PLANT! Conference Workshops

The PLANT! Conference is designed to inform and inspire church planting in all GCC churches. Our desire is that the main sessions and tracks equip leaders to catalyze a culture for planting in every church. What if every GCC church and ministry in it sensed a mission to plant? We are not advocating that each church is ready to plant a church this year, but each church has an opportunity to plan and prepare to plant a church. The reality is that our time is now. So, together as a network let’s START NOW to pray and prepare to PLANT!

Track: Current and Potential Senior Pastors/Elders/Planters

Thursdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – March 4

Leading and Planting a Church Planting Church

John Crabtree & Christian McNeilly

Workshop #2 – March 11

Why Every Church Needs a Leadership Pipeline

John Crabtree & Christian McNeilly

Workshop #3 – March 18

The Place for Planter Preparation

John Crabtree & Christian McNeilly

Workshop #4 – March 25

Becoming a Church-Planting Church

John Crabtree & Christian McNeilly

Track: Wives of Pastors and Planters

Mondays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – March 1

Blocked Longings in Troubling Times, Part 1

Denine Blevins & Emily Hartman (Parakaleo)

Workshop #2 – March 8

Blocked Longings in Troubling Times, Part 2

Denine Blevins & Emily Hartman (Parakaleo)

Workshop #3 – March 15

Loving Your Staff Wives Well

Andrea Griffith

Workshop #4 – March 22

Building a Biblically Saturated Women’s Ministry

Laura White

Track: XPs / Admin Pastors

Thursdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – March 4
Note Special
Time—6:00pm ET

How to Navigate the Waters of a World Gone Crazy

Tim Beltz

Workshop #2 – March 11 Note Special
Time—6:00pm ET

Policies Needed for the Church in a World Gone Crazy

Tim Beltz

Workshop #3 – March 18

Looking Back: A Case Study of Gospel City Church in 2020

Wes Ward

Workshop #4 – March 25

Looking Forward: How We’re Thinking about a New Reality in 2021

Wes Ward

Track: Creating a Soul Care Culture

Thursdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – March 4

Developing a Transforming Culture of Soul Care

Garrett Higbee, Paul Meldrum

Workshop #2 – March 11

Implementing Soul Care in Churches of All Sizes

Garrett Higbee, Paul Meldrum, Lee Lewis

Workshop #3 – March 18

Using Freedom Groups and Soul Care as a Front Door to the Discipleship Pathway.

Garrett Higbee, Paul Meldrum, Lee Lewis

 

Workshop #4 – March 25

Counseling in a Season of Crisis: How Does the Church Become a Soul Care Hospital?

Garrett Higbee, Paul Meldrum

Track: Communications

Thursdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – March 4

Utilizing Your Church’s Social Media—But Better

Rodney Calfee

Workshop #2 – March 11

Purposeful Podcasting for Church Leaders 

Marty Duren

Workshop #3 – March 18

Better Blogging for Greater Impact 

Marty Duren

Workshop #4 – March 25

Don’t Think You Should (or Already) Market Your Church? Think Again…

Rodney Calfee

Track: Family Ministries

Thursdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – April 8

Foundation for Family Ministry

Greg Vanderleeuw,
Karl Whittingstall,
Jared Schnapf,
Matt Bunch

Workshop #2 – April 15

Leading and Serving in Kids Ministry

Greg Vanderleeuw,
Karl Whittingstall,
Jared Schnapf,
Matt Bunch

Workshop #3 – April 22

Leading and Serving in Youth Ministry

Greg Vanderleeuw,
Karl Whittingstall,
Jared Schnapf,
Matt Bunch

Workshop #4 – April 29

Becoming a Multiplying Family Ministry

Greg Vanderleeuw,
Karl Whittingstall,
Jared Schnapf,
Matt Bunch

Track: Worship / Production

Tuesdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – April 6

Worship Team Building: Everyone Remain Calm

Kyle Fredricks

Workshop #2 – April 13

Cultivating a Heart for Worship in Your People

Micah Klutinoty

Workshop #3 – April 20

Discipleship Over Performance

Cliff Cline

Workshop #4 – April 27

Healthy Production Practices

Dave Putnam, Marc Dalzell

Track: Miscellaneous 

Tuesdays | 8pm Eastern

Workshop #1 – March 2

How Support Staff “Fits” Into Ministry Calling

Laura Zimmerman

Workshop #2 – March 9

Prayer and Planting

Robbie Symons

Workshop #3 – March 16

Outreach: Evangelism and Compassion Ministries

Jerry Lingenfelter

Workshop #4 – March 23

Planning Special Events

Laura Zimmerman

Tracks and Workshop Descriptions

Pastor, Elder, Planter, Potential Planters
Week 1: Leading and Planting a Church Planting Church
Church leaders in network partnership can lead churches to become church planting churches. You will learn how discipleship and having a Discipleship Pathway is foundational to church planting.

Week 2: Why Every Church Needs A Leadership Pipeline
Leadership development in the church must be intentional because it doesn’t just happen by itself. You will learn how a Leadership Pipeline multiplies, and develops leaders through an ongoing process of identifying, training and deployment.

