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Join me at Transform 2016

Dates: January 11-14, 2016
Location: Jacksonville, FloridaGet all your registration info here

I want to invite you to join me at Transform 2016. Transform is not the typical church conference. And here’s why. Instead of mere inspirational talks and leadership theory, you will interact all week with ministry peers discussing leadership practice and implementation. Student Pastors will meet with Student Pastors, Lead Pastors of churches 500 – 1,000 will meet with other Lead Pastors at churches of 500 – 1,000, Executive Pastors will meet with Executive Pastors (I’m leading that room), and so on…you get the idea.

Peer-to-Peer Discussions

Participants connect with peers who understand and appreciate the challenges they face and the solutions they’ve found. You’ll find answers, camaraderie and new friends.

Participant-set Agendas

In each group, peers set the agenda based on real-time ministry issues and needs — not top-down, cookie-cutter, quick fixes. You’ll receive realistic help and encouragement for what you’re facing.

Interactive Facilitation

Respected, experienced pastors and leaders facilitate candid, to-the-point interaction of key topics selected by the group. Bring your questions and your team. You’ll be heard, understood and appreciated.

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Join me at Ignite 2013

Ignite 2013 is right around the corner and early bird pricing ends in just a month! Ignite is intentionally designed for Church Planters, Planting Teams and Pastors who want to explore planting daughter churches or launching multi-site congregations.

You and your team will have opportunities to learn best practices from nationally recognized church planting leaders. I’ll be involved teaching a breakout session and interviewing Alan Hirsch in another. I’d love to connect with you, if you’re there come by and see me!

Dates & Location: March 5-7 at Cornerstone Christian Church in Phoenix, AZ

Cost: Early Bird Pricing ends January 1: $99/person or $79/per person for a group of 3+ from the same church. Click here to register!

Some of the Speakers:

Alan Hirsch
Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program helping megachurches become missional movements. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Alan is co-founder and adjunct faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is also adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books’ Shapevine series , IVP’s Forge line, and a contributing editor of Leadership Journal.


Ed Stetzer
Ed Stetzer has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today’s Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. Ed is Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at fifteen other colleges and seminaries. He also serves as Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Chan Kilgore
Chan Kilgore is the Lead Pastor of CrossPointe Church in Orlando, FL, a church he planted in 2002. In addition to his pastoral duties at CrossPointe, he serves as the Florida Regional Leader for Acts 29, a church planting network. Chan is grateful for the partnership CrossPointe has with Converge Worldwide. On a personal note, he has been married for over 20 years to wife Stacy and is the proud father of 3 girls.

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training with larry osborne part-1 “leadership lids of complexity and competency”

Like most of you I’ve been a part of churches that have invested large sums of money and time to send their staff to a conference together. I love the fact that many churches are willing to invest in their staff and I love how inspiring conferences can be! In fact I usually walk away with my thinking challenged and a few new ideas to implement. However, I’ve actually found it more economical and effective to bring an expert in to spend more intimate time with our team. The training you get is more personal, customized to your situation, and conversational (you can actually get your specific questions answered). Recently we had Larry Osborne come in to spend time with the Staff at Sun Valley. We intentionally designed for him to invest in our Executive Team, our Elders, as well as a day of training with all of our staff from all three of our campuses. By the way it was great to be able to have a couple of guys from my current Coaching Network sit in on the day of training with our staff! Below are some of my thoughts and take aways from our time together:

Ceilings of Complexity and Competency

1. Every Leader and Every Organization hits a Leadership Ceiling at some point

  • We outgrow our leadership skills
  • We outgrow our organizational structures
  • We can be blindsided by a major cultural shift

2. How to Recognizing Ceilings

  • Any ministry that has stagnant or declining attendance
  • Marked increase in conflict
  • Protecting the Past trumps Creating the Future
  • Revolving Door Syndrome
  • Long term personal spiritual stagnation
  • Mission Creep

3. How to Break through Ceilings

  • These 3 things come natural and are actually a trap:
    • Effort: work harder
    • Efficiency: work smarter
    • Quality: work better
  • What happens when these 3 things don’t work?
    • New Advisors:
      • You have to get outside of your tribe
      • We first go to “me” then we go to “my team” and then we go to “my tribe”
      • All of the solutions to your biggest problems are going to be found outside of your tribe
    • New Expectations:
      • Expectations are really about 3 things you have to give up: Power, Prestige, and Position
    • New Organizational Structures:
      • Address whatever counter productive organizational structures you have (traditions, how you make decisions, etc.)

I’ll post the rest of the notes tomorrow: Part 2 “Why Some Teams Win and Most Lose”

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