ANDREW MCCOURT | How Not to Suck at Leadership

Andrew is one of the Senior Pastors at Bayside Church. He is married to Isabelle and together they have four children. Originally from Northern Ireland, he has been in active ministry for almost 30 years and travels extensively speaking in a creative, humorous, and challenging style. He is committed first and foremost to building local churches and raising up multigenerational leaders. As the father of four children, life is never dull, however he still finds the time to enjoy running, mountains, and French food!

How Not to Suck at Leadership: 4 Truths to Become the Leader You Would Want to Follow
Our world is in a crisis, essentially a crisis of leadership. Join me on a journey to rediscover the core qualities of authentic Christian leadership and learn how they can change your life, church, business and maybe even the world!

BRANNON SHORTT | A Life of Prayer: The Velveteen Rabbit Way

Brannon is a Pastor, a Rapper and a Candlemaker. He’s been a pastor in both Southern and Northern California over the past 7 years. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies from Bryan College and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. Along with pastoring at Bayside Church, Brannon also sits on the board of directors for Rise Academy Compton and the Hollywood Prayer Network. Brannon is married to his wife Casey, who is a mental health therapist and has a five-year-old dog named Gizmo who he describes as, “perfect love on four paws.”

A Life of Prayer: The Velveteen Rabbit Way
How our prayer lives change when our prayers become honest.

CARLOS WHITTAKER |Mild to Wild

Carlos Whittaker is an author, speaker, moment maker, spider killer, and hope dealer. Currently, he is regularly teaching at churches and conferences worldwide. Including Catalyst Conference, Embrace Church, FreshLife Church, and many more.

Mild to Wild
Take time to pause and follow detailed steps to overcoming behavioral and relational roadblocks that keep you from God. It is time to unlock your true potential and step into the other side of freedom.

CURT HARLOW | Developing Resilience

Curt Harlow is one of the Senior Pastors of Bayside Church in the Sacramento area. Curt has been at Bayside since 2011. Before coming to Bayside he spent almost three decades working with teens and 20 somethings as a missionary to the secular university campus. Curt communicates in a hilarious style that will make you laugh hard and then think even harder. Most of all, he will challenge you to find grace inspired ways to apply truth in everyday life. He has been married to Kelly for 34 years and they have four adult children.

Developing Resilience: How to Help Your Family, Your Business and Yourself Bounce Back Faster from Hard-times
The question is not IF we will face a hard time. It isn’t even WHEN we will face a hard-time. The question is “WHEN will we have to face the next multi-layered, deeply emotional, plural hard-TIMES ?” Resilience is the measure of how fast you learn from and then bounce back from difficult situations. It is perhaps the most underdeveloped value in childrearing, under appreciated skill in organizational leadership and most neglected trait in personal development. The Bible is clear – we are meant to be resilient and God’s word tells us just how we can develop this indispensable quality.

DAN HOUK | Developing Resilience

Dan Houk is married to his love and ministry partner, Teresa Houk. Together they have 9 kids and 11 grand kids. He has been an executive pastor, campus pastor, and currently is the Pastor to Volunteers at Bayside Church. Dan also served for 8 years as the single adults’ pastor in one of the largest singles ministries in the United States with over 1,000 in weekly attendance. During that time they had over 100 successful marriages. Many of the principles taught in that ministry became the book Intentional Relationships for Singles which is now helping single adults from a variety of backgrounds save their marriages before they start through a deep understanding of how to build healthy intentional relationships.

Developing Resilience: How to Help Your Family, Your Business and Yourself Bounce Back Faster from Hard-times
The question is not IF we will face a hard time. It isn’t even WHEN we will face a hard-time. The question is “WHEN will we have to face the next multi-layered, deeply emotional, plural hard-TIMES ?” Resilience is the measure of how fast you learn from and then bounce back from difficult situations. It is perhaps the most underdeveloped value in childrearing, under appreciated skill in organizational leadership and most neglected trait in personal development. The Bible is clear – we are meant to be resilient and God’s word tells us just how we can develop this indispensable quality.


Dan Houk Handout

DENA DAVIDSON | Confident Communication

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. I’m married to my favorite person, Cheyne and we have two amazing kiddos. Officially, I’m Thrive College’s Discipleship Director. Unofficially my office is a place of laughter, crying and the peculiar mess of making disciples.

Confident Communication
Most people are deathly afraid of public speaking. Yet clear and confident communication is a skill that can be achieved by anyone! Whether it’s a business presentation, sharing in your small group study, or even standing before a group teaching God’s word, wouldn’t it be nice to meet these scenarios with confidence? What if you could communicate in such a way that the attention was off of nervous you and on your valuable message? Join me as we learn and practice together the art of confident communication.

DR. GIL STIEGLITZ | Reading the Bible with Depth

Dr. Gil Stieglitz is a prolific author, engaging speaker, change-directing catalyst, encouraging pastor, dynamic professor, insightful counselor, and relentless leadership coach. He now serves as Pastor to Staff at Bayside Church, a dynamic multi-site church on the north side of Sacramento, CA and as president of Principles to Live By, a parachurch organization committed to causing as many people as possible to live by God’s amazing principles. He and his wife Dana enjoy a ridiculously delightful life in Northern California. 

Reading the Bible with Depth
Some Christians have the Lord speak to them out of the Scriptures and others hear little or nothing at all. What are the ways to have God speak to us and guide us through the issues and concerns of this life. What are ways to have God speak to us and guide us through the issues and concerns of this life?


Dr. Gil Stieglitz | Reading Bible with Depth Handout
Dr. Gil Stieglitz | Reading the Bible So God Will Talk Back Handout

JEFF REDMOND | So You Want to Launch a Recovery Ministry?

Jeff has been married to Debi for 48 years, has 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Debi has been serving alongside Jeff every Friday night for over 17 years at Celebrate Recovery.

So You Want to Launch a Recovery Ministry?
Celebrate Recovery Ministry is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.


Jeff Redmond | Celebrate Recovery Handout

JODY + MISSY VAUGHN |Parenting & Discipline: “Rules of the Ring”

Jody and Missy Vaughn are the marriage life Pastors at Bayside Adventure.  They have been married for 20 years and have been doing ministry together for over 22 years. With 4 children and a dog–they live life on the edge with humor keeping them afloat. 

Parenting & Discipline: “Rules of the Ring”
Parenting is not easy, and disciplining isn’t fun, or can it be?  This breakout is designed to equip and give you some pointers on how to survive parenting with some rules of the ring to make it out alive and ready for the next fight.

JUDAH SMITH | How’s Your Soul?

Judah Smith is the Lead Pastor of Churchome, formerly called The City Church. Noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity, and love for Jesus, Churchome is a thriving community with multiple locations and a global app. Judah is known around the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, anointed, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book Jesus Is ____.

How’s Your Soul?
Take a time to explore “inside” of yourself. Judah Smith will be sharing his own, often humorous, mistakes and foibles, he helps us find our way through the emotional roller coasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationships, all rooted in what he calls the soul’s only true home—God himself.

KEVIN THOMPSON |Ownership in Marriage & Parenting

An author, writer, and speaker, for 19 years, Kevin was on staff at Community Bible Church, a multi-site church in the Greater Fort Smith Region. He spent the last 13 as Lead Pastor. In 2021, his family made a significant change coming to Bayside Church, where he serves as the Married Life Pastor. In this role, he interacts with individuals and families on the happiest and the most tragic days of their lives. They work through marriage and family issues, personal finance, leadership, work-related difficulties, grief, parenting, and every major issue which a person might face.

Ownership in Marriage & Parenting
Tension rises in both marriage and family when we live in the column we are not supposed to live in.  Listen in with Kevin Thompson to unpack strategies on how to lean into serving the relationships in your life in a God honoring way and let go of the control and expectations. How do we shift away from fixating on things we cannot control and take responsibility for the things we can? What’s mine? What’s theirs? And what’s God’s?