Week 3: The Place for Planter Preparation
Preparing planters in the church is pivotal for their development. You will learn the 10 essential competencies for a church planter and understand the value of a residency or other comparable planter development plan.

Week 4: Becoming a Church Planting Church
Churches can become church planting churches. You will learn about the marks of a missional ecosystem and understand the unique partnership between a church and our network when it comes to planting a church.

Pastor and Planter Wives

Are you struggling in your role as the wife of a church planter or pastor? This track will equip you to learn how the gospel helps to navigate the challenges in life and ministry. Two workshops in this track are led by Parakaleo (which means “coming alongside” in the Greek), a ministry that has been equipping women in church planting and ministry for 15 years. They use practical, visual tools to make gospel theology easily accessible in the moments of struggle in a judgment-free, relational training environment. The other two workshops are led by our very own Andrea Griffith and Laura White who have been pouring into women for a number of years from their perspective as wives of Senior Pastors.

Blocked Longings in Troubling Times – Denine Blevins & Emily Hartman (Parakaleo)

God created us to be loved, valued and protected. In our fallen world, we don’t always get what we want. Loved ones pass away. Schools close. Church plants fail. What does the gospel have to say about these unfulfilled desires? Parakaleo helps women in church planting make the truth of the gospel accessible in challenging times. Hosts Denine Blevins and Emily Hartman will model how to unpack a real-time struggle using one of our visual tools, which participants can use for their own hearts and the women they come alongside. The workshop will be divided into two parts (March 1 & 8).

Loving Your Staff Wives Well – Andrea Griffith

Relationships among the wives of our staff can be some of our most cherished friendships as often we find ourselves understanding each other in ways that only those in ministry can. These relationships can also be tricky as we walk through a minefield of diversity, misunderstandings, and generational differences. Having been a ministry wife for over 25 years, Andrea Griffith will share the humorous and sometimes difficult journey of why and how to love and care for staff wives well.

Building a Biblically Saturated Women’s Ministry – Laura White

There is a difference between biblically based and biblically saturated. In the midst of such uncertain times, we need to press in and offer our women hope, help, and teaching that is based on and dripping with God’s Word. Laura White will lead a practical discussion on the ways women’s ministry can stay the course biblically and how to press into leadership development creatively. Let’s join together to establish a biblical hunger within our women.

Executive and Administrative Pastors

If you are an executive or administrative pastor you will not want to miss two workshops led by our friend and partner Tim Beltz, and two workshops led by our ministry partner Wes Ward. Tim is an experienced leader in the business, military, nonprofit, and church arenas. He authored, Charting the Course: How to Navigate the Legal Side of a Church Plant. We actively serve, learn from, and partner with ministries outside ourselves because our heart is for gospel expansion.

Wes is the Executive Pastor at Gospel City Church. In this track you will learn how to navigate the church in a world gone crazy and what policies are needed in such a world.

Navigating the Waters of a World Gone Crazy – Tim Beltz

XPs and Admin Pastors serve a similar role as a ship’s navigator. Skilled navigators pay attention to everything going on in the ship and in the external environment in order to stay on course. This is a difficult role in the best of times and insanity in a tumultuous year like 2020 where all ships (churches) at sea have experienced a tempest and the crews are spent…with more stormy weather ahead. This track is for “navigators” who need fresh tools, tips, and principles for weathering the waters of a world gone crazy.

Essential Church Policies – Tim Beltz

One of the most recurring questions we hear from both church planters and XPs alike is which absolutely essential policies a church needs at various stages of its maturity. Upon completion of this session you will know what policies your church needs right now to be above reproach. Additionally, copies of actual church policies will be offered to those participating in the session in order to serve your church leadership team.

Looking back: A Case Study of Gospel City Church in 2020 – Wes Ward

Looking forward: How Gospel City is Thinking about a New Reality in 2021 – Wes Ward

Creating a Soul Care Culture

If you are interested in discipleship / soul care and want to create a soul care culture in the church this track is for you. There are seasons of soul care in a church and these workshops will help you to think about soul care as the church grows. Intentional care is a cultural value in our network and you will discover that we provide supplemental care and crisis intervention for pastors and church leaders. The leaders for this track include Garrett Higbee, Paul Meldrum and others from the Leadership Care Team of GCC.

Developing a Transforming Culture of Soul Care – Paul Meldrum and Garrett Higbee

In this workshop we will focus on how transforming counsel is best embedded in a transforming culture that promotes authentic community. We will look at how plurality health and soul care’s connection with discipleship are significant factors in the success of a soul care ministry in the local church.

Implementing Soul Care in Churches of All Sizes – Paul Meldrum and Garrett Higbee

The size and stage of development of a church must be considered when trying to implement soul care. Both equipping and care will be contextualized in a way that no matter the size of you church you can effectively make, mature, and multiply healthy disciples for Christ.

Using Freedom Groups and Soul Care as a Front Door to a Discipleship Pathway – Paul Meldrum and Garrett Higbee

There are few better ways to serve the marginalized or peripheral people in your community than a vital soul care ministry. We will look at ways to care for those who might otherwise never come to the church. We will learn how to use soul care ministry as an on-ramp to a discipleship pathway that includes regular church attendance, small group, and assimilation.

