2013 Annual Leadership Conference: Cultivating Your Own Spiritual Life
The 2013 Annual Leadership Conference is called, “Cultivating Your Own Spiritual Life.” Our keynote speaker this year is Colin Smith who is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Chicago, IL. The conference will be held on February 22-23, 2013. The location for this year’s conference is Cornerstone Community Bible Church, 6701 FM 762 Rd., Rosenberg, TX 77469. We hope you’ll join us!
Keynote Speaker: Colin Smith
Senior Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, Chicago, IL
Colin Smith is Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, a multi-site church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland he trained at the London School of Theology where he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Theology and Master of Philosophy. Before coming to the states in 1996, Colin served as Senior Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London.
He is the author of nine books including, Jonah, Unlocking the Bible Story and 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible, and The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life. His preaching ministry is shared through the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible and through his website, www.UnlockingtheBible.org
Colin & his wife, Karen, reside in Arlington Heights, Illinois, have two married sons, and are awaiting the arrival of their second grandchild in early 2013.
Friday – Cultivating Your Own Spiritual Life – Parts 1 & 2
1st Session: The Preaching Ministry of Jesus
Christian preachers are called to proclaim Christ, and the Savior himself gives us the model for our proclamation. Based on Luke 4, this workshop will highlight the key distinctive’s of Christ-centered expository preaching from our Lord’s own example.
2nd Session: Expository Preaching
Present Christ in a way that is biblical, theological, clear and compelling. This workshop will explore a ‘sandbox’ for preachers who want to see lives changed by the living power of God’s Word.
An Interview Friday Evening with Bill Hamel (EFCA President)
The oldest of four children, Bill was born in Marquette, MI, raised in northern Wisconsin, and graduated from high school in Stanley, WI. He is a graduate of WheatonCollege and has his M.Div. from TrinityEvangelicalDivinitySchool. In 1998, Bill received honorary doctorates of divinity from both TrinityEvangelicalDivinitySchool and TrinityWesternUniversity.
Bill was Senior Pastor at West Bloomington EFC (now CrossPoint Church) for over thirteen years and was Midwest District Superintendent for nearly five years before coming to the EFCA national office. His first position there was Executive Vice President, and he was elected President in 1997.
Bill and his wife Karen have been married since 1968. They have two married daughters, Krista (David Masterson) and Kari (Eric Berglund). They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren. A lifelong football enthusiast, Bill is the office's most avid Green Bay Packer fan.
Tx - Ok District Superintendent Bob Rowley will be interviewing EFCA President Bill Hamel during the Friday evening session after the banquet.
Chad McCartney and Brent Kirkley
Senior Pastor/Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Laredo, TX
Workshop Session 2 on Saturday: Church Health Check-up
Summary: We all know the Church is a Body. It is a living organism, not just an organization. However, just as our physical body has a variety of systems within it (digestive, cardiovascular, nervous, etc) that help maintain its health, it is also true that the local Church body needs some systems to help maintain its health. Come learn what these systems are and some simple, clear ways you can measure and maintain the health of your Church.
EFCA ReachGlobal Director of Recruiting
Dave Rofkahr has a tremendous background in grass roots campus ministry, cross-cultural church planting (in Asia for thirteen years), BAM--Business as Mission strategy, training, and leadership. He has a Masters of Theology with an emphasis in church planting from Dallas Theological Seminary. From 1984-1990, he served on staff with Student Mobilization at the University of Arkansas and the University of
Central Arkansas. He has also served as a Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor for
churches in the US and Asia. He most recently served as the International
Director for all of Asia for EFCA ReachGlobal and now serves as its US Director
of Recruiting. He is married with three children and now makes his home in Woodbury, Minnesota. He hopes to bring glory to God by using the talents and opportunities God has entrusted to him to strategically multiply healthy leaders and churches among all people.
Available Both Workshop Sessions on Saturday: The Ephesus Project
What is it? Ephesus project is a global equipping effort to develop church planters - not an event but a movement! Church Planter Training will take different shapes: Church-based training, training centers, and workshops that build on each other. The training becomes sustainable after the regional launch and carries into new generations of training. In order to be effective, national trainers must be prepared and materials must be “home grown” or adapted to on-the-ground realities. Teams of lay and bi-vocational workers are coached by experienced player-coaches who have proven themselves competent and faithful. Teams from US churches participate through short-term teams to strengthen church planting efforts.
CIF Vice President, Operations
Scott is responsible for managing and overseeing CIF's operational efforts including administration of the IRA program, transaction processing and loan origination systems, and oversight of the operations staff. Scott joined CIF in September of 2007 as Operations Manager and in 2012 took the role of Vice President - Operations. Prior to joining CIF, he was Vice President-Consumer Banking for Community National Bank. He has also worked for two large national banks holding various positions in market management and business development. Mr. Achterling earned his management degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He and his wife reside in Woodbury, MN and are members of Five Oaks Community Church.
Workshop Session 1 on Saturday: Financial Options for Your Ministry Expansion. Covering what you should be aware of with respect to real estate loans, capital campaigns, consulting services and investing with CIF.
