Keynote & General Sessions

Keynote Sessions

Ryan Miller

Founder & Coach at Share the Struggle

Your Calling is Not in What You Do; It’s in Being a Servant Leader

Tuesday, October 22nd 8:00-9:00 AM

It’s vital to understand that what you do in your role is not the most important part of your job. Your calling is not to steward or manage your facilities or teams or even the safety of people who come into your building. Your calling is to be a servant leader in everything you do.

This keynote session is geared towards the Church Buildings, Church Safety, and Facility Stewardship Conferences, but is open to anyone attending CFX 2024.


Renewing Your Mind to Get Out of Your Ministry Performance Rut

Tuesday, October 22nd 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, constantly doing the same things over and over and not knowing how to move forward? Often these ruts lead us to becoming static in our efforts, which can also lead to a stagnant faith and ministry performance plateau. How do we get out of this rut? We renew our minds by forgetting the things we think we know and allow ourselves to be open to creating new pathways in our brains that can lead to a more vibrant faith and ministry performance growth.

This keynote session is geared towards the Tech Arts Conference, but is open to anyone attending CFX 2024.

General Sessions

Phil Mershon

Experience Coach, Author, and Event Pastor

Creating a Welcoming Church: Strategies to Keep Newcomers and Members Coming Back

Wednesday, October 23rd 10:00-11:00 AM

Do you want to see more people showing up to your services and getting connected to your community? It starts with your first impressions. In this session, join Phil Mershon, event experience coach, author, and event pastor, as he explores strategies that work based on biblical concepts and modern science. You’ll walk away with ideas you can implement at your church next week.

This general session is geared towards the Church Buildings and Facility Stewardship Conferences, but is open to anyone attending CFX 2024.


Chris Grollnek

Active Shooter Response and Prevention Expert

The Gift of Time: A Proactive Approach to Safety in an Active Shooter Situation

Wednesday, October 23rd 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Join us for an insightful and vital presentation by Chris Grollnek, an expert in active shooter response and prevention. This is a must-attend session for anyone interested in understanding the realities of active shooter situations and learning how to protect themselves and others.

In this engaging session, Grollnek shares hard-hitting facts about active shootings, backed by thorough research and real-world statistics. He emphasizes the crucial concept of buying time in these critical situations, highlighting that the average church shooting lasts eight minutesthe same amount of time it typically takes for police to respond. Grollnek discusses how reducing the time to recognize and respond to such threats can be life-saving.

Drawing on his extensive experience and analysis of major incidentsincluding Columbine, Virginia Tech, Parkland, and UvaldeGrollnek presents a compelling case for a proactive approach to safety. He offers practical advice, including knowing your environment, having a clear action plan, and the importance of acting decisively rather than hiding.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from a leading expert in the field.

This general session is geared towards the Church Safety Conference, but is open to anyone attending CFX 2024.