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GA 2019 NETWORKING LUNCHES

Take advantage of connecting with others with similar ministry interests at the 39th General Assembly. Pick up your lunch from the “Cherry Bowl” between the Main Building and the Community Center and enjoy a time of fellowship and enrichment from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches are on the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church campus.

Wednesday, June 19
Thursday, June 20
Friday, June 21

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

BEAUTY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: PREPARING FOR WORSHIP

Organization: Westminster Society
Host: Paul Bammel
Location: Main Building, Room 207/208

The Westminster Society exists to promote robust confessionalism and servant-hearted churchmanship in the EPC.

Paul Bammel is Pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

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BUILDING YOUR EPC RETIREMENT PLAN SAVINGS

AND USING YOUR HOUSING ALLOWANCE BENEFIT

Organization: EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
Host: Bart Francescone
Location: Main Building, Room 203

Join BRI’s Executive Director for an informational session about the EPC’s retirement plan, and the investment counseling and retirement planning resources available that can help you build your retirement nest-egg savings. Information on the pastoral Housing Allowance and how to use the tax-free housing allowance benefit will also be presented. BRI and Fidelity staff will be available to field any benefit-related questions.

CROSSING YOUR RED SEA

Organization: EPC Women’s Resource Council
Host: Meredith Edman
Location: Community Center, Room 109

Impossible journeys move us to rely on our loving God. Whatever the Red Sea, we know that He provides and reveals His magnificent plan for us. Join us for this inspirational discussion of life’s unexpected twists and turns.

Meredith Edman was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was only 18 months old, and has had 60 surgeries, including the loss of a left elbow and a below-the-knee amputation on her right leg. A Licensed Professional Counselor, she conducts a private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix. She is a widow of six years with two grown children.

DISABILITY MINISTRY AND MY CHURCH

Organization: Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic
Host: Michelle Munger
Location: Community Center, Room 207

Come share what you are doing, and/or what you would like to be doing in your church with people and families with disabilities. If we have time, we will brainstorm ideas to overcome challenges.

Michelle Munger is a member of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic and comes to the special needs conversation as the mother of two sons with autism, ages 18 and 20. She and her husband have been married for 23 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Development from American Military University and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary. She is an award-winning author and has served in a variety of military and civilian church staff positions, including Director of Religious Education, Youth Director, and Children’s Ministry Director.

DYNAMICS OF CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Organization: GO Center
Host: Ken Priddy
Location: Community Center, Room 206

Congregations often want to see different results from their ministries, but struggle to make the changes necessary to create those results. Revitalization inherently requires change but congregations inherently resist change. Discover insights and tools that equip church leaders to navigate this often difficult terrain effectively.

Ken Priddy is Executive Director of the GO Center.

EFFECTIVE PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Phil Thrash
Location: Main Building, Room 206

Come hear a teaching on—and participate in—strategic prayer for missionaries and learn how you can catalyze prayer in your church or presbytery. Praying powerful, effective, Kingdom prayers helps support healthy EPC global workers who boldly share the gospel and establish church fellowships that multiply!

Phil Thrash is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern U.S. Associate for Missions Advancement for EPC World Outreach.

ENGAGE 2025 PRESBYTERY HOME TEAMS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Phil Linton
Location: Main Building, Room 209

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 learning more about Engage 2025, you are invited to come connect with other Home Teams and share challenges, ideas, and fruitful practices.

Phil Linton is Director of EPC World Outreach.

HOW TO ESTABLISH STAFF VALUES

Organization: Vanderbloemen Search Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: Main Building, Room 205

Building a winning team culture is hard work, but it’s crucial to retaining a high-capacity church staff. The foundation to a winning culture is establishing staff values that unify your team. They are more than words in an employee handbook—they guide the daily rhythms of your team. Join us and learn how to establish your church staff’s values, develop leaders, and build a winning culture where staff and volunteers are lining up to get on board.

Jay Mitchell is Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group and a former Presbyterian pastor.

SPECIFIC WAYS TO RE-ENGAGE NOMAD AND EXILE MILLENNIALS

Organization: GO Center
Hosts: Aaron Carr, Bill Senyard, Wes Vander Lugt
Location: Community Center, Room 202

Did you know some experts believe that the number of “nones” will surpass Evangelicals in 2019? This shocking eclipse is largely due to a “Mill-exit” from our churches. Does your church want to begin the baby steps necessary to re-engage Millennials? Join us for a discussion of viable ways our churches can begin to re-engage those young adults who have already left our churches. Bring your specific questions and come with open minds. We believe that it can be done!

