GA 2017 Networking Lunches

37th General Assembly "Generation to Generation"

Take advantage of connecting with others with similar ministry interests at the 37th General Assembly. Pick up your lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship and enrichment from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, all lunches are on the Fair Oaks campus.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 

 

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

Our stated objective is "Every EPC church a parent, partner, or patron of church planting." Not sure on how your church can participate? Need some practical advice on how you and your congregation can be part of this movement in the EPC? Join us for an hour of inspiration and instruction!

FOR THE CHURCH, FOR THE GENERATIONS
Organization: Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM)
Host: Michael Hall
Location: TBA

As we make our way to the 37th General Assembly in beautiful Fair Oaks, Calif., we are all eager to figure out best practices for our churches to reach the next generation. While some of our churches seem to be experiencing blessing, others may feel like they are banging up against a wall. Grab your lunch and join us as we’ll have engaging discussion on ways our churches are struggling to reach the next generation as well as be encouraged by hearing about practices that are fostering faith in students.

HOW TO BUILD A CONTAGIOUS CHURCH STAFF CULTURE
Organization: Vanderbloeman Search Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: TBA

Building a contagious culture is hard work, but it’s crucial to retaining a high-capacity church staff. How can you do that when you have a congregation that needs you and Sunday to prepare for each week? Jay Mitchell, Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group, will teach you what the best churches across the country are doing to build a culture where staff and volunteers are lining up to get on board.

HOW TO MAKE PROGRESS ON LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES
Organization: PastorServe
Host: Wade Brown
Location: TBA

Leadership is not a position; it's an activity. Learn how you can engage in the activity of leadership to make progress on the challenges that matter most to you, your team, and your church.

JUMP-STARTING CHURCH REVITALIZATION
Organization: EPC GO Center
Host: Ken Priddy
Location: TBA

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

PRESBYTERIANS PRO-LIFE
Organization: Presbyterians Pro-Life
Host: Marie Bowen 
Location: TBA

What does it mean to help your church champion life? Motivated by the joy of being rescued by Christ, we rescue vulnerable lives across many issues: assisted suicide, unplanned pregnancy, foster care, reproductive loss, sexuality, bioethics and more. We do this as an expression of Jesus' command to love our neighbor including those who are imperiled and unable to defend themselves. Marie Bowen, Executive Director of Presbyterians Pro-Life, and members of the Fair Oaks Chapter of PPL share their ideas and vision for congregations mobilized for ministry that leads to life.

WHAT IS THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION?
Organization: The Westminster Society
Hosts: Matthew Everhard, Zach Hopkins, J.T. Holderman
Location: TBA

The Westminster Society is a network of conservative, confessionally minded ministers, elders, and laypersons who meet annually to study our Standards, discuss their continuing relevance in our denomination, and advocate for their use and implementation in our presbyteries, churches, and homes. The group will be open for all ruling and teaching elders, visitors, and guests. Matthew Everhard will give a brief lecture and there will be sharing of "best practices" for application in our churches, presbyteries, and homes.

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?
Organization: The Well: Women's Ministry Resources
Hosts: Members of the EPC Women's Resource Council
Location: TBA

Fulfilling the Great Commission is accomplished in the strength and love of our Holy God. We step out in faith. At this lunch, we share ways to support and equip one another to bring the gospel to neighbors near and far. Come meet World Outreach women missionaries and other EPC women as we discuss this command of our Lord.

WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKER MEET-AND-GREET
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Phil Linton
Location: TBA

As you enjoy lunch, World Outreach global workers will cycle around tables (“speed-dating” style) giving a glimpse of their work. Later you’ll be able to pick one or two workers for more extended conversations.

