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GA 2020 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Due to the many unknowns surrounding the coronavirus situation, we have delayed the opening of registration until April 15. As of March 19, the 40th General Assembly is still scheduled for June 23-26. EPC and Hope Church leadership are monitoring events as they unfold, and are prepared to move quickly should additional changes be necessary. 

 

“Effective Biblical Leadership” is one of the EPC’s four strategic priorities. The annual Leadership Institute—now in its sixth year—is our primary vehicle for providing practical ways to address the need for Effective Biblical Leadership in the local church.

This year, we are offering five all-day tracks and four afternoon-only tracks. 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—Richard Borgonon and John Lennox—will speak to this year’s theme of “Always” as conveyed in 2 Corinthians 2:14 from their experiences of “spreading the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” through evangelism and apologetics.

Check back frequently, as details (including meeting locations) will be added.

All-Day Track 1: Next Generation Ministries
All-Day Track 2: Church Revitalization Workshop
All-Day Track 3: Reformed Theology (presented by the Westminster Society)
All-Day Track 4: Transitional Pastor Training
All-Day Track 5: Chaplain’s Workshop (open to and appropriate for all GA attendees)
Afternoon-Only Track A: Leadership
Afternoon-Only Track B: Church Planting
Afternoon-Only Track C: Congregational Ministry
Afternoon-Only Track D: Prayer
Plenary Speakers: Wednesday, June 24

ALL-DAY TRACK 1: NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES

Jen Burkholder

Western Pennsylvania Partnership Coordinator
Coalition for Christian Outreach

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Marc de Jeu

Associate Pastor
First Presbyterian Church

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Rufus Smith

Senior Pastor
Hope Church

Cordova, Tennessee

THE GOSPEL AND GENERATION Z: EFFECTIVE EVANGELISM WITH THE NEXT GENERATION

Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Jen Burkholder and the EPC Next Generation Ministries Council

How to reach the next generation for Jesus has always been a hot topic issue for the church. Sometimes it feels daunting and overwhelming. Our Lord’s heart is for the next generation, a group that researchers currently are calling “Generation Z.” How can we better come alongside this generation—a demographic known for being tech-savvy, for media consumption, and for short attention spans?

How well does your church listen to, connect with, and love this next generation? It might not be as hard as you think! Come prepared to be encouraged, to listen, to share, and to grow in your understanding of Gen Z, and how to reach them with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jen Burkholder is Chair of the EPC Next Generation Ministries Council. She serves as Western Pennsylvania Partnership Coordinator for the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO).

REVELATION 7:9 VISION OF THE EPC

Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitators: Rufus Smith, Marc de Jeu

In a more ethnically diverse but Christian-adverse America, how can local churches reflect the God-given age, ethnic, and economic variety within their 1-3-5 mile neighborhood radius? Perhaps a fresh look at the Great Commission and the Great Commandment will stir your creative juices. Come hear about resources and best practices.

The Revelation 7:9 Task Force was approved by the 38th General Assembly. Its purpose is to motivate and equip our EPC churches to represent—and grow in—the message of that verse. Specifically, that when the Kingdom of God comes in fullness, there will be a multitude “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

Rufus Smith is Senior Pastor of Hope Church and Co-Chairman of the Revelation 7:9 Task Force. Marc de Jeu serves as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

ALL-DAY TRACK 2: CHURCH REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP

John Mabray

Pastor
Covenant Presbyterian Church

Monroe, Louisiana

Bryn MacPhail

Senior Pastor
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk

Nassau, Bahamas

Doug Resler

Senior Pastor
Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Parker, Colorado

Mike Wright

Pastor
Littleton Christian Church

Littleton, Colorado

Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: John Mabray, Bryn MacPhail, Doug Resler, Mike Wright 

Join other EPC pastors and ruling elders for training, networking, encouragement, and prayer as we share field-tested ideas on how to lead your church on the journey towards a deeper life with Christ. This full-day workshop will focus around three primary areas:

1) The Revitalization of the Pastor.
2) The Revitalization of the Session.
3) The Revitalization of the Congregation.

There will be plenty of time reserved for dialogue as well as prayer for one another. The workshop will also be facilitated by a team of Teaching Elders who are fellow practitioners, each with a track record of success leading revitalization work in their own respective contexts. Together, they represent churches of all shapes and sizes and geographic locations.

ALL-DAY TRACK 3: REFORMED THEOLOGY

Zach Hopkins

Pastor
Edgington EPC

Taylor Ridge, Illinois

Ligon Duncan

Chancellor
Reformed Theological Seminary

Jackson, Mississippi

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Zach Hopkins

This year’s topic for the Westminster Society lecture series is the Ordo Salutis (“Order of Salvation”) in biblical, theological, historical, practical, and doxological reflection. Join authors and friends of the Westminster Society in the morning, with special guest Dr. Ligon Duncan in the afternoon.

