Speakers & Topics

Special guest speakers include . . .

Jorge Acevedo Jorge Acevedo - Lead Pastor of Grace Church, Cape Coral, Florida

Multisite Leadership Structure & the Story of Grace

Jorge Acevedo is lead pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida (Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores and North Fort Myers). Grace has grown in its weekend attendance from 400 to over 2600 in the past fifteen years and is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America with over 700 people involved in weekly recovery ministries. In 2003, Grace Church planted a second campus in East Lee County by adopting a declining United Methodist Church. Today this campus has more than 375 people in attendance. In 2007, Grace Church purchased a former grocery store and opened the Grace Community Center, a holistic ministry center and home to the third worshipping community of Grace Church in November 2008. Jorge is the author of Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World (Abingdon Press, 2013) and co-author of The Heart of Youth Ministry (Bristol Books, 1989) and Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas (Abingdon Press, 2015).

Mike Slaughter Mike Slaughter - Lead Pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City, Ohio

Growing from a small rural church to a multi-campus missional movement in the Rust Belt of Ohio

Mike Slaughter is the three-decade plus dreamer of Ginghamsburg and the spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations. His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has made him a tireless and leading advocate for the children, women and men of Darfur, Sudan, named by the U.N. as one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Mike’s call to afflict the comfortable challenges Christians to wrestle with God and their God-destinies. His books, Change the World - recovering the message and mission of Jesus (Abingdon Press, 2010) and Christmas is Not Your Birthday (Abingdon Press, 2012) embody what it means to take the church into the world rather than simply coaxing the world into the church. His newest book, The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience (Westminster John Know Press), will be released in January 2016. 

Jacob Armstrong Jacob Armstrong – Lead Pastor of Providence Church, Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Adaptive Ministry in Different Contexts

Jacob is the founding pastor of Providence Church, a United Methodist church plant in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Jacob is passionate about what he calls “Worship Without Walls”–taking God’s love beyond the walls of a building to places of need in the community and world. Providence hosts about 1,200 of its neighbors for worship each Sunday in a middle school but has also met in a city park, a local hotel, a movie theater and an elementary school. The church is currently constructing a new home. Jacob is the author of six books; his book The New Adapters: Shaping Ideas to Fit Your Congregation was written in partnership with Ginghamsburg Lead Pastor Mike Slaughter and Reverend Adam Hamilton from The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

Rosario Picardo Rosario Picardo - Ginghamsburg Executive Pastor of New Church Development  and The Point Campus Pastor, Trotwood, Ohio

What does it mean to be incarnational when it comes to planting faith communities: Expansion through campuses led by indigenous bivocational pastors/staff who are heavily focused on community development and partnership.

Rosario Picardo serves as Ginghamsburg’s Executive Pastor of New Church Development and partners with Lead Pastor Mike Slaughter and the leadership team to dream and deploy new faith communities within the Ginghamsburg community of churches. Prior to joining the Ginghamsburg team in 2014, Roz founded Embrace Church, a multi-campus urban church plant in Lexington, Kentucky. Roz is an Ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church, holding a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He leads a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC and is the author of Embrace: A Church Plant That Broke All the Rules and Ministry Makeover: Recovering a Theology of Bivocational Service in The Church.

Also featuring...

Mike Berry - United Methodist Church Lead Pastor, New Carlisle, Ohio
Medway & New Hope: A rural church partnering with an urban church

Pastor Mike Berry of Medway United Methodist Church was appointed to the church in 2003. In the last ten years, Medway's average worship attendance grew from 70 to over 800, with 200 persons who have joined the church by new professions of faith. Mike’s passion for sharing the gospel has become part of the culture of his church.

Brad Aycock  - Director of New Church Development for The United Methodist West Ohio Conference
The "Door to Core" Process - an overview

As Director of New Church Development for The United Methodist West Ohio Conference, Brad partners with the Conference leadership team to strategically identify new mission fields in West Ohio and works with existing churches in developing satellite worshipping communities. Previously, Brad served as the executive pastor at First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, Missouri, where he was instrumental in helping First UMC become uniquely relevant within its community. Before his call into ministry, Brad completed a 15-year career with his own national marketing business

Jon Morgan & Rusty Eshleman - Campus Pastor & Worship Pastor/Community Development Coordinator of Fort McKinley Church, Dayton, Ohio
Story of The Fort & Soul Food Cafe

Fort McKinley Church is Ginghamsburg’s urban campus on the corner of Salem and Siebenthaler Avenues in Dayton. Fort McKinley was a dying church of about 40 faithful servants when Ginghamsburg merged with them to revitalize the church and community. Today, just a few years later, Fort McKinley worships over 400 in three worship celebrations on a typical Sunday and is making a huge impact in the community.  The Fort recently launched Soul Food, a worship opportunity combined with a hot breakfast.

Wayne Botkin - Campus Pastor of Christ Church South, Kettering Campus, Kettering, Ohio
Launching and leading a new campus plant

After fifty years as a traditional suburban church, Christ Church birthed a church plant led by Wayne Botkin in a neighboring county.  The most exciting part of starting a new campus ministry for Wayne was meeting new people, helping people get connected to God's love in new ways and being part of seeing lives changed through God's transforming power.

Jeff Cartwright - Campus Pastor of New Hope Church, Dayton, Ohio
Leading a Multisite of Medway

Jeff has been the lead pastor of New Hope Church since its inception in inner city Dayton, Ohio in 2008.  He has served in ministry in the same neighborhood in Dayton since 1994, first as a youth pastor at Otterbein United Methodist church for four years, then as the developer and director of a neighborhood youth center that opened in 1999.