YOUNG MINISTERS IN THE EPC
Organization: EPC Young Ministers Network
Hosts: Tyler Groff, Soon Pak
Location: TBA

Get acquainted with other EPC ministers in the "under 40" age group (but we won’t check IDs) and discuss topics of interest. Led by Tyler Groff and Soon Pak from Ward EPC in Northville, Michigan.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22 

 

BUILDING A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY
Organization: EPC Foundation
Host: Bob Welsh
Location: TBA

The EPC Foundation will share a how to build a biblically based “Culture of Generosity.” We will share both biblical as well as practical lessons to increase the giving of your congregation. We will demonstrate how to connect the head and the pocketbook via a transformed heart. We will discuss how to impart “Generosity” to the next generation. We will see you in June.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: WHAT SEMINARY NEVER TAUGHT YOU
Organization: Pastor-In-Residence Ministries
Hosts: Pastor-in-Residence Ministries Staff
Location: TBA

Insights into navigating the rocky shoals of conflict in leadership. PIR Ministries staff will be sharing their experience and expertise around this particular challenge for church leaders. 

EPC BENEFITS "LUNCH AND LEARN: RETIREMENT PLAN CHANGES"  
Organization: EPC Benefits Resources, Inc.
Host: Don Voyles
Location: TBA

The retirement plan will undergo its most significant change in structure and fees since its inception. AON Hewitt was brought on to advise the Board of Directors on the plan structure, investments and fees. This lunch-and-learn will walk you through those changes and how the plan and participants are affected.

INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION NETWORK
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Hosts: Bruce Anderson, Steve Woodworth
Location: TBA

ITEN is World Outreach’s ministry track to train global leaders so that they can train and send their own missionaries to unreached peoples. Join the conversation, hear inspiring stories, get information about our sites developing around the world, share your ideas and experience, learn from specialists working in the field, and find out how you can be involved.

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

#What’sUpWithMillennials?
#dontwastemytime

Conundrum? Increasingly Buster and Boomer churches (#TheWayWeHaveAlwaysDoneIt) are desperately trying to engage with Millennials, young adults ages 20-35 (#Don’tCallMeMillennial). Can anything be done? Of course. We will look at the main issues, concerns, and “Why?” questions related to this very special demographic (#DontWasteMyTime). We also will introduce participants to the Take Heart program that has been uniquely designed to take a fresh approach to engage young adults.

Dr. Bill Senyard has been a pastor for 21 years, is part of the GO Center Revitalization Team, and is passionate about engaging young adults with the gospel. He and his wife, Eunice, have three millennials of their own.

REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION OF COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR CHRIST
Organization: Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)
Hosts: David Kinnaman and CCO staff
Location: TBA

Learn from David Kinnaman, President of the Barna Group, and church leaders about how this generation of college students can be reached and transformed by the power of Christ's gospel. Network with fellow church leaders who are engaging the college mission field, and discover how your church can partner with CCO in transforming college students to transform the world.

UNDERSTANDING GENDER DYSPHORIA AND THE TRANSGENDER EXPERIENCE
Organization: OnebyOne
Host: Scott Kingry
Location: TBA

This will be a brief introduction to the complex issue of gender dysphoria and the varying degrees of distress people feel when having a gender identity (the gender they perceive themselves to be) that doesn’t match their biological sex. The larger transgender experience will also be discussed. Scott will share some of his own personal experiences with these issues, along with some other factors (like which pronouns to use when talking with a transgender person) to consider when thinking through this topic.

WHO WILL LEAD AFTER YOU? A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE SUCCESSION PLANNING
Organization: Vanderbloemen Search Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: TBA

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

WOMEN TEACHING ELDERS AND CANDIDATES
Organization: EPC Office of the General Assembly  
Host: Lana Roberts
Location: TBA

This is a time designed specifically for female teaching elders and candidates for fellowship and encouragement. There is no agenda besides knowing and connecting with one another while sharing ideas and resources. This is a great opportunity for women newly ordained as teaching elders or under care as candidates to meet other female teaching elders.

WORLD OUTREACH NEEDS BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: John M
Location: TBA

A call to action for business people and professionals to become active participants in the Great Commission both with World Outreach's International Business as Mission and in their local communities. We will explore specific ways to be involved. We the church are God’s Plan for the Great Commission. There is no Plan B.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23 

 

CLERKS OF SESSION
Organization: EPC Presbytery of the Pacific
Host: Ron Bengelink
Location: TBA

Get acquainted with others who share the same responsibilities, raise some questions, and share best practices. Hosted by Ron Bengelink, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Pacific.