LISA THOMPSON |The Bible Isn’t the Point: How to Study the Bible In Order to Know God Is

Lisa Thompson has been a Christ follower since she was 6 years old. She and her family moved to Folsom 22 years ago where she ministered to women in all faith places through neighborhood Bible studies, women incarcerated at Folsom Prison, and women in recovery at Powerhouse Ministries. Her heart and calling has been to see lives transformed by the truth of God’s Word through discipleship and service. Several years ago, she took a position at Bayside Church, as the Women’s pastor. She feels blessed to serve both in and out of the church, bringing her love for God’s Word and the Gospel message into her community and church. She is an author, speaks at women’s events and retreats and is passionate about equipping leaders to go into the world and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the disconnected and hopeless. You can find Lisa hanging out any given day at the local coffee shops meeting with people encouraging them to find their purpose and place in God’s Kingdom work. Lisa has been married to her husband Robb since 1992, they have four children, and call Folsom, California their home.

The Bible Isn’t the Point: How to Study the Bible In Order to Know God Is
So often we approach the Bible out of duty instead of devotion. The Bible was inspired by God to speak personally into our lives and circumstances. Not only do we learn who God is but we learn who we are according to how He has made us and wants to transform us as we navigate everyday LIFE with Him. This seminar will provide simple ways to approach any passage of Scripture so that you can hear from God, respond to God and put into practice promises that will change your everyday life!


Lisa Thompson Handout

MARK CLARK | Apologetics: Why Christianity Makes Sense

Mark Clark was the founding pastor of Village Church, a multi-site church with locations in multiple cities across Canada and online around the world, that seeks to reach skeptics and challenge Christians. He is the author of The Problem of Jesus (Zondervan, 2021) and The Problem of God (Zondervan, 2017) winner of the 2018 Word Award for Evangelism. Mark has been the subject of several articles in Christianity Today and Outreach Magazine voted him one of the Top 26 Leaders to watch.

Apologetics: Why Christianity Makes Sense
Defending the Christian faith in the modern world.

MARK GODSHALL | Wing Walking – Lord, You Want Me To Do What??!

Mark Godshall is the Care Connection Pastor at Bayside Church in Granite Bay, CA, and has been on staff for over 20 years. He leads a team that is responsible for caring for people through ministries like career coaching, chaplains, weddings, memorials and grief care, counseling, financial assistance, support groups, and Celebrate Recovery. He and his wife Linda, a 2nd grade teacher in a local public school, lead a marriage community for couples with young adult children. They have been married for 44 years and are empty nesters having raised four children who are married and thankfully all walking with and serving the Lord. Their 11 grandchildren, ages 2 months – 15 years, bring great joy to their lives! Mark has been in pastoral ministry for 44 years.

Wing Walking – Lord, You Want Me To Do What??!
Anyone want to go wing-walking at Thrive? When the Lord ultimately challenges you to walk by faith and lead you on a new adventure in your life and ministry that might seem crazy, how should you respond? Yes, He works in ways that will sometimes blow our minds and challenge our obedience. Join Mark Godshall as he shares his testimony of how his willingness to listen and walk by faith brought him an adventure of a lifetime!

MORGAN MAY | Creating Community

Hi, I’m Morgan! I met Jesus as a Freshman in High School and knowing Him has saved my soul & my life. I’m a Texas-native, California-transplant. I feel the immense privilege of getting to serve in the local church as a career. I currently work at Bayside Church in the Sacramento area. Before working at Bayside, I worked as a Women’s Pastor in the North Austin area. My heart’s burden is to see God’s Church built up with empowered people who know God through a deep understanding of their Bible.

Creating Community
Community is hard work. And it’s also one of the greatest, can’t-miss, blessings from God. Creating Community is a seminar for you to learn how to create the community you want to be a part of. And if you’re looking for how to create a contagious model of community for your church. this seminar will help you too!

SHAUN SANASSARIAN | Disaster Response Teams

Shaun Sanassarian started attending Bayside Church in 2008 with his family. Immediately Shaun got involved in Local Outreach serving in a ministry called Fill The Trucks, he then started the food ministry with the Placer Food Bank. In 2017 Shaun joined the Bayside Family and was the co-director of City Serve, and is now the Director of City Serve. Shaun also was asked to launch the campus that is located in Folsom Prison. Shaun stands strong in one of the pillars of Bayside and that is Unleashing Compassion.

Disaster Response Teams
Join Shaun Sanassarian if you are thinking of starting a disaster response team.

WESLEY TOWNE with Jason Caine and Brian Hopkins | Anxiety + Leadership

Wesley Towne is a pastor and the founder of Better Days, a nonprofit seeking to equip churches by bringing hope, awareness and education to the human experience of mental health + suffering. For more information visit www.betterdaysfmly.co.

Anxiety + Leadership
Join Wesley Towne, Jason Caine, and Brian Hopkins for a conversation on understanding and managing anxiety as a leader.

ZORO | The Power of Words

Zoro is a world-renowned drummer who has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more. As an award-winning author, dynamic storyteller, and Christian motivational speaker, he provides articulate, hard-won biblical wisdom that educates, motivates, and inspires. A kinetic bundle of human energy and enthusiasm, Zoro captures audiences with his engagingly winsome spirit, practical wisdom, sense of humor, and unbridled passion.  www.zorothedrummer.com  |  www.zoroministries.org

The Power of Words: How Real Leaders Lead
Everyone wants to change the world, but few ever do. World-renowned drummer Zoro unveils a power within all of us that can alter destinies. Words can help us overcome the past, affect the present, and impact the future for us and those we influence. Through powerful stories and compelling illustrations, Zoro teaches you how to climb higher and empower those around you by taking control of your tongue and learning to speak differently!

ANDREW MCCOURT | How Not to Suck at Leadership

Andrew is one of the Senior Pastors at Bayside Church. He is married to Isabelle and together they have four children. Originally from Northern Ireland, he has been in active ministry for almost 30 years and travels extensively speaking in a creative, humorous, and challenging style. He is committed first and foremost to building local churches and raising up multigenerational leaders. As the father of four children, life is never dull, however he still finds the time to enjoy running, mountains, and French food!

How Not to Suck at Leadership: 4 Truths to Become the Leader You Would Want to Follow
Our world is in a crisis, essentially a crisis of leadership. Join me on a journey to rediscover the core qualities of authentic Christian leadership and learn how they can change your life, church, business and maybe even the world!

BARBARA WILSON | God, Science and Sex: Hope and Healing for Your Sexual Past

Dr. Barbara Wilson is a licensed clinical psychologist and Doctor of clinical psychology, an author, speaker and the founder of Freedom Bound Communications, an organization that brings healing and hope to those with a sexual past. She speaks internationally to youth and adults with her message of sexual bonding and healing. Released from a past of her own, Barbara combines neuroscience on the brain and Scripture, with her own story of healing to explain what sexual bonding is and how to move freely into your future.

In her clinical practice, Dr. Wilson is especially fascinated with research on the brain and how God has designed us to not only heal our brains from depression, anxiety and trauma, but keep our brains healthy and strong even as we age. Barbara’s life experience as a wife, mother, former teacher, author and speaker on healing from past sexual trauma has provided her with real life experiences to help you reclaim your voice, find the strength and purpose to achieve your goals, heal from past wounds and live out your dreams. She and her husband have been married over 30 years.

God, Science and Sex: Hope and Healing for Your Sexual Past
With an estimated 95% of people having sex outside of marriage today, (including Christians), the sexual revolution that promised freedom, fun and pleasure has delivered pain, shame and wounding instead. The result is people whose lives, relationships and marriages are haunted by the past keeping them from all God created them to be. In other words, you’ve had sex…but now sex has you. By combining scientific research on sexual bonding with God’s design for sex, this workshop will offer striking new insights about what sexual bonding is, why it is harmful, and how to move freely into your future.


Barbara Wilson Handout

BRAD LOMENICK | Top 10 Trends In Leadership Today

Brad Lomenick is a best selling author, the longtime leader of Catalyst, and host of the H3 Leadership Podcast. He is the author of two books, including The Catalyst Leader and most recently H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle. He is the founder of BLINC, a boutique leadership advisory agency, and speaks across the US, and continues to gather the most influential leaders around the world through conferences, events, and small strategic gatherings . You can find out more at http://bradlomenick.com or at http://h3leadership.com.

