October 2022



Monday October 24
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CFX Communications Boot Camp





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  • Dr. Jen Bennett
    Dr. Jen Bennett
    Professor, Host of the She Impacts Culture Podcast, Author, and Speaker


    Dr. Jen Bennett

    Dr. Jen Bennett

    Professor, Host of the She Impacts Culture Podcast, Author, and Speaker








    Dr. Jen Bennett is a driven visionary communicator who has a unique way of connecting with her audience. She enjoys teaching, leading, and building and is committed to helping others be successful. As a Strategic Communication Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, Jen equips college students to discover their voice, develop their expertise, and lead with influence to impact culture for Christ. Jen provides students with real-world opportunities that help launch them into the careers and professions that they are called to.

    Jen has coached various entrepreneurs, small business owners, ministries, organizations, and college students in social media, personal branding, marketing, and public relations. Jen was named as one of 61 Women in Digital You Should Be Following. In 2019 she was chosen as one of 55 social media influencers (out of 700 applicants) to attend #NASASocial for the Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch. She is also the author of the book #BeWorthFollowing: How to be Different and Influence People in a Crowded Social World. In April of 2021, Jen launched the She Impacts Culture podcast, a podcast for trailblazing, faith-based women who want to lead with influence and impact culture for Christ.


  • LaTan Roland Murphy
    LaTan Roland Murphy
    Speaker, Writer, Branding Consultant


    LaTan Roland Murphy

    LaTan Roland Murphy

    Speaker, Writer, Branding Consultant








    LaTan Roland Murphy is a sought-after speaker and award-winning writer who finds encouraging others her passion and purpose. Speaking with candid humility and raw honesty, LaTan draws from her own real-life mistakes and failures, inspiring audiences with hilarious personal stories. She and her husband, Joe, recently celebrated thirty-eight years of marriage. They will be the first to tell you they are still growing up together. She and Joe have three adult children: two sons and a daughter. They are blessed to have a loving son-in-law and daughter-in-law who feel more like biological children. In her spare time LaTan enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren—who totally captivate her heart.

    LaTan teaches branding workshops: Leverage with LaTan—consulting with ministry leaders, writers, speakers, teachers, and small business owners in developing brand ideas to help broaden their reach. LaTan also teaches training classes at conferences and workshops at The Billy Graham Training Center. LaTan finds great joy in helping others fulfill their God-given passions and purposes by sharing her wealth of knowledge as a columnist for eight consecutive years in nationally recognized WHOA Women’s Magazine, and as a radio host on 94.7FM TheWord/Denver, Colorado (Real Victory Radio). Many of her award-winning articles have been featured in Fox News, Inside Edition, 700 Club, and The Daily Mail in the UK. Her award-winning books have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine’s MUST READS. LaTan’s recent award-winning book entitled Courageous Women of the Bible can be ordered here:
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  • Laura Woodworth
    Laura Woodworth
    Writer, Producer, Director, Former Communications Director


    Laura Woodworth

    Laura Woodworth

    Writer, Producer, Director, Former Communications Director












    Laura Woodworth is a development executive for Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles, a freelance writer-producer-director and a script consultant for Stage 32. With a B.A. in Ministerial Studies and postgraduate work in UCLA’s Professional Program in Producing, her awards include the International Christian Film Festival’s “Most Inspirational Short Film” and the Telly award-winning documentary, Asia: The Great Wall and Beyond of the TBN television series Inexplicable. A contributor to FamilyChristian.com, iDisciple and Pure Flix Insider, her YouVersion devotional plans have neared 150,000 subscribers. Her new devotional Through the Valley: A 40-Day Spiritual Journey to Move Your Life Forward in God, published by iDisciple Publishing, and her revised Effective Writing Development: How to Write Books, Blogs, Scripts and More to Share Your Faith with the World are both slated for a summer 2022 release. Find more at LauraWoodworth.com.
    Find Laura on IMDb here.


  • Misty Phillip
    Misty Phillip
    Podcast Host, Author, and Founder of Spark Media


    Misty Phillip

    Misty Phillip

    Podcast Host, Author, and Founder of Spark Media












    Misty is a dreamer and a doer who’s passionate about helping spark your soul message. She encourages people to use their story to give God glory. The Founder of Spark Media, Misty equips Christian communicators and podcasters through virtual and live events, a podcast network, magazine, and a thriving membership community. She is the host of the By His Grace Podcast ranked in the top 1.5 percent of all podcasts. Misty’s also a sought-after inspirational speaker and the author of the award-winning #1 Amazon New Release Bible Study, The Struggle is Real: But so is God, and the Spark Podcast Planner.


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Go deeper in your communication skills with the CFX Communication Boot Camp. If you’re in charge of communications for a church, this is your opportunity to be inspired and equipped to strategically direct the messaging of your brand or organization. Each session includes interactive and hands-on opportunities to elevate your skills as a communication pro.  

Part 1: The Strategic Role of a Communications Director

Laura Woodworth

What does it take to be a good communications director? Since the church shutdowns in 2020, your position has become increasingly critical to the growth and well-being of the church. In this session, we’ll cover the mindset you need to effectively communicate the pastor’s vision internally and externally, as well as the characteristics that will make you a valuable team player. As many church leaders rethink the value of a strong communications director, you’ll gain the skills to develop yourself and your communications team for effective messaging and marketing of your church brand.

Part 2: Strategic Communication & Discovering Your Voice

Dr. Jen Bennett

What does it mean to be strategic and how does knowing your voice impact your communication? How can churches lead in this noisy, crowded social media world? In today’s oversaturated online world of posts, memes, and videos, churches have an incredible opportunity to be bridge-builders. In this session, Dr. Jen Bennett will share her top tips that will help you build relationships with your audience, in a variety of ways and on a variety of platforms and formats. The goal? To help you impact and influence culture for Christ through your strategic communication.

Part 3: Branding, Marketing, and Creating Brand Ambassadors

LaTan Murphy

What sets your church apart from others? Did you realize by focusing on establishing a clear brand you will be able to bring visibility to reach more people eager to participate in all that your church represents? A clear brand helps people gravitate to your church based on how connected they feel to your outreach strategy. Then, once you’ve established your brand, it’s important to realize that, in today’s world, the value of developing solid brand ambassadors who set the stage for your church can attract, reach, and keep the most people for your mission.

Part 4: Platforms and Media to Use for Communications to Create & Recycle Killer Content 

Misty Phillip

You need to establish clear objectives for effective communications. Discover how to create killer content, break it into smaller pieces, and then repurpose it to create an effective digital strategy across media and social platforms. In this session, we’ll discuss the practical ways of how to do this well and how to not overwhelm yourself in the process.

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Monday October 24
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CFX Boot Camp: Next Level Livestreaming





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  • Tim Adams
    Tim Adams
    Owner of Timato Systems


    Tim Adams

    Tim Adams

    Owner of Timato Systems









    As an AV System Designer/Installer/Consultant/Author, I have served in church technical ministry for nearly 25 years, working my way from audio recording and live sound to live video, lighting and projection.

    I have worked with churches across the United States, and have consulted with churches in Australia, Suriname, Europe and Africa. I bring an intense passion for technical excellence to Timato Systems and my clientele, pushing past mediocrity by casting God-size vision for ministry and applying task to purpose, connecting otherwise mundane tasks to the real-world impact for those the ministry touches.