COACHING CHURCH REVITALIZATION
Organization: EPC GO Center
Host: Bob Stauffer
Location: TBA

Are you exploring whether God’s call is leading you to work in the area of church revitalization? Join Bob Stauffer of the EPC GO Center to learn about some of the possibilities and principles of coaching for churches in the revitalization process. 

Please note that to gain the most from this lunch you should have a good level of familiarity with GO Center material—ideally you have been through the G.O. 1 training. Also, any current coaches in training are encouraged to attend to not only get an update on current happenings around the EPC but also hear some of your stories!

COME TO THE WELL: WOMEN'S MINISTRIES RESOURCES
Organization: EPC Women's Resource Council
Hosts: Sharon Beekmann, Lana Roberts
Location: TBA

Come eat, meet, and hear about the ways The Well: Women’s Resources is working to support you and your church as you proclaim the gospel, serve your church, and grow in Christ. Come hear how you can participate in this grass-roots, growing ministry, and also visit our website at www.epc.org/thewell and our blog at www.epcthewell.org.

ENGAGING MUSLIM COMMUNITIES FOR CHRIST THROUGH LITERACY
Organization: Literacy and Evangelism International (LEI)
Host: Sid Rice
Location: TBA

Literacy and Evangelism International has been a pioneer in literacy missions since 1967. The origins of LEI were born out of successful engagement with Muslim communities in the Philippines. More recent successes include sharing the message of Jesus through literacy with Muslims in Mozambique, Malawi, Ghana, Egypt and Jordan. Come expand your vision of the impact and resources available to reach Muslims for Christ though literacy.

EPC BENEFITS "LUNCH AND LEARN: RETIREMENT PLAN CHANGES"  
Organization: EPC Benefits Resources, Inc.
Host: Don Voyles
Location: TBA

The retirement plan will undergo its most significant change in structure and fees since its inception. AON Hewitt was brought on to advise the Board of Directors on the plan structure, investments and fees. This lunch-and-learn will walk you through those changes and how the plan and participants are affected.

GROWING YOUR CHURCH THROUGH SMALL GROUPS
Organization: Hope Church, Richmond, Va.
Host: Brad Houff
Location: TBA

Help for churches of any size to take tangible steps to improve their small groups. Brad Houff, Pastor of Community and Spiritual Formation for Hope Church in Richmond, Va., will share what they’ve learned at Hope—both what has worked and what hasn’t. You will get some principles and best practices to apply in your context.

HOW TO LEAD YOUR TEAM TO FULFILL YOUR CHURCH'S VISION
Organization: Vanderbloemen Seach Group
Host: Jay Mitchell
Location: TBA

Vision alignment is critical to running an effective team and reaching your church’s full potential. Whether you’re turning around a toxic culture or starting from scratch, vision casting and alignment is crucial. Jay Mitchell, Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group, will teach you how to effectively lead your team to fulfill your church’s vision and reach your community with the gospel.

LEADERS OF SMALL CHURCHES
Organization: EPC Z–4:10 Network
Host: Rob Buchanan
Location: TBA

Many of our small churches are having significant impact in their communities and beyond. Come to get acquainted with other leaders of small churches around the country, hear some examples of missional thinking and practice in our small churches, and catch a vision for networking leaders of small churches in your region.

SENDING OUR EPC SONS AND DAUGHTERS
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Hosts: Greg Livingstone, Shawn Stewart
Location: TBA

Historically, the pioneers from America to Korea, the Arab Middle East, Turkey, and Iran were Bible-soaked Presbyterians. EPC’s World Outreach has embraced that challenge once again—sending long-term teams of 6-8 to the peoples still without biblical churches and those places and peoples where very few nationals are able and willing to go. Who will you prepare and send from YOUR church?

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