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Jeff and Cindy Jeremiah to represent EPC at Billy Graham memorial service

 

BillyGrahamEPC Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah and his wife, Cindy, will represent the denomination at the private memorial service for Billy Graham on Friday, March 2, at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.

“We are beyond honored to be invited to this celebration of Billy Graham’s life,” Jeremiah said. “It’s truly amazing to think about how God used him to share the gospel with millions of people around the world.”

About 2,300 invited guests are expected to attend the service, which will be held under a large tent that has been constructed in the main parking lot in front of the Library. The tent is designed to serve as a reminder of Graham’s early ministry in “The Canvas Cathedral”—the white canvas tent in downtown Los Angeles where 350,000 people heard him share the gospel over eight weeks in 1949.

Following the 90-minute service, Graham will be laid to rest beside his late wife, Ruth, in the Library’s Prayer Garden.

Among Graham’s many personal connections to members of the EPC, Ruth was a member of Christ Community Church in Montreat, N.C.

“Billy and Ruth were married in Graham Chapel (on the campus of Montreat College), which is where we gather weekly to worship,” said Richard White, Pastor of Christ Community Church, which joined the EPC in 2007. “She was a member of the church until her passing.”

A live stream of the memorial service will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST) at https://memorial.billygraham.org/live-stream/.

Church Planters Retreat offers refresh and recharge

 
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Attendees of the EPC Church Planters Retreat enjoyed breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including fundraising, self-care, worship, and more.

As one of the EPC’s four strategic initiatives, church planting is a priority in the EPC. A significant aspect of supporting church planting is supporting and ministering to church planters. A key strategy in supporting EPC church planters is the annual Church Planters Retreat.

This year’s retreat was held October 25-27 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo. Nearly 50 EPC church planters, their spouses, and members of the Church Planting Team (CPT) joined presbytery leaders and others for three days of training and renewal that included peer networking, breakout and mentoring sessions, fellowship, prayer, and more.

Tom Ricks, CPT chair, explained that “church planting nuts-and-bolts” training sessions focused on topics such as fundraising, worship, self-care, and preaching in a start-up situation.

“Church planting is one of the hardest and loneliest endeavors of which I have ever been a part,” said James Daniels, pastor of Chelsea Presbyterian Church in suburban Birmingham, Ala. The church plant is not yet holding formal worship services, but is in the formation stage of hosting social events such as prayer breakfasts to build a local core group.

“The retreat came at a critical time in the process, and offered a beautiful balance of information and transformation,” Daniels added. “I’m entering back into my local community renewed and inspired for the days ahead.”

“This retreat was absolutely necessary,” said Brian Roskin, pastor of River City Church in St. Charles, Mo. “The topics were thoughtful and relevant for my current situation. I was able to connect with others doing the same thing, creating a network for me.”

Breakout sessions for spouses were led by Patty Robinson, wife of Shawn Robinson, founding pastor of Clayton Community Church in Clayton, Calif., and a CPT member. Her topic, “Engaging, Equipping, and Encouraging,” addressed how to navigate the call to be a church planter’s wife—including managing expectations and boundaries.

“Taking care of your relationship with God, knowing how and when to invest in the (church) plant, and protecting your marriage and family is what make the journey unique,” she said.

Another component of support for EPC church planters is a Church Planters’ Cohort, now in the planning phase with a launch goal of January 2018.

“The cohort will meet bi-monthly via FaceTime,” Ricks noted, “and cover topics essential to the first two years of church planting.” He added that “covenant triads” will provide opportunity for church planters to check in, support, and pray for each other.

Cohort leader Bart Garrett, pastor of Christ Church East Bay in Berkeley, Calif., reported that eleven church planters expressed interest during the retreat in this continuing training/support effort.

Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk, noted that the retreat could not happen without local church giving to Per Member Asking, since food and lodging are funded in the EPC budget.

“Commissioners to the 2017 General Assembly in Sacramento approved funding church planting—as well as the other strategic initiatives of church revitalization, effective biblical leadership, and global movement—in the EPC budget, so every church that participates in Per Member Asking is investing in EPC church planting.”

Ricks noted that many EPC presbyteries pay travel expenses for church planters and their spouses, “so they can attend virtually cost-free.”

“The Church Planting Team and I are grateful for the opportunity to help invest in and grow the next generation of EPC church planters,” Ricks said. “We’ve seen many churches come along side us as ‘Parents, Partners, and Patrons’ of church planting. Thank you to everyone who supports church planting. If you’re not yet involved but interested in learning more, let me know!”