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Geared towards the church that wants to go deeper with their livestreaming broadcast, this intensive workshop will cover the specifics of how to go from basic to advanced with your livestream. We’ll cover audio, lighting, camera angles, software, and more.
Part 1: Moving Past Mediocre Audio
Learn how to move past just taking a mixed audio feed from your mixer. Step up to a fully mixed and customized audio mix that ensures your online viewers can hear clearly and are treated to a sonic experience that lets them feel like they really are an extension of the in-person congregation.
Part 2: Shine Your Light—Lighting That Moves
Move past adequate lighting and finally learn how to use lighting to control focus, depth, mood and atmosphere. Transform your worship space to allow your congregation to experience worship in an entirely new way.
Part 3: Livestream Like the Pros
Learn broadcast “best practices”: how and where to place your cameras, how to create production standards inside your own ministry that will deliver consistency and predictability for your live stream experience, understand the pros and cons of free streaming hosts vs. paid streaming hosts, copyright concerns, the good and the bad of software vs. hardware, and much more.
Part 4: Cohesion and Convergence
Tech must work together to maximize the experience for both in-person and online audiences. This means that your technical ministry, and everyone in it, must work together in cohesion to utilize your own developed best practices and standards. This will allow your church to deliver an experience that removes the barriers of technology and allows worship and the Word to be seen and heard clearly, anywhere and anytime
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Tuesday October 25
8:15 am – 9:15 am

What Makes Church Feel Like Home?





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  • Eric Kennedy
    Eric Kennedy
    Director of Facility Management & Project Manager at Stevens Creek Church


    Eric Kennedy

    Eric Kennedy

    Director of Facility Management & Project Manager at Stevens Creek Church







    After attending CFX 2021, Eric Kennedy felt compelled to participate as a presenter for 2022. He’s been with Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, GA for almost 10 years and loves his work.
    Even though he’s a licensed Pastor, he does not feel called to preach; instead, he’s called to build His church. Eric enjoys making the calls behind the scenes that focus on the future for generations to come.
    Eric is married to his wife Kristen and has 3 kids: Cameron who is 14, Christian who is 13 and Charlee Kate who is 4…oh and their French Bulldog, Lola Belle.
    Aside from serving at church, Eric also owns a small business called Blue Manor Design, LLC, a company he built that gives design and logistics to indoor and outdoor renovation projects.


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There are so many things that can take us back to “that feeling” you get when you close your eyes and think of home. Perhaps you smile. Do you see something? Do you hear that favorite song? Maybe you hear someone’s special voice, or maybe it’s the smell of grandma’s house or the touch of someone special. These senses are activated during special moments. Remember all the comforts of home? Where you felt safe, where you can remember the sounds, smells, the look of everything? Where love is inside every sense?

Now, how can we activate those senses for the people that walk through the doors of our churches? They are looking for a home on Sundays. So…does it look good, does it smell good and does it feel good? Is it a safe place? In this session, we’ll talk about how you can create a space that makes attendees feel at home.

In the end we have to remember we were once the newcomers to the church and we are being used by God to do some very amazing things to serve people. Our impact can be life changing for how they live life outside of church Monday through Saturday.

Takeaways include:

1 – Touch Points and First Impressions: Parking, Greeters, Lobby, Ushers, Worship Atmosphere

2 – Clear Signage with Great Coloring and Font

3 – Coffee Areas: Quality, Location

4 – Bathrooms: Cleanliness, Smell, Quality of Products

5 – Facilities Management Basics

6 – Staging the Church: Removal of Industrial Items, Designing the Space, Furniture Placement

7 – Vendor Relationships

8 – Relationships with Leadership, Vision Casting and Adopting


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Tuesday October 25
8:15 am – 9:15 am

Graphic Design & Shine: Dynamic Messages Through Bold Choices





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  • Jen Ratliff-Towner
    Jen Ratliff-Towner
    Tech Team Lead at Trinity Episcopal Church


    Jen Ratliff-Towner

    Jen Ratliff-Towner

    Tech Team Lead at Trinity Episcopal Church







    Jen Ratliff-Towner has the honor and privilege of leading the Tech Team at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tulsa, OK. She holds 2 degrees, one in Theatre and one in Graphic Design.
    She was a Stage Manager for live theatre in Los Angeles for 10 years, moved to Tulsa, OK, adopted 2 kids and needed a new career, so she got her second degree in Graphic Design. She owns her own graphic design company, T-Towner Creative.
    During the pandemic, her church needed someone to take over the live streaming production, so Jen stepped in as a volunteer. She is now on the Staff of Trinity Episcopal Church and many of her creations can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/trinitytulsa.
    She lives in Tulsa with her 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 kids and a very patient husband. She never met an animal she didn’t like and is also a huge gardening and theatre nerd.


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Soar on wings like eagles? Does that mean I use the free eagle image I stole off the Internet for my print ad?

Run and not grow weary? Is it OK to Photoshop an energy drink label on the communion chalice?

This educational deep dive into graphic design with a church-serving slant will cover the basics of graphic design concepts. We’ll walk through a case study of deliverables for a real life church live stream and marketing materials, how to hone creative thinking skills, and the secret to standing by design decisions while still maintaining a collaborative work environment with non-creative church personnel.

This session is for the target audiences of Communications, but could also be beneficial to Worship Arts/Production Teams, Administrators and Leadership.

Takeaways include:

– 7 Elements of Graphic Design: The Building Blocks

– 8 Fundamental Types of Graphic Design

– Where does your group shine? Industry tips on creating print, video, branding, events, social media and marketing materials

– Case Study: Full design process from conception to implementation

– Resources to consider from free sources and for basic to advanced skill levels

– Why Pinterest in Not Your Friend


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Tuesday October 25
8:15 am – 9:15 am

Creating a Video Shoot from Scratch





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  • Zach Kepple
    Zach Kepple
    Props Manager and Story Writer at Capernaum Studios


    Zach Kepple

    Zach Kepple

    Props Manager and Story Writer at Capernaum Studios








    Chaplain Zach Kepple has 12 years in acting, art design, assistant directing and writing in the film industry. Zach currently works for Capernaum Studios as set liaison between film makers and the studios and is co-creator of the film trilogy Washington’s Armor, produced by Capernaum Studios. He has worked with the design teams of The Chosen series, Eating with Enemy, and many more filmmakers that visit the studios.

    Capernaum Studios sets are featured in season one of The Chosen, Washingtonâ’s Armor and Eating with The Enemy, but can also be seen in Media Videos from Right Now Media and Ignitor Media. Building a community of Faith, Capernaum Studios has helped Tony Evans, The Potter’s House, Lifestyle Christianity and many more churches bring their sermon series and media to life.


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Church leaders are having to get creative with their sermon series and small group studies in order to connect in different ways with their congregation and community. The internet has changed how we do this; people are no longer connecting as often in the church building, but they are engaging in their homes, at work, and in their cars through videos and media.
In this session, we’ll learn how to create an engaging video from the ground up. Zach Kepple with Capernaum Studios will share how to plan for the shoot, what you’ll need to have on hand to make it successful, and all things related to the technical side of shooting a video.
Takeaways include:
– Planning for the Shoot
– Set Dressing, Props, Wardrobe
– Camera Work, Lighting and Audio
– Location, Location, Location
– Editing

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Tuesday October 25
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Role of Video Director for Broadcast & Livestreaming





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  • Andre Jones
    Andre Jones
    CEO of Another Jones Production LLC


    Andre Jones

    Andre Jones

    CEO of Another Jones Production LLC








    Andre Jones is a visual artist who communicates through the lens of a camera. A native of Northern Virginia, Jones began his professional career in the nation’s capitol at the public television station in Washington D.C. His professional journey has taken him around the world while working for some of the most respected media outlets in the country.

    Mr. Jones has been a network Photographer, Editor, Producer, Director, Master Control Operator, and Lighting Director. For over twenty years Jones has worked in the Atlanta market. He spent ten years at CNN covering everything from the O.J. Simpson trial to the 9/11 tragedy in New York. Five of his Emmy award winning years were spent at WSB-News 2, one of the most respected local news operations in the nation.

    Andre has worked as Director of Photography on the small budget feature film, Relationships and filmed the trailer for Church Swap.

