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GA 2019 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

The EPC endeavors to create a culture that supports leadership development for all ministries of the church, and our fifth annual Leadership Institute is designed to encourage you and offer practical ways to further that mission.

This year, we are offering four all-day tracks (Children and Family Ministry Training, Youth Ministry Training, Chaplain Training, and Transitional Pastor Training) and four afternoon-only tracks on the topics of Leadership, Reformed Theology, Congregational Ministry, and Prayer. The afternoon-only tracks are further divided into 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. sessions, providing opportunities to attend a variety of workshops. All pastors, elders, church staff, and church members are encouraged to attend!

Our plenary speakers—Andrew Brunson and Doug Webster—will speak to this year’s theme of “Unstoppable” as conveyed in Matthew 7:7 from their own unique experience with intimate, unstoppable prayer.

All-Day Track 1: Children and Family Ministry Training
All-Day Track 2: Unstoppable Youth Ministry
All-Day Track 3: Chaplain’s Workshop (open and appropriate for all GA attendees) 
All-Day Track 4: Transitional Pastor Training
Afternoon-Only Track A: Leadership
Afternoon-Only Track B: Reformed Theology
Afternoon-Only Track C: Congregational Ministry
Afternoon-Only Track D: Prayer
Plenary Speakers: Wednesday, June 19

ALL-DAY TRACK 1: CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRY TRAINING

Martha Daniel

Minister to Families
Memorial Park Presbyterian Church

Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Kelley Dreyer-Spitz

Attorney at Law
Thompson Law Advocates

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Becky Shultz

Community Engagement Director
FamiliesAlive

Centennial, Colorado

Charlie Spitz

Attorney at Law
Post & Schell PC

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

THE CHALLENGE FACING FAMILIES TODAY

Time: 9:00–9:15 a.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Martha Daniel

In this session, Martha Daniel will introduce some of the “hot topics” facing families today, and draw attention to these compelling issues.

Martha Daniel serves as Minister to Families at Memorial Park Church in Allison Park, Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Christian Education from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has served on the staff of three different churches, and on the staff of Young Life.

TRANSFORMATIONAL FAMILY MINISTRY: CATCH THE VISION!

Time: 9:15–10:15 a.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Becky Shultz

In this session, Becky Shultz will describe what a vibrant, effective, transformational ministry to children and families looks like, and provide time for participants to “vision-cast.”

Becky Shultz serves as Community Engagement Director for FamiliesAlive. She has been a homeschooling mom for 20 years, has six children, and is passionate about equipping parents to have fun and meaningful family time together as they pass on the faith to the next generation. She has been a Children’s Ministry Director, a VBS leader, a Sunday School curriculum developer, and most recently the co-author of the Words of Grace family devotion series. Her creativity, energy, and passion inspire parents and help revitalize families.

WHAT THE CHURCH CAN DO

Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Martha Daniel

In this session, Martha Daniel taps into the value of recognizing and celebrating milestone moments in the life of families, from birth through high school, as a church family. Family Forums for hot topics also will be discussed.

PANEL Q&A

Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Laura Cooper (FamilesAlive)

In this session, participants will have opportunity to weigh in and more fully explore some of the ideas presented in the morning session by our panelists, Martha Daniel, Becky Shultz, David Baer, and Andy Koesters.

WHAT THE FAMILY CAN DO

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Martha Daniel, Becky Shultz

In this session, Martha Daniel will discuss the “Home-Court Advantage” ministry of the church, and how parents can become the primary spiritual influencers of their children. In addition, Becky Shultz will share how to engage families in Job #1—raising children who know, love, and serve the Lord.

NETWORKING WITHIN PRESBYTERIES/NEXT STEPS

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Martha Daniel, Becky Shultz

In this session, Martha Daniel and Becky Shultz will explain why networking within presbyteries is the goal for Family Ministry across the EPC, including describing some initial gatherings and inviting future participation in other presbyteries.

KEEPING KIDS SAFE: CREATING A CULTURE OF SAFETY

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator: Kelley Dreyer-Spitz

In this session, Kelley Dreyer-Spitz will discuss how to create and sustain a culture of safety in children’s and youth ministries. The discussion will include information on safety standards and protocols, training of volunteers, how building/classroom safety supports the overall ministry, and the importance of understanding the effects of second hand trauma on ministry leaders..

