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The Ancient Art of Teamwork

2020 Workshops Will Be Posted in September

Examples of 2019 Workshops

Leading Me: Five Ways to Maintain Your Spiritual Health and Enjoy Longevity in Ministry

A church is only as healthy as its leaders. It is critical that you build routines, habits and guardrails into your life that protect you from burnout, lead to growth, and create longevity in ministry.  Join Todd Clark as he helps you discover ways you can remain a healthy, effective and motivated leader. Learning to “lead you” is what allows you to continue to lead others.

Todd Clark has 28 years of ministry experience in churches sized between 200 and 25,000. Todd is a passionate, creative, team-focused, leader with a unique blend of ministry experience. He served as a youth pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky and a founding and lead pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, California. Todd has recently been a teaching pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Arizona. He is the Vice President of Senior Search at Slingshot Group and an adjunct Teaching Pastor at Parkview Christian Church in Chicago where he teaches 15-18 weekends each year.

Todd is the founder of “Eat Art,” a nonprofit photography organization committed to artfully ending hunger. You can connect with Todd on Twitter (@toddclark) or on his blog,

Strategic Shifts Every Leader Needs to Make

Why do some leaders scale and grow with their organizations while others flounder or flame out? How can some leaders grow from managing a small team to overseeing hundreds of employees and volunteers? What do these leaders do differently at critical moments? In an era of urgency and expediency there is little room for leaders to develop the wisdom that is only gleaned through time and experience. Today’s leaders are plagued by urgency and unrealistic expectations for immediate impact. This session will equip you with the critical perspective shifts you must embrace to think differently and continually be lifting the lid on your leadership capacity.

Jenni Catron is a leadership coach and founder of The 4Sight Group, an organization that consults on leadership, team culture and organizational health. Her passion is to lead well and to inspire, equip and encourage others to do the same. Jenni is the author of several books including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership. She loves a fabulous cup of tea, great books, learning the game of tennis and hiking with her husband.

Know Before You Go: Is My Church Ready for a Big Project?

Is it time for you to take the first step? Your gut churns with anticipation—you’ve envisioned this trek a thousand times. But now you’re here, and it’s a bit more intimidating than you imagined. Determining whether your church is ready for a big project, such as buying property, expanding or renovating your existing facilities, or building your very first permanent location, can be one of the best, or worst, experiences in your ministry career.

You’ve heard horror stories from your fellow pastors who rushed in unprepared and now have lost credibility with their congregation because they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a set of plans that are rolled up on a shelf collecting dust because they couldn’t afford to build it. This workshop will reveal some key indicators that will help you determine if you’re ready to take the plunge, and will provide insight into the process of determining how much you can afford (budget), what you should build (scope), and when you should build it (schedule).

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

Unleashing Your Church Board’s Potential: How Your Board Compares to Others

What are ten of the best practices of a healthy church board? How do they compare with boards at other Christ-centered ministries? The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) conducted several major surveys on this issue, including one now in process. From that survey, the “first findings” will be revealed in this workshop. For example: “Roughly what percent of a typical board meeting is spent on the future, as opposed to reviewing the present or past?” The workshop will show how church boards and other nonprofits replied and propose a good benchmark for your board to shoot toward.

Dan Busby, President of ECFA, is co-author of the just-released Lessons from the Church Boardroom. He has written or co-authored 10 titles in over 60 editions including Zondervan 2018 Church and Nonprofit Tax and Financial Guide, and also Zondervan 2018 Minister’s Tax and Financial Guide. He has over 40 years of experience serving the Christ-centered church and nonprofit community and frequently speaks nationally on related issues.

Warren Bird, Ph.D., ECFA Vice President of Research and Equipping, is a bestselling author and nationally recognized authority on church trends. He has authored or co-authored 31 books including Hero Maker and How to Break Church Growth Barriers.

Leveraging Your Facility for a Remarkable Guest Experience

Learn how to maximize your facility to create the most remarkable guest experience. Pastoring the newcomer begins when they first come on your property. There is no reason why your guests can’t have a terrific first impression of your church. This workshop will reveal seven practical tips to leverage the facility that God has already given you. You church can become a warm and welcoming place for guests.