    Jones conducts seminars and consults in the area of photojournalism. His professional commitment is industry noted with awards too numerous to mention. Jones was a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute. He has presented on the 2003 Flying Short Course and a judge for the NPPA 2004 Best of Photojournalism. He served on the Unity Visual Task Force in 2004 and is the founder and CEO of Another Jones Production LLC.

    His personal commitments are equally important. He often encourages and mentors youngsters. Andre also serves on the AVL team at his home church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. As part of his work at Ebenezer Baptist and with Another Jones Production LLC, he also trains, directs and edits video content for various churches in the Atlanta area and across the United States.


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In this session we will go over the role of a Director and how he or she is to tell a story with the cameras while building up the crew (volunteers). You are only as good as the people around you, but at the end of the day the Director is responsible for the final product.

Takeaways Include:

1 – Tools to take back to your church and be an effective Director immediately

2 – Tips to help make your volunteers better

3 – Ideas on how to do less coaching and framing so you can do more switching

4 – Methods to help you raise up leaders to take over when it’s time for you to move on


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Tuesday October 25
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Creating Incredible Services 52 Times a Year





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  • Ben Stapley
    Ben Stapley
    Executive Pastor at The Life Christian Church


    Ben Stapley

    Ben Stapley

    Executive Pastor at The Life Christian Church








    For over 20 years Ben has created & captured moving and memorable moments for individuals, non-profits & corporations across the globe. He has served on the executive team of multiple megachurches over his twenty years in ministry including Christ Fellowship Miami and Liquid Church. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor at The Life Christian Church leading staff and volunteers to execute the vision and mission of the church. TLCC is located in West Orange, New Jersey and is known for its active hospitality, vibrant diversity and robust leadership culture. Ben also consults for churches and speaks at conferences about leadership, communication and creativity.


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It’s easy for church services to get into a rut with Sunday coming every 7 days. Over 52 weeks a year the production, worship and creative teams can start relying on past successes instead of crafting dynamic new ones. Whether your services are timed to the minute or open ended, there are a number of approaches to develop dynamic church services. This talk will give you fresh perspectives and help you design inspiring services that draw people closer to Christ.

Takeaways Include:

1 – My top 10 list of avoiding predictable services from 20 years of experience

2 – Practical suggestions for churches sized 50, 500 and 5,000

3 – Inspiration to bring your best as you go back to your church


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Tuesday October 25
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

How Not to Hate Your Church Management Software





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  • Elliott Wood
    Elliott Wood
    Elder and Small Group Leader at Christ Community Church


    Elliott Wood

    Elliott Wood

    Elder and Small Group Leader at Christ Community Church








    Elliott Wood serves as an elder small group leader at Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN, and he’s also Director of Consulting at Enable Ministry Partners. Over the past 18 years, Elliott has consulted churches on IT strategy to enable support of their unique ministry strategies and discipleship pathways. Currently, Elliott is most active in helping churches use church management software more effectively – by facilitating a team-based approach to defining requirements and choosing new ChMS, to implementing or optimizing the configuration of ChMS to better solve ministry problems, and training staff to better use their ChMS. Elliott has served dozens of churches from 1000 in weekly attendance to over 40,000 in weekly attendance.


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Let’s face it: Church Management Software (ChMS) is a sore subject for many church staff. Instead of being seen as a tool to help do effective ministry, it is often seen as a hindrance, requiring more administrative effort than benefit.

Ask any ten ChMS users if they hate their ChMS, and chances are, you’ll get several yeses. No matter which ChMS product your church uses, a good percentage of your users are likely to be unsatisfied.

In this session, we’ll dialogue about the root causes of ChMS dissatisfaction—and how to address these root causes: wrong fit of software, implementation and configuration, and training.

We’ll also discuss when it’s time to look for new software VS revisiting implementation, configuration and training. What are the best practices for GAP analysis and preparing for a ChMS search, configuration and training?

Takeaways include:

1 – How to improve your ChMS experience

2 – How to structure your ChMS support team

3 – How to train your staff on using ChMS more effectively

4 – How to engage in a search for new ChMS as a collaborative team


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Tuesday October 25
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lighting Essentials for Worship Livestreaming





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  • Scott Kinnebrew
    Scott Kinnebrew
    Business Development at Olden Lighting


    Scott Kinnebrew

    Scott Kinnebrew

    Business Development at Olden Lighting








    Scott Kineebrew is a church A/V consultant with a passion for helping churches find the right systems and equipment for their ministry’s mission. Scott is an audio, lighting, and video industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience who has worked across the globe with some of the biggest names in the industry. Scott is a technical specialist that knows, “The show must go on.”


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The past couple of years have driven houses of worship of all sizes to take their services online, and as congregations grow through ease of access to our sermons, navigating the challenges of making sure the message is getting out clearly and effectively can be daunting.

Being able to connect with a much wider audience has been a blessing, and making sure we provide the best online experience possible is key to making sure our virtual congregation gets the same quality experience as those that attend in person. We’ll discuss techniques and product solutions that will make lighting our online services the best they can be.

Takeaways include:

1  – 3-Point Lighting Techniques for the Camera

2 – Benefits of LED Lighting for Broadcast

3 – Making the Most of Constrictive Budgets

4 – Simple Lighting Control Solutions for Volunteers

5 – Selecting the Right Type of Products for Your Worship Space


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Tuesday October 25
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Don’t Get Into a Fight with a Pig: Healthy Conflict Resolution





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  • Eric Byrd
    Eric Byrd
    Director of Worship & Media at Frederick Church of the Brethren


    Eric Byrd

    Eric Byrd

    Director of Worship & Media at Frederick Church of the Brethren











    Eric Byrd is the Director of Worship & Media at Frederick Church of the Brethren. He has a Masters in Ministry: Leadership degree, as well as an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Music. He is the director of the gospel choir at Messiah University and has been on church staff on and off for most of the last 30 years.

    His podcast is “Attention to Detail with Eric Byrd”, co-hosted with his son Jason.

    His consulting company is VIP Consulting: Leadership Done Well, where he partners with churches and faith-based institutions to assist in organizational change.


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I AM NOT CALLING THE PEOPLE OF GOD PIGS!!!

What I am saying is conflict resolution can be messy and get you dirty if you don’t handle it correctly. I have years of getting dirty and years of staying relatively clean. This session will give you practical steps on how to manage conflict, your emotions and how to de-escalate just about any ministry situation you find yourself having to lead people through. You will be able to love God, and love His people while avoiding the mud!!

Takeaways include:

1 – 7 steps on how to resolve conflict

2 – Role play conflict scenarios and discover how to manage things

3 – A Biblical, theological approach to conflict resolution


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Tuesday October 25
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Digital Discipleship Beyond a Live Stream





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  • Megan Carter
    Megan Carter
    Engagement Pastor at Church Anywhere


    Megan Carter

    Megan Carter

    Engagement Pastor at Church Anywhere








    Megan Carter is a Digital Engagement Pastor at Church Anywhere. She works with the Church Anywhere team to help people find and follow Jesus on digital platforms. A couple of the platforms she uses for ministry are TikTok and the Church Anywhere website where her blog is hosted. She desires to walk alongside others dealing with anxiety and help them live a fuller life by sharing her own personal experiences.


  • Tyler Sansom
    Tyler Sansom
    Lead Pastor at First Christian Church/Church Anywhere


    Tyler Sansom

    Tyler Sansom

    Lead Pastor at First Christian Church/Church Anywhere








    Tyler Sansom is the lead pastor for First Capital Christian Church/Church Anywhere and a filmmaker for First Capital Films. He is a former college football player who has been in full time ministry for nine years. Tyler is married to his wife, Sarah, and they have an adopted daughter named Leigh Ann. He is a grandpa at the age of 29.


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What does it look like to disciple people and evangelize using digital tools to build real, lasting relationships? At Church Anywhere, we have been developing strategies to outfit people to facilitate one-on-one discipleship. Come and learn those strategies and how to implement them in your own ministry.

