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2017 XP-Seminar 2017-07-21T13:00:10+00:00

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:

mortarstone-ministry-fund

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 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:

mortarstone-ministry-fund

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.

Requirements

This event is limited to a few participants of the 2015 XP-Seminar.

If your church donation data is in an API compliant format, then this event is for you! For this session, we are limiting API compliant formats to The City (giving module customers), FellowshipOne and Church Community Builder.

Sign up by February 10 so that all the API links can be established–if you enroll past that date, they can’t guarantee that all of your data can be analyzed in time.

We will use a tool from MortarStone to help you grab every ounce of pertinent information from your church’s donation data. It’s all safe and you can easily break the link when you are done!

  • You will have access to a dashboard of your data to review for ten days after the seminar. Note: you will have an option of subscribing after that time. Your choice.
2014 XP-Seminar 2017-04-07T10:59:05+00:00

February 19-20, 2014 in Dallas, Texas

Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend—featured guest

John has written or co-written 25 books, selling 5 million copies—including the 2 million best-seller Boundaries, along with Leadership Beyond Reason, Handling Difficult People, and his newest book, Beyond Boundaries.

Boundaries in Pastoral Leadership

A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. They impact all areas of our lives:

Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances.
Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions.
Emotional boundaries help us deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others.
Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator.

Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Often Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations.  When confronted with their lack of boundaries they ask:

  • Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
  • What are legitimate boundaries?
  • What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
  • How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
  • Aren’t boundaries selfish?
  • Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?

You need to know your boundaries, then you can help staff and key leaders in your church.  Hone your abilities in this vital presentation.
And more in the afternoon

Seminar Highlights

Mike Erre

Mike Erre

Keynote–Lightning in a Bottle

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.

Mike is “Lightning in a Bottle.” How did the staff and congregation respond to his catalytic actions in the first six months?

How did David analyze whether to be his XP or not?

Kevin Peck

Kevin Peck

Keynote–Every Problem is a Leadership Problem

Kevin is the Lead Pastor of Austin Stone in Austin, Texas.  “As Lead Pastor, my role is to lead and develop our elders, deacons and other leaders so that God’s church would be led toward the vision of making Christ known in our city and throughout the nations.

Day to day I plan, write, teach and lead our teams to strive with all of God’s energy to accomplish the mission He has set before us. My life’s focus, and the focus of my role, is for God’s people to be equipped and God’s church to flourish.”

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

Two Case Studies–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.

There will be a table discussion, with practical application on case studies from Austin Stone & EvFree Fullerton.

Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Legal Issues–Shock & Awe

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.

  • What needs a copyright or trademark?  Are you legal in the use of your music copyright?  Are you legal in the use of images of members/attenders on your website?
  • Who owns the sermon, the video clip, the worship song?  What options from church ownership to employee ownership are out there?
  • Podcasting sermons, websites & enews, any legal issues here?

When Matt & David present at the XP-Seminar, it is “shock & awe.”  Society is litigious and the law is complicated.

short-rideAfternoon Workshops

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

Hear from your peers! The workshop leaders are church leaders who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

The Short Rides

7 people. 7 topics. 7 minutes each.

This lunch format on Wednesday features “short rides” on hot topics. Terse. To the point. Clear. Impactful.

(Horse not provided)

People Patterns

All attendees receive three free uses of the People Patterns Giftedness Indicator.

“I want to thank you for putting together the XPastor Seminar and organization.  It was my first time at the conference and it is already proving extremely beneficial in my role here at my church.”

“Thanks for organizing another great conference.
I appreciate how you provide environments for the growth of leaders.”

“Thank you again
for a wonderful and transformational two days!”

“I had a great time sharing and connecting during the week with other XP’s which is always refreshing.”

Attendees

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

  • Steve All, Pastor/Administrator, Stough Memorial Baptist Church, Pineville, North Carolina
  • Greg Allen, President, The Shepherd’s Staff, Lewisville, Texas
  • Buck Anderson, Pastor, Leadership Development, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Matt Anthony, Attorney,  Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Tim Arrington, Executive Pastor–Administration, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Michael Ash, Executive Pastor, Next Level Church, Fort Myers, Florida
  • Doug Ashley, Executive Pastor, Greenwood Community Church, Greenwood, Colorado
  • Tim Badal, Lead Teaching Pastor, Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, Illinois
  • Dave Bair, VP of Coaching, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jim Baker, Executive Pastor, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Scott Barfoot, Director, Doctor of Ministries Studies, Dallas Theological Seminar, Dallas, Texas
  • Brian Barndt, Executive Pastor, Grey Stone Church, Durham, North Carolina
  • Dave Barrett, Executive Pastor, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas
  • Micah Barnum, Life Stage 3 Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Nathan Baxter, Executive Leadership Coach, Lead-Self Lead-Others, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Justin Beadles, Pastor, Countryside Baptist Church, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Paul Becker, Pastor of Administration, Memorial Park Church, Allison Park, Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Behm, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester, Virginia
  • Jeremiah Betron, Co-Lead Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Warren Bird, Research Director, Leadership Network, Suffern, New York
  • Dana Bois, Executive Director of Operations, Heartland Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Robb Bourdon, Director of Administration, First United Methodist Church, Durango, Colorado
  • John Bradshaw, Executive Pastor, Experience Life, Lubbock, Texas
  • Matthew Branaugh, Editorial Director, Christianity Today, Carol Stream, Illinois
  • Kason Branch, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Darren Brown, Executive Pastor, Burke Community Church, Burke, Virginia
  • Tyler Brown, Executive Pastor, First Christian Church, Florissant, Missouri
  • Sean Buchanan, Sales/Tribe Director, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • David Burggraff, Executive Pastor, Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina
  • Dan Busby, President, ECFA, Winchester, Virginia
  • Mark Carey, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester, Virginia
  • Steve Caton, Vice President of Acquisitions, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Terrance Chavis, Chief Financial Officer, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Linda Chiles, Small Group Marketing Representative, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Roger Christian, Executive Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia
  • Rob Cizek, Executive Pastor, Northshore Christian Church, Everett, Washington
  • Rick Clapp, Executive Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Houston Clark, Co-Founder & Principal, Clark, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Paul Clough, Lead/Executive Pastor, Christ Community Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Errol Coner, Executive Pastor, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Neal Cordle, Executive Pastor, Fruit Cove Baptist Church, Saint Johns, Florida
  • Scott Cougill, CEO, Portable Church, Troy, Michigan
  • Pat Coyle, Pastor, Missions, Outreach & HR, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Bill Daniel, Church Executive, Grace Church, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Larry Davis, Executive Pastor, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
  • Mark DeMoss, Active Faith Senior Manager, Active Network/Fellowship One, Irving, Texas
  • Mark DiGirolamo, COO, Visalia First, Visalia, California
  • Chuck Donnels, Managing Principal, Gdirect, Mesa, Arizona
  • Greg Doty, Executive Pastor, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Rick Duesler, Director of Administration, Otterbein Church, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Keith Duff, Executive Pastor, Village Bible Church, Sugar Grove, Illinois
  • Bryan Eck, Lead Team Pastor, Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas
  • Bill Egner, Executive Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Bob Eldridge, Director of HR, Heartland Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tom Ellis, Executive Vice President, MHBT Inc., Dallas, Texas
  • Ken Engelking, Executive Pastor, Morning Star Community Church, Salem, Oregon
  • Mike Erre, Senior Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Marc Evanger, Executive Director, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • Gerald Farley, Stewardship Strategist, Generis Partners, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • David Fletcher, Founder of XPastor, Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Tami Fletcher, Director, XPastor, Fullerton, California
  • Sammy Flores, Campus Pastor, Christ Fellowship Miami, Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Russ Fortier, Manager of Training & Implementation, ACS Technologies, Florence, South Carolina
  • Scott Foster, Executive Pastor, Bethany Church, Long Beach, California
  • Justin Frazier, Associate Pastor, Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, Allen, Texas
  • Joseph Friedland, Associate Pastor—Operations/Missions, Evangel Pentecostal Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Casey Fritz, Pastor over Ministries, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Penny Fuchihara, Executive Director, Willingdon Church, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Kendall Garrison, Student Ministries Pastor, Creekwood Church, Mansfield, Texas
  • Aaron Giesler, Associate Pastor, Grace Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Troy Godwin, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Justin Gottlieb, Executive Pastor, Seven Mile Road, Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Walter Guillaume, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Chris Gunnare, Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Gus Gustafson, Chief Transformation Officer, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Doug Hart, Executive Pastor, Pathway Community Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Ryan Hartwig, Assistant Professor of Communication, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
  • Jeff Helton, Executive Pastor, The People’s Church, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Nick Henderson, Executive Pastor, River Valley Christian Fellowship, Bastrop, Texas
  • Reagan Hillier, President, Worlds of Wow, Argyle, Texas
  • Jim Hobbs, Executive Pastor, Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Jeremy Hoff, Administration Pastor, Shepherd Church, Porter Ranch, California
  • J.D. Holt, Pastor of Ministries, Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka, Kansas
  • Frank Hopkins, Executive Pastor, Christ Fellowship Miami, Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Roy Horras, Elder, Judson Baptist Church, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Steve Hron, Senior Vice President, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Glen Hudson, Pastor of Congregational Care, Country Bible Church, Blair, Nebraska
  • Andrew Hummel, Communications Director, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Jon Hurst, Assistant Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Brett Inman, Executive Pastor—Ministry, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Mark Jevert, Executive Pastor, Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, Michigan
  • Kevin Jones, Sales Director, Portable Church, Troy, Michigan
  • David Juve, Pastor of Operations, First Assembly, Fargo, North Dakota
  • Jim Kirk, Executive Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Englewood, Colorado
  • Mike Knab, Sales Associate, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Rodney Lara, Senior Pastor, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Chuck Larsen, Senior Pastor, Country Bible Church, Blair, Nebraska
  • Kent Lawrence, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Bernard Lee, Executive Pastor, DUMC, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Jordan Lee, Executive Pastor, Timberlake Church, Redmond, Washington
  • Brad Leeper, President & Principal, Generis Partners, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jim Lehew, Associate Pastor, Emmaus Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Brad Levens, Executive Pastor, Creekwood Church, Mansfield, Texas
  • Scott Long, Administrative Pastor, Gateway Church, Findlay, Ohio
  • David Lyons, Founder and President, MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Randy Marsh, Ministry Development Officer, ECCU, Brea, California
  • Bill Maxon, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Elk Grove, California
  • Joseph Mazzola, Executive Pastor, Hunters Glen Baptist Church, Plano, Texas
  • Ryan McCreery, Pastor of Administration, CrossWay Bible Church, Blue Springs, Missouri
  • Brad McKerley, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Dennis McMahan, Elder, Judson Baptist Church, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Marc McMurrin, Executive Director of Operations, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida
  • Cody McQueen, Teaching Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Darrin Mechling, Associate Pastor, MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
  • Barbara Medlin, Managing Director Relationship Manager, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Harold Metzel, Founder, 10 Talent Stewardship, Greenville, Alabama
  • Dave Michener, Executive Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • David Middlebrook, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Jared Moore, Executive Pastor, Heartland Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jim Moss, Executive Pastor, City Church Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Ed Nalle, Executive Pastor, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Don Neff, Executive Pastor, Worship Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Dorris Neff, Ladies Ministry Director, Worship Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Harry Nelson, Executive Director Investment Sales, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Scott Nelson, Principal, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Avery Nesbitt, Administrative Pastor, Victory World Church, Norcross, Georgia
  • Michael Nichols, Administrative Pastor, FBC Midlothian, Midlothian, Texas
  • Lendell Nolan, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Roswell, New Mexico
  • Frank O’Neill, Executive Pastor, Shelter Rock Church, Manhasset, New York
  • Ken Osness, Lead Associate, Slingshot Group, Irving, California
  • Scot Overbey, Executive Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Darrell Owens, Senior Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Richard Palmer, Pastor of Christian Education, Country Bible Church, Blair, Nebraska
  • Dale Peak, Administrator, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Kevin Peck, Lead Pastor, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas
  • Boyd Pelley, President, Churchteams, McKinney, Texas
  • Greg Perkins, Chief of Staff, Mountain View Community Church, Temecula, California
  • Derek Prezzano, Executive Pastor, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, Smithtown, New York
  • Steve Quinn, Executive Pastor, Lakeside Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas
  • Lane Ransdell, Business Administrator, First Christian Church, Decatur, Illinois
  • Stan Reiff, Principal, CapinCrouse, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jerry Rich, Director of Benefits, FCMM, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jerry Roberts, Associate Pastor, Facilities & Administration, Hope Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tony Roberts, Director of Administration and Oversight, Coppell Bible Fellowship, Coppell, Texas
  • Ray Robinson, Executive Pastor, Bouquet Canyon Church, Santa Clarita, California
  • David Rogers, Care Minister, Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Daniel Rolfe, Acting Senior Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Gary Rothenberger, Executive Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Beaumont Texas
  • Larry Russell, CFO, Visalia First, Visalia, California
  • Tim Samuel, Chief Financial Officer, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • Luke Samuelson, Connect Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • John Schaefer, Volunteer Assistant to XP, EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Chris Seawood, Director of Operations, The Historic St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Kevin Shultz, Executive Pastor, Country Bible Church, Blair, Nebraska
  • Damon Simpson, Associate Pastor: Administrator, First Baptist Church, Porter, Texas
  • Lorenzo Smith, Executive Pastor, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Nicholas Smith, Executive Assistant Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey
  • Wayne Smith, Leadership Community Director, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas
  • Tim Snow, Executive Pastor, University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington
  • John Stanley, Seminary Student, Grace Redeemer Community Church, Richardson, Texas
  • Crystal Tafuro, Lead Project Manager, The Shepherd’s Staff, Lewisville, Texas
  • Phil Todd, Executive Pastor, PaulAnn Baptist Church, San Angelo, Texas
  • John Townsend, Author, Leadership Coach & Psychologist, Cloud-Townsend Resources, Irvine, California
  • John Travis, Director of Operations, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Paul Utnage, Executive Pastor, Springhill Presbyterian Church, Bozeman, Montana
  • Bob Vander Plaats, President/CEO, The Family Leader, Urbandale, Iowa
  • Michael Volbeda, Assistant to Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Allison Waggoner, Executive Director Operations, Christ Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Matthew Ware, Executive Pastor, Victory Church, Westminster, Colorado
  • John Wells, Jr., Senior Pastor, Mountain View Community Church, Temecula, California
  • Jason Wiesepape, Pastor, Campus Administrative Associate, Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas
  • Tim Willows, Marketing Associate, Ziegler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jerry Wilson, Senior Director of Campus Development, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Bruce Woody, President & CEO, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Jon Wright, Executive Pastor, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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

Schedule

Tuesday, February 18

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 19

7:45
Randy Marsh

Randy Marsh

Full Breakfast sponsored by ECCU—5 Steps to Improving Your Chances of Qualifying for a Loan—Randy Marsh, Senior Relationship Manager of ECCU

8:45 Welcome
Dr. David Fletcher, the Founder & Host of XPastor 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

David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony are nationally-noted attorneys with the Church Law Group in Dallas, Texas.

  • What needs a copyright or trademark?  Are you legal in the use of your music copyright?  Are you legal in the use of images of members/attenders on your website?
  • Who owns the sermon, the video clip, the worship song?  What options from church ownership to employee ownership are out there?
  • Podcasting sermons, websites & enews, any legal issues here?

When Matt & David present at the XP-Seminar, it is “shock & awe.”  Society is litigious and the law is complicated.

 

10:00
Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend

Keynote on Boundaries in Ministry

Dr. John Townsend has written or co-written 25 books, selling 5 million copies—including the 2 million best-seller Boundaries, along with Leadership Beyond Reason, Handling Difficult People, and his newest book, Beyond Boundaries.  He will be speaking to us about having clear boundaries in ministry—an essential for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

11:00

Q&A with John Townsend

11:30

Break

11:45

short-rideLunch & The Short Rides on Hot Topics sponsored by GuideStone

  • 7 people. 7 topics. 7 minutes each.
    • Scott Barfoot, The Book.  Justin Beadles, The Return.  Scott Cougil, The Change.  Tom Ellis, The Log.  Bob Vander Plaats, The Need.  Jon Wright, The Class.  Harry Nelson, The Lunch
  • Terse. Clear. Impactful.
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 20

7:45
Mark Demoss

Mark Demoss

Full Breakfast sponsored by Active Network—FellowshipOne & ServiceU.  Mark DeMoss on The Swings and Roundabouts of Church Management Systems

8:45
Kevin Peck

Kevin Peck

Keynote on Every Problem is a Leadership Problem

Kevin is the Lead Pastor of Austin Stone in Austin, Texas.  ”As Lead Pastor, my role is to lead and develop our elders, deacons and other leaders so that God’s church would be led toward the vision of making Christ known in our city and throughout the nations. Day to day I plan, write, teach and lead our teams to strive with all of God’s energy to accomplish the mission He has set before us. My life’s focus, and the focus of my role, is for God’s people to be equipped and God’s church to flourish.”

