ENG 2022

workshops

Tuesday- thursday

Jan 18-20, 2022

This year’s gathering will hold a mixture of traditional plenary sessions and “TED” talks, along with workshop options in specific tracks around theology, discipleship, leadership, and multiplication. There will also be opportunities for relational connection during the time as well as network celebrations and updates.

7-7:45pmET

Foundational Tools for Elders & Leadership Teams

We all know leadership matters – and it may not be more important as it is in the context of the local church. In this session, we’ll clarify the role and function of an elder, unpack the foundational elements and traits of a Jesus-centered, mission-oriented elder, explore how leaders can cultivate healthy practices, and offer practical tools and structures to cultivate faithful and fruitful leadership within a local congregation. J.R. will share many of the principles and perspectives found in Eldership and the Mission of God (IVP), the book he co-wrote with Bob Hyatt. 

buy Ivermectin in uk J.R. Briggs is the Director of Leadership and Congregational Formation for Ecclesia. He is also the founding pastor of The Renew Community, an Ecclesia church in the greater Philadelphia area. In addition to serving with Ecclesia, he is the founder of Kairos Partnerships, serves as affiliate professor of Practical Theology at Missio Seminary also serves as a National Trainer for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is an author, coach, consultant, and speaker. He and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett, and live in Lansdale, PA, where he falls asleep each night watching Bob Ross paint and wakes up each morning to the song “The Distance” by Cake.

Spiritual Formation as a Daily Experience

This session will focuson helping leaders gain an understanding of how God forms us, see the strengths they already have, view the challenges in their individual and corporate life through the grid of formation and the skills God would like to build through those challenges, and finally the new strengths/Christlikeness God is working to lead them towards.

La Ligua Bob Hyatt is the Director of Equipping and Spiritual Formation for the Ecclesia Network. After planting The Evergreen Community in Portland, OR in 2004 and pastoring there for nearly 15 years, his focus has shifted to equipping and encouraging other leaders.
He is the co-author of two books from IVP, Ministry Mantras and Eldership and the Mission of God. He received an MA in theology from Western Seminary and a DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary.
These days, any spare time is spent in the wood shop, trying to keep all the fingers attached.

Helping Children Through Trauma

Threats – What are the current threats to our children’s spiritual and mental health?
Tasks – What are the tasks children must accomplish in order to thrive and fulfill their God-given potential?
Tools – What are the tools adults can give children to help them navigate transitions, manage distress, and overcome crisis? 


Dr. Linda Frances Gorham was born and raised in Baltimore City and is a licensed psychologist in private practice in the State of Maryland. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and has an extensive background in the fields of psychology and education as well as in Christian ministry. Dr. Gorham is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Paraklete Consulting, LLC, a certified minority/women’s business enterprise dedicated to providing expert program evaluation services to school districts in addition to providing psychological testing and mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families. In the area of Christian ministry, Dr. Gorham holds a Master of Divinity degree from the former Biblical Theological Seminary (currently Missio Seminary) in Pennsylvania and currently serves as the Founding Pastor of Spring in the Desert Ministries, Inc. located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Dr. Gorham and her husband James Gorham have been married for 48 years and they are co-founders of Dayspring, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides out-of-school time educational programs to school-age children attending high-poverty schools in Baltimore City. They have three amazing adult children and five beautiful grandchildren. In her leisure time, Dr. Gorham enjoys playing music, collecting a variety of musical instruments, and working to stay fit as a competitive powerlifter.

1:30-2:45pmET

Increasing Your Cultural Intelligence

In a world that appears to be becoming more and more divided, now more than ever, it is important for churches to be the restorative and healing spaces where diverse communities come together in relationship with Christ. Krystal Thomas, the Director of Church Engagement at The District Church, will share her experience and The District Church’s continued journey on becoming a multicultural church. This workshop will consist of practical steps and lessons learned in actively pursuing being more cross-culturally aware and inclusive.

Krystal Thomas is the Director of Church Engagement at The District Church. In this role, Krystal is responsible for leading The District Church’s hospitality and building out the strategic vision for becoming a multicultural church. Krystal’s focus is to continue to build inclusive and engaging spaces within the church while identifying gaps and removing potential barriers from preventing people from connecting with Christ and community. Krystal is a Certified Diversity Executive and Associate Diversity Coach. She received Dual Master’s in Conflict Resolution and will be attending Denver Theological Seminary in Spring 2022.