Takeaways include:

1 – Digital Discipleship Pathways

2 – How to Outfit People to Become Discipleship Leaders Using Digital Tools

3 – How to Empower Others to Disciple


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Tuesday October 25
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

How to Leverage a Building Emergency Plan to Protect Your Church





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  • Simon Osamoh
    Simon Osamoh
    President & Founder of Kingswood Security Consulting


    Simon Osamoh

    Simon Osamoh

    President & Founder of Kingswood Security Consulting











    Simon Osamoh is the director and founder of Kingswood Security Consulting, a Minneapolis-based security risk management firm that specializes in protecting soft targets and open-door environments. He is a recognized organized crime and terrorism specialist, and he spent 14 years as a Detective in England working on serious and organized crime. One of his notable cases includes the investigation of the “liquid bomb terrorism plot” against the U.S. in 2006, which changed aviation security regulations worldwide, limiting the use of liquids on planes creating the TSA 3-1-1 rule.

    Immigrating to the U.S. from Reading, England in 2011, he became the Counter-Terrorism Security Manager at Mall of America in Minnesota, the largest entertainment complex in North America at over six million square feet. Here, he oversaw the internationally recognized behavior detection program focusing on suspicious behavior.

    He is a recognized public speaker and presenter who holds subject matter expertise in the fields of terrorism, organized crime and securing soft targets. Simon has lectured to Master programs, and educated Law Enforcement professionals across the country, including the FBI, police departments and aviation security experts.

    He is a former Director of Risk and Compliance and has worked for three of America’s largest financial institutions as a senior risk leader that include US Bank, Wells Fargo and Equiniti Trust Company. Here, his teams focused on risk management, business continuity, crisis management disaster recovery, regulatory compliance and working with federal agencies on audits and examinations.
    He is a Christian with over a decade of experience supporting churches on how to stay safe through the focal point of ministry.

    Simon is the author of the books Securing Church Operations, A Seven Step Plan for Ministry and Safety Leaders and Church Safety, Responding to Suspicious Behavior.


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Events like the civil unrest across the world following the death of George Floyd by police in 2020 showed that when the unexpected strikes, emergency action plans need to be in place already so staff and volunteers are prepared to respond appropriately in an emergency. With an increase in mental illness, workplace violence, cyber attacks and internet outages, churches are starting to ask, ”Are we ready, even for what we can’t yet imagine happening?”

If your church has put off action planning, you’re not alone. Your peers are asking themselves the same thing. In this presentation we will explore how to make emergency planning a priority, as well as 3 things you need to do to build a successful building emergency plan.

Takeaways include:

1 – Why a building emergency action plan is so important

2 – How to leverage a plan to build a more holistic safety and security plan


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Tuesday October 25
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Top 10 Challenges Church Streamers Face & How to Overcome Them





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  • Nate Anderson
    Nate Anderson
    Director of Marketing at Resi Media


    Nate Anderson

    Nate Anderson

    Director of Marketing at Resi Media








    Nate is the Director of Marketing for Resi, an organization that empowers churches all over the world to deliver video to online and multisite audiences. Resi was started at Chase Oaks Church to overcome their need for streaming over the public internet, and since then, over 80 of the top 100 US churches leverage Resi’s platform along with thousands of organizations around the globe.

    Nate is passionate about helping churches and organizations be equipped to communicate with their audiences more effectively. He serves as the Camera & Video Director at his home church (Red Rocks Church, Denver), and resides with his wife, son, and black lab in Denver, Colorado.


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Online streaming has become a pivotal part of ministry these past few years, whether to keep a church’s congregation engaged while physically unable to be present, or to reach more people locally or around the globe. From maintaining a high quality stream, to dealing with unexpected technical problems, churches have their work cut out for them. In this session, we’ll take a look at the top 10 challenges that church streamers face. We’ll hear directly from experts from several churches including Red Rocks, Eaglebrook, and more.

Takeaways include:

1 – Technical and Leadership Lessons on How to Optimally Host a Digital Experience that Will Effectively Reach Others

2 – How to Work Well with Technology, Volunteers, and More


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Tuesday October 25
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Building on a Budget





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  • Aaron Blair
    Aaron Blair
    COO at Churches by Daniels


    Aaron Blair

    Aaron Blair

    COO at Churches by Daniels








    Aaron Blair, Chief of Operations, at Churches by Daniels, is known for going beyond the status quo to foster creative strategies in support of clients and projects. Prior to joining Churches by Daniels, Aaron amassed over twenty years of award-winning city management experience in multiple states across the country. Originally from Ohio, Aaron has a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and has been married to his wife, Jessica, for twenty-five years.


  • Alaina Butler
    Alaina Butler
    Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Churches by Daniels


    Alaina Butler

    Alaina Butler

    Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Churches by Daniels








    At Churches by Daniels, Alaina Butler is responsible for marketing, communication, business development, and fostering an environment of long-term relationships both with vendors and clients. Her creative approach to life offers a new perspective in every project. She directs media relations, branding, advertisement, web development, events and partnerships. Her background in photography, graphic design, and content creation has lent itself well to the task of redesigning and expanding our marketing materials since coming on board in 2017 and publishing our annual magazine since 2020.


  • Chad Vanderpipe
    Chad Vanderpipe
    Business Development at Churches by Daniels


    Chad Vanderpipe

    Chad Vanderpipe

    Business Development at Churches by Daniels








    Chad Vanderipe, Business Development at Churches by Daniels, is known for helping, educating, and supporting Pastors and committees on campus development and expansion projects. As an experienced client engagement advisor, Chad helps Pastors and their teams see beneath the surface at both the opportunities and challenges that come with developing their campuses.


  • Charlie Daniels
    Charlie Daniels
    President & CEO of Churches by Daniels


    Charlie Daniels

    Charlie Daniels

    President & CEO of Churches by Daniels








    Charlie Daniels, Owner and Founder of Churches by Daniels, has worked in construction his entire life. While attending Rhema Bible College in the 1980s, he was asked to use his background in construction to manage their project: a 250,000 square-foot, 5000 seat sanctuary, and Churches by Daniels was born. Charlie is licensed and bonded in 48 states and is dedicated to being the premier resource to pastors and staff, utilizing his experience to help churches “rise up and build.” (Neh. 2:18)


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A growing church is a great problem to have, but at what point is it time to grow your physical building to facilitate your growing ministry? Join the Churches by Daniels team as we discuss preparing for a renovation or expansion, new construction, and the ins and outs of budgeting to have a successful project that helps you reach your community with your ministry vision.

Takeaways include:

1 – How to assist pastors and ministry leaders in knowing the steps to take for a successful construction, renovation, or expansion project

2 – Practical tips and insights to help you know how to get the best out of the facility you currently have

3 – Discover how to make necessary changes, as well as save costs and effort


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Tuesday October 25
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Production Team Volunteer Development Strategies





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  • David Stagl
    David Stagl
    Church Audio Director, Professional Audio Engineer, and Audio Consultant/Teacher


    David Stagl

    David Stagl

    Church Audio Director, Professional Audio Engineer, and Audio Consultant/Teacher








    David Stagl began serving the church as Audio Director for his home church in the western suburbs of Chicago. In 2006 he relocated to the Atlanta area where he served as Audio Director for North Point Community Church for 9 years. Today Dave provides training, consulting, and audio production for houses of worship of all sizes throughout the country while continuing to mix and master audio for a variety of music and video-related projects from his own studio based in Atlanta.

    Some of the many churches Dave has provided audio and training services that include: North Point Ministries (Atlanta, GA), Christ Fellowship (West Palm Beach, FL), Eagle Brook Church (Minneapolis, MN), Mount Paran Church of God (Atlanta, GA), Victory World Church (Norcross, GA), and Christ Community Church (St. Charles, IL). Dave has also worked with a variety of artists including Kristian Stanfill, Kim Walker-Smith, Jesus Culture, Lecrae, North Point Music, Steve Fee, Todd Fields, Chris Tomlin, Phil Keaggy, Mark Schultz, Buddy Greene, and Matthew West. He has also served corporate and broadcast clients including HGTV, Discovery Channel, Home Depot, Motorola, Wyndham Vacations, Apple Vacations, Siemens, and McDougall Littell.

