Schedule 2018-01-28T20:13:53+00:00

Our 14th Year of Powerful and Motivating Speakers …

Tuesday—February 20, 2018

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

Wednesday—February 21, 2018

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

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

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

Thursday—February 22, 2017

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

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