What you may not know – for several years he rode horses and was a ranch foreman in the mountains of Colorado, has played American football in Australia and New Zealand, was once in a rap group, and hopes to one day play golf on the Senior PGA tour and have his own hunting TV show.

Top 10 Trends In Leadership Today
It seems like things are changing in life and leadership now faster than ever. Yes, exactly. And change is now normal. So as leaders and change agents, we must be aware of the shifts, trends, and innovations happening in the Church and culture at large. Regardless of your industry or role, the best leaders stay up to date and on the cutting edge. Brad Lomenick is the author of H3 Leadership and spent many years leading the Catalyst Conference movement. We’ll unpack 10 key trends in leadership.

BRANNON SHORTT | A Life of Prayer: The Velveteen Rabbit Way

Brannon is a Pastor, a Rapper and a Candlemaker. He’s been a pastor in both Southern and Northern California over the past 7 years. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies from Bryan College and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. Along with pastoring at Bayside Church, Brannon also sits on the board of directors for Rise Academy Compton and the Hollywood Prayer Network. Brannon is married to his wife Casey, who is a mental health therapist and has a five-year-old dog named Gizmo who he describes as, “perfect love on four paws.”

A Life of Prayer: The Velveteen Rabbit Way
How our prayer lives change when our prayers become honest.

CHURCH GOALS: Jud Boies | Why Your Church Isn’t Growing

Jud Boies is the Executive Director and Pastor of the Church Goals and Business Goals ministries. Jud served the Executive Pastor of Operations at Bayside for the 9 years and has been consulting with churches using the Church Goals program since 2005. He has over 30 years of business experience at the C level. He has a passion for helping re-energize churches and showing people how to integrate their faith in leadership roles – both in the church and the workplace. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s degree from Western Seminary. Jud has been married to his wife, Mary, for 40 years and has twin daughters and a granddaughter.

Why Your Church Isn’t Growing: Featuring – The Church Quiz
Is God likely to send first-time visitors to your church? You may want your church to grow, but is your church ready to grow? Over 90% of churches are not prepared to grow. If a visitor came, there’s a very high likelihood they would leave saying, “That’s what I thought church would be like. It was boring, I didn’t understand a lot of what they said, and they asked me to do some things I wasn’t comfortable doing.”

That’s why Thrive launched Church Goals. The Church Goals program is a step-by-step process that helps you navigate the five key questions for your church’s growth…

1. Have you been called? (…to lead your church’s growth)

2. Are you prepared? (…for first-time visitors and to grow?)

3. Do you know how to grow? (…we will bring a steady stream of visitors…will they stick?)

4. Are you willing to expand? (…will you meet the needs of your visitors?)

5. Can you sustain growth? (…once you start to grow, can you sustain the growth?)

If you are wanting to press the re-start button for your church and see it grow, please attend this breakout. We will introduce you to tools that will bring a steady stream of unchurched, first-time visitors to your church. Over the past two years, more than 240 churches have deployed the Church Goals program and the results are remarkable. Churches that haven’t had growth or visitors in years are growing again. We won’t change your DNA, your liturgy, or the things your congregation likes most about your church…but we will help it grow again. 


CHURCH GOALS: Jud Boies Handout

CJ ALVARADO | Digital Ministry in a Modern World

CJ is a brand strategist and creative problem solver. He’s been known for his creativity, passion for innovation, and team-building prowess. He was recognized in the Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and voted top 10 most promising startups in Northern California by Velocity Ventures. Over the last 15 years, CJ has been helping brands capture the attention of their customers and designing experiences that inspire them to take action.

Digital Ministry in a Modern World
We’re facing the most significant communication shift in the last 500 years. Then COVID happened and gave us an opportunity to ask ourselves some big questions about our model for doing church, and how we leverage technology to reach people in our communities, and help them develop daily disciplines. But digital ministry is complicated. You know there’s more to it than just streaming services and posting on social media. But where do you start?

CURT HARLOW | Developing Resilience

Curt Harlow is one of the Senior Pastors of Bayside Church in the Sacramento area. Curt has been at Bayside since 2011. Before coming to Bayside he spent almost three decades working with teens and 20 somethings as a missionary to the secular university campus. Curt communicates in a hilarious style that will make you laugh hard and then think even harder. Most of all, he will challenge you to find grace inspired ways to apply truth in everyday life. He has been married to Kelly for 34 years and they have four adult children.

Developing Resilience: How to Help Your Family, Your Business and Yourself Bounce Back Faster from Hard-times
The question is not IF we will face a hard time. It isn’t even WHEN we will face a hard-time. The question is “WHEN will we have to face the next multi-layered, deeply emotional, plural hard-TIMES ?” Resilience is the measure of how fast you learn from and then bounce back from difficult situations. It is perhaps the most underdeveloped value in childrearing, under appreciated skill in organizational leadership and most neglected trait in personal development. The Bible is clear – we are meant to be resilient and God’s word tells us just how we can develop this indispensable quality.

DANE SANDERS | How to Install the Way Jesus Lived as an Operating System for Our Real Lives

With degrees in business and philosophy, Dane Sanders has served as a pastor, speaker, and teacher at Biola University, Westmont College, and Rockharbor Church. He’s also served on the Executive Leadership team at Alpha USA and is author of two best-selling business books for Creatives. Seth Godin described his writing as, “a precious gift.”

Dane now serves as CEO of tellmeyourdreams.com, a training and coaching company that helps employees love their jobs. His specialty is in helping individuals thrive through better habits in a comfort-obsessed and digitally dominated culture. Dane is also host of convergepodcast.com and founder at mwodlife.com. He and his family live in Auburn, California and online at danesanders.com.

How to Install the Way Jesus Lived as an Operating System for Our Real Lives (aka I’m not spiritual, I’m religious)
The way Jesus spent his everyday existence tells us a lot about how we can better enjoy the Life He talked about so often. In many ways, this is self-leadership for students of Jesus. This seminar explores why most of us miss what he modeled and offers a sustainable path better orient our lives, so we can experience more of God’s upside-down Kingdom.

DENA DAVIDSON | Why Does God Allow So Much Evil and Suffering?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. I’m married to my favorite person, Cheyne and we have two amazing kiddos. Officially, I’m Thrive College’s Discipleship Director. Unofficially my office is a place of laughter, crying and the peculiar mess of making disciples.

Why Does God Allow So Much Evil and Suffering?
The number one reason people say they don’t believe in God is because there’s so much suffering and evil in the world. If God is good, knows about evil and is powerful enough to stop it, then why does evil exist? This is an important objection to the Christian faith. Come explore the question of why God allows evil and learn what the Bible has to say in response.

DOUG FIELDS | Leading Yourself Before Leading Others

Doug Fields is a 40-year youth ministry veteran currently serving as Youth Pastor at Mariners Church in So. CA. He’s the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com, the Director of Training at HomeWord, and the author of 50+ books including Purpose Driven Youth Ministry; Your First 2 Years in Youth Ministry; Speaking to Teenagers; and Congratulations… You’re Gifted.

Leading Yourself Before Leading Others
As a leader, the most important person you lead is yourself. This often-overlooked priority may be the one that’s most essential to longevity in youth ministry, effectiveness in leading volunteers, and discipling a generation toward a faith that lasts. Doug will help you discover the skills, habits and attitudes every youth leader needs for success in the ability to lead yourself well… and last in ministry.

ELAINE BRIEFMAN | Growing Again - In a post COVID world

Pastor Elaine Briefman, M.A. is an author, speaker, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and ordained Pastor who spends her days helping others be freed from Imposter Syndrome and self-doubt while becoming effective influencers. In her spare time she loves reading, board games and fishing, LOTS of fishing!

After being raised by a child molester and her own journey of healing, Pastor Elaine learned that Identity Abuse causes the majority of emotional dysfunction seen in the world today, including Imposter Syndrome. Her ministry, Fishing4Truth, is a unique online community training and mentorship program for Christian Leaders to overcome imposter syndrome, promote spiritual maturity, and attain professional speaking skills and experience.

Growing Again – In a post COVID world
Imagine a day when you are freed from all self-doubt and had professional speaking skills to grow your ministry. Did you know the average church size in America is under 65 attendees? Redefining success for the Christian Leader is a must. Your Ministry Matters, Your Call Matters, You Matter! Adopted at birth by a child molester, Pastor Elaine teaches Christian Leaders how to lead as MORE than Conquerors and confidently grow their ministries.


