THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH
Registration: 9:00 - 9:30am
Workshop: 9:30 - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Registration: 12:30 - 1:00pm
Session 1: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Break: 2:00 - 2:20pm
Workshop 1: 2:20 - 3:45pm
Break: 3:45 - 4:05pm
Workshop 2: 4:05 - 5:30pm
Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30pm
Session 2: 6:30 - 7:30pm
FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH
Workshop 3: 9:00 - 10:25am
Break: 10:25 - 10:45am
Session 3: 10:45 - 11:45pm
Lunch: 11:45pm - 1:00pm
Workshop 4: 1:00 - 2:25pm
Break: 2:25 - 2:45pm
Session 4: 2:45 - 3:30pm
17030 Lakeshore Road
Lutz, FL 33558
Early Bird: $39
Early Bird: $99
February 6, 2015
Please do not register until you have received a discount code from the conference director. Any Scholarship Applications received after a registration has been submitted will not be considered.
Select the amount and type of ticket you want to purchase below. Once you click "Order Now" you will be forwarded to a ticket purchasing page. There you will be asked to select the four workshops you would like to attend. You can look over the workshops above and plan out which you would like to attend or click here for a PDF version of all workshops available.
Between Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where should your church invest its time? This workshop will cover why this social media is necessary for evangelism and practical strategies to engage your congregation digitally.
The adult service has run over again, you're less prepared than you want to be, or you don't have the supplies you needed. You need a quick plan to keep kids engaged and you need it fast! This workshop will equip you with a ton of games and ready-to-use ideas that will stretch your service plan 10 minutes longer.
God calls us to a dignified interdependent relationship with our neighbors, so we can live fuller and more abundant lives. This workshop highlights a corporation’s partnership with local residents to alleviate poverty one family at a time, focusing on community development, family stabilization, economic development, and improving educational opportunities.
Ministry can be a strain on our hearts, minds, lives, and marriages. Often times we lead others with passion and forget to lead ourselves with the same vigor. This workshop will remind us how to lead ourselves well in our walk with Jesus and remind us the importance of rest and fulfillment in life and ministry.
Go beyond lighting fixtures and basic mechanics. This workshop includes incorporating lighting changes into your worship service, exploring creative dimensions of light, and the steps needed to move your worship service to the next level.
Logos Bible Software is the largest developer of Bible Study software and worldwide leader in multilingual electronic publishing. This session is an interactive demonstration of the powerful impact of Bible study software in personal study, group study, and sermon preparation.
How do you engage your congregation past the stage? Consistency in branding is a key to communication success for a church. We will talk systems, process, and creative ideas on how to communicate about and for your church.
When used correctly websites are a wonderful tool to use to reach your community. Get the most return from your website by learning web design essentials, hosting and domain platforms, and content management systems.
Have a thriving group culture no matter your church size! In both large and small group Bible studies, learn how to get more people engaged in community and in the Word. This workshop will guide you to train and develop Bible study faciliators and to create an invite-able group culture.
David Gonzalez; Jenny Gemmill×
As a church, what are you doing and where are you going? Learn how to develop a biblical action plan for a mission focused church. Based in Acts 1:8, you’ll discover the benefits and characteristics of sending out successful short-term mission teams.
Rethinking and refreshing a care ministry takes intentional strategy, leadership, vision, and risk. This workshop takes a look at the way we care for our congregations as we move towards broadening the span of care beyond a few of us, to many of us.
Are you exhausted from leading worship week in and week out with little to no volunteer support? This workshop will cover how to recruit and audition potential musicians, help your volunteers grow musically, ensure your volunteers feel appreciated and connected, and care and pastor for your volunteers spiritually.
Decorations and set design are more than just fun; they are key elements in capturing a child's imagination for Christ! Learn about creating a captivating learning environments and hands-on tips for building something for your children’s ministry.
Ryan McMackin; Alisha McMackin×
Take your children’s ministry to the next level by adding simple musical elements to your worship time, either with a single volunteer or a entire worship team.
The Twelve Steps are not just for alcoholics! The Twelve Steps is a Biblically-based tool that can be a foundation for healing people with a variety of issues in your church setting and bringing people into closer relationship with Jesus. Learn how to incorporate the Twelve Steps to help your congregation fully experience God’s love.
Shari Lacey; Arlene Jackson×
Are you passionate about the lost, but just not sure where to start? This workshop will collaboratively discuss how youth ministries can reach unchurched youth through both programs and relationships. Learn how outreaches can open opportunities for students to say “yes” to Jesus.
Have you noticed there are ministry challenges you didn’t know about until you started? This workshop covers the five most important things to know when starting in ministry, common leadership pitfalls, and wise ways to navigate forward.
Start strong in youth ministry! Discussion will led by a rookie in youth ministry and a veteran youth worker, this breakout covers best practices for new youth workers and how to remain in ministry for the long haul.
