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Field Forum 2018: "The Call"


Field Forum, the Alliance Northwest annual leadership gathering in Portland, Oregon, is coming in April 2018. This year's theme is "The Call".

The Call

Jesus extended a call to a few regular people who ended up changing the world. History repeatedly shows that when ordinary people grasp hold of this call and lean into the Spirit of Jesus, lives are totally transformed. This same call beckons us today.

 
Knowing the call with deep clarity and conviction is powerful. Having a shared understanding and common commitment to that call is much more powerful.  From it, we can help each other see through the unending expectations of others, the “latest and greatest” solutions for everything, and the rapid cultural change we all face in ministry. There’s strength in numbers.
 
Jesus’ call hasn’t changed. Field Forum 2018 is about hearing and seeking to respond again to the call of Jesus on our lives to follow him – together as a family of leaders.

 

Registration Details

We want to invest in future leaders of the church. Do you have someone in your church that God is calling into ministry or you see God moving toward leadership in your church? If this is you and you’re licensed, you are invited to pray for and invite an additional leader or emerging leader from your church. The Field Office will cover registration costs for the unlicensed leader.

We're moving to a new, larger location (the Red Lion on the Portland side of the Columbia River) to provide room for you to include additional leaders for this special event. And, we've already begun planning Field Forum 2018 in order to make it an event that will catalyze your church's health, and its ability to effectively make and deploy discipled leaders who live out the mission of God.

Registration cost (includes conference and food):
Book before April 1: $211 + Hotel ($134/night for single/double occupancy).
Book after April 1: $235 + Hotel (
$134/night for single/double occupancy).

Registration is now closed.
*When registering the future leader, please select “Emerging Leader” and the Field Office will know to cover their costs.

 

Field Forum '18 Keynote Speaker

Jo Saxton, Chair of the Board for 3DM, author, and podcast host, will be the keynote speaker at Field Forum '18.

Her message challenges listeners to engage in missional living and discipleship, empowers women to lean into their leadership and influence, and equips leaders to lead from the inside out and reframe their vision and purpose.

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Featured Speaker: Rick McKinley

Rick McKinley serves as Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Community.  He and his wife, Jeanne, and their four kids moved to Portland, Oregon in October of 2000 to plant the church.  Since then, Imago Dei has been voted one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Churches in the Country by Outreach Magazine and Portland Monthly Magazine named Rick one of Portland’s 50 Most Influential People.

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Featured Speaker: Randy Shaw

 

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Breakouts

In anticipation of Field Forum 2018: The Call (April 23-25 in Portland, Oregon), here are all 9 breakouts during the event. With topics ranging from engaging youth in the 21st Century to finding momentum for plateauing churches, there's sure to be something to pique everyone's interest.

 

I’M CALLED TO MINISTRY! HOW DO I DEVELOP, EXPAND MY INFLUENCE, AND DISCOVER MY PRIMARY CONTRIBUTION LONG TERM?          

There is a clear pattern God uses to develop Kingdom leaders. It is evident both in the Bible and in Christian leaders throughout history.  Knowing what that pattern is helps the emerging leader prioritize their development and rest along the way, knowing God is working His plan. This breakout can help you know where you are at in the process and intentionally participate in where God is taking you.

Dave and Elena Reynolds; 
Dave is the Western Region Team Leader for Multiplication, The Alliance US

 

GOOD NEWS! THERE IS GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE GOSPEL EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE TECTONIC CHANGES HAPPENING IN CULTURE.

We all hear what can be discouraging, challenging – and even scary – news regarding the declining interest and engagement of younger generations in the church. But within the new realities of our context there is an exceedingly hopeful future! This breakout will unpack encouraging and simple constructs to help you understand the complex changes we face and present ideas to consider as you position your church for continued effectiveness.

