A FREE Seminar for Ministry Leaders
Featuring experts in Leadership | Church Health & Growth | Architecture | Construction | Fundraising
What story does your building tell about the kind of church God has called you to be?
Your community is your mission field.
Does your building reflect a ministry outpost or a religious museum?
Let’s rethink the purpose of church facilities and explore how we can bring the church back to the center of the community through spaces that are more flexible, accessible, hospitable, relevant and inclusive.
Discover how church buildings can be designed to be more effective ministry tools that meet the needs of the community 7 days a week.
Join us as we explore what it means to be an embedded church - a ministry that not only shifts from an internal to an external focus, but one that is physically and spiritually woven into the fabric of their community.
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Hear from industry experts and experienced pastors who have pioneered the embedded church model. Learn how to establish a new culture and transform facilities that will allow you to engage with your community in new and exciting ways.
Principal Architect, Building God's Way
Don has one of the most extensive backgrounds in church, school and performing arts architecture, designing prominent facilities all across the U.S. throughout his 35 year career. Don has become a leader in the field of faith-based architecture and has been recognized with a number of national design awards, including multiple WFX Solomon Awards for Best Church Architect, Best Church Design, Best Special Project and Best Digital Church. He is also a recipient of the LCEF Arts & Architecture Award for Best Liturgical Design and former President of the American Institute of Architects for the State of Utah. Don will share unique design strategies focused on creating spaces that are more flexible, relevant and inclusive, including mixed-use options that allow ministries to leverage their facilities seven days a week.
Senior Pastor of The Genesis Project - Ogden, UT
Matt is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Genesis Project, a church based in Ogden, Utah that has grown to a multi-site movement in 6 communities across the nation reaching thousands every week. For 18 years Matt has served in various roles helping churches and denominations revitalize and reimagine their church planting strategies through an embedded, sustainable, community lens. Matt and his family moved to Utah in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of planting a “church for people who don’t do church.” That dream has materialized as The Genesis Project, a church moved to reach the darkest areas of the city with the hope of Jesus. The church operates a full-service event center, community coffee shop, multiple ministry and rehabilitation homes and non-profit community services.
Planting & Coaching Director, The Genesis Project National Network
Mark Orphan has spent the last 28 years in ministry and leadership as a pastor and consultant. He has built, funded, and led coalition projects of as many as thirty faith and community-based organizations to collaborate regionally in California and Colorado serving at-risk or foster/adoptive families and youth. Mark leads a national church planting movement that targets communities afflicted by poverty and great need. He is certified by the Paterson Center as a LifePlan and StratOp facilitator providing coaching and strategic planning for leaders and organizations and is certified by Family Wellness Associates as an instructor serving at-risk families. He is also the founder of Finally Home Foundation and SERVE 6.8 and co-founder of Mika Community Development Corporation. He has an MA in Church Leadership from Vanguard University of Southern California and he and his wife, Kristin, have been part of three church-planting teams.
Lead Pastor, Anthem Church
Prior to moving to Oregon in 1985, Brad was instrumental in the planting of eight churches in California and Nevada. He was the associate pastor of New Beginnings Christian Center from 1990-2004, overseeing its growth from 30 people into one of the larger churches in the Portland Metro area. In 2004 he became the lead Pastor at New Beginnings and in 2012 he led the church through a merger and rebrand with another congregation, resulting in the new name “Anthem Church.”
Pastor Brad has been successful in cultivating Anthem’s DNA into a place where people are passionate about transformation, unity, and transparency. He has personally been committed and successful in breaking barriers between communities, resulting in a diverse and culturally sustainable congregation. His personal mission statement is “to reconnect people with their God and Creator; to heal their broken worlds, to teach every person how to be biblically successful in life, and fulfill their God-given purpose.”
Pastor Brad loves the local church and continues to be passionate about church planting, growing successful leaders and encouraging emerging ministers and pastors.