Ricks can be contacted at tom@greentreechurch.com or 314-909-9197, ext. 1007.

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EPC church planters and their spouses at the 2017 Church Planters Retreat in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Executive Pastor/Church Administrator Roundtable features church leadership expert Mike Bonem

 

XPRoundtableAt the first of two EPC Executive Pastor/Church Administrator Roundtable workshops held this fall, noted church leadership coach and consultant Mike Bonem discussed the joys and challenges of the “second chair” role. He defined a Second Chair Leader as “a person in a subordinate role whose influence with others adds value throughout the organization.”

Bonem earned an MBA from Harvard University, is a longtime business executive, and later served 11 years as Executive Pastor for a large church in Houston, Texas. He is author of Leading from the Second Chair, Thriving in the Second Chair, In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership, and Leading Congregational Change.

The roundtable, now in its fifth year, is a two-day workshop for EPC executive pastors, church administrators, and others in senior ministry (but second-chair) leadership positions.

Phil VanValkenburg, EPC Chief Operating Officer, hosts the roundtable each year.

“We want our church leaders to know that they have peers who face many of the same issues as they do in their ministries,” VanValkenburg said. “As we continue to focus on effective biblical leadership as one of our strategic initiatives, by being ‘better together’ we glean from each other’s experience and each of their churches gets great benefit.”

Twenty EPC church leaders participated in the workshop October 26-27 in Denver, Colorado. Participants discussed their specific ministry victories and challenges, shared best practices on a variety of topics related to church administration, and networked on such issues as technology systems, personnel, vision and strategy, finance, and many others.

The workshop is a resource of the Office of the General Assembly. The second roundtable takes place November 16-17 in Orlando.

World Outreach Forum hotel deadline approaching

 

Forum2017The annual World Outreach Forum is coming to Orlando in November, and the deadline to secure the group hotel rate is October 13.

This year’s Forum will focus on “Mobilizing Our Churches for Global Movement” and features a look at ways EPC congregations can:

  • Directly engage unreached people groups nearby,
  • Impart vision to reach the lost through short-term mission trips, and
  • Strategically send their own sons and daughters long-term through Engage 2025.

The Forum is a time of training, vision casting, and alignment around the global focus of the EPC. It is a great opportunity for presbytery Missions/World Outreach Committee members, church mission directors, and other mission-minded laymen, working on projects such as Engage 2025 to sharpen and learn from each other.

The workshop will be held November 13-14 at the Marriott SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport, starting at 1:00 p.m. with lunch on Monday and concluding after lunch on Tuesday.

“Representatives from EPC churches at the cutting edge of missions will share their stories, and we’ll explore how World Outreach can help all of our congregations,” said Phil Linton, Director of EPC World Outreach.

The cost is $79 per person and includes registration, two lunches, and one dinner. Lodging is available for $129 per night through October 13. Hotel rates increase after that date.

For more information and to register and make hotel arrangements, see www.epcwo.org/forum or contact the World Outreach office at wo@epcwo.org.

World Outreach Forum to highlight ways to mobilize the local church

 

Forum2017The 2017 World Outreach Forum will address the topic of “Mobilizing our churches for global movement” by addressing ways EPC congregations can:

  • Impart vision to reach the lost through short-term mission trips,
  • Directly engage unreached people groups in their local communities, and
  • Strategically send their own sons and daughters long-term through Engage 2025.

The workshop will be held November 13-14 in Orlando, Fla., starting at 1:00 p.m. with lunch on Monday and concluding after lunch on Tuesday. Come and collaborate with presbytery and church mission leaders and the World Outreach U.S. Team for a time of sharing, vision casting, and alignment around the global focus of the EPC.

“The mission initiatives of our churches are a treasure, and the Forum is where we get to look at the crown jewels,” said Phil Linton, Director of EPC World Outreach.  “Representatives from EPC churches at the cutting edge of missions will share their stories, and we’ll explore how World Outreach can help our congregations.”

The cost is $79 per person and includes registration, two lunches, and one dinner. Lodging is available for $129 per night and the deadline to secure the group rate is October 13.

For more information and to register and make hotel arrangements, see www.epcwo.org/forum or contact the World Outreach office at wo@epcwo.org.

