Pastor Walter Hooker currently serves as Senior Associate Pastor of Bellevue Christian Center (BCC), in Bellevue Nebraska. He has served on staff for 22 years after serving 15 years in the United States Air Force. He provides oversight for men’s ministry, adult discipleship, small groups, and BCC’s preschool and daycare (Noah’s Ark). Pastor Hooker provides leadership/adult discipleship instruction and pre-marital/marital counseling. He loves people and the Church.
Lessons From The Global Church
Marilyn work for the Global Outreach Foundation as the Associate Director for Partnership Development. In this role, Marilyn focuses upon relationships in the Middle East, implementing new strategies for engaging small churches in global mission and in creating new avenues along which women may use their unique gifts in global engagement. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will help us learn some lessons from around the world.
Communicating With Story
Dan Scott is the Large Group Director for 252 Basics Group at Orange. He spends most of his time leading a creative team of talented writers that innovate large group environments. Through this role, his role as a communicator, and his many years as a children’s pastor, Dan has learned the power of storytelling. He’ll share his insights with us about how to communicate effectively with story.
Ten Predictions For The Future Church
Carey is the founding and teaching pastor of Connexus Church near Toronto Canada. He also writes a leadership blog, leadership book, and records a leadership podcast. Through all these avenues, Carey keeps a pulse on not just the current local church, but where the church is headed. He’ll be sharing those with us as he returns to the Institute.
Leading Through Difficult Times
Brad is the Pastor of Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhorn Nebraska, and the founder of Fresh Hope, and organization dedicated to empowering individuals with a mental health challenge to live a full and rich, faith filled life. Brad has worked through this himself and will share with us some tools for leading yourself or others during difficult times.
Thanks For The Feedback
Sheila is a Founder of Triad Consulting Group and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Sheila is co-author of the New York Times Business Bestsellers “Difficult Conversations”, and “Thanks for the Feedback. : The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off-Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood)”. It’s from this second book she’ll share with us the best practices on receiving feedback and making the most of it.
Jared is a public speaker and leadership development specialist who is devoted to unlocking potential in leaders so they will discover their strengths, embody their values, and achieve world-changing results. He is the Chief Talent Officer at the YouSchool, a guided coaching program that helps High School and College students develop the self-awareness, self-confidence and self-direction they need to manage life's biggest challenges. Previously he was the High School Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. and the team leader for a staff of 15. He’ll be bringing his thoughts on how to build a sustainable ministry through volunteer teams.
How To Be Brave
David is the Lead Pastor at Fountain Springs Church in Rapid City South Dakota. Under his leadership, the church has grown at a rapid pace, reaching the lost and baptising hundreds. David will talk about taking risks, and how to be brave.
The Challenge of Planting Churches
Growing up in a rural church, serving in a mega church and leading a new church, Justin has been involved in nearly all aspects of the church and church planting. As the Planter Development Executive for Stadia, his team helps new churches launch with the right vision. Church planting is no easy task, and Justin will talk about the challenges of doing it right and how to launch successfully.
Perception vs Reality
Kevin Marr the Lead Children's Pastor at Central Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona. Often times, the way we perceive things may not be the reality of a situation. And sometimes they way people perceive us, is not what we thought. Kevin will shed some light on how to get at the truth.
How to be a strong church leader
John Cassetto travels all over the world helping Saddleback Church open new campuses, and more specifically launch their worship teams. Church leadership is a unique roll, and there are certain things you need to do to be at your best. John will help us understand what those things are and how to grow into them. John will join us again this year to talk about how to be brave as a church leader.
Overcoming why we don’t do evangelism
Vince is the lead pastor of Verve Church in Las Vegas. He and his team are continually finding innovative ways to reach people who are far from God. While we all know we should do a better job at evangelism, we often do nothing. Vince will help us identify why and overcome those reasons.