Taylor Foley; Taylor Brown×
Engage individuals into the life of the church! Learn effective follow up, how to implement connections, and the steps necessary for newcomers to connect and move to being a committed member of your church.
Connect newcomers into the life of your church! This workshop will cover how to implement connections, follow up, and the steps necessary for newcomers to move toward being committed members. You will receive the tools necessary so your church can put together a powerful connection process that will engage and empower people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Karen Peel; Bill Hoopes×
Whether you led with hymns and an organ or a full band and contemporary songs, you’ll benefit from this discussion led by a multi-generational panel with 60+ years of worship ministry experience. Topics will include best practices, service flow, technology tips, and volunteer recruitment.
Zac Collins; Corey Schob×
Whether volunteer or staff, we need to care for and invest in leaders. Discover what you can do for those who serve with you to help them reach their full potential for the Lord. This workshop will cover how to train, appreciate, communicate to, and encourage your leaders.
When people get a second chance in life through recovery, all they want to do is give it away. They make the best small group leaders, are willing to serve anywhere, and can become some of the top leaders in your church. (Both recovery workshops are recommended. See: Starting a Recovery Ministry)
Explore a proven strategy to engage volunteers in ministry and get a 90-second tool to invite people into service opportunities. You’ll practice every technique you’ll learn and walk away ready to grow your volunteer ministry.
Church success is often gauged by how many people show up and how much they give. But what if attendance and the amount of offerings are actually misleading? This session will highlight what really indicates ministry success.
Greg Robertson; Carol Musselman×
Find out how to reach children who are hurting in your community. There are thousands of children who are academically disadvantaged, poor, orphaned, or incarcerated who need your help. Discussion will be led by staff and volunteers of the At-Risk-Kids Ministry.
Cheryl Jackson; Ginny Coffey×
Lead your choir to be leaders vocally, visually, and spiritually! Structured for both traditional and praise choir directors and members, this workshop will cover basic vocal exercises, how to select arrangements, how to bridge a musical gap, and how to help your members engage in worship.
Mixing audio in a worship environment can be tricky. In this workshop we will show you how to find a happy medium between "turn it down" and "turn it up,” with equalization and compression and learn the correct way to build an audio mix.
Do you want to start a small group ministry at church? Do you have a small group ministry that needs an injection of energy? Learn how a church of any size can ignite its small group ministry by launching short-term, church-wide small groups.
Isaiah declared that God is always ready to do a “new thing.” Church leaders are the agents of God’s “new thing” in each congregation. Lead your congregation into God’s vision with practical lessons including the importance of a clearly defined mission, the difference between mission and method, and leading a congregation-wide life of prayer.
Planning events on a tight budget is hard work, especially for children’s ministry! This workshop will include creative ways to save money, how to maximize your resources, and how to cut costs without cutting fun and purpose.
What would happen if someone inspected how your church is managing its money under a microscope? This workshop will cover spending money, making the deposit, payroll requirements, ministerial tax issues, creating a budget and financial reports, and storing important financial records.
Greg Robertson; Carol Musselman×
Recasting vision and direction can be both a joyful and painful process. Discover how to expand your missions and outreach department to include more community outreach and congregational involvement.
Help the littlest hear the message of Jesus Christ even before they can talk! Discover how to invest in the lives of children, parents, and volunteers through programs, easy-to-duplicate tools, and resources for your birth through age 3 ministries.
Leaders today often face several common challenges, including driving change, challenging the status quo, and leading teams to solve complex problems. Discover how to unlock barriers that prevent your best creative work from happening and how to identify areas needed for development of creative leaders.
This next generation of post-millennials is the first generation to be raised in a world where social media is the norm and culture changes in an instant. Communicating biblical truth to this generation is an enormous responsibility and privilege. Explore how to communicate best to this new generation.
Corey Wolloff; Chris Stephen×
Every pastor knows that Sundays come around with disturbing regularity. How can a preacher continue to be fresh, relevant and engaging over the long haul of ministry in a constantly changing culture? This session reviews lessons from a combined 40+ years of preaching in local church context.
Jim Harnish; Phil Roughton×
How can we proclaim the good news in ways that will connect with real people in the real world? This discussion about practical tools can help any preacher become more effective. Learn from two accomplished communicators with a combined four decades of preaching experience in diverse ministry settings.
Jim Harnish; Phil Roughton×
Give an effective invitation for people to surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Help your church develop a heart for lost people, inspire and equip your people to invest in others, and create a system for follow-up with new believers that will encourage them to experience baptism and growth in Christ.
Who are millennials and how can your church reach them? Millenials think very differently than older generations and the key is understanding their mindset. This workshop will provide the tools to understanding millennials and bust the myth that only big churches in big cities can reach them.
