Access2017 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 Access2017 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):
A-Cohorts will happen on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
B-Cohorts will happen on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.

Signup for Leadership Development, Descipleship and Next Gen Ministry are very high so we are repeating each of these.

Administration Ministry

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

Every church and organization needs to be well administrated. What systems and structures have been put in place to maximize your administration ministries in your church and organization? What types of roles are important? How do you effective leverage an assistant? What does a great church calendar look like? How are you administering paid time off? All great questions that we can learn from each other on.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Care and Counseling Ministry

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

The church is only as healthy as the people in it. Whether it’s through meeting physical needs, making hospital visits, providing counseling services, etc., come learn how we can meet the needs of our people and do it well.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Children's Ministry

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

The next generation is critical to every ministry. The focus of this cohort is to talk about how to make this happen. There are the challenges of curriculum selection, methods, volunteer recruitment and expectations, communication to parents, philosophy and strategy and so on. Learn from and bless others who are trying to bless the future of the church.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Church Multiplication

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

The church is a multiplying organism. This take places through campuses, church plants and mergers. Whether you’re accommodating growth, positioning for greater impact, or simply curious about the strategies, logistics and philosophies of church planting or campusing, this cohort will be loaded with helpful discussions and ideas to help you in that effort.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Crisis work (response, relief, rehabilitation)

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

The church can have a critical role in emergency situations locally and around the world. The key is having a plan in place. Learn from others on how to set up a workable response system and how to execute it when a crisis arises. This group will also discuss what is currently being done by churches and organizations and how we can work together in the future.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Discipleship

A&B-Cohorts: Tue/Wed AM and repeated on Wed PM/Thu

The goal for the church is quality disciples. We all know people don’t become mature disciples simply by hanging around your church. Discipleship has to be on purpose and with a plan. This includes concepts like groups and membership and much more. How do these all fit together and work. Come to learn and come to share.

Signup for this cohort is very high so we are offering it twice.

You can choose either the Tuesday/Wednesday (A) or the Wednesday/Thursday (B).

Specific times are (choose A or B):

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International Partnerships/Ministry

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

Making disciples of all nations means doing ministry in international contexts. What are sending organizations saying and learning right now? What are churches doing that is effective? Come rub shoulders with folks who have been immersed in this journey for a long time.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Leadership Development

A&B-Cohorts: Tue/Wed AM and repeated on Wed PM/Thu

No church or organization has enough leaders. The next generation of leaders is going to be needed sooner than we think. How do we find future leaders and help those already among us reach their full potential? What type of pipelines, internship programs, training, residency concepts are working. Come join in on the discussion, learn from what others are doing and leave with some ideas and encouragement.

Signup for this cohort is very high so we are offering it twice.

You can choose either the Tuesday/Wednesday (A) or the Wednesday/Thursday (B).

Specific times are (choose A or B):

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Local Outreach Ministry

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

Every church and organization cares about making their context better for the kingdom. We all can get more effect at this process. This cohort will be an excellent way to learn what is working for others and to discover new and creative ideas.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Music Ministry

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

Organizing and running an effective music ministry is challenging. Philosophy, musician recruitment and standards, administration, shepherding your team, song selection, and much more are all part of the challenge. The goal is leading God’s people into authentic worship through music. This cohort will have conversations about how to practically address the challenges of creating an effective music ministry.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Next Generation Ministry

A&B-Cohorts: Tue/Wed AM and repeated on Wed PM/Thu

The conversation about millennials and beyond is one of the most present and pressing in the church world. How do we capture their hearts connect them to real discipleship? What is working? What questions should we be asking? Should I we be concerned? Join others as we discuss this topic.

Signup for this cohort is very high so we are offering it twice.

You can choose either the Tuesday/Wednesday (A) or the Wednesday/Thursday (B).