Kelley Dreyer-Spitz is an attorney-at-law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with practice areas of Criminal, Appellate, and Immigration Law.

PREMISES LIABILITY ISSUES

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 109
Facilitator:  Charlie Spitz

In this session,  an overview will be provided identifying premises liability issues impacting a church and practical steps to avoid liability.

Charlie Spitz is a Principal in the Casualty Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Hospitality and Retail Practice Group for the Post & Shell Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

ALL-DAY TRACK 2: UNSTOPPABLE YOUTH MINISTRY

In the Youth Ministry Track, members of the EPC Next Generation Ministries Council will share principles and practices on how to become an Unstoppable Youth Worker, equip Unstoppable Youth, and create Unstoppable Partnerships for Youth Ministry. Meg Dehaven, Andy Koesters, and Andrew Mills will share ways that God has equipped them to inject the unstoppable nature of God’s grace into youth ministry. Your voice will be valued as we share experiences and best practices in this roundtable discussion on Unstoppable Youth Ministry.

Meg DeHaven

Youth and Children’s Ministry Director
Bethany Presbyterian Church

Havertown, Pennsylvania

Kelley Dreyer-Spitz

Attorney at Law
Thompson Law Advocates

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Andy Koesters

Pastor
Memorial Presbyterian Church

Greensboro, North Carolina

Andrew Mills

Associate Pastor/Director of Youth Ministry
Covenant Presbyterian Church

Jackson, Mississippi

Tony Souder

Founder
Pray for Me Campaign

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Charlie Spitz

Attorney at Law
Post & Schell PC

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

UNSTOPPABLE YOUTH WORKER: SELF CARE

Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills is a member of the EPC Next Generation Ministries Council, and serves as Associate Pastor and Director of Youth Ministry for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in marketing and a minor in music. He earned his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he currently is working on a Doctor of Ministry. He and his wife, Nicole, have three children: Leah, Naomi, and Elijah.

UNSTOPPABLE YOUTH MINISTRY: MINISTERING IN TIMES OF TRIAL

Time: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Meg DeHaven

This session will follow Andrew Mills’ session on Youth Worker Self Care.

Meg DeHaven is a member of the EPC Next Generation Ministries Council, and has served as Director of Youth and Director of Children’s Ministries for Bethany Presbyterian Church in Havertown, Pennsylvania, for more than 10 years. She is a graduate of Gordon College, where she studied Political and Urban Studies. She is excited to share her passion for—and experience with—youth in hopes that others might be encouraged in their journey to point young people to Christ. She and her husband, Mike, have two children, Nora and Max.

UNSTOPPABLE PARTNERSHIPS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

Time: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Andy Koesters

This session will follow Meg DeHaven’s session on Ministering in Times of Trial.

Andy Koesters is a member of the EPC Next Generation Ministries Council, and serves as Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has loved pointing children, youth, and families to Jesus for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jodi, have been married for 17 years and have six children: Titus, Sam, Mara, Lily, Drew, and Cohen.

CREATING INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

THROUGH THE CATALYST OF PRAYER

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Tony Souder

In this session, Tony Souder will explore the necessity of creating multiple, natural, life-giving intergenerational relationships for every young person who is connected to the church, as well as the benefits for students, youth ministries, and the entire church when these relationships are created. He also will provide practical and proven ways for creating these vital relationships, beginning with prayer.

Tony Souder is the Founder of the Pray for Me Campaign and Executive Director of the Chattanooga Youth Network, a ministry dedicated to helping churches flourish in bringing the greatness of God to the next generation. For more than 25 years, he has connected, coached, and cared for youth ministry leaders across denominational and racial lines around the southeast. Since 2014, he has specifically been equipping churches across the country in building natural and effective intergenerational relationships beginning with prayer. The Pray for Me Campaign has been launched in more than 460 churches, creating more than 35,000 life-giving intergenerational relationships in 39 states and 4 foreign countries. He is author of the Pray for Me Prayer Guides, which have been translated into both Spanish and Chinese. He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married since 1985, and have twin adult daughters.

CREATING A CULTURE OF PRAYER

IN AND AROUND YOUR STUDENT MINISTRY

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Tony Souder

Ministry to and with the next generation is vital and necessary for the future of the church, and yet the challenges involved are rapidly escalating. Our dependence on God in prayer should be a primary part of the foundational fabric of all of our ministry efforts. This seminar will focus on how to infuse prayer into every level of ministry so that every young person can know and experience the blessing of the prayers of God’s people. This session will immediately follow “Creating Intergenerational Relationships Through the Catalyst of Prayer.”

