Sponsors

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

Brad Leeper, President, Generis

Our Partner

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

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

Platinum Sponsors

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

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

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

For the first year, we welcome Thrivent Church Financing as a Platinum Sponsor. Thrivent is a not-for-profit financial services organization that helps Christians on their wise with money journey. Thrivent Church Financing has been working nationally with growing ministries for over 100 years by providing flexible financing solutions. Currently serving more than 1,300 church clients, Thrivent offers flexible solutions, expertise and competitive terms to the financing needs of growing churches. Understanding the unique needs of each church, they offer a variety of loan features including long-term fixed rates and fully amortizing loans up to 30 years in duration. In turn, ministries can live out their wise with money journey.

Gold Sponsors

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

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

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

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

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

For the fifth year, we welcome the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. With its mission of Enhancing Trust, ECFA now certifies nearly 2,300 Christ-centered churches and ministries based on its high standards in financial management, governance and gift administration.

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

Check out the XPastor page and free items at ECFA.

Silver Sponsors

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

For the ninth year, we welcome Middlebrook | Goodspeed, The Church Lawyers. They are dedicated to providing outstanding and practical legal services to churches, ministries, and schools of all sizes across the nation with their Church Lawyers Team program.  Their team of attorneys and paralegals have transactional, tax and litigation experience and are attuned to the unique legal needs specific to religious nonprofits.  They handle everything from a new church-plant to complex and contested litigation matters, and provide services to organizations of all sizes. “Whether you are just starting out and want the proper foundation, need to stay on track and legally compliant or require an advocate in the courtroom, we are on your legal team.”

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

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

For the sixth 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 fifth year, we welcome Church Community Builder. Church Community Builder is a technology company focused on equipping the church for more effective ministry. They exist to provide the church tools in technology to better know, grow, and keep your people—through comprehensive cloud-based software and apps. They focus on the tools, so you can focus on reaching, discipling, and empowering your people. Their inspiration is “the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11b-12).

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

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

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

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

We welcome Cass Bank as a Silver Sponsor. The Word says, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall. But in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). We at Cass Bank counsel with churches and ministries in the area of finance.

Cass Bank is a financially solid, 112-year-old bank that serves ministries across the country. If you are looking for someone to assist you with your next construction project, acquire property or refinance current debt, Cass Bank invites you to the opportunity to counsel with them.

Media Sponsors

We are thrilled to welcome Leadership Network as a sponsor for the fourteenth year!

Leadership Network has been a trusted resource for XP’s and lead pastors of some of the world’s largest, fastest growing churches since 1984. Leadership Network provides you and your team with connections to peers, access to leaders, and an introduction to tools and processes that will propel you beyond your greatest strategic challenges.

The Leadership Network approach engages multiple models and voices across a variety of domains over time to help you move from ideas to implementation to impact. From multisite to generosity and stewardship, leadership development to leveraging data and analytics, Leadership Network helps you maximize your resources and effort.

To learn more or connect with Leadership Network.

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

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

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

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