Recovering the Original Christian Sexual Ethic

The sexual culture war is eating the us alive – families, churches, even denominations. It can feel difficult or impossible to see a good way forward. Is culture moving in the right direction? We don’t want to be on the wrong side of history again. Or is the historical stance of the church correct? We have seen many times culture has taken us down the wrong path as well. Having been engaged in this issue for the last 20 years as a pastor and the last ten academically as well, Jim will try to walk us through a faithful and loving approach. No quick fixes offered, but leaning into Sarah Coakley’s work, hopefully a more faithful (and even fruitful) one.

Jim Pace was on staff and one of the pastors of New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF) for 25 years, and for the past ten has been consulting for churches and coaching pastors. In May of 2021 he stepped off the pastoral team and now consults/coaches full time. He also is an adjunct professor with Leland Seminary and is in the last year of his doctoral work through Northern Theological Seminary. He has written one book and is working on another now.

Preaching Tune Up
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Most pastors say they want to improve their preaching and be more creative. Very few pastors actually do anything about it. This breakout is for those who want to be more engaging and effective. We will explore simple ways to evaluate and improve your preaching. We will also discuss some creative ideas for breaking out of your old routines.

Norton Herbst is the Lead Pastor of New Denver Church. He also teaches at the University of Denver. And he has three teenagers, which is by far the biggest leadership challenge he’s ever faced. Norton likes to read good books, eat great burgers, and backpack in the wilderness.

7-7:45pmET

Church on the Other Side: Questions Every Church Needs to Ask as they Rebuild 
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This season has left us with many uncertainties. How do we live in both a virtual and a physical congregation? How can we stay engaged with our people? What does effective mission look like in a season of unpredictability? Yet, one thing we can be certain of – the future of our congregations doesn’t look like the past. The crises of the last two years have accelerated the need for churches to “future-fit” for our new world. The future is here, and church will never be the same and now is the time to get ready. This session will help church leadership teams consider the most essential questions to ask as we all rebuild for the days ahead.

Chris Backert has served as National Director of Ecclesia since it’s beginning and has been part of several congregations within the network both in Virginia and Maryland.  In addition to his role with Ecclesia, he also helps spearhead Fresh Expressions US and Missio Alliance. Chris holds a D.Min. in Missional Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary where his focus was on the importance of church networks for the future of mission in North America.  He currently lives just north of Harrisburg, PA  with his wife Rachel, daughter Elliana and son Jase.

Practical Ways to Share Your Faith in 2022reaching Tune-up

Having spent the last 25 years engaged in ministry to a church made up primarily of people under 30, I have been blessed with a front row seat at the cultural changes these emerging generations are bringing with them. What does evangelism look like if people aren’t worried about what will happen to them after they die? How can you have a fuller gospel that is also at least partially understandable? How do we communicate the good news to a culture that more and more sees it as fake news that isn’t particularly good? 

Jim Pace was on staff and one of the pastors of New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF) for 25 years, and for the past ten has been consulting for churches and coaching pastors. In May of 2021 he stepped off the pastoral team and now consults/coaches full time. He also is an adjunct professor with Leland Seminary and is in the last year of his doctoral work through Northern Theological Seminary. He has written one book and is working on another now.

Worship Tune-Up for 2022

Whether you’ve had to lead masked, online, pre-recorded, or simply couldn’t meet, the last couple of years have brought many challenges. How can we refresh our purpose and values as ministers of musical worship to remain focused on glorification of God and edification of the church?

Kristal and Robbie Poff serve as pastors at New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF) in Blacksburg, VA. Together they have over 35 years of experience leading worship and worship teams. They are passionate about teaching, equipping, encouraging, unearthing, and cultivating the manifestation of our worship response – focusing on creating space for both communal and individual expressions of praise.

They graduated in June 2021 from John Leland Center for Theological Studies each with a Masters in Christian Leadership.

Multiplying Your Life into Others

Whether we call it mentorship, discipleship, or leadership development, multiplying our lives into others around us is one of the greatest litmus tests of fruitful and effective leaders. But let’s be honest and ask: do we actually know how to do it? Many leaders ask, “Where do I even begin in taking this concept from the abstract of books and podcasts to the real world context of my church and neighborhood?” In this session, we will get ridiculously practical on how we can move from leading by addition to learning to lead by multiplication, what that actually looks like – and what it will cost us in the process. 