David Wildes; Emily Stumbo×
Doing student ministry is more than the few times a week that we have the opportunity to gather our students together. This workshop will help equip you with some practical ways and principles to build lasting, investing relationships with students.
Corey Wolloff; Chris Stephen×
Assess what’s missing in your children’s ministry and take the first steps towards leading change. Gain practical ideas to help your congregation honor the past without living into it, as you minister to the current generation.
Not everything you’ve learned about church growth works. Passionate about creative leadership, the presenters will speak from real-life experience leading a healthy, growing church. This workshop is filled with wisdom for church leaders, including simple and practical resources for your team.
Jim Cowart; Jennifer Cowart×
With a recovery ministry in your church, you’ll open up to an entire segment of your community!Get them in the front door, share the love of Jesus with them, and watch what happens. This workshop will cover the basics of getting started. (Both recovery workshops are recommended. See: Growing Leaders Out of Recovery)
Experience how to adjust a Sunday school lesson for adaptive learning to reach children with special needs. Learn how to use pictures to communicate with non-verbal children, teach the Bible to those with low motor skills, and create manipulatives for your special kids.
Janet Atkinson; Gloria Harmon×
Whether you teach the 6th grade Sunday school class or preach sermons to hundreds, great talks don't happen on accident. Learn how to prepare on a tight schedule, how to do good exegesis if you haven't been to seminary, how to incorporate creativity that enhances the message, and how to develop a practice of continual improvement without beating yourself up.
It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top! This workshop will provide the tools needed to overcome heroic solo leadership and move to team leadership in ministry. This workshop will identify different types of essential teamwork, review steps to start building your dream team, and discuss common team dysfunctions and proven tools to overcome them.
Wes Olds; Craig Robertson×
Team teaching is not just for very large or multi-site churches. Across America, women and men are gathering to do the work of message preparation in teams. Any church, of any size, in any context can use team teaching. An experienced teaching team will share some transferable principles and processes they have learned over the years.
Learn principles to build better staff teams, increase longevity, and raise morale. This workshop will highlight three C’s of a team: chemistry, competency, and character, as well as the importance of job expectations, internal systems, and communicating vision.
Remember, Satan rejoices when we fail to pray, but trembles when we do. Come learn simple, yet powerful ideas to help your church access God’s power. Also, hear inspiring stories of God’s response to prayer and leave with next steps to ignite a heart for prayer in your church.
Stewardship is not an annual financial campaign, but a way of life. Learn tools your stewardship committee can use to develop a year-round comprehensive strategy and how to focus on nurturing Christian disciples rather than balancing the budget.
Greg Robertson; Carol Musselman×
Do you want members that are growing, serving, tithing, and committed? Come discover how to create a powerful class that engages and excites people about becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus in your church.
The church is consistently losing students through ministry hand-offs and major life stages. Working toward a seamless next generation ministry can keep students connected during these crucial years. Learn to build cohesion with your team through healthy transitions, planning sermons and lessons, and effective internal systems.
Next Generation Team×
We live in a digital world and broadcasting your church services is easier than ever before. This workshop is an introduction to video streaming on the Internet. We will cover everything you need to reach outside the four walls of your church, including the basics of hardware, software, and helpful techniques.
From supervision to professionalism, this fun and detailed session will help you take your school to the next level. Identify your program’s strengths and examine classroom interactions to make your school even better!
Liliana Rogers; Heather Evens×
Can you use a couple more volunteers? Or maybe more than a couple? Sometimes it feels like we’re standing on the steps of our churches shouting for people to please come in and help us. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to overcome the most common excuses potential volunteers offer.
Sometimes it feels like we’re standing on the steps of our churches shouting for people to please help us. Discover how to overcome common excuses from potential volunteers, explore a proven strategy to engage volunteers in ministry, and get a 90-second tool to invite people into service opportunities.
Give your members easy ways to invite their friends and neighbors to get to know your church, especially those who may not be ready to attend a service or Bible study. Also, learn how a moms ministry can help women connect to others to learn from, laugh with, and grow alongside.
Get a firsthand look at a live worship rehearsal. Experience every step of the process from soundcheck to music rehearsal as the band and tech teams rehearse for one of the general sessions. This workshop will also include time for Q&A with the band and tech teams.
Brad Iturriaga; Adam Klingman; Andrew Davis×
With the realities of staffing, budget, technology, buildings, demographics, and style - no two churches are alike. How can you take the fundamentals and passion of worship and transfer them to your church setting? This workshop will help define the united call of worship while inspiring creative and strategic methods of using what God has given you.
Take a look at the big picture of your ministry year and set your program for success. Equip yourself to lead with strategy and confidence! Walk away knowing how to schedule your large events, missions projects, and even meeting topics in a way that will free you up to dream and create.