Elaine Briefman Handout

ETHAN VANSE | The Gift of Tension

Ethan is one of the Senior Pastors at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma; a family of churches on a mission to introduce people to the real Jesus! A lot of people know about Jesus but have never experienced his life-changing grace & truth. COTM exists to change that! Ethan is a gifted communicator, teaching in a creative and endearing style that will make you laugh, think, and hopefully, love Jesus more than you did before!

The Gift of Tension: How to bring everyone together when everything is pulling us apart!
There are more reasons than ever to disagree. Our friends, families and teams are divided over just about everything from politics to racism. But what if there was a way for Christians to harness the tension of our current cultural moment? 

What if instead of tearing us apart, it could actually pull us together? This session will give you a helpful framework for navigating conflict and the tool that has changed the way one church family approaches the tensions of our world.

GENESIS APOLOGETICS: Dan Biddle | Approaching Apologetics in Today’s Culture

Genesis Apologetics is a 501C3 ministry that provides free creation-evolution training materials for students. Students in today’s public schools receive over 250 pages of evolution teaching before graduating high school. Our resources help students stand strong in the truth of God’s Word, beginning on page 1.

Approaching Apologetics in Today’s Culture
Christian Apologetics, or the practice of developing solid answers for what we believe, has changed. Welcome to the next culture shift: the post-truth culture. How can a Christian effectively provide an “answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,” and do so with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)? We’ll answer this question during the workshop and provide free resources for doing so!


GENESIS APOLOGETICS: Dan Biddle Handout

DR. GIL STIEGLITZ | What is Spiritual Warfare?

Dr. Gil Stieglitz is a prolific author, engaging speaker, change-directing catalyst, encouraging pastor, dynamic professor, insightful counselor, and relentless leadership coach. He now serves as Pastor to Staff at Bayside Church, a dynamic multi-site church on the north side of Sacramento, CA and as president of Principles to Live By, a parachurch organization committed to causing as many people as possible to live by God’s amazing principles. He and his wife Dana enjoy a ridiculously delightful life in Northern California. 

What is Spiritual Warfare?
Do you ever feel stuck, under attack or pressured by thoughts and feelings? Come learn about the reality of Spiritual Warfare and how to live in the will of God and protect yourself during times of intense spiritual warfare. 

HANDOUTS
Dr. Gil Stieglitz | Spiritual Warfare Handout
Dr. Gil Stieglitz | What is Spiritual Warfare Handout

GLOO: Brad Hill | Biggest Outreach Opportunity In a Generation: Is Your Church Ready for He Gets Us?

Brad Hill has been deeply involved in solving technology challenges for the church for over 20 years. He serves on the executive team at Gloo, and is responsible for marketing, sales, success, and all facets of growing and serving Gloo’s network of churches, networks, and faith partners. Prior to Gloo, Brad co-founded Ministry Brands, which is the world’s largest church/ministry technology company. As President, he completed over 40+ roll-up acquisitions and led the company to win Private Equity deal of the year for 2017. In addition to his experience starting, building and coaching companies for Kingdom and business impact, Brad has also served in lay leadership at several churches across multiple denominations. Brad lives in the Denver, CO area with his wife and two kids.

Biggest Outreach Opportunity in a Generation: Is Your Church Ready for He Gets Us?
“Did you see that Jesus commercial on TV?” A new campaign is placing messages about Jesus nationwide. The goal is to influence millions to think differently about Jesus, and encourage them to explore more about Him. The ads are working! Your neighbors are already seeing them. In fact, with over 100+ million ad views in the first few weeks, the effort is poised to drive lots of people to our churches. In this workshop, we’ll dive into the opportunity and how your church can join thousands who are already involved.

HEIDI WHITE + TIFFANY LOEFFLER -|Top 10 Trends In Leadership Today

Heidi is the Educator and Church Relations Director at The Alliance, a network of organizations defending the cause of kids and families. She holds a degree in Sociology and worked for 4 years in the foster care system as an adoptions clerk and later as a group home staff member. She worked for 6 years as Women’s Student Life Director at Thrive School with Bayside Church. Heidi is a certified Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is passionate about equipping families and churches to bring hope and healing to the kids in their care.

Tiffany is the Founder and Executive Director of The Alliance, a network of organizations in Northern California working together to serve at-risk kids and families. She and her husband Matt began advocating for vulnerable kids in 2010 after a mission trip to Haiti and went on to lead over 20 short term mission teams over the next 7 years. Tiffany has been involved in church leadership and the local foster care/adoption community since 2012 and now works with over 50 local churches, agencies and nonprofits in the Greater Sacramento Area. As an adoptive mom with 2 teens from Haiti, Tiffany is well versed in understanding and navigating the world of childhood trauma. She holds a degree in physiology and a doctorate in physical therapy and when Tiffany is not treating patients or doing nonprofit work, she loves animals, reading, and spending time in nature.

Creating A Trauma-Informed Atmosphere For Kids & Teens At Your Church
In 2019, nearly half of all kids in the US had a history of childhood trauma. Now, after a 2-year pandemic, nearly all children and teens have experienced uncertainty,  major life disruptions and varying degrees of vulnerability. As a result, kids often don’t feel safe, know how to regulate their emotions or get their needs met in healthy ways….even when they come to church. This breakout is designed to equip church staff, children’s ministry teams and youth group leaders to connect with kids & teens that have experienced past trauma. 


Heidi White + Tiffany Loeffler Handout

IRMA SORBER | Prayer, Grace & The Holy Spirit

Wife, mom, Director of Women’s & Family Ministries at Bayside Folsom, with a passion to teach the Word of God and encourage others to gain Him, know Him and become like Him.

Prayer, Grace & The Holy Spirit
Comprehending biblical foundations like prayer, grace and the holy spirit will help to shape and develop your relationship with God and will allow you to move from a spectator in faith – to a participator; empowered to fulfill your kingdom purpose! Enhance your understanding of each topic and leave feeling confident to share the good news of each promise with others.


Irma Sorber Handout

JACK HAMILTON & TODD ARNETT | Marks of a Mentor

Jack is the former Executive Pastor for 32 years at High Desert Church in Victorville, California.  He’s been on staff for over 37 years, has seen the church grow from under 150 to 8,000 people with four church sites in the High Desert, and currently serves as a Mentor Pastor for Transformations Ministries working with 9 Senior Pastors in the Inland Empire.  He’s served on a number of non-profit boards, a public school board member for 19 years, and was on the board of directors for a recreation and park district for 10 years and a church plant. Jack and his wife, Linda, have been married for 51 years and have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.

Todd has just recently been called back as Senior Pastor to High Desert Church in Victorville, CA where he had served in a variety of roles for 14 years previously. After his time at HDC, he was the Lead Pastor of Trinity Church in Redlands, Ca for 5+ years.. He is incredibly blessed to be the husband of Joanna, dad to Jackson (married to Sky), Aleah, Kendie and Ellie. He loves helping people be better equipped to live lives that are Rooted in Jesus as they’re Reaching their worlds w/Jesus’ love and life. He’s a big fan of So Cal teams like the UCLA Bruins and the LA Dodgers and he just won his first-ever Fantasy Football championship!

Marks of a Mentor
With so many mentors who have so much to offer and so many others lacking life experience and perspective, connecting mentors to mentees is something that we’re passionate about. With 50 years of ministry experience mentoring younger leaders, Jack Hamilton is still investing in the lives of those who are seeking wisdom and insight. And with the pattern of investing mentors that God has provided him over the course of his life since elementary school, Todd Arnett will share some perspective about what mentees are desirous of regarding mentors in their lives. This seminar is for those who are looking to mentor others as well as those seeking to be mentored and, who knows – maybe we’ll make some matches in our time together!

JAMES HAMILTON | Building a Thriving Kid’s Ministry

James is the Kid’s Pastor at Bayside Church, Granite Bay and has been leading in kid’s ministry for over 20 years. Originally from the UK, he has worked as an actor, writer, director, film maker, lecturer and kid’s pastor before moving to the US in 2013. James has trained thousands of children’s ministry leaders throughout the UK, Europe, USA, and the Middle East. He is also the founder of Relive Resources, an award-winning video-based curriculum for schools and churches.  James is married to Cally and they have two boys, Elijah aged 11 and Joey, 7.