Tony Souder is the Founder of the Pray for Me Campaign and Executive Director of the Chattanooga Youth Network, a ministry dedicated to helping churches flourish in bringing the greatness of God to the next generation. For more than 25 years, he has connected, coached, and cared for youth ministry leaders across denominational and racial lines around the southeast. Since 2014, he has specifically been equipping churches across the country in building natural and effective intergenerational relationships beginning with prayer. The Pray for Me Campaign has been launched in more than 460 churches, creating more than 35,000 life-giving intergenerational relationships in 39 states and 4 foreign countries. He is author of the Pray for Me Prayer Guides, which have been translated into both Spanish and Chinese. He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married since 1985, and have twin adult daughters.

PREMISES LIABILITY ISSUES

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator:  Charlie Spitz

In this session,  an overview will be provided identifying premises liability issues impacting a church and practical steps to avoid liability.

Charlie Spitz is a Principal in the Casualty Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the Hospitality and Retail Practice Group for the Post & Shell Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

KEEPING KIDS SAFE: CREATING A CULTURE OF SAFETY

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 112
Facilitator: Kelley Dreyer-Spitz

In this session, Kelley Dreyer-Spitz will discuss how to create and sustain a culture of safety in children’s and youth ministries. The discussion will include information on safety standards and protocols, training of volunteers, how building/classroom safety supports the overall ministry, and the importance of understanding the effects of second hand trauma on ministry leaders.

Kelley Dreyer-Spitz is an attorney-at-law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with practice areas of Criminal, Appellate, and Immigration Law.

ALL-DAY TRACK 3: CHAPLAINS WORKSHOP (OPEN TO ALL GA ATTENDEES)

Mark Ingles

TE, Presbytery of the West
EPC Chaplain Endorser

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Col. Michael Moyles

United States Air Force (Retired)
Christian Speaker/Teacher/Writer
Five-Time Brain Cancer Survivor

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Indivisible

Based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather.

Darren Turner

U.S. Army Chaplain and Retreat/Conference Speaker

Heather Turner

Chaplain’s Wife and Retreat/Conference Speaker

BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP AND DECISION MAKING

Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 202
Facilitator: Michael Moyles

Biblical leadership and decision making are all about priorities. What is important to you, and what do you use to make difficult decisions? If you don’t have a biblical worldview and well-established priorities in your life, you are almost assured to make bad decisions. Some of those decisions will be life-changing, and some will be irreversible. Approaching these decisions with a biblical worldview and priorities is key.

Michael Moyles is a nationally requested Christian speaker, teacher, and writer/blogger. He grew up in a military family overseas, where he developed a passion for serving his country and his God. His commission as a Cyberspace Operations Officer in the Air Force took him to assignments all over the country, operating and defending the nation’s information systems and networks, culminating in his last assignment as the Chief of Information Technology for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain. He retired as a Colonel in October 2017, after nearly 25 years of active service. He and his wife, Angie, live in Colorado Springs with their daughter, Ellie.

PERSEVERANCE AND PURSUING GOD THROUGH SUFFERING:

LESSONS FROM A FIVE-TIME BRAIN CANCER SURVIVOR

Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 202
Facilitator: Michael Moyles

This session will follow Michael Moyles’ session on Biblical Leadership and Decision Making.

A five-time brain cancer survivor, Michael Moyles has endured 10 surgeries (5 tumor removals, 4 reconstructive surgeries, and 1 shunt placement), 42 rounds of radiation, and 29 rounds of chemotherapy. He maintains his emotional, spiritual, and physical fitness through a rigorous training regimen as a competitive marathoner and endurance athlete. After 24 years as an Air Force rocket scientist, Michael turned his attention to God’s call to speak and teach His word full-time. He has since spoken at hundreds of retreats, Bible studies, luncheons, small groups, and other occasions at churches, retreat centers, and athletic events around the country. He and his wife, Angie, live in Colorado Springs with their daughter, Ellie.

“INDIVISIBLE” MOVIE SHOWING

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 202
Facilitator: Mark Ingles

“Indivisible” is based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather. Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Yet before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone, as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers.

Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion’s extended deployment. Meanwhile back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door. With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers’ long-awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens the other can’t comprehend, the Turners must decide if they’re willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage.

