Lobby Gathering 2.0
Arrive anytime between 2:00-5:00 pm
Begin with registration and a time of reflection.
The conference ends after lunch on Wednesday. REGISTER
Conference Venue: Muskoka Bible Centre, Huntsville, ON
Registration Fee: $599/person, until March 30
Last Minute price: $649/person, April 1 – May 15, 2019
Conference fee includes premium accommodation and meals
Questions: 1-800-839-4769 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We've all been to church conferences where great speakers dispense great information. However, most of the practical learnings and best practices are often shared between sessions "in the lobby," where ministry leaders engage together in organic conversations. At the Lobby Gathering 2.0, we will expand and celebrate these important, peer-to-peer conversations.
The Lobby is a great environment to consider fresh ways of making disciples through groups. You will interact with knowledgeable small group practitioners who desire that groups be more than connecting people together – but are intentional about moving people closer to Jesus and reaching out to their world.
You will also develop, create and leave the Lobby with a strategic plan and be supported to implement that plan. Based on Steve Gladen’s new book – Planning Small Groups with Purpose – you will connect at the conference with other ministry point leaders developing a similar plan and learn from some of the brightest and most innovative small group ministry practitioners.
Whether you consider yourself a beginner or veteran small group point person, you will have an equal voice in each and every circle of conversation. You should consider inviting others (another pastor or from your ministry team) to join you to help discern appropriate strategy and actions steps.
Because of our beautiful setting at the Muskoka Bible Centre, you will also have times to enjoy God’s creation, reflect and be refreshed.
Pricing will include lodging and meals, and is based on double occupancy. Roommates will be assigned. Alternative lodging available by request.
Purpose of Lobby Gathering 2.0
To serve churches that have a group ministry with a conference for their ministry point leaders, resulting in more healthy and growing groups by 2020. Lobby Gathering 2.0 will be a time of investing in point leaders. These leaders will return equipped to invest themselves into their small group leaders.
Lobby Gathering Keynote Speakers
Andrew Mason is the Executive Pastor of Discipleship Communities at Emmanuel, a multi-site church in the Minneapolis -St. Paul area. He has overseen the development and publishing of five different Small Group video series and study guides in partnership with a variety of lead pastors. He is also Founder of SmallGroupChurches.com, an influential small group community, linking pastors and leaders to like-minded resources, events and organizations. Andrew is also on the Leadership team for the Small Group Network, a global network of Small Groups Pastors.
Andrew resides in Minnesota with his wife Camille and their two sons.
Paul Lam’s primary passion is to make disciples in community. He is proud to say that he was from NYC but he actually grew up in NJ. After studying business, he joined the NYC staff at Cru. This experience led him to Regent College in Vancouver and ultimately to over 9 years as Pastor of Discipleship and Community Life at Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church where he helped to create a culture of discipleship through small groups and Christian Education. He has a spiritual transformation certificate from the Transforming Community led by Ruth Haley Barton.
Paul currently is at the Canadian Baptist of Ontario & Quebec (CBOQ) as the Church Life & Leadership Associate where he desires to develop community amongst pastors and help churches create a culture of intentional discipleship.
Paul is married to Lis and they have 3 daughters. His hobbies include reading theology, working out, basketball, swimming, and running.
The conference will provide those attending:
- an environment conducive to personal reflection and ministry refreshment
- an opportunity to listen & learn (from God, your peers, experts)
- fresh ministry strategies and ideas pertaining to small groups / discipleship / mission / culture
- new relationships that can extend beyond the conference and benefit your ministry
- a strategic plan to implement afterwards and supported by others
- each attendee will receive “Planning Small Groups with Purpose” (Steve Gladen) to work through beforehand
- a place to contribute and receive (whether from a big church or small – all have a valued voice)
Co-sponsored by the Small Group Network and The Navigators of Canada
A few pictures from our previous Lobby Gathering event: