January 19–22, 2015 • 
Garden Grove, California
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Every year, Transform brings hundreds of pastors and leaders together to create ideas that transform their ministries. Join us at Transform 2015, where you’ll find opportunities to connect with other leaders in similar situations. This is one event with speakers, breakouts and workshops you won’t want to miss.

Peer-to-Peer Discussions

Participants connect with peers who understand and appreciate the challenges they face and the solutions they’ve found. You’ll find answers, camaraderie and new friends.

Participant-set Agendas

In each group, peers set the agenda based on real-time ministry issues and needs — not top-down, cookie-cutter, quick fixes. You’ll receive realistic help and encouragement for what you’re facing.

Interactive Facilitation

Respected, experienced pastors and leaders facilitate candid, to-the-point interaction of key topics selected by the group. Bring your questions and your team. You’ll be heard, understood and appreciated.

Transform 2014 Recap

2014 Highlight Video

2014 Photos

Speakers

Efrem
Smith

President, World Impact

Bio

Shane
Claiborne

Founder, The Simple Way

Bio

Scott & Lisa
Ridout

President, Converge

Bio

Breakouts

Executive
Pastors

Missions
Pastors

Worship &
Creative Arts

Community
Outreach

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Sam Crabtree

Sam Crabtree

Vocational Elder, Pastor for Small Groups
Bethlehem Baptist Church, North Campus
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deacon William G. Gentry Jr


First Baptist Church
Glenarden, Maryland

Join other Converge executive pastors to discover new techniques, strategies and best practices for your ministry.

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Matt Swartz

Matt Swartz

Outreach Pastor
Sun Valley Community Church Gilbert Campus
Gilbert, AZ

Network with other mission-minded pastors to increase your global impact through short-term and long-term missions, as well as church planting movements.

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Paul & Melanie Bernard

Paul & Melanie Bernard

Pastors Ten27 Church
TEN27 Church - French Valley, California

Interact with other creative leaders to discuss issues in this ministry. Share new ideas on how to lead a God-honoring worship service.

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Rev. John Hughes, MSW

Rev. John Hughes, MSW

Chief Executive Officer
We Create Change
San Diego, California

Discuss new evangelistic outreach ideas for your community and learn what to avoid when trying to meet your community’s needs.

Recovery
Group

Chaplains

Admin
Assistants

Adult ministry
& Small group

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Paul Bernard LPCC, NCC

Senior Pastor
TEN27 Church
French Valley, California

Learn about new programs and how to approach difficult ministry with dignity for both parties. This is for those working in Recovery Ministries, Clinical and Staff Counseling.

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Chaplain George Paul

Chaplain George Paul

Captain, Chaplain Corps, USN (Ret)
Chaplain Endorser
Converge Worldwide

Connect with other Converge-endorsed chaplains who serve and minister in the military, Veteran’s Affairs, hospitals and retirement centers. Talk through some issues facing ministry in chaplaincy and learn how to be a better leader in a non-church setting.

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Christine Kolb

Christine Kolb

Executive Assistant to the President’s Office
Converge Worldwide Oralndo, Florida

This breakout session is for secretaries, office managers and administrative assistants in local churches, universities or Converge districts. Talk with peers about what challenges you face and how you overcome them to serve your best and glean expert insights.

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Bill Heydorn

Bill Heydorn

Executive Pastor of Adult Ministries
Conerstone Church - Chandler, Arizona

In areas of adult ministry there are unique challenges and issues pastors and leaders face. This breakout will focus on ministry with all generations of adults currently in our churches: Gen Xers, Millennials and Boomers.

Student
ministry

Children’s
ministry

Pastors
African Descent

Latino
Pastors

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Dr. Ralph Gustafson

Dr. Ralph Gustafson

Executive Minister for Church Relations
Bethel University
Pastor Heather Files

Pastor Heather Files

Pastor Junior High
Wooddale Church
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Join us for a breakout session to energize and inspire you in effective ways to minister to Junior high, high school and college-age students in your church.

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Pastor Mark Wood

Pastor Mark Wood

Pastor Children's Ministry
Golden Hills Community Church
Brentwood, California

Learn how to refresh your approach to your children’s ministry at church. From sharing ideas to resolving issues, this breakout session will help you walk away with a renewed perspective.

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Dr. Michael Henderson

Dr. Michael Henderson

Sr. Pastor New Beginnings Church and Executive Director National Ministry Converge Worldwide
New Beginnings Church Matthews, North Carolina
Dr. John Jenkins Sr

Dr. John Jenkins Sr

Sr. Pastor First Baptist Church
Glenarden, Maryland
Dr. Dwight Perry

Dr. Dwight Perry

Executive Minister Converge Great Lakes Baptist Conference
Madison, Wisconsin
Dr. Phil Phillips

Dr. Phil Phillips

Sr. Pastor
Agape Christian Fellowship
Fort Myers, Florida

Discuss what’s significant to the culture of the African-American, Haitian & Caribbean church today in this breakout session. You will cover and determine new ideas and resolutions for issues facing your church.