Workshop Session 2 on Saturday: On Generosity
Tony Ramos is an Immigration attorney from Laredo, Texas handling a high
volume of cases out of the Laredo and San Antonio offices. Together with two other attorneys and seventeen assistants M.A. Ramos & Associates, PC has handled thousands of immigration cases. Tony has also been involved with Immigrant Hope, a ministry of the EFCA to the immigrant population particularly advising undocumented aliens in the U.S. Affiliated since 1989 with the EFCA, he understands the desire of Christians who want to minister to undocumented immigrants while at the same time respecting U.S. laws.
Workshop Session 2 on Saturday: Information You Need When Ministering to Undocumented Immigrants
If you desire to minister to undocumented immigrants you should be aware of laws that affect what you can do legally and what you should not do. This workshop will also give you a primer on immigration laws regarding who is eligible to be immigrated, the waiting periods for different categories of immigrants, the effect of illegal presence in the U.S., and common problems encountered by immigrants in the process of immigrating.
Sean Matthew O’Brien
The Social Media Virtuoso at @VidageCM
Sean does many things. He can even do a few of them well! Sean owns Vidage Creative Media, a company dedicated to virtualizing content. Sean operates @VidageCM as a side business as he finishes his Master of Theology Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. He graduates in May of this year. He is happy.
Sean is also currently serving the EFCA TX-OK district as a church planter in residence. After graduation, Sean will be church planting with the EFCA. Sean has a diversity of responsibilities for the district and is actively pursuing all the knowledge he can about church planting. Sean serves directly under Dr. Bob Rowley as his intern.
Prior to relocating to Dallas for seminary, Sean launched several technology companies in the Metro Milwaukee area. Through several key experiences he learned of his life’s calling to entrepreneurial church planting here in America. Sean resides in Allen, Texas with his wife Krysta and their 6 children. They attend Grace EFC in Allen.
Workshop Session 1 on Saturday: @PoMoSocial: Communicating to postmoderns using social media
The goal of this presentation is to help your church better communicate with postmodern thinkers by using social media. The world of social media is HUGE! Let’s streamline it for the church into the following areas:
- Search Engine Optimization Refresh
- (and facebook too)
- Mobile Apps
For those who attended the YouTwitFace presentation last year, there will be fresh and revised content this year. Specifically, Pinterest will be introduced and you will learn why you need to be using this in your church. Bring your tech team with you!
District Director of Student Ministries, Youth Pastor, Grace Bible Church Laredo
Tim serves as the Youth Pastor at Grace Bible Church Laredo and District Director for Student Ministries. He graduated from John Brown University and is currently studying at Dallas Theological Seminary.
He grew up in Laredo, TX and enjoys Mexican food, basketball, and spending time with Cristina. They’ve been married 1 ½ years now and have an 8 foot pet boa constrictor, Buddy.
Student Ministry Training – Disciplemaking Is Relationships
An invitation for you to explore being a disciple... who makes disciples... who makes more disciples. It's a fresh, simple, and profound look at what it means to follow Jesus together. This session is for youth pastors, youth workers, students, and anyone who wants to learn more about disciplemaking. This training helps you and your team wrestle the question: “What does 1st century Jesus-like disciplemaking look like in the 21st century Western world?”
(This is a SPECIAL STUDENT MINISTRY TRACK only available 8:30am-1pm on Saturday see brochure)
District Women’s Ministry Mobilizer
Melanie and her husband Ron have lived and ministered in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area for nearly 40 years. Besides raising three children, Melanie has
focused on ministry to women for most of those years—as a Bible study author
and teacher, MOPS mentor mom, small group leader, and director of women’s
ministries—always with the goal of leading women to not only become Jesus’
disciple but also to grow into discipling other women. For the past year,
Melanie has served as Women’s Mobilizer for the Texas-Oklahoma District. Her
mission is to encourage women of all ages and stages of life to pursue disciplemaking as a lifestyle and to equip them as they do so. Ron and Melanie currently attend Oak Hills Community Church in Argyle, TX.
Saturday: Walk the Disciplemaking Pathway
Go Beyond the Weekday Study & Christmas Brunch - Live intentionally to take what you have learned (discipleship) and lead others through the process (disciplemaking) in both your personal life and church life.
These sessions are offered as part of a SPECIAL WOMEN'S MINISTRY TRACK see brochure)
Session 1: Engaging Nonbelievers as a Lifestyle
Session 2: Establishing Believers & Equipping New Disciplemakers
Conference Events Schedule
Friday, February 22nd
|1:00 pm:||Worship and Greeting|
|1:30 pm:||Cultivating Your Own Spiritual Life – Part 1 with
|4:30 pm:||Cultivating Your Own Spiritual Life – Part 2 with Colin Smith|
Saturday, February 23rd
|Workshop Session 1|
10:30 am -
|Workshop Session 2|
|12:00 pm:||Lunch and any unfinished business|
When & Where
2013 Annual Leadership Conference: Cultivating Your Own Spiritual Life held on February 22-23, 2013 at Cornerstone Community Bible Church, 6701 FM 762 Rd., Rosenberg, TX 7746
6701 FM 762 Road
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM (CST)
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EFCA Texas - Oklahoma District
Our Purpose: We equip and encourage our churches to bring about the transformation of individuals and communities through Jesus Christ.
Our Kingdom Concept: We are a Gospel-centered movement which catalyzes multiplication in our churches so they transform lives and communities for God’s glory (by multiplying healthy churches among all people across Texas and Oklahoma).