    Dave is a member of the Waves Live artist roster. He has consulted and field tested equipment for leading manufacturers such as Avid and Shure. In his spare time, Dave enjoys writing and has published the popular audio website, Going to 11 (www.goingto11.com) since 2006. His articles have also been featured on Waves’ website (www.waves.com) and in Church Production magazine.

    Dave lives outside of Atlanta with his wonderful wife of 20 years, Heather, and their two children.


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Production teams sometimes require different things to build them up as volunteers and individuals. Church production veteran David Stagl discusses strategies for developing production volunteers at all skill levels.

Takeaways include:

1 – Understand the different types of development that production volunteers need

2 – Examine different methodologies and approaches for training and development

3 – Discover ways to systematize training and development in your church

4 – Learn when to develop these things in-house and to bring in an expert


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Tuesday October 25
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Getting Back to Better: Identifying and Preventing Burnout





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  • Ben Snyder
    Ben Snyder
    Lead Pastor at CedarCreek Church


    Ben Snyder

    Ben Snyder

    Lead Pastor at CedarCreek Church








    Ben is the lead pastor at CedarCreek Church, a multi-site church located in northwest Ohio. He started attending CedarCreek in 1999 and was part of the very first internship class. Through the years within the church, he experienced many leadership roles and responsibilities and was invited to serve as lead pastor in 2015.

    Ben is thankful for the love of his wife, Lauren and four children. He is an “Experience Collector,” looking for new and creative things to add to his list of adventures. His passion is helping people become aware and unafraid of the dream God has for them.


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The last few years have everyone wanting to get back to normal. What if there was a way, despite all that we may have experienced, that we can actually move towards better…better leadership, better energy, a better life. This session will be insightful and offer practical ways to help someone who is tired, burned out, or knows someone who is.

Takeaways include:

1 – Clarify what burnout is and what it is not.

2 – Identify “stages” of burnout.

3 – Discover your unique “sweet spot”.

4 – Install tools to help you take a step into better.

5 – Biblical framework for thriving.


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Wednesday October 26
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Copyrights and Streaming





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  • David Leuschner
    David Leuschner
    Executive Director of Digital Great Commission Ministries


    David Leuschner

    David Leuschner

    Executive Director of Digital Great Commission Ministries











    David Leuschner currently serves as the Executive Director of Digital Great Commission Ministries, a non-profit that has a mission to utilize technology to reach the entire world for Jesus Christ. David has been in the tech industry for over 30 years and has always had a passion for the church. From 2006 to 2017 he served on the Senior Team as the Senior Director of Technology and Technical Arts at Gateway Church. He provided oversight for all of the Technology and Live Production areas. Gateway Church is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and is one of the largest churches in America. While at Gateway, David guided and directed over 700 volunteers, part-time and full-time staff in a mission to facilitate several hundred events a month among all venues.

    David has a passion for presenting God’s Word, Worship and Teaching in a way that changes lives. Before coming to work at Gateway Church, David started volunteering in a local church at the age of 11. He progressed to working at high level events that included working with President George H W Bush, US Diplomat Alan Lee Keyes, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, ABC News, Steven Curtis Chapman, Newsboys and many other major artists. David has been married to his beautiful wife Nicole for 16 years and they love their 14-year-old son Justin.


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Want to stream a film clip or other copy-written material? This session will help you learn what to do when it comes to licensing, CCLI and other streaming copyright issues. We will dive into the different licensing companies, what they protect you against and what you can and cannot do.

Takeaways include:

1. General overview of copyrights and how they are enforced
2. Learn the different licensing agencies and what they cover
3. Talk through how you ask for permission to use copy-written material
4. Discover how YouTube, Facebook and other streaming outlets handle copy-written material


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Wednesday October 26
8:00 am – 8:00 am

Creating Space for Change: Transforming Your Facility with Your Mission in Mind





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  • Nicole Thompson
    Nicole Thompson
    President of Station 19 Architects


    Nicole Thompson

    Nicole Thompson

    President of Station 19 Architects








    Nicole is President and CEO of Station 19 Architects in Minneapolis. She has a Bachelor’s in Interior Design (UW-Madison) and a Master’s in Architecture (U of MD College Park). With over 22 years of church design experience at Station 19, as a church planner and project architect, she listens to, guides and collaborates with churches to create facilities that uniquely reflect their vision and mission to the community.

    Personally, Nicole has served for 22 years in her home church in various areas, including on the Board of Stewards and in the children’s and women’s ministries. She is married and has 3 active teenagers.


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How can your facility help you do your part in multiplying God’s Kingdom? Your facility is more than just a building—it’s an essential ministry tool. Your facility is the place where people gather, grow deeper in their faith, build lasting relationships, and impact the surrounding community. It is your mission & “Home Base.”

Creating a unique space that reflects your critical mission and inspires your community is essential to meeting your vision. Architect and Station 19 President Nicole Thompson, RA, ALA, has over 20 years of experience working with ministries of every size and background to help them create meaningful spaces. She will walk you through each step of the Church Facility Remodel process from planning, to fundraising, to construction so that you can feel confident about your facility’s decision to create a space for change regardless of your ministry size. She will share valuable insight for how to reflect your identity and vision in the tangible and intangible expressions of your facility. Her goal is to bring valuable stewardship insights to your church leadership so that you can continue moving forward on your mission.

Takeaways include:

1 – You probably know you need to do something, but are you stuck not knowing what to do? Learn how to get started with confidence to clarify the process and next steps in a church facility refresh, remodel, addition, or new facility to stay focused on mission.

2 – Learn what your facility might be communicating to a new guest and how it could better reflect your mission.

3 – Learn about the bold moves ministries made to Create Space for Change through case study examples.


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Wednesday October 26
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Dealing with Poor Performers from a Biblical Perspective





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  • Brett Billups
    Brett Billups
    Owner & CEO of Biblical HR


    Brett Billups

    Brett Billups

    Owner & CEO of Biblical HR








    Brett Billups has been a follower of Christ for over 25 years and has been an HR professional for almost as long. Brett has served in both the private and public sectors in various positions including leading the HR function for one of the nation’s largest employee-owned organizations. His broad career experience has provided him with a unique business perspective from field operations to the Boardroom. His pursuit of Christian development in the workplace led him to found Biblical HR, LLC in 2021 based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Brett and his wife Krissi have four grown children and a growing number of special grandchildren. They reside in Flower Mound, TX


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Many Christians struggle to deal with poor performance in their staff or volunteer ranks, many times failing to address the poor performer out of a fear of being harsh or unforgiving. However, failing to address poor performance leads to team bitterness, a reduction in production quality and turnover. How can we display the love of Christ but still address poor performance?

Takeaways include:

1 – Acquire the necessary confidence to address poor performance

2 – Encouragement and practical steps to help do this well


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Wednesday October 26
9:15 am – 10:30 am

Christian Influencers in the Digital Space: A Roadmap for Using Social Media





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  • Markinzie Lebrun
    Markinzie Lebrun
    Pastor at The Font Church


    Markinzie Lebrun

    Markinzie Lebrun

    Pastor at The Font Church








    My name is Mark Lebrun and I’m an internationally recognized millennial Christian influencer. I started a social media ministry through my church with a heart to inspire people online to live for Jesus. With dedicated (and verified) followings of over 125,000 across all my social media platforms and multiple instances of my story going viral, my unique approach to daily encouragement has made me one of the go-to voices for ambitious men and women around the world.


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Discover why social media and other online platforms are so valuable in connecting with people and sharing the Gospel. We’ll discuss the roadmap you should create to establish your authority, create discipleship opportunities, and create engaging content. Use your online platforms to enhance and maximize your influence for the Kingdom.