Mission Viejo, CA
Director of "Kid City" Children's Ministries, Mount of Olives Church
Michelle is an industry leader in creative programming for kids and families and was the founder and developer of the K-6 grade Outreach Service Program that was utilized in 18 schools in South Orange County. She is also the developer and coordinator of the largest MOPS program in the US. As the Director of Kid City at Mount of Olives Church, Michelle has led the children’s ministry to incredible growth. A visionary teacher, producer and creative director, Michelle specializes in developing curriculum and programming in the areas of theater arts, visual arts, music, and character development. Michelle is able to bring fresh creativity to every event she produces and she is passionate about developing servant leaders and life-long followers of Christ.
Lead Pastor, Life Link Church - Gilbert, AZ
“Linking People and God Together for Life.” That was the vision of Life Link Church when it began in 2006 with a group of 30 adults and 20 kids lead by Pastor David Wright. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2006 David and his wife Chereé shared the vision God had given them about planting a local church that would be a part of God’s BIG plan for the Southeast Phoenix Valley. With the help of that team of pioneers – and the supernatural favor of God – Life Link Church began meeting in small groups the following week. God added to their numbers so rapidly that they outgrew the homes they were meeting in within just a few weeks. Life Link Church celebrated its Grand Opening on Easter Sunday of 2006 with 254 people in attendance.
Since that time, the vision has remained the same as the church has grown through the initial set up phase, into a building of their own, and now in preparation for multi-site campuses. Life Link Church focuses on helping people from all walks of life and faith backgrounds make the life-changing “link” (relationship) with Jesus Christ and with a Christ-centered church family that would transform their lives forever.
Rev. Dr. Larry Macon, Sr.
Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, OH
For the past 31 years he has been a preacher, teacher and civic leader of the community. Dr. Macon’s ministry focus has been on the family and has specialized in the study of African American males in the areas of spiritual, personal and transformational growth. Mt. Zion has become one of the leading churches in the Greater Cleveland community.
Dr. Macon is an accomplished author, educator, teacher and preacher. He has published seven major and important writings. His recent accomplishment include hosting the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program held at the church with over 7,431 felons turning themselves in and 1200 warrants being lifted in 4 days (2010). He was then consecrated Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Alliance of Ohio (2010). For the past five years he has held the largest faith-based gathering in the region - Praisefest.
Larry Macon, Jr.
Executive Pastor, Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, OH
An inspirational speaker, pastor, teacher, and writer, Pastor Larry Macon, Jr. co-authored the book "Porch Stories: Told and Interpreted,” and recently released his second book entitled “Captured but Not Conquered: How to Live the Life of a Survivor.” Larry is a graduate of Florida A&M University College of Law, where he graduated in the Inaugural Class of 2005 and received his Jurist Doctorate of Law. He also received his Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He has served as a trained mediator for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and named a Minority Leaders Fellow in Washington D.C. Larry is a native Clevelander and grew up in the Bedford Heights Community.
Lead Pastor, Northview Church - Carmel, IN
Known to his friends and colleagues as a leader, teacher and visionary, Steve has served for 19 years as Lead Pastor of Northview Church. Under his leadership, the church has grown in attendance from 500 to over 8,500 across 11 campuses. Steve’s previous background in business gives him a distinctive understanding and heart for professionals. He has led Northview with a passion for the unchurched and one part of the Church’s mission is to help people connect with God and with others. Serving others is a key element of this; so important, in fact, that once a year, Steve cancels services as the entire church goes out into the community to serve individuals and organizations. Steve will share about some specific things you can do as a pastor that will grow your church and help you make some serious waves for the Kingdom.
Multi Site Campus Director, Northview Church - Carmel, IN
Jason provides leadership and direction to the multisite strategy and future campus expansion at Northview Church and has served in many other leadership roles during his 17 years at the church. Jason will share Northview's unique approach to multisite and how their strategy is enabling them to move further and faster in their mission of Connecting people with God and People with people. “Our whole multi-site strategy is to take the church to the people so that location is not a barrier to attend one of our services.”