The Westminster Society is a networking group within the EPC that seeks to foster unity through confessional churchmanship.

AN AFTERNOON WITH LIGON DUNCAN

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Zach Hopkins

Dr. Ligon Duncan will discuss the Ordo Salutis (“Order of Salvation”) in biblical, theological, historical, practical, and doxological reflection.

Duncan serves as Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

ALL-DAY TRACK 4: TRANSITIONAL PASTOR 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

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitators: Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer

In this workshop, veteran church revitalization practitioners Ken Priddy and Bob Stauffer will explore the various aspects of being a transitional pastor in the EPC. The training will include sessions related to being an effective transitional pastor and testimonies from several transitional pastors as it relates to their experiences as a transitional pastor.

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 48 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 40 years and have three children and seven grandchildren.

ALL-DAY TRACK 5: CHAPLAINS WORKSHOP (OPEN TO ALL GA ATTENDEES)

Mark Ingles

TE, Presbytery of the West
EPC Chaplain Endorser

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Janet McCormack

Director, Clinical Pastoral Education Center
Denver Theological Seminary

Denver, Colorado

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitators: Mark Ingles, Janet McCormack

The Chaplains Workshop is provided for Chaplains, Pastors, Missionaries, and others who serve in various forms of ministry. Though the primary focus will be those working in Chaplaincy, the sessions presented will be valuable to anyone attending GA. Janet McCormack will present sessions on “Chaplains and the Role of Spirituality and Religion in Crisis and Disasters,” “Moral Injury Affects Everyone,” and “Guarding Your Soul While Caring for the Soul of Others.” Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, will lead the session entitled “Soul Care!” that will complement McCormack’s third session.

• Session 1: Chaplains and the Role of Spirituality and Religion in Crisis and Disasters
• Session 2: Religious Accommodation Is the Boss’ Decision
• Session 3: Guarding Your Soul while Caring for the Soul of Others
• Session 4: Soul Care
• Session 5: Chaplain Share and Care

Mark Ingles serves as the EPC’s Chaplain Endorser. He retired from his final assignment as Senior Protestant Chaplain for Peterson Air Force Base (AFB) in Colorado in 2011 with the rank of Major. He began his military service as a Reserve Chaplain at Travis AFB and Norton AFB in California, and served in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain during the Gulf War. He was selected for Active Duty in 1992 and has been deployed in numerous places around the world, including service as Deputy Director of Religious Affairs for the Horn of Africa.

Dr. Janet McCormack has been a member of the faculty of Denver Theological Seminary faculty since 2000, and currently serves as Director of the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Programs and Associate Professor of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling. She is a retired Air Force chaplain with 22 years of experience in military chaplaincy. Prior to entering the Active Duty Air Force, McCormack served as Pastor of a Presbyterian Church in Natalia, Texas, and also has served as a hospital, police, prison, NASCAR, drag racing, crisis and trauma, and industrial chaplain. She has served as consultant to the U.S. Army chaplaincy on mentoring; was a subject matter expert for the U.S. Navy Chaplaincy on Institutional Excellence; and to the U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains’ “Leaving a Legacy” mentoring team. McCormack earned a D.Min. degree from Denver Seminary, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Lock Haven State College. She also is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War and Air Command and Staff Colleges.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK A: LEADERSHIP

Rosemary Lukens

Leadership Development Consultant
MultiCare Health System

Seattle. Washington

Brandon Addison

Lead Pastor
The Neighborhood Church
Littleton, Colorado

Tanner Fox

Pastor of Mission, 20s, & College Ministry
First Presbyterian Church

Orlando, Florida

Joey Sherrard

Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

CREATING A HEALTHY STAFF CULTURE

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Rosemary Lukens

Increase your leadership influence and skills to communicate clearly, assist direct reports in setting goals, improving accountability, and getting the outcomes that move toward achieving Kingdom mission and vision.

Rosemary Lukens is a Leadership Development Consultant for MultiCare Health in the greater Seattle area. She is a Ruling Elder for Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Washington, and serves on the EPC National Leadership Team.

MINISTRY IN A SECULAR AGE: CULTURE, DISCIPLESHIP, FORMATION

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitators: Brandon Addison, Joey Sherrard, Tanner Fox

The challenge of secularism is not recent news. For years we have heard that the North American church labors in a culture that is increasingly resistant to Christian faith. We all want to know what it looks like to serve faithfully and fruitfully in this context. How do we winsomely present the faith to the watching world, and how do disciple followers of Jesus into maturity?

