.  Brad Leeper and his counterpart, Gerald Farley have both served in church leadership roles and have real-life experiences to offer far beyond that of most industry consultants. Check out a great article from Brad Leeper: “Trends in 2014 for Church Tithing, Giving and Stewardship.” We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper, and also Stewardship Strategist, Gerald Farley.

 

ministersearch-logoWe welcome MinisterSearch for the eleventh year. Many have met David Lyons, their founder and president, at previous XP-Seminars and XPastor events. MinisterSearch is the most experienced and most successful pastoral search firm in the country. Leading over 400 pastoral searches, they have developed a process like no other that helps churches identify their specific needs, find candidates they couldn’t find on their own, and clearly discern who the right candidate is. David Lyons says, “As church leaders, it is critical to utilize all available resources as quickly as possible when filling a pastoral staff position. I have talked with countless pastors and lay leaders who, after months of searching for one or multiple positions, recognize that there must be a better way.” Whether you desire to fill a ministry position or find a new place of ministry, the team at MinisterSearch can help. We welcome the founder, David Lyons.

 

ACTIVE_FellowshipOne_2016For the ninth year, we welcome ACTIVE Network’s Fellowship One. The industry’s premier church management software, Fellowship One, provides churches with technology offerings and church management expertise that enable you to offer exceptional member care and engage your community. ACTIVE Network partners with more than 4,000 churches and 83% of the largest and fastest growing churches in the U.S. benefit from their connection to the ACTIVE Network.

 

eccu-logoFor the ninth year as a sponsor, we welcome the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. ECCU is an alliance of Christian people and organizations committed to fueling Christ-centered ministry worldwide. While our mission extends far beyond banking, we have been providing ministry-centric financial services and resources for nearly five decades to churches and their members, missionaries, and many others.

 

guidestone_logoWe welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the ninth year. GuideStone Financial Resources is one of the leading providers of retirement, medical, life and disability coverage, investment management and executive planning services to the evangelical Christian community. Since 1918, the organization has enhanced the financial security of more than 200,000 individuals and reported $11.8 billion in assets as of March 31, 2013. GuideStone offers its clients access to Christian-based, socially screened investment funds for retirement, endowment and operational assets. GuideStone’s medical programs offer rate stability, the largest network of healthcare providers in the U.S. and a comprehensive suite of plan options providing quality care and protection for our participants and their families. GuideStone’s insurance agency affiliate, GuideStone Agency Services, makes available full lines of property and casualty coverage as well as risk management education and tools designed with the ministry in mind. For more information about GuideStone, visit the organization’s website at www.GuideStone.org.

 

churchlaw-logoFor the sixth year, we welcome The Church Law Group. The Church Law Group focuses on the specific legal needs of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including numerous churches, ministries, faith-based organizations, and clergy throughout the United States. The Church Law Group is comprised of a talented and diverse group of acclaimed professionals sharing a singular calling and dedication to work with and further the successes of their clients. One member of the team is a former Assistant District Attorney. Several of the attorneys hold certifications from Cambridge University in Risk Management for Churches and Schools. We welcome David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony.

 

 

 

HH-logo-2014For the fifth year as a sponsor, we welcome HH Architects. For nearly 40 years, HH Architects has had the privilege of working with and planning campuses for many of the fastest-growing and top-attended churches and private Christian schools across America. HH Architects has worked with a broad range of churches on a wide variety of facilities, from first-unit buildings to 7,000+ seat Worship Centers, providing Strategic Positioning, Master Planning, Architectural, and Interior Design services for nearly all aspects of religious facility projects. HH Architects offers a unique skill set of experience and expertise from having served as a ministry partner on a wide variety of projects which includes: Master Plans, Church Relocations, Worship Centers & Sanctuaries, Education Facilities, Dining Facilities, Sports & Recreation Facilities and Parking Garages. We welcome Scott Nelson and Bruce Woody.

CapinCrouse-Logo-2015For the fourth year, we welcome CapinCrouse. With more than 1,000 not-for-profit clients, CapinCrouse is the country’s leading accounting and advisory firm primarily serving the Christian not-for-profit community. Since 1972, CapinCrouse has been serving not-for-profit entities including mega-churches, institutions of higher education and secondary schools, and international missions agencies by providing a full range of audit, review, tax, and advisory services. CapinCrouse is dedicated to helping our clients operate with financial integrity so they can dedicate themselves to fulfilling their mission.  We welcome Stan Reiff, Partner with CapinCrouse.