Takeaways include:

1 – Social Media 101

2 – Content Strategy for Better Engagement


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Wednesday October 26
9:15 am – 10:15 am

7 Steps to a More Secure Computer Network





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  • Roger Blalock
    Roger Blalock
    Church Media and IT Consultant


    Roger Blalock

    Roger Blalock

    Church Media and IT Consultant








    Having served his local church for three decades in the areas of media and IT, Roger remains passionate about helping The Church achieve The Great Commission. He began working on computers at a very young age and remained active as technology changed through the years. His career started as a test automation engineer in the telecom industry but transitioned to web development and eventually IT networking, including data center design. He is currently employed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an IT Network and Security Engineer. Roger holds several IT security certifications and recently completed a Master’s Degree in Information System Security at the University of Denver.


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In a time when security breaches are increasingly prevalent and The Church is a target of shifting societal norms, the utmost vigilance is needed in the cybersecurity of ministry operations. This session will detail seven simple actions that every church should take to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of accidental or malicious computer security incidents. Many of these improvements can be completed at low or no cost to an organization but will increase the safety and integrity of a church’s confidential data.

Takeaways include:

1 – Understand best practices for password creation, including tools and techniques to ease password management
2 – The proper use and security of cloud applications and services
3 – Learn guidelines for operating systems, software and hardware updates and replacement timelines
4 – Configuration options for proper web content filtering
5 – The importance of subdividing the computer network to protect important computer systems


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Wednesday October 26
9:15 am – 10:15 am

Using Color to Enhance the Worship Experience





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  • Tom Stanziano
    Tom Stanziano
    Lighting Volunteer at Harborside Church


    Tom Stanziano

    Tom Stanziano

    Lighting Volunteer at Harborside Church







    Tom is currently volunteering with the lighting at his home church in Harborside, FL, and has enjoyed it tremendously. With 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, Tom has worked with Celebrity and Disney Cruises. He moved to Nashville working as a lighting designer for Opryland USA Theme Park and Technical Director at The Renaissance Center. In 2001, Tom moved to Houston, TX to be part of Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen Ministries. Tom was able to be a part of the lighting design team with veteran Bill Klages and served as lighting director for over 8 years. In 2003, Tom created Lumen-Essence, where he was able to work with churches all over the country by educating them on the design process.

    His current appointment with Vari-lite/Strand Lighting allows him to impact the worship market by demonstrating and speaking on the proper use of lighting techniques needed in today’s church.

    Speaking engagements include various trade shows including Ministry of Technology 2010, LDI 2009-2011, WFX 2009-2011, TRG’s Techxplosion 2009-2011, NAB 2011, PRG UK at London’s Royal Opera House 2009, and Israel Houghton’s Deeper Level Conference 2008-2010, Southern Baptist Convention’s Worship Expo 2001, and FATE 2015-2019.

    Tom can be contacted at tom.stanziano@signify.com


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Using color allows for the ability to tell a story while creating harmony or visual interest in your space. This session will explain techniques in using color to enhance church productions.

Takeaways include:

1 – The importance of positioning lighting fixtures

2 – Concept

3 – Application

4 – Color

5 – Texture

6 – Psychology


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Wednesday October 26
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Courage to Include Women in Ministry While Honoring Doctrinal Beliefs





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  • LaTan Roland Murphy
    LaTan Roland Murphy
    Speaker, Writer, Branding Consultant


    LaTan Roland Murphy

    LaTan Roland Murphy

    Speaker, Writer, Branding Consultant








    LaTan Roland Murphy is a sought-after speaker and award-winning writer who finds encouraging others her passion and purpose. Speaking with candid humility and raw honesty, LaTan draws from her own real-life mistakes and failures, inspiring audiences with hilarious personal stories. She and her husband, Joe, recently celebrated thirty-eight years of marriage. They will be the first to tell you they are still growing up together. She and Joe have three adult children: two sons and a daughter. They are blessed to have a loving son-in-law and daughter-in-law who feel more like biological children. In her spare time LaTan enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren—who totally captivate her heart.

    LaTan teaches branding workshops: Leverage with LaTan—consulting with ministry leaders, writers, speakers, teachers, and small business owners in developing brand ideas to help broaden their reach. LaTan also teaches training classes at conferences and workshops at The Billy Graham Training Center. LaTan finds great joy in helping others fulfill their God-given passions and purposes by sharing her wealth of knowledge as a columnist for eight consecutive years in nationally recognized WHOA Women’s Magazine, and as a radio host on 94.7FM TheWord/Denver, Colorado (Real Victory Radio). Many of her award-winning articles have been featured in Fox News, Inside Edition, 700 Club, and The Daily Mail in the UK. Her award-winning books have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine’s MUST READS. LaTan’s recent award-winning book entitled Courageous Women of the Bible can be ordered here:
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With so many different opinions about women leading in the church, how do we honor women who feel called without compromising our doctrines?

This session will help bring clarity as to how Christ cultivated an environment that included women who are gifted in leadership. We’ll discover an understanding of how men and women can work well together in ministry as we discuss ways to allow room for female leaders (within the guidelines of our individual churches) without watering down scripture or adding to scripture. We’ll discuss the women of the bible and how God used 52 women to bring change in the world through roles of leadership, servanthood, support positions, and prayer positioning.

Takeaways include:

1 – How men and women are intended to complement one another, not war against each other for kingdom positioning

2 – How the enemy has used this division to destroy the body of Christ

3 – How, if we had room to grow together and cultivate space where God’s spirit could flow, our churches will grow and lives can be transformed


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Wednesday October 26
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Church Facilities: It’s Time to Mix it Up for Evangelism and Revenue Generation!





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  • Joseph Williams
    Senior Program Director – Mid-Atlantic Region at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.



    Joseph Williams

    Senior Program Director – Mid-Atlantic Region at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.








    As a Senior Program Director in the Mid-Atlantic Market, Joseph manages the Faith Based Initiative (FBDI) and the Transit Oriented Development work. During his tenure, the FBDI has developed an expanded approach that places cohorts for Houses of Worship at the denominational and jurisdiction level that is supported by public and private funding. Currently there are more than 50 houses of worship in the Mid-Atlantic pipeline with an estimate of more than 3000 units to come online in the next three years. In addition, the FBDI has developed a fee for service platform that coordinates a platform for municipalities and houses of worship in coordination with Enterprise Advisors. He has more than 25 years experience as a nonprofit Executive and is an ordained minister. He has more than 37 years of experience in the church with 27 as a Senior Pastor. He is the author of the book entitled Move the Needle and the forthcoming book Healing for R.A.S.H.E.K.A. due to be released later this Fall.


  • Ravi Waldon
    Ravi Waldon
    Principal, Faith-Based Sector at Waldon Studio Architects dba Michael Graves Architecture


    Ravi Waldon

    Ravi Waldon

    Principal, Faith-Based Sector at Waldon Studio Architects dba Michael Graves Architecture








    Mr. Waldon, AIA, is a nationally known architect for church design and a regular conference speaker. Not only has he been involved in the design of more than 200 churches, he has extensive experience in the design of multifamily housing, retail, community centers, and schools. Ravi often says, “I am surely called to be an architect as Pastors are called to be pastors. It’s where He planted me for His Kingdom purposes.” As founder of the firm Waldon Studio Architects, which has now joined with the internationally renowned firm, Michael Graves Architecture, the heart of the focus of his life’s work is designing buildings that build community with a servant-hearted spirit of design.


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With the post-pandemic world offering a hybrid of in-person and online church attendance, ministries are having to get creative to both reach their community and have a financially sustainable ministry model. This raises an important question: Could your church property be a more effective tool for both evangelism and financial sustainability? Most churches either have not fully considered or are genuinely overwhelmed at the thought of strategically developing their property with mixed-use. However, for several years there has been a growing trend of mixed-use development for church-owned property.