Dave Milam is a visioneer, strategist and visual storyteller whose right brained style of delivery helps his listener connect in a uniquely immersive way. As a member of the Visioneering Studios team, Dave equips leaders by leveraging art and science to launch inspired vision into reality. Dave is the founding Pastor of One Life Church in Concord, North Carolina and in 2016 released a book entitled “Ten Count: True Stories of Defeat and Triumph Among Today’s Christian Leaders.”

Christianity Today Forum

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

Maximizing Member Data

Ministry and data go hand-in-hand. Every ministry generates data and data can benefit every ministry. Data is readily available to leaders in every church and is useful for evaluating and improving your church’s ministries. In this interactive session we will discuss casting vision for the value of gathering and using data, gathering data in sustainable ways, and using data to inform decision-making.

Dr. PJ Dunn is Director of Serve Ministry & IT at First Euless (soon to be Cross City Church) in Euless, Texas. He also leads Table for One Ministries, which exists to build community for single adults through discipleship. Jeff Otero leads the Product Team at Church Community Builder, a church management software company in Colorado Springs. Jeff’s team is responsible for product management, product design, and product marketing.

Hidden Money—Financing Strategies in Uncertain Economic Times

Join this conversation to learn tricks of financial professionals. Share your successful practices about current economic conditions and expectations. Understand how these factors impact your ministry’s plans for the future. How are the Fed’s actions impacting your budget and planning? What actions can you take now that will increase your cash flow even without increasing income? How do you plan to fund future initiatives and what can you do now to maximize the value of each dollar?

Kari Boyce is Business Development Director of Thrivent. She began her career in fixed income capital markets working as an institutional sales and trading assistant, working her way to Managing Director for FI Institutional Sales Administration. Bringing this experience and passion to the church world, she has been working with churches and faith-based nonprofits in lending and leadership consulting since 2006.

Chris Lewis is Senior Relationship Manager of Thrivent. Born in Brazil, where his parents served as missionaries, he learned 3 languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. In 2006, after assisting the church he was attending with a capital campaign, Chris discovered that there was a need for lenders to work with growing ministries. Over the years, Chris has worked with growing ministries by providing sustainable financing solutions for construction, acquisition and refinancing. Chris obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Harding University in 1996.

The New XP

What is needed in the first 90 days, the first six months and the first year of being an XP? There are special challenges when entering the role.

Are you preparing to make the transition or already in the midst of it? Many new XPs have been in their church for years before entering the role. Others move to the city and become the XP in a new environment. Still others transition from business to ministry life.

This breakout session will help you identify and overcome potential challenges and leverage your “rookie smarts” and “fresh eyes” as you begin your new season of ministry leadership.

Jon Wright has worked as an entrepreneur, founding and leading a product development company for 15 years and served for 7 years as Executive Pastor of Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He and his wife, Julie, also led a Missionary Training Center in Germany for several years. He has 30 years experience in innovation, execution and entrepreneurial creativity in multiple settings; corporate, non-profit, church and global missions.

Jon has been part of the XPastor conferences since 2009 and has led breakout sessions and XPastor Online Course webinars. Jon joined XPastor+Generis as a consultant in 2018. Talk to Jon about “The Collective.”

Church Analytics

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

Brad 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

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.

What Does Your Kid’s Ministry Space Say to Your Visitors?

This workshop will examine check-in centers, hallways, classrooms and multi-functional rooms. What do these areas of your kid’s ministry say to your visitors? Does it welcome them, provide comfort and ease of navigation? Check-in centers should be safe, simple and fun. Check-in centers provide wonderful opportunities for a great first impression, as they are one of the first things your visitors will see. In the hallways, it’s great to have wayfinding signs so that visitors can easily navigate your facility. Classrooms and group rooms can become adventurous destinations where kids come ready to learn and explore.

We know you want to reach families in your community with your unique message and vision. One of the most effective ways to draw families to your church is by providing a welcoming environment for parents and their children. In this workshop we’ll cover ways to make your environment just as friendly and welcoming as your church family! Open your doors for visitors with love, comfort and excitement!

Todd Parks has over 21 years of ministry experience. He is a visionary servant leader who sees not only what is but what can be. Prior to joining Worlds of Wow, Todd served as an Executive Ministry Consultant where he helped over one hundred churches build incredible teams through church staffing, consulting, compensation analysis, and succession planning. Todd is a Business Development Manager with Worlds of Wow, a company that creates cool and fun environments for kids and families.