Dick Stenbakken’s renowned first-person narratives open to all during GA Chaplains Workshop

 
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Col. Dick Stenbakken, U.S. Army (Retired)

Imagine that you have been assigned as the U.S. Army chaplain to the leaders of the German High Command on trial for war crimes following World War II. How would you minister to men who had intentionally, willfully, and systematically murdered millions of people?

Now imagine that you are on board the troop ship S.S. Dorchester, torpedoed in the North Atlantic by a German U-boat in 1943 and immortalized by the selfless actions of four Army chaplains who gave their life jackets so others might survive. As recipient of one of those life vests, how do you respond?

Retired Army Col. Dick Stenbakken will portray these two individuals in first-person narratives from 9:15-10:30 a.m. and 1:15-2:30 p.m. as part of the annual EPC Chaplain’s Workshop on in conjunction with the 37th General Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. The Workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 20, in the Wells Chapel at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. Stenbakken’s presentations are open to all on a space-available basis.

In “The Nuremberg Chaplain,” Stenbakken portrays Henry Gerecke, chaplain to men who the world labeled as monsters, parishioners with whom he walked to the gallows.

In “The Dorchester Story,” Stenbakken recounts the S.S. Dorchester and the chaplain who gave him the chance to live.

Stenbakken served 24 years as an Army Chaplain, including one year of combat duty in Vietnam, and four years as the director of Family Life Ministries for the Army Chief of Chaplains Office. Following his retirement from the Army, he directed Chaplaincy Ministries on a world-wide basis for his denominational headquarters. He has presented to the U.S. Senate, the Pentagon, major health care organizations, leadership conferences, college campus settings, and a variety of military and civilian congregations across North America, Africa, India, Asia, Europe, Japan, and Germany. He holds four Master’s Degrees and a Doctorate in Education. For more information about his first-person narratives, see www.biblefaces.com.

For more information about the 37th General Assembly, see www.epc.org/ga2017. For details about the Chaplain’s Workshop, click here or contact Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, at epcendorser@yahoo.com.

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CCO Jubilee Conference available at no cost for EPC leaders

 

One of the EPC’s strategies for reaching and building Next Generation leaders is through its strategic partnership with Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). Through that partnership, any EPC leader may attend CCO’s 2017 Jubilee Conference at no cost for registration. Jubilee will be held February 17-19 at the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. The annual event attracts more than 3,000 attendees each year.

For more than 40 years, the Jubilee Conference has helped college students talk, learn, think, and dream about the public implications of their personal transformation. And it’s not just for those pursuing a career in ministry—Jubilee is designed for all students to help them understand how to be involved faithfully in whatever discipline they choose—both in college and the years to come.

The three-day conference normally costs approximately $300 per person. In addition to the waived registration fee, EPC leaders are offered a discounted rate at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Two meals also will be provided free of charge—Saturday lunch and Saturday dinner.

Free registration is available to any EPC pastor, elder, church or presbytery staff member, or other leader as a ministry of the EPC Student and College Ministries (SCM) Committee. One of the committee’s primary goals is to further develop EPC’s partnership with CCO to help growing numbers of EPC churches develop or improve their ministry to college students and millennials.

To register, go to the Jubilee Partners page at www.jubileeconference.com/jubilee-partner. For more information, see the CCO website at www.ccojubilee.org or contact Elliott Simko, CCO Partnership Coordinator, at esimko@ccojubilee.org.

Reformed Theological Seminary offers EPC polity course

 


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(RTS) in Orlando is offering a course in EPC polity during its upcoming Winter 2017 term. The class will meet January 9-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Subjects to be studied include polity, discipline, EPC history, and current developments within the denomination. The course will focus on the biblical and theological foundations for Presbyterian polity and how they are applied through the confession, constitution, and policies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church within the historical contexts of the Reformed tradition, American Presbyterianism, and the EPC’s own history and distinctives.

Instructors are Don Fortson, Mike Glodo, and Jeff Jeremiah. Fortson is Professor of Church History at RTS’s Charlotte, N.C., campus and author of Liberty in Non-Essentials: The Story of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Glodo is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the RTS Orlando campus and served as EPC Stated Clerk from 2001-2006. Jeremiah has served as Stated Clerk of the EPC since 2006.

The course is open to EPC and non-EPC students from other seminaries, as well as RTS students of all campuses and will satisfy the Master of Divinity course requirement, regardless of the student’s denominational affiliation. Students can take the course for credit or as an audit.

For information on how to register, contact Winston Miller, Director of Admissions for the RTS Orlando campus, at wmiller@rts.edu.

