Access2018 Cohorts

Cohorts are peer learning groups focused around various areas of ministries. Participants will have lots of time to talk about what is working, what is not, ask questions, discuss best practices and even work through issues together. Each cohort will be guided by trained facilitators.
People who are registered for Access2018 should select two cohorts.

Cohorts will happen in two groups and each cohort will extend through the times indicated below. Based on signups so far, we have scheduled cohorts in two blocks (A&B):
Each Tuesday Cohort will happen from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm.
Each Wednesday Cohort will happen from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm.

Facilitator Resources

Administration Ministry

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Where two or three are gathered together, SOMEONE HAS TO ADMINISTRATE! What are you learning about providing quality office support in your church? How do you deal with complex human resource (H.R.) issues? Which ministry and people tracking tools work best for you? Excellent administration is very important to a healthy church!

This cohort is for church administrators, business managers, office managers, secretaries, executive pastors or even the solo pastor who appreciates good administration.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Children's Ministry in a church of 1000+

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Your church has grown and now you have 100's in children's ministry! What resources have proven valuable to you? When do you make changes and how? How do you interact with parents?

This cohort is for children's directors, volunteer and paid staff in a children's program.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Children's Ministry in a church of 150+

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

How do you train staff for Children's ministry in a mid-sized church? As children's ministries grows, how do you adjust? Share what you have learned. Ask for help! Gain a go-to person for help.

This cohort is for children's ministry directors, paid and volunteer staff or anyone working in a local church children's ministry ( Including nursery, preschool and elementary ages).

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Children's Ministry in a church under 150

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

How do you train staff in a smaller church for Children's ministry? What are some quality affordable curriculum? Share what you have learned. Ask for help! Gain a person you can go to for help.

This cohort is for children's ministry directors, paid and volunteer staff or anyone working in a local church children's ministry ( Including nursery, preschool and elementary ages).

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Church Finances: Budgeting and Fundraising

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

How do you develop a budget? How do you communicate your budget? Is your budget a straight-jacket, a guide, or a goal? What is the difference? How do you control spending without discouraging good leaders? How do you raise funds? What do you talk about money? How? What has worked? What mistakes have you made?

This cohort is for church administrators, office managers, ministry directors, pastors, church treasurers, elders or anyone who has a role in budgeting or raising funds in a local church.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Church Multiplication

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

We have seen many new congregations started in the past few years: simple churches, traditional churches, and campuses. It's pretty impressive! What are we learning? How can we do it better? How can you join this church planting movement?

If you dream of starting a new church or campus personally or with a team or out of an existing church, this conversation is for you.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Communications

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

How do you leverage social media? What is the best way to communicate upcoming events? What is the best and worst use of video?

This cohort is for pastors, communications directors, office managers, video producers, church secretaries or anyone whose task is to "get the word out" within a church or community.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Counseling

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Our churches have people who need Jesus! They also need new perspectives on who they are and what their role is. What resources have you found helpful as you counsel people? When do you seek "professional" help? What stories can you share?

This cohort is for counselors, lead pastors, staff pastors, youth leaders, women's or men's ministry leaders, or any person finding the opportunity to counsel others within or as a ministry of a local church.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Difficult to Discern: The Toughest Parts of Paul's Writings [Workshop]

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Dr Randy Smith will teach this class on Paul's writings. Usually, Paul's writings are easy to understand. But some that he teaches is best understood in the context in which it was written. Get ready for an amazing ride through the writings and times of the Apostle Paul. This is not a peer-learning cohort but rather a workshop lead by an excellent teacher!

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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First Impressions

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Did you know that you have about 7 seconds until a guest has formed their first impression of your church? First impressions are automatic. It’s how the human brain works. From the parking lot to the seats, a guest is seeing, hearing, and smelling things that are going to cause them to either engage in what is about to happen in your church service or cause them to disengage from your church service based on their first impression.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Integrate Powerful Coaching Skills into Your Leadership [Workshop]

Tuesday AND Wednesday (2 days): 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Coaching skills bring a whole new dimension to your various ministry and leadership roles. People who take this workshop see significant advancements in their ministry impact, while seeing their stress and busy-ness go down - not a new program or fad for you or your church, but a different approach to doing ministry. It’s a more effective way of leading.