9:45
Mike Erre

Mike Erre

Keynote on Lightning in a Bottle

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.  Mike is “Lightning in a Bottle.” How did the staff and congregation respond to his catalytic actions in the first six months? How did David analyze whether to be his XP or not?

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.”

Workshops

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Dr. Warren Bird—Ten Commandments of Succession Planning

Warren 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 the long run, every pastor is an interim pastor. Whether you’re looking way ahead or into next year, whether it’s you or someone you coach, this session will offer practical advice— uncovered from over 100 interviews—about what can be done NOW to prepare for a successful transition ahead. The material is from a forthcoming book by William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird.

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter—Mentoring

Nathan is a former SP/XP and now serves as the founder of Lead Self Lead Others. He has been leading teams and helping other leaders move their stories forward for over twenty years. He has developed a unique coaching practice and resources that help leaders and executives break out and prevent the leadership plateau. In his work with Lead Self Lead Others, he has had the privilege of working with entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world including executives from industries as diverse as manufacturing, real estate, banking, non-profit, direct sales, legal, and energy.

This workshop will provide training on best practices for mentoring both paid staff and volunteers using ministry performance evaluations.  Nathan will provide templates, tools, and training that can immediately be put to use in your unique ministry setting.  Through his research and consulting, he has become more convinced that leaders and workers do best if they are clear on what is expected of them and receive feedback on their performance.  These practices will help you improve your leadership culture.

Dave Bair

Dave Bair

Steve Caton

Steve Caton

Steve Caton & Dave Bair—Leveraging Software for Greater Productivity

Steve Caton and Dave Bair are both a members of the Leadership Team at Church Community Builder. Steve leverages a unique background in technology, fundraising and church leadership to help local churches decentralize their processes and equip their people to be disciple makers. Dave has many years of experience with large process and culture improvement projects in several industries such as manufacturing, oil refining, power generation, universities, and churches.

Software is powerful. It can be a tool to help distribute the workload of ministry and equip leaders to steward people more effectively. It can also be a major distraction and source of significant frustration. What keeps the tool from becoming a torment is often your decision criteria and implementation strategy.

In this session, we will cover some of the more popular tools available to churches today. More importantly, we will help you define the right purchasing criteria as well as the key ‘best practices’ for a successful implementation to make sure your software empowers your people and your ministry goals.

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek—Church Alignment: Can Your Ship Take You Where You Need To Go?

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.

We all have big things we want to accomplish. Is your organizational structure working for or against you? This session will explore the good and bad ways churches structure themselves.

It will offer practical tips to ensure the way you are organized is helping, not hurting, your mission.

Houston Clark Co-Founder of Clark

Houston Clark
Co-Founder of Clark

Houston Clark—Missional Spaces & Missional Leaders: the Journey of the Rock Church, San Diego

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.

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

Scott Cougill

Scott Cougill

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Scott Cougill and Kevin Jones—The Best Practices of Mobile Churches

Scott is the CEO of Portable Church® Industries and Kevin is the Sales Director. Scott is an experienced business executive with involvement spanning 26 years in the fields of sales, marketing, consulting and ministry. Prior to his role at Portable Church® Industries, he spent ten years as a ministry advocate—first as the Asia Pacific Director for YFC International; then as an Executive Pastor at Pacific Crossroads Church, a portable church, in West Los Angeles, California.

Kevin Jones is an experienced leader and has had the privilege of helping more than 1,000 churches launch through Portable Church® Industries. Prior to his role at there, Kevin worked in sales and management for several national companies.

Bryan Eck

Bryan Eck

Bryan Eck—“Yikes … Our Team Structure Needs To Change!”

Bryan Eck is the Lead Team Pastor (that is a fancy, hip, cool name for Executive Pastor—trademarked, of course!) at Irving Bible Church—located just outside of Dallas in a fast growing and widely diversified community.  The church has over 5,000 people that call it home.  Bryan has been on staff at IBC for over 6 years and has led a wide variety of ministries, including counseling ministries, recovery, and local/global missions.  His background is in not-for-profit management and was previously in New York City leading a homeless ministry and shelter, literacy programs for at-risk children and other ministries.

This workshop will take a honest and open look at a church when they realized that the Leadership Team and staff structure needed to change.  Find out what they should have done differently, when they realized they had a problem, and how they went through changing the organizational structure to fit with where God was leading them.  Come ready to share your structure and discuss some of the positives and negatives of different structural models of church leadership.

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher—People Patterns® and Growing Your Staff

David has been a pastor for over 30 years in churches of various sizes—from small to large, to one of the largest in the US. He is also the founder of XPastor. His first book, People Patterns, has just been published.

People Patterns explores the way that we lead in our relationships. Everyone leads others—Moms in the workplace or with their kids, Dads on the baseball field or on the job. We need balance in our leadership, knowing our strengths and limitations. How are you leading your staff? How are you growing them? Does each person on your staff know their strengths and limitations? David will show you how to better understand, motivate and grow your staff.

Ryan Hartwig

Ryan Hartwig

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Dr. Ryan Hartwig & Dr. Warren Bird—Take Your Leadership Team to the Next Level: Six Moves to Create Exceptional Leadership Teams

Over the past two years, Dr. Ryan Hartwig, a professor from Azusa Pacific University, and Dr. Warren Bird, research director at the Leadership Network, have studied leadership teams from over 200 churches around the world. Combing through a rich data set, they’ve identified those team practices that differentiate the best teams from all the rest.

In this workshop, Ryan and Warren offer a sneak peek into their Thriving Together team model, which addresses key team communication, purpose, decision-making, membership, leadership, and meeting practices. Come learn practical tips you can implement right away to take your senior leadership team to the next level of health and effectiveness.

Reagan Hillier

Reagan Hillier

Reagan Hillier—5 Steps To Family-Friendly Environments

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.

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Gerald Farley

Gerald Farley

Brad Leeper & Gerald Farley—Don’t Accept Ceilings in Generosity

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. Gerald brings a similarly rich experience, having been an XP for many years. 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.

David Lyons

David Lyons

David Lyons—Hiring To New Levels

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 12 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.”

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody

Scott Nelson & Bruce Woody—Community Focused: Developing Spaces to Serve the Community Rather than the Congregation

Bruce is the President & CEO of HH Architects and Scott is a Principal.

The missional focus of many churches is evolving from serving “outside” the four walls of the church to developing the “four walls” to better serve their local communities. As a result of this new mind set, churches are evaluating and identifying the community needs prior to developing new facilities. Following this presentation, participants will be able to: (1) review approaches for creating multi-purpose spaces to serve both the community and the church,
(2) understand the challenges of “sharing” space with the community, and (3) develop effective Ministry Plans based on People, Space, Time, and Money—in order to meet church needs while utilizing space designed for the community.

Stan Reiff

Stan Reiff

Stan Reiff—Audits

Stan is a Partner with CapinCrouse and his professional experience includes over 20 years in ministry operations, public accounting, government accounting, and missions.

Learn to better understand how to read and interpret your financial statements. Learn how to take financial statement information and use it to make informed and wise decisions for your church’s ministry planning and future.

You will also understand the differences between independent auditors’ processes and reports, as well as when and how to select the right service/product.

Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe—What Could Happen If Your Church Created a Leadership Development Culture?

Daniel is Acting Senior Pastor of Mountain Springs Church of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  One of the most important things you can do for your church this year is to craft a leadership development culture. In many of our churches, we don’t have a leadership problem, we have a leadership development problem. Leadership development is an intentional process where an experienced leader infuses their heart, skill and passion into the lives of others. For a leadership development culture to be created, this passion for development must be systematized and then modeled from the highest levels within your team. You as the XP and all on your directional leadership team must embody the value of development.

Consider joining us at this workshop as we outline the 8 formational steps that we followed in forming our leadership development process. We’ll share terms, titles, timelines and more. Come with your own insights and questions.

Tim Samuel

Tim Samuel

Dave Michener

Dave Michener

Tim Samuel & Dave Michener—Money & Ministry: Two Sides to the “Coin”

Dave is the Executive Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church and Tim works closely with him as the Chief Financial Officer.

This workshop will be facilitated by an XP with a ministerial background and a business mind, as well as a CPA/CFO with a business background and a ministerial mind. They have found a way to make the marriage of money and ministry a happy one (most of the time.) This topic will include ministry evaluation that leads to excellent audit preparation, strategic decisions that lead to strategic spending and savings, and simple changes that can lead to big “cha-ching” for improved cash-flow.

Rev. Nicholas Smith

Rev. Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith—Implementing a Strategic Focus in Your Church

Nick is the Executive Assistant Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey, where he assists pastor/teacher Bishop David G. Evans.

His responsibilities include overseeing the ministry aspect of the church, which includes Evangelism, Business, Family, Youth, Hope, Volunteer, Outreach and Education departments.

Does your church feel like it’s becoming a jack-of-all-trades? Do you need proven tips to implement a focused vision or idea? This session will share methods to implement ideas and vision in a strategic and effective manner. A focused church is an effective church.

Tim Snow

Tim Snow

Tim Snow—Best Practices for Board Leadership

Tim is the XP of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington and has overseen the development of Union Church, a satellite congregation of UPC.

Successfully working with boards is crucial to the health and mission of our churches.   Their wise stewardship of the mission and partnership with senior staff is essential. How do we engage boards in appropriate leadership and discernment?  What are best practices that can serve well in the variety of ways our boards are structured?  How do we appropriately engage our boards rather than just perform decisions in front of them?  How do you build trust, empower high level engagement and help them stay out of the weeds?  In this workshop, we will explore best practices for board leadership and governance.

Jon Wright

Jon Wright

Jon Wright—From Ideation to Innovation

Jon serves as the XP of Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  A member of his church since 1988,  the Senior Pastor and Elder Board asked him in 2009 to step out of the Marketplace—where he owned and operated a product development company—to serve the church in a full time capacity.  He and his wife are also involved in an international orphan ministry, leading teams to serve orphan children in Ghana, Liberia, Myanmar and Ukraine.

We all have a Mission Statement, a vision path and  a strategic plan.  Most of us could quote them on command. But are we executing?  Are we actually reaching the lost, making disciples and impacting our communities for Christ … or are we just talking about it? Through stories of accidental success and colossal failure, this breakout will provide simple, practical and tactical steps to move your leadership team, staff and congregation from apathy to action, from clutter to clarity.

“All the workshops I attended were very relevant and applicable.”

The workshop leaders are a stunning collection of executives who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.” This is your opportunity to discuss vital areas of ministry with seasoned leaders. The workshop leaders are both practical and skilled—they are “in the trenches” doing ministry.

Sponsors

Generis-2015-600For the tenth 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: End-of-Year Giving Communication. We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper, and also Stewardship Strategist Gerald Farley.

 

ministersearch-logoWe welcome MinisterSearch for the tenth 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 close to 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, MinisterSearch can help. We welcome the founder, David Lyons.

eccu-logoFor the eighth 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 Christian churches, parachurch ministries, schools, missionaries and other Christian workers.

 

ACTIVE_FellowshipOne_2016For the eighth year, we welcome ACTIVE Network’s Fellowship One, www.fellowshipone.com and ServiceU, www.serviceu.com. They’re back for the 8th year, but with a new name and an improved suite of products and services. ACTIVE Faith, the company that brought the industry’s premier church management software, Fellowship One, is changing the church market with more technology offerings, church management expertise, and educational opportunities, through their union with ACTIVE Network, an international technology leader, and ServiceU, a provider of stand-alone point-solutions for churches and other organizations.

guidestone_logoWe welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the eighth 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 fifth 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 fourth 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 third 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 third 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.

 

gdirect-logoFor the third year, we welcome Gdirect as a sponsor! Gdirect serves God’s kingdom by helping the local church Identify its business community.  They Connect and Engage Business Owners & Leaders with the church in reaching the unchurched in the Marketplace to grow the Kingdom. We welcome Chuck Donnels.

 

worlds-of-wow-logoFor the second 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 first 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.

Promotional Sponsors

church-executive-logoFor the tenth 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 ninth year, www.leadnet.org.  Leadership Network is a Dallas-based nonprofit that seeks to accelerate the impact of 100X leaders.  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 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 first year.  Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax Group publishes the Church Law & Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters, the 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.

2013 XP-Seminar 2017-04-07T11:04:18+00:00

February 20-21, 2013       Dallas Texas

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

Larry Osborne

Larry Osborne

Dr. Larry Osborne—featured guest

Larry is one of the senior pastors at North Coast Church in northern San Diego County. North Coast is widely recognized as one of the most influential and innovative churches in America. He speaks and writes extensively on the subjects of leadership and spiritual formation.

Breaking Through Ceilings of Competency & Complexity

Sooner or later, every leader and every organization hits a ceiling of competency & complexity. Those who break through move on to new heights—those who don’t, flounder and die.

  • Why growth always increases complexity—and what to do about it.
  • How to recognize a genuine ceiling—and what to do about it.
  • Why the old ways suddenly stop working—and where to look for the best solution.
  • The two things that always need to change—and why they are resisted so fiercely.

Seminar Highlights

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Nathan has been a SP and an XP, and has helped hundreds of SP-XP teams around the country. From “mentoring” to “360 reviews” to “the SP-XP relationship,” Nathan brings wisdom and experience.

Elder Kason Branch COO, Concord Church

Elder Kason Branch

He began his career in AT&T’s prestigious Leadership Development Program. He is now the COO of Concord Church, responsible for leading 40 full time staff. Kason provides leadership to church-wide initiatives such as capital campaigns and facility expansion. Under his leadership is the Ministry Operations & Operations Support of Finance, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Security, Multimedia, and Marketing.

brian-carter

Rev. Brian Carter

Pastor Carter became the Senior Pastor of the historic Concord Church in Dallas. Dr. E.K. Bailey had been their famous pastor for many years. Pastor Carter took over and has taken the church to new heights, revitalizing this historic church, going from 3,000 to 6,000 in worship in 9 years. Case Study on Concord Church of Dallas.

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

David is the Founder and Host of XPastor, with its unique format of nationally known authors, current thinking from leaders, and pastors from cutting-edge churches. No one has the mix of thought and practice that XPastor offers. The Seminar brings together XPs, SPs and church leaders from around North America. This key event will train and motivate new and existing leaders.

David Middlebrook Matt Anthony

Keynote on Legal & Compensation Issues

For several years XPastor has brought the outstanding legal perspectives of Matt Anthony and David Middlebrook. We all want to keep current with the best practices on challenging issues. David and Matt are nationally noted attorneys who have helped thousands of churches across America. They get rave reviews at XP-Seminars and bring vital information every year. This year they will address compensation practices and compliance:

  • What is the role of compensation studies?
  • Should you form an independent compensation committee?
  • What documentation is necessary for housing allowances?
  • What are the legal issues concerning 403(b) plans?

short-ridePeople Patterns

All attendees receive three free uses of the People Patterns Giftedness Indicator.

Seminar WorkshopThe Short Ride

7 people. 7 topics. 7 minutes each. New for XPastor will be a revised lunch format on Wednesday, featuring “short rides” on hot topics. Stay tuned as these will be announced soon. Terse. To the point. Clear. Impactful.

Workshops

We will have 20 workshops. Hear from some of the best church leaders from North America. You will hear from well known, big church leaders and also a great collection of medium-sized church leaders— people who are coming up with innovative solutions. Hear from your peers! Two afternoons of workshops. The workshop leaders are church leaders who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

“You do a conference well—the notebook, content, organization, website, and communication were ALL top notch. —I enjoyed the presentations and the people.”