Transitional (Interim) pastors training scheduled

 

The EPC Office of the General Assembly is hosting a Transitional Pastor training seminar January 30 through February 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Bill Enns, EPC Associate Executive for Collaborative Ministries, said the event is designed for those who serve in interim roles throughout the EPC.

“We have called these folks ‘interim pastors’ for a long time,” Enns said, “but we have changed the term to ‘transitional pastor’ for reasons that will be made clear at the seminar.”

A variety of pertinent topics will be discussed, including:

  • Six Types of Transitional Ministries
  • A Theological Framework for Transitional Ministries
  • Helping Congregations Assess their Need for a Transitional Pastor
  • Organizations in Transition
  • Questions to Ask When Interacting with Interim Search Teams and Sessions

In addition, Ken Priddy from the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic’s GO Center will present the Great Commission Matrix (GCM). The GCM is designed to help churches catch a vision of God for their local context, and is the primary tool used in the EPC’s church revitalization strategic initiative.

The cost for training event is $65 per person, and includes materials and lunch each day. A reduced rate of $149 per night is available at the Residence Inn Orlando Airport, which will provide breakfast each day and transportation to and from the airport. Evening meals will be the responsibility of the participant.

Click here to register for the training, or go to www.tinyurl.com/hl6lpol. For hotel reservations, click here or go to www.tinyurl.com/jsemte9. The deadline to register at the reduced rate is December 30.

For more information, contact Enns at bill.enns@epc.org

International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church set for November

 

idop2017While every Sunday is a good Sunday to remember our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ throughout the world who suffer for their faith, November 6 and 13 have been designated International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).

The WAE reports statistics showing persecution as “a daily reality of at least 100 million Christians around the world.” Now marking its 20th year, the IDOP has grown substantially and is observed in more than 100 countries. This year’s theme is “If one suffers we all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12.26).

Free IDOP church resource kits are available online at www.opendoorsusa.org, www.idop.org, and www.persecution.com.

We believe that standing with—and praying for—persecuted Christians is part of God’s vision for the EPC. As a “global movement of churches,” we’re committed to:

  • The global mission of EPC World Outreach
  • Fraternal partnerships with other churches (for example, our recent partnership with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico), and
  • Awareness of and solidarity with persecuted Christians.

World Outreach Forum to address “Engaging Our Presbyteries in Mission”

 

WOForum2016We believe God has called the EPC to be a global movement of Evangelical Presbyterian Churches. A significant way to create a structure suitable for a global movement is to solicit as much input and buy-in as possible. A gathering of presbytery missions leaders at the 36th General Assembly in June was a step in that direction. In an effort to build on that effort, the topic of this year’s annual World Outreach Forum is “Engaging Our Presbyteries in Mission.”

The workshop will be held November 14-15 in Orlando. The two-day event will equip and challenge missions leaders in each presbytery to:

  • Help all the churches of the EPC in their missions callings and missions health
  • Help connect and gather the churches of each presbytery in mission endeavors
  • Help our churches to strategically engage with EPC World Outreach

“The Forum is designed to strengthen relationships and to channel our energies toward the fulfillment of the EPC’s vision,” said Phil Linton, Director of World Outreach. “We will take time to listen to you and hopefully inspire you with World Outreach’s high calling to go to those with the least access to the gospel—not just to send others, but to go ourselves.”

The Forum is a time of training, vision casting, and alignment around the global focus of the EPC and is designed especially for church and presbytery mission/world outreach committee team members, mission pastors and directors, and other point people working on World Outreach projects.

Linton said attendees can expect to hear progress reports on Engage 2025, the International Theological Education Network (ITEN), refugee response, and the Malay breakthrough prayer effort.

“We believe that God will continue to do great things through the EPC,” Linton said. “Let’s spend some quality time together in Orlando and see what God wants to do through us.”

For more information, see www.epcwo.org/forum2016.

Global Movement the focus of World Outreach Forum

 

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This year’s World Outreach Forum will address the topic of “creating a structure for a global movement,” one of the EPC’s four strategic initiatives. Come to Orlando on November 14-15 and collaborate with presbytery and church mission leaders and the World Outreach U.S. Team.

The two-day workshop will equip and challenge missions leaders in each presbytery to:

  • Help all the churches of the EPC in their missions callings and missions health
  • Help connect and gather the churches of each presbytery in mission endeavors
  • Help our churches to strategically engage with EPC World Outreach

“We want to get ready for the time when each presbytery has asked to have an active missions committee and broader team of leaders who have a key role on their councils to empower their churches,” said Phil Linton, Director of World Outreach.

