As part of our ongoing effort to leverage technology to help church leaders, we’re offering a live virtual workshop series on a variety of topics that impact your ministry.
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Welcome and Prayer – Carey Nieuwhof and Nicole Martin
Worship led by Heartland Worship
“The New Cultural Reality” – David Kinnaman
Panel Discussion: “Courageous Leadership in the New Normal” – John Mark Comer, Jo Saxton, Soong-Chan Rah
“Church in a Changing Culture” – Carey Nieuwhof
Prayer Posture #1: Surrender – Danielle Strickland
“Data-Informed Church Leaders: The Impact of Ministry Assessments”
“Introduction to Barna ChurchPulse” – David Kinnaman and Carey Nieuwhof
Panel Discussion: “Innovation and Change in the Digital Age” – Bobby Gruenewald, Nona Jones, Skye Jethani
“Flourishing and Resilience in a Time of Crisis” – David Kinnaman
“Flourishing in the Midst of Suffering” – Lysa TerKeurst and Henry Cloud
Prayer Posture #2: Generosity – Danielle Strickland
“Thriving Churches, Communities and Cities” – David Kinnaman and Nicole Martin
Panel Discussion: “How Churches Can Thrive in Crisis” Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Eric Mason, Thom Rainer
“Pastoring in a New Reality” – David Kinnaman and Carey Nieuwhof
Interview – Tim Keller
Prayer Posture #3: Mission – Danielle Strickland
Worship led by Brian Buffon
Closing Thoughts: Carey Nieuwhof and Nicole Martin
David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies.
He and his wife live in California with their three children.
Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, Didn’t See It Coming, and speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth.
The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast and Carey’s blog at www.CareyNieuwhof.com are accessed by millions of leaders each year.
Nicole Martin accepted an interim leadership role in U.S. Ministry in November 2019. She came to American Bible Society in 2016 as a City Mobilizer in Charlotte and continued as the National Cities lead, supporting Scripture engagement efforts in cities across the U.S.
Martin teaches courses in Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and previously served as the Executive Minister for a multi-site church in Charlotte. She is the author of two books: Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Leadership and Leaning In, Letting Go: A Lenten Devotional. Her articles have been featured in USA Today, Christianity Today, and The Charlotte Observer. She is a nationally recognized speaker and was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.
Martin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a triple major in human and organizational development, educational studies, and French. She received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She serves on the Board of the National Association of Evangelicals and as a Trustee at Gordon College.
Martin lives in Baltimore with her husband Dr. Mark Martin and their two daughters, Addison and Josephine.
Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For 28 years he led a diverse congregation of young professionals that grew to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.
He is also the Chairman & Co-Founder of Redeemer City to City (CTC), which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and publishes books and resources for ministry in an urban environment. In 2017 Dr. Keller transitioned to CTC full time to teach and mentor church planters and seminary students through a joint venture with Reformed Theological Seminary’s (RTS), the City Ministry Program. He also works with CTC’s global affiliates to launch church planting movements.
Christianity Today has said, “Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.”
Dr. Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other books.
As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa and her team have led thousands to make their walk with God an invigorating journey through daily online devotionals, radio programs, online Bible studies, speaker/writing training, and more.
Lysa was recently awarded the Champions of Faith Author Award and has been published in multiple publications such as Focus on the Family and CNN online. Additionally, she has appeared on the Today Show as one of the leading voices in the Christian community.
Each year, Lysa is a featured keynote presenter at more than 40 events across North America, including the Women of Joy Conferences and the Catalyst Leadership Conference. She has a passion for equipping women to share their stories for God’s glory through Proverbs 31 Ministries’ annual She Speaks Conference and writer training program, COMPEL: Words That Move People.
Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author. His 45 books, including the iconic Boundaries, have sold nearly 15 million copies worldwide. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams, and executives to improve performance, leadership skills and culture.
Dr. Cloud has devoted much of his career to leadership performance and development, blending the disciplines of leadership and human functioning to helping CEO’s, teams, organizations and family entities. From his early clinical training, Dr. Cloud became interested in how clinical psychodynamic ego psychology and Object Relations theory integrated with human performance past the clinical arenas, and continued to build models that could be adapted to business and organizational contexts. Much of his later writings have focused on these areas, with a particular interest in the newer findings in neurobiology and brain research that affects leadership and performance. Dr. Cloud hosted a national radio show for 15 years airing in 200 markets in the U.S.
Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured and reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Success Magazine named Dr. Cloud in the top 25 most influential leaders in personal growth and development, alongside Oprah, Brene Brown, Seth Godin and others. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News Channel, and other national media outlets.