 

clark-logoFor the fourth year, we welcome Clark. Sixteen years ago, Clark (formerly Clark ProMedia) began focusing on Audio, Video and Lighting systems for churches. Today, its offerings go beyond Technology and include Strategic Facilities Planning and Project Management. More than 20% of Outreach Magazine’s top 50 churches have relied on Clark to turn their visions into realities. We welcome co-founder Houston Clark.

 

worlds-of-wow-logoFor the third year, we welcome Worlds of Wow as a sponsor! Worlds of Wow creates ridiculously cool, fun environments that impact kids and families of all ages. “Since 2004, we’ve been using indoor playgrounds and themed environments to assist churches in reaching families and growing membership. Our spiritually focused team will partner with you to maximize budget and wow factor.”  We welcome Reagan Hillier, President of WOW.

 

 

portable-church-logoFor the second year, we welcome Portable Church Industries as a sponsor. Portable Church redefines the possibilities for mobile churches worldwide through their creative, functional and portable transportation and equipment solutions. They are a collective of Designers, Consultants, Project Managers, Producers, Builders and Experts. Together, they create customized, all-inclusive solutions for church plants and multi-site churches. Their unique solutions ensure that set-up and tear-down aren’t the biggest experience mobile churches have on a Sunday. We welcome Scott Cougill, CEO of Portable Church.

ecfaFor the first year, we welcome the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.  ECFA enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ to accredited organizations. Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading churches that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, stewardship, and board governance. We welcome Dan Busby, President of ECFA.
CCB-logo2For the first year, we welcome Church Community Builder. CCB is a technology and services company focused on equipping church leaders for better ministry. The Church is called to equip God’s people to do His work, and Church Community Builder exists to support you with a better how—through practical coaching, software, and ‘tribe’-based learning. We focus on the tools and processes so that you can focus on empowering people. Our inspiration is “the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11b-12).

Promotional Sponsors

church-executive-logoFor the eleventh year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends at ChurchExecutive magazine. ChurchExecutive is a monthly how-to business information resource for 20,000 readers, reaching pastors, executive pastors and business administrators of larger and megachurches—throughout the United States.

leadership-network-300We welcome Leadership Network for the tenth year, www.leadnet.org.  Leadership Network is a Dallas-based nonprofit that seeks to help leaders move from ideas, to implementation, to impact.  Leadership Network brings together innovative church leaders, creating an environment for collaborative discovery, dialogue and sharing.  Leadership Network further enhances this process through the development and distribution of highly targeted ministry tools and resources—including video, podcasts, concept papers, special research reports, and e-publications. To stay updated with the latest articles, resources and opportunities for innovative churches, sign up for the free, weekly newsletter at www.leadnet.org. Leadership Network is here to help leaders move from ideas to implementation to impact. Want to become involved?

 

christianity-today-logoWe welcome Christianity Today for the second year.  Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax Group publishes the award-winning Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, the award-winning ChurchLawAndTax.com and ManagingYourChurch.com websites, and numerous print and digital resources that help church leaders keep their congregations safe, legal, and financially sound. The Church Law & Tax Group is led by senior editor Richard R. Hammar, a Harvard Law School graduate, CPA, and author of more than 100 books (including the annual Church & Clergy Tax Guide, Pastor, Church & Law, the biannual Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, the Essential Guide to Copyright Law for Churches, and several eBooks) as well as an esteemed group of Editorial Advisors that includes attorneys Chip Grange, David Middlebrook, and Frank Sommerville, and CPAs Michael Batts, Dan Busby, and Elaine Sommerville.

 

Workshop Descriptions & Leader Bios

 

Our workshops feature strategic information on leading and managing your church. Practical, down to earth, realistic. They are led by peers from around the nation.

Level 1–Operations: Staffing, Facilities, Finances, Communications

Effective Ways to Release a Staff Member—Nathan Baxter

Workshops Level 1—Operations: Staffing, Facilities, Finances, Communications

Missional Spaces and Missional Leaders: The Journey of the Rock Church, San Diego

Mingo Palacios

Mingo Palacios

Ted Vaughn

Ted Vaughn

David Cherry

David Cherry

Houston Clark

Houston Clark

Houston is a co-founder and Principal of Clark. Houston and his team design and implement some of the most innovative audio, video, theatrical lighting and streaming solutions. After more than fifteen years of experience, they continue to shape the evolution of contemporary and modern worship by transforming venues of every shape and size into highly relevant communication platforms for the Gospel.  Ted is a strategic partner with Clark; David is in Business Development with Clark, and Mingo Palacios is the Microsite Pastor of The Rock.

The conversation is directly connected to fostering innovative creativity in Worship and Church spaces but using the approach we’ve seen at The Rock.

