General Assembly networking lunches offer diverse slate


Arise and Shine: 35th General AssemblyThe 35th General Assembly in Orlando has a strong lineup of Networking Lunches in which you can connect with others with similar ministry interests. Pick up your lunch and head to one of these groups meeting in assigned rooms on the First Orlando campus. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, June 24

40 Days for Life
Sponsored by Presbyterians Pro-Life and hosted by Ronda Bionda from Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Fair Oaks, Calif., 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization ministry.

Church Planting
Join Tom Ricks and the EPC Church Multiplication Team and hear about church planting in the EPC and how your church can be a parent, partner, or patron of EPC church planting.

Engaging Muslim Communities for Christ through Literacy
Expand your vision of the impact and resources available to reach Muslims for Christ though literacy. Hosted by Sid Rice of Literacy and Evangelism International.

Missionary Care
Explore the challenges missionaries face, and ways local churches can support them—both on the field and at home. Led by Jim Murphy, World Outreach Member Care Coordinator.

Join Jill Hannigan of Musikgarten and find out how this internationally known, early childhood music program could be a means of outreach in your community.

Project Mercy
Hear former EPC World Outreach Director George Carey describe how you can get involved with this ministry to the poor in Ethiopia that addresses healthcare, education, food security, care for vulnerable children, and skills training for adults.

Reaching Muslims by Teaching English
Explore short-term and long-term options for ministering to Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa, or East Asia through teaching English. Hosted by Jay Stenfors of ELIC, a World Outreach partner organization.

Student and College Ministries
Join Susan Holland, EPC Student & College Ministries Coordinator, and get acquainted with others in ministry to youth and college students around the EPC, and learn ways the EPC is looking to “Equip, Provide, and Connect.”

The Power of Coaching
Come and learn more about the value of having a coach for your professional as well as personal life. Hosted by Wade Brown and representatives of PastorServe.

Transformational Stewardship
The EPC Foundation will share some key ideas for helping you develop the growth of your church’s resources through congregational and member stewardship, including estate and financial planning, non-cash giving for leveraging missions and ministry expansion, and more. Led by Bob Welsh, EPC Foundation Field Coordinator.

Thursday, June 25

EPC Retirement Plan Q&A
Meet with Don Voyles, EPC Benefits Manager, and a representative from Fidelity Investments to hear updates and ask questions about the EPC Retirement Plan.

Executive Pastors and Administrators
Join Paul Utnage, Executive Pastor of Springhill Presbyterian Church in Bozeman, Mont., for this brainstorming conversation about how to make an impact from the second chair.

Leaders of Small Churches
Join the EPC Z–4:10 Network for encouragement, meeting others who lead smaller churches, and hear ways to understand and embrace the strengths of the small church. Hosted by Ed McCallum, EPC Assistant Stated Clerk.

Leadership in Church Educational Ministries
Come and meet others from around the country who share your interest in the educational ministries of the church. Hosted by Eric Bartel, Chairman of the Christian Education and Communications Committee.

Multi-Site EPC Churches
If your church is multi-site, or is considering becoming so, join EPC multi-site Pastors Mike Moses, Wayne Hardy, and Bart Garrett for this discussion of various models and what other EPC churches currently practice.

News from the Larger Presbyterian Family
Hear Carmen Fowler LaBerge, President of the Presbyterian Lay Committee and Executive Editor of The Layman, share her perspectives on the happenings in the larger Presbyterian world.

Student Ministries
Join Susan Holland, EPC Student & College Ministries Coordinator, and get acquainted with other student ministry leaders and learn what’s going on in the EPC’s student ministry network.

Who was Robert and Why Do We Follow His Rules?
If you are responsible for moderating Sessions and Presbyteries, this will be a valuable overview of the reasons for and basics of Robert’s Rules of Order. Led by Bill Enns, recent Moderator of the Mid-Atlantic Presbytery and member of the EPC Committee on Administration.

Women Teaching Elders and Candidates
A time of networking and prayer for women serving as Teaching Elders or who are Candidates Under Care. Hosted by Joyce Harris, Associate Pastor of First EPC in Kokomo, Ind.

World Outreach Engage 2025
Join Phil Linton, World Outreach Director, and learn what’s happening around the country and in your presbytery in this significant initiative of EPC World Outreach.

Friday, June 26

Church Vitality: Health, Growth, and Getting Your Acts Together
Church revitalization expert Ken Priddy will discuss some keys to church vitality. The vital church is a healthy church, and a healthy church is a growing church.

Clerks of Session: Best Practices
Join Howard Schockley and Rob Buchanan of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic for a time for Clerks of Session to meet, ask questions, and share best practices.

College Ministries
Join Susan Holland, EPC Student & College Ministries Coordinator, and get acquainted with best practices and with others involved in college ministry, whether you are in a college town or have college students in your congregation who are away from home.

Benefits Q&A: Medical and Other Insurance Plans
Get better acquainted with the EPC Medical Plan and other insurance plans with Don Voyles, EPC Benefits Manager, and representatives from EPC’s insurance vendors.

International Theological Education Network (ITEN)
Find out how you can be involved in ITEN, EPC’s World Outreach ministry to train global leaders around the world. Join the conversation, hear inspiring stories, and get information about our 10+ sites around the world. Led by Bruce Anderson, World Outreach ITEN Coordinator.

Ministering to Those with Same-Sex Attraction
Learn a model for what you and your church can do to minister grace and healing to those who have same-sex attraction. Hosted by Bill Campbell, Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C., and author of Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christian Response to Homosexuality.

Reformed and Missional? The Reformed Faith for Missions
A moderated panel discussion about the Reformed tradition for being a missional church in the coming context. Featuring RTS Chancellor Ligon Duncan and professors Mike Allen, Don Fortson, Mike Glodo, Scott Redd, and Don Sweeting.

World Outreach Short-Term Mission Network
Join Shawn Stewart, World Outreach Recruitment Coordinator, for an introduction of the new World Outreach Short-Term Mission Network, with an overview of opportunities with five partner agencies.

Young Ministers (Under 40): Making the Most of Early Ministry Years
Get acquainted with other young ministers in the EPC and discuss how to get the most from your first years in ministry. Led by Michael Flake, Associate Pastor of Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, N.C., and Tyler Groff, Teaching Pastor for 20s/30s at Ward EPC in Northville, Mich.

If you have not registered for the General Assembly, don’t wait—registration fees double on June 1. You can register online at, and we look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

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