Dr. Cloud is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, with a B.S. in psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University, and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. He is an avid golfer, and actively involved in philanthropic efforts focusing on poverty and holistic relief in the U.S. and the Developing World. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.
Dr. Eric Mason is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He and his wife, Yvette, have four children. After more than two decades of gospel ministry, Dr. Mason has become known for his passion to see the glory of Jesus Christ robustly and relevantly engaged in broken cities with the comprehensive gospel. He helps coach and train families to plant churches locally, nationally, and internationally. He is the founder and president of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context, and is the author of three books, Manhood Restored, Beat God to the Punch, and Unleashed. He is the recipient of multiple earned degrees, including a BS in Psychology from Bowie State University, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctoral degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
John Mark Comer lives in Portland, OR with his wife Tammy and three kids – Jude, Moses and Sunday. He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church. John Mark is also the author of My Name is Hope, Loveology, Garden City, God Has a Name, and his newest: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.
He has a Masters degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Spiritual Formation through Fuller Seminary and the Dallas Willard Center.
Skye Jethani is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and minister. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Holy Post Podcast, a weekly show than blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye is the president of Measure the Clouds, a non-profit organization helping a post-Christian generation discover a ravishing vision of life with God. He also leads SkyPilot Media which develops multimedia resources for churches, colleges, and community groups navigating the intersection of faith and culture.
For over a decade, Skye served in numerous editorial and executive roles at Christianity Today, a communications ministry launched by Billy Graham in 1956. His roles there included Managing and Executive Editor of Leadership Journal, Director of Mission Advancement, and Senior Producer of This Is Our City, a multi-city, multi-year project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities. He also helped CT pioneer new projects to engage younger audiences and church leaders. Skye continues to be a Featured Preacher on CT’s Preaching Today.
Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, author, business executive, entrepreneur, media personality and worship leader. In her day job she serves as the Head of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook where she leads the company’s work with faith-based organizations around the world. She is also CEO of eChurch Partners and is set to release her memoir, Success from the Inside Out, with Zondervan Publishers in 2020. Her memoir chronicles her unlikely story of success after a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse between the ages of 5 and 11.
Since being licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17, Nona has preached around the world. As a business executive and entrepreneur, she has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.” She has also been featured on TBN, CBN News and The Word Network. She holds a Bachelor in Communications and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus and she has completed graduate studies at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.
She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. She also holds memberships in The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She and her husband, Pastor Tim, lead Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, FL and are the proud parents of two boys, Timothy, Jr. (9) and Isaac (6), and Goldendoodle girl Shiloh (2).
Bobby is the founder of YouVersion and is a pastor and innovation leader at Life.Church. He is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the global Church. Bobby has helped pioneer the missional use of technology that allows Life.Church to reach people in every country on the planet. He oversees the YouVersion, Open Network, Church Online, Information Technology, Creative Media, Spaces & Places, and Communications teams. Bobby and his wife, Melissa, live in Edmond, Oklahoma with their four children.
Jo Saxton has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership.
Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her family’s unrelenting work ethic to the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life. She is characterized by her effervescent honesty and warm approachability, leaving audiences with practical next steps in areas that are usually a bit ambiguous.
Her books include More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World discusses the role of women in church and society. The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For, helps readers tackle their past, their identity, and learn how to create a legacy they want. Her latest book Ready to Rise pulls together Jo’s best practices in both listening to the hearts of women and empowering them to change the landscape.
She has also spearheaded an initiative aimed to help women grow their leadership skills.
Jo lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters.
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. Read more from him at www.profrah.com.
Soong-Chan is formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC)—a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. Soong-Chan has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C. area, worked for a number of years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston.
He currently serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and the Catalyst Leadership Center.
Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at Grace and Peace Community on the west-side of Chicago. She is a preacher, liturgist and activist who re-imagining the intersection of worship and justice.
In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God’s mission of reconciliation and justice in the world. Sandra served as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program Director, Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe), and Northwestern University Team leader (Multiethnic fellowship).
Sandra’s influence has also reached many others through her leadership and preaching on topics such of worship and formation, justice, racial identity and reconciliation, and global mission. She has been featured at Wheaton College, North Park University, The Justice Conference, Evangelical Covenant conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and various churches. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. Sandra was also the Worship Director for the IFES World Assemblyin Mexico 2015, Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta 2016 and Global Gathering in South Africa 2018.
In addition to her ministry experience, Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and has been published in multiple journals. She has authored God’s Graffiti Devotional, Still Evangelical, The Mission of Worship and The Next Worship.
Danielle’s aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing justice departments and church plants, to launching global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new initiatives to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently through initiatives like Amplify Peace, Brave Global, Infinitum, and Women Speaking Collective.
Danielle is the proud mom of 3 boys and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.