Knowing When to Build or Expand

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody

Scott is a Principal with HH Architects and is blessed to serve as a ministry-partner/problem-solver with many of the fastest-growing and top-attended churches and private Christian schools across America. With a passion for helping churches succeed, Scott leads HH Architects Strategic Positioning services, helping clients to create solutions to their growth, facility, and financial questions. Bruce is the President and CEO of HH Architects.

The excitement of seeing new faces walking through your church’s door each week can soon elicit a different emotion for church leadership … we are out of space, what should we do next? Add more services, start/add a satellite campus, build bigger. Often, more than one option appears viable; however, the question remains, “Which option is the best stewardship of the church’s resources?”

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

Join us for a conversation on how church leaders are removing the guesswork from facility planning and learn how to develop expansion plans that create ministry balance for your campus.

1. Learn to identify growth constraints and develop plans for creating ministry balance (Worship, Education, Parking) on your campus.
2. Develop effective Ministry Plans based on People, Space, Time, and Money.
3. Understand the options for maximizing current church campuses as it relates to programming and facilities.
4. Learn to count “all the cost” for a project including Hard Cost, Soft Cost, and Development Cost.

Minister’s Housing Allowance

Don McLeod

Don McLeod

Don is the Eastern Regional Director for Retirement Relationship Management at GuideStone Financial Resources. He joined GuideStone in 1994 and serves as a Principal for the organization. He holds the Series 6, 26, and 63 securities licenses, is a Certified Financial PlannerTM licensee, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. Don is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before his work at GuideStone, he served as a minister on the staff of several large churches.

No other area of staff salaries is as complicated as the Ministerial Housing Allowance. Though recently challenged in court, it seems this exemption will be with us for the foreseeable future. What do the IRS regulations require regarding who can receive this allowance? Are there guidelines for acceptable use and regular church board acceptance of the allowances? Problem cases have arisen over the years; Rick Warren had a major news-breaking case a number of years ago and another pastor wanted the allowance for a vacation home. Pastors also want this allowance to be carried forward for their retirement income. What is acceptable in this confluence of law, rules and policy?

What Counts? Measuring the Financial Performance of Your Church

Stan Reiff

Stan Reiff

Stan is a Partner with CapinCrouse and his professional experience includes over thirty years in ministry operations, public accounting, government accounting, and missionary work.

Understanding the church’s financial information better can help prevent a future crisis by making better decisions today. This session will introduce you to some ratios and reporting that help identify potential areas of financial weakness in your congregation.

Effective Ways to Release a Staff Member

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter, founder of Lead Self Lead Others, has been leading teams and helping people move their stories forward for over twenty years. He has developed a unique coaching practice and resources that help people break out of plateaus. He has had the privilege of working with executives from fields as diverse as manufacturing, real estate, medical, banking, non-profit, direct sales, church, legal, insurance and energy. Nathan has also provided training for leaders around the world including Ukraine, Mali West Africa, South America, India and Mexico. As a certified consultant with Birkman International, Lead Self Lead Others also provides personalized leadership coaching using the Birkman Feedback Tool. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Administration from Oklahoma State University, a Masters of Divinity Degree with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry and Leadership Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before starting his Executive Coaching career, he served for 28 years in full time ministry, filling the roles of Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Executive Pastor.

Nobody lasts forever—sometimes it is a job transition that brings that concept to a staff member’s attention. How do you release someone from your employment professionally and with grace? This workshop will give you best practices for effective transitions and help you avoid the most common mistakes.

Launching Portable Campuses Well

Scott Cougill

Scott Cougill

Scott Cougill is CEO of Portable Church Industries, a collective of subject matter experts who have been assisting the portable church—church plants and multisites—effectively open more seats for the Gospel in thousands of communities over the past twenty years. Prior to Portable Church Industries, Scott was an Executive Pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles with approximately 2,000 attendees across two portable campuses. Scott brings much leadership experience to this area having served on the World Leadership Team of Youth for Christ International for eight years, overseeing their Asia Pacific Area from Chiang Mai, Thailand, and working in leadership roles in corporate America for fifteen years.

This workshop will focus on the best practices to launch a new campus in a rented facility. There are many challenges pastors face to secure, prepare, launch, sustain, and thrive in a rented facility such as a school or community center. With over twenty years of experience assisting churches, Portable Church Industries has identified the primary keys and primary mistakes pastors make when they launch in rented spaces.

Five Steps To Family-Friendly Environments

Reagan Hillier

Reagan Hillier

Reagan Hillier from Worlds of Wow, a leading provider of original themed environments and indoor playgrounds in churches, will share how to make your space attractive and engaging for families and kids.

Creating a destination for kids at your church can lead to double-digit growth in your children’s ministry and church attendance overall.