Instead of being Sunday-only worship centers, these ministries are learning to be vibrant partners in community life, providing much needed community centers, affordable housing, senior living, retail, or other creative venues to the neighborhoods their congregations call home. At the same time, this mixed-use development model for church property creates an entirely new avenue for financial stability. Not dependent solely on congregations’ donations, shared ownership strategies with like-minded developers or long-term land leases continue to generate revenue for the congregation and its ministries. Many of these projects are driven by investment partnerships that do not require a large capital investment by the congregation—just a willingness to think differently.

Come learn from the case studies of churches from urban to rural, large to small and everywhere in between.

Takeaways include:

1 – Understand the financial opportunities that build a different revenue model for churches that doesn’t exclusively depend on congregational donations

2 – Understand the ministry potential that meeting real community needs provides by opportunities to be a vibrant influencer in the community for Christ


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Wednesday October 26
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Video Operation Without Operators





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  • James Jensen
    James Jensen
    Sr. Category Owner: PTZ & Remote Systems at Panasonic Systems Solutions


    James Jensen

    James Jensen

    Sr. Category Owner: PTZ & Remote Systems at Panasonic Systems Solutions







    With over 30 years at Panasonic, Jim has seen and done it all in the professional video realm. From managing a Reseller Channel, to developing high-profile Account Relationships, to launching new technologies, there’s not a part of the video business Jim hasn’t touched. Currently Jim is the Sr. Category Owner for Panasonic’s PTZ & Remote Systems which encompasses product development, collaborating with the factory, launching new technologies with Marketing, and all the way through engagement with our customers.

    Jim has also enjoyed serving at his home church on his A/V Ministry Team, as a Deacon, and as an Adult Sunday School Teacher and Small Group Leader.


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“PTZ” is a buzz word. And has been for a few years. But, what does it really mean and why is it important? In this session we’ll discuss not just how & where PTZs are used in the sanctuary, but also best practices for using them, technology needed for the best workflow, and how to ensure both professionals and volunteers can produce the highest quality production with the best ease of use.

Takeaways include:

1 – Ways to accomplish a professional grade video production with volunteers who don’t work with video technology on a daily basis

2 – Discussions that touch on all topics of the PTZ world such as IP/IT, AR/VR, auto-tracking, streaming, 4K, and much more


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Wednesday October 26
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Effective Training for Audio Volunteers





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  • Tommy Lozure
    Tommy Lozure
    Music Production Department Chair at Visible Music College


    Tommy Lozure

    Tommy Lozure

    Music Production Department Chair at Visible Music College








    Tommy serves as chair of the Music Production Department at Visible Music College. He develops curriculum, teaches courses, and manages faculty and facilities for the department.

    He has a diverse background in the media industry. He has engineered and produced multiple recording projects in several commercial studios, including the world-renowned Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN. He has experience producing radio programming and podcasts, and has functioned as an on-air personality since 2003.

    Tommy has served as a FOH engineer for Fellowship Memphis and as the AV Technical Director at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, TX.

    Tommy has a passion for teaching and mentoring young audio and media technicians to become professionals in the music industry and the Church.


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Effective volunteers are at the core of most church media teams. This session focuses on how to train volunteers so that they feel comfortable behind a console or running audio from a tablet during worship services and other events.

The training approach focuses on setting benchmarks for volunteers so that each can progress at his or her own pace. It also focuses on establishing a culture of mentorship and shadowing so that volunteers will train each other as the volunteer team grows.

An essential component to effective audio volunteers is establishing a culture where the volunteers know that they are an essential and appreciated part of the media team.

Takeaways include:

1 – Setting benchmarks for audio volunteers

2 – Adapting benchmarks for different church sizes and systems

3 – Establishing a positive culture of volunteer training

4 – Creating systems that can be repeated and scaled


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Wednesday October 26
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Thinking Digital in the New Normal





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  • Jason Caston
    Jason Caston
    CEO of iChurch Method


    Jason Caston

    Jason Caston

    CEO of iChurch Method












    Jason Caston is an international speaker, author, and digital/social specialist for faith-based organizations. Caston has authored over 5 books on digital ministry and developed an innovative approach to helping organizations advance their online presence using a six-part iChurch Method approach of Websites, Multimedia, eCommerce, Social Media, Mobile, and Innovation. Additionally, Caston was the spokesperson of AT&T’s national #InspiredMobility campaign that highlights how we use mobile technology to enhance our spiritual and personal lives.


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“Thinking Digital in the New Normal” takes a good look at the digital ministry landscape and establishes key principles in building out a digital engagement program. As we work through these concepts we will focus on current and future concepts such as digital marketing, web/web3, multimedia/NFT, eCommerce/crypto, social media, metaverse, and mobile. Digital ministry encompasses so many ways to stay connected in the digital space and this session will explore some of them.

Takeaways include:

1 – Thinking Digital and Blockchain Concepts

2 – Digital Marketing and Innovation Concepts

3 – Web (Web3) Connections and Concepts

4 – MultiMedia (NFT) Connections and Concepts

5 – eCommerce (CryptoCurrency) Connections and Concepts

6 – Social Media (MetaVerse) Connections and Concepts

7 – Mobile (More Than the Phone) Connections and Concepts


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Wednesday October 26
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

How Can I Stop Chasing Facility Problems?





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  • Tina Breckenfeld
    Tina Breckenfeld
    Founder of Building Burro


    Tina Breckenfeld

    Tina Breckenfeld

    Founder of Building Burro








    Tina Breckenfeld graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995. Following graduation, she managed the facilities at Fossil Headquarters during its highest growth and went on to manage a private company that held offices in Oregon and Texas. Most recently she was the Director of Facilities for Catholic Charities of Dallas and was responsible for a fleet and 10 various properties (Senior Apartments, Covid Active Hotel, Preschool, Recreation Center, Food Pantries, and Corporate Office). Tina’s 25 years of experience in facility management in the public, private and non-profit sectors have provided her with a wealth of knowledge about how all types of businesses manage their facilities.

    Tina’s faith is the motivating factor behind her decision to create Building Burro. She discovered that in most situations, small business owners and non-profits do not have the ability to hire a full-time facility manager. Her background and established history with vendors allow her to provide shared services among many companies and non-profits without the additional headcount and expense.


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This is for churches who do not have a facility manager and feel they are drowning in facility issues. Do you hire a facility manager? What would a facility manager accomplish for you? What if it is not in your budget and how to move forward?

Takeaways include:

1 – Creating a Facilities To-Do List

2 – Discovering What Freebies Are Available

3 – How You Can Benefit from Your Vendors

4 – Staying Ethical and Being a Good Steward of the Congregation’s Money


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Wednesday October 26
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Applying Metrics to Discern Where Jesus is Leading





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  • Amber Smart
    Amber Smart
    Founder of SmartMetrix


    Amber Smart

    Amber Smart

    Founder of SmartMetrix








    Hi, I’m Amber Smart, founder of SmartMetrix and The 153 Effect. Using nearly two decades of work in churches and spending a LOT of time with numbers, my team and I have created a framework to help you measure and understand what drives growth for your church.

    Sure, attendance and giving are things to track, but so are the ways you serve, host and connect with your guests. You know your church and your vision. We understand the moments and metrics that matter. Together, we’re fuel for a growing church.


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The question no longer is, “Does my church need a data program?” The question is, “How can my church use data to make ministry-oriented decisions?”

That’s a hard question to answer. Especially if you don’t have an experienced data expert available, or, more specifically, an experienced church data expert.

During this session, we’ll cover the challenges of understanding data, how to collect data and create reports using dashboards, and how to facilitate curiosity from the findings—all within a framework you can begin implementing now.

In short, you’ll learn how to make your data—and decisions—more meaningful.