In this seminar we’ll answer three questions. First, how do we understand our secular age? We’ll look to the insights of philosopher Charles Taylor to understand just what it means to say our culture is “secular.” Second, what does a mature disciple look like in these times? We’ll look backwards in the history of the church in order to look forward as we develop a theological vision for discipleship. And third, what does it look like to make disciples in these times? We’ll talk about the kind of practices that will help us to see disciples formed into the image of Jesus.

Brandon Addison is Lead Pastor of The Neighborhood Church in Littleton, Colorado. Joey Sherrard serves as Associate Pastor for Discipleship at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Tanner Fox is Pastor of Mission, 20s, & College Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Florida.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK B: CHURCH PLANTING

Tom Ricks

Senior Pastor
Greentree Community Church

Kirkwood, Missouri

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Tom Ricks

Church planting in underserved areas of our communities sounds daunting. Planting multi-ethnic churches may seem even more difficult—if not impossible. However, the challenge may not be as big as it appears, and the opportunities are endless. In fact, your church may be closer to being an active church-planting congregation than you realize! Join members of the EPC Church Planting Team for an in-depth conversation about EPC church planting in 21st century America.

Gain important insights on demographic shifts taking place today that must inform our church planting efforts.
Find out how to learn the best way for your church to engage in church planting.
Learn from current EPC church planters and share with us insights you have on effective church planting!

Tom Ricks is a veteran church planter and currently serves as Senior Pastor of Greentree Community Church in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. He is Team Leader for the EPC Church Planting Team.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK C: CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY

Bill MacDonald

Pastor
Logos Presbyterian Church

Seattle, Washington

Michelle Munger

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

George Robertson

Senior Pastor
Second Presbyterian Church
Memphis, Tennessee

Roy Yanke

Executive Director
Pastor-in-Residence Ministries

Farmington Hills, Michigan

CELEBRATE RECOVERY (PART 1)

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Bill MacDonald

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, biblically based twelve-step ministry that God has used to transform millions of people struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery ministries can be found in more than 35,000 churches across America and in more than 20 countries around the world. Yet many people are surprised to hear that two-thirds of the people who attend CR in America are for reasons other than alcohol and drug addiction. This workshop will present a clear vision of the ministry and some helpful tools to get CR started in your church. This ministry will not only change the lives of people in your church, but also how your community views your church!

Bill MacDonald currently serves as Pastor of Logos Presbyterian Church in Seattle. He previously served as Pastor of Celebrate Recovery at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Washington. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 34 years and have two adult daughters.

OVERCOMING DISABILITY AND THEOLOGICAL BARRIERS

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Michelle Munger

The new family has two older teens with significant cognitive disabilities. They weren’t baptized as infants. Do you allow them to take communion? Should they be baptized? How do you answer questions about their eternity? Do you know how your staff and volunteers are dealing with these questions?

This session will explore the tensions we will experience as more and more individuals are diagnosed with significant disabilities from natural or traumatic causes. How your body of believers handles these questions will have a profound effect on the many families struggling with disabilities that need their faith community.

Michelle Munger serves as Associate Director of the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia. She holds a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary and is the author of Margins of Grace: Becoming Champions of Faith and Family in the Midst of Disability.

THE SMALL (ORDINARY) CHURCH WORKSHOP

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Roy Yanke

More than 80 percent of churches in America today have an average worship attendance of fewer than 200 people. Join veteran EPC smaller-church ministry practitioners as they share the joys and address some key challenges of ministry life and leadership in the smaller church context—whether in rural, small town, suburban or urban settings.

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.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY (PART 2)

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Bill MacDonald

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, biblically based twelve-step ministry that God has used to transform millions of people struggling with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Celebrate Recovery ministries can be found in more than 35,000 churches across America and in more than 20 countries around the world. Yet many people are surprised to hear that two-thirds of the people who attend CR in America are for reasons other than alcohol and drug addiction. This workshop will present a clear vision of the ministry and some helpful tools to get CR started in your church. This ministry will not only change the lives of people in your church, but also how your community views your church!

Bill MacDonald currently serves as Pastor of Logos Presbyterian Church in Seattle. He previously served as Pastor of Celebrate Recovery at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Washington. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 34 years and have two adult daughters.

THE ART OF SELF-CARE FOR PASTORS

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: George Robertson

Pastors spend much of their time and energy thinking and caring for others. It can easily become overwhelming. Harmful consequences are inevitable if they are not intentional about their own physical, emotional, and spiritual health. What does self-care for a pastor look like? How do pastors manage thoughts of guilt when taking time for self-care? How can pastors create and maintain a sustainable schedule? In this session, George Robertson and Amanda Coop will discuss why putting effort into self-care is critical for long-term pastoral ministry and share practical tips on what it can look like.

