thrive summit online
breakout experience

June 15, 2020  |  5:00-6:00 pm (PST)

thrive summit online
breakout experience

June 15, 2020  |  5:00-6:00 pm (PST)

Check out our incredible Breakout options for Thrive Summit 2020. Click on a title to see description and speaker bio.

Each Breakout will be hosted on Zoom on Monday, June 15, frm 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST – the links to each Breakout Zoom Call can be found on the Thrive Summit livestream page and only accessed if you are registered for Thrive Summit.

Featured Breakouts


 Overcoming the Porn Pandemic in the Church

Convoy of Hope

 Demonstrating Compassion & Doing Outreach in a Disruptive World

Women of Faith

Leading Your Thoughts as a Life Leader

CDF Capital

Preparing for a New Era of Church


 Data Informed Leadership


 Overcoming the Porn Pandemic in the Church

Convoy of Hope

 Demonstrating Compassion & Doing Outreach in a Disruptive World

Women of Faith

Leading Your Thoughts as a Life Leader

CDF Capital

Preparing for a New Era of Church


 Data Informed Leadership

WOMEN OF FAITH // Leading Your Thoughts as a Life Leader // Alita Reynolds

You can have more impact as a Life Leader. It is right here… available to you! Journey with Alita as she shares how she has transformed her thought life to be a Life Leader. You have this opportunity right inside of you because God placed it there. It’s time for you to find out how.

Alita Reynolds
Alita Reynolds is the Foundational Voice with Women of Faith, Life Coach Trainer, Podcaster, Writer and Speaker. She and her husband, GJ, are the Visionaries of Women of Faith, a global ministry equipping women to live victoriously in Christ. Alita’s life purpose is as simple as her upbringing was on a Nebraska farm; she passionately inspires others to experience a relationship with Jesus. Alita encourages everyone to find their God-given purpose, live a life of excellence, elevate all areas of their lives to bring others to Christ, and lock arms together to Be the Light! Alita is real and authentic, with a deep desire to radically change the world. She fiercely defends and lifts up the hope and grace we can receive in Jesus Christ. The truth is, this all starts at home in Lincoln, Nebraska; and there is no place she would rather be than spending time with her husband and three children, Logan, Rees and Lexi.

The Facebook Playbook for Church Growth // Alejandro Reyes

Learn the step-by-step system we use to grow our church and get first-time guests every single weekend with Facebook and Instagram Ads, even if you don’t have a big budget.

Alejandro Reyes
Alejandro Reyes has 15+ years of proven leadership in the area of online strategy and digital marketing where he’s focused on church growth, digital strategy, and direct response marketing. His most recent success is building the digital strategy that took a $10m faith-based startup to over $100m in 2 years. Alejandro is the CEO of Digital Napkin, a church growth agency designed to help churches and faith-based companies grow further and faster. 

GOD. SCIENCE…AND SEX: Hope and Healing for your Past // Barbara Wilson, Psy.D

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, Psy.D
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 books, The Invisible Bond: How to Break Free From Your Sexual Past and Kiss Me Again; Restoring Lost Intimacy In Marriage. Dr. Wilson’s study guide, based on her books called Free, Finding Freedom and Healing from your Past, available in women’s, men’s and young women versions, is being used locally and nationally to walk men and women through an empirically-based, trauma-focused approach for healing from past abuse, sexual trauma and destructive relationships.

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 and her husband have been married over 30 years.

The Future of the Church and the LGBTQ Reality // Caleb Kaltenbach

The gap between some LGBTQ individuals and church leaders is only increasing so, what does that mean for the future? How can churches love people better? Will those holding a traditional view of marriage be in the minority? What questions should leaders be asking now to prepare for tomorrow? These questions, the relational contours of grace & truth, and how to love people well no matter what will be discussed in this breakout. 

Caleb Kaltebach
Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor and founded The Messy Grace Group ( to help churches and organizations honor their beliefs while becoming safe places for LGBTQ individuals to attend. He authored God of Tomorrow, Messy Grace (his story of being raised by 3 activist gay parents, accepting Jesus, and seeing his parents trust Jesus), and Messy Truth (releasing Fall 2020). Caleb graduated from Ozark Christian College, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and he received his DMin from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his family reside in southern California.

Why Does God Allow Evil? // Dr. Clay Jones

In this lecture we will answer the questions: Why do we suffer for Adam’s sin and what is the origin of natural evil?; Why do bad things happen to good people?; What is free will and why it is valuable?; How does eternal life make up for our suffering here and will Heaven be boring?

Dr. Clay Jones
Clay Jones holds a doctor of ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is an associate professor in the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics Program at Talbot Seminary. Formerly, Clay hosted Contend for Truth, a nationally syndicated call-in, talk-radio program where he debated professors, radio talk show hosts, cultists, religious leaders, and representatives from animal rights, abortion rights, gay rights, and atheist organizations. Clay was the CEO of Simon Greenleaf University (now Trinity Law School) and was on the pastoral staff of two large churches. Clay is the Chairman of the Board of the university apologetics ministry Ratio Christi, is a contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal and specializes in issues related to why God allows evil. You can read his blog at, find his author page on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at ClayBJones. Clay has authored Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions and the forthcoming (April 2020) Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It.