When The church Is Not The Church
The daughter of a pastor and the oldest sister of 3 Melissa grew up doing ministry with her family. Melissa herself has been a children’s pastor and missionary. Passionate about the church and about kids she travels extensively speaking, training, coaching, and consulting. She currently serves as the national Children’s Disciplemkaing Specialist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.
The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership
A self-proclaimed “leadership junkie,” Jenni spends her days serving the local church. Most recently she served for nine years as the Executive Director of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, where she led the staff and oversaw the ministry of its five campuses. Prior to joining the staff of Cross Point, she worked in Artist Development in the Christian music industry. She is currently the Executive Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California. She recently released her third book "The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership".
Momentum Multipliers - Practical help to gain and grow traction in your church
Rich has been involved in church leadership for over 15 years. Early on he had the privilege of leading in one of the very first multisite churches in North America called The Meeting House in Toronto, Canada. He currently serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey, and also founded unseminary.com - Stuff you wish they taught in seminary.
Surviving as a leader in the church
Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. He leads retreats for artists, speaks at workshops and conferences, mentors worship leaders, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts. Rory currently leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory is Head of the Worship Department at Nebraska Christian College where he teaches courses in worship and spiritual formation for artists.
How Churches get stuck and how you can help
Ryan is passionate about helping great visionaries lead with strategy. He serves with The Unstuck Group, an organization led by Tony Morgan that helps churches grow their impact through church consulting and coaching experiences. Previously, as Director of Expansion at NewPointe Community Church (Ohio, six locations), Ryan focused on the launch and development of new campuses. With Mount Paran Church (Atlanta, GA), he guided the leadership team through a strategic change initiative to simplify ministry. Ryan writes regularly at ryanstigile.com and tonymorganlive.com
The Tension of Leading While Shepherding
Pastor’s kid, singer, drummer, actor, writer, producer, director, videographer, announcement guy, world-traveler, worship-leader-spouse, dad, fun guy, Vegas tour guide…these are just a few of the titles Curtis Templeton has held over the past 20 years of ministry and life. There are tensions and benefits to all of them. Curtis has consistently found the balance between ‘leading’ and ‘shepherding’ throughout his ministry, and will share principles he has learned. How do you build a high performance team, take the hills, and drive people to something great, and at the same time be a caring shepherd the way Jesus was?
Considerations When Looking For Your Next Ministry Job
Tim was on staff for 20 years at Granger Community Church, during which he watched it grow from a congregation of 350 meeting in a movie theater–to a world-impact ministry reaching more than 6,000. He is now the Executive Search Consultant Team Leader at Vanderbloemen Search Group. That’s a lot of words—but it just means he pours into a gifted team of men and women who walk with Jesus and are giving their lives to help staff the church. His newest book, Fairness Is Overrated, was released by Thomas Nelson in January 2015.
Winning While You Wait
Miles is the Pastor of leadership Expansion at 12 Stone Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He also is the founder and builder of their residency program whIch you can check out at churchresidency.com. Through the residency program, Miles has developed over 60 young pastors and launched them into successful full-time ministry at some of the most influential churches. As Pastor of Leadership Expansion Miles is additionally invested in leadership development of the 12Stone congregation, the staff and invested in coaching pastors and church staffs across the country
THE EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY LEADER
Deb is the Executive Director of Care Ministry at Lifegate Church here in Omaha, Nebraska. She has an educational background that is too long to mention, but let's just agree she's probably smarter than you. She has been a college professor, and a psychologist before she did ministry and also has a hole in one as a golfer. Is there anything she can't do?
How not to get fired from your ministry job
Ron is passionate about planting churches, but also helping established churches thrive. He loves assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. His specialty is organizational leadership, so in addition to his role as a pastor, he also consults with churches and ministry leaders.
FINDING YOUR VOICE
Stuart provides vision and leadership for two highly effective non-profit organizations: XP3: A Division of the Rethink Group & DASH INC. He deeply desires to develop spiritually influential students that engage culture, and partners with great organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to develop students as leaders. He travels and speaks to thousands of students and leaders each year, has coauthored three books.