Building a Thriving Kid’s Ministry
Thriving churches need thriving kid’s ministries.  Studies have shown that the majority of parents say their church’s program for kids is the primary reason they chose to attend.  Kid’s ministry is much more than just childcare or entertaining kids while the adults ‘do’ church.  In an ever-changing, busy world, the challenge to attract kids and parents to church and keep them there is greater than ever.  This session will guide you with inspiration and practical ideas on how to build a thriving kid’s ministry that allows children to inherit a deep love for and knowledge of God’s Word, to experience Jesus for themselves and become world changers.


James Hamilton Handout

JASON YOUNG | How to Build a Healthy Volunteer Team

Jason Young is a best-selling author, coach, and consultant to respected organizations including North Point Ministries, Life.Church, FedEx, Delta Airlines, Gorilla Glue, and many others. He guides leaders and organizations to thrive by helping people understand people. He brings his doctoral research and 25 years of practical experience in leadership, building teams, and getting more guests to come back to church. Jason wants to guide you to make sense of who you are and what you already have, find ways to gain momentum, and feel what it means to thrive. Read more at catchfiredaily.com.

How to Build a Healthy Volunteer Team
Imagine if you created the healthiest and most caring team of volunteers in the church. Volunteers could be tired. Volunteer teams are potentially down to a smaller group. Maybe you are also tired or discouraged. What if it did not have to be this way? Imagine if you could add new volunteers, implement fresh ideas, and build a volunteer experience that increases retention, taps into their motivation, and encourages them to ask others to join the team. Learn how to care for your team, prevent burnout, and get everyone on the same page as you build a healthy volunteer team that thrives.

JOANN WEBSTER | A - Z on How to Write a Book

Joann Cole Webster has written, ghost-written, edited, or packaged almost 100 books. In 30 years of Christian ministry, she has worked with great Christian leaders ranging from the late Adrian Rogers to the vibrant Sammy Rodriguez, as well as celebrities and athletes from Mel Gibson to NBA Ironman A.C. Green. She also worked with Ray Johnston on Jesus Called and Hope Quotient. Outside of writing, she serves as Vice President of Christian Men’s Network, founded by her brilliant brother Paul Louis Cole and late father Edwin Louis Cole. She has published and sold well over one million of her father’s books since his death.

A – Z on How to Write a Book
A practical, condensed guide to writing—who qualifies to write, how to start, finish, and publish, when to write, why, and what to expect.

JOSH GRIFFIN | Monday in the Life of a Teenager

Josh Griffin (@joshuagriffin) is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with 25+ years of experience in the trenches and is currently the junior high pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA. He served for 13 years at Saddleback Church as the High School Pastor under the leadership of Rick Warren. He’s also the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and hosts an almost-400-episode youth ministry podcast with Doug Fields. He’s created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 teenagers of their own.

Monday in the Life of a Teenager
Josh will walk us through the 4 big questions every teenager is asking, and give you examples of how he’s trying to answer them in his youth ministry experience. And a bonus takeaway – when you put yourself in their shoes, it’ll help you be a better youth worker today.

KAYLA JOHNSTON | Bridging the Gap Between The Arts and The Church

Kayla Johnston has been working in the performing arts industry for 9 years, being hired as a dance teacher, dance professor, choreographer, short film actress, and being casted in productions and cabarets in the Downtown Sacramento theatre district. As a full time worship leader at Bayside Church, she has a passion for bringing together the world of Ministry and Artistry in ways that build up artists in our communities for the glory of God. Kayla has been married for 6 years, has 2 children, and can’t wait to see what plans God has laid out for her and her family next.

Bridging the Gap Between the Arts and the Church
It used to be that The Church was the spearhead of all things culture: music, art, and design. Now, it seems that artists are afraid to step into the walls of our churches…Why? Come explore and discuss what the Bible has to say about the importance of being an artist, and how we can cultivate an atmosphere of creativity in our churches.


Kayla Johnston Handout

KEN CHRISTIE | 7 Things Every Personal Financial Plan Needs to Have Success

Ken is the Founder of Spectrum Wealth Advisory Group, LLC a Registered  Investment Advisory Firm. He has provided financial legacy building, education, and services to a vast array of individuals and businesses, since 1991. His focus is to assist families with risk management, asset strategy, retirement planning, and wealth transfers. He implements simple, result-driven strategies by exploring and analyzing each client’s unique situation.

Ken earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance at California State University, Chico. He holds his Series 6, 7, 24, 63 registrations through LPL Financial and the Series 66 with Spectrum Wealth Advisory Group, LLC.  He earned the Charter Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation from The American College. Ken serves as the Vice Chair on the Bayside Church Board of Directors.

Ken and his wife, Gail, have been happily married for over 28 years and together have two amazing children, Konner and Kennedy. He enjoys spending his spare time exercising, golfing and vacationing in Tahoe.

7 Things Every Personal Financial Plan Needs to Have Success
From budgeting & savings, investing, retirement, estate planning and navigating life events, to build a legacy it takes more than luck, you need defined strategy.


Ken Christie Handout

KEVIN SNIDER | The Current Landscape of Religious Liberties

Kevin Snider has been an attorney since 1994. During that time he has practiced primarily in the area of constitutional law and civil rights. Snider has litigated a number of cases which have garnered national attention. These include two in the U.S. Supreme Court – A Woman’s Friend v. Kamala Harris and Gateway City Church v. Gavin Newsom.

He argued In re Jonathan L. before the California Court of Appeal which resulted in restoring the right to homeschool in California. In Michael Newdow v. LeFevre, he argued in defense of the national motto – In God We Trust – in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Days before the January 2009 swearing in of President Obama, Snider represented Pastors Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which he successfully argued against the request for an injunction to prevent the invocation and benediction at the inauguration. 

He has been the Chief Counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute since 2004. He has been seen on CSPAN and CNN, has made dozens of radio and television appearances, and is interviewed frequently or quoted in newspaper and other publications. Snider is admitted to the Washington, California, and District of Columbia Bars. His wife, Chenyuan, is a regular contributing writer for The Stream.  They have two children and reside in northern California.

The Current Landscape of Religious Liberties
This interactive session will provide a brief overview of the trajectory of religious liberties in the United States. Drawing on court cases litigated by the Pacific Justice Institute, it will include both the perils and opportunities that ministries and people of faith face. The presentation will also discuss current challenges to parental rights.

KEVIN THOMPSON | Change The Odds of Marriage

An author, writer, and speaker, for 19 years, Kevin was on staff at Community Bible Church, a multi-site church in the Greater Fort Smith Region. He spent the last 13 as Lead Pastor. In 2021, his family made a significant change coming to Bayside Church, where he serves as the Married Life Pastor. In this role, he interacts with individuals and families on the happiest and the most tragic days of their lives. They work through marriage and family issues, personal finance, leadership, work-related difficulties, grief, parenting, and every major issue which a person might face.

Change The Odds of Marriage
As society continues to downplay the importance of marriage and couples continue to struggle in marriage, there has never been a greater need for meaningful marriage ministries. But how do we help couples?

In this breakout, Bayside Married Life Pastor Kevin A. Thompson, will reveal how the Bayside family of churches are changing the odds of marriage through content and community. Join Kevin and see how Bayside can partner with your church to change the odds of marriage.

LANCE HAHN | Leading Through Change That’s Difficult and Unpopular

Lance Hahn is a revolutionary Christian thinker. He is a self-proclaimed “Agitating Peacemaker” and “Coffee Table Theologian” who will not stop until America is saturated with a healthier version of Christianity. He has been a Senior Pastor since 1993, leading the same congregation, Bridgeway Christian Church since 1997. He is a podcaster, author (2 books), speaker, adjunct professor, radio host and so much more. Currently he is finishing his D.Min at Talbot Theological. He is married to his amazing wife Suzi, with two incredible daughters: Jillian and Andie.