Dr. Tim Osborn; 
Lead Pastor, Mosaic

 

DEVELOPING LEADERS 101                                            

Where do I start if I want to be intentional about developing leaders in my ministry? This breakout will help frame a biblical way to think about discipling leaders, and help you develop doable steps to implement a plan to identify, develop, and deploy influencers in the mission of Jesus.

Jason Simmonds;
Leadership Development, Networks,
Alliance Northwest Field Office

                                   

DISCIPLE YOUR HIGH CAPACITY LEADERS BY STARTING A TEACHING TEAM

There is great wisdom in focusing on the few in order to minister to the many. Matt Hannan learned to follow that wisdom and has developed leaders using a strategy of “deeper, not wider.” One place he focused was in starting and leading a teaching team, without using elaborate or expensive resources. In this breakout, he’ll unpack what he’s learned and share the huge rewards he’s discovered for both his congregation and for him personally.

Dr. Matt Hannan;
Lead Pastor, New Heights - meeting in several locations across Clark County, WA 

 

WAYS TO MOVE WOMEN FORWARD IN MINISTRY

There are likely women in your church with a call to lead, pastor, or speak. Far too often women have ministry dreams and a God-ordained call to serve, but don’t see an open door to develop as a leader. If you are seeking to discover, draw out, develop, and deploy women as leaders in your ministry area, this breakout is a great place to gather some ideas to get started.                                                                                                                                            

Anya Holcomb;
Pastor Refugee Ministries, Salem Alliance

Melissa Jackson;
Worship leader & Teaching Team, Cle Elum Alliance

Randy Shaw,
Field Director, Alliance Northwest

 

MINISTRY TO YOUTH IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Throughout the history of youth ministry much has changed and morphed in order to address the ever-changing youth culture. While there are timeless principles that serve youth ministry, effectiveness increasingly requires innovation. Through a quick assessment of today’s youth culture, we can measure what is effective, and then explore practical ways to engage a new generation of students and their families.                                                                                  

James Grout; 
Former Youth Pastor & National Director for Youth with The Alliance,
Currently with One Child Matters

 

LEADERSHIP MOVES FOR EFFECTIVE MINISTRY TO CHILDREN

One study indicated that 83% of all Jesus followers commit their lives to him between the ages of 4 and 14, yet the American church is rapidly declining with each generation. A vibrant, effective children’s ministry is imperative for a thriving church that reaches the lost of every age. What practices, systems, and volunteers create this environment? We dream of seeing churches making bold and wise moves to reach the next generation! Come join us as we discuss how.                                                                       

Kim Harris;
Pastor for Staff & Operations, Mosaic

Connor Durr;
Pastor for Students, Mosaic

 

FINDING NEW MOMENTUM IN THE PLATEAUED CHURCH

Nearly 70% of churches are either plateaued or in decline. Leading one of these churches takes unique “know how” and courage. Jump into this breakout and you’ll hear from a couple of pastors who’ve done it, the overarching principles of a church’s lifecycle, and strategies you can use to rediscover new momentum and health in your church.

Dennis Pust;
Church Health & Pastoral Care
Alliance Northwest Field Office

 

CREATING CHURCH-BASED MINISTRY TRAINING IN THE ALLIANCE NORTHWEST

What could happen if together we believed God could create a regional, church-based educational model that raises up the next generation of pastors and international leaders who are debt-free and field-ready?  Salem Alliance is running Reach Training Institute (RTI) and Snoqualmie Valley Alliance runs Biblical Institute of Seattle (BIOS).  These churches have pioneered a new educational model and today it’s getting traction! At this breakout, you’ll be challenged to consider the potential of this educational model, hear from a recent graduate, and two current students, one of which is getting credit for hands-on service in a local church. Jump in and consider the possibilities of working together as the Alliance Northwest family to raise up a new generation of men and women for the coming harvest. 

Steve Fowler;
Lead Pastor, Salem Alliance

Dr. Monty Wright;
Lead Pastor, Snoqualmie Valley Alliance

Dr. Steve Dangaran;
Dean, RTI