BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Tuesday’s Sessions

Church Planting’s Dirtiest Little Secrets 

Tom Bennardo, Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

Church planting has become a cottage industry, full of field-tested, sure-fire methods, dazzling success stories, and promises of adventure and impact.  What doesn’t get mentioned are the not-so-spectacular, yet universal realities every planter and planting project will experience.  This session will reveal those dirty little secrets, so that planters and sending churches can be better prepared for the actual—and still incredibly worthwhile—journey that church planting will be.

Conflict! 

Erin Dougan, North Coast Church

CONFLICT! At first glance it’s a scary word. When it shows up do you run from it or run toward it? My 20 years in ministry leadership has taught me a thing or two about conflict and conflict resolution.  Let’s explore how to create a culture of honesty and openness as we navigate the conflicts that naturally arise while leading others.

Crafting the Moment

Jeff Moors, North Coast Church

Out the 168 hours in a week, we get about 1 or 2 of them with the people that attend our churches. Within those 1-2 hours are we making the most of them? Have you set the environment and created the atmosphere in which meaningful moments can be made and the rest of the 166 hours of their week impacted? In this break out we will talk through how to craft moments that create memories and connections that last well beyond your weekend services.

Digital Church Deep Dive

Andrew Statezny, CDF Capital

We have the greatest communication opportunity in history. With nearly everyone now connected digitally, how do you make sure that you are using technology to pastor people effectively? Spend this workshop learning how to thing about and develop a custom digital playbook that keeps you on mission and advances the vision of your church.

Innovation Advancements in Ministry

Matt Engel, Research Fellow at Leadership Network and Church Innovation Pastor and Evangelist at Gloo

In this session we will have a conversation and bring visibility into some exciting trends happening across data, technology and ministry intersections. Innovation within ministry is rapidly shifting toward a construct of being: Spirit-Led, Christ-Centered, Data-Informed.  What if we can actually measure and compound outcomes and impact not just activities in the church!
Can we inform more direct pastoral moments with the right people in an effort to accelerate the impact of ministry?

Leading from the Middle 

Kirk Jones & Connor McFadden, North Coast Church

Thinking that you need to be on top to lead simply isn’t true. We will be taking a look at how to maximize influence by leading from the middle while still supporting the Senior leadership at the top.

Making Room: Creating Space for High Capacity Volunteers 

Kaira Maybury, North Coast Church

This breakout will discuss ways to engage high capacity leaders and volunteers in your congregation and how to give away responsibility to the right people. We will discuss how to create volunteer opportunities built around your volunteers’s gifts, strengths, and capacity while meeting the needs of your church.

Self-Leadership 

Ned Mervich, North Coast Church

One of the greatest leadership challenge most leaders have is how to lead themselves. Leading ourselves well is the prerequisite to leading others well. Self-leadership requires us to do the inner work of leadership so we can do the outer work well and wisely. This breakout session will explore what it takes to lead yourself well.

“What’s Next” – Leading Transitions

Sean Morgan, CDF Capital and Jonathan Hansen, Rolling Hills Christian Church

The real work in leadership transition begins AFTER the baton pass. Yup, after a change of leadership, organizations begin new seasons of fresh vision and deal with alignment problems. When led well, they often result in growth and momentum. What changes are necessary to make early on vs. wait? Are all those leadership axioms you have been taught applicable during a season when you are not yet sure how established you are as a new leader (beyond just the title)? You have inherited someone else’s board, some else’s staff team, and a whole host of unwritten expectations, not to mention culture; how do you make changes to the team? And of course, as a staff member, how do you survive a new boss? Sean Morgan and Jonathan Hansen have been involved in coaching and leading transitions and will bring knowledge, expertise and never before released Barna research to this breakout. There will be key learnings from all this and a fair amount of laughs at the mistakes that were made along the way. This session is guaranteed to help you thrive in seasons of change and transition!

Wednesday’s Sessions

Crafting the Moment

Jeff Moors, North Coast Church

Out the 168 hours in a week, we get about 1 or 2 of them with the people that attend our churches. Within those 1-2 hours are we making the most of them? Have you set the environment and created the atmosphere in which meaningful moments can be made and the rest of the 166 hours of their week impacted? In this break out we will talk through how to craft moments that create memories and connections that last well beyond your weekend services.

