Fort Wayne, March 15, 2019
Where: Pathway Community Church, 11910 Shearwater Run, Fort Wayne, IN 46845. Google Map.
When: Friday, March 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Continental breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m.
Cost: $20 early bird price through March 1, then $25. Space is limited. Includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
7:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome from Pastor Donovan Coley
8:15 a.m. Chris Mann
9:00 a.m. Mark Mellinger
10:00 a.m. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.
11:00 p.m. Dr. Leslie Sillars
12:00 p.m. Catered lunch
1:00 p.m. Curt Smith
2:00 p.m. Carl & Bev Moellering
3:00 p.m. Jason Hamrock
4:00 p.m. Conclusion
Registration, continental breakfast and fellowship.
8:00 a.m. - The Simple, Big Idea Behind ReSermon Institute.
Welcome and Introduction
by Pastor Donovan Coley, Moderator
I initially struggled to get my head around the ReSermon Institute concept, but anybody who knows me knows that I love big ideas, and the ReSermon Institute is indeed a very big idea. In a nutshell: the preached word of God is not accessible, searchable or projectable like it should be in the City of Churches.
You mean, the “City of Churches” isn’t church-friendly?
Not at all. Fort Wayne is very welcoming to churches. Actually, the idea is even bigger: the church is stingy with its sermons.
Now that I see it, let me help you get your head around this big idea. Every Sunday, there are thousands of churches in northeast Indiana who don’t know how to make their sermons accessible to the deaf, the hard of hearing, or homebound. They don’t know how to make their preached word of God searchable in the internet age. They don’t know how to make their preached word of God projectable to their respective “public squares” through blog posts, editorials, and more.
“The church is stingy with its sermons.”
ReSermon Institute is going to help change that, and I know that Fort Wayne’s business and community leaders will once again get their hearts and heads around a very big idea; it’s what we do.
I’m privileged to serve as the moderator that gets to introduce some smart and innovative leaders in ministry communications and facilitate a conversation that will strategically help Fort Wayne's churches better minister to the Summit City.
Donovan Coley is the president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, a gospel-centered outreach to the city’s homeless since 1903. An ordained minister, Donovan has served as a pastor, church planter and pulpit supply itinerant preacher. In 2013 the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission was awarded the prestigious Northeast Indiana Torch Award, representing exceptional ethics, practice and excellence. In 2015, Pastor Coley was personally awarded the same. Pastor Coley holds a bachelor’s degree from Fort Wayne Bible College and a master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Pastor Coley has been married to Grace for 33 years, and together they have four adult children and one grandchild.
8:15 a.m - Expanding the Audience: Making sermons accessible, discoverable and projectable.
by Christopher Mann
If your sermon was an orange, how much juice could you get? Too often, a sermon gets just one squeeze on a Sunday morning, then gets tossed to the archives. Even among megachurches with mega-budgets and elaborate online platforms, sermons usually settle for a smattering of views, likes and shares.
In Expanding the Audience, Christopher Mann casts a vision of how churches can become more intentional in the art, science, craft and imperative of making the preached word of God accessible, searchable and projectable to more effectively serve the northeast Indiana community and beyond.
Christopher Mann is the co-founder of ReSermon Institute, a traveling seminar that teaches pastors and ministry leaders how to make sermon content discoverable, accessible and projectable for optimal ministry impact. Chris’ career includes tenures in Congress, Hudson Institute, Indiana Right to Life, World magazine, Cru, and the Office of the Virginia Attorney General. His published articles and media engagement have appeared in local, state and national media outlets. Today, Chris is a Master of Divinity candidate at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Chris and Ruth Mann raise their big den of Manncubs in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
9:00 a.m. - Sermon to Earned Media: Collaborating with regional media for missional impact.
By Mark Mellinger
Are today’s reporters liberal? Conservative? Progressive? Libertarian? Pro-Christian? Anti-Christian? Ultimately, they're just like the rest of us—sheep in need of the Great Shepherd. Unfortunately, too many churches take a pass on building relational bridges with the media and, in doing so, take a pass on a collaborative blessing for the church, the media and the community at large.
In Sermon to Earned Media, veteran journalist Mark Mellinger casts a vision for how pastors and ministry leaders can winsomely project sermon content by leveraging modern tools like PR Newswire, Christian Newswire and other wire-resources, as well as classic tools like a telephone and a cup of sugar.
Mark Mellinger is a 20-year veteran in television broadcast news with anchor tenures for Fort Wayne’s CBS affiliate, WANE Channel 15 and today, Knoxville, Tennessee’s ABC affiliate WATE-TV. Today, Mark serves as the development director for the National Embryo Donation Center, a life-affirming Christian non-profit, while he also contributes to Bott Radio Network and The Gospel Coalition.
10:00 a.m. - Publish or Perish: Repurposing sermons preserves the public square and pastors, too.
By Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Publish or Perish: Repurposing sermons preserves the public square and pastors, too.
Jesus compares the gospel to salt, a precious chemical that heals and preserves. It’s not only the public square, however, that needs healing; preaching, teaching and writing the gospel for public consumption is critical to a pastor’s spiritual hygiene and family provision.
In Publish or Perish, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. draws from his experience and that of his mentor and father, the late founder of Ligonier Ministries, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Sr.
Publish or Perish is about the workflows and rhythms of a pastor’s regular preaching, teaching and writing, and its collective effect on the pastor’s own soul, as well as that of his family. Dr. Sproul also touches on the economics of writing, including models for church leaders to encourage their pastoral staff to diversify their income streams. Dr. Sproul concludes with a discussion on “Fame Management” where he shares his experience and struggles regarding managing fame for God’s glory.