Leading Through Change That’s Difficult and Unpopular
If you feel like God has laid a vision on your heart but it means difficult change for your people, and you know no one is going to like it, this breakout is for you. Pastor Lance will speak on discerning God’s heart and then how to lead that change in the harshest of environments.

LESLIE JOHNSTON | Breakaway: Not your average VBS!

Leslie Johnston is the Director of Events & Breakaway at Bayside Church. She has worked in Kids Camps and Events for 8 years after graduating from Azusa Pacific University. She loves building events and camps that combine creativity, innovation and impact.

Breakaway: Not your average VBS!
Breakaway Kids Camps is not your average VBS… with high-energy rallies, broadway-style dramas, messy arts & crafts, and a volunteer team to help you run it! Join us as we practically break down how this can be a reality at any church, any size.

LISA THOMPSON | Patiently Waiting on God When You Are in the Pit

Lisa Thompson has been a Christ follower since she was 6 years old. She and her family moved to Folsom 22 years ago where she ministered to women in all faith places through neighborhood Bible studies, women incarcerated at Folsom Prison, and women in recovery at Powerhouse Ministries. Her heart and calling has been to see lives transformed by the truth of God’s Word through discipleship and service. Several years ago, she took a position at Bayside Church, as the Women’s pastor. She feels blessed to serve both in and out of the church, bringing her love for God’s Word and the Gospel message into her community and church. She is an author, speaks at women’s events and retreats and is passionate about equipping leaders to go into the world and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the disconnected and hopeless. You can find Lisa hanging out any given day at the local coffee shops meeting with people encouraging them to find their purpose and place in God’s Kingdom work. Lisa has been married to her husband Robb since 1992, they have four children, and call Folsom, California their home.

Patiently Waiting On God When You Are in the Pit
Psalm 13:1 says, How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? There are seasons of life, ministry, and marriage where we find ourselves in an unexpected and unwanted pit that we can’t seem to get out of…

The pit of discouragement and despair?
The pit of unknown and confusion?
The pit of insecurity and envy?
The pit of fear and worry?
The pit of religion and pride?

What is God doing and what are we to do while we wait? This seminar will be practical and encouraging as we look at 5 pits found in the Bible and best practices while you wait on God so you don’t miss His redeeming purposes and greater story.

LOGOS: Chauncey Allmond | Maximizing Your Bible Study with Logos Bible Software

Logos is a ministry and sermon prep platform that cuts out busywork so you can be more focused and effective in your calling.

Chauncey is a national presenter for Faithlife. He has a deep passion for technology, and if there is an app, program, or gadget involved, Chauncey will be “geeked out.” Couple this with a love for God’s Word, and it’s a perfect mix for presenting Logos Bible Software. At conferences across the world, you’ll find Chauncey firing people up about using Logos to enhance their ministry and personal Bible study.

Maximizing Your Bible Study with Logos Bible Software
Let’s face it. Sometimes studying the Bible can be challenging. Come learn how Logos can make your study easier—and how it can be enhanced to allow you to go deeper into God’s Word. Whether you are new to Bible study, a ministry leader, in seminary, or a pastor, Logos is for you. You’ll leave this workshop thirsting for more of Scripture. Chauncey will guide you every step of the way!

MATT ROBERTSON | How You and Your Church Can Fight Human Trafficking

Matt is a seasoned mentor, business developer, and catalyst for change who has helped global organizations grow, adapt and expand. He has had a broad career in business and as a church pastor and now serves as the Director of Relational Advancement for AIM (Agape International Missions), a Christ-centered ministry focused on fighting sex-trafficking in Cambodia, Belize and the US. He oversees a distributed global team that works with individuals, families, churches and companies to advance AIM’s mission. Matt and his wife Shela, married 26 years, have two children. Matt loves surfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.

How You and Your Church Can Fight Human Trafficking
AIM (Agape International Missions) has been partnering with churches to fight trafficking for over 17 years. Learn how you and your church can get involved in the fight locally and globally. This dynamic session will be an engaging time of learning, sharing and asking questions!

Eric Meier from AIM will also be joining Matt for this breakout session. Eric works with churches on the West Coast.

MEGAN HUTCHINSON | How to Prepare & Share Your Story in 5 Minutes

Megan or “Nutmeg” as her pickleball friends calls her, said yes to irresistible, undeniable, invitation from God at age nineteen and says she hasn’t been the same since! She received her master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, emphasizing Theology, Youth and Family. Her gifts, talents, skills, abilities and pain led her to serve as a youth pastor at Saddleback church for nearly ten years where, among other things, she co-authored and ran a national movement called, Life Hurts- God Heals, the youth version of Celebrate Recovery. She authored three books, including Secret Survivors, and Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry! She also served for five years as an ordained Adult Ministries Pastor at a Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. In 2020, she became a Campus Pastor at Bayside’s newest campus in Orange County, California. She says, come on down!

How to Prepare & Share Your Story in 5 Minutes
Every Christian ought to be able to share their story in a few minutes. Sometimes that’s all we have! We call this an “elevator pitch” testimony. By the end of this breakout, you will have yours!


Megan Hutchinson Handout

MEL MCGOWAN | Lessons Learned from Disney: From the Magic Kingdom to God’s Kingdom

Mel McGowan is leading Master Planner & Designer of churches in America, having partnered with over 1000 ministries in the US and abroad. Mel spend a decade at Disney where he learned the art of “imagineering” and Spatial Storytelling. Today he is Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Storyland Studios, a 90 person design and production firm consisting of several former Disney Imagineers, artists, architects and artisans who create “destinations that lift the spirit.” He is an Outreach Magazine columnist and author of Design Like God Gives a Damn: Revolutionizing Sacred Space.

Lessons Learned from Disney: From the Magic Kingdom to God’s Kingdom
Discover how the unique gifts and processes of one of the world’s greatest storytellers have been made applicable to hundreds of ministries around the world. Mel McGowan, Disney alumni and Chief Creative Officer of Storyland Studios will demonstrate how the art of Imagineering and Spatial Storytelling has potential to create destinations that lift the spirit and architectural evangelism.

MORGAN MAY | Maximizing Your Young Years

Hi, I’m Morgan! I met Jesus as a Freshman in High School and knowing Him has saved my soul & my life. I’m a Texas-native, California-transplant. I feel the immense privilege of getting to serve in the local church as a career. I currently work at Bayside Church in the Sacramento area. Before working at Bayside, I worked as a Women’s Pastor in the North Austin area. My heart’s burden is to see God’s Church built up with empowered people who know God through a deep understanding of their Bible.

Maximizing Your Young Years
You’re in your 20s or 30s and you have so many dreams and so many goals. You’re ready for God to start using you now. You’re itching to find your purpose, fulfill your “calling” and make the most of your young years. What do I do in the waiting? Who do I learn from? How can I develop? Where do I start growing? When is my big moment going to come? Why do I feel so unsettled? This seminar is for you. Come learn how to make the most out of this season of life.

PETER MCGOWAN & RICH HURREY | Cultivating a Culture of Creativity: Lessons learned from Pixar Animation Studios

Peter is an immersive storyteller with over two decades of experience bringing iconic stories to life in physical, digital, and strategic spaces. As co-founder, President & Chief Storyteller at Storyland Studios, Peter has worked with some of the most recognizable corporate and creative brands in the world, including The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, LEGO®, Ubisoft, Mars Wrigley M&M’S®, Nissan, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, FAO Schwarz, and many more. He is a champion of bringing brands’ unique stories to life by broadening their visual vocabulary beyond words and helping shape the cultural influence of their organizations. Peter is especially passionate about partnering with non-profit and cause-based organizations through PlainJoe – A Storyland Studio to reflect their missions with excellence and heart. At the end of the day, he loves spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their three kids making memories that usually involve LEGO® sets, Star Wars, Disney, or all three.

Rich is a 25+ year veteran (another word for being old) in the Animation / VFX Industry, spending over 15 years as a Character TD. He loves modeling, rigging, teaching and building teams of, and working with, people that are smarter than him. The last 3 years he has embarked on building Kitestring Online… a company dedicated to the development of unique technology, storytelling and educational experiences. They are part of the Storyland Studios family of companies, an amazing group of people (and friends) that I am blessed to work with. He is fortunate beyond measure to be on this journey with his amazing wife and 2 incredible children.