Attendees

  • Matt Anthony, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Scott Barfoot, Director, Doctor of Ministry Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Dr. Nathan Baxter, Lead-Self Lead-Others, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Andrew Behm, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester, Virginia
  • Dr. Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Leadership Network, New York City, New York
  • David Bixby, Pastor of Operations, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Glen Blanscet, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Texas
  • Mike Bonem, XP Author & Speaker, Bellaire, Texas
  • Joel Botello, Executive Pastor, Westoverhills Assembly of God Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kason Branch, Chief Operating Officer, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Greg Brooks, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church At The Villages, The Villages, Florida
  • Dr. Tyler Brown, Executive Pastor, First Christian, Florissant, Missouri
  • Ben Brummett, Men’s Ministry Intern, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Paul Burr, Pastor of Ministry Operations and Development, Redeemer Bible Church, Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Mark Carey, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Winchester, Virginia
  • Brian Carter, Senior Pastor, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Steve Caton, VP of Acquisition, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado church_web: http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com/
  • Rob Cizek, Executive Pastor, Northshore Christian Church, Everett, Washington
  • Rick Clapp, Executive Director, Operations, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Houston Clark, Co-Founder & Principal, Clark, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Errol Coner, Executive Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Neal Cordle, Executive Pastor, Fruit Cove Baptist Church, St. Johns, Florida
  • Scott Cougill, Executive Pastor, Pacific Crossroads Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Larry Davis, Executive Pastor, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
  • Mark DeMoss, Manager, Professional Services, Active Faith, Irving, Texas
  • Chuck Donnels, Managing Principal, Gdirect, Rocklin, California
  • Steve Downs, Executive Pastor, RiverLakes Community Church, Bakersfield, California
  • Bryan Eck, Lead Team Pastor, Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas
  • Bill Egner, Executive Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Victor Erwin, Lay Leader, Pantego Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Gerald Farley, Stewardship Strategist, Generis Partners, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Dr. David Fletcher, XP & Founder of XPastor, Austin, Texas
  • Tami Fletcher, Executive Assistant of XPastor, Akron, Ohio
  • Justin Frazier, Associate Pastor, Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, Allen, Texas
  • Paul Gilbert, Executive Pastor, Four Oaks Church, Tallahassee, Florida
  • John Gordon, Executive Pastor, Wayside Chapel EFCA, San Antonio, Texas
  • J. P. Gradone, Executive Pastor, Central Church, Collierville, Tennessee
  • Chris Groff, Associate Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Chris Gunnare, Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Gus Gustafson, Chief Transformation Officer, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Chip Hackney, Executive Pastor, Kainay Community Church, Fruitport, Michigan
  • Rick Hale, Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Roswell, New Mexico
  • Steve Hartwick, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Parris Hayashi, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church Pearlside, Pearl City, Hawaii
  • Nick Henderson, Executive Pastor, River Valley Christian Fellowship, Bastrop, Texas
  • Brad Heykoop, Director of Operations, WaterStone Community Church, Littleton, Colorado
  • Kassi Hill, Pastor’s Wife, Silverdale Baptist Church, Bremerton, Washington
  • Paul Hill, Executive Pastor, Silverdale Baptist Church, Bremerton, Washington
  • Reagan Hillier, President, Worlds of Wow, Argyle, Texas
  • J.D. Holt, Pastor of Ministries, Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka, Kansas
  • Jeff Hook, General Manager, Active Faith, Irving, Texas
  • Brian Horn, Director, XPastor, Austin, Texas
  • Andrew Hummel, Communications Director, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Brett Inman, Executive Pastor of Ministry, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Taylor Jackson, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Gary Judd, Associate Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Ron Keener, Editor of ChurchExecutive Magazine, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Ralph Kelley, Executive Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dean King, Executive Pastor, River Pointe Church, Richmond, Texas
  • Scott Landon, Executive Director, Wheaton Bible Church, West Chicago, Illinois
  • Rodney Lara, Senior Pastor, Judson Baptist Church, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Brad Leeper, President & Principal, Generis Partners, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tim Leonard, Director of Family Ministries, Grace Church, Netcong, New Jersey
  • Greg Lingle, Executive Pastor, Mansfield Bible Church, Mansfield, Texas
  • Scott Long, Administrative Pastor, Gateway Church, Findlay, Ohio
  • David Lyons, Founder and President of MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Mike Mann, Executive Pastor, San Ramon Presbyterian Church, San Ramon, California
  • Derek Maxson, Chairman, Sierra Bible, Sonora, California
  • Ron May, Executive Pastor, Wildwood Church, Eat Moline, Illinois
  • Brad McKerley, Executive Pastor, Southpointe, Leesburg, Florida
  • Cody McQueen, Life Stage 2 Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dave Michener, Executive Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • David Middlebrook, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Brett Miley, Administrative Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Kevin Miller, Church Administrator, Foothills Christian Church, El Cajon, California
  • Sylvia Miller, Assistant to Senior Pastor, Foothills Christian Church, El Cajon, California
  • Fred Neal, Executive Pastor, Harvest Community Church, Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • Scott Nelson, Principal, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Michael Nichols, Executive Pastor, First Baptist, Midlothian, Texas
  • Cary Nick, Senior Pastor, RiverLakes Community Church, Bakersfield, California
  • Lendell Nolan, Pastor of Ministry, Grace Community Church, Roswell, New Mexico
  • Frank ONeill, Executive Pastor, Shelter Rock Church, Manhasset, New York
  • Darrell Owens, Senior Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Alex Poirier, Executive Pastor, Emmanuel Bible Chapel, Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • Derek Prezzano, Executive Pastor, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, Smithtown, New York
  • Bo Richardson, Executive Pastor, Rose Heights Church, Tyler, Texas
  • Eric Rojas, Executive Pastor, Christ Community Church, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Daniel Rolfe, Lead Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tim Samuel, Chief Financial Officer, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, Maryland
  • Luke Samuelson, Connect Director, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Joe Sanchez, Executive Pastor, 121 Community Church, Grapevine, Texas
  • Cody Sandahl, Associate for Discipleship, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Brad Simmons, Church Planting Catalyst, Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association, Wichita, Kansas
  • Lorenzo Smith, Executive Pastor, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Eric Soon, Director, Professional Services, Active Faith, Irving, Texas
  • Mindy Sutton, Executive Director, Expansion, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • John Szablowski, Executive Pastor, The Bridge Bible Church, Bakersfield, California
  • John Travis, Director of Operations, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Mark Tulloch, Deacon, Faith Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
  • Sutton Turner, Executive Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington
  • Paul Utnage, XP, Springhill Presbyterian Church, Bozeman, Montana
  • Steve VanPoolen, Executive Pastor, Crossroads Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Rick von Albrecht, Executive Pastor of Administration, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Rick Wagner, Senior Pastor, Evangelical Free Church, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Matthew Ware, Executive Pastor and Worship Pastor, Victory Church, Westminster, Colorado
  • Garth Warren, Executive Pastor, Christ Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Drew Wilborn, Associate Pastor, Antioch Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Jerry Wilson, Executive Director of Campus Development, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Ryan Wong, Sacramento, California
  • Bruce Woody, President, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Jonathan Wright, XP, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Rick Wright, Senior Associate Pastor, The Falls Church Anglican, Falls Church, Virginia

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

Schedule

Tuesday, February 19

7:30 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. Dessert is open to all.

Wednesday, February 20

7:45
Randy Marsh

Randy Marsh

Full Breakfast sponsored by ECCU with special speaker Randy Marsh on “Financial Benchmarks That Keep Your Ministry on Mission.” Liquidity: How do you build that? – staying on mission – key indicators. Everyone wants to know how much cash is enough and how to keep it.

8:45

Welcome

9:00
David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

Keynote by David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony David and Matt are nationally noted attorneys.

  • What is the role of compensation studies?
  • Should you form an independent compensation committee?
  • What documentation is necessary for housing allowances?
  • What are the legal issues concerning 403(b) plans?
10:00
Elder Kason Branch

Elder Kason Branch

Case Study of Concord Church: A Historic Church is Revitalized & Grows

  • Kason and David will explore a challenge that Concord faced
  • Each table will be given a chance to come up with their own “solution,” and then Concord’s solution will be examined
  • This is a classic “Harvard-style” case study.
11:00
Brian Carter

Brian Carter

The Role of the Senior Pastor, Rev. Brian Carter, Concord Church of Dallas

  • Taking a historic church and growing it to the next level
  • Building a new worship center in a recession
  • Vision? Dynamic change and growth? Empowerment?
12:15

short-rideLunch Sponsored by GuideStone & The Short Rides

  • 7 people. 7 topics. 7 minutes each
  • New for XPastor will be a revised lunch format, featuring “shorts” on hot topics
  • Terse. To the point. Clear. Impactful.
1:30 Workshops: Session #1 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
2:45 Break & Afternoon Snack
3:00 Workshops: Session #2 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
4:15 Break for the evening. Take a new or old XP/SP friend to dinner!

Thursday, February 21

7:45 Light Continental Breakfast
8:45
Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

  • Nathan has been a SP and an XP, and has helped hundreds of SP-XP teams around the country
  • From “mentoring” to “360 reviews” to “the SP-XP relationship,” Nathan brings wisdom and experience
10:00
Larry Osborne

Larry Osborne

Keynote with Larry Osborne: Breaking Through Ceilings of Competency & Complexity

  • Why growth always increases complexity—and what to do about it
  • How to recognize a genuine ceiling—and what to do about it
  • Why the old ways suddenly stop working—and where to look for the solution
  • The two things that always need to change—and why they are resisted
10:45 Group Discussion and Q&A on Keynote
11:15
Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

David will interview Larry about his new book, Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith.

Zealous faith can have a dangerous, dark side. While recent calls for radical Christians have challenged many to be more passionate about their faith, the downside can be a budding arrogance and self-righteousness that ‘accidentally’ sneaks into our outlook. Larry diagnoses nine of the most common traps that can ensnare Christians on the road to a deeper life of faith. Rejecting attempts to turn the call to follow Christ into a new form of legalism, he shows readers how to avoid the temptations of pride, exclusivity, legalism, and hypocrisy, Larry reminds us that attempts to fan the flames of full-on discipleship and call people to Christlikeness should be rooted in love and humility. Christians stirred by calls to radical discipleship, but unsure how to respond, will be challenged and encouraged to develop a truly Christlike zeal for God.

11:30

Lunch options

  • Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and go to one of 6 lunch Workshops: Session 3
12:45 Workshops: Session 4 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
2:00 Workshops: Session 5 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
3:15 Conclusion (early enough for you to catch a flight home)

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

Workshops

“All the workshops I attended were very relevant and applicable.”
The workshop leaders are a stunning collection of executives who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.” This is your opportunity to discuss vital areas of ministry with seasoned leaders. The workshop leaders are both practical and skilled—they are “in the trenches” doing ministry.

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Dr. Warren Bird—Senior Pastor Succession

Warren is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Leadership Network, author and former pastor. He always bringsthe very latest in research in church ministry.

We tried to host this workshop last year, but there was a family issue and Warren had to leave a day early. This workshop will be an evaluative discussion on Senior Pastor Succession. Bring your past experiences to share. Bring your ideas about best case scenarios. Bring your existing plans and policies for Senior Pastor Succession at your church.

Mike Bonem XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem
XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem—Potholes or Sinkholes? Dealing with Bumps in the Road

Mike co-wrote an XPastor favorite, Leading from the Second Chair. He willjoin us for a live interview about his new book, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership.

We serve in the “second chair” out of a sense of calling and a desire to see our churches grow in their effectiveness for the Kingdom. As a result, we expect this role to be deeply fulfilling. But every Executive Pastor goes through seasons that are short on fulfillment and long on frustration. It may be characterized by relational conflict, differing visions, disappointing results, a gnawing unrest or something else. How do you know whether this season is a pothole or a sinkhole, a short-lived bump or a sign that it’s time to move on to a new place of service? This workshop will give you a place to reflect on these issues and some practical ideas for how to deal with them.

Joel Botello

Joel Botello

Joel Botello—Are My People Strategically Growing?

Joel is an XP at Westoverhills Assembly of God Church in San Antonio. He asks, “Are the people attending your church growing? If so, how do you know? Do you have a pipeline for developing individuals in to mature believers, disciples and leaders?”

This workshop will explore strategic growth. Such growth does not take place solely by attending church and listening to great sermons. Are there ways to advance the people God brings us? I believe there are and I will present the WHAG Pipeline as a measurable instrument for Growing Gods people.

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek—Breaking Through with The Power Of Being Direct

A subtitle for this workshop could be, How To Gain Leadership Influence and Credibility By ‘Telling It Like It Is’. Rob (@RobCizek on Twitter) is the XP of Northshore Christian Church of Everett, Washington. He comes from the business world, having won awards for running newsrooms for broadcast television. As such, Rob brings a unique perspective to the XP role.

Speak the truth in love. It seems simple, but most people are bad at it. Being direct in our communication and leadership style will be appreciated and increase our credibility. Yet we’re afraid speak directly and clearly. Why? This session will provide you with things you can do to become more direct, and thus effective, in your leadership. 
 Being direct doesn’t mean being mean. Keep short accounts. Invite others to be honest with you. Directness with honesty is so rare that people will value it. And much more!

Houston Clark Co-Founder of Clark

Houston Clark
Co-Founder of Clark

Houston Clark—Breaking Your Theology of Space

Houston is a co-founder & Principal of Clark. Last year George brought a workshop on different approaches to multi-site video, full of hands-on application.  This year the challenge is to rethink your Church Space.

George says, “I was sitting in a meeting, discussing the way the Church uses its space, when someone boldly said: “We’ve built spaces for us and then gone out and tried to bring the lost to them, instead of building a space for the community.” I had to agree. We both believe the Church is going to be sadly disappointed if they say, “we’ll  continue to build the same buildings for the next 20 years and they’ll still be culturally relevant.” Culture is seeking a more intimate, more authentic experience, so we have to build spaces which support that.”

Chris Gunnare

Chris Gunnare

Chris Gunnare—Delivering Five Star Service!

Chris is the Chief Operation Officer at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa. The church has 9,500 in worship and Chris has come out of the business community to his present position.

This workshop will explore the concept that visitors at a church decide within first 10 minutes whether or not they will return. What does the first 10 minutes look like at your church? What does a visitor/guest see & feel when they first come to your church? This workshop will provide an overview of Hope’s programs and encourage conversation to share with others in breakout what works at their churches (best practices).

Reagan Hillier

Reagan Hillier

Reagan Hillier—Through the Roof in Kids & Student Environments

Reagan is the President of Worlds of Wow. He has years of experience in the amusement industry and has the know-how to bring theme park level quality and innovation to children’s ministry environments.

This workshop will focus on how to invest in your environments. “As an XP, you can maximize the investment of kids/student environments,” Reagan says. This workshop will show you how to do that. We will help you better understand the value of tailored ministry environments. Theming allows the walls of the ministry spaces to reflect the DNA of the church. Theming with your DNA also illustrate the commitment a church has to families. Environments matter! Whether we are talking about where we eat, where we buy coffee or where we go to church. The investment in physical spaces is a critical piece for today’s churches.

Jeff Hook

Jeff Hook

Mark Demoss

Mark Demoss

Jeff Hook, Eric Soon & Mark DeMoss, Active Faith—Return On Ministry

Jeff Hook, General Manager of Active Faith & Eric Soon, Director, Professional Services, ACTIVE Faith & Mark DeMoss, Manager, Professional Services, Active Faith will present this workshop on Return On Ministry.

Return on Ministry (ROM) is a ministerial twist on the corporate concept of ROI (Return on Investment). ROM emphasizes ministry effectiveness—rather than profits—through strategic process development and data analytics. ACTIVE Faith/Fellowship One’s Jeff Hook, Eric Soon, and Mark DeMoss, whose considerable combined business and ministry experience bring the best of both worlds together, will discuss all aspects of the art of measured Kingdom results.

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Gerald Farley

Gerald Farley

Brad Leeper & Gerald Farley—Don’t Accept Ceilings in Generosity

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. Gerald brings a similarly rich experience, having been an XP for many years. 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 to keep it?

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

David Lyons

David Lyons

David Lyons—Hiring To New Levels

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 12 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.”

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody

Scott Nelson & Bruce Woody—Buildings: “Ceilings of Complexity?”

Bruce is the President & CEO of HH Architects and Scott is a Principal. This workshop will bring their expertise to bear on your next building project.

Many churches talk about “getting back to normal” but most experts say back to normal no longer exists! The old normal has been replaced with a new paradigm of pervasive uncertainty. As a result of the new normal, today’s leaders are utilizing a Strategic Positioning process as the launching pad for their next church building. This process helps develop effective ministry plans that consider key factors as they relate to your ministry objectives. Strategic Positioning focuses on helping churches to quickly explore options that account for planning in four different areas: People, Space, Time, and Money, in an effort to make informed decisions as you prepare for future development. Experience how this process centers around an interactive work session with your key leaders allowing you to participate in “real-time” analysis of “what if” scenarios. This will enable you to arrive at value-based decisions after reviewing the pro’s & con’s of various scenarios before engaging in major capital expenditures.

Stan Reiff

Stan Reiff

Stan Reiff—What Counts? Measuring the Financial Performance of Your Church

Stan is a Principal with CapinCrouse and his professional experience includes over 20 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.

Rick Clapp

Rick Clapp

Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe & Rick Clapp—Complexity: How Did We Spend Our Last $10 million?

Daniel is the Co-Lead Pastor of Mountain Springs Church of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He began his journey at Mountain Springs as the XP, and then they changed to a shared leadership model. He will be jonied by Rick, Executive Pastor for Mountain Springs.

Where have the last $10,000,000 of your church been spent? Do you know? How effective have those dollars been for the kingdom of God? Have those dollars hit the bullseye of your vision? Daniel and Rick, team up to discuss how they surveyed, measured, examined and applied the answers to those questions. The goal was that their church can spend time and money more effectively, sending out even more arrows that hit the target. Come hear their results and discuss how to apply them to your own unique inventory and vision.

Eric Rojas

Eric Rojas

Eric Rojas—How to Develop an Effective Employee Handbook

Eric is the XP of Christ Community Church, a multi-site, 5 campus church of 5,500 in the western suburbs of Chicago, where he has been on staff for almost 10 of his 25 years in ministry.

In this seminar we will look at requirements for an employee handbook for churches at various size levels. Included will be sections on employment, compensation, employee benefits, preformance standards, workplace guidelines, organizational structure, how to properly revise policies and communicate them, ongoing documentation and the importance of protecting the organization of the church. This breakout will have legal elements to it, but will also come from the perspective of ministry and  shepherding from an Executive Pastor.

John Travis

John Travis

Andrew Hummel

Andrew Hummel

John Travis & Andrew Hummel—Media and the Modern Church

John is the Director of Operations and Andrew is Communications Director at Reality LA, a young church of 3,000 in Hollywood, California.

In the modern world, both as individuals and as church bodies, we’re always communicating something—usually to many more people than we might expect. This workshop will explore how to know those audiences, understand the potentials and pitfalls of various media platforms, effectively leverage your unique resources, and travel a path of constant improvement. Using recent campaigns as case studies, John and Andrew will share some of their surprising successes and spectacular failures.

Dr. Paul Utnage

Dr. Paul Utnage

Paul Utnage—Helping the Staff Member Who Brings Turmoil to the Team

Paul is the Executive Pastor of Springhill Church in Bozeman, Montana. He says, “Problems occur. Crises happen. In the midst of these emotional seasons, people struggle—sometimes in unhealthy ways. In many cases people adapt to the pain without hindering their job performance. In other cases, individuals are snared by their internal turmoil. Job performance suffers and their emotional struggle becomes the “invisible elephant” in staff relationships. ”

This workshop will focus on the supervisor, that you have to do something to help the employee, team and ministry—and other staff members are expecting you to do something now. When should you ignore the problem? When should you fire the staff member? When should you provide coaching to the staffer on your own? When should you require outside counseling while they still work on the team? When should you put the staff member on paid leave of absence? You have options, but you need the skills that are necessary for each option. This workshop seeks to provide a framework for helping staff members who bring such turmoil to the team that performance suffers, momentum lags and teams bog down. You will acquire a process for helping your staffer and key skills for the journey.

Jon Wright

Jon Wright

Jon Wright—Cultivating and Maintaining the Spiritual Vitality of Your Team

Jon is the XP of Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. This will be a brisk and practical walk through 1 Timothy, with plenty of interaction with Jon and other attendees.

Jon says, “As XP’s we’re often focusing on structure and strategy and the ‘spiritual’ can get overlooked. We often assume that the SP or the individual pastors will ensure this is happening but without an intentional process it rarely does. If we, or our teams, lose our passion and vision for God’s Word, Our Call and His Church, we will be ineffective in executing the vision for our own individual churches.”

Sponsors

Generis-2015-600For the ninth 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: End-of-Year Giving Communication. We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper, and also Stewardship Strategist Gerald Farley.

ministersearch-logoFor the ninth year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends at MinisterSearch. Many have met David Lyons, their founder and president, at previous XP-Seminars and XPastor events. MinisterSearch empowers churches to have access to a larger, more qualified pool of candidates. They also help reduce the time spent searching for qualified and competent staff and increase the retention rate among pastors and ministers. 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, MinisterSearch can help. We welcome the President, David Lyons.

eccu-logoFor the seventh year as a sponsor, we welcome the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. The Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) is a trusted banking resource that shares your passion for kingdom impact. With ECCU’s wisdom gained from more than 40 years of experience serving evangelical ministries, we are helping churches in all 50 states increase their effectiveness through biblically based banking, financing, and investing services.

ACTIVE_FellowshipOne_2016They’re back for the 7th year, but with a new name and an improved suite of products and services. ACTIVE Faith, the company that brought the industry’s premier church management software, Fellowship One, is changing the church market with more technology offerings, church management expertise, and educational opportunities, through their union with ACTIVE Network, an international technology leader, and ServiceU, a provider of stand-alone point-solutions for churches and other organizations.

guidestone_logoWe welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the seventh 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 $10.0 billion in assets as of December 31, 2011. 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 fourth 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 third 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 second year, we welcome CapinCrouse. With more than 700 not-for-profit organizations and 1,500 tax 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 megachurches, 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.

clark-logoFor the second year, we welcome Clark. Sixteen years ago, Clark (formally 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.

gdirect-logoFor the second year, we welcome Gdirect as a sponsor! Gdirect serves God’s kingdom by helping the local church Identify its business community. We Connect and Engage church leaders, business leaders and the congregation with each other through the creation of socially driven church branded business directories.

worlds-of-wow-logoFor the first 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.”

Pomotional Sponsors

church-executive-logoFor the ninth 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 the Editor, Ron Keener.

leadership-network-300For the eighth year, we welcome Leadership Network as a sponsor. Leadership Network is a Dallas-based nonprofit that seeks to accelerate the impact of 100X leaders. 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. Resources are available as free downloads at leadnet.org/papers. In addition, Leadership Network partners with two important publishers, Jossey-Bass and Zondervan to give leaders access to the thought leadership and best practices of effective 21st century churches. Learn more at leadnet.org/books.

“This is my first conference since becoming the XP at our church. Attended an XPastor ‘Staffing Workshop’ in Phoenix that helped me make a decision toward an XP pathway. Thanks for your ministry!”

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chand_sam_285Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code
Dr. Sam Chand
Keynote Speaker

and a Case-Study of Grace Church with SP Jarrod Jones and  a keynote by Nicholas Smith on “A Church with Various Economic Levels” and Dan Reiland on his latest book, and Mike Bonem on his latest book and much more!

Why XPastor?

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 8th year, the XP-Seminar brings gggether Executive Pastors and Senior Pastors from around North America. This will be a pertinent and penetrating conference. XPastor is the leader in equipping Executive Pastors. The Seminar is a key event to train and motivate both existing XPs and newly minted ones.

XPastor.orgHear from some of the best church leaders from North America. You will hear from well known, big church leaders and also a great collection of medium-sized church leaders—also people who are coming up with innovative solutions but not nationally known, yet! Hear from your peers!  Two afternoons of workshops! The workshop leaders are church leaders who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

This year our special guest will be Dr. Sam Chand

Sam Chand is a Dream Releaser. He serves pastors, ministries and businesses as a Leadership Architect and Change Strategist. Dr. Chand speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches, corporations, ministerial conferences, seminars and other leadership development opportunities.

Dr. Chand consults with businesses and large churches on leadership and capacity enhancing issues. He was named in the 2011 top-30 Global Leadership Gurus list and serves on the board of EQUIP (Dr. John Maxwell’s Ministry), equipping five million leaders world-wide.

Sam has authored and published eleven books. XPastor is featuring his book,Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision & Inspiration.

All Seminar attendees will receive a free Church Culture Indicator from Dr. Chand. Plus, all attendees receive three free uses of the People Patterns 360 Indicator.

Dan Reiland & Amplified Leadership

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland

Dan is a favorite at the XP-Seminar. This year we will be featuring his new book, Amplified Leadership. Just released in January 2012, this is hot off the presses. And, we will have 70 copies to give away. About the book:

If you want your ministry to reach its maximum potential, all that God wants for you, it is essential that you develop strong leaders. In Amplified Leadership, “pastor’s coach” Dan Reiland gives you a proven process for developing new leaders that are established spiritually and trained practically. Not just a checklist of things you should do, Amplified Leadership provides an intentional development process that starts with your relationships and ends with empowered leaders who are ready to make an impact.

Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem
XP, author, coach

Mike co-wrote an XPastor favorite, Leading from the Second Chair. He will join us for a live interview about his new book, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership.

About the book: “Is it possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts in a way that keeps Christ—not the marketplace—at the center of their mission? Drawing on biblical material and business wisdom, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership explores the critical leadership decisions and practices that shape the success of Christian organizations. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with over forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries.

Mike leverages his background as an MBA-trained manager and an experienced church leader to bridge the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches. Written to offer practical solutions for senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership clearly shows the ways that secular practices can be imported into their organizations. Bonem addresses a variety of topics such as planning, finances, personnel management, measurement, team dynamics, and organizational change. In doing so, he points to the AND that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve.”

Insightful Keynotes to Help You in Ministry

Jarrod Jones

Jarrod Jones

Keynote From Jarrod Jones

XPastor has been tracking the exponential growth of Grace Community Church of Washingtonville, New York. Jarrod Jones is their new Lead Pastor. The 2012 Seminar will feature a two-part case study and Jarrod will also present his ministry vision.

Is Jarrod a “Truth Softener?”

From the title of a recent sermon series, Jarrod has a clear vision for the future, based on the truth of the Scriptures. Jarrod Jones became the Lead Pastor of Grace Community in 2009. Grace is a 28 year-old church whose founding pastor recently transitioned to ministry work in Florida.

truth_softener_250One of the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in the Nation. One of two in the Northeast!

Within a year of Jarrod becoming the Lead Pastor, Grace Community had grown 50% to over 1,000 people in worship. The question was, with a worship center that sat 390 people, and the church already holding three worship services, how should they expand? The church has added services and is looking at multi-site, and it is still growing rapidly.

We will have a case-study on the church. Then, Jarrod will share his vision for the church and ministry.

Jarrod Jones says,

“I’ve had a passion for revival in the Northeast.”
God is making that happen at Grace Community.

Seminar Nick SmithKeynote from Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith began ministry as one of the youngest XPs in the nation. Bishop David Evans of Bethany Baptist Church of Lindenwold, New Jersey, hand-picked Nicholas to be his long-term successor in ministry. Bethany Baptist is a mega-mega church, with over 20,000 members.

XPastor featured Bethany Baptist in a case-study in 2006. A Church and XP for Urban Life: Bethany Baptist Church and Nicholas Smith, a 20 Year Transition.

Nicholas is a gifted communicator, bringing key insights about the church and Scripture. He will bring a keynote address on A Church Culture with a Variety of Economic Levels, with special attention to Helping People Emerge from Dependent and Co-Dependent lives.

Keynote on Child Abuse and Sex Offenders

We all want to keep current with the best practices on challenging issues. This issue is one of the hardest when it hits your church.

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

Keynote by Matt Anthony and David Middlebrookon Child Abuse, Sex Offenders & Church Best Practices/Worst Practices. David wrote a book on the topic in 2001 and won the Gold Medallion from CBA. David and Matt are nationally noted attorneys who have helped thousands of churches across America. Their podcast on Hosting a Superbowl Party was viewed by over 100,000 people. Do you have the policies and practices in place regarding child abuse? Have you recently reviewed them?

“I look forward to attending with my SP so we can bounce ideas off each other.”

Take Aways & Format

Sam Chand is going to blow your socks off. He will share the seven key aspects of church culture. If you want to hurt your church culture, then just violate one of these principles.

Why is it that the best strategic plans and good leadership often are not able to move churches in the desired direction? Toxic culture is to blame. Leaders don’t sense the toxicity, but it poisons their relationships and derails their vision. Identify strengths and needs of your church’s culture, and then apply practical strategies to make their church’s culture more positive.

Sam has also made available his Church Culture Indicator to every Seminar participant,at no charge!

Jarrod Jones will encourage and excite you as he shares his passion for ministry. How is he helping to bring revival to what some call a “spiritually washed over area” of America?

Matt Anthony and David Middlebrook will give you insights on preventing child abuse and dealing with sex offenders. With real life stories, they will challenge you to examine your policies and practices. They bring the legal know-how to help you help your church.

Workshops are your time to talk at length to peers who are leading significant ministries around the country. Take-aways from the workshops are always key, and the Seminar will have over twenty to choose from.

You won’t agree with everything you hear—but you learn a great deal when challenged to think out of “your box.”

Take away self-knowledge and gain insight about your gifts by using the People Patterns Indicator, which is based on the 5 Functions of an XP. This is free to all attenders. Are you an Administrator of resources, Catalyst for ministry, Mentor of staff, Minister in the congregation or Overseer of church-wide ministry?

“I liked the interaction style.  Lecture-only leaves me bored at some conferences.”

Dr. Fletcher devised a 20-20-20 format to maximize growth and interaction:

Cognitive Learning

  • 20 minutes of hard-hitting lecture

Participatory Learning

  • 20 minutes of small group discussion

Interactive Learning

  • 20 minutes of large group discussion or an Interview

By using auditory, visual and kinestheticapproaches, the attendee forms relationships, learns concepts and takes home practical ministry ideas.

  • Practical teaching
  • Lots of choices; no time wasted
  • Extremely relevant throughout

“I connected with two colleagues on issues I can immediately apply to my church setting.”

Who Should Come?

The XP-Seminar is not just for XPs. Many Senior Pastors and church executives come to improve their ability to creatively and innovatively lead the church. Senior Pastors should read this page. This is the only seminar available to grow your executive staff team. Come as a team!

Hone your work as an XP. Prepare to be an XP. Share your church experience and get quality feedback in the discussion sessions. This seminar is an ideal ministry enhancement and resume builder as it gives advanced study on church leadership.

We cap our size at 200 attendees. That gives personal attention to everyone! Our speakers and attendees come from churches of different sizes. One XP is in a church of 700 and another is in a church of 5,000. Half of those attending the XP-Seminar come from churches with less than 1,800 in worship. Yet, we have had churches of 45,000 in worship. You can find your peers here! This is an excellent time to develop deeper relationships with other XPs, the seminar leaders and the special speakers. Where else can an XP and Senior Pastor come and be challenged about church leadership and management?

“So great to be with like-minded people, i.e. Kingdom-minded and familiar with the XP world.”

“I learned quite a bit at the conference. I hope to steer our church into some strategic changes over the next 12-18 months.”