Takeaways include:

1 – Understand data literacy and its challenges

2 – Observe an actionable and accurate data collection process

3 – Use data and results to facilitate curiosity and make informed decisions


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Wednesday October 26
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Maximizing Your Rehearsal




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  • Andy Swanson
    Andy Swanson
    Marketing Director at Alclair Audio


    Andy Swanson

    Andy Swanson

    Marketing Director at Alclair Audio








    Andy is an audio engineer by training, a marketer and product designer by trade and a worshiper at heart. Andy’s career highlights include developing experiences and brands for Nintendo of America, launching global brands for a major healthcare company, designing and launching the Livemix personal monitor system, designing studio gear, launching a guitar amp and accessories company, and marketing the fastest growing in-ear monitors in the market.

    The tie that binds all the disparate “vocations” is a desire to present people with tools to do and be all they are called to do and be. Andy loves to educate and help people have “aha” moments that can be taught to others.


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It was once said that we do Line Check during Sound Check, Sound Check during Rehearsal and then Rehearsal during first Service. So much volunteer frustration and lack of team dynamic comes down to ineffective rehearsals. Learn tips to give everyone a voice and a hand when needed so they can lead with confidence.

Takeaways include:

1 – The difference between practice and rehearsal

2 – How to give each part of the team the time they need to do their best

3 – What each team member (worship leader, tech team, worship band) should be doing during an effective rehearsal

4 – Quick steps to a good personal monitor mix

5 – What each person on stage needs to hear in their mix


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Wednesday October 26
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

5 Steps to Make Google Your Biggest Evangelist





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  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald
    Church Branding Strategist


    Mark MacDonald

    Mark MacDonald

    Church Branding Strategist












    For 30+ years Mark’s worked in Branding, Advertising, and Communication. Now focusing on helping churches communicate effectively as a brand strategist, bestselling author, engaging speaker, and a (heart of a teacher) consultant with his agency, Be Known for Something. He also serves as Executive Director of Center for Church Communication.

    He’s sought for his church branding, marketing communication, business insights, on-the-spot website assessments, and practical storytelling.


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WARNING: It’s not enough to have a church website today. You must create and edit the right content (formatted correctly) so people discover your website content when they’re searching on Google. Is yours set up properly so your community finds ministry information, events, and sermons? Mark MacDonald, with his 3 decades of communication and website knowledge, lets you discover the 5 steps to getting it right. These highly practical 5 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) steps will change everything and make Google your biggest evangelist!

Takeaways include:

1 – The Steps to Search Engine Optimization in an easy-to-understand, practical session

2 – Practical How-Tos for being found on Google


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Wednesday October 26
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Communicating Tech Needs with Leadership: Finding Common Ground





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  • Steve Kuhn
    Steve Kuhn
    Founder & Executive Director of ShareBuilt


    Steve Kuhn

    Steve Kuhn

    Founder & Executive Director of ShareBuilt









    A protégé of his carpenter father, Steve pursued a degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati and created a highly respected 40-year long career building schools, hospitals, theaters, office buildings and retail projects nationwide. In his current role, Steve is a founding partner of Sevan Multi-Site Solutions in Franklin, TN and serves as an Executive Vice President and Board Member.

    Steve’s passion for philanthropic work has led him to support design and construction efforts for churches, schools, non-profits and individuals with building needs beyond their financial means. Observing the vast chasm that separates those with daunting building needs from the hundreds of designers and contractors who generously give their time for such projects in their communities is what led Steve to launch ShareBuilt, a non-profit corporation established in 2022.

    Steve is active in his church community, serving as an elder at Christ Community Church, where he’s also served on the Master Planning Committee, Building Committee, and as a Small Group Leader. He’s also been a former Board Member for Barefoot Republic Camp, a camp program for children focused on facilitating Christ-centered relationships between campers from diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds through an equally diverse platform of artistic, athletic and team-building programs.


  • Tim Adams
    Tim Adams
    Owner of Timato Systems


    Tim Adams

    Tim Adams

    Owner of Timato Systems









    As an AV System Designer/Installer/Consultant/Author, I have served in church technical ministry for nearly 25 years, working my way from audio recording and live sound to live video, lighting and projection.

    I have worked with churches across the United States, and have consulted with churches in Australia, Suriname, Europe and Africa. I bring an intense passion for technical excellence to Timato Systems and my clientele, pushing past mediocrity by casting God-size vision for ministry and applying task to purpose, connecting otherwise mundane tasks to the real-world impact for those the ministry touches.


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Working as a tech or volunteer can often lead to a sense that church leadership just doesn’t understand the struggles we live with every week. When we bring up issues, leaders can seem aloof, uncaring or worse, indifferent. How do we, as technical personnel, communicate effectively with our leaders so they not only understand the critically important function our ministry fills, but also find a way to work together to better and more fully support the mission and vision of the church?

This session will dive into the realities of the load that rests on the shoulders of leadership, but also call those same leaders up to own the additional responsibilities they must shoulder in a post-COVID world where media ministry is a requirement. It will also address questions and issues of how leaders think, how to connect with them and find common ground by changing our mindset to that of a leader so that we can better understand and appreciate what they are balancing every day; while also providing key strategies for communicating day-to-day struggles and how to approach topics such as budget, upgrades and vision.

Takeaways include:

1 – A toolbox of methods to utilize when approaching and interacting with church leadership in positive ways

2 – An understanding of the incredible balancing act and sheer load of responsibilities on our church leadership

3 – Strategies for being part of vision-casting and mission development discussions to better support your leadership so they, in turn, can better support your ministry


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Wednesday October 26
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Succeeding in the Third Space: Community Partnerships & Your Building





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  • Micah Simecek
    Micah Simecek
    Partner at Studio RED Architects


    Micah Simecek

    Micah Simecek

    Partner at Studio RED Architects








    Micah Simecek, AIA, MBA is a partner with Studio RED Architects in Houston and has been
    practicing in religious and institutional architecture for 16 years. As a Christian, Micah finds his
    ministry is helping churches create worship and ministry spaces that reflect their spiritual
    community. With experiencing working with Community clients, Micah developed projects with
    unique programs that foster community and interaction.


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In a world where social interactions are continually challenged by digital distractions, engagement with nonbelievers and churchgoers alike continues to be a struggle for faith. But some churches have leveraged atypical partnerships with independent assets in their own community to solve the social dilemma, as well as increase utilization of facilities beyond Sunday morning use. This presentation will study three unique churches with creative ministry and facility solutions for the 21st Century.

Takeaways include:

1 – Identify challenges with how to propel your ministry to the community

2 – Identify unique opportunities through Faith + Community Partnerships

3 – Understand different avenues for how to implement these strategies both in their physical environments and ministries


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Wednesday October 26
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Get Your Volunteers Saying Yes, Sticking Around, and Scaling into Leadership





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  • Jen Weaver
    Jen Weaver
    Ministry Coach


    Jen Weaver

    Jen Weaver

    Ministry Coach








    Jen Weaver is a Ministry Coach working with churches, parachurch ministries, nonprofits, and community organizations. Her unique background in small business ownership, executive corporate leadership, and vocational pastoral ministry in a Texas megachurch equip her to bring communication and leadership strategy into ministry spaces to help your ministry thrive. Jen is also a Certified John Maxwell Team Member, Speaker, Trainer, Coach, a published author, and regularly serves as Bible teacher, conference speaker, and contributing writer for various publications. You can learn more about her on her website thejenweaver.com and find her on social media platforms as @thejenweaver.


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Have you ever wished your congregation was more bought into the vision of your church or ministry team? Every leader has experienced the pain of too-small teams, unhelpful volunteers, high turnover, or interpersonal conflict. This session will equip you with an actionable game plan for winning with volunteer teams starting today.

Takeaways include:

1 – Identify key indicators of current team culture

2 – Validate or revamp your volunteer approach

3 – Attract and cultivate the volunteers (and leaders) you need


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