Specific times are (choose A or B):

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Operations/Facility/Security

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

Every church and organization needs to be well operated. This includes areas like facility management, legal policies and procedures, safety protocols, database tools, and even financial systems. Let’s get together and learn from one another about how to be more effective at stewarding and protecting our ministries.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Solo Pastoring

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

You are doing one of the hardest things on the planet. Where do I go for help? What help should I be asking for? What is next? How do I move from being stuck? What are the key next steps to going forward? These and many other questions are at the top of our minds and hearts. This cohort will talk about to tackle this challenge through practical ideas and practices.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Stewardship/ Fundraising/ Creating a Culture of Generosity

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

Ministry takes money. We say if God ordered it, He will pay for it. Yet every church and organization wrestles with how to create a culture where people consistently and passionately give to the mission. The group will focus on best practices, guides and philosophy to seeing every organization’s desire of great giving culture become a reality.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Succession/Transition

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

Just like life, ministry happens in seasons. When seasons change, how can we make a smooth transition as current leaders step down and new leaders step up? Join in on a discussion facilitated by folks who are making or have made these transitions in their ministries.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Tech Ministry

B-Cohorts: Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon

The utilization of technologies for ministry is growing rapidly. What’s new? What’s effective? What is worth trying in your context? If this is your area of passion and ministry, come benefit from a discussion about what programs and equipment are working for others as well as how to implement effective strategies that will meet the specific needs of your congregation or organization.

This cohort meets on Wednesday and Thursday: Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00, Thursday from 9:30 - 11:30 and 2:00 - 4:00

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Volunteer Recruitment

A-Cohorts: Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday Morning

We all know that volunteers are the fuel that the church and many organizations run on. Any successful ministry needs solid, servant-hearted men and women who are passionate enough about the vision to pour their time, energy and talents into it. How do you find, inspire, organize, and reproduce such volunteers? Come find out.

This cohort meets on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday morning from 11:15 - 12:15, afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 and Wednesday morning from 9:30 - 11:30

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Access2017 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.

Dinner Cruise Monday Evening - Adults and Children 11+

Come join us for an evening of entertainment, fellowship and great food on a “Sunset Dinner Cruise”. On Monday, July 24th – the day before the conference starts we will be boarding a cruise out of downtown Sandusky (about 20 minutes from Fremont). If we fill the boat, the entertainment will be ours. You will be able to spend the evening with friends and cruise around the islands, lighthouse, cedar point all lit up; and have a wonderful buffet dinner. The price is $40.00 per person. Ages 5-10 are $3.00 and under 5 are free. We will board at 6:30 pm and return around 9:30 pm.

$40.00

Dinner Cruise Monday Evening - for children 5-10 years old

See the Dinner Cruise description for adults. Use this link to purchase tickets for your children ages 5-10. Under 5 are free.

$3.00

Dinner Cruise Monday Evening - for children 1-4 years old

See the Dinner Cruise description for adults. Use this link to purchase free tickets for your children 4 and under.

$0.00

One day at Cedar Point

We have a great opportunity to enjoy Cedar Point at a reduced price. On July 28 – after the conclusion of Access 2017. Take your family to Cedar Point for half the price. It is $46 per person for one day at the park. We will have your tickets for you when you check in for Access2017.

$46.00

One day at Cedar Point Park and one day at Cedar Point Water park.

We have a great opportunity to enjoy Cedar Point at a reduced price. On July 28 and 29 – after the conclusion of Access 2017. Take your family to Cedar Point for half the price. It is $80 per person for one day at the park and one day at the water park. We will have your tickets for you when you check in for Access2017.

$80.00

Two Nights at Cedar Point (best option)

We have a few hotel rooms reserved for Thursday evening (7/27) checking out on the Saturday morning (7/29) at the Econolodge North in Sandusky. Hotel – for two nights $200 (two queen) includes breakfast. We have only 5 rooms at this rate. This does not include park tickets.

$200.00

Two Nights at Cedar Point (option B)

If our reserved rooms are full, we have a few additional hotel rooms on hold for Thursday evening (7/27) checking out on Saturday morning (7/29) Econolodge North in Sandusky at a slightly higher rate. Hotel – for two nights $250 (two queen) includes breakfast. We have only 5 rooms at this rate. This does not include park tickets.

$250.00


Access2017 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 with Grace Connect

Celebrate With Us! Join the BMH/GraceConnect staff and board members as they celebrate what God is doing through Grace Connect and the Brethren Missionary Herald. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and great fellowship on Tuesday.

