Irresistible Community Small Groups Leadership Training Broadcast Conference|
Bill Donahue, Dr. James Bryan Smith, Chris Surratt, Ben Reed, Steve Gladden, Jeanne Stevens, Rick Howerton, Bill Willits, Dr. Mick Nelson
Irresistible Community Small Groups Leadership Training:
(On screen broadcast from 9 am - 3:30 pm includes live Q & A, plus a bonus live in-house training session in the last session for churches / groups wanting Alpha training from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm)
We all want a place where our stories matter, our voices are heard, our uniqueness is celebrated, our failures are embraced, and our hopes are unleashed. This kind of deep, life-changing community was modeled perfectly by Jesus and the ragged bunch of disciples with whom he chose to spend his time. This small community multiplied and reached the world with the message of Jesus.
Can we create these thriving communities in our churches? Yes!
Pastor, Leaders, invest in your small groups leadership teams
Strong Authentic Communities = Strong Healthy Churches!!
On Saturday, May 28th at Broadway Church in Vancouver, join Bill Donahue, small group specialist and pioneer of the Willow Creek small group initiative, Dr. James Bryan Smith and many other lay leaders, pastors, and ministry experts for a valuable and much needed on-screen broadcast, small group leadership training event. Designed for your small group leadership teams and attenders, this information-packed one-day event will envision, equip and inspire your teams to lead their small groups well, so that the small group ministry in your church thrives. A healthy, vibrant and growing church is one built on strong, authentic and caring communities within the church walls!
Plus! A value-added bonus, live in-house training session!
“Learning to lead Alpha small groups that include both churched and unchurched people”
Dr. Mick Nelson, Director of Discipleship Ministries at Broadway Church will teach your leaders the knowledge and skills needed to lead these unique Alpha groups effectively in your church as we prepare for the nation-wide Alpha promotional campaign coming this fall with TV personality adventurer Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls.
Get on board, bring your leaders, teachers, small group teams to a day that is sure to ignite a fire for those entrusted with growing and building a strong community within your church family! Take advantage of the group rate available when you register 5 or more of your people.
Register today as seating capacity for this training in the lower auditorium of Broadway Church will be limited to 200!
Registration (select from drop down box below):
$39.00 Single Ticket
$34.00 per person. Group rate of 5 or more purchased together
$49.00 per person at the Door if space available. Group rates will not apply on the day of the event
* add 5% GST to all prices
** In-house catered lunch option available from Broadway Church's catering dept. (purchase deadline Fri. May 20th). Includes lunch and 3 coffee breaks. We recommend you purchase this option to stay on-site for lunch and meet others.
Call Beracah Productions at (604) 879 –1124 for more info or sponsorship and exhibit opportunities of your ministry or company on site.
9:00 am – 3:30 pm – On-screen broadcast includes live Q & A
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm - live in-house training session for churches / groups wanting Alpha training
Session 1 – 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Bill Donahue – “What Makes a Group/a Community so Irresistible?”
This session will discuss how the power of community can change lives.
Bill will be talking about how Jesus engaged his followers in transformational discussions, challenging them to step out in faith and live life in community and love.
Morning Break – 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Session 2 – 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
James Bryan Smith – “Becoming a Transformational Community”
Jim will be covering practices a group can do together to promote spiritual growth.
Jim is head of the apprentice program which focuses on all of us being apprentices to Jesus as we make disciples together in relationships.
Lunch – 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (optional in-house catered lunch available, go to a local establishment nearby or bring your own)
Session 3 – 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Greg Bowman and Chris Surratt – “Groups for the Rest of Us: Connecting the Unconnected”
Greg and Chris will be discussing how we reach out to and connect with the broken and challenging people in our world.
True community has a heart for people who have been beaten up by life and who need a safe, loving home in community. This will be an engaging interview and discussion format.
Afternoon Break – 2:00 pm-2:15 pm
Session 4 – 2:15 pm-3:30 pm
Jeanne Stevens – “No One Suffers Alone: The Healing Power of Community”
Jeanne will be sharing about how we are transformed by the process of suffering together and growing in the grace of God through that experience.
Having weathered many storms in her life including family health challenges as well as ministry challenges, Jeanne knows why leaders need to walk together in community through pain and heartache.
Bill Donahue will close out the on-screen sessions talking leader to leader. What does it take to be a transformational leader as we go out from this place?
Our focus has been on building community and making disciples who follow Jesus. Now what is our responsibility as we practice self–leadership in the way of Jesus?
