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7-8th July 2017


A two day conference led by North Point Community Church, Atlanta
and presented by Lead Academy

 

Further Faster UK is a two-day conference for church leaders and teams.

Further Faster UK is a two-day conference for church leaders and teams passionate about healthy church growth. It takes inspiration from North Point Community Church’s highly acclaimed Drive Conference, which regularly gathers thousands of leaders from around the world.

Further Faster UK is for leaders who are continually adapting to a changing ministry context, seeking to embrace opportunities and address challenges in innovative ways. 

Over our two days together you will have opportunity to hear from a team of experienced North Point senior leaders and practitioners as they share transferable principles for churches of any size and context who are passionate about the Great Commission.  

You will learn principles on how to create environments that include and value unchurched people, how best to lead volunteers and develop and maintain a healthy leadership culture, amongst many other topics.  There will be seminars hosted by UK practitioners alongside leaders from North Point to dig deeper into particular subjects, as well as opportunities for your specific questions to be addressed by the North Point team.

We are also excited that leadership teaching from Andy Stanley will also feature via video at the Further Faster event.  Together we will network, worship, learn, grow and have a lot of fun with many other leaders from across the UK.

Guest Speaker

Lane Jones

After over 30 years of ministry, Lane Jones is as excited as ever about the mission of the local church. He is one of the co-founders of North Point Ministries (NPM) in Alpharetta, Georgia.  Beginning as North Point Community Church, NPM has grown to six churches in the Atlanta GA area that average over 35,000 people in attendance each week.  

In 2006, Lane led the team that planted Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, Georgia, which was NPM’s third local church.  He currently serves as the NPM Executive Director of Multisite Ministry overseeing NPM’s six Atlanta churches and the development of a network of churches worldwide. 

Lane is the co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministry and Communicating for a Change and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary.  He also serves as host of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. 

He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his wife Traci.  They have three grown children who are all active in ministry.

 
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Guest Speaker

Rick Holliday

Rick Holliday has served at North Point Ministries since it’s inception in 1995. His role at North Point is the Executive Director of Ministry Services in which he oversees the Accounting, Human Resources, Digital, Operations, Resources, and Special Events teams. In addition he leads the acquisition and development of new campus facilities, coordinates legal counsel, manages banking relationships, and leads the risk management team. He is a member of the management and leadership teams and provides counsel to the stewardship team and elders of the ministry.

North Point Ministries currently has six campuses in metro Atlanta attracting more than 35,000 attenders each week. Before his time at North Point, he served on staff at First Baptist Church of Atlanta from 1977 to 1995. He served in similar roles there during and after obtaining a BBA in Finance and a Masters degree in Business Information Systems.

Guest Speaker

Bill Willits

Bill Willits is the Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries (NPM). NPM is the parent organization of six Atlanta churches (including North Point Community Church) as well as numerous strategic partner churches around the U.S. and world.

One of the founding staff members of North Point, Bill is a graduate of Florida State University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the co-author of the book, Creating Community with Andy Stanley. His passion for community along with his amazing team has helped them connect just over 80,000 children, students and adults into the benefits of group life. His most important small group consists of his wife Terry, and their sixteen-year old daughter Bailey.

 
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Guest Speaker

Kendra Fleming

Kendra Fleming is the multi-campus Children’s Director for North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia. In this position she oversees the ministries on each campus for Waumba Land (babies-pre-k), UpStreet (K-5th grade), and KidStuf which serves over 8,000 children each Sunday.

It is her passion to create irresistible environments for kids that connect them to their Heavenly Father. In addition, Kendra works with the multi-campus strategy of North Point Community Church by serving as part of the NPM leadership team. She lives in Cumming, Georgia, with her husband Gary and has four grown children, Jessica, Catherine, Jack, and Emily.

Programme

Friday 7th July

• 13:30 Registration

↓ 14:30 - 15:30 Breakout 1

↓ - Partnering with Parents

The church can do what no other organisation can do for families. It can partner with parents to grow their children’s faith in Jesus Christ. North Point’s approach to ministry to children is two fold: large groups and small groups. In this seminar we will explore that approach and identify key values and principles that any church, no matter how large or small, can apply to its work with children. We’ll also talk about the significant role of the volunteers who make it all happen and how we can recruit and inspire them.

↓ - Double Barrelled Preaching (Repeated in Breakout 4)

Engaging, effective communication is essential in all of our ministry environments and it is especially important in our preaching. However, week by week in our services we are presented with the challenge of a wide and varied audience. How do we ensure our preaching speaks to people who might be exploring faith and not yet be Christians and those who have been a part of the church for years?  How do you continue to hone your communication skills?  Come and hear one of North Point’s most experienced communicators on how we engage people with our preaching no matter where they are on their spiritual journey.

