A variety of workshops are being scheduled. A final list will be published on this page soon.

 

Workshop Topics and Leaders include:

Expand Your Digital Reach (led via video): In this digital age, there are many tools which can distract us. Those same tools can also be powerfully used for ministry. Participants will learn best practices for stewarding your social media influence for the sake of the gospel.

Brad Aycock, West Ohio Conference Director of New Church Development


Move from Attractional to Incarnational: Most churches wait for people to come to them. Effective attractional churches grow through invitation. Today churches also need to move beyond their walls to make disciples where people are. This workshop will give principles to help churches make that shift.

Curtis Brown, IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries


Move from Dream to Action: You have a great idea for ministry, now what? This workshop will provide a framework to quickly formulate details of the action plan you need to make your dream a reality.

Curtis Brown, IGRC Director of Connectional Ministries,


Messy Church: Do you want to engage families in your community? Messy Church is an intergenerational, interactive worship experience. Learn how you might implement this model of ministry.

Meredith Brown, Lead Pastor of Springfield Douglas Avenue UMC and serial church planter


Create a Mission Outpost Movement: Hear the story of Trinity Church (an ageing, traditional church with less than 150 in worship) and the momentum they have built through Fresh Expressions to share the good news with people in their community. Learn principles you can apply in your setting.

Ann Marie Carley, Executive Pastor, Trinity UMC, Chillicothe, OH


God Dreams (for Churches Under 100): How can your church discern God’s call and move to action? What are the unique challenges and opportunities for a smaller church as you seek to do so? This workshop will offer tools to help you pursue God’s dream.

Ethan Carnes, Pastor, Glasford UMC


Strengths-based Church: Too often churches function from a scarcity mentality. God has uniquely gifted your church and you are in a specific community. This workshop will encourage you to work from your collective strengths to bear greater kingdom fruit.

Mike Crawford, IGRC Coordinator of Congregational Development


Create an Invitational Culture: Description will be posted soon.

Rachel Gilmore, Dir. of Recruiting, Assessing &Training for Church Planting, Discipleship Ministries


Reinvigorate Worship: Description will be posted soon.

Rachel Gilmore, Dir. of Recruiting, Assessing &Training for Church Planting, Discipleship Ministries


Small Church Check-Up: Learn about one of the most effective tools available for a smaller church to name current reality in order to prepare to move toward God’s call for your church.

Kay Kotan, Keynote Speaker


Dinner Church: The Table is an alternate worship service of Decatur Grace which averages over 100 weekly. Over 80% of the participants had no prior connection with Grace UMC. Learn the story and the principles which have allowed them to reach people in their neighborhood with spiritual food.

Beth McLaughlin and Sig Bjorklund, planters of The Table, Decatur Grace UMC Dinner Church


Worship for the Unconnected: Hear the story of a worship experience which reaches people who were not previously connected to any church. Learn the steps Lincoln First took as they created and launched this service which continues to connect the unconnected.

Michael Paulson, Lead Pastor, Lincoln First UMC


Ignite a Prayer Revolution: Most churches are great at praying for the life concerns and joys of individuals. Learn steps you can take to move your church outward in prayer, focusing on your community, for those who do not yet know Christ, and for God to do unexpected and unimagined things through the life of your church.

Bumper Quick, Pastor, Mt. Vernon West Salem Trinity UMC


Prayer in Motion : This will be an experiential workshop, offering participants the opportunity to practice some of the ideas presented in the Ignite workshop. Note: You should only register for this workshop if you also register for Ignite.

Bumper Quick, Pastor, Mt. Vernon West Salem Trinity UMC


Aim Your Church’s Resources to Reach New People: Over time it is natural for an organization to wander from its purpose. This workshop will equip churches to take a closer look at how it invests is resources for missional effectiveness.

Charliam Renner, Embarras River District Superintendent


Fund Your Dream: Studies show that “fewer Americans are giving to charity.” Many churches are experiencing a decline in giving. This workshop will focus on developing additional strategies and sources to fund God’s dream for your church.

Amy Shreve, IGRC Coordinator of Higher Education, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries


Execute Your Plan: Too many times a plan dies for lack of action. The church plan ends up in a circular file. Don’t kill your plan! Live it! This workshop will outline a simple, repeatable model for creating and sustaining forward momentum for your ministry plan.

Amy Shreve, IGRC Coordinator of Higher Education, Campus, and Young Adult Ministries


Build Relationships with Unconnected People: The longer we are involved in church life, the more likely it is that most, if not all, of our friends are “churched.” Learn practical steps you can take to build relationships with those who aren’t currently involved in any church.

Bryan Tener, Director of Contextual Evangelism and Church Planting, Discipleship Ministries


First Twelve: Description will be posted soon.

Bryan Tener, Director of Contextual Evangelism and Church Planting, Discipleship Ministries


Reaching Young Adults: Description will be posted soon.

Bryan Tener, Director of Contextual Evangelism and Church Planting, Discipleship Ministries


Russ Williams, Certified Speaker, Teacher, and Coach with the John Maxwell Team