Pre-Institute Sessions

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Pre-Institute Sessions

Wednesday, September 27

AM Session: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PM Session: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

A Practical Approach to Human ResourcesLisa Viehweg, Janelle GregoryChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute PM
Behind the Scenes of KiDSCORNick Ransom, Lori TruppEducation Ministry, Pre-Institute PM
Building a Creative and Authentic Culture in WorshipJustin Huey, Matt BiselPre-Institute PM, Worship Arts
Building a Disciple Making MinistryMichelle KirbyAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM
Building a Foundation: The Essentials of Student MinistryDave MageeEducation Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
Church Governance and Strategic PlanningDan EntwistleChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute PM
Creating a Culture of CallTeri Chalker, Wendy Chrostek, Taylor Ogden ThomasEducation Ministry, Pre-Institute PM
Creating a Culture of Radical HospitalityDebi NixonConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
Creating Successful Support MinistriesKaren LampeConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute PM
Financial Practices for Churches of All SizesBrent Messick, Kelly WilliamsChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute AM
Going Multi-SiteScott Chrostek, Jason Gant, Penny EllwoodChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute PM
Leadership Lessons from MosesOlu BrownChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute PM
Learning Contentment in a Culture of MoreMelissa SpoelstraAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM, Pre-Institute PM
Making Connections - Visitor and Member Follow-UpYvonne Gentile, Melanie Hill, Ginny HowellConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute PM
More than Coffee: A Workshop Conversation on Millennials and ChurchChris AbelConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
Nine Essential Processes for An Optimized ChurchKay KotanChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute AM, Pre-Institute PM
Personal Evangelism & Creating a Culture of InvitationScott Chrostek, Kelly SisneyConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
Planning Worship from Singing to SermonGlen ShoupPre-Institute PM, Worship Arts
Reaching Boomers with Dynamic MinistryClayton Smith, Shari Wilkins, Dave WilsonAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM
Revitalizing Worship Through Creativity for Small and Medium Size ChurchesJason MoorePre-Institute AM, Pre-Institute PM, Worship Arts
Small Group Essentials: Making Small Groups G.R.E.A.T.Chris FolmsbeeAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute PM
Special Needs Ministry? Just Do It!Jennifer Ross, Joan BairdEducation Ministry, Pre-Institute PM
Spiritual Gifts Discovery: Putting Your Spiritual Gifts (and Your Congregation's) to WorkMelanie Hill, Darrell HoltzAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM
Start This/Stop ThatJim Cowart, Jen CowartChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute AM, Pre-Institute PM
The Caring Congregation, Strategies for Empowering Clergy and Laity in the Ministry of CareKaren LampeConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
The Church Communicators Tool BoxCathy BienConnections Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
The Connected Life: Small Groups that Build CommunityJacob ArmstrongAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM, Pre-Institute PM
The Essentials of Children's MinistryLori Trupp, Nick RansomEducation Ministry, Pre-Institute AM
The Nuts and Bolts of Traditional and Contemporary Music MinistryKevin Bogan, Lance WinklerPre-Institute AM, Worship Arts
Transformational Serving Beyond Your Community (Global and US Missions)Cayce Stapp, Carol CartmillAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM
Transforming Your Local Community Through Mission ServiceCarol CartmillAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute PM
Turnaround Churches: Walking with Your Congregation in the Steps of NehemiahJoseph DanielsAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM, Pre-Institute PM
Unleashing the Generosity of Your CongregationClayton Smith, Ken SloanChurch Operations & Leadership, Pre-Institute PM
Unleashing the Word-Preaching with Relevance, Purpose and PassionAdam HamiltonPre-Institute AM, Worship Arts
What Do You Want From Me? Ministry to Middle School and High School StudentsAndy Guarini, Sam Johnson, Dave MageeEducation Ministry, Pre-Institute PM
Women's MinistryMichelle Funk, Abby O'Neill, Marty Sinclair, Shirley Yarick, Michelle LentellAdult Discipleship, Pre-Institute AM

Leadership Institute Registration


Early Bird

Through August 31

Pre-Institute: $45/session ($49 Standard Rate)

Leadership Institute: $159 ($199 Standard Rate)


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, a discounted rate for young adults is available. Learn more about this and Early Bird rates on the Registration Information page.


Please join us in thanking the Leadership Institute 2017 Sponsors. Because of their generosity, we are able to extend deep discounts to Young Adults and international guests. Each of these sponsors will have a table in the Narthex during Leadership Institute and we encourage you to visit with sponsor representatives during the conference.