J.R. Briggs is the Director of Leadership and Congregational Formation for Ecclesia. He is also the founding pastor of The Renew Community, an Ecclesia church in the greater Philadelphia area. In addition to serving with Ecclesia, he is the founder of Kairos Partnerships, serves as affiliate professor of Practical Theology at Missio Seminary also serves as a National Trainer for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is an author, coach, consultant, and speaker. He and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett, and live in Lansdale, PA, where he falls asleep each night watching Bob Ross paint and wakes up each morning to the song “The Distance” by Cake.

1:30-2:45pmET

Creating Cultures of Beauty: a Practical Theology for Art-Full Churches

Why your local church should be committed to artists and the arts and how you’re already better equipped to create and encounter beauty than you know. This workshop will explore scriptural and theological visions for creativity in community, and open up practical conversations and resources for collaboration, mission, & hospitality.

Rev. Chris Breslin is a pastor of Oak Church in Durham, NC and a graduate of Duke Divinity School. When not wrangling a family of small kids and a flock of urban chickens, you’ll find him multitasking with two or more of the following activities: sipping coffee, walking in his neighborhood, sitting at the NCMA, listening to music, watching baseball, making podcasts, reading theology, and/or enjoying the sacrament of smoked meats.

Engaging the Transgender Conversation

The conversation on sexual and gender identity is moving very quickly in our culture today. It would have been unheard of for someone to say “I am a man trapped in a woman’s body” 10 or 20 years ago and be taken seriously by most people. But now that is not uncommon for us to hear. Questions of transgender identity are now some of the most divisive and pressing in the LGBTQ conversation. What does the Bible teach about our biological sex and our gender identity? How is the church to respond? How are we to love those whose internal sense of self doesn’t match their biological sex? What about when this issue comes up in the workplace with using gender pronouns? What about in school policies like bathrooms or in national legislation like The Equality Act? What about when my own child or nephew starts identifying as trans? What does the research say about those who medically transition through surgery? What about the suicide rates among people who are trans? Does the Bible speak to any of this? If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone! In this class Aaron Grahm will take us through some history of how we arrived at this moment. He will present common arguments on both sides of this issue and share what our response should be as the body of Christ. While this class will try to present both sides of the issue, it should be clear that Aaron, as well as the Ecclesia Network, holds a traditional and biblically orthodox view of marriage and gender identity and so his teaching will come from that perspective.

Aaron Graham serves as founder and lead pastor of The District Church in the heart of our nation’s capital. The District Church is committed to growing and multiplying leaders who have a heart for the city. Before moving to DC, Aaron started the Quincy Street Missional Church in a low-income neighborhood of Boston where he served for five years. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Aaron and his wife Amy are both pastors as well as adoption and foster care advocates. They founded DC127 with the mission to unite churches to reverse the foster care wait list in DC and Just Homes which is committed to building affordable housing in the city. They live in Columbia Heights with their two adopted kids Elijah and Natalie. 

Embracing Mission & Ministry in a Digital Age

The internet is intertwined with everything we do today, and including ministry and mission. But to realistic, between your website, social media and zoom, there’s just too much for the average pastor to do online. This session will help you imagine “augmented ministry”, a way to incorporate digital media into the core ministries and mission of your Church without getting overwhelmed or hiring a professional.

Chris Morton is Director of Strategic Initiatives for Fresh Expressions. Chris works across the organization to help get new projects off the ground and into the world. He also helps to manage our email, social media and other digital communications. He helped plant Austin Mustard Seed, where he served for five years as Community Developer. He also works with several other non-profits and businesses to tell their story with content and social media. In 2012, he graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a M.A. in Global Leadership. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Laura.

Working Groups and coffee/lunch discussions

Tuesday, 1:30-2:45pmET

Next Level Leaders- J.R. Briggs

Church Multiplication- Chris Backert and Robert Frazier

Increasing Coaching Skill and Capacity- Bob Hyatt

Tuesday, 3:00-3:30pmET

Book Recommendations & Suggestions– J.R. Briggs

Sermon Series Swap- Chris Breslin

Wednesday, 3:00-3:30pmET

For everyone who enjoys the critically-acclaimed Apple TV+ series Ted Lasso, we’ll dig beneath the lighthearted comedy surface of the show to find the deeper themes of relationships, leadership, family systems theory, and organizational culture. Be warned, if you haven’t watched the show or aren’t through season 2, there will be lots of spoilers. So go binge the show or get caught up and join us for a fun conversation

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