$8.00

Lunch on Tuesday for EVERYONE!

Let's start access2017 off right! Together!

$5.00

Dinner on Tuesday with Grace College and Seminary

The Grace Schools Board of Trustees and administration invite you to a delightful evening meal on Tuesday, July 23. President Bill Katip will be there to give updates of the far reaching opportunities God is giving to Grace College and Seminary. Exciting things are happening on campus and we want to share them with ministry leaders at Access2017. There will be a corporation meeting included, so members (individual donors of $25/year or life members) are especially encouraged to attend.

$12.00

Pastors and Wives Breakfast on Wednesday (Price per couple)

The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers is committed to shepherding those who shepherd in our Fellowship. Join us for breakfast on Wednesday. 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.

$10.00

Pastors Breakfast on Wednesday (Price per person)

The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers is committed to shepherding those who shepherd in our Fellowship. Join us for breakfast on Wednesday. Ticket prices have been reduced for our members as a way to thank you for all you do.

$8.00

Lunch on Wednesday with Encompass World Partners

Encompass World Partners is the cross-cultural ministries arm of The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. This luncheon will include a brief update from Encompass and lots of time to enjoy the food and the community.

$10.00

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

Please join us as we remember our past and share God’s recent blessings at the annual corporation meeting of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. Additionally, the Eagle Commission will be represented by various military chaplains as they share stories about God’s work over the last year. We will also celebrate the leadership of Col. John Schumacher, the FGBC's endorsing agent for chaplains. John will be retiring in the June 1.

$12.00

Breakfast on Thursday with CE National

Breakfast on Saturday morning for the Access2017will feature history, highlights, fun memories, stories of life-change, ministry plans for the future of CE National and more. Join Ed Lewis and CE staff for breakfast—what a great way to start your day! "Celebrate good times, come on!".

$8.00

Breakfast on Thursday with CE National - Unsubsidized

Breakfast on Saturday morning for the Access2017will feature history, highlights, fun memories, stories of life-change, ministry plans for the future of CE National and more. Join Ed Lewis and CE staff for breakfast—what a great way to start your day! "Celebrate good times, come on!". This is the unsubsidized ticket price.

$14.00

Lunch on Thursday for the FGBC

This is the annual meeting of the 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

Dinner by Assist Church eXpansion (formerly GBCanada USA)

Assist Church Expansion exists to catalyze new churches, sites, mergers and adoptions that will expand our movement with Legacy Churches. Our fundamental role in the church planting movement is to empower our local churches to multiply by aiding in the recruitment of new leaders and facilitating their development. Because we believe that a true movement can only happen through the churches themselves, we are committed to our churches and invested in their leaders. Come, hear and meet the leaders of 4 new church expansion projects launching in the next 14 months in our fellowship.

$12.00


Access2017 Main Session Speakers

Jenn Avey

Jennifer Avey is a church planter from Middletown, Md., and serves as the director of leadership development for the board of Women of Grace, USA. She is hopelessly in love with her husband, Scott Avey, and three children-Canon, Cadence, and Coda.

Jenn will do a "short-talk" during the Wednesday evening celebration.

Jeff Bogue

Jeff Bogue is a graduate of Grace College and Theological Seminary. He is the senior pastor of Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio, a thriving multi-campus, multi-site, Grace Brethren congregation of eight sites, with more than 10,000 people calling Grace Church their home.

Grace Church is not your typical mega church. It is a church-planting network, active in their evangelical mission of “30 in 30”: planting 30 campuses in 30 years. Jeff leads an excellent team to raise up pastors and leaders to staff future campuses. He counts it a privilege to work alongside this staff as well as Grace College in the development of these young leaders.

Jeff has served at Grace with his wife, Heidi, since 1993. His proudest titles are that of husband and father to six children. He loves working alongside his family to express God’s love all over the world.

Dr. Bogue is the author of the books: 5 Assumptions About God and Why They Are Wrong, ReSet: Why Discipleship Isn’t About Trying Harder, Living Naked: How an Ordinary Person Can Live an Extraordinary Life, and the One Step Discipleship Journals. Jeff also travels nationally and abroad speaking and training ministry leaders. He is motivated by his deep passion for the local church and strong conviction of how Christ continues to work through His church to build His kingdom.