MISPLACED IDENTITY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE FAMILY

Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 202
Facilitator: Darren and Heather Turner

Darren and Heather Turner will share about their marriage and family journey as depicted in the movie “Indivisible.” What the movie didn’t show—but that the Turners said was at the heart of their near-divorce— was the issue of Identity. When Darren became an Active Duty Chaplain in 2007, he thought he knew who he was. Little did he know the seduction that the Army would tempt him with: a rugged mission, awards and badges, courageous annual reports, people who thought he was the best Chaplain. Meanwhile, things were growing cold at home. She wanted Darren to engage, but Darren went where the praise was—the Army. She grew more frustrated, and he ran more toward his job. By God’s grace alone, both of their hearts were broken and healing could finally begin. Hear them share about the journey of recovering, believing, and realizing who Christ says they were, are, and will be.

This session will be highly appropriate and valuable for Chaplains (both Military and Civilian), Pastors, Lay Leaders, Counselors, Couples, those who work in Military Ministry at churches, and many others. The movie “Indivisible” will be presented first, and then Darren and Heather will share their story, including an extensive Q&A time at the end.

The Turners both grew up in Georgia, and met in 1999 when Darren was working in campus ministry at the University of Georgia. Heather was working as a recruiter for an organization that sends English teachers overseas, and Darren had just returned from a year teaching English in Mongolia. Married that same year, they served another six years together in campus ministry and added three children to their family.

In 2006, Darren completed seminary, was commissioned as an Army Chaplain, and deployed almost immediately. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two Campaign Stars), the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with one Campaign Star), a Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

The Turners are passionate about serving military families, marriage counseling, and leading marriage retreats. They live in North Carolina with their children Elie, Samuel, and Meribeth.

SHARING, INTERACTION, DISCUSSION, SUPPORT

(CHAPLAIN STORIES FROM THE FIELD)

Time: 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 202
Facilitator: Mark Ingles

Mark Ingles is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the West and has served as the EPC Chaplain Endorser since 2012.

He began military service as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain at Travis AFB and Norton AFB in California, and served in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain during the 1990-91 Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). He was selected for Active Duty in 1992, serving at various Air Force Bases both in the U.S. and overseas. Mark was deployed to numerous places around the world, including Qatar and Iraq during the Iraq war, as well as service as Deputy Director of Religious Affairs for the Horn of Africa. His final assignment was Senior Protestant Chaplain and Wing Chaplain at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He retired from the Air Force in 2011.

ALL-DAY TRACK 4: TRANSITIONAL PASTORS TRAINING

Ken Priddy

Executive Director, GO Center
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Richmond, Virginia

Bob Stauffer

Transitional Ministry Specialist, GO Center
Church Development Coordinator, Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Sharon, Pennsylvania

TRANSITIONAL PASTOR TRAINING, PART 1

Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 205
Facilitators: Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer

The GO Center’s full-day Transitional Pastor Training goes deep and is designed for those who are already on the field as Transitional Pastors or those who are heading to the field. Become equipped with the tools of transitional ministry so that you will be able to lead and equip others. The day will begin with a wide-open discussion of what’s happening on the field of ministry among our Transitional Pastors, as well as among those who might be doing presbytery committee work with Transitional Pastors or transitioning churches. The emphasis is on the practical nuts and bolts. Ample time will be given to hear from everyone and to have all questions asked and answered.

Ken Priddy serves as Executive Director of the GO Center, and concentrates on church vitalization and revitalization. He left pastoral ministry in 2000 to devote his energies full-time to training, consulting, and coaching pastors and leaders in the unique ministry of revitalization—primarily using curricula he has developed over the past 20 years. He is a Teaching Elder in Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic, where he works closely with the presbytery’s Church Development Committee, Resource Committee, and Executive Council. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 47 years and have four children and four grandchildren.

Bob Stauffer has a long and extensive history in the EPC, dating back to being in the first class ordained at the founding of the denomination. He has served as the National Outreach Director and as the Moderator of several presbyteries. He currently is the Church Development Coordinator for the Presbytery of the Alleghenies and is a member of the national CO Center team. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 39 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.

