Date: October 9-11

Location: Salem UMC in Ladue, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63131

Airport: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

 

 

Special Missouri-only registration period June 8-18
$89 for early bird - June 19-July 31
$99 for regular - Aug. 1-Sept. 22
$120 for late - Sept. 22-Oct. 2

Schedule

Monday, October 9, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration and Heavy Snacks
 
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Greeting and Opening Worship
 
1:45-2:00 p.m.
Orientation
 
2:00–2:15 p.m.
Break
 
2:15-3:15 p.m.
Plenary Session 1
 
3:15-3:30 p.m.
Break and Locating Workshops
 
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Workshops
 
5:00 p.m.
Dismiss for the evening
 

Invitation to attend Haven House at The Connection (Starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

9-10:30 a.m.
Workshops
 
10:30-10:45 a.m.
Break
 
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session 2
 
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch (Box Lunch Provided)
 
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Workshops
 
2:00-2:15 p.m.
Break
 
2:15-3:15 p.m.
Plenary Session 3
 
3:15-3:30 p.m.
Break
 
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Workshops
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Workshops
 
10:30-10:45 a.m.
Break
 
10:45-11:45 a.m.
Closing Worship
 

Worship Preachers, Plenary Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Worship Preachers

Bishop Robert Farr

At the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas July 13-16, Bishop Robert Farr was assigned to the Missouri Annual Conference beginning September 1. Bishop Farr had most recently served as the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Annual Conference for 8 years, guiding 35 church starts to life and providing oversight for over 150 Healthy Church consultations in the Missouri conference. He has led 128 individual church consults in 29 conferences across the connection and has extensive experience in new church planting, church transformation, language-based faith communities and leadership development. Part of his ministry experience includes planting Grace in Lee’s Summit which grew to over 500 under his leadership and relocating Church of the Shepherd in St. Charles to its current site which grew to 1,200 during his tenure. Bishop Farr’s experience has provided him with the opportunity to co-author four books on church growth, outreach and leadership. He is married to Susan, and they have together two adult children and two grandchildren.

Jasmine Smothers

Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers is honored to serve the church and community as an ordained United Methodist elder, preacher, teacher, church consultant, leadership coach, author, and community advocate. In June 2016, Rev. Smothers was appointed as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta, GA. Through this historic appointment, she became the first female, the first African-American, and the youngest lead pastor of this historic congregation.


Plenary Speakers

Jacob Armstrong

Jacob Armstrong was born and raised in Mount Juliet. Following seminary, he and his wife Rachel served for 10 years at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Dreaming of a church where disconnected people could find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus, in 2008, Jacob and Rachel returned to Mount Juliet to start Providence Church. Besides Providence, Jacob’s most formative ministry experiences have been mission trips in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Nicaragua. Jacob enjoys running, canoeing, and playing with his dog Zeke. Jacob and Rachel have three daughters (that’s right, three daughters!), Mary, Lydia, and Phoebe.


Andrew Forrest

Andrew is a husband, father, and pastor living in Dallas, TX. Raised in West Africa and Virginia, he has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and a graduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As a 3rd generation Methodist minister, Andrew has been the pastor of Munger Place Church since it was planted in 2010 by nearby Highland Park United Methodist Church. Munger is an eclectic congregation with an engaging “Come and See” spirit and a deep appreciation for its neighborhood. For decades the historic Munger Place building housed a struggling congregation, but the new congregation, as a second campus of Highland Park UMC, has experienced remarkable growth and blessing and has an average Sunday worship attendance of over 1,000 people per week. Interested in the intersection of faith and culture, Andrew blogs at www.andrewforrest.org about leadership, politics, productivity, and the Bible.


Matt Miofsky
Matt Miofsky is the Lead Pastor of The Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. Since he started the church ten years ago, it has grown into a multi-site ministry with four sites spread out across the city and over 1500 in weekly attendance. Matt is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Emory University in Atlanta. Matt is passionate about church planting, especially in the context of multi-site ministry. He is the author of “Happy? What It Is and How to Find It” (Abingdon Books, April 2017) and “Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong” (Abingdon Books, expected release date late 2017). When he's not writing, preaching, or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.

Workshop Leaders

Nate Berneking

Depending on the day, Nate thinks of himself as a writer, pastor or lawyer. His job entails the work of all three. He currently works as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, a large denominational organization responsible for resourcing almost 800 United Methodist Churches in the state of Missouri. In this role, Nate offers resources and education for local churches and pastors in Missouri and beyond. He is a graduate of Saint Louis University, Saint Louis University School of Law and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked as an attorney in the corporate and securities group of a large St. Louis law firm. When he isn’t working, he enjoys writing fiction and hopes to soon publish his first novel. He has already written one nonfiction book on church finance, The Vile Practices of Church Leadership, available through Abingdon Press. He also maintains the website at www.nateberneking.com where leaders in local churches can find a blog and added resources.

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Jacob Armstrong

Jacob Armstrong was born and raised in Mount Juliet. Following seminary, he and his wife Rachel served for 10 years at First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Dreaming of a church where disconnected people could find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus, in 2008, Jacob and Rachel returned to Mount Juliet to start Providence Church. Besides Providence, Jacob’s most formative ministry experiences have been mission trips in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Nicaragua. Jacob enjoys running, canoeing, and playing with his dog Zeke. Jacob and Rachel have three daughters (that’s right, three daughters!), Mary, Lydia, and Phoebe.

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Beth Crissman and Nancy Rankin

Rev. Beth M. Crissman, an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, along with her husband, Rev. Kelly Crissman, serve as founders and executive di-rectors of Plowpoint, a non-profit organization committed to transforming leaders and churches for the transformation of local communities. Beth is the author of four books: Longing to Belong to equip individuals to respond to conflict, How We Lead, to strengthen the effectiveness of leadership, and Stepping in the Stream, a study for guiding organizations in gaining clarity in their vision and function. She is the co-author of Choosing the Faithful Path being published this fall. Beth and Kelly have edited and published multiple other books including Checking Vitality Signs. Beth, a native of Graham, N.C. is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (BS Nursing), University of California-Los Angeles (MNursing-Family Nurse Practitioner), and Emory University (MDiv). She and Kelly have two grown children, James a recent graduate of Emory University who is living and working in Atlanta and Maddie who attends American University in Washington, D.C.

 

Dr. Nancy B. Rankin currently serves as the District Superintendent of the Northern Piedmont District in the Western North Carolina Conference. Her district has 149 churches. She has been the pastor of small to very large churches in her 34 years of ministry. She served for 4 years as the Conference Director of Congregational Development overseeing Church Revitalization and New Church Starts. She wrote CHECKING VITAL SIGNS: Assessing Your Local Church Potential, which took churches through a Bible Study that helped congregations navigate Paragraph 213 in the United Methodist Book of Discipline on Assessing Church Potential. She is the co-author of Choosing the Faithful Path being published this fall. A graduate of Duke Divinity School, she also did her doctoral work with Dr. Michael Slaughter through United Theological Seminary. Her doctoral dissertation was on “Reclaiming the Ministry of the Laity.” She is married to Terry A. Rankin, who is a retired transportation executive, and they have a son who serves as a Lieutenant in Law Enforcement and a daughter who is a Neo-Natal Intensive Care Nurse and five grandchildren.

Learn, Adapt, Change: Choosing the Faithful Path to Re-Innovation or Legacy Closure
Churches that learn, adapt, and change to their changing environments thrive. Those who do not usually don't survive. Based on ten years of experience leading churches through paragraph 213 assessments, Beth and Nancy will share their own commitment to learning, adapting, and changing their approach to lead churches faithfully to choose the path of Re-Innovation or Legacy Closure. Workshop will include biblical and practical approaches for leading churches to address critical "crossroads" decisions.


Andrew Forrest

Andrew is a husband, father, and pastor living in Dallas, TX. Raised in West Africa and Virginia, he has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and a graduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As a 3rd generation Methodist minister, Andrew has been the pastor of Munger Place Church since it was planted in 2010 by nearby Highland Park United Methodist Church. Munger is an eclectic congregation with an engaging “Come and See” spirit and a deep appreciation for its neighborhood. For decades the historic Munger Place building housed a struggling congregation, but the new congregation, as a second campus of Highland Park UMC, has experienced remarkable growth and blessing and has an average Sunday worship attendance of over 1,000 people per week. Interested in the intersection of faith and culture, Andrew blogs at www.andrewforrest.org about leadership, politics, productivity, and the Bible.