We’ll talk about how to accomplish this at your church in five simple (and not necessarily expensive) steps:  Security, Colors, Smiles, Energy and Sundays/Weekdays.

Hiring To New Levels

David Lyons

David Lyons

David is the Founder and President of MinisterSearch. While placing hundreds of people into ministry positions, David has seen the centrality of fit and gifting. Is one more important than the other? Can we compromise because “we know that person,” or “he or she is an insider” or “their gifts are just so strong that we …?”

If you are going to hire staff in the next twelve months, then this workshop with David will help you. He has led workshops at each of the previous XP-Seminars, to rave reviews. Bring your questions for the discussion portion of the workshop as well.

“The breakout session with David Lyons on Staffing was tremendous.”

Workshops Level 2—Ministry Strategy

Don’t Accept Ceilings in Generosity

Rusty Lewis

Rusty Lewis

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Brad is the President and Principal of Generis Partners and Gerald has been a Strategist with Generis for many years. Based on experience and affinity, they are drawn to innovative, growing churches and the challenges of helping them expand practically and spiritually.

With Generis, Brad is well served by his experience as a consultant to churches across the nation, a staff leader in resource development for local ministries, a Campus Director for Campus Crusade for Christ, and his role as church elder in his own 4,000-member home church, Perimeter Church in Atlanta. Rusty is the Vice-President of Generis. This workshop will explore how to have a culture of generosity in a local church. What are the markers for it? How you can get a culture of generosity and how can you keep it?

Brad’s and Gerald’s workshops have received high marks in previous XP-Seminars.

Master the Key Processes for Church Health and Growth

Allen Ratta

Allen Ratta

Allen served as a lead pastor of fast growing churches for over twenty years. In 2002 he founded ConnectionPower.com, using lessons learned from working with thousands of churches. With its unique ministry tool sets, the firm grew into a market leader in web-based Church Management Systems. In 2011 Allen and ConnectionPower joined the Active Network along with Fellowship Technologies and ServiceU. He now is helping individuals and churches through his books and SpiritualProgress.com and www.churchgrowth.net.

This workshop is based on Allen’s new widely acclaimed book, The Optimized Church. We will unfold an innovative process map that has no boards or committees or chains of command. Learn about an innovative way to lead your church. Discover the power of processes and key performance indicators to revolutionize the way you do ministry. See how many churches are structured for key areas of mission failure. Align and energize your team around its core purposes and processes.

The Secret to Leadership Team Membership: Differences That Make A Difference

Ryan Hartwig

Ryan Hartwig

Ryan Hartwig is an Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Communications at Azusa Pacific University. He, along with Warren Bird, co-authored Teams that Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership.

No matter what kind of team you lead, figuring out who should be on the team and who shouldn’t be on the team is crucially important but terribly challenging. Out of ease, some teams succumb to populating the team with people just like the leader. Other teams fight so hard for diversity they can’t find any common ground. What’s the answer? In this practical workshop, Ryan will guide you to discern who you need on your team, identify how to find those people, strategize how to remove people gracefully from the team, and learn how to coach your team to be able to effectively work together.

Workshops Level 3–Governance and Executive Functions

Two Organizational Models Every XP Should Own

Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz is the Executive Pastor of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He previously served as the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, from 2007-2010. Tim brings extensive leadership, management, and executive experience to the church. He served 25 years as a career Coast Guard officer holding key command and staff positions. He commanded two units, served as the special assistant to the US Secretary of Transportation, and finished his career as the Resource Director for the western part of the world. He earned an MBA from Arizona State University and has led multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Often XPs and senior church leadership teams repeatedly face the fundamental questions of: 1) How do we address recurring issues which seemingly have no solutions, and 2) In the face of no apparent solutions, how do we move forward? All too often, we use the same lens, year after year, in which to address these nagging matters. This workshop addresses these questions and offers two fresh organizational models in which to view and address ministry’s realities, issues, and problems.

Five Ways a Church Can Increase Trust With Wise Governance

Dan Busby

Dan Busby

Dan Busby is the president of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in the areas of governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising. ECFA’s seal enhances trust of givers, which increases generosity, providing greater resources to help fulfill the Great Commission. ECFA accredits nearly 1,900 churches and nonprofits. These organizations have annual revenue in excess of $22 billion. He is a prolific writer with 48 volumes of five book titles published. Dan served as a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national legislative advisory commission convened to address legislative proposals for the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Times named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Leaders in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

This workshop will focus on the importance of retaining TRUST of a large church’s constituents. Trust is often a missing ingredient in today’s world. The impact of the trust deficit is impacting large churches. The tone for trust is set at the governance levels and flows down through the church’s organization chart. This workshop will include the following elements: Understand the six elements of a trusted church from a governance perspective: truth-telling, accountability, managing risks, appropriate transparency, understanding church finances, and Christ-centered governance.