Attendees

  • Greg Allen, President, The Shepherd’s Staff, Lewisville, Texas
  • Matt Andersen, Dallas, Texas
  • Matt Anthony, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Scott Barfoot, Director, Doctor of Ministry Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Micah Barnum, Local Outreach Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dr. Nathan Baxter, Lead-Self Lead-Others, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Brent Berger, Administrative Pastor, Northside Christian Church, Spring, Texas
  • Ken Bevel, Senior Associate Pastor of Connections and Major Events, Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia
  • Dr. Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Leadership Network, New York City, New York
  • David Bixby, Executive Pastor, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Mike Bonem, XP Author & Speaker, Bellaire, Texas
  • Joel Botello, Executive Pastor, Westoverhills Assembly of God Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Tim Bowers, Staff Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Robert Bowman, Senior Associate Pastor, Central Baptist Bearden, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Kason Branch, Chief Operating Officer, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Dave Brandolini, Executive Pastor, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • David Brenner, Attorney, Riddell Williams, Seattle, Washington
  • Fred Brooks, Lead Executive Pastor, SouthBrook Christian Church, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Alyson Browne Johnson, Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church of LIncoln Gardens, Somerset, New Jersey
  • Sean Buchanan, Key Account Relations, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Nathan Burns, Executive Pastor, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri
  • Paul Burr, Executive Pastor, Redeemer Bible Church, Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Kevin Callaway, Student at Dallas Seminary, Chase Oaks, Plano, Texas
  • Chris Calvert, Executive Pastor, The Bridge Church, Fresno, Caliofornia
  • Shawn Case, Executive Pastor/Ministry Operations & Support, SouthBrook Christian Church, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Joe Casiglia, Executive Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Troy, Michigan
  • Dr. Sam Chand, Author-Consultant-Coach, Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Terrence Chavis, CFO, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Rob Cizek, Executive Pastor, Northshore Christian Church, Everett, Washington
  • Rick Clapp, Strategic Coaching & Solutions, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • George Clark, Co-Founder & Principal, Clark, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Houston Clark, Co-Founder & Principal, Clark, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Patrick Coelho, Executive Pastor, Westwinds Community Church, Jackson, Michigan
  • Errol Coner, Executive Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Neal Cordle, Sr. Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Brunswick, Georgia
  • Scott Cougill, Executive Pastor, Pacific Crossroads Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Rob Curry, Executive Pastor, Cypress Bible Church, Cypress, Texas
  • Abe Daniel, Executive Pastor, Evergreen Christian Community, Olympia, Washington
  • Bob Daniels, Executive Pastor, Towne Ministries, Middletown, Ohio
  • Larry Davis, Executive Pastor, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
  • Chuck Donnels, Managing Principal, Gdirect, Rocklin, California
  • Greg Dowell, Associate Minister, Central Church of Christ, Amarillo, Texas
  • Bryan Eck, Executive pastor- Lead Team Pastor , Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas
  • Mickey Eckles, Senior Associate Pastor, Mid-Cities Community Church, Midland, Texas
  • Dr. Bill Egner, Executive Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Victor Erwin, Vice President, Barron Companies, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Gerald Farley, Stewardship Strategist, Generis Partners, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Bob Feitl, Executive Pastor, Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, Michigan
  • Dr. David Fletcher, XP & Founder/Host of XPastor, The Chapel, Akron, Ohio
  • Tami Fletcher, Executive Assistant of XPastor, Akron, Ohio
  • Justin Frazier, Associate Pastor, Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church, Allen, Texas
  • Luke Frazier, Administrative Pastor, Meadow View Community Church, Missoula, Montana
  • Bob Galley, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Centennial, Colorado
  • Paul Gilbert, XP, Four Oaks Church, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Sol Gomez, Executive Pastor/Weekend Experience, SouthBrook Christian Church, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • John Gordon, Executive Pastor, Wayside Chapel EFCA, San Antonio, Texas
  • J.P. Gradone, Executive Pastor, Central Church, Collierville, Tennessee
  • Josh Gray, Pastor, Meadow View Community Church, Missoula, Montana
  • Chris Gunnare, Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fritz Hager, XP, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, Texas
  • Leah Hale, Business Develpment Associate, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Ryan Hartwig, Assistant Professor of Communication, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
  • Parris Hayashi, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church Pearlside, Pearl City, Hawaii
  • Aaron Hawthorne, Director, Clark, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Michael Heflin, Executive Pastor, PromiseLand West, Austin, Texas
  • Seth Hewitt, Student, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Brad Heykoop, Director of Operations, WaterStone Community Church, Littleton, Colorado
  • J.D. Holt, Pastor of Ministries, Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka, Kansas
  • Ron Horgan, Executive Pastor, Montreat Presbyterian Church, Montreat, North Carolina
  • Brian Horn, Lead Community Pastor, Harris Creek Church, McGregor, Texas
  • Brett Inman, Executive Pastor of Ministry, Christ Community Church, Tuscon, Arizona
  • Jamie Jackson, Executive Pastor, Church of the Open Door, Elyria, Ohio
  • Taylor Jackson, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Hunter Johnson, Director of Ministry Integration, Cherry Creek Presbyterian, Englewood, Colorado
  • Jarrod Jones, Lead Pastor, Grace Community Church of Washingtonville, New York
  • Kerry Jones. Executive Director, Church of the Saviour, Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Keener, Editor of ChurchExecutive Magazine, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Chris Kelly, Associate Pastor of Business Administration, Mid-Cities Community Church, Midland, Texas
  • Mark Kent, Executive Pastor, Believers Church, Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Stephanie King, Manager Sales Implementation, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Claudia Kornaros, Sunnyvale, California
  • David Kornaros, Executive Coach, Sunnyvale, California
  • Vonna Laue, Partner, CapinCrouse, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Kent Lawrence, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • David Lee, Ministry Development Officer, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, California
  • Brad Leeper, President & Principal, Generis Partners, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Greg Lingle, Executive Pastor, Mansfield Bible Church, Mansfield, Texas
  • Scott Long, Administrative Pastor, Gateway Church, Findlay, Ohio
  • Lance Loveland, Fellowship One, Irving, Texas
  • David Lyons, Founder and President of MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Todd Malone, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Longview, Longview, Texas
  • Ron May, Executive Pastor, Wildwood Church, East Moline, Illinois
  • Mark Matthews, Fellowship One, Irving, Texas
  • Jim McBride, Executive Pastor, Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia
  • Matthew McDaniel, Senior Pastor, Arlington Memorial Baptist Church, Akron, Ohio
  • Brad McKerley, Executive Pastor, Southpointe, Leesburg, Florida
  • Barbara Medlin, Managing Director, Relationship Management, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Harold Metzel, First Baptist Church, Carrollton, Texas
  • Alan Michael, Executive Pastor, RockPointe Church, Flower Mound, Texas
  • David Middlebrook, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Mark Miller, Director, Clark, Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Nancy Moore, Consultant, SIMA International, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Douglas Morton, Executive Pastor, Church of the Chimes, San Jose, California
  • John Mrazek, Executive/Ops Director, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Ed Nalle, Executive Pastor, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Doug Napier, Executive Operations Pastor, Village View Community Church, Summerfield, Florida
  • Amy Napier, Village View Community Church, Summerfield, Florida
  • Scott Nelson, Principal, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Brenda Newman, GDirect, Southlake, Texas
  • Lendell Nolan, Pastor of Ministries, Grace Community Church, Roswell, New Mexico
  • Frank ONeill, Executive Pastor, Shelter Rock Church, Lynbrook, New York
  • Dick Ostien, Associate Pastor, Christ Community Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Scot Overbey, Executive Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Darrell Owens, Senior Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Tom Oyler, Lead Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Kim Pagel, Executive Pastor, New Covenant Bible Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Dennis Park, Ministry Development Officer, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Brea, California
  • Dale Peak, Administrator, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Jon Platek, Senior Associate Pastor, The Chapel, Akron, Ohio
  • Darin Poli, Executive Pastor, River Valley Church, Apple Valley, Minnesota
  • Derek Prezzano, Executive Pastor, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle, Smithtown, New York
  • Bill Price, Executive Pastor, Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Lane Ransdell, Business Administrator, First Christian Church, Decatur, Illinois
  • Allen Ratta, Active Network, San Diego, California
  • Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Eric Rojas, Executive Pastor, Christ Community Church, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Daniel Rolfe, Lead Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Gary Rothenberger, Executive Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Beaumont, Texas
  • Luke Samuelson, Connect Director, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jason Schmidt, Executive Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel of Orlando, Windermere, Florida
  • Paul Sewell, Director of Partnership Ministries, Operation Mobilization, Tyrone, Georgia
  • Brandon Shupp, Senior Director of Campus Development, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Brad Simmons, Director of Leadership Development, Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association, Wichita, Kansas
  • Jay Smidt, Senior Director, Operations, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Caleb Smith, The Bridge Community Church, Ruston, Louisiana
  • Nicholas Smith, Executive Assistant Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey
  • Wayne Smith, Director, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas
  • Tim Snow, Executive Pastor, University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington
  • Matt Steen, Consultant, Church Simple, Lynbrook, New York
  • William Subash, Lead Pastor, The Crossroad Church, Irving, Texas
  • Bob Tidrow, Regional Manager Large Groups, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • John Travis, Director of Operations, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California
  • Mark Tuggle, Executive Pastor, Pulpit Rock Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Rick von Albrecht, Executive Pastor for Administration, Christ Community Church, Tuscon, Arizona
  • Matthew J. Ware, Executive Pastor & Worship Pastor, Victory Church, Westminster, Colorado
  • Garth Warren, Executive Pastor, Christ Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Bob Westfall, Senior Pastor, New Covenant Bible Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Josh Whitehead, Executive Pastor, Faith Promise Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tim Whitehorn, Director, Active Network, San Diego, California
  • Drew Wilborn, Associate Pastor, The Antioch Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Derrick Wilson, Executive Pastor of Ministries, Milestone Church, Keller, Texas
  • Bruce Woody, President, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Mike Work, Executive Pastor of Operations, Mission Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona
  • Jonathan Wright, XP, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

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

Schedule

Tuesday, February 21

7:30 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. Dessert is open to all.

Wednesday, February 22

7:45
David Lee

David Lee

Full Breakfast sponsored by ECCU with special speaker David Lee on
“Six Things Financially Healthy Churches Do Right”

It’s true. The economy affects ministry finances. But over the past three years, churches have also learned that their decisions can have profound impact on their financial health. In this session you’ll learn best practices from churches that have thrived and worst practices from those that have struggled.

8:45
Brian Horm

Brian Horm

Welcome by Brian Horn
XP of Harris Creek Baptist Church of McGregor, Texas. In two years, this church has gone from 180 to 1,100 in worship. Talk to Brian about this exciting church when you can!

9:00
Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Keynote by David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony
David and Matt are nationally noted attorneys and will be discussing “Child Abuse, Sex Offenders & Church Best Practices/Worst Practices.” David wrote a book on the topic in 2001 and won the Gold Medallion from CBA.

10:00
Mike Bonem XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem
XP, author, coach

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland will talk about his latest book,
“Amplified Leadership.”

Mike Bonem will share his latest book
“In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership.”

We will have 50+ copies to give away of each book!

11:00
Jarrod Jones

Jarrod Jones

Keynote by Jarrod Jones: “A Senior Pastor’s Vision for Ministry”
Within a year of Jarrod becoming the Lead Pastor, Grace Community had grown 50%. The church has added services and is looking at multi-site, and it is still growing rapidly. Jarrod leads one of the 100 Fastest Growing Churches in the Nation.

12:15

Lunch sponsored by GuideStone
Always a great time at the Seminar! Interactive discussion with Senior & Executive Pastors. What does the Senior Pastor desire for the church? Get out of step with your Senior Pastor and prepare to pack your bags. The Senior Pastor is the one who casts vision, but the XP also has vision. What is the balance? Who is the “boss?” Included in the Seminar is this catered lunch. This year David will be interviewing Bob Westfall (SP) and Kim Pagel (XP) of New Covenant Bible Church of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

1:30 Workshops: Session #1 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
2:45 Break & Afternoon Snack
3:00 Workshops: Session #2 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
4:15 Break for the evening. Take a new or old XP/SP friend to dinner!

Thursday, February 23

7:45 Light Conintental Breakfast
8:45
Rev. Nicholas Smith

Rev. Nicholas Smith

Keynote by Nicholas Smith
Nicholas will focus on “A Church Culture with a Variety of Economic Levels.” He will give special attention to the concept of how to help people emerge from dependent and co-dependent lives. Nicholas is a powerful communicator and brings a wealth of experience.

10:00
Dr. Sam Chand

Dr. Sam Chand

Keynote by Special Guest, Sam Chand on
“Culture—What I’ve Learned Working with Executive Pastors”
Author of “Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration.” Author of 11 books, consultant, worldwide ‘Leadership Guru,’ coach & so much more!
Diagnose the state of your church’s culture. Learn what it takes to put in place effective strategies for creating a more positive church culture.

11:30

Lunch options

  • Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and go to one of 6 lunch Workshops: Session 3
12:45 Workshops: Session 4 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
2:00 Workshops: Session 5 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
3:15 Conclusion (early enough for you to catch a flight home)

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

Sponsors

Generis-2015-600For the eighth year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends atGeneris 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: End-of-Year Giving Communication. We welcome Generis’ Principal and President, Brad Leeper, and also Stewardship Strategist Gerald Farley.

ministersearch-logoFor the eighth year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends atMinisterSearch. Many have met David Lyons, their founder and president, at previous XP-Seminars and XPastor events. MinisterSearch empowers churches to have access to a larger, more qualified pool of candidates. They also help reduce the time spent searching for qualified and competent staff and increase the retention rate among pastors and ministers. 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, MinisterSearch can help. We welcome the President, David Lyons.

eccu-logoFor the sixth year as a sponsor, we welcome theEvangelical Christian Credit Union. The Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) is a trusted banking resource that shares your passion for kingdom impact. With ECCU’s wisdom gained from more than 40 years of experience serving evangelical ministries, we are helping churches in all 50 states increase their effectiveness through biblically based banking, financing, and investing services.

ACTIVE_FellowshipOne_2016For the sixth year, we welcome Fellowship Technologies and ServiceU, both of which are now a part of ActiveNetwork. Active Network is a technology and media company powering the largest network of organizations, activities, and people. Fellowship One helps dynamic churches of any size or denomination to effectively care for people, efficiently manage resources, and enable real growth. ServiceU specializes in web-based, event management solutions designed specifically for churches, nonprofits, schools, universities, festivals, and theaters.

guidestone_logoWe welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the sixth 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 $10.0 billion in assets as of December 31, 2011. 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 atwww.GuideStone.org.

churchlaw-logoFor the third 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. Other attorneys in the group are trained specialists in the field of mediation.  The Church Law Group … restoring relationship to the Attorney-Client Relationship. We welcome David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony.

HH-logo-2014For the second 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.
CapinCrouse-Logo-2015For the first year, we welcome CapinCrouse. With more than 700 not-for-profit organizations and 1,500 tax 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 megachurches, 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.

clark-logoFor the first year, we welcome Clark. Sixteen years ago, Clark (formally 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.

gdirect-logoFor the first year, we welcome Gdirect as a sponsor! Gdirect serves God’s kingdom by helping the local church Identify its business community. We Connect and Engage church leaders, business leaders and the congregation with each other through the creation of socially driven church branded business directories.

Pomotional Sponsors

church-executive-logoFor the eighth year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends atChurchExecutive 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 the Editor, Ron Keener.

leadership-network-300For the seventh year, we welcome Leadership Network as a sponsor. Leadership Network is a Dallas-based nonprofit that seeks to accelerate the impact of 100X leaders. 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. Resources are available as free downloads atleadnet.org/papers. In addition, Leadership Network partners with two important publishers, Jossey-Bass and Zondervan to give leaders access to the thought leadership and best practices of effective 21st century churches. Learn more at leadnet.org/books. We welcome the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Warren Bird.

“This is my first conference since becoming the XP at our church. I attended an XPastor ‘Staffing Workshop’ in Phoenix that helped me make a decision toward an XP pathway. Thanks for your ministry!”

Workshops

Two Afternoons of Workshops

Workshop leaders are executives who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

“I liked the honest transparency of speakers and willingness to share ‘trade secrets.'”

“Thank you for your foresight and tenacity for creating XPastor, including this conference.”

“I liked David’s way of defining terms, probing, acknowledging complexity and interviewing.”

It’s unique!
No church leadership conferences are like the XP-Seminar.
It’s more like a session of the Harvard Business School
than a churchy event.

“You do a conference well—the notebook, content, organization,
website, and communication were ALL top notch
—I enjoyed the presentations and the people.”

Workshops

“All the workshops I attended were very relevant and applicable.”

The workshop leaders are a stunning collection of executives who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.” This is your opportunity to discuss vital areas of ministry with seasoned leaders. The workshop leaders are both practical and skilled—they are “in the trenches” doing ministry.

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter—Growing Leaders: Practical Ways to Strengthen the Leadership Culture of Your Church for Staff and Volunteers

Nathan has taken his many years of experience as an XP and SP and developed one of the nation’s premier XP-SP team coaching services. Few have his experience in both realms! Nathan is a premier coach to XP & SP teams.

How do you grow the next generation of leaders? What are some of the practical steps and what are the pitfalls? Nathan will share from his extensive experience and have a lively discussion.

“Baxter’s sessions were incredible, both personally and for those we lead!”

Dr. Nathan Baxter—Mentoring Staff in their Own Spiritual Journey: Simple Tools to Use with Your Staff to Help Them Maintain Their Spiritual Vitality, Thursday Breakout Lunch

The purpose of this lunch is to provide XPs with practical tools and methods for helping their direct reports grow spiritually. Nathan will let you tour some of his systems that he uses to keep track of conversations as well as provide take-home templates that are easy to use and effective for guiding mentoring conversations. It is important that XPs provide professional development for staff but not at the expense of neglecting spiritual conversations. Oftentimes these conversations are neglected and we wonder why our leaders are not producing at the level they are capable of serving the church.

Ryan Hartwig

Ryan Hartwig

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Dr. Warren Bird—Senior Pastor Succession

Warren is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Leadership Network, author and former pastor. He always bringsthe very latest in research in church ministry.

This workshop will be an evaluative discussion on Senior Pastor Succession. Bring your past experiences to share. Bring your ideas about best case scenarios. Bring your existing plans and policies for Senior Pastor Succession at your church.

Dr. Warren Bird & Dr. Ryan Hartwig—Make Your Senior Leadership Team Great

Warren is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Leadership Network, author and former pastor. He always brings the very latest in research in church ministry. Ryan is a professor at Azusa Pacific University who helps churches and ministry organizations to Think Deeply, Act Wisely, and Work Better Together.

If your church is like most, you have moved to a senior leadership team model. But do you know how to help that team work better, grow healthier, and be more effective? In this workshop, Ryan will discuss factors that research has shown impact leadership team health and effectiveness and offer practical tips to help you strengthen your team. Warren will discuss emerging trends among senior leadership teams, drawn from his extensive study last year of over 100 high-influence pastors. In addition, they’ll share details about their forthcoming study that will enable you to Strengthen Your Church’s Senior Leadership Team. Come learn how you can make your senior leadership team great.

Dave Brandolini

Dave Brandolini

David Bixby

David Bixby

David Bixby & Dave Brandolini—A 2 Headed Monster? Shared Leadership and the 5 Functions of the XP

David Bixby and Dave Brandolini are co-Executive Pastors at Austin Ridge Bible Church. They have divided the XP role into two components. Each person uses his gifts to complete part of the XP ministry.
This workshop will explore two things. First will be the content of the 5 Functions, those functions that are required for the XP role. The second aspect will be how they have divided the role by the 5 Functions. This will give an opportunity for each attendee to consider how they use their strengths and limitations in the 5 Functions. Improve your serve by understanding the needs of the role!
On todays church landscape many churches have moved to a shared leadership model. Teaching and leading responsibilities are shared in an effort to not build ministry around the gifting, personality and leadership abilities of one person. Some churches have also moved from one executive pastor to two as they seek build and model team leadership. This workshop will take a look at how Austin Ridge Bible Church is navigating the 3 lane highway and sharing the 5 roles of the XP.

Mike Bonem XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem
XP, author, coach

Mike Bonem—In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership

Mike co-wrote an XPastor favorite, Leading from the Second Chair. He will join us for a live interview about his new book, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership.