Creating a Culture of Hope and Healing

Anne-Marie Lockmyer, Grief and Trauma Healing Network

Let’s equip your church to support and love those with broken hearts in the church and your community. This is an eye-opening session that will give you a new understanding of grief, trauma and loss – and that it isn’t just caused by death but could be due to any of the many other losses of life – divorce, miscarriage, infertility, job loss, abuse, etc. Loss has a huge impact on your congregation. Your mindset will change and you will be empowered with tools, resources, and ideas that will allow you to create your own unique approach to effectively minister to the hurting in your church and community. The results can be an incredible outreach opportunity as well as a healthier congregation.

Conflict! 

Erin Dougan, North Coast Church

CONFLICT! At first glance it’s a scary word. When it shows up do you run from it or run toward it? My 20 years in ministry leadership has taught me a thing or two about conflict and conflict resolution.  Let’s explore how to create a culture of honesty and openness as we navigate the conflicts that naturally arise while leading others.

Community Service: Moving From Great Idea to Actual Impact 

Connor McFadden, North Coast Church

With so many people needing help in our community it can be easy to get lost as a local outreach leader.  The good news is there are a few simple questions that can help you focus your time, energy and significance.  Join me as we discuss how to run your local outreach ministry to make the greatest impact on your congregation and your community.

How Do You Know If You’re a Good Leader? 

Kristen Lascola, North Coast Church

Are you a good leader? According to who? We’d all like to think we are, but how can we know? Our own opinion of our leadership means very little. The key to this question is exploring the perception of our leadership from the staff and teams we lead regularly. Their opinion of our leadership far outweighs our own. In this breakout you will receive tangible tools and assessments to take back to your team. These tools are meant to reveal blind spots in your leadership so you can better serve those you lead. Join us as we courageously look at ourselves objectively in order to become more effective leaders.

Innovation Advancements in Ministry

Matt Engel, Research Fellow at Leadership Network and Church Innovation Pastor and Evangelist at Gloo

In this session we will have a conversation and bring visibility into some exciting trends happening across data, technology and ministry intersections. Innovation within ministry is rapidly shifting toward a construct of being: Spirit-Led, Christ-Centered, Data-Informed.  What if we can actually measure and compound outcomes and impact not just activities in the church!
Can we inform more direct pastoral moments with the right people in an effort to accelerate the impact of ministry?

Making Room: Creating Space for High Capacity Volunteers 

Kaira Maybury, North Coast Church

This breakout will discuss ways to engage high capacity leaders and volunteers in your congregation and how to give away responsibility to the right people. We will discuss how to create volunteer opportunities built around your volunteers’s gifts, strengths, and capacity while meeting the needs of your church.

Training Your Group Leaders to Deal with Anything! 

Dave Enns, North Coast Church

You ever wonder if you’ve equipped your leaders to deal with the diversity of issues that can surface in a group in our current culture? Concerned if your coaching system is really offering what your leaders need to be successful? Join us as we take a look at how to keep your training relevant, yet profoundly simple to address the issues of our age without piling on more meetings.

The “Fast Growth” Seduction: Giving Yourself Permission to Change the Way You Measure Your Church’s Success 

Tom Bennardo, Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

Explosive, rapid growth.  It’s universally celebrated, relentlessly pursued, and largely unchallenged as a viable goal for every church.  What if it’s based on a fundamental flaw?  And what if there’s a better way to gauge true impact?  This session will show how “fast growth” is often “suspect growth,” and will explore ways to recognize, value, and embrace God’s “slow” pace toward substantive growth.

The Introverted Leader 

Ned Mervich, North Coast Church

Does being an introvert mean you can’t be a great leader? The success of leaders like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett strongly suggests the answer is no. If you’re an introvert, this breakout session will help you understand yourself better and suggest ways to lead which are consistent with how God has made them. For extroverts who work with or report to an introvert, this session will expand your understanding of the introvert’s world.