Elder Equipping Conference 2018

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Sunny Hills Church of Christ

2255 N. Euclid St.

Fullerton, CA 92835

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Boldly Leading with Hope

Elder Equipping Conference for Church Elders and Ministers

There is no denying it: There has been a sea of change in our cultural landscape--one that has left the church in a challenging position. But what if we chose to lead from hope rather than despair?

Join us as we listen to Scripture, as we pray, and as we imagine together what God's Spirit may yet have in store for our churches.

Saturday, January 24, 2018

9 AM - 3:30 PM

Spouses are welcome.
Breakfast and lunch provided.

Hosted by Sunny Hills Church of Christ

2255 N. Euclid St.
Fullerton, CA

For questions, call Church Relations at 310.506.4270 or email


Mike Cope

Mike Cope was a minister for 35 years, preaching at Pine Valley Church of Christ in Wilmington, North Carolina (1982-84), College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas (84-91), Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas (1991-2009), and the Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland, Texas (2011-2017). In addition to directing Harbor: the Pepperdine Bible Lectures since 2013, he works with church leaders, speaks across the country, and directs Pepperdine's "Sanctuary: Thriving in Ministry" grant from the Lilly Endowment. In 1994, the Copes lost their daughter, Megan, who was ten. Their journey of loss and joy-amid-grief has sharpened their interest in those things that ultimately matter in life. Mike and his wife, Diane, have two sons: Matt and Jenna (who have three children), and Chris and Chloe.

Rick Gibson

Rick Gibson serves as Pepperdine's Vice President of Church Relations and Public Affairs. He works directly with President Benton to shape the University's vision, interprets it for various audiences, and provides message leadership through integrated marketing strategies. Prior to joining the University in 1997, Rick served for eleven years as a minister at the Mission Viejo Church of Christ in south Orange County, CA. He and his wife Agnes worship at the University Church of Christ.

Joey Cope

Joey Cope is the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and associate general counsel at Abilene Christian University’s Dallas campus. In addition to his work with ACU, Joey has served as an adjunct professor at the Pepperdine School of Law (Malibu, CA), the Bowen School of Law (Little Rock, AR), and the Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Program at Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX). He is the co-author of Texas Practice Guide: Alternative Dispute Resolution. Since 2000, Joey has been involved in mediating disputes of all kinds, with a special emphasis on conflict within churches. A Texas attorney, he is recognized professionally through his work as a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Section for Alternative Dispute Resolution and as a past member of the board of directors of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He served as an elder of the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene for thirteen years. Joey is blessed through his marriage to Nancy, his partner in life for 43 years.

Jeff Walling

Jeff Walling has been speaking for over 20 years in inspirational and motivational workshops and seminars across the globe. Having preached for some of the largest churches in the country, he is regularly called on to keynote for youth conferences. Jeff received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine in speech/communication, a master's degree in religion at Pepperdine, and an honorary doctorate from Hope University in Fullerton, California. Prior to joining Pepperdine, he was the preaching minister of the Providence Road Church of Christ in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1997. He also served churches in Orange County, California, for over 20 years. Jeff serves as Pepperdine's Director of the Youth Leadership Initiative, working to raise up the next generation of young Christian leaders. He and his wife Kathryn worship at the University Church of Christ.


9:00 AM - Check-In and Breakfast

9:30 AM - Worship

10:00 AM - Session with Mike Cope

10:45 AM - Session with Joey Cope

11:45 AM - Elder session with Mike Cope / Minister session with Joey Cope

12:30 PM - Lunch

1:30 PM - Discussion session with Rick Gibson

2:30 PM - Exhortation by Jeff Walling

3:15 PM - Prayer of Blessing for Elders & Ministers

3:30 PM - Conclusion

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