TRANSITIONAL PASTOR TRAINING, PART 2

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 205
Facilitators: Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY, PART 1

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 204
Facilitators: Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer

The GO Center presents a half-day session that introduces the basic dynamics of Transitional Ministry for those who are considering this strategic calling, and for those who need to know, such as presbytery leaders. Come find out more about this growing and developing ministry. The focus of this seminar will be an in-depth look at the “why” and “who” of Transitional Ministry, as well as an overview of the “how.”

Ken Priddy serves as Executive Director of the GO Center, and concentrates on church vitalization and revitalization. He left pastoral ministry in 2000 to devote his energies full-time to training, consulting, and coaching pastors and leaders in the unique ministry of revitalization—primarily using curricula he has developed over the past 20 years. He is a Teaching Elder in Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic, where he works closely with the presbytery’s Church Development Committee, Resource Committee, and Executive Council. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 47 years and have four children and four grandchildren.

Bob Stauffer has a long and extensive history in the EPC, dating back to being in the first class ordained at the founding of the denomination. He has served as the National Outreach Director and as the Moderator of several presbyteries. He currently is the Church Development Coordinator for the Presbytery of the Alleghenies and is a member of the national CO Center team. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 39 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.

TRANSITIONAL PASTOR TRAINING, PART 3

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 205
Facilitators: Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY, PART 2

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 204
Facilitators: Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK A: LEADERSHIP

Brandon Addison

Denver City Director
Made to Flourish Network
Denver, Colorado

Bill Dudley

Stated Clerk
Presbytery of the Southeast

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Lisa McGlynn

Attorney at Law
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Tampa, Florida

Doug Resler

Senior Pastor
Parker EPC

Parker, Colorado

FORMING LEADERS FOR THE LIFE OF THE WORLD

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 207
Facilitator: Brandon Addison

Most pastors are apt and equipped at counseling, studying, praying, and preaching. One area where many struggle to make a connection—and where pastors often don’t know how to equip their congregations—is integrating the Christian faith with work and economic wisdom. We often call this the “Sunday to Monday Gap.” Most of our lives are spent working (whether paid or unpaid), but rarely do churches consistently address this topic head-on. By failing to do so, churches miss the opportunity to minister to their congregations right where they live. In turn, they fail to equip their members For the Life of the World. This session will include conversations, marketplace leader insights, and complimentary resources.

Panelists include Evan Roth, Global Executive Coach and Corporate Consultant; Kacey Brackney, Deputy District Attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District; and Dan Lilpop, Director of Culture for the Denver Country Club.

Brandon Addison serves as the Denver City Director for Made To Flourish and Lead Pastor of Neighborhood Church, an EPC Church located in South Denver. After working for the federal government, Addison pursued a Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Seminary while serving as a fellow at the Francis Schaeffer Institute in Saint Louis. He is passionate for the local church and longs to see people invest deeply in their communities. He has previously partnered with Redeemer City to City, New City Commons Foundation, Acton Institute, Fellowship Associates, and Q Ideas to promote ministry renewal in cities.

LEADING AS A SHEPHERD

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 212
Facilitator: Bill Dudley

Bill Dudley serves the Stated Clerk for the EPC’s Presbytery of the Southeast. He is Pastor Emeritus of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in suburban Chattanooga, where served as Senior Pastor for 25 years until his retirement in 2014. He was the Moderator of the EPC’s 33rd General Assembly (2013). He and his wife, Julia, have three children and have three grandchildren.

TURNING SESSIONS INTO SPIRITUAL COMMUNITIES (PART 1)

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 206
Facilitator: Doug Resler

The primary responsibility of the Ruling Elder in an EPC church is to represent the mind of Christ. This is no easy task—it requires great spiritual discernment and relational intimacy. How do we find the time to build these kinds of relationships in the midst of leading a busy local church? In this workshop, Doug Resler will share field-tested insights and spiritual practices designed to help Ruling Elders grow in Christ, as well as move the board from a business model to deep, spiritual community. 

Doug Resler currently serves as Senior Pastor for Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Parker, Colorado, and as an Adjunct Professor at Denver Theological Seminary, where he has taught courses on evangelism, missions, and pastoral leadership. He has more than 20 years of ministry experience, 16 of which have been in a Senior Pastor position, as well as six years as Chair of the Ministerial Committee for the Presbytery of the West. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree while also interning at a local church and serving as a volunteer chaplain at New Jersey State Prison. He has specialized in helping struggling churches become more healthy and vital by applying a systems theory approach. He has written for Christianity Today on the subject of leadership, particularly how to persevere through the successes and failures of ministry. He is currently engaged in the work of the Petros Network as a member of the international board, as well as trainer for church planters.