George Robertson serves as Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and also is a council member for The Gospel Coalition. He holds degrees from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia; Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri; and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He previously served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia; Covenant Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri; and as lecturer/adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of Soul Anatomy: Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy in the Psalms. He and his wife, Jackie, have four children: Taylor, Anna, Abbey, and Caroline.

EXAMINING WHOLENESS: THE BODY OF CHRIST IS MISSING SOMETHING

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitators: Michelle Munger and Daniel Harris

You may not realize it, but your church is missing out on the fullness of the Body of Christ. In this session we are exploring how to expand our evangelism efforts to include families and those with disabilities. Do you have disabled in your congregation? Have you helped them discern how they can serve the body of Christ alongside everyone else? In this session, Michelle Munger and Daniel Harris will provide very practice tools for addressing the needs of what statistics now say encompass one quarter of our population.

Michelle Munger serves as Associate Director of the Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Virginia. She holds a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary and is the author of Margins of Grace: Becoming Champions of Faith and Family in the Midst of Disability.

Daniel Harris leads Fallen Walls, a Memphis-based missional community that trains, equips, and mobilizes people to proclaim that in Jesus Christ there are no barriers regardless of their abilities. When he was six months old, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The physician told his parents that Daniel may never walk or talk, yet he now has written seven children’s books and holds a bachelors degree in biblical studies from the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies. He uses art, imagination, and media to remind kids (ages 2-15) who are differently abled that they are uniquely gifted to pursue their own dreams alongside their parents, educators, and peers.

AFTERNOON-ONLY TRACK D: PRAYER

Shane Farmer

Senior Pastor
Cherry Hills Community Church
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Brad Strait

Senior Pastor
Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church
Englewood, Colorado

DEVELOPING A PASSION FOR PRAYER IN YOUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Facilitator: Shane Farmer, Brad Strait

This is a discussion led by two broken pastors who have learned to believe in prayer—real prayer—to change their leadership. Our hope is to create a back-and-forth dialogue of how prayer has shaped us, our teams, and our leadership. We’ll talk about what’s worked, what hasn’t, how our team has been impacted, and then open it up for your input or questions.

Shane Farmer serves as Senior Pastor of Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Brad Strait serves as Senior Pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Richard Borgonon

Co-Author
The Word One to One
London, U.K.

John Lennox

Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus)
Oxford University
Oxford, U.K.

RICHARD BORGONON 

Wednesday, June 24
Time: TBA
Location: Sanctuary

Richard Borgonon is co-author of The Word One to One, a London-based ministry that provides resources to help build a worldwide culture of evangelism. 

In the Lloyd’s Of London insurance market for more than 40 years, Borgonon has held various international industry leadership positions, including being Chairman of a Lloyd’s brokerage firm. An enthusiastic entrant in classic car rallies, Borgonon formerly served on the board of UCCF, which runs all the Christian Unions in U.K. universities; is currently Chairman of a charity financially supporting Bible-based “front line” Christian ministries around the world; and also is Non-Executive Chairman of the fast-growing Christian publishers and booksellers, 10ofthose Ltd. Today, he runs his own brokerage and consulting company but spends the majority of his time sharing the Bible with senior city executives via his close link with St. Helen’s Church Bishopsgate, a large, conservative, evangelical Anglican church in London.

JOHN LENNOX

Wednesday, June 24
Time: TBA
Location: Sanctuary

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University (Emeritus), is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion. He regularly teaches at many academic institutions, is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum, and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity.

He studied at the Royal School Armagh in Northern Ireland and was Exhibitioner and Senior Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, from which he took his MA, MMath, and PhD. He worked for many years in the Mathematics Institute at the University of Wales in Cardiff which awarded him a DSc for his research. He also holds an MA and DPhil from Oxford University (by incorporation) and an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey. He was a Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at the Universities of Würzburg and Freiburg in Germany.

He has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science, and the intellectual defense of Christianity. He has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy, and theology. These include God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (2009), God and Stephen Hawking, a response to The Grand Design (2011), Gunning for God (2011), and Seven Days that Divide the World (2011). He has also written a number of books exploring biblical themes, including Against the Flow (2015), on the topic of Daniel, Determined to Believe? (2017), on the the subject of free will and God’s sovereignty, Joseph (2019), on the story in Genesis, and the ‘Key Bible Concepts’ series, co–written with David Gooding (in the 1990s). His most recent titles are Have no Fear (2018), on evangelism today, Can Science Explain Everything? (2019), on the relationship between science and Christianity, and the six–part ‘Quest for Reality and Significance’ series co–written by David Gooding (2018–2019). In addition, he is author of more than 70 published mathematical papers and co–author of two research-level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series.

In the video below, Richard Borgonon and John Lennox reflect on the event that inspired Richard learn how to share the Bible, which led to his development of The Word One to One.

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