Cultivating a Culture of Creativity: Lessons learned from Pixar Animation Studios
Learn how leading global storytellers such as Disney and Pixar have been able to carefully cultivate an ongoing culture of creativity, while encouraging risk-taking, criticism, and feedback.

PRESTON ULMER | Holy Deconstruction: How to talk with people who are deconstructing their faith

Preston Ulmer is the founder and director of the Doubters’ Club, an organization that teaches Christians and atheists to model friendship and pursue truth together. Additionally, he serves as a Pastor at North Point Church in Springfield, MO. Before joining North Point Church, Preston served in the role of network development director with the Church Multiplication Network (CMN), as well as various ministry roles as a youth pastor, young adult pastor and church planter. Preston has two master’s degrees, one in religion and one in divinity. His experience and education led him and his family to plant a church in Denver, CO, where he also founded the Doubters’ Club. Preston’s new book, The Doubters’ Club: Good-Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Atheists, and the Spiritually Wounded, released from NavPress in September 2021.

Holy Deconstruction: How to talk with people who are deconstructing their faith
Why does it seem like everyone is picking apart Christianity or leaving it altogether? Why is the most cause oriented generation so disconnected from the most cause oriented organization in the world (the Church)? There is a term floating around that is here to stay that helps us answer these questions. The term is: deconstruction. More and more people are deconstructing the Christian faith. That is, they are breaking it down piece by piece to see just how useful, and truthful, it is. And believe it or not, this isn’t a bad thing! In fact, deconstruction could offer a spiritual perspective that will reform the church and Jesus’ followers. In this breakout, you will learn why deconstruction is holy and how it builds a bridge with people who don’t think like you.


Preston Ulmer Handout

RON HARDEN | 4 Focuses for Leading Joyfully

Ron has been described as a combination of comedian Robin Williams and Pastor Jack Hayford. His anointed, practical, lively biblical teaching brings the lives of people in the scripture to directly encounter us today. He truly enjoys being with people as his favorite part of ministry, serving locally and internationally as President/CEO of EPIC Bible College & Graduate School! 

4 Focuses for Leading Joyfully
One of the inward keys, for our life and leadership journey, is “JOY”! My definition, “the assurance, that produces peace, in the midst of external or internal difficulties“. We will see joy modeled in the life of Nehemiah! Let’s rebuild our broken walls and rise to empower others with abundant joy!

Ryan Harden Handout

RYAN MONTAGUE | Kingdom Mindset: 7 Principles for Staying Free Despite Fierce Pressure from the Outside World

Dr. Ryan Montague is Founder of Divine Opportunity Ministries, an organization offering online specialty discipleship courses. The first course offering is for Christian singles and daters titled, Kingdom Coupling: How to Attract, Date, and Select a Godly Spouse. The second course offering is titled, Kingdom Mindset: Set Free and Staying Free. Ryan is also the author of two books: Divine Opportunity: Finding God in the Conversations of Everyday Life and Untapped Potential: Moving from a Mediocre to a Miraculous Testimony. For the past 10 years, Ryan has been a full-time professor in the area of Communication Management, teaching courses revolving around Emotional Intelligence in personal and professional relationships. Ryan is married to his amazing wife Debra, and they have three kids—David, Makenna, and Bella. They live in greater Los Angeles.

Kingdom Mindset: 7 Principles for Staying Free Despite Fierce Pressure from the Outside World
New Mindset = New Results. This Kingdom Mindset Model includes 7 core principles that allow you to remain anchored in Christ even in the face of busyness and pressure. The 7 Principles shape and influence your perception, thoughts, emotions, body reactions, and behaviors in any given situation or circumstance. And allows you to stay free, exercise the power of God, and experience daily divine appointment conversations in everyday life.


Ryan Montague Handout

RYAN RIES | Evangelism & The Gifts of The Holy Spirit

Ryan Ries is co-founder of The Whosoevers movement, a nonprofit organization leading the way to reflect Christ in culture. Ryan teaches Bible studies at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Southern California, and speaks to thousands of teens and adults at music festivals, concerts, skate parks, churches, juvenile detention centers, and rehabs. He produces films, organizes music festivals, and hosts a Saturday night radio show, The Ryan Ries Show. Heard on more than 500+ radio stations nationwide and streaming on YouTube, Spotify & Apple. Ryan continues to work personally with musicians and action sports athletes. Ryan is married to Crystal Ries, and they have three children.

Evangelism & The Gifts of The Holy Spirit
Come join author, speaker, radio show host, and co-founder of The Whosoevers Movement, Ryan Ries as he shares a powerful message about evangelism & the gifts of The Holy Spirit. Ryan’s decade-long career in the mainstream music and action sports industry landed him at rock bottom. Through a powerful transformation in Ryan’s life, God used him and a motley crew to launch The Whosoevers, a worldwide movement delivering the message of The Gospel to a generation searching for purpose.

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SCOTT JOHNSTON | ReMarkable: How to study the Bible

Scott Johnston is one of the Pastors at Bayside Church. He has worked in full time ministry, taught Discipleship at Jessup University, and helped plant and launch Bayside Blue Oaks in 2014 where he is the Next Steps and Teaching Pastor today. Married 5 years and with 2 amazing kids, Scott has a passion for transformational discipleship, thriving churches, and preaching the Word.

ReMarkable: How to study the Bible
Most Christians have a bible but a lot don’t know how to actually study their Bible. You’ll be getting tools, knowledge and resources that will build up your confidence in getting the most out of God’s Word.


Scott Johnston Handout

SELF-PUBLISHING SCHOOL: Aaron Schafer | How To Write a Faith-Based Bestseller That Impacts Thousands of Lives

Bestselling Author, Head Publishing Strategist at Self-Publishing School Aaron Schafer is a blogger, podcaster, motivational speaker, and Best Selling Christian author of The Politically Homeless Christian. He has been featured on the Christian Television Network, iHeart Radio, Family Life Radio, and numerous Christian podcasts. Aaron lives in Michigan with his wife Naomi and their four children: Elizabeth, Emma, Sophie, and Andrew.

How To Write a Faith-Based Bestseller That Impacts Thousands of Lives
In this 1-hour training, you’ll get the 3-Step System I use to rapidly mind-map, outline, and write my books in as little as one week while keeping your faith at the center of it all.

You will learn how your unique story can create “leveraged impact” – and how to use your story to impact hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of lives.

You will gain clarity in the exact action-taking steps you need to take now to reach your author goals.

And, you will see case studies of successful Self-Publishing School students who used our systems to write their own bestsellers faster than they thought possible, and received speaking invitations, new business opportunities, and thousands in monthly royalties as a result.


SHAUN SANASSARIAN | Unleashing Compassion On Your Community

Shaun Sanassarian started attending Bayside Church in 2008 with his family. Immediately Shaun got involved in Local Outreach serving in a ministry called Fill The Trucks, he then started the food ministry with the Placer Food Bank. In 2017 Shaun joined the Bayside Family and was the co-director of City Serve, and is now the Director of City Serve. Shaun also was asked to launch the campus that is located in Folsom Prison. Shaun stands strong in one of the pillars of Bayside and that is Unleashing Compassion.

Unleashing Compassion On Your Community
Join us as we unpack and discuss ideas surrounding the value of Local Outreach in your church and community.


Shaun Sanassarian Handout

STAN JANTZ | How to Change the World: A Fresh Look at the Great Commission

Stan Jantz has been involved in selling, publishing, and writing Christian books for his entire professional life. He has written or co-written 75 books with more than 4 million copies sold. For six years Stan served as the president of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, giving him the opportunity to interact with and influence the executives of Christian publishing companies and their authors throughout the world.

How to Change the World: A Fresh Look at the Great Commission
More people are coming to Christ than any time in human history, yet the number of those new Christians who are actively learning from and following Jesus as his disciples is distressingly low. The bottom line is that we are good at evangelism, but we come up short when it comes to discipleship. In this lively session, Stan Jantz will take a fresh look at the Great Commission of Jesus, showing that discipleship and disciple making are what we need to change the world—starting with our own backyard.