Christianity and the Challenge of World Religions // Dr. Craig Hazen

In this fast-paced and humorous presentation, Professor Hazen addresses the question of “how does Christianity stack up against the other great world religions?” Based on his book “Five Sacred Crossings,” Hazen delivers five unique features of Christianity that set it dramatically apart from the other major religious traditions.

Dr. Craig Hazen
Dr. Craig Hazen is a Professor of Comparative Religion and Christian Apologetics at Biola University and Founder and Director of the Christian Apologetics Program. For over twenty years he has been the editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi, one of the top philosophy of religion journals in the world. He has authored or contributed to a range of scholarly works including To Everyone an Answer, Apologetics Study Bible, the break-out novel, Five Sacred Crossings, and his latest book Fearless Prayer. Hazen holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, a degree in Biological Sciences, and has studied International Law and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He has also lectured multiple times on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He is a former co-host of a national radio talk program and a regular on-camera expert for broadcast television.

Navigating the Transition Zone // Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin

Navigating the Transition Zone is an innovative tool designed by D. Darrell Griffin to assist Pastors, lay leaders, or anyone leading a ministry transition. The workshop will cover: How to Transition a Congregation that will reach all generations, how to balance preserving the past and to embrace the future of your church and How to build an effective team for ministry transition.

Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin
Dr. D. Darrell Griffin, D.Min. is a Senior Pastor, a certified Ministry Coach and Enneagram Trainer. He is the Senior Partner of Urban Ministry Advantage, a premier church resource that provides coaching and training for pastors and church leaders to help them turn their visions into reality ( He travels across the country teaching congregations and Non-Profits a unique perspective of the Enneagram system entitled “Building a Better TEAM!”

Since January 2000, Dr. Griffin has served as the Senior Pastor of the Oakdale Covenant Church of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Dr. Griffin is the author of Navigating Pastoral Leadership in the Transition Zone: “Arriving in the Middle of the Movie” (Chicago: MMGI Books, 2012) and it has become a resource to assist congregations and pastors through the challenging maze of a transition in pastoral leadership.

Building Leadership Development Culture // Dave Bushnell

Leadership development is the last thing we have time for and the first thing we all need. Absent of the right environment, leadership development initiatives tend to loose traction and prove unsustainable. Rooted in Scripture and research of best practices, learn five practical action steps to create a culture for leadership development that yields a surplus of leaders. Also discover the five most common mistakes that kill leadership development culture.

Dave Bushnell
Dave Bushnell is a Leadership Development Strategist for the Global Leadership Network. Dave catalyzes communities, churches, businesses and organizations toward leadership development, leveraging Global Leadership Summit content to help individuals, teams and organizations maximize their impact. Prior to serving with GLN, Dave was a local church pastor for 18 years with a track record of expanding church capacity through leadership development. A certified StratOp Facilitator, he asks questions that lead to breakthrough insights in what drives organizations toward their vision. Dave and Karen have been married for over 20 years and have five children who provide their greatest leadership challenges.

Small Groups Online & Face to Face - Thriving for the Long Haul // Dave Enns

The need for connection and small groups and never been more essential. It’s no small challenge to get groups to meet, but an even bigger challenge to keep them going! During the COVID-19 crisis North Coast Church quickly pivoted to move all their groups online. Join Dave Enns as he shares time-tested strategies that have enabled North Coast to keep 80% of their adults in small groups over the long haul. Whether your groups are online or meeting face to face, these strategies will work for any size church.

Dave Enns
Dave Enns is the Lead pastor of Small Groups Ministry at North Coast Church (the Sticky Church). Dave has been on staff since 1990 and is the lead pastor of their Small Group Ministry. He oversees a team of 25 staff, 1,900 lay leaders and over 7,000 who attend their home groups. Under Dave’s leadership, North Coast remains well-known for maintaining over 80% adult participation in weekly home groups. He has also played an integral role in helping North Coast grow from 700 to now over 14,000 weekend attendees on 7 campuses. These experiences have given him a wealth of practical knowledge in successfully identifying and adapting ministry strategies for growth and breaking through roadblocks. They have also made Dave’s coaching and training relevant for small group leaders and veteran ministry leaders around the country, no matter the size or type of ministry.

Embracing Tough Questions // Dena Davidson

Are you paralyzed to share your faith? Do you avoid it because you’re afraid someone will bring up that tough question? I can relate. It used to keep me from sharing what I believe about God. But over time, I’ve learned to embrace tough questions. When I did, I discovered they unlock the very conversations with people about God and faith that I long to have. If you’re longing to share your faith with humble confidence and to create conversations our culture is dying to have, then join me in learning to embrace tough questions.

Dena Davidson, M.A.
Dena has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She is married to her favorite person, Cheyne and they are just beginning the grand adventure of parenting the wonderful Rylee Grace. Officially, she is Thrive School’s Discipleship Director. Unofficially her office is a place of laughter, crying and the peculiar mess of making disciples.