Jeff is the main speaker during the Tuesday evening celebration.

Nick Cleveland

Pastor Nick is the senior pastor of Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio. He is a gifted communicator and leader that is extremely passionate about seeing lives changed by sharing the truth of God’s Word.

In 2003, Nick joined the team at Grace Church as the pastor of high school ministries and then served as the next generation pastor. Nick is married to Vicki and they have three children, Aidan, Isaac, and Hadleigh. He enjoys reading and is an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Nick is the main speaker in the Wednesday evening Celebration.

Scott Feather

E. Scott Feather (D.Min. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity) is better known as the husband of Jodi Feather and father to Raylee and J. Camden.

Scott serves as the lead pastor of Gateway Church in Eastern Pennsylvania - a community of churches helping people encounter Jesus, experience community, and embrace mission. Scott seeks to relentlessly follow the Holy Spirit in awakening, equipping, and connecting emerging leaders. He can be stalked socially at esfeather.

Scott is the main speaker in the Thursday evening celebration.

Dustin Godshall

Dustin Godshall has led the Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa., for the last two and half years. Previously, he served at Grace Church in Powell Ohio for 11 years overseeing the middle school ministry for eight years and family ministry for three years.

Responding to God’s call to teach, preach, and lead, Dustin took on the challenge leading the small church in York to reach the potential God placed all around them. Over the last two years, the church has doubled with many new young families connecting to the ministry. Focusing on building teams, developing a gathering culture, and vertical worship, the church has a culture that believes healthy things grow.

Dustin married his high school sweetheart, Kelly, two weeks after graduating from Grace College in 2002. They are blessed with three incredible kids, one boy and two girls, who love soccer, softball, and of course video games. Every bike ride with the kids turns into an adventure of some type ranging from playing in the creek to venturing off the beaten path to explore new areas. Dustin enjoys riding motorcycles and chasing whitetails, just not at the same time.

Dustin will do a "short-talk" during the Thursday evening Celebration.

Dr Bill Katip

Bill is president of Grace College and Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. He holds a B.A. in Bible and Psychology, Grace College; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University.

Bill's numerous years of academic administrative experience have been invaluable in guiding the school through its many recent changes. Relationship building with faculty, staff, students and community members is an important part of his job as he seeks to understand and respond to the needs of Grace’s friends and family.

Bill Katip do a "short-talk" during the Tuesday morning Celebration.

Kate Ward

Kate currently works with Encompass World Partners, producing videos and assisting with church planting. Her husband, John, is Director of Mobilization at Encompass. They live in Atlanta, Georgia with their three boys. They are a part of the new Grace Church in Northeast Atlanta. She enjoys teaching ESL and volunteering at her boys' elementary school.

Kate will do a "short-talk" during the Tuesday evening celebration.

Mike Yoder

Mike and his wife, Letitia, moved to Columbus in 2011 from the Chicago area. He became the lead pastor at Grace Polaris Church after a decade of missionary service in Berlin, Germany and later working in cross-cultural leadership training with Encompass World Partners.

Mike has educational background in sociology and communications (Grace College), theology (Grace Seminary), and intercultural studies (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). Mike was born and raised in the “Mecca” of Warsaw/Winona Lake, Indiana, where his parents served on the faculty and in administration at Grace College.

In his free time, Mike enjoys basketball, water sports, travel, and being a news junkie. He also roots for all Chicago sports teams, especially the Cubs. His prophetic gift tells him that this will be the year!

Mike and Letitia, who is the oldest daughter of long-time FGBC pastor Galen and Elsie Wiley, have four children – Hannah (17), Joshua (15), Cedric (11), and Alecia (9). His passion is seeing the local church unleashed for Gospel witness and Great Commission sacrifice, all while anchored to the Scriptures and mobilized by the Spirit of Jesus.

Mike is the main speaker in the Tuesday morning celebration.


Access2017 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


Access2017 Grace Kids Schedule


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