Just like the human body, there are telltale signs of health. Blood pressure at 120/80. Body temperature at 98.6. In the same way, there are signs of a church’s health that we can discover, monitor, and correct. Sunday attendance and the weekly offering only paint part of the picture. There are other markers that leaders must be monitoring to ensure the health of the congregation they lead.
Too many church leaders believe health and growth happen by accident. That’s not true. Church health happens when leaders are diligent in leading and feeding their congregations well. Church Growth happens when leaders are intentional about reaching those who are outside the four walls of the church.
If we want to be leaders who lead growing, healthy churches, we need to be healthy and growing ourselves in our leadership and gifts.
Bob Franquiz is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Calvary Fellowship in Miramar, FL. Bob is also the author of seven books, including Pull: Making your Church Magnetic and Begin: First Steps for the Journey of Faith. Prior to entering Pastoral ministry, Bob played guitar for Christian Hardcore band Strongarm; a band that has been called one of the best Christian Metal bands of all time.
Prior to planting Calvary Fellowship, Bob served as an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, one of the 10 largest churches in the U.S. Most importantly, Bob considers his greatest achievement as marrying his “just out of high school” sweetheart, Carey, in 1997. Together, they have three beautiful children, Mia, Alexander and Olivia
Session 1: Let's be honest - things have changed... drastically changed, since we got into ministry. When I got in to ministry, there were no cell phones, social media was yet to be invented, and I was the coolest pastor because I got issued a beeper from my senior pastor. Honestly, it was easier back then. We were competing with less and there were fewer options. More than 20 years later, thing are so different. People are checking out your church online and deciding whether to attend or not. Newcomers are "reviewing" their experience online before the service has ever dismissed. It's enough to frustrate even the most sanctified of pastors. So what's the solution? Do we give up and give minister to those who are faithfully attending? I'll be honest; I've been tempted to do that. The problem is, I know I'd be sinning if I did that because the Great Commission isn't for some of us. It's for all of us. That means, we have to use all of the tools at our disposal to reach our communities with the Gospel. We’re going to talk about the change cultural landscape and how churches are be ready to leverage all of it for the Gospel.
Session 2: In a world that's ever changing, we nee to know how to communicate the unchanging truths of the Gospel. It's time to stop the flood of people exiting the church and discover the simple tools to keep those you've reached and deploy them for effective ministry. Your church is doing so much good ministry. The problem is, it is being ignored by much of your community. Too many pastors think this means people aren't open to the Gospel. I disagree. We don't need to change our message. We simply need to understand where people are and help them in their spiritual journey. People need the Gospel more than ever. However, there is so much spiritual confusion out there to wade through. This can be your church's moment to shine and reach your community like never before.
Church Growth with Bob Franquiz Every pastor who has experienced frustration over the lack of growth in his congregation has asked the question, “Why do some churches grow and others don’t?” Some say, “Churches grow because they teach the Word.” Others say, “Churches grow because they have ___________ (fill in the specific ministry).” The truth is: growing churches are varied in strategy and ministry offering. Yet I do believe growing churches have several things in common. However, it’s not what the average person sees. This session will explore the 7 areas of ministry that serve as an engine for growth in the church.
Focused Family Ministrywith Mike Goddard and Mike Baker Most churches are missing a great opportunity to connect with the next generation. In this breakout, Mike and Mike will share their strategy to partner with parents to reach and train up the younger generation of the church.
Technology For Worship:Audio, Video, Lighting with Jordan Hardison Creating impactful worship services goes beyond the platform to the Tech Booth. We’ll discuss practical, scalable ideas for the best practices in Audio, Video Production, and Lighting Design.
A Prayer Strategy that Works with Kyle Bailey Learn how to think through the big picture of each church’s mission and then develop a prayer strategy that undergirds it. As Oswald Chambers says, “Prayer does not equip us for greater works; prayer is the greater work.” People in our churches all understand the importance of prayer. They all want to pray more, but they also need more direction. Let’s give people in our churches prayer tools that give them the focus and direction we all need.
Freedom Journeywith Roger Ball How the epidemic of addiction is affecting the Body of Christ and how the church can join Jesus in treatment. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus gave an open invitation to those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups to come to Him. Today we call this process discipleship.
A Simple Way to Share the Gospel with John Gizze Every day we have dozens of conversations that have the potential to turn into gospel conversations. Learn how to use our 3 Circles life conversation guide to naturally tell others about the hope we have in the gospel of Jesus.
Multiplying Groupswith Tim O'Carroll Sunday School, Missional Communities, Growth Groups, Life Groups, or Small Groups—no matter what we call them, groups are the best relational context to spur people’s spiritual growth. Discover how to create groups, train leaders, and multiply disciples by living on mission.
Multi-Cultural vs Multi-Ethnic Ministries with Calvin Daniels This breakout session is a dialogue around the following questions: What is multicultural vs multiethnic? Should diversity be a goal? What is required of a church’s leadership if they are to lead multicultural churches?
Developing Your Church's Storywith Zach Jarrach Every Church has a story. It is important for us as Churches to strengthen our story through branding. It is time for churches and take control of the story we are telling people. In this breakout Zach will give you practical tips and next steps in order to help you develop your church's story with branding.
Reaching the Hispanic Community for Christ with Gonzalo Perez-Cordova Hispanics and Latinos are in the center of the immigration debate and form part of about 18% of the total US population, in this workshop we will understand better the origins, demographics and culture of this growing group to effectively reach hispanics and latinos in our area for Christ.
When and Where?
Sharper Conference will be held at Freedom Church in Vero Beach. We are so excited to see you!