The workshop is practical and interactive, with lots of skills practice built in.

Drawing from the book, The COACH Model for Christian Leaders, this workshop is for any Christian leader who is seeking life transformation - especially those focused on discipleship and leadership development.

Over the course of the two days of cohort time, you will become familiar with the COACH Model® and use it to coach other participants. By the end of our time together you will have new skills and understand how to use them in your work and home contexts for increased life-change.

Topic and skills covered in this practical and interactive workshop:

Join the Coaching Skills Workshop for Christian Leaders and get practical leadership skills training!

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International Partnerships

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Your church is on mission... globally. What are some international partnerships that are working well? How do you do missions trips? How are these partnerships reflected in your budget? How do you communicate with your church about your international partnerships? How do you communicate with those partners?

This cohort is for missions pastors, local church missions teams, pastors, missionaries, ministry team leaders or anyone who has a global passion and focus.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Leading a church of 150-400 people

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

So your church has grown. With that growth come issues like staffing, facilities, and more. Or your church is stuck at a certain size and you can use some fresh advice. Or your ministry context (local culture) is changing. Let's talk together, pray together and share resources.

This cohort is for any leader in a church of around 150-400 people.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Leading a church of 400+ people

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Leading a larger church is wonderful... but it can consume you! How do you find and manage excellent staff? What is the changing role of your elder board? How is leading your church different than when it was smaller?

This cohort is for any leader in a church of 400 or more people.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Leading a church of 50-150 people

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Small churches are great places for discipleship and outreach. However, there are also great challenges. The leader (ie: pastors or elders) in a small church can feel like a lone leader with limited resources. Let's talk about equipping your people to do the work of the ministry so you can take them to the next level.

This cohort is for any leader in a church of less than 150 people.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Leading Staff

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Fifteen pastors were asked, "What is the best decision you ever made?" Each pastor had the same answer, "a staff hire!" Those same pastors were asked, "What was the worst decision you ever made?" SAME ANSWER! Hiring and leading staff may be your greatest challenge. Learn how to avoid some of the pitfalls with good advice from your peers.

This cohort is for anyone who leads or hires other staff or is planning to add staff soon.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Local Outreach

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

The Charis Fellowship places a priority on the mission of doing good for the sake of the gospel, especially in our local communities. What new ideas do you have for local church ministry? What is working? What is not? Listen... talk... learn.

This cohort is for anyone who loves their church and wants to more effectively spread the gospel in their community.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Music Ministry

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Music is an important part of worship, but styles and trends change. What's new? Share some resources. How do you qualify and coordinate musicians and singers?

This cohort is for worship leaders, musicians, or even that solo pastor who has to "do it all".

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Next Gen: High School Ministry

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

High school ministry can be wonderful and terrible... all at the same time! How are you keeping their interest while doing discipleship? When and how do you teach students to obey what Jesus has commanded? Why do you love high school ministry? Let's talk!

This cohort is for any youth pastor, youth director, youth staff (paid or volunteer) elder, or volunteer that ministers to high school youth.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Next Gen: Middle School ministry

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

The "Baby boomers", then "Generation X", the "Millennials" and then "Generation Z"! It's hard to keep up. What are you learning about Middle School Ministry? What are your questions? Just getting started? Come and listen to experience. Been doing Middle School Ministry for a while? Come share and consider new approaches.

This cohort is for any youth pastor, youth director, youth staff (paid or volunteer) elder, teacher, or volunteer that ministers to middle school youth.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Next Gen: Young Adult Ministry

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Young adults are making life-changing decisions! How will our churches provide guidance? What are some of the hardest issues you face and what are you learning about them? This area of ministry can be difficult. Let's help each other.

This cohort is for any youth pastor, youth director, youth staff (paid or volunteer) elder, or volunteer that ministers to young adults (college age and 20-somethings).