TURNING SESSIONS INTO SPIRITUAL COMMUNITIES (PART 2)

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 206
Facilitator: Doug Resler

HOW TO GET SUED

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 207
Facilitator: Lisa McGlynn

Many churches end up getting sued due to common misconceptions about various employment laws. Further, with new developments in employment law occurring all the time, it has never been more important for churches to know how to protect themselves. This presentation will go through some of the most common mistakes churches make, provide workable solutions for employment issues, and help you avoid costly penalties and damaging situations.

Lisa McGlynn is an associate in the Tampa office of the law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP. She represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. She defends employers in state and federal court litigation and arbitration on a wide variety of employment-related claims, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Florida Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Private Whistleblower Act. She also represents employers charged with employment discrimination before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHRA), the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, and various local agencies. Additionally, she counsels clients on general employment law issues as they arise to ensure compliance with employment laws.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK B: REFORMED THEOLOGY

Mike Glodo

Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Reformed Theological Seminary

Orlando, Florida

Zach Hopkins

Pastor
Edgington Presbyterian Church
Edgington, Illinois

Scott Redd

President and Associate Professor of Old Testament
Reformed Theological Seminary

Washington, D.C.

Case Thorp

Senior Associate Pastor
First Presbyterian Church

Orlando, Florida

THE CHURCH AND ITS COMMON DOCTRINE

Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 201
Facilitator: Zach Hopkins

In part 1 of the Westminster Society’s 4-part series this year, Zach Hopkins will be expounding upon the beauty of the local church with respect to its common doctrine. For every lament that doctrine divides, it is important to understand that our doctrine is actually the means of our explicit unity in Christ. This seminar will explore the necessity and purpose of our doctrine with special consideration toward pursuing unity in and amongst our churches.

Zach Hopkins serves as Pastor of Edgington Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Taylor Ridge, Illinois. He also is Chair of the Ministerial Committee for the Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes, and a member of the EPC Committee on Theology. He is a graduate of Illinois College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and currently is pursuing doctoral studies at Covenant Theological Seminary.

CHRIST OUR HEAD:

HOW THE CHURCH FINDS ITS ORIGIN, UNITY, AND HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST

Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 201
Facilitator: Scott Redd

Jesus Christ steps into world history as the culmination of every promise of God to us in divine revelation. He is the faithful King, the efficient sacrifice, and the faithful Israelite who receives the inheritance promised to Abraham. If we are “in Him,” we become recipients of that inheritance. One way in which Christ’s accomplishment and our union with Him is articulated in Scripture is through the idea of Christ as head of the church. This talk will explore the ways in which the church is not merely a body of discrete members, but the corporate body of Christ our Lord, agents of His Kingdom and recipients of His reward.

Scott Redd serves as President and Associate Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Washington, D.C., campus. A Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the East, his interests include literary approaches to the Bible, linguistics and the biblical languages, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds to Scripture, and Old Testament theology. He cares deeply about the teaching of Scripture and its application to all situations in life, particularly in the context of a learning and worshiping community. He is the author of The Wholeness Imperative: How Christ Unifies our Desires, Identity, and Impact in the World (Christian Focus, 2018). He and his wife, Jennifer, have five daughters.

THE CHURCH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 201
Facilitator: Mike Glodo

Did the church begin at Pentecost? With Abraham? We must look for the roots of the church in the very beginning if we are to comprehend and carry out the church’s mission today. Mike Glodo will present a panorama of the church in the Old Testament as the root of the New Testament church, and how that informs and motivates our mission today.

Mike Glodo is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, where he has taught Old Testament, New Testament, Preaching, and Pastoral Theology for more than 20 years. He served at Central and Sutter Presbyterian Churches in the St. Louis area, as well as two terms as Stated Clerk of the EPC. He maintains an active interim, preaching, and consulting ministry, and is a member the Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean.

COMMON GRACE: A TOOL FOR COMMON GROUND IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 201
Facilitator: Case Thorp

The doctrine of common grace has largely disappeared from American churches, and yet provides the fertile ground for rich individual discipleship and hearty participation in the public square.