As a church planter, pastor, speaker and author of ten books, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. followed his father’s career as a pastor, researcher and writer. His tenures include Ligonier Ministries, Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, Every Thought Captive magazine, Veritas Press, and Reformation Bible College. Dr. Sproul holds degrees from Grove City College, Reformed Theological Seminary and Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 2016, Dr. R.C. Sproul, Sr. officiated the marriage of R.C., Jr. to Lisa Carol Ringel, mother of five and grandmother of four. Between them, they have eleven surviving children, six grandchildren and currently reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
11:00 a.m. - The Biblically-Directed Op-Ed: Winsomely opposing and befriending today’s secular editorial page.
By Dr. Leslie Sillars
The op-ed section of a newspaper is short hand for opposite the editorial page. Both the editorial page and the opposing editorial page, however, too often are defacto gospel-free zones in American public life. In The Biblically-Directed Op-Ed, Dr. Les Sillars casts a vision for pastors to repurpose sermon content into a regular workflow of op-eds, teaching structure, style and inside-baseball scoops on how to hook editors with great ideas.
Bonus: Pastors who register by Premium Day, March 1, 2019, can reserve a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Sillars during RSI breaks to discuss editorial ideas and/or review drafts. Post-Institute, Dr. Sillars is available for private editorial tutoring. For more information email Institute@ReSermon.com.
Dr. Les Sillars serves as a professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. His alumni have written op-eds for publications ranging from The American Conservative to the New York Times. He is also Mailbag Editor with World Magazine and a commentator on World Magazine’s podcast, The World and Everything In It. His work has appeared in The Gospel Coalition, The Weekly Standard, TheFederalist.com, and other publications. Dr. Sillars and his wife Jennifer live near Winchester, Va., where he serves as an elder at Fellowship Bible Church.
12:00 noon: Catered lunch
1:00 p.m. - A Church’s External Communications, Part 1– Structure, workflow and hiring.
By Curt Smith
Bad news: You can’t do all this.
Good news: Nobody can.
In A Church’s External Communications, Part 1, Curt Smith explains the internal apparatus of a communication department in government, business and non-profit organizations. Curt contrasts the difference between internal communications and external communications, and then draws out principles for how the church can hire, structure and lean on staff to help a pastor engage the public square.
Specifically, Curt will explore how the church might design and define the role of a Director of Communication or Pastor of Communication. The pastor’s “lean on” needs to include the willingness to rely on his communication staff for writing in the voice of pastoral leadership and representing the church’s official public posture.
It might sound intimidating, but Curt explains the rhythms of managing and nurturing this work relationship and concludes with a survey of resources that churches can tap to find spiritually and professionally qualified talent to fill these unique leadership roles.
Curt Smith is a seventh-generation Hoosier with a passion for promoting faith, family and freedom. His 35-year career in public policy and journalism includes stints as an award-winning reporter, 15 years on Capitol Hill in a variety of senior staff roles, think-tank executive, seventeen years as president of the Indiana Family Institute and frequent advisor to then-Congressman and Gov. Mike Pence. Curt holds degrees from Indiana University at Bloomington and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Curt’s monthly column appear in the print and online editions of the Indianapolis Business Monthly. He is the author of Deicide and co-author of Pause Points with Dr. Gene Harker.
2:00 p.m. Church’s External Communications, Part 2– How to hire a (successful) Director of Communication.
By Carl and Bev Moellering
You want to make your sermon content accessible, searchable and projectable, and you also recognize that this is too big a job for you or your team, so you then wonder, How do I hire for a position like a Director of Communication?
There are few things that will create more dysfunction in a church than hiring the wrong person. And there are few things that will help it grow like hiring the right person to do the right job. Simply put, hiring church staff is one of the most important things church leaders do.
When you have the right people working in the right roles doing the right tasks, there’s an amazing synergy and alignment around the mission, vision and objectives of the church. Having the right staff, with the right gifts, in the right positions, doing the right things will help your church reach people with the Gospel and help them grow in their faith in Christ. Few decisions have bigger or longer lasting implications than hiring.
There are no guarantees when it comes to hiring. But there are processes that almost certainly guarantee failure and processes that set you up for success.
In A Church’s External Communications, Part 2, Carl and Bev Moellering explore how you can increase the likelihood of a successful hire with the right systematic hiring process. A better hiring process will help you avoid hiring a Director of (Mis)Communication, and successfully recruit a qualified communicator that will complement a pastoral team.
From 1963 to 1995, Carl Moellering served as president and CEO of Moellering Construction, a regional highway construction firm. Since 1987, Carl has focused on developing leaders for growth in mid-size organizations as a Master Certified Coach. Today, Carl leads Moellering: Culture Development to help companies and not-for-profit groups grow successful teams. Carl hold designations as TTI Success Insights 12 Driving Forces® Certified, TTI Success Insights Motivators Certified, TTI Success Insights Emotional Quotient™ Certified, and TTI Success Insights and TriMetrix® HD Certified, TTI Success Insights DISC Certified and Certified Professional Master Coach. Carl has served as a corporate director in banking, insurance, healthcare, real estate, higher education, and religious sectors. Carl holds a bachelor's degree from Valpraiso University.
Bev Moellering has been growing and developing people for over 20 years. Her role at Moellering involves servicing assessments and coaching clients to become their best selves in life and the workplace. Bev holds designations as TTI Success Insights 12 Driving Forces® Certified, TTI Success Insights Motivators Certified, TTI Success Insights Emotional Quotient™ Certified, and TTI Success Insights and TriMetrix® HD Certified, and TTI Success Insights DISC Certified.
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Jason Hamrock is the CEO of Missional Marketing, a Phoenix-based firm specializing in helping churches leverage modern media platforms for optimal impact. Jason's passion for church communication began during his ten-year stint as Director of Communication at Central Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona. Today, Missional Marketing serves over 250 churches across the country. Jason holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa.