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GA 2018 NETWORKING LUNCHES

Take advantage of connecting with others with similar ministry interests at the 38th General Assembly. Pick up your lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship and enrichment from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches are on the Hope Church campus.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

CONNECTING WITH GOD FOR LIFE

Organization: EPC Women’s Resource Council
Host: Sharon Henderson
Location: TBA

Join Sharon Henderson as she discusses growing both in Christ and in your spiritual disciplines. Sharon is married to David Henderson, Pastor of Covenant EPC in West Lafayette, Indiana, and author of Tranquility: Cultivating a Quiet Soul in a Busy World.

CREATING PATHWAYS FOR CHURCH PLANTING

Organization: EPC Church Planting Team
Host: Tom Ricks
Location: TBA

This is a working lunch designed for all Presbytery CDCs, Network leaders, or anyone tasked with developing a church planting culture in their region. We will discuss opportunities and obstacles, and identify key questions that must be answered in order to effectively plant new outwardly focused congregations. Jjoin us for this brainstorming session so we can best identify the questions you need answered and the systems you need in place to create a church planting movement in the EPC!

Anyone who has leadership responsibility at any level for church planting is urged to attend. Our aim is to take what we learn from this lunch and prepare a stronger support model for those responsible to grow church planting in their area. We will introduce the initial components of this model at our annual EPC Church Planters Fall Retreat.

If you have questions or suggestions prior to this lunch, please email Tom Ricks at tom@greentreechurch.com.

EQUIP YOUR CONGREGATION TO BE CHAMPIONS OF HUMAN LIFE

Organization: Presbyterians Pro-Life
Host: Marie Bowen
Location: TBA

What does it mean to help your church champion life? Motivated by the joy of being rescued by Christ, we rescue vulnerable lives across many issues: assisted suicide, unplanned pregnancy, foster care, reproductive loss, sexuality, bioethics, and more. We do this as an expression of Jesus’ command to love our neighbor—including those who are imperiled and unable to defend themselves. Marie Bowen, Executive Director of Presbyterians Pro-Life, shares practical steps for equipping Presbyterians to champion human life at every stage.

FREED BY THE TRUTH: OWNING AND HEALING OUR RACIAL HISTORY

Organization: Clayborn Reborn
Host: Greg Thompson
Location: TBA

Join Greg Thompson, Director of Research and Strategy for Clayborn Reborn. He is former Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Virginia on Martin Luther King.

HAITI, MBF, AND WPC: A PARTNERSHIP SUCCESS STORY

Organization: Medical Benevolence Foundation
Host: Mark Harris
Location: TBA

Join us and learn how church partnerships are bringing healing and hope to those in Leogane, Haiti. Together, MBF and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi, are transforming the indigenous church in Haiti by building sustainable medical ministries and sharing the gospel.

HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN REACH COLLEGE STUDENTS

Organization: CCO
Host: Elliott Simko
Location: TBA

There are more than 20 million college students currently studying in the United States, and only 2% of them are reached by churches and campus ministries. These students will become the next generation of leaders in our churches, nation, and world. For more than 45 years, EPC’s college ministry partner CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) has successfully shared the gospel with students, connected them to the church, and given them a vision for serving Christ in the world—all in partnership with the local church! Come discover what it means for your church to engage the next generation of leaders, and how CCO can help your congregation reach the next generation of Christian leaders to transform the world.

LGBTQ: CARING FOR THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE LETTERS

Organization: OneByOne
Host: Scott Kingry
Location: TBA

A common question is “How can I love my LGBTQ family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers—especially in the context of a Christian worldview?” A first step is to learn about the culture (like any group we want to care for from a missional perspective). Who are the people? What would help in understanding their experiences? What language, words, or references could be seen as offensive? How do I apply God’s grace and truth to these relationships? Join us and explore the different ways people navigate sexual identity and practical ways we can care for them pastorally.

WESTMINSTER SOCIETY: THE LORD’S SUPPER

Organization: Westminster Society
Host: Matthew Everhard
Location: TBA

Rev. Eric Tonjes presents “Speech Acts and the Lord’s Supper in the Reformed Tradition,” his chapter in the 2018 Westminster Society Journal.

WHAT YOUR PNC SHOULD KNOW BEFORE STARTING A PASTOR SEARCH

Organization: Vanderbloemen Search Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: TBA

When a church learns they will be without a pastor, it can be overwhelming as the church discerns what God has next. The pastor search process is sacred and must be approached with care. In this session, Jay Mitchell, Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group and former Presbyterian pastor, shares what every PNC should know before they embark on the pastor search journey.

WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU GOING? MISSIONS IN THE EPC

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Shawn Stewart
Location: TBA

Missions is the 7th essential of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church—we are committed to being active participants in the Great Commission. If you’ve embraced God’s heart for the nations, or are interested in learning more, join World Outreach as we share and discuss the work World Outreach and local churches are involved in and the work we’re excited to begin. We’ll break bread together, exchange information and ideas, and create an opportunity for new partnerships to begin.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

ADVICE FOR CLERKS OF SESSION

Organization: EPC Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest
Host: Ron Bengelink
Location: TBA

Get acquainted and share best practices with others who share the same responsibilities, as Ron Bengelink, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest, highlights the key duties and expectations for Clerks of Session in this time of discussion with Q-and-A.

CREATING OR CONTINUING A DISABILITY MINISTRY

Organization: EPC Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic
Host: Michelle Munger
Location: TBA

20% of the U.S. population is disabled, and potentially unreached and unengaged. Come and share what your church is doing (or dreaming) to support ministry to those with a disability. We will share ideas, brainstorm, and inspire those with questions and concerns. Our conversation is for churches of any size. We can all do something!

ENGAGE 2025 PRESBYTERY HOME TEAMS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Phil Linton
Location: TBA

Engage 2025 is a three-way partnership between presbytery Home Teams, pioneering Field Teams, and EPC World Outreach to plant churches among Muslims. If you are a member of your presbytery’s Engage 2025 Home Team (or are interested in getting involved), come connect with other Home Teams and share challenges, ideas, and fruitful practices.

EPC BENEFITS AND RETIREMENT PLAN

Organization: EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
Host: Bart Francescone
Location: TBA

Join BRI’s Executive Director for an informational session the the EPC’s retirement plan and other benefits provided by BRI.

GENEROSITY AND THE NEW TAX LAW

Organization: EPC Foundation
Host: Robert Welsh
Location: TBA

We will explore how to create a culture of generosity using the new tax law changes, and we will examine how these new changes can and will impact your church’s next stewardship campaign. This will be an interactive meeting with plenty of time for questions.

GOD IS USING BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: John M
Location: TBA

The Lord is moving in the hearts of business professionals to participate in the Great Commission! Join us for a look at how you can make an eternal difference by using the professional experiences, gifts, and talents He’s given you. This is a call to action to join local and regional hubs to become a resource and active participant in God’s great mandate. We will discuss specific local and international opportunities. Come find your place!

HOW TO BUILD A CONTAGIOUS CHURCH STAFF CULTURE

Organization: Vanderbloemen Search Group
Host: Sarah Robins
Location: TBA

Building a contagious church staff culture is hard work, but it’s crucial to retaining a high-capacity church staff. How can you do that when you have a congregation that needs you—and Sunday to prepare for—each week? In this session, Sarah Robins, Vice President of Sales and Client Relations for Vanderbloemen Search Group, will teach you what the best churches across the country are doing to build a culture where staff and volunteers are lining up to get on board.

MEDICAL AND DENTAL MISSIONS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Pat Tucker, M.D.
Location: TBA

World Outreach Medical Missions is using short-term medical and dental teams to open the door to closed people groups. Come join us! We want to share what we are doing and find out what you are doing. We would like to expand our offering of short-term medical and dental missions into the unreached world and need your help!

MILLENNIALS IN MINISTRY

Organization: Hope Church (Cordova, Tennessee)
Host: Megan Broadstreet
Location: TBA

Join us for an intergenerational and multi-ethnic panel discussion with millennial leaders of the church and those who have worked closely with millennial leaders. Our only goal is to have an open discussion with firsthand accounts of the assets and challenges of integrating an intergenerational church culture.

MINISTRY SPOUSES: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Organization: EPC Women’s Resource Council
Hosts: Brent Stenberg and Leila Todd
Location: TBA

Most marriages and families face times when the fabric of their relationships frays. Pastors and ministry leaders—and their spouses—can experience these challenges because of competing needs, expectations, roles, and responsibilities. We will focus on unique challenges ministry spouses face, and on building resilience in order to thrive in the midst of the God-given opportunities and stressors of ministry life.

WESTMINSTER SOCIETY: JONATHAN EDWARDS

Organization: Westminster Society
Host: Matthew Everhard
Location: TBA

Rev. Dr. Matthew Everhard presents “Jonathan Edwards: Ten Things I Learned from a Dead Guy with a Wig,” his chapter in the 2018 Westminster Society Journal.

Everhard—who studied the history and theology of Jonathan Edwards for four years as part of his doctoral research—will share insights related to joy, purpose, and the glory of God that he learned from the great Puritan revivalist of the 1700s. Focusing on Edwards’ impact in the First Great Awakening, we will explore the profound impact and theological legacy Jonathan Edwards left to the church today, as well as pastoral insights from Everhard’s chapter in the Westminster Society Journal.