The annual Forum is a time of training, vision casting, and alignment around the global focus of the EPC and is designed especially for church and Presbytery mission/world outreach committee team members, mission pastors and directors, and other point people working on World Outreach projects like Engage 2025.

“We are committed to becoming a missional family of churches as we refocus our mission and reach out to serve others for Christ in the 21st century,” said Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Lead Pastor/Stated Clerk. “The annual World Outreach Forum helps keep that in front of us.”

Click here for more information and to register.

July 10 slated as “Prayer Together Sunday”

 

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In April, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) designated Sunday, July 10, as a day for evangelical churches across the United States to unite in prayer for our country.

For all that has happened in our country and world in the last 30 days, it’s especially appropriate and urgent for us to respond to this call.

The NAE represents approximately 48 million evangelical Christians in the US, and the EPC has been a denominational member since 1982. Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Lead Pastor/Stated Clerk, serves on the NAE Board of Directors.

Click here for more information, or go to www.nae.net/praytogether.

CCO Jubilee Conference available at no cost for EPC leaders

 

 

JubileeLogoThe EPC’s strategic partnership with Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) is our vehicle for reaching and building Next Generation leaders. Through that partnership, any EPC leader may attend CCO’s 2016 Jubilee Conference at no cost for registration. Jubilee will be held February 19-21 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. The annual event attracts more than 3,000 attendees each year.

The three-day conference normally costs approximately $300 per person. In addition to the waived registration fee, EPC leaders are offered a special half-price ($100 per night) rate at the Omni William Penn Hotel.

The EPC’s own Rufus Smith, Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Memphis, Tenn., is the Saturday evening featured speaker. Smith previously served as Pastor of City of Refuge Church in Houston, Texas, and was the lead chaplain for the NBA’s Houston Rockets for three years.

A special gathering time for all EPC leaders in attendance is scheduled, and confirmed participants include Bill Enns, Associate Executive for the Office of the General Assembly; Tom Ricks, Chair of the EPC Church Planting Team; and Dean Weaver; Lead Pastor of Memorial Park Church in suburban Pittsburgh and member of the EPC Committee on Administration.

Now in its 40th year, the Jubilee Conference helps college students talk, learn, think, and dream about the public implications of their personal transformation. Not just for those pursuing a career in ministry, Jubilee is for students interested in engineering, science, art, music, law, politics, medicine, justice, families (or any other area of study) and helps them understand how to be involved in those places faithfully—both in college and the years to come.

From its beginnings in 1971, CCO’s vision has been that campus ministry is not a replacement for church involvement but a supplement to it, and therefore works in partnership with local congregations. CCO staff members serve as an arm of the local church on college campuses, reaching out to students who otherwise might not come to church on their own. All CCO staff members encourage students to attend church and invite them to get involved in local congregations.

Free registration is available to any EPC elder, pastor, church or presbytery staff member, or other leader as a ministry of the EPC Student and College Ministries (SCM) Committee. One of the committee’s primary goals is to further develop EPC’s partnership with CCO to help growing numbers of EPC churches develop or improve their ministry to college students and millennials.

Click here for the conference schedule and other information, including a brief video message from Rev. Josh Brown, pastor at Bellefield Presbyterian Church, about the value and impact of the Jubilee Conference.

To register, go to www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1732869. For more information, see the CCO website at www.ccojubilee.org or contact Elliott Simko, CCO Partnership Coordinator, at esimko@ccojubilee.org.

General Assembly online registration now open

 

GAidentityOnline registration for the 35th General Assembly is now open. The Assembly meets June 23-27 at First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is “Arise and Shine,” based on Isaiah 60:1.

New this year is the Leadership Institute, the EPC’s first salvo in building a leadership development culture. Highlights of the Leadership Institute include four afternoon seminars on Tuesday, June 23:

  • Lead Like Jesus, led by Rebekah Layton of Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver, Colo.;
  • Impact of Leadership on Church Revitalization, led by Ken Priddy, Church Development Director of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic;
  • Cultivating a Growing EPC Movement, led by Tom Ricks and the Church Multiplication Team; and
  • Six Key Relationships Every Pastor Needs, led by Jimmy Dodd of PastorServe.

The Leadership Institute keynote speaker on Wednesday and Thursday mornings is best-selling author and popular blogger Thom Rainer, President of Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn.