Senior Pastor Forum

Mike Erre

Mike Erre

When Mike Erre came to EvFree Fullerton as the Lead Pastor, the church had about 2,000 in worship. The church had been without a Lead Pastor or Executive Pastor for two years. The tenure of the two prior pastors was long, leaving a deep sense of history and culture. Chuck Swindoll has been the pastor for 23 years, followed by Dale Burke for 14 years. Both men were national leaders and authors. Yet, years later, the congregation was aging. They were great folks but needed a new sense of empowerment from their directional leader.

The SP track will be on the afternoon of Thursday, February 19. The discussion will be open—meaning that the participants will bring questions and issues. The discussion will be on “all of those topics raised that we can get to!” Interact with other Senior Pastors. Senior Pastors are visionary leaders, preaching to change lives. Here is an opportunity for you to sit around a table with others like you to talk about ministry.

  • How do others handle the non-stop tension of ministry?
  • How do you stay fresh with God?
  • What is success in preaching? How do I measure it?
  • How do others handle the joy and pain of staff and volunteers?

Be with other Senior Pastors who have been in the role for 10, 20 and 30 years.

The Life and Work of the Executive Pastor

Michael Nichols

Michael Nichols

Michael is a writer, speaker, and executive pastor. He is currently the Executive Pastor at FBC Midlothian, a church of 2,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Michael is the author of Creating Your Business Vision and the soon-to-be-released book, One-on-One Meetings That Work. As a facilitator of organizational growth and strategic planning, he has led growth in churches, businesses, colleges and universities, and non-profits for more than 25 years. Michael actively coaches individuals and teams to develop personal and organizational vision and plans and to effectively manage priorities and decisions.

Healthy organizations are the by-product of healthy leadership. This workshop will address how the LIFE of the Executive Pastor fits within the WORK of the Executive Pastor. You’ll receive simple tools and resources to help you and your team with vision, planning, priority management, decision-making, time away, personal growth, and challenges.

Forum for Churches over 2,000 in Worship

Chris Gunnare

Chris Gunnare

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

This forum will be for XPs in churches with over 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size churches. This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

David is the founder of XPastor and the XP of EvFree Fullerton. Chris is the XP of Hope Lutheran Church in West Des Moines.

Have What and How trumped your Why?

Jon Wright

Jon Wright

Jon serves as the Executive Pastor of Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. A member of Grace since 1988, the Senior Pastor and Elder Board asked him to step out of the Marketplace in 2009, where he owned and operated a product development company, to serve the church in a full-time capacity. He enjoys developing and mentoring the next generation and is always on the lookout for new and creative ideas for “doing church” more effectively. With the gifts of ideation and execution, Jon always seems to extend the limits of what is possible.

When is the last time you actually took the time to ensure that your organizational structure is aligned around the “why” of your ministry, not just the “what” and “how”? In this session we’ll look at Biblical and business models to rediscover the “why” behind the mission, vision and strategies of our churches. We’ll then ask some hard questions to help determine whether or not our churches are organized to effectively execute on it.

Forum for Churches under 2,000 in Worship

Kent Lawrence

Kent Lawrence

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

This forum will be for XPs in churches with under 2,000 people in worship. Gather with your peers to talk through an open agenda. We will identify specific issues to the church in this size range and then “have at it.”

The discussion will be open to all, rapid and exciting! Bring your questions, issues and thorny problems! Meet people who serve in the same size churches.  This is a great way to form friendships with other XPs.

David is the founder of XPastor and the XP of EvFree Fullerton. Kent is the XP of Grace Bible Church of Dallas.

Attendees

2015-thumbprintThe Seminar is the time for XPs, SPs and church leaders
to come together, learn from national leaders
and peers, and be life-long learners.