About the book: “Is it possible for church leaders to use biblical and secular leadership concepts in a way that keeps Christ—not the marketplace—at the center of their mission? Drawing on biblical material and business wisdom,In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership explores the critical leadership decisions and practices that shape the success of Christian organizations. These decisions are illustrated in compelling interviews with over forty leaders of churches, universities, denominational bodies, and international ministries. Mike leverages his background as an MBA-trained manager and an experienced church leader to bridge the gap between the analytical and structured world of business and the faith-driven approach that is essential for healthy churches. Written to offerpractical solutions for senior pastors, executive pastors, key laypeople, and leaders of other Christian entities, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership clearly shows the ways that secular practices can be imported into their organizations. Bonem addresses a variety of topics such as planning, finances, personnel management, measurement, team dynamics, and organizational change. In doing so, he points to the AND that every spiritual organization should strive to achieve.”

Elder Kason Branch COO, Concord Church

Elder Kason Branch
COO, Concord Church

Kason Branch—Notes to a New XP

Kason is XP at Concord Church in Dallas. His Senior Pastor is Rev. Bryan L. Carter and has served as Senior Pastor since October 2003. He succeeded the church’s founder, the late Dr. E. K. Bailey. Concord was established in 1974 and has a membership exceeding 6,000 members.

Just two years ago, Kason was in business. Now as the XP at Concord, he can share the principles and practices about his own transition into full-time ministry. This workshop will help any newer XP to understand the transition into the role and how to best work in the first five years of XP ministry.

Dave Brenner

Dave Brenner

Tim Snow

Tim Snow

David Brenner & Tim Snow—When Pastors Do M&A: Practical and Legal Tips for Kingdom-Wise Mergers, Acquisitions, and Separations

David heads both the Nonprofit and Insurance Coverage practice groups at Riddell Williams, a 50-attorney firm in Seattle, Washington. He has represented regional governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and numerous churches over the past 25 years, along with an active litigation practice for other nonprofit and for profit corporations in the Pacific Northwest. Tim recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as a pastor with University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, with the last 18 as Executive Pastor. Over the past five years, he has overseen the development of Union Church, a satellite congregation of UPC.

More and more churches are engaged in the world of “mergers and acquisitions” and in some cases, “de-acquisitions.” The recent recession has caused strategic changes for many faith-based nonprofits, including churches that seek to survive by joining forces through merger or by being acquired by a larger body. For large churches embracing the currently popular satellite model for church growth, economic hard times have posed significant opportunity for expansion through existing congregations and facilities. Growing satellite congregations from the ground up is also a popular approach. And theological differences in mainline denominations have made for many recent individual church departures.

Each of these types of church expansion and change raise issues that are familiar to leaders and their attorneys in the corporate world but often overlooked in the church world where optimism sometimes trumps practical analytics. Based on long term experience and a particular recent example of a large church “acquisition”, David says, “When strategic change happens, a lot of aggravation can be saved by recognizing and dealing overtly with conflicts of interest on the part of the pastor and staff who may stand to benefit, the concerns of dissenting members who object to the deal, and preexisting arrangements for distributing church assets.” Tim adds from the perspective of a large congregation pastor, “Satellite churches, like any congregation, develop a life of their own. It’s very helpful to build in flexibility for the long term relationship between the ‘parent’ and ‘subsidiary’ from the outset.”

Join this pastor and attorney, who have worked together for many years, in considering practical ideas to address the organizational and legal risks that arise when churches do “M&A.”

Dr. Sam Chand

Dr. Sam Chand

Dr. Sam Chand—A Discussion with Sam

Sam Chand is our keynote speaker for Thursday, February 23. There will be a large group discussion with Sam at lunch.

Whether from one of his 11 books, or from the keynote, bring your questions!
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Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek—Develop A Culture Where Multiple Ministries Can Thrive

Rob (@RobCizek on Twitter) is the XP of Northshore Christian Church of Everett, Washington. He comes from the business world, having won awards for running newsrooms for broadcast television. As such, Rob brings a unique perspective to the XP role.

Churches with schools have one of the best ministry opportunities anywhere. Then why is there so much tension (and sometimes dissention) in church-school relationships? From managing finances … to sharing space … to staying on spiritual mission, these multi-ministry environments are a challenge. What is the best way to lead in these environments? How does ministry work when there are “competing” desires for limited resources? What are the priorities and how are decisions made? Rob’s church has a weekday school ministry of over 1000 students and staff. Rob will share from his experience and allow for plenty of time for discussion of your ministries. Be ready to learn the principles of multiple ministry!

George Clark

George Clark

George Clark & Aaron Hawthorne—Science and Psyche of Multi-Site Video

George is a co-founder & Principal of Clark. Aaron is the guy who famously and infamously popularized the three screen projection model used in so many churches today. More information on this dynamic workshop coming soon.

Join the most experienced technical panel and learn about different approaches to multi-site video teaching. Discover when to use each method and why.  Dig into the nuts and bolts of budgets, both startup and operational. This session is full of application.  It will conclude with Q&A to answer your real world challenges.

Dr. Bill Egner

Dr. Bill Egner

Dr. Bill Egner—Good Guy or Great Fit … and How Do You Know?

Bill is XP of Christ Chapel Bible Church of Fort Worth. In the 2009 XP-Seminar, we featured Bill in a keynote on the vital topic of “Hiring Examples.”

In this workshop, Bill will address a vital issue in churches. Have you ever caught yourself a couple of years down the road with a new employee saying “You’re not the person I hired!” Have you ever wondered why that “good guy” you had lunch with on a couple of occasions didn’t turn out to be the “great fit” you thought he’d be for your open role? How do you get it right when you can’t afford to get it wrong? Cultural fit—the match between a candidate’s and your church’s spiritual DNA—is one often overlooked factor for “right fit” hiring. But in truth, it’s only one of four key areas every church should be pressing into for new hires … especially pastors. Come and learn four key take-aways on what the Scriptures, Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, Willow Creek Community Church and best business practices have to teach us about getting it “right” in our hiring processes.

Bob Feitl

Bob Feitl

Bob Feitl—New to the Culture … Adapt or Lead Change?

Bob is the “Dean” of XPs. One of the first XPs in the country, he has been serving for many years. Bob can relate his business or ministry experience to a wide variety of audiences. It is always a pleasure to have Bob at the Seminar.

This workshop is for XP’s new to their role—two years or less. It will examine the very real issues of learning, adapting and changing your new staff and church culture.  You have probably been hired to bring change, alignment, organization and structure to the staff and church, yet you find there are competing pressures, expectations and “sacred cows.” These can occasionally be easy to identify but most times only a careful journey into the unspoken and unclear will keep you from stepping on these land mines. This workshop will attempt to normalize your experiences, and encourage and equip you with practical tools for figuring out the balance.

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher—Church Leadership Yesterday, Today and in Twenty Years

David is the Founder & Host of XPastor. One of his passions is the area of leadership. This workshop will have a round table discussion of:

  • How have we led the church in the past?
  • What are the current paradigms? What is working and where are the trouble spots in leading the church? What are your current issues?
  • Where will church leadership be in twenty years?

These questions, and more, will be covered in this workshop. This will be an interactive discussion, so come ready to share your current leadership issues and experiences. This is a great opportunity to talk with David about leadership issues. It will be held both hours on Thursday afternoon; come at either workshop hour. Seating is limited to 12 people.

Michael Heflin

Michael Heflin

Michael Heflin—Blending the Business and Ministry Worlds for Maximum Impact

Michael is the XP of PromiseLand West in Austin, Texas. Michael has years of experience in the business world, running mid-size to large companies.

Then, God opened a door for him to be an XP. What did he bring with him from the business world? What did he leave behind? Michael will explore how to integrate the two worlds.

This workshop will focus on: Most churches have or are in the process of casting a vision for their congregation. Yet pastors feel shackled contemplating dramatic innovation to fulfill those visions. A handful of business world practices can transform your ability to lead people into the great unknowns of God’s dream for your church’s impact.

Vonna Laue

Vonna Laue

Vonna Laue—Addressing Financial Oversight from Congress to Your Congregation

Vonna is a partner with CapinCrouse, LLP. Her activities include review of audit procedures and processes, interaction with client personnel and the audit team, and involvement in complicated audit areas. She has served local organizations in a variety of positions and has published articles in national publications. Vonna has co-authored Essential Guide to Church Finance. In 2010, she was inducted into the Church Management Hall of Fame.

There are a variety of risks that your church faces. Those may come from legislation or regulators. They may also be the result of poor internal controls or financial reporting. This session will discuss what some of those risks are and how they can be addressed. We will also look at the role an audit or other external service may provide in mitigating risk.

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Gerald Farley

Gerald Farley

Brad Leeper & Gerald Farley—A Culture of Generosity

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. Gerald brings a similarly rich experience, having been an XP for many years. 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 to keep it?

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

David Lyons

David Lyons

Dr. Josh Whitehead

Dr. Josh Whitehead

David Lyons & Josh Whitehead—Hiring for a Church Culture

David is the Founder and President of MinisterSearch and Josh is the XP of Faith Promise Bible Church. 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 12 months, then this workshop with David and Josh 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.”

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson & Bruce Woody—A Culture with Buildings

Scott and Bruce are architects with HH Architects in Dallas. This workshop will bring their expertise to bear on your next building project.

Many churches talk about “getting back to normal” but most experts say back to normal no longer exists! The old normal has been replaced with a new paradigm of pervasive uncertainty. As a result of the new normal, today’s leaders are utilizing a Strategic Positioning process as the launching pad for their next church building. This process helps develop effective ministry plans that consider key factors as they relate to your ministry objectives. Strategic Positioning focuses on helping churches to quickly explore options that account for planning in four different areas: People, Space, Time, and Money, in an effort to make informed decisions as you prepare for future development. Experience how this process centers around an interactive work session with your key leaders allowing you to participate in “real-time” analysis of “what if” scenarios. This will enable you to arrive at value-based decisions after reviewing the pro’s & con’s of various scenarios before engaging in major capital expenditures

Allen Ratta

Allen Ratta

Allen Ratta—Optimizing Organizational Church Health: Creating a Process Oriented Culture

Allen has served as a lead pastor of fast growing churches for over 20 years. In 2002 Allen 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 Networks along with Fellowship Technologies and Service U.

In this session we present an entirely new way of looking at and doing “church” by walking through a highly visual process map that empowers you to lead in new ways. We explore how to translate the spiritual, biblical purposes that Christ has articulated for His Church into practical and real manifestations of obedience. Discover the key processes and metrics that are essential for organizational church health. Learn how to contextualize the work of the ministry in ways that provides maximum motivation for staff and volunteers.

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland—Amplified Leadership

Dan is a favorite at the XP-Seminar. This year we will be featuring his new book, Amplified Leadership. Just released in January 2012, this is hot off the presses. And, we will have 70 copies to give away.

About the book: “If you want your ministry to reach its maximum potential, all that God wants for you, it is essential that you develop strong leaders. InAmplified Leadership, “pastor’s coach” Dan Reiland gives you a proven process for developing new leaders that are established spiritually and trained practically. Not just a checklist of things you should do, Amplified Leadership provides an intentional development process that starts with your relationships and ends with empowered leaders who are ready to make an impact.”

Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe

Daniel Rolfe—Shared Leadership

Daniel is the Lead Pastor of Mountain Springs Church of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He began his journey at Mountain Springs as the XP, and then they changed to a shared leadership model.

Against the backdrop of declining church attendance and resources, is a new leadership trend on the horizon? How has the emergence of giga-sized churches rendered our traditional senior pastor role? In the words of Henri Noewen, have we created a culture of ‘stardom and individual heroism’ with our weekend gatherings? In this workshop on Shared Leadership, we’ll have a conversation around the five implications and opportunities of shared leadership in your church.

Is now the time for you to reenvision the why and what of leadership authority?

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2011 XP-Seminar

The Best Fuel for Church Leadership

February 15-17, Dallas

The list of Seminar leaders is amazing, making the event worth its money.  These leaders are here to talk to you and with you!

Consider just these 8 leaders of our 20 workshops:
Tim Beltz—XP of Mars Hill Church, Seattle
Dr. Warren Bird & Jim Tomberlin
Mike Buster—XP of Prestonwood Baptist
Brad Leeper—VP of Generis
Reggie McNeal—author & thinker
Dan Reiland—XP of 12Stone Church
and many more

A Collision Course: Christ & Our Business Culture. Will your church succumb or triumph?

Sounds like scare tactics! Yet, consider the words that we use:

What We Do

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Profit and loss
  • Income centers
  • Portfolios and net worth
  • Best business practices

Buildings

  • Daycare
  • Sports centers
  • Church schools
  • Loans and capital funding

Titles

  • Executive Pastor
  • Business Manager
  • Stewardship Pastor
  • Treasurer
  • Senior Pastor
Reggie McNeal

Reggie McNeal

Special Guest—Reggie McNeal

Changing the Scorecard: Moving from a Program-Driven Culture to a People-Development Agenda

Reggie is the well-known author of:

  • Revolution in Leadership
  • A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
  • The Present Future
  • Practicing Greatness
  • Get A Life!
  • Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church

Reggie will be speaking about the focus of the 2011 Seminar, the difference between programs and disciples. This ties in with our theme of “Business or Christ?” Which are we trusting in?

Reggie says,“We are good at doing programs, so good that we tend to measure our church’s effectiveness in program participation. But in the face of increasing evidence that program involvement doesn’t yield disciples, how can we reshape our church agenda so that we are confident that people are actually growing? This discussion identifies key components of a people-development culture and makes suggestions about how we move in a direction that helps our people have lives that are fulfilled, not just filled full.”

Hear from some of the best church leaders from North America. You will hear from well known, big church leaders and also a great collection of medium-sized church leaders—also people who are coming up with innovative solutions but not nationally known (yet!).

Suffering from a “30 pieces of silver” syndrome?

If Jesus came back tomorrow, how much of your church would he recognize? It’s not easy to be in the world but not of it. XPs are at the cutting edge of this crucial conversation.

When you last “fired” someone, was the gospel of the kingdom primary or was covering your rear end by citing legal issues? So you have people sign a termination agreement? Why? Are you really going to take them to court like the agreement says?

As a church leader, are my plans so culturally conditioned that they are biblically worthless? What am I spending my church’s money on? Is there spiritual “return on investment”? Am I looking for eternal dividends or short term applause for my good work? All attendees receive one free use of thePeople Patterns Indicator.

Tracks for XPs, SP-XPs & Wives of Pastors

XP-SP Track—Wednesday

Paul Sartarelli

Paul Sartarelli

The XP-Seminar is bringing back the Sr. Pastor track! Invite your SP to come with you for premier discussion and shared experiences!

Wednesday features renowned Sr. Pastor, Paul Sartarelli, to lead a two hour session. This interactive discussion will explore Preaching with Great Strength & Having a Great XP. As a pastor in Ohio, Paul preaches to 5,000 people each week and also uses a multi-person preaching team. Before coming to The Chapel, he planted a church and grew it to 1,200.

Sr. Pastors of various size churches will appreciate Paul’s practical wisdom and vast experience. Read more.

XP-SP Track—Thursday

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Baxter has taken his many years of experience as an XP and SP and developed one of the nation’s premier XP-SP team coaching services. Few have his experience in both realms! Nathan will lead two workshops on Thursday afternoon. The first workshop will be on The Importance of Self Leadership for Executive Pastors. It will provide you with practical steps for leading yourself well.

If you can’t lead yourself well, then it will be difficult for you to lead others well. The second workshop will be one Mentoring Tools for Maximum Performance in Ministry. Nathan will be sharing 4-6 mentoring tools that you will be able to put into practice the moment you return home.

Dr. Baxter shares from his recent learns from this past year after working with 32 teams of SP-XPs.

Wives of Pastors Track—Wednesday

Sue Sartarelli

Sue Sartarelli

The XP-Seminar is bringing back the Wives of Pastors track! This is forwomen only (apologies to the male spouses of XPs). On Wednesday afternoon, noted pastor’s wife and mentor to women, Sue Sartarelli, will have two sessions with pastors wives. Terrific times of discussion and interaction are coming!

The word on the street is that “everyone loves Susie!” She says: “Being the wife of a pastor can be challenging. It is like walking a tightrope before hundreds of people. The balancing act of a public role and private life takes work.” Sue will begin by working through: The Grandstand: an audience of One. After this, there will be a time for discussion of current issues of pastor’s wives. Any wife of a pastor is invited to register. Read more.

Paul Sartarelli

Paul Sartarelli

Keynote by Paul Sartarelli

Leading from the pulpit or how a prophetic voice can be even more effective (and biblical) than a CEO’s voice. Paul is a dynamic speaker and is concerned about the dire strength of the church in America.

Rodney Lara

Rodney Lara

Keynote by Rodney Lara

Life Without Sound Bytes: Living together in a mixed race church.

Rodney is the Senior Pastor of Judson Baptist Church of Oak Park, Illinlois. “Judson is a very unique church body where people of different races and experiences have intentionally come together to worship and serve the body of Jesus Christ in the Oak Park/Austin communities. We are on a journey, a journey on which every person is passionately, wholeheartedly, and recklessly pursuing full devotion to Christ.”

David says about him: Rodney is living it out. He is leading a multi-racial church. In a church of 300, he is showing how to bridge the gap, giving insightful leadership on a daily basis. As a former Captain in the US Army, he knows how to build a team and mentor others.