WOMEN TEACHING ELDERS AND CANDIDATES

Organization: Women’s Resource Council
Host: Lana Roberts
Location: TBA

All women Teaching Elders and Candidates are invited to join TE Lana Roberts from First Presbyterian Church in Fresno, California, for an opportunity to connect, encourage, and pray for one another.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

BRINGING SALT AND LIGHT TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Organization: Hope Church (Cordova, Tennessee)
Host: Jacqueline Smith
Location: TBA

Under-resourced public schools desperately need the presence of Jesus-followers. The Father’s heart bleeds for innocent children, and our country suffers the consequence of our neglect. Ours is the sin of omission. Jacqueline Smith, wife of Hope Church Senior Pastor Rufus Smith, wants us to view under-resourced schools as a mission field and gospel imperative. Christian men and women can definitely impact them for Christ. The children need us!

Come hear a panel of Christian men and women discuss their experiences serving in public schools in North Memphis; see the impact their efforts have had on some of the lowest performing students; and receive a guide to implementing a parallel program in other school districts.

EPC BENEFITS AND RETIREMENT PLAN

Organization: EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
Host: Bart Francescone
Location: TBA

Join BRI’s Executive Director for an informational session the the EPC’s retirement plan and other benefits provided by BRI.

EPC SIERRA LEONE UPDATE

Organization: EduNations
Host: Samuel Sesay
Location: TBA

Samuel Sesay, President of EduNations and Lead Missionary Evangelist for the EPC Sierra Leone, will speak on updates regarding EPC’s 2025 Initiative in Sierra Leone. He will update on the growth of the churches, schools, and developments in the communities. There will be a time for Q&A.

EPC’ERS LOVING MUSLIMS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Mark V
Location: TBA

Join others in the EPC who are reaching out to Muslims in the U.S. or overseas. We want to share with each other our stories, resources, joint ministry opportunities, and prayer requests for each other and our Muslim friends. We also want to do some planning for how we can better network and support each other.

EVERY PASTOR NEEDS A MENTOR

Organization: PastorServe
Hosts: Jay Fowler and Wesley Horne
Location: TBA

Mentors are trusted and experienced guides for high-altitude navigation of life’s crossroads and transitions. They are attuned to the particulars of who God made you and how He uses you. Come wrestle together with the following questions:

How does the Bible speak about mentoring?
Who needs a mentor?
What qualities do you look for in a mentor?
Where do you find a mentor?

FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF A VITAL CHURCH

Organization: EPC GO Center
Host: Ken Priddy
Location: TBA

Too many churches are reclining or declining. Join church revitalization expert Ken Priddy and learn some keys to church vitality to take back with you and get your church back on the incline.

HOW CAN MY CHURCH RE-ENGAGE MILLENNIALS?

Organization: EPC GO Center
Host: Bill Senyard
Location: TBA

According to Barna, 43% of Christian Millennials have already left our churches. He projects that by the time this demographic has reached age 30, that number could reach 60%. Of those that remain, 50% are extremely frustrated. Bill Senyard from the EPC GO Center will share insights based upon his research and experience working with Millennials, particularly those who are churched. Topics will include “Who are the Millennials and why are they leaving my church?” and “What are some practical and doable things that my church can do to hold on to the Millennials who remain?”

INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION NETWORK

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Bruce Anderson
Location: TBA

ITEN—a ministry of EPC World Outreach—and its leadership team of Bruce Anderson, Stephen Woodworth, and Ed McCallum will succinctly introduce ITEN’s work in more than 10 global sites. Then they, other ITEN missionaries, and national Christian leaders from ITEN’s global sites will share encouraging reports of progress and issues in reaching unreached groups with the gospel. During this interactive time, you will also learn practical ways you and your church can join us in this work.

NAVIGATING THE RISKS OF MINISTRY LIFE

Organization: Pastor-In-Residence Ministries
Host: Roy Yanke
Location: TBA

Pastor-In-Residence Ministries will provide insights into those areas that can put ministry leaders “in jeopardy” of burnout or an exit from ministry, and help both Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders craft a healthy ministry culture.

STARTING A SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

Organization: Hope Church (Cordova, Tennessee)
Host: Karen Walls
Location: TBA

No Special Needs Ministry will look the same because each church is different, but come learn how you can launch or further develop your own Special Needs Ministry.

WESTMINSTER SOCIETY: THE FIRST SERMON SERIES

Organization: Westminster Society
Host: Matthew Everhard
Location: TBA

Rev. Dr. Aaron White presents “The First Christian Sermon Series: A Study on the Sermon-like Speeches in Acts and Their Role in Proclaiming Jesus as Lord,” his chapter to the 2018 Westminster Society Journal.

WHO WILL LEAD AFTER YOU? A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE SUCCESSION PLANNING

Organization: Vanderbloemen Search Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: TBA

Every pastor is an interim pastor. Your personal succession plan has a direct impact on your church’s legacy and long-term health. Jay Mitchell, Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group, will teach you how to prepare yourself and your church for its next generation of leadership as you transition well and finish strong.

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