1. The 2019 Pre-conference is specifically designed for experienced practitioners who desire to process substantive issues in more thorough ways than the format of the Main Conference otherwise provides.
    2. Credible, compelling and competent facilitators will guide all sessions guaranteed to be personal, provocative, and practical.
    3. Pre-conference topics have been selected based on the recommendations of multiethnic church leaders who have been questioned about, concerned with, or challenged by others in responding to one or more of the areas listed below.
    4. Intensive content is exclusive to the Pre-conference; i.e., not otherwise addressed through Main Conference workshops.
    5. Choose to attend a) one 4-hour session, b) two 2-hour sessions, or c) one 2-hour session (3p – 5p only).

Tuesday • Nov 5, 2019 • 1:00p – 5:00p

Session I • 1:00p – 2:45p CST

   The Coming Revolution in Church Economics
    Jay Moon, Svetlana Papazov, Greg Wigfield, & John Wallace • Sponsored by Brotherhood Mutual
Tithes and offerings, like single paychecks in the past, are no longer enough to provide for a church’s needs and wants. Already today and certainly in the future, pastors must learn to leverage church assets (people, buildings, and money) to bless the community and in the process generate sustainable (profitable) income. Come learn why you should and how you can free your mind, stop begging for money, create multiple streams of income, become a benevolent owner, monetize existing services and launch new businesses. Based on the book The Coming Revolution in Church Economics: Why Tithes and Offerings are No Longer Enough and What You Can Do About It by Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li (Baker Books, 9/2019).

•   The Multiethnic Movement and the Black Church
     Santes Beatty, Oneya Okuwobi, Corey Hodges & Leonce Crump • Sponsored by The Call and Response Ministries
A seeming tension exists between multiethnic church advocacy and the black church experience. Historically and practically, multiethnic churches are today benefitting from the black church while not necessarily giving back to her. Since the reality of planting, growing, and sustaining churches remains a challenge for any church in an increasingly diverse society, this tension is one that should be honestly confronted and lovingly resolved via sound theology, ecclesiology, and cross-cultural relationships of transparency and trust. Come participate in this pre-conference conversation as leaders from both multiethnic and black church contexts discuss the challenges and ways to overcome the obstacles going forward.

•   Artificial Intelligence: Future Impact on the Local Church & Christian Thought
     Christopher Benek & Jason Thacker • Sponsored by CoCreators Network
A technological reckoning is coming, one that will significantly affect local churches—pastors, people, and budgets. According to the latest research, some 22 percent of the U.S. workforce will be replaced by 2030 due to automation. A loss of jobs anywhere near that magnitude will shake the social and economic foundations of our society and our churches, create new levels of unimagined poverty, increase income inequality, and heighten racial and ethnic divisions. Rather than something to fear, however, automation may be just what is needed to bring about a change in our perspective and approach to ministry going forward. Come learn and discuss why we shouldn’t wait for things to happen but engage what is happening to shape the future of things to come.

•   Long Past Time: Women, Leadership and the Future of the American Church 
     Noemi Chavez, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Saehee Duran & Georgina De La Mora
In too many instances women called to vocational ministry continue to experience marginalization in churches, networks, and denominations as it relates to team leadership, shared roles, and responsible assignments. Regardless of interpretative conclusions, churches today unwilling to recognize equitable gifting among men and women risk the further alienation of a cynical society and more specifically those without Christ looking for love, hope, and respect, from Christ-centered men and women modeling mutual respect not only at home (in marriage) but in the workplace (at church). Come engage with open minds and hearts as we examine scripture and consider how the church is evolving today… Women and men welcome!

   Pain and Promise: Engaging the LGBTQ Community
    David Anderson, Linda DeYmaz, Kevin Haah, & Cindy Del Hierro • Sponsored by BridgeLeader Network
In Galatians 3:26-29, Paul addresses three distinctions in the first century church: race, class, and gender. In those days the Jews considered themselves better than Gentiles, the rich better than the poor, and men better than women. With such things the first century churches wrestled, that is, with the subject of inclusion. Similarly in our time, tensions exist between believers holding to a historical grammatical interpretation of scripture and the LGBTQ community. The complexities and challenges of the discussion more often than not produce pain not promise, hurt not hope. If we are to extend hope to all and not just some, the church of Jesus Christ must do better. Come engage in this important discussion as we learn from and listen to one another.

  The Multiethnic Church Movement in the European Context 
     Rich Bonham, Stephen Beck (Germany), Joy Kirkland (Greece), Martin Robinson (England), Hans & Carolien Euser (The Netherlands) • Sponsored by MosaiX Europe
In 2019, the Mosaix Global Network entered a partnership with multiethnic church leaders overseas and MosaiX Europe was born (the X is capitalized to emphasize multiplication efforts in the European context). MosaiX Europe is a relational network of Christian leaders – practitioners and thinkers – who seek to encourage the planting and development of healthy intercultural churches (the preferred term in the European context). The focus in Europe is four-fold: intercultural church planting, church transition, church in reverse, and mercy and justice ministry. Come interact with the MosaiX Europe team to gain understanding of the global Movement and consider opportunities for you/your church can get involved going forward.

