2016 Keynote 1 – Jorge Acevedo

 

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Rev. Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church.  Touched by the grace of God at seventeen, he was never the same.  Rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church.

Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church (www.egracechurch.com), a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida with four campuses (Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores, North Fort Myers and Fort Myers Central).  This church has grown in its weekend attendance from 400 to over 2700 in the past fourteen years.  Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America with over 800 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 400 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.  On July 1, 2010, Grace Church adopted another closing United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Myers.  From 1992 to 1996, he served as one of the pastors at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; from 1988 to 1992, as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; from 1984 to 1988 as Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

2016 Keynote 2 – Melissa Bishop

 

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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.

2016 Keynote 3 – Justin Wise

 

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I am a husband, dad, and CEO living in Des Moines, Iowa.

I founded Think Digital, a digital communications company. I started a podcast called #ThinkDigital. It’s a fun way to talk about new media and play lots of 90s rap.

My first book was published in February, 2014. Learn more here.

In 2012, I became an adjunct professor at Drake University, teaching public relations.

I graduated in 2010 from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity, emphasis in Critical Thinking.

2016 Keynote 4 – Junius Dotson

 

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Thousands of people, from Wichita and beyond, gather each Sunday to hear the thought provoking, faith-filled messages of Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson, senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.  Unique challenges and opportunities confront every generation. Special individuals, endowed with special gifts, are required, if we are to transform these challenges into glorious opportunities. Such an individual is Pastor Dotson.

     A leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Pastor Dotson draws together people who share his vision for the future. He believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the “whole” person – body, mind and spirit. A dynamic preacher and public speaker, Pastor Dotson is highly respected for his ability to establish networks that “get things done” in the faith and larger communities.

     In a world where many are called, but few are chosen, Pastor Dotson is well prepared both spiritually and academically. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science—with a concentration in economics—at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was also president of the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s oldest African American fraternity. Pastor Dotson began his postgraduate work in at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

     Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson was ordained to the ministry of the United Methodist Church in June 1992. In 1996, he responded to the awesome challenge of beginning a new and innovative church in the Silicon Valley, Genesis United Methodist Church. The unique innovations of Pastor Dotson have generated much publicity. Pastor Dotson’s ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, religious journals, and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as the NBC affiliate KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco.

2016 Keynote 5 – Shane Bishop & Ashley Cooper

 

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Ashely Cooper

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.

 

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Shane Bishop

SENIOR PASTOR, CHRIST CHURCH

Christ Church worship attendance has increased from 200 to over 2,100 since Shane’s appointment in 1997. He was named The Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church in 2010 and Christ Church was recognized as the seventh fastest growing United Methodist congregation in the United States in early 2016. Christ Church has three regional campuses and two Biker churches in addition to the main campus in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Shane holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated cum laude from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Elected to represent the Illinois Great Rivers Conference at General Conference three times and Jurisdictional Conference four times, Shane served as a member of the North Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee from 2004-2012. He has published two books, has been a featured writer in many publications.

2016 Keynote Speaker – Jorge Acevedo

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We are happy to announce that Rev. Jorge Acevedo will be a keynote speaker at Navigating Change 2016 at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL!

Rev. Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church.  Touched by the grace of God at seventeen, he was never the same.  Rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church.

Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church (www.egracechurch.com), a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida with four campuses (Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores, North Fort Myers and Fort Myers Central).  This church has grown in its weekend attendance from 400 to over 2700 in the past fourteen years.  Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America with over 800 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 400 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.  On July 1, 2010, Grace Church adopted another closing United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Myers.  From 1992 to 1996, he served as one of the pastors at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; from 1988 to 1992, as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; from 1984 to 1988 as Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

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“When a church grows from 200 to over 2,000 there is something to learn from their pastor, leaders and laypeople. Those lessons are shared in an amazing two day conference called Navigating Change. This conference is both inspirational as well as informational and has great value for pastors, staff and lay leaders. The keynote speakers always bring great clarity about how the Gospel must be shared in these changing times. Multiple breakout sessions provide a host of information to help churches of all sizes. This is a conference that you and your team will keep coming back to year after year.”
 

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WELCOME FROM REV. SHANE

Here is my personal invitation to attend our 2016 Navigating Change Conference on May 5-6! We have made some cool (more appropriately warm) changes!

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2016 Keynote Speaker – Junius Dotson

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Thousands of people, from Wichita and beyond, gather each Sunday to hear the thought provoking, faith-filled messages of Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson, senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church.  Unique challenges and opportunities confront every generation. Special individuals, endowed with special gifts, are required, if we are to transform these challenges into glorious opportunities. Such an individual is Pastor Dotson.

     A leader who responds to challenges and opportunities in new and creative ways, Pastor Dotson draws together people who share his vision for the future. He believes that effective ministry is about training, developing, and empowering leaders to establish ministries that address the needs of the “whole” person – body, mind and spirit. A dynamic preacher and public speaker, Pastor Dotson is highly respected for his ability to establish networks that “get things done” in the faith and larger communities.

     In a world where many are called, but few are chosen, Pastor Dotson is well prepared both spiritually and academically. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science—with a concentration in economics—at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was also president of the local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation’s oldest African American fraternity. Pastor Dotson began his postgraduate work in at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

     Pastor Junius Boyd Dotson was ordained to the ministry of the United Methodist Church in June 1992. In 1996, he responded to the awesome challenge of beginning a new and innovative church in the Silicon Valley, Genesis United Methodist Church. The unique innovations of Pastor Dotson have generated much publicity. Pastor Dotson’s ministry has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, The San Francisco Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, religious journals, and segments on CBS Radio’s “The Osgood File,” as well as the NBC affiliate KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco.

2016 Keynote Speaker – Ashley Cooper

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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.

2016 Keynote Speaker – Justin Wise

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We are happy to announce that Justin Wise will be a keynote speaker at Navigating Change 2016 at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL!

I am a husband, dad, and CEO living in Des Moines, Iowa.

I founded Think Digital, a digital communications company. I started a podcast called #ThinkDigital. It’s a fun way to talk about new media and play lots of 90s rap.

My first book was published in February, 2014. Learn more here.

In 2012, I became an adjunct professor at Drake University, teaching public relations.

I graduated in 2010 from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity, emphasis in Critical Thinking.

Keynote 1 – Lance Winkler

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

 

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LANCE WINKLER

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.

 

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MELISSA BISHOP

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.

 

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REV. DR. JOSEPH W. DANIELS III

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.

 

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ASHLEY COOPER

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.

 

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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.

2016 Keynote Speaker – Shane Bishop

 

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We are happy to announce that Shane Bishop will be a keynote speaker at Navigating Change 2016 at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL!

Senior Pastor, Christ Church

Christ Church worship attendance has increased from 200 to over 2,100 since Shane’s appointment in 1997. He was named The Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church in 2010 and Christ Church was recognized as the seventh fastest growing United Methodist congregation in the United States in early 2016. Christ Church has three regional campuses and two Biker churches in addition to the main campus in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Shane holds both graduate and undergraduate degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated cum laude from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Elected to represent the Illinois Great Rivers Conference at General Conference three times and Jurisdictional Conference four times, Shane served as a member of the North Central Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee from 2004-2012. He has published two books, has been a featured writer in many publications.

2016 Keynote Speaker – Melissa Bishop

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We are happy to announce that Melissa Bishop will be a keynote speaker at Navigating Change 2016 at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, IL!

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.

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

Pre-Conference Workshop

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