Dismissal or Break - Changeover to live session – 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Session 5 – 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Live in-house Alpha Training session for Churches or Groups wanting to start one or currently hosting the Alpha program
Dr. Mick Nelson – “Learning to lead Alpha small groups that include both churched and unchurched people”
Mick, Director of Discipleship Ministries at Broadway Church, will teach your leaders the knowledge and skills needed to lead these unique Alpha groups effectively in your church
as we prepare for the nation-wide Alpha promotional campaign coming this fall with TV personality adventurer Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls.
Irresistible Community Presenters (on Screen):
Ø Bill Donahue, Phd. - Small group specialist and pioneer of the Willow Creek small group initiative. For 18 years he was Director of Group Life and Leadership Development for the Willow Creek Community Church & Association designing strategies and resources for leaders worldwide. A popular conference speaker, author and strategic voice in areas of transformational leadership, community building, and missional clarity, Bill’s newest book is The Irresistible Community: An Invitation to Life Together. His best-selling resources include Leading Life-changing Small Groups, Coaching Life-Changing Leaders (with Greg Bowman), Making Small Groups Work (with Henry Cloud and John Townsend), and Building a Life-changing Small Group Ministry (with Russ Robinson). As President of the LeaderSync Group, a leadership development firm and a professor at Trinity International University, Dr. Donahue brings energy and passion to developing life-changing leaders who have world-changing impact.
Ø Dr. James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; D.Min Fuller Seminary) – Author of 8 books, Dr. Smith is the Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute and currently a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.
Ø Chris Surratt - Pastor Of Ministries at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN, where he oversaw and helped guide Small Groups and Global and Local Good across five campuses and formerly Worship Arts pastor at Seacoast Church in SC. Both Cross Point and Seacoast are two of the faster growing churches in the US. Chris also works with Leadership Network in creating collaborative learning environments for churches from across the world. He is passionate about helping people find their next steps toward God within the context of community. Chris’s first book is called Small Groups For The Rest Of Us: How to Design Your Small Groups System to Reach the Fringes.
Ø Jeanne Stevens - is one of the lead pastors of Soul City Church in Chicago, IL. She also served at Willow Creek Community Church for 11 years as a Student Ministry Pastor and on the staff of North Point Community Church for 4 years. Her passion is to develop leaders and to encourage people to live boldly. Jeanne is the author of Soul School, a contributor to the Bible Study and DVD Series “Twelve Women of the Bible” as well as “Real Women, Real Faith”.
Ø Steve Gladen – M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary. Steve has been Pastor of Small Groups at Saddleback Church since 1998. He oversees the strategic launch and development of over 5,000 adult small groups on multiple campuses. He has authored Small Groups With Purpose, which has been translated into seven languages to date, and Leading Small Groups With Purpose. He frequently speaks at conferences and consults with church leaders both in the United States and around the world.
Ø Ben Reed - Ben is the lead small group pastor at the Lake Forest campus of Saddleback Community Church, leading the groups team and focusing on small group health. He thrives on building healthy, biblical, authentic, life-changing communities. Ben is also the communications director for The Small Group Network.
Ø Rick Howerton - Rick is the Small Groups and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. He has authored many small group studies, is a highly sought after trainer and speaker, and is the author of Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual as well as the revolutionary book, A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic. Rick’s deepest passion and goal in life is to see, “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.”
Ø Bill Willits - Bill is the Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries (NPM), the parent organization of their six Atlanta churches as well as thirty-one strategic partner churches throughout the world. One of the founding staff members of North Point, Bill is a graduate of Florida State University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the co-author of the book, Creating Community with Andy Stanley. His passion for community has helped connect over 40,000 adults into the benefits of small group life, but his most important small group consists of his wife, Terry, and their fifteen-year-old daughter Bailey.
Ø Dr. Mick Nelson – Live on-site presenter with an Alpha Training component. Mick is the Director of Discipleship Ministries at Broadway Church, Vancouver, one of the largest and long-standing churches with a well respected history in the lower mainland area. Mick oversees many of the small groups and cultural ministries at Broadway church and directs one of the biggest Alpha programs in the city. If you’re thinking of starting an Alpha program in your church, your home, or even on a school campus, and want to be a part of the big Alpha nation-wide campaign happening this fall in Canada, plan to attend the last session of this conference when Mick will equip your Alpha leaders in how to effectively lead their tables and also do a Q and A session to address your needs and concerns.