FACE TO FACE
Organization: EPC Office of the General Assembly
Location: Room 421
At each General Assembly, staff vacancies at EPC churches are advertised to provide opportunity for representatives from the church and ministers seeking a place of service to meet face-to-face. In addition, vacancies are listed at www.epc.org/ga2022facetoface and in the Face to Face section of the GA app.
FEMALE TEACHING ELDERS (AND ORDINATION CANDIDATES)
Organization: Presbytery of the Alleghenies
Host: Carolyn Poteet
Location: Room 423
All female Teaching Elders (and female candidates for TE ordination) are invited to join us for an opportunity to connect, encourage, and pray for one another. Please note that this lunch is specifically designed and reserved for female Teaching Elders, Chaplains, and ordination candidates (not Ruling Elders).
Carolyn Poteet serves as Lead Pastor of Mt. Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
HOW TO FLOURISH IN THE GRIND OF MINISTRY—CARING FOR YOUR SOUL
Hosts: Jay Fowler, Clark Tanner
Location: Room 401/403
Every Pastor has experienced hard times in ministry over the last couple of years. We’ll provide practical steps on how to care for your soul. As John Ortberg has said, “We live in a world that teaches us to be more concerned with the condition of our cars, or our careers, or our portfolios than the condition of our souls.” What is the condition of your soul? Join us as we talk about personal soul care steps that access the riches of God for the inner person..
Jay Fowler serves as Midwest Executive Director for PastorServe. Clark Tanner is PastorServe’s Northwest Executive Director.
INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION NETWORK (ITEN)
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: Bruce Anderson
Location: Room 419
The International Theological Education Network of EPC World Outreach is poised to enter its second decade. Join ITEN leaders to hear about what God has done to shape and form this ministry since its founding, and get the news about big transitions coming as ITEN moves into a new season of ministry.
Bruce Anderson founded and directs EPC World Outreach’s International Theological Education Network. He also is the founder and president of the Institute for Reformation.
REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION NEXT DOOR TO YOUR CHURCH
Organization: Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)
Host: Jen Burkholder
Location: Room 113
Do you have a college or university in proximity to your church? Have you considered that the university the most strategic mission field for reaching the next generation—and the world? The CCO wants to see a generation of college students transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, in partnership with the local church, reaching the world for the glory of God. Join us to learn more about how your church can reach the mission field of the college campus near you.
Jen Burkholder serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships for CCO. She also is a member of the EPC’s Next Generation Ministries Council.
RE-EQUIP: YOUR CHURCH AS SEMINARY
Organization: Knox Theological Seminary
Host: Scott Manor
Location: Room 350
Discover how a collaborative, church-centered, remote educational model allows you to keep and train new pastors and ministry leaders in, with, and for your church. Gain insights on how a remote seminary education makes it possible for your church to equip leaders all the way to ordination without “sending them off” from the very church contexts where their call to ministry is realized and cultivated. This networking lunch will feature testimony from current EPC church partners and a presentation from Scott Manor, President of Knox Theological Seminary.
Organization: Revelation 7:9 Task Force
Hosts: Marc de Jeu and Doug Resler
Location: Chapel Suites 1-2 (Room 307/309)
Join members of the EPC Revelation 7:9 Task Force for this workshop to assist churches in improving their delivery of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment within their 1-3-5 mile radius.
Marc de Jeu serves as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Beaver, Pennsylvania. Doug Resler serves as Senior Pastor of Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Parker, Colorado.
SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP: A PRACTICE OF VOCATIONAL RESILIENCE AND RESISTANCE
Organization: Ambrose Collective / Tin Man Ministries
Host: Brandon Addison
Location: Room 413
The past few years have been difficult for pastors and ministry leaders. Many of us have considered a change of call—or even leaving ministry altogether—because of the strains and trials. Alongside that are the very public failures of various celebrity pastors and leaders. We see these challenges and we ask ourselves, “What is the way forward for longevity in ministry?”
There is no magic bullet answer to this question, but one essential aspect is spiritual friendship. We need friends who know us, who share common convictions about ministry, and who also share common practices that will sustain us in the Christian life. In this gathering, a group of pastor-friends from across multiple Presbyteries and churches will talk about why friendship is essential in the Christian life, how their own friendships have been so crucial over the past few years, and what it might look like to practice this yourself no matter what your ministry context is.
Panelists for this lunch include Mark Grapengater, Pastor of The Table in Denver, Colorado; Andy Cornett, Associate Pastor for Families at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee; Joshua Smith, Associate Pastor at Saint Patrick Presbyterian Church in Denver; Tanner Fox, Associate Pastor for Mission and 20s at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando; and Joey Sherrard, Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Brandon Addison serves as Lead Pastor of The Neighborhood Church in Littleton, Colorado. He is the Denver City Network Leader for the Made to Flourish network.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECHARGE A CHURCH DURING A PASTORAL TRANSITION
Organization: Church Health Team
Host: Bob Stauffer
Location: Room 407
For most congregations, the prospects of a pastoral transition of any sort causes uncertainty, panic, and a great urgency to call the next pastor as soon as possible. These normal responses can lead to unhealthy actions. There is a better way—Transitional Pastoral Ministry. Join the EPC Church Health Team for an overview of Transitional Pastoral Ministry, how it can provide for stable and consistent ministry during times of pastoral transition, and also provide tools for recharging the vitality of a congregation, ministry leadership, and the eventual calling of the next pastor. This gathering will be particularly helpful for Ruling Elders and Presbytery Ministerial Committee members.
Bob Stauffer serves the EPC’s National Director of Church Health. A member of the EPC’s first ordination class in 1982, Stauffer has served in a wide variety of roles in the local church, Presbytery, and national levels of the denomination in his 40 years of ministry.
WHAT DOES YOUR “PERSONAL WELL-BEING” LOOK LIKE?
Organization: EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
Host: Bart Francescone
Location: Room 417
Are you too busy to take time to manage your own financial, physical, and mental well-being? Sheep need a healthy shepherd, and financial stresses and health concerns can drag us down. Come hear sobering facts about the toll our stressful lives are having on our bodies and mental outlook. More importantly, you can turn this around! Learn about easy-to-use health and financial management resources available to you through EPC Health Benefit and Retirement programs. There’s no better time than now to get real about addressing your health!
Bart Francescone serves as Executive Director of EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.
WORLD OUTREACH ENGAGE 2025
Organization: EPC World Outreach
Host: World Outreach Staff
Location: Chapel Suite 3 (Room 317/319)
With the year 2025 fast approaching, join World Outreach leaders for an update on the EPC’s effort to send teams from each Presbytery to reach those with least access to the gospel. Help us envision how to build better partnerships to plant church movements among least-reached peoples.