Aaron Carr is Lead Pastor of First Presbyterian of Trenton, Michigan. Bill Senyard is President of Gospel App Ministries and a Trainer Consultant with the GO Center. Wes Vander Lugt is Lead Pastor of Warehouse 242 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

THE MISSION FIELD IN YOUR BACK YARD: REACHING THE COLLEGE CAMPUS

Organization: Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)
Host: Matt Brown
Location: Community Center, Room 209

Want to reach the next generation for Christ and His Church? Join us and hear about the strategic needs and opportunities on college campuses across the country. Learn effective ways for your church to engage the college campus and develop the next generation of ministry leaders. Explore the potential of partnering with the CCO to see a generation of college students transformed by the power of Jesus Christ and His gospel—in partnership with the local church—reaching the world for the glory of God.

Matt Brown is the CCO’s Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. He is the Founding/Senior Pastor of the EPC’s Resurrection Brooklyn, a network of neighborhood congregations in New York City

CCO is a strategic partner of the EPC that focuses on college campus ministry through the local church.

WINNING THE BURNOUT BATTLE

Organization: PIR Ministries
Host: Roy Yanke
Location: Main Building, Room 204

Among all the helping professions, the rate of burnout has steadily increased over the last 20 years. Research shows that emergency first-responders suffer from the accumulation of stress and trauma. As first-responders to the regular spiritual, emotional, and physical crisis of their congregations and community, ministry leaders are not immune. Winning the battle against burnout takes an intentional plan and consistent vigilance. Our brief time together will outline some steps to win the battle, and encourage the sharing of personal strategies that have worked. Join us!

Roy Yanke is Executive Director of Pastor-in-Residence (PIR) Ministries and 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 one married daughter.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20

BEAUTY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH: THE GREAT COMMISSION

Organization: Westminster Society
Host: Steve Woodworth
Location: Main Building, Room 207/208

Join Steve Woodworth for a brief overview of covenant theology as a lens through which we can explore the intersection between the missio dei (mission of God) and the missio ecclesiae (mission of the church) in the 21st century. 

Steve Woodworth is Associate Coordinator of the International Theological Education Network of EPC World Outreach. The Westminster Society exists to promote robust confessionalism and servant-hearted churchmanship in the EPC.

BUILDING YOUR EPC RETIREMENT PLAN SAVINGS

AND USING YOUR HOUSING ALLOWANCE BENEFIT

Organization: EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
Host: Bart Francescone
Location: Community Center, Room 212

Join BRI’s Executive Director for an informational session about the EPC’s retirement plan, and the investment counseling and retirement planning resources available that can help you build your retirement nest-egg savings. Information on the pastoral Housing Allowance and how to use the tax-free housing allowance benefit will also be presented. BRI and Fidelity staff will be available to field any benefit-related questions.

DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Organization: VitalChurch
Host: Tom Wilkens
Location: Community Center, Room 209

What is most distinctive about VitalChurch is that we are pastors, not consultants. Between the five VitalChurch managing partners, we have well over 100 years of practical, hands-on experience serving God’s Churches that are in transition or crisis. During our time together we will give a brief overview of our ministry, specifically discuss our diagnostic assessment process and how we incorporate our diagnostic assessment into our ministry as Interim Pastors. Our overall objective will be to give you a greater understanding of the key deliverables of our diagnostic assessment process and how you could use this tool in your churches. You can think of the diagnostic process as providing both a mirror and a map for your congregation. The mirror is our analysis of what your congregation has told us through the survey. The map lays out recommendations for the issues discovered in the assessment. Our overall objective is to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church. We will provide space for Q&A.

Tom Wilkens is Leadership Systems Partner for VitalChurch. He earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. His passion is how marriages, teams, churches and organizations develop and grow well—with special interest in leadership. He formerly directed the CRM Staff Care and Development Team, and also has experience as a pastor, medical/counseling clinic director, and university professor.

FEMALE TEACHING ELDERS AND CANDIDATES

Organization: Women’s Resource Council
Host: Lana Roberts
Location: Creek House

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.

GO BUSINESS: THE GREAT COMMISSION AT WORK

Organization: GO Center
Host: Ken Priddy
Location: Community Center, Room 202

In today’s American culture, the most dynamic intersections of Christ and culture are the workplaces of Christian people. Yet the workplace is typically ignored—or even avoided—as a place to bear witness to our faith. Faith is often a private matter at work. What if the workplaces of your church’s congregation were seen as primary domestic mission fields? What if your church’s people nurtured the will and developed the skill of being witnesses in the marketplace? Discover what it looks like when the Great Commission goes to work.

Ken Priddy is Executive Director of the GO Center.

GORDON-CONWELL SEMINARY ALUMNI CONNECT

Organization: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Host: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Alumni Services Staff
Location: Main Building, Room 209

Join your fellow Gordon-Conwell alumni for an Alumni Connect Lunch for an opportunity to connect with classmates and hear updates about the seminary. Alumni and spouses are invited, as well as prospective students. We look forward to seeing you there!

HOW TO HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Organization: Vanderbloemen Search Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: Main Building, Room 205

The most expensive hire you will ever make is the wrong person. So how can you discern who’s the right person? Staffing is one of the greatest challenges church leaders face. Learn how to know which role you need to hire next, how to interview successfully, and how to determine the right fit for the next hire on your team.

Jay Mitchell is Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group and a former Presbyterian pastor.

REVELATION 7:9 TASK FORCE

Organization: EPC Revelation 7:9 Task Force
Hosts: Rufus Smith and Dean Weaver
Location: Main Building, Room 204

Join members of the EPC’s Revelation 7:9 Task Force as they discuss their work over the past year.

Rufus Smith and Dean Weaver are Co-Chairmen of the Revelation 7:9 Task Force.

SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS WITH WORLD OUTREACH

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Shawn Stewart and Mark V
Location: Community Center, Room 109

In the past two years, World Outreach has begun developing new endeavors that allow EPC churches to gain exposure and experience among “Frontier people groups” in our own neighborhoods. Come learn how you can join in, raise a team, and help us grow these mission outreach and training treks that serve within our own communities.

Shawn Stewart is Mobilization Coordinator for EPC World Outreach. Mark V serves as U.S. Muslim Outreach Coach for EPC World Outreach.

SIX RELATIONSHIPS EVERY PASTOR NEEDS

Organization: PastorServe
Host: Wade Brown
Location: Community Center, Room 201

Every pastor lives life on two stages: front stage and backstage. Hopefully, the person you are on the front stage is the same person you are on the backstage. What are those key relationships that can help you live with integrity and consistency on both stages? Join us and learn which relationships could potentially be missing in your life and ministry!

Wade Brown is PastorServe’s Regional Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Region.

PastorServe is offering free, one-on-one coaching sessions with Teaching Elders in a confidential setting at this year’s GA. Click here to sign up for a one-hour time slot.

THE RISKS AND REWARDS OF CHURCH PLANTING

Organization: EPC Church Planting Team
Host: Tom Ricks
Location: Community Center, Room 112

Join Tom Ricks and other EPC Church Planting Team members for an in-depth look at church planting opportunities in our cities, communities, and neighborhoods. Among the topics of discussion are resources available to begin or continue in church planting (including fundraising); new resources available to begin church planting in underserved or unreached areas; and church planting in ethnically diverse settings.

Tom Ricks is Chair of the EPC Church Planting Team and Pastor of Greentree Community Church in suburban St. Louis, Missouri.

UNSTOPPABLE GIVING

Organization: EPC Generosity Resources
Host: Bob Welsh
Location: Main Building, Room 203

Unleash your congregation’s hidden wealth! Only 10% of a family’s wealth is cash, while 90% is in non-cash assets such as stock, real estate, and business interests. EPC Generosity Resources exists to help churches unlock non-cash giving, especially complex gifts to your church. If you are thinking about having a Planned Giving or Legacy Planning seminar, a Capital Campaign, or just want to a fresh approach to next year’s Stewardship program, the information provided in this Networking Lunch will be very helpful. We will share the biblical and practical ways to create a culture of Unstoppable Giving.

Bob Welsh is Field Representative for EPC Generosity Resources.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

GOD IS USING BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: John M
Location: Community Center, Room 112

The Lord is moving in the hearts of business professionals to participate in the Great Commission! Join us as we explore specific opportunities, including three planned “Vision Treks” to Central Asia, India, and Indonesia/Malaysia. We also will discuss Business as Mission national conferences in Houston or Silicon Valley, as well as IBAM business coaching opportunities and local projects. Utilize your professional experiences, gifts, and talents, and become a resource and active participant in our Lord’s great mandate. Come find your place!