Stan Jantz Handout

TARO ARAI | Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen

Kotaro “Taro” Arai was born on Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu. He was virtuous, carefree, radical, and was forever being sent home from school. At age 15, with the money Taro had saved from working a newspaper route, Taro’s father decided to move to America to pastor a small Japanese-speaking Christian church.

In 1987, Taro’s parents opened a modest Japanese restaurant in Fair Oaks, a suburb of Sacramento. The restaurant was called Mikuni, which means “kingdom of God.” The path was not easy and along the way were setbacks and challenges. But with a perseverance rooted firmly in a faith in God, Mikuni grew from a workforce of five family members to 1,000 employees, from 30 customers a day to serving 1.8 million people in one year. Thirty-five years and nine locations later, Mikuni is one of the most successful restaurant businesses in the region.

Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen
Taro Arai, owner and chef of Mikuni Restaurant Group, is motivated to improve in every way, has big dreams, and an unwavering faith in God who makes it all possible. Come hear his remarkable story and gain valuable insights.

“I believe that each of us has a calling that is as individual as a face, and success comes from finding what you love and sharing it with others by letting God lead the way.” – Taro

THRIVE COLLEGE | Before They Leave: Prepare Your Church to Reach and Keep Gen Z

Our mission at Thrive College is to raise the next generation of Christian leaders. Every year, 50+ college students join us for 9 months to gain leadership experience, university education, intentional discipleship and authentic community. Our team breathes discipling the next generation. Our students have taught us more than books every could about who Gen Z is. Based on these encounters, we’re passionately hopeful about the future of the Church and hope by the end of our breakout you will be too!

Before They Leave: Prepare Your Church to Reach and Keep Gen Z
Gen Z has been branded a truly post-Christian generation. One third of Gen Z believes that you can’t know if God is real. Only half believe church going is important and relevant to their lives. This presents a challenge. How do we disciple a generation that believes God is unknowable and church is irrelevant? In this breakout, we’ll unpack some key characteristics of Gen Z and proven strategies to reach and keep Gen Z.

THRIVE WORSHIP | Building a Thriving Worship & Production Community

More than a church worship team, Thrive Worship is a collection of people from diverse backgrounds all pointing in the same hope-filled direction. With a singular goal of instilling a passionate pursuit of a future hope, Thrive Worship’s songs are a timely reminder that in the midst of the struggle, Jesus is there, leading the way out.

Building a Thriving Worship & Production Community
Our worship and production team consistently works to pull off large events like this conference, writing albums and doing weekend services with the help of staff and volunteers. Come ready to learn about our operating systems, volunteer culture and staff values from our team leads themselves! Topics included: Worship Team, Song Writing, Production, & Pastoring.

TYLER SWANEY | How to Ask People for Stuff

As a Bayside Orange County Campus Pastor, Tyler Swaney gets to influence people of all ages to live loud for Jesus Christ. Originally from Southern California where he and his wife, Allie, first met, he graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies where he also played football. He then went on to get his Master’s in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Tyler loves barbecue sauce with every meal, getting outside, and teaching people what the Bible is challenging them to do, be, and know.

How to Ask People for Stuff
Are you a person that goes to a restaurant and is served something you didn’t order, but instead of telling the server, you silently suffer through the pasta they brought you even though you have a gluten allergy? Or maybe you’re the person that would rather do all the work yourself because you simply can’t trust others to do it the right (your) way? If any of this resonates, join me to learn five tips for how to ask people for things. Whether it’s labor, money, time, extra bread rolls at dinner – sometimes asking others to give you something is best for you AND them. Or better, it could be what’s best for the exact thing God is doing through you. 

UHSM: Grant Lottering | From Death to the Top of the Alps

Mercedes-Benz Vans, Laureus, Sport for Good, Giant Bicycles and UHSM all understand the impact and inspiration that Grant Lottering’s story and ongoing achievements bring to those who dare to listen. Grant is an Extreme Endurance Cyclist and International Motivational Speaker. His remarkable comeback from death on 21 July 2013 continues to astonish the medical profession and audiences alike. He has shared his story ‘From Death to the Top of the Alps’ with audiences in over 12 countries around the world. Inspiring audiences to fly high in the face of adversity, he is living proof of the astonishing impact your vision and faith in God can have on your physical and mental health. Having undergone 12 surgeries and cancer since 2013, Grant has overcome incredible odds and constantly refuses to give up. He continues to achieve on his bike what most believe to be impossible through his faith and confidence in God. In June 2022, Grant will bring his Im’possible Tour to the USA with UHSM. Covering over 700 non-stop miles and climbing over 65,000ft in the shortest possible time in aid of underprivileged children in the USA, Grant’s story of resilience and overcoming in the face of adversity, must be heard.

From Death to the Top of the Alps
The astonishing impact your vision and faith can have on your physical health.

WAYNE HOAG | Desperately Needing One Another

Outside of his love for God and his family, Pastor Wayne’s greatest love is for the Body of Christ. For 45 years he has been a shepherd in the local church, the last 31 years at Sierra Bible Church in Truckee, California. Wayne has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Sandy, for 52 years. They have four adult children, one son and three daughters, as well as 12 grandchildren. He is a motor-head who holds a Spec Miata racing license and spends as much time as possible aboard his 1999 Harley Davidson Road King. To his biker buddies he is known as Pastor Hog.

Desperately Needing One Another
While pastoring his congregation at Sierra Bible Church, Pastor Wayne discovered the 29 One Another admonitions that are found in the New Testament. Further study convinced him that the 29 One Another admonitions are God’s Unique Strategy for Building His Church and Conforming His Children into the Image of Christ. What began as a sermon series then turned into a book, The One Another Project.


Wayne Hoag Handout

WES DAVIS | The Generation Gap in the Church

I’m a follower of Jesus. A family man. A dreamer. A church planting junkie. And a basketball lover. My wife, Kari, and I launched a church 20 years ago in the Greater Seattle area that grew from 14 people in our living room to over 4000 people in 7 locations, 3 additional church plants, and 2000 people baptized (pre-COVID). Along the way our family grew to five kids and two grandchildren! My assignment from Jesus is to develop young leaders and launch churches. Don’t we all dream of seeing a Jesus movement in our communities in our lifetime. Can you see it?

The Generation Gap in the Church: The Secret to Getting Different Generations On the Mission Together
1 million young people leave the church every year (including half the kids in our youth groups when they graduate).

And many boomers and builders have raised their kids and are only passively involved in the church at a time when they have the most amount of wisdom and financial resources to make a difference. 

Good news! This generation of young adults (ages 15-29 as defined by the study/book Growing Young) want mentors and are no longer looking for a church that is cool, but one that is warm! Could the next great awakening in America be as simple as getting the Young to see vision and the old to dream dreams together! Isn’t that what it says in the book of Acts?? 

We live in a culture that worships the young but all the power is with the old.
We live in a country where data suggests that the #1 implicit bias is Age (#2 Body shape, #3 Ethnicity).
What if the church led the way in connecting all ages because the mission needs every generation!


Wes Davis Handout

WESLEY TOWNE | Anxiety + Leadership

Wesley Towne is a pastor and the founder of Better Days, a nonprofit seeking to equip churches by bringing hope, awareness and education to the human experience of mental health + suffering. For more information visit www.betterdaysfmly.co.

Anxiety + Leadership
Join Wesley Towne, founder of Better Days and pastor of Bayside Davis, for a conversation on understanding and managing anxiety as a leader.

ZORO | How to Navigate Through the Storms of Life

Zoro is a world-renowned drummer who has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more. As an award-winning author, dynamic storyteller, and Christian motivational speaker, he provides articulate, hard-won biblical wisdom that educates, motivates, and inspires. A kinetic bundle of human energy and enthusiasm, Zoro captures audiences with his engagingly winsome spirit, practical wisdom, sense of humor, and unbridled passion.  www.zorothedrummer.com  |  www.zoroministries.org

How to Navigate Through the Storms of Life
Everyone will face adversity. Not everyone will handle it the same. How we navigate life’s storms will directly impact the outcome of our lives and those closest to us. With his engagingly encouraging spirit and unforgettable stories, world-renowned drummer Zoro shares seven critical strategies for surviving through life’s most significant battles and thriving in their midst.