Keynote 1 – Lance Winkler

This is the keynote from Lance Winkler at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.




Contemporary Worship Director, Church of the Resurrection

Lance Winkler has been the contemporary worship director at Church of the Resurrection for fifteen years. From a Sunday evening congregation of 200 the numbers in the contemporary worship services have grown to over 3000, this alongside a thriving traditional music dept. With a music degree in music education, Lance is a song writer, jingle writer, published author and speaker. He is passionate about the future of contemporary worship in our mainline churches and is praying and working hard to move them forward.

Keynote 2 – Melissa Bishop

This is the keynote from Melissa Bishop at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.




Education Ministries Coordinator, Christ Church

Melissa Bishop has served full-time positions at Christ Church in both Student Ministries and Worship and currently serves as the Children and Student Staff Coordinator. She is a wonderful speaker known for her honesty about church, family and ministry all served with grace and good humor. Melissa has been a consistent innovator at Christ Church and a catalyst for moving the congregation in uncharted waters. She is the wife of our Senior Pastor Shane Bishop. The Bishops have two grown children and four young grandchildren.

Keynote 3 – Dr. Joe Daniels

This is the keynote from Dr. Joe Daniels at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.


Joe Daniels


District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference & Lead Pastor, Emory United Methodist Church

Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is a husband, father, pastor, author, prophetic imaginer and leader of a Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving church movement. Joe has dedicated his life to growing the kingdom of God. He is currently doing so in two roles: as the District Superintendent of the Greater Washington District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (since July 2013) and as Lead Pastor at Emory United Methodist Church (since July 1992). During his leadership at Emory, the congregation has grown from an average of 55 people in weekly worship attendance to over 400 every Sunday. Emory seeks to be a “Real Church for Real People” and has been acknowledged numerous times for its role in changing lives and changing communities. The church has been awarded the “Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award” for effective urban ministry representing the United Methodist Church and has been selected as one of the 25 Congregational Resource Centers in the “Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century” effort of the United Methodist Church.

As a sought after speaker, preacher, mentor and author, Joe inspires and equips others to see the possibilities God has for them and their communities. To that end he has written two books: Begging for REAL Church (2009) and The Power of REAL (2011). He has been happily married to Madelyn since 1985; they are the proud parents of two young adults, Joia and Joey.

Keynote 4 – Rev. Ashley Cooper

This is the keynote from Rev. Ashley Cooper at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.




Senior Pastor, Swan Bank Church – Stroke on Trent United Kingdom

Ashley is the Senior Leader at Swan Bank, the largest Methodist congregation in England. He joined the staff in September 2007. He has a passion for reaching the forgotten people for Jesus in his city’s urban setting. He and his wife, Moira, have two children.

Keynote 5 – Rev. Shane Bishop

This is the keynote from Rev. Shane Bishop at the 2015 Navigating Change Conference.


Shane Bishop


Senior Pastor, Christ Church

Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, became the Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in July of 1997. During his eighteen year tenure, Christ Church worship attendance has increased from 200 to over 2,000. He has traveled extensively around the world in mission and ministry. He is the author of Exactly as I Remember It (2012), Re:member (2013) and has been a featured writer in numerous publications.

Workshop – Defining and Differentiating between Elementary and Tween Ministries


What do you do when the 1st grader in your ministry doesn’t learn or engage the same way your 6th grader does? We will discuss options for your ministry and how to interact and engage with children in grades 1st through 6th.

Led by: Rachel Frazure & Amanda Cates

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm on February, 26, 2015

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Workshop – Incarnation – Transforming Your  Community


Re thinking community engagement. Understanding ‘Incarnational Mission’ and practical ideas to connect and transform the community to which God has called you. This workshop will give you an opportunity to rethink the strategic role of the church in this generation.


Led By: Ashley Cooper

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm on February, 26, 2015

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Workshop – A Fresh Look At Congregational Care


Did you know the average pastor spends 17-33% of their time doing congregational care? This session is designed to assist leaders in the process of providing care to people in their congregation to connect them to spiritual, medical, emotional, and mental well-being. We will look at the opportunities for all levels of leaders to engage in helping individuals, families, and groups to move from crisis to comfort. Need ideas for caring for your congregation? This session is for you!


Led by: Debby Creagh & Troy Benton

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm on February, 26, 2015

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Workshop – Pushing Back On Push-Back


Leadership is simply moving people from where they are to where they were created to be.  The Bible offers testimony that people will move, but often kicking and screaming.  This pre-conference session for pastors is centered upon effectively dealing with the inevitable push-back leaders face.


Led by: Shane Bishop

Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm on February, 26, 2015

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Workshop – Your Digital Front Door


We spend a lot of time and resources on creating a welcoming experience for our guests when they visit our church building.  Do we spend equal time, thought and resources on our digital front door?  This workshop will give you practical tips to improve your online presence including your website, social media and reaching new people in your area.


Led by: Justin Aymer

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm on February 27, 2015

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Workshop – The Great Giving Decline!


In the next decade churches all across America are headed for a giving shortfall that will severely curtail missions and ministry.  One key fix is to implement an effective plan to address this shortfall by building Legacy gifts to fuel your future.  Mark Brooks will share current trends and the solutions towards helping your church be fully funded!


Led by: Mark Brooks

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm on February 27, 2015

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Workshop – Multicultural Growth


Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. (Deuteronomy 6:4).  God created cultures as a full expression of tapestry of His own love and grace.  Multicultural Growth has always been in the plan and passion of our Maker!  The church is being wooed to discover the wealth of what these cultures bring to the unified witness of Jesus Christ if it is to be relevant and transformative.  There may not be one singular challenge bigger for the church to tackle in the fulfillment of its purpose.  There may not be one opportunity more fruitful with possibilities for the church to expand the Kingdom of God!  This workshop will be bodacious and unflinching about techniques, strategies that we have used, and may be employed to expose both real benefits and consequences that come to the church when enacted.   Learn these steps to becoming a courageous, Acts 2 congregation in spirit and truth!

Led by: Troy Benton

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am on February 27, 2015

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Workshop – Rethinking Weak Points in Your Worship Services


From the time they arrive until they leave, you’re worship service is being evaluated by your guests. That evaluation begins well before the service time and continues long afterward.  They are looking with fresh eyes and listening with fresh ears to everything that is going on around them. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and look at our services from the standpoint of a first time guest.  While our strengths are usually the most evident to us, it’s our weaknesses that we tend to overlook.  This workshop will help you look at your services with fresh eyes and address those weak points from a guests first welcome at the door to the time they leave your parking lot.

Led by: Don Frazure, Nathan Tobin, Tim Drury & Carrie Gaxiola

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am on February 27, 2015

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