Later this month I’ll be attending the XP-Seminar in Dallas, TX with some very good friends of mine.
This is THE place for executive pastors and church leaders to learn, network and hangout.
The dates are February 17-18. You can enroll HERE. Today is the last day for special pricing.
This years seminar with be featuring Mel McGowanâ€¨From the Magic Kingdom:Â Lessons Learned from Disney
A former Disney Imagineerâ€¨brings vital insight to church design.
Mel McGowan is the President and Founder of Visioneering Studios. This firmÂ is a national â€œEnvision.Design.Build. firmâ€ with offices around the country. Mel had a decade-long tenure with the Walt Disney Company, helping to design the renovation and expansion ofCalifornia Adventure at the California Disney Resort. He also has a background in film and urban designâ€”and continues to work on many civic designs around the country. He brings a rich perspective onÂ â€œsustainable Christ-centered communityâ€ and has writtenÂ Design Intervention: Revolutionizing Sacred Space.
In Exodus, God gave His people complete instructions for designing and building a tabernacle. From specifying the colors of linen to the dimensions of each alter, God cared about the details of that environment and His connection to the people inside. God still seeks relationship with His creation, and our gathering places can still reflect itâ€”if weâ€™ll consider a Design Intervention. From the Old Testament temple to todayâ€™s most innovative building, churches create effective environments by using their unique story to share The Story. Design Intervention is a global journey through this revolution in sacred space.
Dr. Gene Getz
Author of more than 60 books, Gene Getz says â€¦
David Fletcher has been helping Executive Pastors for over a decade through XPastor.org. Â I love what he is doing through the keynotes and workshopsâ€”and I had a great time a couple of years ago when I was a speaker. To learn and grow, this is a fantastic place.
Iâ€™ve also seen first hand the results of his own leadership where he serves at the local church level and in helping train leaders in cross-cultural situationsâ€”which has added to his ability to structure a dynamic learning environment regardless of the societal factors. Donâ€™t miss this opportunity!!
Tim Samuel, CFO of Bridgeway Community Church says â€¦
The Seminar enables me to create future opportunities. Daniel Rolfeâ€™s talk last year helped shape my 2015.
It connects me with church leaders from around the country so that I can innovate and save money for my local church.
Clint Smith, XP ofÂ of NORTHchurch says â€¦
The XP-Seminar has had a huge impact on my leadership and development as a person, as well as an executive pastor. Years ago, when I began the journey as an XP in my late twenties, it provided the networking, mentoring and insight that I needed to grow in this demanding role.Â I continue to attend the Seminar to increase my knowledge in church law, HR, staff development, budgeting and so much more. The relationships I have built through XPastor grow every time I attend.
This year I will be teaching a workshop entitled, â€œRaising Up Leadersâ€”Coaching and Development.â€ As a 10+ year veteran as an XP, this is still my favorite part of the job. I believe in this seminar and what it represents and would love to give back any way I can.
Dr. Paul Utnage
Survival Skills for Managing Moral Failures Among Your Leaders
Paul has been an XP and SP, serving in ministry for decades. He has served with some of the most noted pastors in the nation. Paul has been a noted contributor to the XPastor world, giving mentoring to many upcoming XPs. Currently he is the XP of Springhill Presbyterian Church in Bozeman, Montana and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Seminary.
There are two types of skills that help manage moral failures on your team: tangible and intangible. Tangible skills are the organizational decisions and processes that must be followed to have success. But there are intangible skills that many people ignore, to their later dismay.
Golden Buildings and the Architect-Client Process
Bruce Woody will share some of theirÂ â€œgolden projects.â€ These are the church buildings that have special meritâ€”things that architects really hit a home run for and with the client. Look forÂ lots ofÂ concrete illustrations ofÂ the client-architecture process and its results.
This is a â€œtour de forceâ€ of great architecture.Â Bruce is the President and CEO of HH Architects.
SCOTUS on Marriageâ€”Legal Considerations For Your Church
The majority opinion of the Supreme Court of the United Stated held that â€œThe Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.â€ This was the Oberfefell v. Hodges case, argued on April 28 and decided on June 26, 2015.
In response, one Senior Pastor said, â€œOur church will never do any kind of marriage againâ€”go to the Justice of the Peace.â€ An Executive Pastor said, â€œWe wonâ€™t rent out our facility to any outside group.â€ Some changed the constitutions of their church to address the issue and others have done nothing. This imperative presentation contains material that you must consider as you audit your church policies and practices.
Every year, David Middlebrook and Matt Anthony from The Church Law GroupÂ bring the XP-Seminar imperative topics from the field of law, HR, safety, fiduciary responsibility and much more. This will be a growing time and invariably you will take away homework and a full to-do list.
The Constant of ChangeÂ and a Track for Lead Pastors
You asked for MikeÂ to return again! We heard from him, Mr. â€œLightning in a Bottle,â€ at the 2014 XP-Seminar aboutÂ his transition to EvFree Fullerton and the resulting phenomenal growth. But you wanted more of Mike.Â In 2015, he spoke on being a catalyst and directional leadership. This year he will address The Constant of Changeâ€“giving us a continuedÂ insight into a dynamic leader.
On ThursdayÂ afternoon, MikeÂ will lead a workshop only for Senior Pastors/Lead Pastors. Before becoming theÂ LeadÂ Pastor of EvFree Fullerton, he served as the teaching pastor at Rock Harbor Church and Mariners Church.Â XPs, this is a prime opportunityÂ to bring your SP! Â Read about the SP track.
The New SP and XP Team
Two years ago, Jon became the new SP of Maple Grove Church. He soon added XP Jim Hobbs to the team. Letâ€™s learn the â€œstart-up lessonsâ€ from Jon about his experience. You never know when you will get a new SP or join a new team. His observations and perspective will give insights to new and experienced XPs and SPs. Read Jonâ€™s story of when he was a Campus Pastor to gain some perspective on his prior ministry.
Our emcee this year will be Eddie Park. On a 4-year learning gig at EvFree Fullerton with David Fletcher, heÂ is an Assistant Executive Pastor overseeing church business and operations. Eddie provides church-wide strategic leadership and oversees EvFreeâ€™s internship program, along with developing skills in teaching and communication.
Eddie is an information addict, avid life-hacker, and leadership junkie. His passion is to change lives and organizations with the highest level of Christian leadership.
At the 2015 seminar, I was exposed to some of the most experienced church leaders from all over the nation. I never thought I would ever be prepared for senior leadership until I came to the seminar and received the invaluable wisdom and resources provided by David Fletcher, the speakers, and participants. Â ~Eddie Park
We will feature aÂ short ride with aÂ case study on church leadership issues.Â To the point. Clear. Impactful.Â Horse not provided.
On each afternoon, we have three sets of workshops led by some of thebest church leaders from North Americaâ€”people who are coming up with innovative solutions to practical ministry.Â Hear from your peers! The workshop leaders are church leaders who speak from their amazing areas of expertise. They talk to you as â€œone skilled leader to another.â€
â€œThank you so much for the obvious work that was put into the conference. It was my first time attending and it was very beneficial.â€
â€œOn our flight home, my XP said to me, â€˜So was the conference worth it for you?â€™Â I answered, â€˜Yes it was.â€™ He agreed as well.â€
The regular enrollment rate is $750. Â Includes books and lunchesâ€”butÂ not lodging. Overview of all rates:
- Enroll by February 1Â for $675â€“save $75
- Enroll two or more from your church for $600 eachâ€“save $300 and more!
We will again be at the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities.
I hope to see you there! If you’re going, let me know and we’ll grab some time together.
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