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Preaching

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Growing churches almost always have excellent communicators! How do you plan, prepare, and preach your sermon or Bible lesson each week? What two or three ideas you clarify before preaching or teaching? How do you evaluate your sermon? What makes a good illustration? How do you call for a response?

This cohort is for anyone who preaches or teaches in a local church.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Raising your Kids in a Ministry Home [Workshop]

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

We love our children! And we love our ministry! However, leading both well can be difficult. Pastor Bob Fetterhoff will teach this class out of decade of experience with both! This is not a peer-learning cohort but rather is a workshop lead by an excellent teacher.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Small Groups

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Want to start small groups? Start HERE! Been doing small groups for a long time? Refine HERE! What are your concern? What is working? What is not?

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Tech

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Churches can become complex, especially in the tools needed to project, amplify, network, and support ministry. What's new? What is a good investment? What is a bad investment? How do you train? What are you learning?

This cohort is for anyone supporting local church ministry with technology: operators of soundboards, lighting, recording, video cameras or even mechanical systems.

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Volunteer Recruitment

Tuesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Every church needs many volunteers! How do you recruit, train, and deploy quality volunteers? How do you best communicate with them and keep them on-board? Share what you have learned!

This cohort is for anyone leading a ministry that uses volunteers... which means just about everyone!

This cohort meets on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Women's Ministries

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm AND 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Let's talk about ministry to the women in your church. What works? What does not? The command to make disciples includes making disciples of women, so how is that best accomplished?

This cohort is for anyone who wants their church to excel in ministries for and by women.

This cohort meets on Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:15, afternoon from 2:30 - 3:30

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Access2018 Excursions

Northwest Ohio is a favorite vacation location for folks from the Midwest with nearby Port Clinton and Cedar Point. We are pleased to offer the following pre and post-Access2017 excursion options.

Purchase your tickets in the registration center.


Cohort Facitator Training

We are pleased to provide these training resources for our Access2018 cohort facilitators.

Access2018 Facilitator Training Video #1 from Charis Fellowship on Vimeo.

Access2018 Facilitator Training Video #2 from Charis Fellowship on Vimeo.


How to Facilitate a Successful Training Session

We will be asking folks signed up for cohorts to submit their questions and needs in advance.

You can see those question HERE


Access2018 Meals

Meals are sponsored by National and Cooperating Ministries of the FGBC.

Tickets are required. Purchase your tickets in the registration center.

Breakfast on Tuesday by Assist Church eXpansion

Thanks for praying as Assist completes its first year. Join us for breakfast and an update on all that God is doing through Assist Church eXpansion for Charis legacy church multiplication.

$8.00

Pastors and Wives Luncheon on Tuesday(Price per couple)

We want to encourage and honor our pastors and their wives. Ticket prices have been reduced for our members and their wives as a way to thank you for all you do. If you purchase this ticket you do not need to purchase an additional ticket for your wife.

$15.00

Pastors Luncheon on Tuesday (Price per person)

We want to encourage and honor our pastors and their wives. Ticket prices have been reduced for our members as a way to thank you for all you do.

$10.00

Dinner on Tuesday with Grace College and Seminary

Come join us as we celebrate God's goodness to Grace College & Seminary. We will be conducting our corporation meeting, providing updates, and hearing from Grace students.

$12.00

Breakfast on Wednesday with Grace Connect

This may be the most important breakfast you attend all week! Learn how you can stay connected with other pastors, leaders, and churches in the Charis Fellowship through the platforms of GraceConnect and the Brethren Missionary Herald Company. Enjoy yummy food and sweet fellowship while getting the latest scoop on GraceConnect and BMH Books!

$8.00

Lunch on Wednesday with Encompass World Partners

Encompass - You’re invited to join Encompass World Partners as we celebrate God’s work in Central Africa over the last 100 years. From sending some of the first missionaries who took the gospel there, to today as we continue to partner with over 2,700 churches in the region, God as moved in amazing ways and we want to celebrate His work together. Join us for an African themed meal, some amazing stories from the field, and a vision for the future in Central Africa.

$10.00

Dinner on Wednesday with Grace Brethren Investment Foundation and our military chaplains

Please join us for dinner on Wednesday, July 25 at 5:15 to celebrate all that God is doing through Grace Brethren Investment Foundation and the Eagle Commission. Ken Seyfert (CEO) and his Executive Team will briefly share the past year’s results of the foundation. Following, Dr. Mark Penfold (Chaplain Endorsing Agent for Charis) and his wife, Robin, will lead ceremonies for the Chaplains Appreciation Dinner.

$12.00

Breakfast on Thursday with CE National

Join us for breakfast and hear and see reports of how God has been working through ministries like the Urban Hope Training Center—in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Momentum youth conference, Operation Barnabas, Urban Plunge ministry trips and more. There will also be a time during this breakfast for the annual CE National Corporation Meeting. You won’t want to miss out! (limited quanity subsidized tickets are available).

$8.00

Lunch on Thursday for the FGBC

This is the annual meeting of the Charis Fellowship (aka: Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Inc). Delegates of member churches are encouraged to attend. All are welcome to attend. Delegates without tickets can attend the meeting at 15 minutes after the meal begins.

$10.00


Access2018 Main Session Speakers

Dan Allan

Dan Allan is the senior pastor at Ashland Grace (Ohio) where he has been on staff for 33 years. He and his wife Holly have two adult children and two of the most adorable and intelligent grandchildren! Dan loves golf, tennis, the beach, the water, the woods, the Wolverines and pastoring. Dan will reflect on "Leaving A Legacy and Finishing Strong" during the Tuesday evening Celebration.

Kip Cone

Kip is the Proclamation Pastor at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Indiana. Kip and Mary met at Grace College and subsequently served as church-planters for a decade in Berlin, Germany. Kip will reflect on "Reflections on Ministering Effectively in Multiple Contexts" during the Wednesday evening Celebration.

Dave Guiles

Dave Guiles is the Executive Director of Encompass World Partners. Dave has led the mission through a series of significant changes, including rebranding, relocation, and restructuring of global operations, in pursuit of the goal of retooling a one-hundred-plus-year-old organization for the current age. He also serves as Coordinator for Charis Alliance, a global network churches. Dave and Sue currently reside near the new mission headquarters in Atlanta. He is the author of two books, Discovering Global Missions and Mobilizing the Mobilizers. Dave shares Wednesday evening on “Abundant Fruit! But at what cost?”... A celebration of the sacrifices that made Africa our most productive mission field.

Tony Livigni

Tony Livigni is the Campus Pastor of the Medina East campus of Grace Church in Ohio. He has served at Grace Church for 12 years, serving in college and young adult ministry for seven years and leading the Medina East Campus for the past five years. Since its inception, the Medina East Campus has grown to more than 1,000 regular weekend attenders. Pastor Tony is married to his lovely wife Jessica, and has four children. Tony will talk about "Reflections on Handling Early Success While Wanting Lasting Fruit" on Tuesday morning.

Phil Sparling

Phil is Senior Pastor at Grace Community Church, Auburn Calif. This church was launched by three families (one of which was Phil's parents) and now welcome 700 people to worship each Sunday. Phil and Ruth have four young-adult children. Phil talks on Thursday morning about "Reflections on Keeping the Bible Central to a Ministry". Phil speaks during the Thursday morning celebration

Joel Trainer

Joel grew up in Africa, is married to Morgan, and loves dancing with his daughter Cooper, wrestling with his son Judah, and playing soccer, eating sushi, and hunting deer. He and his wife, along with an outstanding team of leaders, planted Three Creeks Church in Gahanna, Ohio, in February 2018, with the support of numerous Charis Fellowship churches, particularly Movement Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Joel reflects from "the Beginning of the Path" as a new church planter during the Wednesday morning Celebration.


Access2018 Main Session Live Streams

Tuesday Morning at 9:30 with Mike Yoder

Tuesday Evening at 7:00 with Jeff Bogue

Wednesday Evening at 7:00 with Nick Cleveland

Thursday Evening at 7:00 with Scott Feather


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