2016 Keynote 2 – Melissa Bishop




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 Speaker – Justin Wise


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.

Small Groups

The mission at Christ Church is to connect people to Jesus Christ and we believe that participation in a small group is one of the best ways to strengthen that connection.  This workshop will explore the evolution of small groups from a traditional “Sunday School” setting to our current “Connect Group” philosophy.  Our goal is transformation of the heart and the strategic plan for helping to achieve that transformation will be discussed, including group structure, curriculum and the methodology for getting people connected to a group.


Led by: Jerry Dortch & Pam Huff

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

Pre-Conference Workshop

Re-Thinking Early Childhood Ministry

Early Childhood Ministry is about more than just babysitting. It’s about introducing children to a BIG God who loves them and setting a foundation for children to build on as they learn more about God.  So… where do we start? This workshop will give you practical steps to make your Early Childhood ministry more …


Led by: Mistie Denny

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

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Breaking Growth Barriers

There is nothing more difficult than growing a church.  To get from one size to another, a series of understandings and priorities must be negotiated between a pastor and a congregation.  Here is what we have learned as we have grown from 200 to 2,000. These principles apply to churches of any size.


Led by: Shane Bishop

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

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Why Change Can’t Come Soon Enough

Something unexpected has happened in the past ten years; the world changed.  As a result, many Christians are doing ministry with a skill set designed for a world that no longer exists.  Join us in discovering why change is not an option and why it can’t come soon enough.


Led by: Shane Bishop

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

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