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

Keynote by Matt Anthony and David Middlebrookon

Mergers & Acquisitions: How to Avoid Collisions and Stay on the Road to Ministry Growth.

David and Matt are nationally noted attorneys who have helped thousands of churches across America (their podcast on “Hosting a Superbowl party” was viewed by over 100,000 people). Your church may not be thinking about doing a second site today, but what if another church wanted to merge with yours next month. Would you be informed and ready?

“You do a conference well—the notebook, content, organization, website, and communication were ALL top notch—I enjoyed the presentations and the people.”

“I look forward to partnering with you for years to come.”

“I look forward to attending with my SP so we can bounce ideas off each other.”

gas_gauge_300About the Seminar—A Unique Format

“I liked the interaction style.  Lecture-only leaves me bored at some conferences”20 minutes of hard-hitting lectur

David Fletcher devised a 20-20-20 format to maximize growth and interaction:

Cognitive Learning

Participatory Learning

  • 20 minutes of small group discussion

Interactive Learning

  • 20 minutes of large group discussion or an Interview

By using auditory, visual and kinestheticapproaches, the attendee forms relationships, learns concepts and takes home practical ministry ideas.

“I liked David’s way of defining terms, probing, acknowledging complexity and interviewing”

Workshops

Two Afternoons of Workshops

Workshop leaders are executives who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.”

Several Tracks to Choose

  • XP-101 Track
  • Christ & Business Culture?
  • Staff Wives Track
  • Sr. Pastor Track

“I liked the honest transparency of speakers and willingness to share ‘trade secrets'”

“Thank you for your foresight and tenacity for creating XPastor, including this conference.”

Its unique! No “church” events are like the XP-Seminar. It’s more like a session of the Harvard Business School than a “churchy” event.

Who Should Come?

The XP-Seminar is not just for XPs. Many Senior Pastors and church executives come to improve their ability to creatively and innovatively lead the church. Senior Pastors should read this page. This is the only seminar available to grow your executive staff team. Come as a team!

Hone your work as an XP. Prepare to be an XP. Share your church experience and get quality feedback in the discussion sessions. This seminar is an ideal ministry enhancement and resume builder as it gives advanced study on church leadership.

We cap our size at 200 attendees. That gives personal attention to everyone!

“I learned quite a bit at the conference. I hope to steer our church into some strategic changes over the next 12-18 months”

Our speakers and attendees come from churches of different sizes. One XP is in a church of 700 and another is in a church of 5,000. Half of those attending the XP-Seminar come from churches with less than 1,800 in worship. Yet, we have had churches of 45,000 in worship. You can find your peers here!

This is an excellent time to develop deeper relationships with other XPs, the seminar leaders and the special speakers. Where else can an XP and Senior Pastor come and be challenged about church leadership and management?

Take Aways

Relationships are built around the table groups as people examine various topics. This is an opportunity to honestly evaluate an issue, and get feedback from those in similar positions.

  • What new ideas can you take home from the case studies, workshops and new colleagues?
  • How will the discussion give you new insight into your church?

Grow as you interact with others in similar positions to your own!

Each day, the morning sessions bring a church case study and experienced leaders to challenge our thinking. The case studies present models of ministry from which we derive principles that can be applied to our churches. You won’t agree with everything you hear—but you learn a great deal when challenged to think out of “your box.”

Each case study will be accompanied by a 10-20 page report, detailing the facts. But the facts tell only part of the story; the in-person dialogue with the principals allows you to ask the pivotal questions that will help your ministry.

The Basis of XPastor: The Five Functions

Attend a workshop and examine the 5 Functions of an XP, what you need to know to do the job: Administrator of resources, Catalyst for ministry, Mentor of staff, Minister in the congregation and Overseer of church-wide ministry.

“So great to be with like-minded people, i.e. Kingdom-minded and familiar with the XP world”

Attendees

  • Alex Adema, Executive Pastor, Restoration Church, Bowmansville, New York
  • Greg Allen, Vice President, The Shepherd’s Staff, Denton, Texas
  • Matt Anthony, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Tim Arrington, Pastor to Seniors and Missions, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • William Askew, Jr., Church Planter, Destiny Church Pflugerville, Pflugerville, Texas
  • Jeff Barber, Executive Director, Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Scott Barfoot, Doctor of Ministry Studies Director, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
  • Micah Barnum, Outreach Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dr. Nathan Baxter, Lead-Self Lead-Others, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Justin Beadles, Sr. Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Dixie Beard, Director of Business Development, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Tim Beltz, Central Operations Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle, Washington
  • Warren Bird, Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Leadership Network, New York City, New York
  • David Bixby, Executive Pastor, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Robb Bourdon, Business Administrator, First United Methodist Church, Durango, Colorado
  • Robert Bowman, Senior Associate Pastor, Central Baptist Bearden, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Kason Branch, Chief Operating Officer, Concord Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Dave Brandolini, Executive Pastor, Austin Ridge Bible Church, Austin, Texas
  • Frank Briggs, Sr. Pastor, Lighthouse Fellowship, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Bob Brueggen, Executive Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Davenport,Iowa
  • Nathan Burns, Executive Pastor, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri
  • Mike Buster, XP of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas
  • Randy Cates, Brookside Church, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Rob Cizek, Executive Pastor, Northshore Christian Church, Everett, Washington
  • Rick Clapp, XP Representative, Church Community Builder, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Patrick Coelho, CFO/Executive Pastor, Redemption World Outreach Center, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Scott Cougill, Executive Pastor, Pacific Crossroads Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Bobby Cullen, Executive Pastor, Lighthouse Fellowship, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Bob Daniels, Executive Pastor, Towne Boulevard Church of God, Franklin, Ohio
  • Larry Davis, Executive Pastor, Plymouth Park Baptist Church, Irving, Texas
  • Kevin Deck, Senior Associate, Victorious Life Church, Wesley Chapel, Florida
  • Jeff Dooley, Executive Pastor, Capshaw Baptist Church, Harvest, Alabama
  • Greg Dowell, Associate Minister, Central Church of Christ, Amarillo, Texas
  • Will Dungee, Executive Pastoe, Grace Community Church, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dave Eberhart, Executive Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
  • Bill Egner, Executive Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Marc Evanger, Executive Director, Crossroads Bible Church, Bellevue, Washington
  • Gerald Farley, Stewardship Strategist, Generis Partners, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • David Fee, Business Operations Director, Rio Vista Community Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Bob Feitl, Executive Pastor, Gracespring Bible Church, Richland, Michigan
  • Mack Ferrer, Executive Pastor Select, Arundel Christian Church, Glen Burnie, Maryland
  • Dr. David Fletcher, XP & Founder/Host of XPastor, The Chapel of Akron, Ohio
  • Tami Fletcher, Executive Assistant of XPastor, Akron, Ohio
  • Rick Friesen, Director of Ministry Relations, Peacemaker Ministries, Billings, Montana
  • Bob Galley, Executive Pastor, Grace Community Church, Centennial, Colorado
  • Jeff Gehle, Associate Pastor, St. Matthew CPC, Burleson, Texas
  • Paul Gilbert, Executive Pastor, Four Oaks Community Church, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Robert Glahn, Executive Pastor, Cherrydale Baptist Church, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Paul Goodman, Executive Pastor, Grove City Alliance, Grove City, Pennsylvania
  • John Gordon, Executive Pastor, Wayside Chapel EFCA, San Antonio, Texas
  • Zack Grelling, Children’s Pastor, Grace Church of Glendora, Glendora, California
  • Fritz Hager, Executive Pastor, Bethel Bible Church, Tyler, Texas
  • Bart Hare, Executive Senior Pastor, Bay Community Church, Spanish Fort, Alabama
  • Sonny Hathaway, Executive Pastor, Northeast Houston Baptist Church, Humble, Texas
  • Bill Hawks, Executive and Education Pastor, Highland Colony Baptist, Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Michael Heflin, Executive Pastor, PromiseLand West, Austin, Texas
  • Don Helton, Pastor to Students & Families, College Park Church, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Ron Hensley, Volunteer XP, OpenDoor Church, Joshua, Texas
  • Brian Horn, Associate Pastor, First Christian Church, Santa Maria, California
  • Brett Inman, Executive Pastor of Ministry, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tom Jennings, Executive Pastor, Christian Life Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Valerie Jennings, Children’s Ministry, Christian Life Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Kerry Jones, Executive Director, Church of The Saviour, Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Keener, Editor of ChurchExecutive Magazine, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Monty Kelso, Slingshot Group, San Clemente, California
  • Dean King, Executive Pastor, River Pointe Church, Richmond, Texas
  • Robert Knoll, Trustee, Cibolo Creek Community Church, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
  • Andy Kumpel, Pastor of Community Life, Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Jim Kuykendall, Lead Pastor of Operations, Cross Timbers Community Church, Argyle, Texas
  • Rodney Lara, Senior Pastor, Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Oak Park, Illinois
  • Kent Lawrence, Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Michelle Lawrence, wife of XP, Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Brad Leeper, Vice-President, Generis Partners, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Greg Lingle, Executive Pastor, Mansfield Bible Church, Mansfield, Texas
  • Donna Lively, Director of Insurance Solutions and Services, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Matt Lomenick, Ministry Operations Pastor, Rio Vista Community Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Scott Long, Administrative Pastor, Gateway Church, Findlay, Ohio
  • David Lyons, Founder and President of MinisterSearch, Lewisville, Texas
  • Bob Mackenzie, Exec Pastor, North Coast Calvary Chapel, Carlsbad, California
  • Judy Madden, Associate Pastor, St. Matthew CPC, Burleson, Texas
  • Ron May, Executive Pastor, Wildwood Church, East Moline, Illinois
  • Matthew McDaniel, Senior Pastor, Arlington Memorial Baptist Church, Akron, Ohio
  • Jeff McGukin, Executive Pastor, Valleydale Church, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Ron McDowell, Senior Manager, GuideStone Financial Resources, Dallas, Texas
  • Reggie McNeal, Leadership Network, Dallas, Texas
  • Cody McQueen, Life Stage 2 Pastor, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Scott Mescher, Sr. Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Salado, Texas
  • David Middlebrook, Attorney, The Church Law Group, Grapevine, Texas
  • Scott Milholland, Chief Operating Officer, Hope Church, Cordova, Tennessee
  • Bryan Miles, Founder, Miles Advisory Group, Cumming, Georgia
  • R. Allan Mink, Executive Pastor, St. Matthew CPC, Burleson, Texas
  • Nancy Moore, Consultant, SIMA International, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Spencer Morell, Family Pastor, Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Ed Nalle, Executive Pastor, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Don Neff, Executive Pastor, Worship Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Doris Neff, Ladies Ministry Pastor, Worship Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Scott Nelson, Principal, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Brenda Newman, Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas
  • David Nicholson, Counselor, Fellowship Bible Church Arapaho, Dallas, Texas
  • Jim Nutt, President, The Shepherd’s Staff, Denton, Texas
  • Scot Overbey, Executive Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Rick Owen, Senior Pastor, St. Matthew CPC, Burleson, Texas
  • Darrell Owens, Senior Pastor, Christ the Rock Community Church, Cooper City, Florida
  • Leslie Pair, Midway Church, Villa Rica, Georgia
  • Rex Pair, Executive Pastor, Midway Church, Villa Rica, Georgia
  • Dale Peak, Administrator, Reston Bible Church, Dulles, Virginia
  • Jeff Pelletier, Senior VP, Operations, Fellowship Technologies, Irving, Texas
  • Boyd Pelley, President, Churchteams, Arlington, Texas
  • Stephen Pickard, Architect, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Tim Pollard, VP for Distribution & Strategy, Peacemaker Ministries, Billings, Montana
  • David Rafeedie, Executive Pastor, Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Steinach, Manitoba
  • Lane Ransdell, Business Administrator, First Christian Church, Decatur, Illinois
  • Dan Reiland, Executive Pastor, 12Stone Church, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Jay Richardson, Executive Pastor, Summit Church, Estero, Florida
  • Daniel Rolfe, Lead Pastor, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Luke Samuelson, Connect Director, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Paul Sartarelli, Senior Pastor, The Chapel of Akron, Ohio
  • Sue Sartarelli, Wife of Senior Pastor & Seminar Speaker, The Chapel of Akron, Ohio
  • Jason Schmidt, Executive Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel Orlando, Orlando, Florida
  • Chuck Schneider, Executive Pastor, Sagemont Church, Houston, Texas
  • Brad Simmons, Campus Ministries Director, Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association, Wichita, Kansas
  • Jay Smidt, Sr Director of Operations, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Clint Smith, Operations Pastor, North Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Daryl Smith, Marketing Operations, Evangelical Christian Credit Union, Fullerton, California
  • Nicholas Smith, Executive Assistant Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey
  • Stanley Smith, Business Administrator, Grace Church of Glendora, Glendora, California
  • Brian Snyder, Executive Pastor, Felwship Alliance Chapel, Medford, New Jersey
  • Justin Sprayberry, Executive Pastor, StoneWater Church, Granbury, Texas
  • James Stowe, Associate Pastor of Education, Crestwood Baptist Church, Kountze, Texas
  • Marti Thomas, Executive Pastor, Trinity Bible Church, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Jim Tomberlin, MultiSite Solutions, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Paul Utnage, Executive Pastor, Montgomery Community Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Ryan Visconti, Executive Pastor, Mesa, Arizona
  • Rick von Albrecht, Executive Pastor for Administration, Christ Community Church, Tucson, Arizona
  • Bryce Weigand, Principal, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Randy Welsch, Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Anthony White, Gateway Church, Southlake, Texas
  • Tim Whitehorn, Founder and CEO, ServiceU Corporation, Cordova, Tennessee
  • Bruce Woody, President, HH Architects, Dallas, Texas
  • Bill Yarger, Executive Pastor, Faith Bible Church, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Dr. Gregg Zackary, Sr. Associate Pastor, Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, Texas

Schedule

Tuesday, February 15

7:30 Registration & Dessert
Evening welcome and dessert 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.

Wednesday, February 16

8:00 Full Breakfast on Saving Money, Sponsored by GuideStone
Breakfast is open to all attendees but you must sign up when you enroll or if you have already enrolled, send Tami an email
9:00
Brian Horm

Brian Horm

Welcome by Brian Horn
XP of First Christian Church of Santa Maria, California

9:15
Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

Keynote by David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony
David and Matt are nationally noted attorneys and will be discussing “Mergers & Acquisitions: How to Avoid Collisions and Stay on the Road to Ministry Growth”

10:00 Break
10:15
Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

Case Study: Church Mergers & Acquisitions, Part II (Part I was presented in 2010).
An ongoing story of The Chapel merging with a daughter church. Call it a marriage or an acquisition. This is the ongoing story of a multi-site church in the process of acquiring another church.

11:00
Paul Sartarelli

Paul Sartarelli

Keynote by Paul Sartarelli, the Senior Pastor of The Chapel

“Leading from the pulpit or how a prophetic voice can be even more effective (and biblical) than a CEO’s voice”

11:45 Break
Noon Lunch
Always a great time at the Seminar! Interactive discussion with Senior & Executive Pastors. What does the Senior Pastor desire for the church? Get out of step with your Senior Pastor and prepare to pack your bags. The Senior Pastor is the one who casts vision, but the XP also has vision. What is the balance? Who is the “boss?” Included in the Seminar is this catered lunch.
1:15 Break
1:30 Workshops: Session #1 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
Special tracks for senior pastors & wives of pastors
3:00 Break & Afternoon Snack
3:15 Workshops: Session #2 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
Special tracks for senior pastors & wives of pastors
4:30 Break for the evening. Take a new or old XP/SP friend to dinner!

Thursday, February 17

7:30 Full Breakfast on People Patterns, Sponsored by ServiceU
8:45
Rodney Lara

Rodney Lara

Keynote, “Life Without Sound Bytes: Living Together in a Mixed Race Church, Rodney Lara

9:45 Break
10:00
Reggie McNeal

Reggie McNeal

Keynote with Special Guest, Reggie McNeal
Changing the Scorecard: Moving from a Program-Driven Culture to a People-Development Agenda

We are good at doing programs, so good that we tend to measure our church’s effectiveness in program participation. But in the face of increasing evidence that program involvement doesn’t yield disciples, how can we reshape our church agenda so that we are confident that people are actually growing? This discussion identifies key components of a people-development culture and makes suggestions about how we move in a direction that helps our people have lives that are fulfilled, not just filled full.

11:15 Break
11:30 Three lunch options today!