The first of five business sessions convenes on Wednesday afternoon, June 24, at 1:45 p.m. Business sessions continue on Thursday at 1:45 p.m.; Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.; and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

General Assembly is more than a business meeting, and features worship services throughout the week. Featured worship speakers include:

  • David Swanson, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Orlando (Wednesday at 1:45 p.m.);
  • Bishop Claude Alexander Jr., Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, N.C. (Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.);
  • Phil Linton, EPC Director of World Outreach (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.);
  • Gordon Miller, EPC Moderator (Friday at 8:30 a.m.);
  • Carmen Fowler LaBerge, President of The Presbyterian Layman (Friday at 7:30 p.m.); and
  • Case Thorp, Pastor of Missions and Evangelism of First Presbyterian Church in Orlando (Saturday at 8:30 a.m.).

Numerous other gatherings are available that cover a wide variety of ministry interests, including Networking Lunches, World Outreach, Women’s Ministry, and more. Click here for a complete schedule.

For more information about the 35th General Assembly, see www.epc.org/ga2015.

EPC Leadership Institute launches at 35th General Assembly

 
Leadership Institute speakers include, from left: Thom Rainer, Rebekah Layton, Ken Priddy, Tom Ricks, and Jimmy Dodd.

Leadership Institute speakers include, from left: Thom Rainer, Rebekah Layton, Ken Priddy, Tom Ricks, and Jimmy Dodd.

A key strategy for the future of the EPC is “creating a leadership development culture” as the denomination transitions from a period of transfer growth to a goal of long-term sustainable transformational growth. Implementation of that strategy kicks off with the inaugural EPC Leadership Institute on Tuesday, June 23, prior to the 35th General Assembly in Orlando, and continues with Thom Rainer on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Four tracks will be available on Tuesday from 1:00-5:00 p.m.:

  1. Lead Like Jesus
  2. The Impact of Leadership on Church Revitalization
  3. Cultivating Denominational Growth
  4. Six Key Relationships Every Pastor Needs

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-11:45, Rainer will keynote the Leadership Institute by addressing leadership themes from his book, Simple Church.

Rainer serves as President of Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and earned MDiv and PhD degrees from Southern Seminary. Prior to leading LifeWay, he served as president of Rainer Group consulting and dean at Southern Seminary. He also has served as pastor of four churches and has authored or co-authored 26 books.

Track 1: Lead like Jesus
Leaders influence others, and—more than a trait—leadership is a skill that can be learned.

In this workshop, Rebekah Layton will provide tools to equip women to influence others for Christ, wherever God has placed them. As Layton will explain in detail, a relational leadership model based on biblical principles is applicable in the family, congregation, workplace, and community. Women can learn to lead like Jesus.

Rebekah Layton is Director of Organizational Development at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colo. A former Director of Evangelism at a large multi-site church, her passion is to equip women to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and to create Christ-honoring cultures in the home, workplace, and congregation.

Track 2: The Impact of Leadership on Church Revitalization
The EPC GO Center Team will lead the three-session workshop that focuses on the lifecycle of a local church and the difference of both good and ineffective leadership on that cycle.

  • Session 1: The Impact of Leadership on Small Church Turnaround
  • Session 2: The Impact of Leadership on the Church Lifecycle
  • Session 3: The Impact of Leadership on Missional Growth

Each session will be guided by a theme verse and include practical applications to help leaders move from concept to planning to implementation. Presenters include the GO Center Team and other REs and TEs throughout the EPC.

Track 3: Cultivating a Growing EPC Movement
Like farming, the growth of the Church is dependent on God’s kind provision and cannot be reduced to formulaic manipulation. However, God promises to grow His Church and graciously calls us to participate in His work. Join Tom Ricks and the EPC Church Planting Team for a discussion about various practices that can help cultivate the growth of the EPC.

  • Session 1: Where to Begin
  • Session 2: Creating a Church Planting Pipeline
  • Session 3: Round Table Discussion

Track 4: Six Key Relationships Every Pastor Needs
Pastors everywhere struggle with ever-increasing challenges in the backstage of their private worlds and front stage of their public ministries. But you don’t have to just survive—you can thrive. In this workshop, pastoral care expert Jimmy Dodd will reveal how pastors can make the shift by investing in six key relationships.

Dodd is the founder of PastorServe, an EPC Ministerial Vocation Committee commended resource. A well-known and respected speaker, Dodd is a graduate of Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and served as a pastor for more than 20 years.

Click here for more information on the Leadership Institute.