Developing Harvest Field Workers Following the Ancient Path of Christ
Location: C 5/6/7
Jesus told His disciples to ask the Father to raise up workers for His harvest field. He did specific things with His disciples in John 1-4 to develop them into harvest field workers. We will discover what Jesus did so we can be and develop workers in our ministries like He did.
Presenter: Joel Zaborowski is the President of Ancient Path Disciple-Making. He serves as the Pastor of Freedom Bible Church (EFCA), in Lorain, OH. Also, he is the former Director of Leader Development and Coaching for Sonlife Ministries.
SHEPHERDING TOGETHER: How to Strengthen & Equip Elder Teams
Location: East Central Station
Serving as a church leader can be a difficult assignment. Serving as the leader of those leaders can be even tougher! In this workshop, we will explore Biblical principles for selecting, training, and utilizing elders. How can a team of elders effectively shepherd the flock under their care? How can a pastor lead the team to discern and carry out God’s vision for their local church? Gain some ideas for your own context as we share practical wisdom for building unified, healthy elder teams for churches of various sizes.
Presenter: For twenty-seven years, Doug Corlew has been Senior Pastor of Summit EFC in Alta. Since the church was first planted in northwest rural Iowa, he has walked with his congregation, elders, and staff through the joys and struggles of doing ministry together. He and his wife April have four married children and thirteen grandchildren.
Living Life at the Intersection
Location: Courtyard Hall
If there is anyone in the world that should know how to live at the intersections of life it should be Christians for it is what Christ modeled for us. By becoming flesh and blood and moving into the intersection of His father and us, at the intersection of the Jewish Establishment and Roman Authority, at the intersection of sinners and his Holy Father, Christ is THE example for us to follow. This workshop will focus on living life at the hard intersections of race, politics, age, and gender using specifically Christ coming to live at the intersection, our kingdom priorities, gleaning and Jubilee living.
Presenter: John Gerhardt is a 32+ year veteran of urban and multiracial ministry serving the EFCA in the inner-city New Orleans, LA. Through ministry experience, church planting, and pastoring he has been living at the intersection of race and class and brings a unique perspective to issues facing the church and today’s justice issues. John has been married to Wendy for 37 years and they raised their four children in the inner-city neighborhood they serve in.
The Landscape of Leadership
A Biblical Stance on Culture and its Impact on Church Leadership
Location: West Central Station
Strategy, leadership, and character are all vital for churches to move into a meaningful and missional future. But without an understanding of our culture and what a missional, biblical stance in this culture looks like, we will be limited in what we can do as churches for the kingdom. We’ll look at what culture is and how it impacts our mission – and how we can respond as churches in this culture for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.
Presenter: Mike Sherman is the founder of Embassy Equipping, an organization devoted to providing resources to churches, concentrating on the areas of strategy, leadership, and culture. Mike was an Executive Pastor for over 25 years, working in the areas of strategic planning, individual and group leadership assessment and development, and cultural engagement. Mike has been married for over 37 years. He and his wife have three adult children and three grandchildren. You can find more information about Mike and Embassy Equipping at his website www.embassyequipping.com.
Domestic Abuse Response as Gospel Ministry
Location: C 2
Domestic abuse is a difficult topic fraught with misunderstandings, myths, and confusion. This session will provide a Biblical framework to understand domestic abuse and its wide-ranging impacts on victims. Learn how domestic abuse differs from normal marriage conflicts and why these differences are essential to distinguish. Learn how a Christ-like response to both perpetrator and victim has the potential to bring healing and transformation while an unhealthy response is likely to cause upheaval, disillusionment with the church, and may even escalate the abuse that is occurring.
Presenters: Dan Boeck and Naomi Jubilee
Dan Boeck served as an associate pastor in various churches (mostly E-Free) for nearly 30 years. In 2021, Dan accepted a role with Called to Peace Ministries as the Church Partnerships Coordinator. In this role, he spends his time equipping churches to respond well to situations involving domestic abuse. He and his wife, Shannon, have five daughters and two grandsons and reside in southern GA.
Naomi Jubilee was the first employee of Called to Peace Ministries in 2019 and currently serves as the Intake Coordinator. She is also a professional advocate and recently began investing in the next generation of advocates by joining our Advocacy Training Team. She has dedicated her life to using her story to help other women move from being victims to being survivors. Naomi lives in NC with her three children.
What to Consider Before Launching a Disability and Special Needs Ministry
Location: Student Ministries
This workshop is for pastors, program directors, and volunteers interested in starting a disability ministry at church. Those who attend will learn from Quintin Stieff, senior pastor at Valley Free Church, about the call to serve those with disabilities, special needs, and chronic illnesses and the benefits of being obedient to that call, Beth Castile, Special Needs Coordinator at Valley, and Jolene Philo, author of several books for the disability community. The workshop will explore strategies for starting your ministry, as well as volunteer training ideas and resources to tap into as you begin.
Presenter: Quintin Stieff, Beth Castile & Jolene Philo