CEO, BGW Sustainable Solutions
Eric is the author of the book, “The Mission-Based Entrepreneur Revolution: Developing Economic Engines that Drive Mission-based Movements.” The success stories shared in this book about integrating for-profit business models in churches have been featured in a number of national publications and television broadcasts. A senior Pastor for over 20 years, Eric is an innovator and a pioneer in the financially sustainable, “embedded church” model and he travels the country helping church leaders to discover and develop the untapped potential of these opportunities.
Executive Chairman, Man in the Mirror
For three decades Patrick Morley has been regarded as one of America’s most respected authorities on the unique challenges and opportunities that men face. In 1989, he wrote “The Man in the Mirror,” a landmark book rooted in his own search for purpose and a deeper relationship with God. With over three million copies in print, “The Man in the Mirror” captured the imaginations of men worldwide and was selected as one of the hundred most influential Christian books of the twentieth century. Altogether, Patrick is the best-selling author of twenty books and more than 750 articles.
In 1991, Patrick founded Man in the Mirror, which has impacted the lives of 10 million men worldwide, has distributed 9 million books, and last year worked with 30,000 church leaders to more effectively disciple men. Through his speaking and writing he is a tireless advocate for men, encouraging and inspiring them to change their lives in Christ. He has appeared on several hundred radio and television programs, and speaks to men daily through The Man in the Mirror radio program carried over 300 stations nationwide. His vision is “for every church to disciple every man” through local area directors who help churches disciple men more effectively.
Founder & President of The Collage Companies
Brian is the founder and President of The Collage Companies, a design build, integrated services firm that is an established leader in the construction industry, headquartered in Central FL. He has directed the firm’s activities and rapid growth towards quality and excellence since 1982. Brian is a charter member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and has served as Director on the National DBIA Board. His design and construction projects have won numerous awards and his extensive knowledge of fully integrated services and years of successful design-build projects make him an industry expert. Brian has been published in several magazines and industry journals and is a requested speaker for industry and community groups and organizations. As the exclusive Building God’s Way contractor for central and north Florida, The Collage Companies has a unique understanding of faith-based projects and a passion for helping congregations be the best stewards of God’s resources.
Little Rock, AR
Founding Pastor, Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas
A thought-leading author, pastor, and recognized champion of the Multiethnic Church Movement, Mark planted the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas in 2001 where he serves as Directional Leader. Mark co-founded the Mosaix Global Network with Dr. George Yancey and today serves as its president. He has written six books including his latest, “Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community” (March 2017). He is also a contributing editor for Outreach magazine where his column, "Mosaic" appears in each issue. Mark is an Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and teaches D.Min. courses at seminaries across the country including TEDS, Western, and Phoenix, where he earned his own D.Min. in 2006.
Lead Pastor of Destiny Church in Leesburg, VA
In 1998, Greg Wigfield was running a successful insurance company and had gained recognition as an innovative leader. Yet he knew God had given him the business for the sole purpose of ministry. So he waited on God to reveal his plan. Shortly thereafter, Greg was given the book “The Purpose Driven Church” by Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren. Reading it, he realized that Pastor Rick was doing what he wanted to do—reaching unchurched people.
In 1999, Greg and his wife Pam, along with a dozen other people, planted Destiny Church. From the very beginning, Greg has had a vision of a community church that would reach people who had written off church, or people who knew very little about Jesus Christ and His church. However, during all his years of ministry, Greg has continued to operate the insurance company he started in 1984, allowing him to sustain his family and 30+ other employees without any cost to the church.
Greg’s ministry passion is to be able to help start new churches in order to reach more people for Jesus Christ. His father and grandfather gave over a century of ministry to starting churches and making disciples throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Greg continues to build on that legacy. Greg received his undergraduate education from Southeastern University and Shenandoah Conservatory. He earned an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Divinity from Regent University. He and Pam have been involved in planting four churches and Greg also served as Chaplain to the Washington Redskins from 1982 until 1988 under the leadership of Coach Joe Gibbs.