2013 General Assembly - Networking Lunches
Take advantage of connecting with others with similar ministry interests at the General Assembly meeting at Cherry Hills Community Church, Highlands Ranch, CO. Pick up your lunch and head to one of these groups meeting in assigned rooms on the Cherry Hills campus during lunch:
Thursday, June 20
Church Planting – Tom Ricks
Church planting in the EPC is not just happening in small pockets around the country. It is quickly becoming part of the very fabric of our denomination. Join us for an in-depth discussion of current planting initiatives as well as how every church and presbytery in the EPC can join in this thriving work. You don't want to miss the momentum of every church in the EPC; a Patron, Parent or Partner of church planting!
Clerks of Session – Howard Shockley
Connect with others doing similar work in other churches – learn some best practices and develop a network of some “go-to” people when you have questions.
College Ministries – Susan Holland and Chris Robinson
Gather with other college ministry leaders from churches around the country to learn what’s going on and develop some new friends in ministry. Hosted by the EPC’s Student and College Ministries Committee.
Communications: “Make an Impact by Going Back to the Basics” – Dana Cadman
These days, everyone seems to focus on the bells and whistles when creating an Internet presence. During this luncheon, we will look at the basic elements of your web site, your Facebook page, and other social media channels to discover how you can achieve the greatest impact for you ministry with the least amount of effort. With that said, we will also spend a few minutes looking at “technology on the horizon”
Newly Ordained Ministers – Fred Lian
This gathering offers an opportunity for new pastors in the EPC (ordained for two years or less) to gather together over a meal for fellowship, and to encourage one another and dialogue about the issues they have encountered in their brief tenure in the EPC. TE Fred Lian, Chairman of the EPC's Ministerial Vocation Committee, invites you to join him for this time of building relationships and information sharing.
Pastor in Residence Ministries: Building Self-awareness for Effective Leadership – Roy Yanke and Ed Lochmoeller
Building self-awareness is a lifelong task. Understanding your motivations, your strengths and weaknesses, and the ways in which you come across to others helps to guide you in expressing the call of God and serving the Church as a leader. Discover why corporations have used the Pro-D Assessment for over 10 years to assist leaders in finding their best fit. Ed Lochmoeller and Roy Yanke, from PIR Ministries (www.pirministries.org) will lead a discussion of the insights this assessment can bring to your ministry.
Presbyterian Lay Committee – Carmen Fowler LaBerge, President
Carmen will be sharing news and information about Presbyterians in sister denominations (PCUSA and ECO), new resources including www.GodEquips.org and a presentation by Rev. Matthew Everhard on his new book Hold Fast the Faith, a devotional commentary on the Westminster Confession of faith, published by the PLC's Reformation Press.
Visitors to General Assembly – Bill Dudley, Incoming Moderator
This is an opportunity for those considering being part of the EPC to meet face to face with EPC leadership. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the denomination and have some of your questions answered.
World Outreach Engage 2025 – George Carey and Greg Livingstone
Hear more about what is going on in this growing initiative to place 10 church planting teams in unengaged Muslim people groups around the world by 2025. You will have a chance to discuss with others in your presbytery what God is doing in your region to accomplish this goal.
Women In Ministry Leaders - Susan Nash and Rill Currie
EPC Women In Ministries wants to interact with leaders of Women in Minstry, staff or lay, ministry in any stage of development. This will be a time for networking, for listening to you, and for letting you know what has been learned about the changing models of ministry in our churches. Our focus is equipping and training.
Women Teaching Elders and Candidates - Joyce Harris
This time is designed simply for Female TE and Candidates to connect with one another and share about our lives together in the role God has called us in the EPC. In past GA’s, this gathering has been a highlight for our ladies serving throughout the country to get to know one another better.
Friday, June 21
EPC Benefits Q&A – Phil VanValkenburg
EPC benefit programs aim to make life better for you and your family; so come listen and ask questions. Highmark will show how its website capabilities can help participants better plan and manage their healthcare. Fidelity will discuss confident investing in any market – how to make better fund selections by understanding how the markets may impact investment strategy.
Children’s Ministries Leaders – Sheila Robinson
Meet other children’s ministries leaders from around the country, learn more about the way Cherry Hills has approached this area of ministry and discuss some of the important issues in children’s ministries.
Church-Media Relationships – Neal Browne
"What do we do when the media hounds are at our door?" Gay rights, same-sex marriages, abortion, traditional values are all under attack like never before--especially when most evangelical groups don't buy into the trend. How prepared are you when issues like those mean cameras and reporters show up at your church or organization? Find out what to do (and what never to do) from a former TV anchor and reporter.
English Language Institute China – David Raisor
Learn more about this ministry partner that is gaining an increasing number of EPC participants.
International Theological Education Network (ITEN) – Bruce Anderson
ITEN is a track of EPC World Outreach’s missions ministry. Its Coordinator, Bruce Anderson, will present ITEN’s work, then host Dr. Sam Logan (President, World Reformed Fellowship) and others (from Overseas Council, Reformed Theological Seminary, and other ministries) with whom we are networked. Everyone attending will be brought into the discussion, which will include our exciting new partnership with a seminary in Pakistan. We want to get to know you and your interests in global theological education in the service of mission.
Leaders of Small Churches – Ed McCallum
The EPC “affirms the small church in its missional purpose and practice.” This will be a time to connect with others who serve in a small church setting (average attendance under 200) and discuss some of the some of the big ideas in Karl Vaters’ recent book “The Grasshopper Myth” (www.NewSmallChurch.com).
Missionary Care – Jim and Barbie Murphy
What’s the best way to care for the missionaries you support and send? How do you decide how much to pay them? How can you care for them a world away, or when they are on Home Assignment? What responsibilities does a local church have vs. the denomination or another sending agency? A panel of missions pastors (Dan Burns, Second Pres, Memphis, TN; Scott Larson, Cornerstone EPC, Brighton, MI; and Phil Linton, Ward EPC, Northville, MI) will share some of their best practices, and be available to answer questions about your specific situation.
Pastors Mentoring Pastors – Zack Erswine
Need a knowledgable and seasoned pastor to listen to your sermons, to strengthen your local pastoral skills or to walk with you through your personal growth questions? Come learn about The Pastor's Abbey, First Church and the Preacher's Mentor programs. Affordable and personal ongoing training designed by pastors for pastors.
Student Ministries – Susan Holland and Chris Robinson
Gather with other student ministry leaders from churches around the country to learn what’s going on and develop some new friends in ministry. Hosted by the EPC’s Student and College Ministries Committee.
Young Ministers – Michael Flake
The Young Ministers (40 and under – but we won’t card) Networking Lunch will give participants the chance to meet colleagues, start new friendships, and share about God’s work in the places that we serve. We will be light on agenda and heavy on relational time so that we can make new connections.