  • Interview and Q&A time with Reggie McNeal, Ballroom.
  • Pick up lunch outside the Ballroom and go to the second floor for Nathan Baxter on Mentoring Staff in their Own Spiritual Journey
  • Pick up lunch and go to the second floor for David Nicholson on Peacemaking
12:45 Workshops: Session 3 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
Special track with Dr. Baxter for for SP-XP teams
1:45 Break
2:00 Workshops: Session 4 (choose from a total of 20 workshops)
Special track with Dr. Baxter for SP-XP teams
3:00 Conclusion (early enough for you to catch a flight home)

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Sponsors

Generis-2015-600SponsorsFor the seventh year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends at Generis Partners. True giving is a deeply transformative act. At Generis, we believe 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.

ministersearch-logoFor the seventh year as a sponsor, thanks to our friends atMinisterSearch. Many have met David Lyons, their founder and president, at previous XP-Seminars and XPastor events. MinisterSearch empowers churches to have access to a larger, more qualified pool of candidates. They also help reduce the time spent searching for qualified and competent staff and increase the retention rate among pastors and ministers.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, MinisterSearch can help.

eccu-logoFor the fifth year as a sponsor, we welcome the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. The Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) is a trusted banking resource that shares your passion for kingdom impact.With ECCU’s wisdom gained from more than 40 years of experience serving evangelical ministries, we are helping churches in all 50 states increase their effectiveness through biblically based banking, financing, and investing services.

guidestone_logoWe welcome GuideStone as a sponsor for the fifth 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 $8.8 billion in assets as of September 30, 2009. 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 atwww.GuideStone.org.

ServiceUFor the fifth year, we welcome ServiceU as a sponsor. ServiceU specializes in web-based, event management solutions designed specifically for churches, nonprofits, schools, universities, festivals, and theaters. ServiceU offers three core products, EventU: Scheduling of events and resources by providing an online calendar; TransactU: Online donations, online payments, and online event registrations; and TicketU: Online ticketing and box office management.Founded in 1997, ServiceU is a trusted provider of online event management software to the nonprofit market.

fellowship_one_2011_260For the third year, we welcome Fellowship Technologies. Fellowship One is the leading 100% web-based Church Management Software solution, that helps dynamic churches of any size or denomination to effectively care for people, efficiently manage resources, and enable real growth. Fellowship One is used by ministries around the world ranging from new church plants to mega-sized, multi-site, churches.

churchlaw-logoFor the second year, we welcome The Church Law Group. They focus 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.Three members of the team are former Assistant District Attorneys, Felony Prosecutors, and one is also a distinguished former State District Judge. Several of our attorneys hold certifications from Cambridge University in Risk Management for Churches and Schools. Other attorneys in the group are trained specialists in the field of mediation. “The Church Law Group … restoring relationshipto the Attorney-Client Relationship.”

slingshot_260For the second year, we welcome Slingshot Group! They are devoted to helping churches discover worship and arts breakthroughs through StrategyStructure and Staffing. Our team’s many years of experience in worship and arts ministries along with our nationwide network of relationships are leveraged to help churches reach new heights in worship ministry. We consult closely with churches to assess the current state of their programs, philosophy and approaches to worship through written and verbal feedback from staff and lay leaders. We then give specific recommendations, practical solutions and pathways for progress specifically designed for each church, including the identification of the best worship leaders and staff to fit their situation. We know from experience how critical it is to hire the right people whose experience, calling and style align with the church and its vision for the future.

HH-logo-2014For the first 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.For the first year as a sponsor, we welcome David Nicholson, Christian Counselor. Consider getting time with David to talk through challenges in your ministry! This is a nice bonus to the Seminar. At no charge, get some professional insight into personal or church issues. Email David directly to set up a time with David during the XP-Seminar. David is a licensed counselor and passionate about conflict resolution. Poorly handled conflict can destroy ministries, marriages, and can negatively impact the reputation of the church. Thanks to David for joining us!

Promotional Sponsors

church-executive-logoFor the seventh 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. Read the bio on Ron Keener.

leadership-network-300For the sixth year, we welcome Leadership Network as a sponsor. Leadership Network is a Dallas-based nonprofit that seeks to accelerate the impact of 100X leaders. 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. Resources are available as free downloads atleadnet.org/papers. In addition, Leadership Network partners with two important publishers, Jossey-Bass and Zondervan to give leaders access to the thought leadership and best practices of effective 21st century churches. Learn more at leadnet.org/books.”This is my first conference since becoming the XP at our church. Attended an XPastor ‘Staffing Workshop’ in Phoenix two years ago that helped me make a decision toward an XP pathway. Thanks for your ministry!”

Workshops

“All the workshops I attended were very relevant and applicable”

The workshop leaders are a stunning collection of executives who speak from their areas of expertise. They talk to you as “one skilled leader to another.” This is your opportunity to discuss vital areas of ministry with seasoned leaders. The workshop leaders are both practical and skilled—they are “in the trenches” doing ministry.

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter

Dr. Nathan Baxter—Mentoring Staff in their Own Spiritual Journey

Thursday Breakout Lunch.  Nathan has taken his many years of experience as an XP and SP and developed one of the nation’s premier XP-SP team coaching services. Few have his experience in both realms! The purpose of this lunch is to provide XPs with practical tools and methods for helping their direct reports grow spiritually. Nathan will let you tour some of his systems that he uses to keep track of conversations as well as provide take-home templates that are easy to use and effective for guiding mentoring conversations. It is important that XPs provide professional development for staff but not at the expense of neglecting spiritual conversations. Oftentimes these conversations are neglected and we wonder why our leaders are not producing at the level they are capable of serving the church.

Thursday Afternoon.  Nathan has taken his many years of experience as an XP and SP and developed one of the nation’s premier XP-SP team coaching services. Few have his experience in both realms! Come for one or both of these Thursday afternoon workshops!  The first workshop will be on The Importance of Self Leadership for Executive Pastors. It will provide you with practical steps for leading yourself well. If you can’t lead yourself well, then it will be difficult for you to lead others well. It is not uncommon to get stuck or “plateau” at various points in your life and ministry. An outside perspective is the best way to break through or avoid these plateaus, grow, and keep moving forward. The ultimate goal is not only living well, but finishing well. Dr. Baxter will cover the five areas of self leadership and the five core skills for leading others.

The second workshop will be one Mentoring Tools for Maximum Performance in Ministry. Nathan will be sharing 4-6 mentoring tools that you will be able to put into practice the moment you return home. During this session, he will first teach you how to use each mentoring tool and then have you give it a test run on one of your fellow XP’s. All of the tools he has developed are proven to be simple and effective for helping you develop and mentor leaders. During the hour, you will learn how to use: The Frustration Gap, 5 Areas of Self Leadership, 4 C’s for Increasing Commitment, Pressure Points of Motivation, 5 Core Skills of a Visionary Leader. Learn them, use them, and train your staff to do the same.

“My conversations with Nathan Baxter were great!”
Nathan is a premier coach to XP & SP teams

Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz

Tim Beltz—The Church Planting and Multi-site Vision of Mars Hill Church and Acts 29 Network

Tim is the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. He will be leading an interactive workshop telling the story of Mars Hill Church and Acts 29 Network. This will explore the growth experience and the strategies to achieve a God-sized vision of 100 campuses and 1,000 church plants.

According to the September 2010 Outreach Magazine’s stats, Mars Hill is ranked #7 on the most campuses list and the 30th fastest growing church in the US out of roughly 400,000 churches. Acts 29 is a movement of church-planting networks that empowers men to lead churches and make disciples of all people groups.

Jim Tomberlin

Jim Tomberlin

Warren Bird

Warren Bird

Dr. Warren Bird & Jim Tomberlin—Five Mistakes to Avoid in a Church Merger

Warren is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital at Leadership Network, author and former pastor. Jim was with Willow Creek Community Church and launched the multi-site revolution. Now, he heads the premier consulting group on multi-site ministry.

This workshop involves lots of discussion as Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird first walk you around the landmines in church mergers, showing ways church mergers are similar and different from corporate mergers. Also two XP veterans of a merger will each share their stories, talking about the mistakes they made – and avoided. If you’re exploring a merger or acquisition, or just curious about the growing trend, this workshop will show you the options, helping you rank each with its likelihood of success. Jim Tomberlin is founder and chief strategist of MultiSite Solutions and an experienced coach of church mergers. Warren Bird is research director for Leadership Network and co-author of 23 books for church leaders.

Mike Buster

Mike Buster

Mike Buster—That Five Letter Word, BUILD

Mike is the XP of Prestonwood Baptist Church of Frisco, Texas. Mike will be speaking on:

“Our North Campus is expanding rapidly running 2,000 in attendance. We are entering into our 10th building project since 1998 and our 4th capitol campaign in as many years. It seems that churches are starting to expand once again and are considering building projects.”

Few XPs match Mike’s depth of experience and excellent consulting with church leaders.
Prestonwood Baptist is an internationally known and respected church.

Rob Cizek

Rob Cizek

Dr. David Fletcher

Dr. David Fletcher

David Fletcher & Rob Cizek—Understanding the Roles of Overseer and Administrator

David and Rob are XPs with plenty of experience. David’s church has 3 campuses with 4,500 in worship and Rob’s has a Christian School attached. These two will have a great time talking about a vital “basic” of the XP role.

“So, you are new to the role, it’s not quite what you expected and you’re trying to figure out how to make sense of it.” You need to balance leadership with managing, administration with pastoring, your Senior Pastor’s expectations with yours and everyone else’s … and have a job description that reflects that well. Together we will hammer out ways to bring clarity and understanding to this job that often requires more finesse and balance than any other on the team.

Dr. David Fletcher—Church Leadership Yesterday, Today and in Twenty Years

David is the Founder & Host of XPastor. One of his passions is the area of leadership. This workshop will have a round table discussion of:

  • How have we led the church in the past?
  • What are the current paradigms? What is working and where are the trouble spots in leading the church? What are your current issues?
  • Where will church leadership be in twenty years?

These questions, and more, will be covered in this workshop.This will be an interactive discussion, so come ready to share your current leadership issues and experiences. This is a great opportunity to talk with David about leadership issues. It will be held both hours on Thursday afternoon; come at either workshop hour. Seating is limited to 12 people.

Rick Friesen

Rick Friesen

Rick Friesen—Change Management & Corporate Sharks

Rick serves Peacemaker Ministries as Director of Ministry Relations.

The word “change” is often the church’s equivalent of the work “shark” at the beach. Poorly managed change is a common cause of difficult church conflict, and many leaders admit to feeling seriously under-equipped and under-trained in managing the change process. Unfortunately, following secular thinking on managing change will often cause more harm than good—the secular emphasis of results over relationships often leads to relational carnage. So where is the Christian leader to turn? In this workshop, Tim will a) explore how to determine whether change is really necessary, b) unpack a biblical view of change, and c) tie this to practical steps to implement change wisely and graciously while protecting the relationships God calls us to gently shepherd.

Monty Kelso

Monty Kelso

Monty Kelso—Architecting Worship, Art and Communication in the 21st Century

Monty has excelled internationally at both directing creative church communications, and leading and designing worship and programming. Monty has served as a clinician and consultant to numerous Worship and Arts conferences and entities, including the Christian Artists Seminar in the Rockies, Willow Creek Association, Christian Associates International, Campus Crusade, the Jesus Film project, Continental Ministries, Hope International University and National Outreach, Inc.

About this workshop, Monty says, “In the new millennium it is no longer ‘church as usual.’ The methods of the 90’s just don’t work today. This session is designed to help you grasp 21st century realities and their implications of how we design our weekend services.”

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper

Brad Leeper—Resourcing Ministry

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

With Generis, he 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.

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

Donna Lively

Donna Lively

Donna Lively—Health Care Reform … The Continuing Saga

For the past six and a half years in her role as Director of Insurance Solutions and Services, Donna has led the growth of employee benefit division at GuideStone Financial Resources.   She brings twenty-five years experience in health and welfare benefit sales and sales leadership to her role and has held sales leadership positions at Aetna, CIGNA, and Humana, as well as several years spent as an employee benefits insurance broker/consultant.

About this workshop, she says: Join me for a continued look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). We will review what has taken place over the 12 months since PPACA became law, the impact the law has on your ministry and healthcare in America, and look into the not-so-crystal-ball to see what the future holds in relation to PPACA. Adequate time for discussion will be included during the presentation.

David Lyons

David Lyons

David Lyons—How to Hire Staff with a Ministry and Business Mindset

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 12 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”

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

Bruce Woody

Bruce Woody

Scott Nelson & Bruce Woody—Old Normal vs. New Paradigm: The Future of Your Next Building Project

Scott and Bruce are architects with HH Architects in Dallas. This workshop will bring their expertise to bear on your next building project.

Many churches talk about “getting back to normal” but most experts say back to normal no longer exists! The old normal has been replaced with a new paradigm of pervasive uncertainty. As a result of the new normal, today’s leaders are utilizing a Strategic Positioning process as the launching pad for their next church building. This process helps develop effective ministry plans that consider key factors as they relate to your ministry objectives. Strategic Positioning focuses on helping churches to quickly explore options that account for planning in four different areas: People, Space, Time, and Money, in an effort to make informed decisions as you prepare for future development. Experience how this process centers around an interactive work session with your key leaders allowing you to participate in “real-time” analysis of “what if” scenarios enabling you to arrive at value-based decisions after reviewing the pro’s & con’s of various scenarios before engaging in major capital expenditures.

David Nicholson

David Nicholson

David Nicholson—Cutting-Edge Conflict Resolution Resources

David is a licensed counselor and passionate about conflict resolution. Poorly handled conflict can destroy ministries, marriages, and can negatively impact the reputation of the church. Fortunately, high quality, research based instruments and programs exist to help us learn the attitudes, skills and strategies necessary to become conflict competent. In this session, participants will hear a review of these most recent developments, both from the secular and Christian perspectives. One program in particular will be highlighted, as participants will learn how to organize and expand their awareness of an issue, as well as how to improve their ability to understand another person’s perspective at a deeper level.

Consider making some time with David, to talk through challenges in your ministry! This is a nice bonus to the Seminar. Get some professional insight into your personal issues.

Jeff Pelletier

Jeff Pelletier

Jeff Pelletier—High Tech and High Touch: Can Both Peacefully Coexist?

Jeff is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Fellowship Technologies, a provider of 100% web-based Church Management Software.

The idea that the use of technology in ministry creates an impersonal environment between the staff, the congregation and the community could not be further from the truth. In fact, the effective leveraging of technology can be a critical ministry component in ultimately caring better for those God has called us to steward. This workshop will highlight some practical uses that allow both the “High Tech,” as well as the “High Touch” to peacefully coexist.

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland—Developing a Leadership Culture in your Church & Staff

Dan is the Executive Pastor of 12Stone Church and writes “The Pastor’s Coach” which is distributed to over 40,000 subscribers, www.injoy.com.

Why would a church want a culture with a bias for leadership? What does a leadership culture look like? Can any church accomplish that? Developing a leadership culture in your church involves a big picture plan that incorporates five distinct elements.

They are connected in a specific sequence that matters. When you add heart and passion to the mix, the results are amazing.

Paul Sartarelli

Paul Sartarelli

Paul Sartarelli–Preaching with Great Strength

Sr. Pastor, Paul Sartarelli, to lead two workshops, back to back. The first workshop will be: Preaching with Great Strength. This is a great time for those who regularly preach to talk with a master communicator. Can we preach with great strength in a business dominated culture? As a pastor in Ohio, Paul preaches to 5,000 people each week and also uses a multi-person preaching team. The second workshop will be: Having a Great XP. This interactive discussion will explore: Why the XP? How to have a terrible XP relationship! How to find and then cultivate an XP! Before coming to The Chapel, he planted a church and grew it to 1,200. Thus, preaching pastors and XPs of various size churches will appreciate Paul’s practical wisdom and vast experience.

Sue Sartarelli

Sue Sartarelli

Sue Sartarelli—The Grandstand: an audience of One

Wednesday Afternoon: Wives of Pastors Only.  The XP-Seminar is bringing back the Wives of Pastors track! This is for women only (apologies to the male spouses of XPs). On Wednesday afternoon terrific times of discussion and interaction are coming. Being the wife of a pastor can be challenging. It is like walking a tightrope before hundreds of people. The balancing act of a public role and private life takes work. Wednesday afternoon, noted pastor’s wife and mentor to women, Sue Sartarelli, will have two sessions with pastors wives. Any wife of a pastor is invited to register.

Sue will begin by working through: The Grandstand: an audience of One). She says, “This covers the expectations of others … our fears about ministry … who do I listen to anyway … where is God in all this question. Why and how can I have God be my audience when so many others want that spot … and I would rather let others have that spot. It also visits what I call the ‘comparison trap’ that women, especially ministry women, get caught in. Having others be our measuring stick rather than a Holy God.” After this, there will be a time for discussion of current issues of pastors’ wives.

Clint Smith

Clint Smith

Clint Smith—The Middle Man Role of the XP

Clint is the XP of North Church of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2010, Clint was featured in one of the interviews during the seminar and brought refreshing insight into how their church increased their giving. This year, Clint will lead a workshop on the special role of the XP, middle man and yet leader.

For the workshop, Clint says: “Ever feel like you are stuck in the middle? I guess that is the nature of our roles as XP’s. Anytime someone has a problem, whether the building is falling a part or the staff is, there we are. Dealing with people and problems is such a huge part of our jobs yet we talk about it so very seldom. In this workshop, I will be dealing with the life reality of being the middle man and three key things that make me successful in this role.”