Counseling in a Season of Crisis: How Does the Church Become a Soul Care Hospital? – Paul Meldrum and Garrett Higbee

We are living in a world desperate for real peace, community and hope. How ready are we to meet a crisis with the help, hope and healing of Christ and His word when it visits our community, or our church? We will consider how to discern the church’s role in crisis, how to equip our staff and elders for crisis, and how crisis is an opportunity to further the Gospel.

Communications

This track is for writers, bloggers, speakers and marketers. Our own Marty Duren, GCC Director of Communications, and our friend and partner Rodney Calfee will help you understand how the world of communication is changing and how you can respond to become a more effective communicator. We value relational connection, but is it possible to build relational capital while becoming a more effective communicator in a digital world?

Better Blogging for Greater Impact – Marty Duren

You too can be a better blogger, providing your readers with more consistent quality content. In this workshop you’ll learn about topic selection, formatting, creating time to write, and social media support for your blogging.

Purposeful Podcasting for Church Leaders – Marty Duren

If you want to start a podcast or learn some helpful tips for making your podcast better, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn about recording options, tools, planning, scheduling guests, and how to publish your content to the whole world.

Utilizing Your Church’s Social Media—But Better – Rodney Calfee

The world communicates differently than it did not so long ago. The influence of social media in just about every arena of modern life is undeniable—just look back at the election season for a little proof (or don’t look back at the election season, because, wow…). If your church is not social media savvy, you’re behind the curve, and it matters. If you’re connected and utilizing social media, you likely still have opportunity for growth. Why should you focus here? Because everyone you’re trying to reach is, and they’re looking for answers. They’re looking for an opportunity to connect, to grow, to learn, and to find community. Come join me as we discuss the opportunity you have to reach the people around you and how you can engage them in a healthy way.

Don’t Think You Should (or Already) Market Your Church? Think Again… – Rodney Calfee

Marketing is not a word you hear very often in church and ministry circles. Whether you know it or not, though, you’re marketing your church regularly, so you need to go into it with eyes wide open. Social media, PR, direct mail, website traffic, and even your membership talking about your church with friends and neighbors defines your “brand,” which shapes the impression of every person you are trying to reach. You can’t afford to leave that impression to chance. Come join a discussion about the viability of marketing your church and how to do it well utilizing the tools at your disposal.

Family Ministries

Serving children and students is such a rewarding experience, but have you ever thought about how leaders of children and students can prepare for church planting? As a network we ensure the gospel is the theological center for everything we do and these workshops are designed to help leaders in family ministries live out the gospel through multiplication. Workshop presenters are Greg Vanderleeuw, Karl Whittingstall, Jared Schnapf, and Matt Bunch.

Foundation for Family Ministry – Vanderleeuw, Whittingstall, Schnapf, and Bunch

This workshop will outline the importance of caring for the entire family as part of the church. In this time we will focus on understanding what transferable truths are important to understand, particularly establishing mission, vision, and core convictions. We will also look at how to pass these key elements on and learn about how things can be different as we multiply.

Leading and Serving in Kids Ministry – Vanderleeuw, Whittingstall, Schnapf, and Bunch

This session will discuss everything from logistics to purpose, as you help walk your Family Ministry team through developing a kids ministry. We will also discuss what it means to be a resource, guide, and mentor, but not a ruler of the ministry.

Leading and Serving in Youth Ministry – Vanderleeuw, Whittingstall, Schnapf, and Bunch

In this session we will discuss how your transferable truths can look different in a different context. We will discuss recruiting, casting vision, and creating a culture from the ground up. Setting expectations and a standard are best done at the beginning, so let us help you think through what that can look like.

Becoming a Multiplying Family Ministry – Vanderleeuw, Whittingstall, Schnapf, and Bunch

In this last session we will talk about what it means to become a multiplying Family Ministry. This involves letting go and letting people make different and sometimes better choices than you. We will discuss realistic goals and how success can be measured in a multiplying ministry. This session will highlight dependance on prayer and the need for the Lord to make any plant grow.

Worship and Production

Worship Team Building: Everyone Remain Calm – Kyle Fredericks

Helpful practices for starting out or starting over.

Cultivating a Heart of Worship in Your People – Micah Klutinoty

Growing what matters to God.

Discipleship Over Performance – Cliff Cline

Planting seeds that will turn into righteous trees.

Healthy Production Practices – Dave Putnam and Marc Dalzell

When worlds collide.

Miscellaneous

How Support Staff “Fits” into Ministry Calling – Laura Zimmerman

If you serve in a support staff role, it can be difficult to understand how you fit into a world of ministry “callings.” Together, we will look at what God’s word says about your calling to serve, pursue some best practices for support staff, and discuss the questions that are on the hearts of support staff.

Prayer and Planting – Robbie Symons

Outreach: Evangelism and Compassion Ministries – Jerry Lingenfelter

Planning Special Events – Laura Zimmerman

It takes more than one person to create a great event! Join us as we discuss some of the essential parts of building and leading an events team, coming up with great creative ideas, and keeping the main thing the main thing when planning special events.

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