  • Damon Andrews, Executive Pastor, The Church at Canyon Creek, Austin, Texas
  • Matt Anthony, Attorney,  Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Gideon Ape, Associate Campus Director, Christ Fellowship, Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Tim Arrington, Executive Pastor of Administration, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tim Badal, Lead Teaching Pastor, Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, Illinois
  • Scott Barfoot, Director, Doctor of Ministries Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Brian Barndt, Executive Pastor, Grey Stone Church, Durham, North Carolina
  • Bruce Baxter, Executive Pastor, La Croix Church, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Nathan Baxter, Executive Leadership Coach, Lead-Self Lead-Others, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dixie Beard, Director of Business Development, Retirement Institutional Plans, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Dennis Behrman, Director of Product Marketing, Fellowship One/Active Network, Irving, Texas
  • Tim Beltz, Executive Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Chris Benson, Pastor, Grace for Life Ministry, Frisco, Texas
  • Robert Blincoe, President, Frontiers, Tempe, Arizona
  • Ken Blume, Executive Director, Ministry & Programs, Colonial Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Lambert Boyd, Director of Operations, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Matthew Branaugh, Editorial Director, Christianity Today, Westminster, Colorado
  • Dave Brandolini, Executive Pastor, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Frankie Broome, Adult Ministry Intern, Cornerstone, Chandler, Arizona
  • Sean Buchanan, Tribes Leader, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • David Burggraff, Executive Pastor, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
  • Dan Busby, President, ECFA, Winchester, Virginia
  • Lou Butler, Executive Director, Foothills Bible Church, Littleton, Colorado
  • Darcy Caires, Jr., Pastor, Queens Presbyterian Church PCA, Astoria, New York
  • Mark Carlson, Executive and Operations Pastor, Church on the Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington
  • Steve Caton, Leadership Team, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Terrence Chavis, Chief Financial Officer, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • David Cherry, Clark, Dallas, Texas
  • Linda Chiles, Regional Manager of New Business Sales, Insurance Plans, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Fred Choi, Executive Director of Operations, Riverview Church, Holt, Michigan
  • Rick Clapp, Executive Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Houston Clark, Co-Founder and Principal, Clark, Dallas, Texas
  • Joshua Clay, Executive Pastor, New Kingdom Ministries International, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Paul Clough, Lead Pastor, Christ Community Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Errol Coner, Executive Pastor, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Trey Corry, College Ministries Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Scott Cougill, CEO, Portable Church Industries, Troy, Michigan
  • Pat Coyle, Human Resources Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Rob Curry, Executive Pastor, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, Texas
  • Bill Daniel, Church Executive, Grace Church, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Larry Davies, Executive Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Larry Davis, Executive Pastor, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
  • Mark DiGirolamo, Executive Pastor, COO, Visalia First Assembly, Visalia, California
  • Rick Duesler, Director of Administration, Otterbein Church, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Keith Duff, Executive Pastor, Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, Illinois
  • Michael Dunn, Senior Pastor, Grace Christian Fellowship, Cortland, New York
  • Bryan Eck, Lead Team Pastor, Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas
  • Bill Egner, Executive Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • David Eichler, Executive Pastor, Bakersfield First Assembly of God, Bakersfield, California
  • Bob Ellis, Executive Pastor, The Grove Community Church, Riverside, California
  • Tom Ellis, Executive Vice President, MHBT Inc., Dallas, Texas
  • Ken Engelking, Executive and Teaching Pastor, Morning Star Church, Salem, Oregon
  • Mike Erre, Senior Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Mark Evanger, Executive Director, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • David Fletcher, Founder of XPastor, Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Tami Fletcher, Director, XPastor, Fullerton, California
  • Sammy Flores, Campus Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Stephen Forman, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Chris Fowler, Leadership Team, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Justin Frazier, Executive Pastor, Discipleship, Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, Allen, Texas
  • Mitchell Frevert, Seminary Student, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Aaron Giesler, Pastor of Ministry Development, Grace Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Jason Golden, Executive Pastor, Venture Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Keith Gooding, Solution Advisor, Elexio, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
  • John Gordon, Executive Pastor, Wayside Chapel EFCA, San Antonio, Texas
  • David Green, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Burleson, Texas
  • Chris Gunnare, Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Karl Hanschen, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Doug Hart, Executive Pastor, Pathway Community Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Ryan Hartwig, Associate Dean, Assistant Professor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
  • Bill Hawks, Executive and Education Pastor, Highland Colony Baptist Church, Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Parris Hayashi, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church Pearlside, Pearl City, Hawaii
  • Will Heath, Owner, Succession Framework, Murphy, Texas
  • Jeremy Heavey, Community Life and Operations Pastor, Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, Michigan
  • Benjamin Hedrick, Executive Pastor, Immanuel, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Bill Heydorn, Executive Pastor of Adults, Cornerstone, Chandler, Arizona
  • Reagan Hillier, President, World of Wow, Argyle, Texas
  • Jim Hobbs, Executive Pastor, Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Thomas Hobby, Operations Manager, Victory Church, Westminster, Colorado
  • Russ Hollingsworth, Managing Director, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois
  • Frank Hopkins, Executive Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Steve Hron, Director, Ziegler, Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Andrew Hsieh, Relationship Manager, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, California
  • Andrew Hummel, Communications Director, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Jon Hurst, Assistant Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Brett Inman, Executive Pastor of Ministry, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Hunter Johnson, Director of Operations, Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Englewood, Colorado
  • Neal Joseph, Coach and Associate, Senior Leadership, Slingshot Group, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Gary Kehr, Regional Director, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, California
  • Edward Kelley, Executive Pastor, Bay Area Community Church, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Chris Kelly, Lead Pastor of Business, Mid-Cities Community Church, Midland, Texas
