Mega Church vs. Mega Impact: How Small Churches Can Make An Extraordinary Impact

90% of all churches have less than 350 people. While many celebrity pastors have mega churches, most church leaders will never experience that…and that’s ok! In fact, it may be better. A small group of people committed to a philosophy of “deep roots” is the answer for American neighborhoods. Come and learn about the deep beauty and extraordinary impact of long-term, place-based ministry.

Two Workshop Outcomes:

  1. Pastors and laypersons of small to medium sized churches will learn how to maximize their impact in their community
  2. Learn to maximize the impact of the deep roots approach to community engagement and mobilization

Relief vs. Development: How churches can get people out of poverty

Quit asking, “How do we help people in poverty?” and start asking, “How do we get people out of poverty…through the church?” This approach will change everything! This workshop will share with you how to move past food and clothing banks and into substantial, relational work with the poor.

Two Workshop Outcomes:

  1. Participants will learn to make permanent, positive change in the lives of those in poverty through significant relationship development.
  2. Participants will learn to identify the spiritual poverty involved on both sides of the financial poverty line.

Small Groups vs. Missional Community Groups: Power of living on mission

American Christians have been educated beyond their obedience, have lost their evangelistic mission, and have settled for a church experience that involves a high-octane weekend experience. For authentic Christianity to take root, Christians must have a different approach to doing church. Living on mission with a group of people for a significant period of time is the answer to the feeling of isolation that plagues many modern believers. Come and learn how to live out your faith in deep community.

Two Workshop Outcomes

  1. Participants will be given a roadmap for how missional groups can live together as a community of people who are devoted to Jesus, to one another, and to their neighbors in the city
  2. Participants will be challenged to move from theory to practice, from good intentions to action, and from talking about reaching their neighbors to becoming a community on mission.

Personality Tests vs Identity Development: Thoroughly understanding your divine imprint

If you do kingdom work, you should know yourself better than any other human. While most talk around identity stops at personality tests or your “identity in Christ,” understanding your true identity involves going far deeper into exploring all the facets of the divine image in you.  Identity development will give you tools to deeply understand who God created you to be and what problems He has created you to solve.

Two Workshop Outcomes:

  1. Participants will learn to identify and develop their true personal and spiritual identity
  2. Participants will learn to inspire purpose and identity driven problem solving through intensive identity development.

Using Poverty and Refugee Immersion Experiences to Recruit Mentors

“Experiential learning” is a powerful medium used to motivate people to engage in  ministry areas or where they fear their lack of experience.  Participants in such guided, multi-day immersion experiences into the lives of the poor or refugees come away more informed about challenges faced by those on the margins, and more confident and motivated to engage personally in such ministries. This workshop will give participants both the philosophy behind such immersion experiences as well as practical, specific, step-by-step instructions on how to run a poverty or refugee weekend in their contexts.

Two Workshop Outcomes:

  1. Participants will see the advantage of using experiential learning experiences to engage people practically in ministry contexts that they fear.
  2. Participants will have a clear understanding of how to organize and conduct such immersion experiences in their own context for the purpose of mobilizing them for mentoring/ministry.

Cracking the Code:  Getting Majority Culture to Embrace Working WITH the Poor

A key factor in mobilizing suburban middle to upper class people for community development is widespread, meaningful, mutually-beneficial relationships with people across class lines. When both poor and middle-class realize their strengths, as well as their own relational, spiritual, emotional or economic poverty, healthy relationships can flourish. A leader’s role is to facilitate multiple contexts that bring people together to foster relationship and ministry. This workshop will demonstrate the process and practice of bringing people together across racial and class lines for relational healing and ministry.

Two Workshop Outcomes:

  1. Participants will grasp the crucial role multi-ethnic and multi-class relationships play in community development.
  2. Participants will be motivated by this model to lead and facilitate such relationships across class and racial lines in their respective contexts for the purpose of increasing the impact of their ministries and community development efforts.