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Jessy Padilla

Jessy Padilla

Sr. Pastor and Director of Hispanic Ministries Converge Mid America
Iglesia Evang Bautista Emanuel
Waukegan, Illinois

Join pastors of similar ethnic background to discuss ministry to first- and second-generation Latinos in the United States. You will set your own agenda to discuss ideas, trends and ministry directions.

Vietnamese
Pastors

Town, Country
& Solo

Churches
200–500

Churches
500–1200

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Dr. Phu Pham

Dr. Phu Pham

Sr. Pastor
Vietnamese Faith Community Church
Chicago, IL

9:00 AM Tuesday 20th through Wednesday Evening 21st.
Discuss what’s significant to the culture of the Vietnamese church today in this breakout session. You will cover and determine new ideas and resolutions for issues facing your church.

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Skip Hanson

Skip Hanson

Converge Pastoral Placement, MIBC
Part-time intentional interim, Bethany Baptist
Roseville, MN

Connect with other pastors who may be the only full-time person on staff. Collaborate on issues affecting the ministry of small churches with a small staff.

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Pastor Mark Bjorlo

Pastor Mark Bjorlo

Sr. Pastor The Journey North Community Church
Brainerd, Minnesota

Discuss with other pastors and leaders what you’re facing in your church of 200 to 500. You’ll leave with new ideas and a network of support.

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Pastor Jerry Schommer

Pastor Jerry Schommer

Sr. Pastor
Woodcrest Church
Eagan, Minnesota
Pastor Rick McKinniss

Pastor Rick McKinniss

Sr. Pastor
Wellspring Church
Kensington, Connecticut

Learn about what other leaders and pastors of congregations numbering 500 to 1200 are facing. Problem solve and network together.

Churches
1200–3000

Churches
3000+

Spouses
Churches
up to 500

Spouses
Churches
500–1500

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Pastor Jän VanOosten

Pastor Jän VanOosten

Sr. Pastor
New Covenant Community Church
Fresno, California

Explore significant issues with your growing church of up to 3000. Learn what it means to grow as a pastor from other leaders in the same situation.

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Pastor Joel Johnson

Pastor Joel Johnson

Sr. Pastor Westwood Community Church
Excelsior, Minnesota

Join other pastors of the largest Converge churches in discovering how to continue to grow ministry and reach your community.

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Linda Hansen

Linda Hansen


Bethany Baptist
Roseville, Minnesota

Gather with other spouses from churches of the same size. Discuss your family life and what struggles you face. You’ll walk away with a network of support and ideas to grow your ministry.

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Karla Adams

Karla Adams

Pastor's Wife / Celebration Singers Director
Golden Hills Community Church
Brentwood, California

Connect with other spouses from churches of the same size to share the issues you’re facing. You’ll walk away with a network to lean on and a renewed perspective.

Spouses
Churches
1500+

Spouses
African Descent

Spouses
Executive

Spouses
DEM

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Keri Johnson

Keri Johnson

Pastor's wife
Westwood Community Church
Excelsior, Minnesota

Learn from other spouses from the churches of the same size. Share your ideas for your growing ministries and solve problems together.

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First Lady Michelle Obleton

First Lady Michelle Obleton


Waukegan Community Church
Waukegan, Illinois
First Lady Shirley Smith

First Lady Shirley Smith


Compassion Baptist Church
Chicago, Illinois

Join other first ladies of similar ethic background to discuss the issues surrounding your ministry –both personal and within the congregation you support.

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Vicki Crabtree

Vicki Crabtree


Bethlehem Baptist Church
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The spouse of an executive minister carries an important role in ministry. Learn and share with others who may be facing the same circumstances.

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Donna Fagerstrom

Donna Fagerstrom

Director Converge LeadNet USA
Converge Worldwide
Orlando, Florida

Join other spouses of Converge district executive ministers to support each other through the challenges and triumphs of ministry.

Workshops

Current Trends in Theology

Dr. Mark Strauss

More

Growing a Multicultural Church

Dr. Efrem Smith

More

Marketing & Branding Your Church

David Lied

More

Venue

Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove

Book your room
Discounted rate ends 12/20


Ground Transportation

Super Shuttle is offering attendees a 10% discount for shuttle round trip service to and from John Wayne (SNA) and Los Angeles Intl (LAX) airports (approx. $15-$20 one way per person). All reservations must be pre-booked. Call (800) 258-3826 with questions — code is CJ99R.

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Delta & Disney Discounts

Delta NMKP4
Code for up to 10% off Delta ticket

Disney code
Discounted Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets

Schedule

Print schedule

Monday, January 19

Tuesday, January 20

Wednesday, January 21

Thursday, January 22

Sponsors

Bethel University Cornerstone Fund Harvest Books One By One Haiti Level Up Mission One Insurance PIR Ministries Elic Vantage Point 3 Hatchery Converge Districts
Info Sheet
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