   Engaging a Multi-faith World 
     Kevin Brown and Angela Brown, Omar Reyes & Scott Venable • Sponsored by GlocalNet
In an increasingly interconnected and polarized society, ministry leaders must today understand the why, how, and what of relational engagement with Muslims and Jews. No one has modeled the way forward or does this better than the GlocalNet team led by pastor Bob Roberts. Bob and his team are known and respected as genuine peacemakers by Rabbis and Imams throughout the world. They have not only forged authentic relationships with such faith leaders, they are respected ambassadors of Christ regularly meeting with foreign leaders in lands/places that most other Christians cannot gain access. Come engage the conversation and consider what this might mean for you/your church, that is, how you might get involved with GlocalNet.

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Session II • 3:00p – 5:00p CST

   The Coming Revolution in Church Economics
    Jay Moon, Svetlana Papazov, Greg Wigfield, & John Wallace • Sponsored by Brotherhood Mutual
Tithes and offerings, like single paychecks in the past, are no longer enough to provide for a church’s needs and wants. Church leaders must learn to leverage church assets, bless local communities, and generate for-profit sustainable income. Come learn why it should and how your church can create multiple streams of income, monetize existing services, and launch new business enterprise. Based on the book The Coming Revolution in Church Economics: Why Tithes and Offerings are No Longer Enough and What You Can Do About It by Mark DeYmaz and Harry Li (Baker Books, 9/2019).

•   The Multiethnic Movement and the Black Church
     Santes Beatty, Oneya Okuwobi, Corey Hodges & Leonce Crump • Sponsored by The Call and Response Ministries
A seeming tension exists between multiethnic church advocacy and the black church experience. Historically and practically, multiethnic churches are today benefitting from the black church while not necessarily giving back to her. Since the reality of planting, growing, and sustaining churches remains a challenge for any church in an increasingly diverse society, this tension is one that should be honestly confronted and lovingly resolved via sound theology, ecclesiology, and cross-cultural relationships of transparency and trust. Come participate in this pre-conference conversation as leaders from both multiethnic and black church contexts discuss the challenges and ways to overcome the obstacles going forward.

•   Artificial Intelligence: Future Impact on the Local Church & Christian Thought
     Christopher Benek & Jason Thacker • Sponsored by CoCreators Network
A technological reckoning is coming, one that will significantly affect local churches—pastors, people, and budgets. According to the latest research, some 22 percent of the U.S. workforce will be replaced by 2030 due to automation. A loss of jobs anywhere near that magnitude will shake the social and economic foundations of our society and our churches, create new levels of unimagined poverty, increase income inequality, and heighten racial and ethnic divisions. Rather than something to fear, however, automation may be just what is needed to bring about a change in our perspective and approach to ministry going forward. Come learn and discuss why we shouldn’t wait for things to happen but engage what is happening to shape the future of things to come.

•   Long Past Time: Women, Leadership and the Future of the American Church 
     Noemi Chavez, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Korie Edwards & Georgina De La Mora
In too many instances women called to vocational ministry continue to experience marginalization in churches, networks, and denominations as it relates to team leadership, shared roles, and responsible assignments. Regardless of interpretative conclusions, churches today unwilling to recognize equitable gifting among men and women risk the further alienation of a cynical society and more specifically those without Christ looking for love, hope, and respect, from Christ-centered men and women modeling mutual respect not only at home (in marriage) but in the workplace (at church). Come engage with open minds and hearts as we examine scripture and consider how the church is evolving today… Women and men welcome!

   Pain and Promise: Engaging the LGBTQ Community
    David Anderson, Linda DeYmaz, Kevin Haah, & Cindy Del Hierro • Sponsored by BridgeLeader Network
In Galatians 3:26-29, Paul addresses three distinctions in the first century church: race, class, and gender. In those days the Jews considered themselves better than Gentiles, the rich better than the poor, and men better than women. With such things the first century churches wrestled, that is, with the subject of inclusion. Similarly in our time, tensions exist between believers holding to a historical grammatical interpretation of scripture and the LGBTQ community. The complexities and challenges of the discussion more often than not produce pain not promise, hurt not hope. If we are to extend hope to all and not just some, the church of Jesus Christ must do better. Come engage in this important discussion as we learn from and listen to one another.

  The Multiethnic Church Movement in the European Context 
     Rich Bonham, Stephen Beck (Germany), Joy Kirkland (Greece), Martin Robinson (England), Hans & Carolien Euser (The Netherlands) • Sponsored by MosaiX Europe
In 2019, the Mosaix Global Network entered a partnership with multiethnic church leaders overseas and MosaiX Europe was born (the X is capitalized to emphasize multiplication efforts in the European context). MosaiX Europe is a relational network of Christian leaders – practitioners and thinkers – who seek to encourage the planting and development of healthy intercultural churches (the preferred term in the European context). The focus in Europe is four-fold: intercultural church planting, church transition, church in reverse, and mercy and justice ministry. Come interact with the MosaiX Europe team to gain understanding of the global Movement and consider opportunities for you/your church can get involved going forward.

   Engaging a Multi-faith World 
     Kevin Brown and Angela Brown, Omar Reyes & Scott Venable • Sponsored by GlocalNet
In an increasingly interconnected and polarized society, ministry leaders must today understand the why, how, and what of relational engagement with Muslims and Jews. No one has modeled the way forward or does this better than the GlocalNet team led by pastor Bob Roberts. Bob and his team are known and respected as genuine peacemakers by Rabbis and Imams throughout the world. They have not only forged authentic relationships with such faith leaders, they are respected ambassadors of Christ regularly meeting with foreign leaders in lands/places that most other Christians cannot gain access. Come engage the conversation and consider what this might mean for you/your church, that is, how you might get involved with GlocalNet.

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