P-T Workshops

SHEPHERDING THROUGH PREACHING

The Benefit of a Sermon Planning Cohort (Mark Christian, Monte French, and Jordan Ickes) | Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

What do you do when you have meetings, pastoral calls, and staff issues and your sermon is due in five days? How do you decide what to preach when the series you’re in is over? How do you test ideas for practicality and theology? Just as David had Jonathan and Nathan and Jesus sent the disciples out two by two, ministry is not a solo venture. Regardless of the size of your church or staff, having friends to share life with and plan sermons alongside is a way to ensure your own personal growth and longevity in ministry.

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Leading Through Preaching (Drew Sherman) | Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Compass Christian Church uses the entire teaching team to lead the church with the preaching schedule. Hear specific examples on how to use the team for capital campaigns, social issues, and helping the church be committed to your mission.

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Shepherding with Your Voice: Sermonic Borrowing...How Far Is Too Far? (Jason Poznich) | Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

In a digital world, any preacher can find any other preacher's sermon anytime they want, which elevates the temptation to commit homiletical thievery. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what is and what is not acceptable when it comes to using someone else's sermon.

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Preaching as Shepherding the Flock (Mark Scott) | Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Shepherds feed, lead, guard, and comfort the flock. Preachers can go and do likewise through the pulpit. Over the long haul preaching can leverage feeding (teaching), leading (equipping), guarding (protecting), and comforting (uplifting and inspiring) for the edification of God's people.

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SHEPHERDING IN THE SMALL CHURCH

Mission Impossible: Leading a Church Staff That’s On Time, On Fire, and On Mission (Chris Collier) Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

If you’ve figured out everything related to leading a church staff, we’ll visit you after the conference. But if you're still learning like the rest of us, come hear encouragement learned from the school of hard knocks. Explore practical steps to thrive as a church staff of any size.

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Pastoral Leadership (Warren Brosi) | Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

The Shepherd has given his shepherds a gift in the Psalms to help lead his people. Come see how the Psalms can equip us to shepherd God’s flock.

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Renewing Leaders, Revitalizing Churches (Adam Jones) Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Many pastors dream of revitalizing churches with a new sense of purpose, energy, and mission.  But it’s impossible to separate the health of a church from the health of its leaders, so we must be prepared to do the hard work of renewing leaders before we’ll ever have a thriving church.

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Connecting People to Grace and Truth (Rusty Hedger) | Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

The task of shepherding the sheep is to point them to the Good Shepherd, protect them from the savage wolves, and provide them restoration, refreshment, and resources along the journey. This workshop will share ideas on what that might look like in a small church.

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SHEPHERDING AS DISCIPLESHIP

Rooted Small Groups Discipleship (Rob Maupin) Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Hear the history of how Compass Christian Church connected with Rooted, why it works so well, how it transformed our church, and how it can be a powerful force to help transform your church.  

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Rooted Community Engagement (Phillip Kemp) Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

A look at how the Rooted Serve Experience has accelerated the community outreach at Compass Christian Church. Learn from our mistakes and hear how God has used it to make an impact in our area and beyond.

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Rooted Global Outreach (C.M. Habermehl) | Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Rooted has been a massive accelerator of global outreach work at Compass Christian Church. Hear what has gone well with our outreach partners, how the Holy Spirit is still working, and some of the mistakes we’ve made along the way.

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Ministering to Those with Special Needs (Bekah Behnke)Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Come discuss the ability of our friends with intellectual disabilities to not simply attend church, but build a relationship with Christ. Through deep friendship, community, and the Spirit, a foundation can be laid in the hearts and minds of these friends. 

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Ministering to Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers (Brent and Heather Ashby) | Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Many in our churches and communities are silently struggling under the weight of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. How can we better care for both those affected by the disease as well as their caregivers? This workshop addresses the specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those with Alzheimer’s Disease along with strategies for caregiving.

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THE HEART OF A SHEPHERD

Spiritual and Mental Health (Dr. Kevin Whisman) | Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Whisman will examine research on the spiritual and mental health of today’s shepherds and their flock. Particular focus will be given to Psalm 23. Strategies to improve the overall health of the church will be provided.

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Spiritual Disciplines of a Leader (Elijah Dally) | Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Spiritual leaders often don't act spiritual. Tasks and interruptions replace our time with God, and our souls become neglected in the process. We’ll consider both what we must dispose of and consume if we are going to be effective and healthy leaders in the kingdom of God.

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The Practice of Sabbath (Jon and April Kehrer) | Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Sabbath is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. Come join a conversation about the Sabbath's biblical foundations and the practical implementation of rest in our daily lives.

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Understanding Spiritual Conflict (Wade Landers)Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

This workshop will provide a biblical starting point for developing a healthy Christ-centered understanding and approach to spiritual conflict at work in this world. Suggested resources to address this topic in your context will be provided.

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SHEPHERDING IN WORSHIP

Service Planning (Samantha Snow) | Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Come learn important steps necessary to form a foundation for planning worship services in the local church. 

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Worship Culture (Brian Sites) | Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Cultivating a vibrant worship culture is more than simply picking songs or putting the service order together.  We’ll discuss some of the ingredients necessary to foster a worship environment that glorifies God and engages your congregation.

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Praising through Psalms (Matt Stafford) | Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

As a collection of 150 model prayers, the Book of Psalms is our teacher in how to speak to God and lead the congregation in worship. Discover practical tools for understanding and applying these ancient prayers in modern worship.

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SHEPHERDING THE NEXT GENERATION

Calling the Next Generation to Vocational Ministry (Ben Cross and Cathy Cook) | Tuesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

God’s call to full-time, vocational ministry is exciting, overwhelming, and sometimes even confusing for students. Helping the next generation of students hear and respond to that call is an investment in the future of the church—and your church—that we can’t afford not to make.

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Engaging with College Students (Dave Embree, Austin Marple, and Matt Myer) | Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

What happens to students after high school graduation? Where do we start with young adult ministry? This demographic can seem confusing and elusive, but they are hungry for the gospel. Join three college ministers as they discuss opportunities with young adults in your community.

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Ministering to Children and Their Families (Stacey Spikereit) | Wednesday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Family ministry is an approach that helps children in every age level become lifelong disciples, partnering with and inspiring parents whose primary responsibility is to be spiritual leaders at home. Ministering to children is ministering to families, so we want to create teams, content, policies, and environments that build and equip disciples to make disciples.

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Faithfulness in Youth Ministry (Jess Hinton) | Wednesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Longevity in youth ministry doesn’t happen overnight. It is not just an accidental position. It is a thought-out, purposeful plan to pour into the lives of young people when they are quite possibly the most vulnerable. What does it mean to stick it out? What does it take to remain in youth ministry for the long haul? Where do you fit into the picture?

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