How Gang Violence Brought Unity to the Church

Denver has been experiencing the worst uptick in gang violence since 2008. The Mayor of Denver called a culturally and racially diverse group of faith leaders to come together to help solve the problem. However, within one month the internal fighting was so intense it almost squelched the efforts to bring reconciliation tin our city. Learn how this faith collective came together to prevent acts of violence and begin restoring our local community to cultural and spiritual wholeness through the power of redemptive, multicultural relationships.

Church Planting In The City

This session will teach church planters how to recruit a launch team, cast a compelling vision, raise financial resources, and capture the attention of your community.

Becoming An Externally Focused Church

This session will equip students on how to reach out into urban communities.  Jason is involved in neighborhood organizations, schools, and non-profits.  They will draw on his experience and share best practices.

Being the Church:  How to Move From Building a Sunday Morning Service to Changing A Community

I am an elder at a church that is a collection of home fellowships.  We minister in a large metro area but have chosen to focus on an area that is 12 square miles.  Currently, over half of our adult attendees live in the focus area.  Our desire is to plant 100 home fellowships in the neighborhood in twenty years. We believe that this will have an impact on the entire neighborhood for the glory of God.

How To Build a Healthy, Multi-Ethnic Church:  America is becoming more diverse every year.  The majority of births in America today are non-white and thus the church must rise to meet this cultural shift.  Providence Bible Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual church with services in Spanish, English, and Swahili.  I will share the lessons we have learned and the struggles that accompany this type of mission.

Principles for Community Transformation In Urban Centers: This session unpacks the philosophical and biblical foundations of transformational development and its work in impoverished communities everywhere. Learn key principles, processes and practices such as relocation, redistribution, and reconciliation.

Churches and Public Schools In America’s Cities:  How To Partner Effectively:  If the church is truly the hope for the world, then we need to be active participants in educational reform. Learn how the church can build bridges with neighborhood schools to get their people involved and help turn them around.  We have partnered with neighborhood schools and are working to help close the achievement gap between Anglo and minority students.

Thriving As A Ministry Family in an Urban Neighborhood: Christian families that relocate or remain in urban neighborhoods must be able to thrive and overcome spiritual and environmental barriers to have effective ministries. While discussing the obstacles, this workshop seeks to see how living out this calling brings awesome opportunities and benefits unique to the urban ministry family and how it glorifies God.  I will share personal experiences that have shaped our understanding in this area.

The Least of These?  How About Who Society Calls “the Worst of These?” Effective Ministry to Ex-Offenders:  2.5 million people are incarcerated in America today.  In Colorado, 11,000 of them are released back into the community every year.  This workshop will talk about the journey Providence has been on to help these men and women re-integrate successfully into society.

Understanding White Privilege:  Middle-class, white Americans are moving to America’s urban centers by the droves.  The vast majority are young people and those who are Christians are becoming active in the church with a desire to make a difference in the inner-cities of our nation.  However, most do not understand the “white backpack” that they bring into the neighborhood that their black and brown neighbors see so easily.  This workshop helps Anglo Americans become more sensitive to the dynamics around race and class in ministry settings.

How to Find Assets in Under-Resourced Communities: This workshop gives practical ways to the community as a learner. Learn how to explore the gifts, passions, skills, and dreams of the community before creating ministry. Then, map the information to make it accessible to all the community and to your church and form ministries to meet the true needs.
Helping the Poor Without Hurting Them:  This workshop focuses on development ministry versus betterment ministry; rehabilitation instead of just relief.  Much of mercy ministry in under-resourced neighborhoods has had a detrimental affect upon the people they serve.  This workshop teaches principles that help people by developing them and preserving their dignity.

Refugee Ministry – Reaching America’s Hidden Mission Field:  Since 1975, America has allowed 2.5 million refugees to resettle in America.  Many are brought to America’s urban centers for jobs and services.  They are given aid for about the first six months and then they are on their own.  Providence ministers to about forty African refugees and has a heart to effectively ministry to those who do not know our language, our culture, or our way of practicing our faith.  This workshop explains the hard work and the rewards associated with helping this population.