↓ - The Guest Experience (Adult emphasis)

Have you ever wondered what guests actually think and feel when they walk into your building? Is it positive? Is it negative? Will they want to come back?  In this breakout, we’ll explain how we create attractive guest experiences and look at how we might apply them to churches of any size.

↓ 16:00 - 17:00 Breakout 2

↓ - A Typical Sunday Morning Kids Ministry

Hundreds of kids pour into North Point’s kids’ environments every Sunday and we work hard to make it the best hour of their week. On the outside, we hope our environment is super-fun and inviting. Behind the scenes there are tons of systems running to make sure our environment is safe and efficient. In this breakout, we will walk you through a typical Sunday morning from drop off to pick up.

↓ - The Sunday Morning Experience (Repeated in Breakout 3)

Every church has a template for their services. It may look a bit different week by week but essentially there is a pattern that determines what we do. Has that template evolved by accident or with a strategic intent? Join us in this breakout as we talk about putting together an engaging worship experience from opening song to closing prayer and everything in between.

↓ - Making Vision Stick (Repeated in Breakout 4)

Vision has the power to mobilise and motivate your church to go above and beyond.  It declares what could be and should be, the problem is that life is about whats happening now.  Vision leaks, how do you ensure the church embraces and lives out the vision when the busyness and urgency of life gets in the way?

• 17:30 - 19:00 Dinner (included in ticket price)

• 19:00 - 21:00 Main Session 1

Saturday 8th July

• 09:00 - 10:00 Main Session 2

• 10:30 - 11:45 Main Session 3

↓ 12:00 - 13:00 Breakout 3

↓ - The Guest Experience (Family emphasis)

Have you ever wondered what guests actually think and feel when they walk into your building? Is it positive? Is it negative? Will they want to come back?  In this breakout, we’ll explain how we create attractive guest experiences and look at how we might apply them to churches of any size.

↓ - The Sunday Morning Experience

Every church has a template for their services. It may look a bit different week by week but essentially there is a pattern that determines what we do. Has that template evolved by accident or with a strategic intent? Join us in this breakout as we talk about putting together an engaging worship experience from opening song to closing prayer and everything in between.

↓ - Circles are better than rows

There is a road map you can follow when developing your small groups ministry.  In this breakout, we’ll talk about the key principles that form the framework of North Point’s small groups strategy and how you can contextualise it to your own church environment, regardless of size.

• 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (included in ticket price)

↓ 14:00 - 15:00 Breakout 4

↓ - Measurements that Matter

You can’t manage what you can’t measure!  That’s why, in life, we measure what’s important.  Lots of churches only measure their bank balance!  How do we know if we’ve reached our goals if we haven’t defined them in the first place?  In this breakout, we will look at why it is important to measure and what is important to measure.

↓ - Double Barrelled Preaching

Engaging, effective communication is essential in all of our ministry environments and it is especially important in our preaching. However, week by week in our services we are presented with the challenge of a wide and varied audience. How do we ensure our preaching speaks to people who might be exploring faith and not yet be Christians and those who have been a part of the church for years?  How do you continue to hone your communication skills?  Come and hear one of North Point’s most experienced communicators on how we engage people with our preaching no matter where they are on their spiritual journey.

↓ - Making Vision Stick

Vision has the power to mobilise and motivate your church to go above and beyond.  It declares what could be and should be, the problem is that life is about whats happening now.  Vision leaks, how do you ensure the church embraces and lives out the vision when the busyness and urgency of life gets in the way?

• 15:15 - 17:00 Main Session 4

Finchampstead
Baptist Church

The Further Faster conference will be hosted by Finchampstead Baptist Church (FBC) at the FBC Centre near Wokingham, Berkshire.  

FBC have been part of the Lead Academy community of churches for several years and are passionate about reaching the unchurched in their local area.  They went to North Point’s Drive Conference for the first time in 2013 on the recommendation of a local church leader. 

“The Drive Conference was a transforming moment in the life of FBC.  We found answers to the issues we had been wrestling with and discovered insights on how to unlock growth and give focus to the direction that the church was going in.  We came back from the conference encouraged, excited and equipped to reach our local community.  Since attending the Drive Conference, we have seen growth in our Sunday attendance and celebrated stories of people in our local community coming to faith in Christ. 
We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you to FBC for the Further Faster UK Conference and look forward to hosting you as you discover more of how God wants to make a difference in your local community.”                         

Chris Simpkins, Lead Pastor of FBC

*Please note, parking will be at a different location on Friday. You will be sent a confirmation and directions.


Accomodation

Here is a list of local accommodation you may find helpful.