  • Ed Kirkland, Senior Pastor, Living Faith Christian Church, Farmingdale, New York
  • Mike Knab, Assistant Vice President, Sales Manager, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Rodney Lara, Sr. Associate Pastor, Family Life Ministries, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Kent Lawrence, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Brad Leeper, President & Principal, Generis Partners, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bill Leick, Director of Church-Based Teams, Frontiers, Tempe, Arizona
  • Rusty Lewis, Vice President, Generis Partners, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Greg Ligon, Vice President, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas
  • Scott Long, Administrative Pastor, Gateway Church, Findlay, Ohio
  • Mark Lydecker, Executive and Outreach Pastor, Living Faith Christian Church, Farmingdale, New York
  • David Lyons, Founder & President, MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Emanuele Madanat, Executive Pastor, Providence Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Will Mancini, Author and Founder, Auxano, Houston, Texas
  • Ron May, Executive Pastor, Wildwood Church, East Moine, Illinois
  • Ryan McCreery, Pastor of Administration, CrossWay Bible Church, Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Mike McDonough, Pastor of Spiritual Development, Hernando Baptist Church, Hernando, Mississippi
  • Barry McKenna, Executive Director, Ward Church, Northville, Michigan
  • Brad McKerley, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Don McLeod, Eastern Regional Director, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Cody McQueen, Teaching Pastor & West Campus Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • David Michener, Executive Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • David Middlebrook, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Bob Morter, Director, Crossroads Community Church, Vancouver, Washington
  • Jim Moss, Executive Pastor, City Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ed Nalle, Executive Pastor, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Amy Napier, Pastor’s Wife, Maryland Community Church, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Doug Napier, Executive Pastor, Maryland Community Church, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Kim Neal, Executive Minister, Convent Avenue Baptist Church, New York, New York
  • Don Neff, Executive Pastor, Worship Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Doris Neff, Ladies Ministry Pastor, Worship Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Christopher Nelson, Consultant, Elexio, San Diego, California
  • Scott Nelson, Principal, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Rick Neves, Chief Operating Officer, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Michael Nichols, Executive Pastor, FBC Midlothian, Midlothian, Texas
  • Lendell Nolan, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Roswell, New Mexico
  • Craig Norton, Executive Pastor, Harvest Church, Watauga, Texas
  • Chris Ockerman, Director of Administration, Ward Church, Northville, Michigan
  • Scot Overbey, Executive Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Darrell Owens, Senior Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Kim Pagel, Executive Pastor, New Covenant Bible Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Mingo Palacios, Microsite Pastor, The Rock, San Diego, California
  • Eddie Park, Intern (Executive Pastoral Ministry), EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Kyle Paterik, Finance Director, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Dale Peak, Administrator, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Matt Peden, Director of Portfolio Management, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Derek Prezzano, Executive Pastor, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, Smithton, New York
  • Steve Quinn, Executive Pastor, Lakeside Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas
  • Lane Ransdell, Business Administrator, First Christian Church of Decatur, Decatur, Illinois
  • Allen Ratta, Author & Founder, SpiritualProgress.com & ChurchGrowth.net, Oceanside, California
  • Stan Reiff, Principal, CapinCrouse, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jerry Rich, Director of Client Services, FCMM Benefits & Retirement, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bo Richardson, Executive Pastor, Rose Heights Church, Tyler, Texas
  • Jerry Roberts, Associate Pastor, Hope Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tony Roberts, Director of Administration and Oversight, Coppell Bible Fellowship, Coppell, Texas
  • Jason Rogers, Former Executive Pastor Resident–HR Director, Former Mars Hill Church, The Colony, Texas
  • Daniel Rolfe, Senior Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Gary Rothenberger, Executive Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas
  • Tim Samuel, Chief Financial Officer, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • Josh Schuler, Senior Advisor, Trebuchet Group, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Marty Scott, College Ministry Director, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Tommy Shelton, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Paul Singleton, Intern, Church Project—Dallas, Dallas, Texas
  • Clint Smith, Executive Director, NORTHchurch, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Lorenzo Smith, Executive Pastor, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Ken Smith, Volunteer, Church at the Crossing, Aledo, Texas
  • Nicholas Smith, Executive Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey
  • Steve Stege, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frisco, Texas
  • Samantha Stockton, Human Resources/Leadership Training, Christ Fellowship, Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Joe Stoll, Pastor, Genoa Church, Westerville, Ohio
  • Christopher Stout, Controller/Director of Stewardship, Mid-Cities Community Church, Midland, Texas
  • Matt Sturdevant, Executive Pastor, Hope Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • John Szablowski, Executive Pastor, The Bridge Bible Church, Bakersfield, California
  • Terry Taylor, Executive Pastor, Family Church, West Monroe, Louisiana
  • Chris Thompson, Campus Pastor, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • David Thoroughman, MortarStone, Reno, Nevada
  • Peter Torry, Executive Pastor, PFB/Purpose Church, Pomona, California
  • John Travis, Director of Operations, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Tom Truex, Church Administrator, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Paul Utnage, Executive Pastor, Springhill Presbyterian Church, Bozeman, Montana
  • Robert Vaughan, Chief Financial Officer, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Ted Vaughn, Clark, Dallas, Texas
  • Kevin Weiner, Event Coordinator, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Bob Westfall, Senior Pastor, New Covenant Bible Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Drew Wilborn, Executive Pastor, Antioch Fellowship MB Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Tim Willows, Sales Associate, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jerry Wilson, Pastor/Sr. Director of Campus Development, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Ryan Wong, Deacon, Chinese Grace Bible Church, Sacramento, California
  • Curtis Woodliff, Executive Pastor, HighRidge Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Bruce Woody, President & CEO, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Jon Wright, Executive Pastor, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Michael Wright, Associate Pastor—Families, First Baptist Church, Keller, Texas
  • Richard Young, Executive Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ontario, California

“The topics were relevant to where I am at—both personally and professionally.”

Special Pre-Seminar Session

Unveiling the Mystery of Your Church’s Donors

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

David Thoroughman

David Thoroughman

A special pre-seminar event on Tuesday, February 17
Limited attendance
2:00-4:30 pm

We will examine these pivotal concepts: Why did donors leave you last year? Job transfer? Getting mad?  How do you shut the back door and how do we emphasize the front door?  Are you attracting new donors?  This session will give a different slant on your church’s data. It will tell you many things that are different than what is readily apparent.

5 Kinds of Church Audits … and counting

There are at least five different kinds of audits. In particular, I want to introduce you to what I call a generosity audit. This kind of audit examines your donations, new donors, the fall off by a donor, and many other factors. To get started, let’s review different types of church audits.

External Financial Audits: Most XPs are familiar with financial audits. An external financial audit is when you have an independent CPA firm analyze your financial records according to a number of standards. They produce an audit report and a management letter. Expect to pay between $7,500-$25,000 for such an audit. It is expensive but worth it.

Internal Financial Audits: This is when your finance committee, or others within your church, audits selected accounts and procedures. I like to collect accountants and CPAs, using their skills to report on highly specific areas of our church finances. It’s not official—so can’t be used for proof of credit worthiness to a bank, but it turns up great action items. And, it gives further transparency to the financial leaders within the church.

Facilities Audits: Bring in a competent Facilities Director from another church and ask for a 20-page analysis of your facilities planning, staff, long-term needs, campus, etc. I recently did this for the first time and the results were fantastic.

Communications/Tech Audits: Bring in a firm like Clark (they are sponsors of the XP-Seminar and you can meet Houston Clark, February 18-19 in Dallas). If you are doing a major building project, they may do this for free, otherwise expect to pay for their time. I’m about ready to do this to get an independent, outside view of how we are doing in this area.

Generosity Audits:  What do you really know about your donors? If giving is up ten percent, that could be due to more donors or more donations per attendee. Most of us don’t know how many donors left the church and/or how many new donors began to give. That would be great to know, whether your giving is up ten percent or down ten percent.

Generosity Audit
Most of us have assumptions about our donors

Generis-2015-600Brad is President and Principal at Generis, a team of 20 coaches that accelerates generosity toward God-inspired vision. He works with churches across the country, and now internationally, to increase everyday church giving, project giving and legacy giving. Over the last eleven years, Brad and David have teamed up on many workshops and presentations. If you know Brad, then you know there won’t be a sales pitch. This workshop will stand alone and you will have plenty of data to work with.

We are using an amazing tool from MortarStone. This tool is free for the session and for ten days afterward.

Suppose you see that giving is up ten percent. Is that more donations per attendee or more donors?

Knowing your metrics tells you where you are, where you are going and measures how you are doing getting there.

With a ten percent increase in donations, how many of those were new donors? Are you attracting new donors?

Increase your giving (without requiring a capital campaign to do so).

Even with a ten percent increase in donations, how many donors stopped giving? Are they still attending? When do people stop giving and how much later do they