Case Thorp seres as Senior Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Florida, and is the EPC Moderator-elect. Originally from Atlanta, Case has served churches in New Jersey, Texas, California, and Louisiana. He currently is the Made to Flourish Network co-director for Orlando, and also serves as adjunct faculty for Palm Beach Atlantic University and Reformed Theological Seminary. Case posts blogs on faith and work regularly for The Green Room Blog and has been published in the Orlando Sentinel and Wall Street Journal. He is a graduate of Oxford College, Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jodi, have three children: Alexandra, Charles, and Brooks.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK C: CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY

Mike Kuhn

ITEN Specialist for Missional Theology and Practice
EPC World Outreach

Orlando, Florida

Michelle Munger

Peninsula Area Director
Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads
Norfolk, Virginia

Roy Yanke

Executive Director
Pastor-in-Residence Ministries

Farmington Hills, Michigan

SERVING JESUS IN THE ORDINARY (SMALL) CHURCH CONTEXT

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 207/208
Facilitator: Roy Yanke

At least 80% of all significant Kingdom work happens in the “ordinary” church—those with an average worship attendance of 40 to 200. While the challenges and needs may vary, the value and validity of ministry in the smaller church context is undeniable. This workshop is for all those—Ruling Elders and Teaching Elders alike—who serve and do ministry life in ordinary churches across the country. Insights from a panel of small-church practitioners will combine with the interaction of all who attend to help change the “We are just a small church!” mentality. The stories, creative ideas, and resources we share will help build relationships and nurture hope—hope and confidence in our God who believes in “small things.”

Roy Yanke serves as Executive Director of PIR Ministries, where he interacts daily with pastors who need a fresh dose of the message of restoration and renewal in Christ. He has presented workshops on the topic of pastoral self-care for a variety of ministries around the country. He writes regularly for BiblicalLeadership.com and the Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth. A graduate of William Tyndale College, he is a Ruling Elder for Grace Chapel EPC in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He and his wife, Deb, have been married for more than 40 years, and have a daughter and two grandchildren.

UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH DISABILITIES

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 111
Facilitator: Michelle Munger

Who exactly are we talking about, and why is it so difficult for them to come to church? We will explore the challenges these individuals and their families face. We also will take a close look at some of the theological questions they are asking. Participants will be given resources that will support having this conversation at home.

Michelle Munger comes to the special needs conversation as the parent of two young men with autism (ages 18 and 20). She serves as Peninsula Director for the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads, which works with faith communities to welcome those with disabilities. A member of Northampton Presbyterian Church in Hampton, Virginia, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Development from American Military University and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary. She has served in a variety of military and civilian church staff positions, including Ministry Assistant, Director of Religious Education, Youth Director, and Children’s Ministry Director. She and her husband, Steven, have been married for 23 years.

EVERY CHURCH CAN WELCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WITH DISABILITIES

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 111
Facilitator: Michelle Munger

We know we need to welcome them, but how? Church size does not matter., and there is no “one approach fits all.” Together we will consider how God has knit our congregations together and how to discern next steps. We will also talk about practical ways to connect with this community. Participants will be given resources that will support having this conversation at home.

Michelle Munger comes to the special needs conversation as the parent of two young men with autism (ages 18 and 20). She serves as Peninsula Director for the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads, which works with faith communities to welcome those with disabilities. A member of Northampton Presbyterian Church in Hampton, Virginia, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Development from American Military University and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary. She has served in a variety of military and civilian church staff positions, including Ministry Assistant, Director of Religious Education, Youth Director, and Children’s Ministry Director. She and her husband, Steven, have been married for 23 years.

IMPLICATIONS OF THE TRINITY FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Community Center, Room 207/208
Facilitator: Mike Kuhn

Has the Trinity become so theoretic and inaccessible that it should be left to the advanced stages of discipleship, or is it foundational to our growth in Christ? In this seminar, Mike Kuhn seeks to distill lessons learned in discipleship of former Muslims to give impetus and direction to discipleship anywhere and everywhere. The common Islamic view of God is “unicity”—God is one. The difference the Trinity makes in the Muslim context is surprisingly life-giving for the whole church of Christ. The biblical truth that God is a community of self-giving love turns out to be transformative in any context.