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Katrina Drew, Tish Green and Terri Swan

Rev. Terri Swan serves as Senior Pastor at Salem United Methodist Church in St. Louis, MO. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A & M University—Commerce and her Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After serving for 10 years as an Associate Pastor at Stonebridge UMC in McKinney, TX, in 2008, Rev. Swan moved to become Associate Pastor at Salem in the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was later ordained as an elder by the North Texas Conference in 2009, and in 2010 she was appointed as Senior Pastor at Salem. She is an active community leader who partners with several faith-based social service agencies in St Louis and supports the work of many national and international humanitarian causes.


Rev. Katrina Drew serves as Site Pastor of The Connection, a Salem United Methodist Congregation in St. Louis, MO. She earned her undergraduate degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College and her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Rev. Drew served as a full-time Youth Minister for 6 years in the Indiana Conference before pursuing God’s nudging to explore urban ministry. While attending Seminary in New Jersey she worked with a non-profit organization in under-resourced neighborhoods of Camden and Trenton as well as a multi-culturally diverse congregation in downtown New Brunswick. Upon graduation in 2009 Rev. Drew moved to St. Louis and began serving as Associate Pastor of Centenary UMC in downtown St. Louis. In 2015 she was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the Missouri Conference. In 2016 she was appointed to Salem and The Connection under a Missouri Conference Fellowship. As Pastor of Urban Ministry she was tasked with building bridges between the two newly united congregations and oversight of Missions. In 2017 she became Site Pastor to The Connection.


Rev. Tish Green was the Founding Pastor of The Connection United Methodist Church (2008-2017) and now serves as Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Festus-Crystal City. Rev. Green holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, and completed her Master of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, in 2016. Tish served as music minister and support staff for five different church starts of various denominations prior to becoming a Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church in 2006. It was from her first appointment as Associate Pastor of Zion UMC, St. Louis, that she launched The Connection. Rev. Green is currently a Provisional Elder in the Missouri Annual Conference. Her ministry passions include inviting people into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, creating opportunities for people to experience God in their daily lives, and empowering people for ministry.

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Kevin McNeely and Jeremy Vickers

Jeremy Vickers has been Lead Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church for thirteen years. Grace is a thriving multi-site congregation with locations in Lee's Summit and El Dorado Springs Missouri. He has served small, mid-sized and large congregations in the Missouri Conference. In 1998, he began his ministry career as a youth director, moved to associate pastor, then pastor of two small congregations, and finally to Lead Pastor at Grace. Jeremy lives in Lee's Summit, MO with his wife and two sons.

 

Kevin McNeely has been Campus Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church El Dorado Springs Campus since 2015. In that time, the campus has grown from 11 core members to over 65 in average worship attendance. Before coming to Grace, Kevin led two small membership congregations to significant growth in worship attendance. Kevin lives in El Dorado Springs, MO with his wife and two sons.

The Rural - Suburban Congregation
How does a suburban church in middle America launch a rural campus? And why is it working? Join Jeremy Vickers and Kevin McNeely as they share their victories and struggles in launching a rural campus.


Jim Ozier

Jim Ozier retired in July 2017 from the North Texas Conference where he served for eight years as the director of the Center for New Church Development and Congregational Transformation, so that he could invest more time to coaching, consulting, and presenting workshops around the country. In addition he is a workshop leader, coach, and consultant working with hundreds of pastors and churches in over 20 annual conferences throughout the country. He is co-author of the books “Clip In: Risking Hospitality in Your Church” and “The Changeover Zone: Successful Pastoral Transitions,” both published by Abingdon Press. Jim specializes in coaching larger church pastors, and “2nd Pastors Following Founding Pastors” as well as church transitions involving long-tenured pastors, and large churches.

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Jasmine Smothers

Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers is honored to serve the church and community as an ordained United Methodist elder, preacher, teacher, church consultant, leadership coach, author, and community advocate. In June 2016, Rev. Smothers was appointed as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta, GA. Through this historic appointment, she became the first female, the first African-American, and the youngest lead pastor of this historic congregation.

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