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If you are an EPC Executive Pastor, Executive and/or Operations Director, or Business Administrator, join us this fall for our 7th annual EPC XP/Administrators Gathering and refine your ability to help your church achieve its mission and vision. You will be able to build/fortify your network of EPC peers who face similar challenges and opportunities, enhance your readiness to plan and execute change management strategies, and collaborate with peers to cultivate other essential knowledge and skills.

Our gathering consists of two parts:

1. Featured Topic seminar: Change Management and Revitalization, led by Mike Bonem.
2. Roundtable Discussion: Whatever topics you choose, such as church and staff leadership, volunteers, organization design, teamwork. finance, stewardship, HR/benefits, legal, IT, media, communications, facilities, security, etc.—whatever needs fixing or improvement. Facilitated by Phil VanValkenburg, former COO of the EPC Office of the General Assembly.

Cost is $100 per person and includes seminar speaker, two on-site lunches, Thursday dinner, and refreshments.

For more information, contact Phil VanValkenburg at 314-406-2965 or


Denver, Colorado

October 24-25, 2019
Holiday Inn & Suites, Denver Airport

Registration Deadline: October 2

Orlando, Florida

November 7-8, 2019
EPC Office of the General Assembly

Registration Deadline: October 11


Mike Bonem

Expert on Church Leadership and Author of:
Leading Congregational Change
In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership
Leading from the Second Chair
Thriving in the Second Chair

Reflections on the Change Journey

This article-length paper by Mike Bonem offers perspective on leading change in a church, as well as recommendations on how leaders can respond when change is difficult. This is just a taste of what we will glean from Bonem’s expertise in this year’s gathering.

Are You Prepared to Change

This excerpt from Mike Bonem’s book, In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership, is a sample of the expertise in leading and managing change that he brings to our gathering. Read it and realize we need to interact with him (and each other) to help lead the implementation of change in our churches.

Mike Bonem is a consultant, coach, author, speaker, husband, and father. He holds an MBA (with distinction) from Harvard Business School. He was a senior manager with McKinsey & Company, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms, and held executive leadership roles in two businesses. He subsequently served as the executive pastor of a large Baptist church in Houston for more than 10 years.

In his consulting, Mike works with congregations, denominational bodies, and faith-based non-profits on vision discernment, strategy implementation, organizational design, change management, and transition planning. He also coaches leaders in these organizations to improve their effectiveness. He has spoken at conferences across the country and internationally, including presentations for the Willow Creek Association, the Purpose-Driven Church (Saddleback Church), Christian Leadership Alliance, and Leadership Network.

He and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for more than 30 years and have three sons, one daughter, and two daughters-in-law.


The schedule for both events will follow the same outline.


Breakfast is provided in the hotel (Denver: $12 Buffet. Orlando: Complimentary).
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Change Management and Revitalization, led by Mike Bonem.
Lunch together on-site.
Afternoon: Roundtable discussion on morning seminar and topics selected by participants.
6:00 p.m.: Dinner together on-site.


Breakfast is provided in the hotel (Denver: $12 Buffet. Orlando: Complimentary).
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Continue peer-driven roundtable discussions.
Noon: Lunch (boxed for any needing quick departure).


Denver, Colorado

Holiday Inn & Suites, Denver Airport
$123 plus taxes
Click here for hotel reservations

Reservation deadline to receive special EPC rate: October 2, 2019

Complimentary shuttle departs from the airport on the quarter and three quarters of the hour from the West Baggage Claim only (signs are red). Use Baggage Claim door 512 and wait on island 3 (look for “Hotels” signage).

Shuttles depart from the hotel on the hour and half hour, and you must reserve your seat 24 hours prior at the hotel Front Desk. Shuttles operate 24 hours a day.

The drive is approximately 15 minutes.

Orlando, Florida

Fairfield Inn, Orlando Airport
$99 plus taxes
Click here for hotel reservations

Reservation deadline to receive special EPC rate: October 11

Complimentary shuttle service from the Orlando International Airport is provided; call the hotel upon arrival to receive instructions about where to meet the shuttle.

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