TE Mike Kuhn has spent most of his adult life in the Arab World (Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon) with his wife, Stephanie, and their three (now adult) daughters. He is the author of Fresh Vision for the Muslim World (IVP 2007), and currently serves EPC World Outreach as ITEN Specialist for Missional Theology and Practice from his home in Washington state.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK D: PRAYER

James Banks

Best-Selling Author and Pastor
Peace Church
Durham, North Carolina

PRAYERS FOR PRODIGALS

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 209
Facilitator: James Banks

Franklin Graham wrote, “James Banks captures the hearts of many mothers and fathers who have agonized over wayward children.” James’s best-selling book, Prayers for Prodigals, has given guidance and hope to praying parents around the world. This seminar offers solid, Scripture-based encouragement to persevere in prayer for those we love.

James Banks is the author of the best-selling Prayers for Prodigals and several other books on prayer. His books have been translated into multiple languages and are read around the world. He is also a popular writer for Our Daily Bread and the founding pastor of Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina. He and his wife, Cari, have been married for 34 years and have two adult children.

PRAYING THE PRAYERS OF THE BIBLE

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Building, Room 209
Facilitator: James Banks

When we pray God’s Word, we open our hearts to deeper faith, renewed strength and fresh blessings. Come join best-selling author James Banks for an encouraging look at how to grow your personal prayer life with Scripture’s prayers, and discover God’s power to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”

James Banks is the author of the best-selling Prayers for Prodigals and several other books on prayer. His books have been translated into multiple languages and are read around the world. He is also a popular writer for Our Daily Bread and the founding pastor of Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina. He and his wife, Cari, have been married for 34 years and have two adult children.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

ANDREW BRUNSON 

Wednesday, June 19
Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary

EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, were appointed as missionaries to Turkey by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) in 1993. He transferred his ordination to the EPC’s Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic in 2010.

The Brunsons, who were applying for Turkish permanent residency, were detained on October 7, 2016, in the coastal city of Izmir (biblical Smyrna). Norine was released on October 19 but Andrew remained imprisoned. At the time of his arrest, he was serving as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church.

On December 8, 2016, (after being detained for 63 days), Andrew was formally charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and sent to prison. On August 24, 2017, a Turkish court added three new charges, including gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and trying to change the constitutional order. On March 21, 2018, the Turkish court accepted a 62-page indictment against Andrew and scheduled his first hearing for April 16, 2018.

Following each of the first three hearings in his trial (on April 16, May 7, and July 18, 2018), Andrew was returned to prison. Under consistent public and private pressure from the United States and others, the Turkish court released Andrew to house arrest on July 25, 2018, until the fourth hearing on October 12, 2018.

Following testimony in the fourth phase of his trial on October 12, 2018, the prosecution requested and received lifting of Andrew’s house arrest and travel ban. The judge issued a conviction, and imposed a sentence of 3 years, 1 month, and 15 days but released Andrew on the equivalent of time served. Andrew and Norine left Turkey later the same day.

On October 13, 2018, Andrew and Norine arrived in the United States. They and their family met with the President, Administration staff, lawmakers, and others in the Oval Office.

The Brunsons are currently recuperating at their home church, Christ Community Church in Montreat, North Carolina.

NOTE: Due to expected high demand for Andrew Brunson’s plenary session on Wednesday morning, seating in the Sanctuary is reserved for General Assembly Commissioners and Registered Guests only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Carpooling from the hotels is strongly encouraged, as parking at CCPC will be first-come, first-served. Complementary shuttle service will be provided from Hope United Methodist Church, located one half-mile west of CCPC.

All Sanctuary sessions will be live streamed to overflow seating in the CCPC Gym and Worship Overflow, as well as online via the EPC website and GA smartphone app.

Andrew Brunson

Missionary-in-Residence
Christ Community Church
Montreat, North Carolina

DOUG WEBSTER

Wednesday, June 19
Time: 1:30–3:15 p.m.
Location: Sanctuary

Doug serves as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in San Diego, California, and Associate Pastor for Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church. He also has served churches in Bloomington, Indiana, and Toronto, Canada. Before becoming a pastor, he taught at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto for seven years. He has a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in New Testament from Wheaton College, and a PhD from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.

He is author of several books, including Preaching Hebrews: The End of Religion and Faithfulness to the End; The God Who Comforts: A Forty-Day Meditation on John 14:1–16:15; The God Who Kneels: A Forty-Day Meditation on John 13; Outposts of Hope: First Peter’s Christ for Culture Strategy; and Living in Tension: A Theology of Ministry.

He and his wife, Virginia, have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Doug Webster

Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Preaching
Beeson Divinity School
Birmingham, Alabama

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