HELPING YOUR CONGREGATION TO SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE

Organization: Presbyterians Protecting Life
Host: Deborah Hollifield
Location: Main Building, Room 204

How does your church respond to life issues? Do they avoid the conversation? Does your congregation have a clear understanding of the Reformed view of the value of all human life? Do they have the vocabulary to speak words of life into day-to-day conversations? Life-protecting ministries will look different from church to church. The conversation can be entered into at any place on the spectrum from fertilization to natural death, including matters of unplanned pregnancy, foster care and adoption, bioethics, euthanasia, and more, because God’s view of life at any stage applies at every stage. Join us for practical, gospel-compelled ideas and resources for equipping Presbyterians to champion human life at every stage.

Deborah Hollifield is Executive Director of Presbyterians Protecting Life.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOCAL CHURCH PLANTER

Organization: EPC Church Planting Team
Host: Cron and Elisabeth Gibson
Location: Community Center, Room 209

Church planting is a spiritually and emotionally exhausting effort. Whether you are an active church planter or supporting a church planting effort, you want to do all you can to promote spiritual and emotional health within the church planting leadership. Join licensed therapists and former church planters Cron and Elisabeth Gibson as they discuss this crucial aspect of church planting. They will lead us through a thorough conversation on how to care for our church planters so they thrive in the work to which God has called them.

LEADERS OF SMALL CHURCHES

Organization: EPC Smaller Church Network
Host: Ed McCallum
Location: Community Center, Room 109

A gathering of leaders of the “majority church” (churches with less than 200 in attendance on Sunday mornings) for encouragement, processing best practices, and networking with others in similar ministry settings. Those attending the Leadership Institute session on the small church are especially encouraged to attend to continue building relationships.

Ed McCallum is Associate for Site and Program Management with the International Theological Education Network of EPC World Outreach. He previously served as Assistant Stated Clerk for the EPC for 20 years.

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LGBTQ YOUTH: OBSTACLES THEY FACE AND PASTORAL CARE

Organization: OnebyOne
Host: Scott Kingry
Location: Main Building, Room 209

What is it like growing up LGBTQ? It’s difficult enough being an adolescent in our current world, but what are some of the unique challenges they face? How do family dynamics and faith impact these challenges both positively or negatively? Join us as explore some common difficulties LGBTQ youth face, and what pastoral care for them and their family members could look like. Also, we’ll explore how as a church we can come alongside these individuals and their families, while also caring for the congregation as whole.

Scott Kingry is Program Director at Where Grace Abounds, a discipleship ministry partner of OnebyOne.

THE CHURCH’S BEAUTY THROUGH THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

Organization: Westminster Society
Hosts: David Hoffelmeyer and Aaron White
Location: Main Building, Room 207/208

The Westminster Confession compares the “outward glories” under the Mosaic Covenant with the “simplicity” of worship in the Christian community as described in the writings of the New Testament. David Hoffelmeyer and Aaron White will explore these themes as they illuminate the church’s beauty through the Old and New Testaments with Psalm 48:15a as a springboard for Old Testament discussion, and the gathered worship described in Acts as a focal point illustrating the simple beauties of New Testament worship.

David Hoffelmeyer is Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta, Illinois. Aaron White is Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston, Ohio.

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TRAINING SESSION FOR CLERKS OF SESSION

Organization: EPC Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest
Host: Ron Bengelink
Location: Main Building, Room 205

An opportunity for both inexperienced and experienced Clerks of Session to review the important Book of Order requirements of their job, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and trade success secrets with your colleagues. Bring your Book of Government; additional handouts will be available.

Ron Bengelink is Stated Clerk of the EPC’s Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest.

WITH HER LAST BREATH:

A TALE OF SUICIDE AND THE HOPE OF HEAVEN

Organization: Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
Host: Barb Roberts
Location: Community Center, Room 212

This will be a luncheon discussing the difficult, painful (but currently epidemic) topic of suicide. The luncheon will be for those who have experienced the pain of suicide in their family or ministry, and for those in any pastoral ministry to help them better understand the struggle of those who despair and are contemplating ending their life.

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