AIM // Overcoming the Porn Pandemic in the Church // Don Brewster

What we’ve learned after 15 years of fighting sex trafficking with Agape International Missions – the harm of porn within the church and how you can be on the wining side of the battle.

Don Brewster
After leaving a successful career in sales and marketing, Don Brewster became the Executive Pastor at Adventure Christian Church, contributing to its growth from 400 in attendance to over 7,000. Under Don and Bridget’s leadership, Agape International Missions has grown to become a leader in the international anti-trafficking community. Don and Bridget have spearheaded the innovative holistic approach to end trafficking which has been highlighted by CNN, ABC Nightline, Christianity Today, TEDx, The Washington Post and more. Don received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jessup University, Masters in Christian Leadership from Liberty University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Northwest Christian University. Don and Bridget are currently writing their first book. 

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality in Difficult Seasons // Drew Hyun

It’s impossible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature. Come learn about the importance of emotional health and spirituality, following Jesus with joy and love while also learning how to deal with difficult emotions of sadness, anger, and anxiety in a redemptive way, instead of a damaging way.

Drew Hyun
Drew Hyun is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown, as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in and around NYC. Drew is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of the New City Network, a network of urban churches that value multi-ethnicity, Spirit-filled ministry, emotional health, and mission. Drew loves cities, ESPN, and naps, and finds it a restful Sabbath when all three come together. He resides in New York City with his wife Christina and their son David and daughter Avery. Drew is the author of no books.

Leading in a Diverse and Divided Land // Dr. Efrem Smith, Bob Balian, Tommy "Urban D." Kyllonen, Vermon Pierre

The United States of America is an ever-increasing multiethnic and multicultural nation and at the same time deeply divided by race, politics, and class. This advanced session will explore a practical theology, principles, and ministry models for transformation and reconciliation in “the divided states of America.” This session will also include a panel of multiethnic, urban, and missional ministry experts on the frontlines of this reality.

Dr. Efrem Smith
Pastor Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development. Pastor Smith is the former- president and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting and leadership-development organization. He is the current co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church, Midtown and President of Thriving Urban Churches International. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, “Killing Us Softly.” Pastor Smith is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and a doctorate in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.

Pastor Smith is married to Donecia and has two daughters.Pastor Smith is excited to a be a part of all that God is doing in and through Bayside. He and Pastor Bob are encouraged by the rapid growth on the Midtown campus and are eager to work together and share the love God throughout the Sacramento region.


Bob Balian

Bob Balian is the Founding Pastor of Bayside Midtown. Bob currently shares the Lead Pastor role with his partner in ministry, Efrem Smith. Bob also serves as the Chaplain for the NBA’s, Sacramento Kings. Bob graduated from UCLA, with a degree in Economics, and from Fuller Theological Seminary, with an M.A.T.

Bob grew up in Sacramento, and returned to Sacramento, from Los Angeles, to take over a family construction and engineering business. After becoming a bi-vocational Youth Pastor, he sold his business, and became a full-time, Executive Pastor at Bayside Midtown, with the late, great, Sherwood Carthen. He then planted Bayside Midtown in 2011, with his wife, Letty Balian. They intentionally planted in the heart of Sacramento, one of the most diverse cities in the country, and have been intentional about fostering and nurturing diversity and racial reconciliation in the church, since the very first day of it’s existence.

Bob and Letty have one daughter, Taylor Balian, who works for Google and lives in Santa Monica, Ca.


Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen
Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen is the lead pastor at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida. Outreach Magazine listed his church as one of the most innovative churches in America. They retrofitted a former Toys R’ Us store in the heart of Tampa’s diverse Uptown District. He is also an author, Hip-Hop artist and consultant.


Vermon Pierre
Vermon Pierre is the lead pastor for preaching and mission at Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of Gospel Shaped Living, which is part of the Gospel Shaped Church curriculum published by The Good Book Company and The Gospel Coalition. Vermon is on the national council for The Gospel Coalition and locally is a board member of The Surge Network and the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Vermon and his wife Dennae live in downtown Phoenix and have four children.

How to Sell During Challenging Times // Eric Lofholm

In this breakout you will learn:
– How to maintain a positive mindset
– How to take consistent sales action 
– How to generate leads and keep your calendar full

Eric Lofholm
Eric Lofholm has been teaching sales for over 2 decades. He provides practical ideas to produce real results. He is the author of 15 books on sales and success.  

Reaching Muslims Today // Fouad Masri

The COVID-19 pandemic shocked the world with confinement and disruption of daily life. What is God doing in reaching Muslims today?  How can you make a difference in reaching the most unreached people of the world with the Gospel of Jesus? Hear testimonies of what God is doing and how to share the hope of Jesus during this time. 

Fouad Masri
Author and lecturer Fouad Masri was born and raised in the war zone of Beirut, Lebanon. As a third generation ordained pastor, he has a passion for equipping and training Christians to share the love of Christ with Muslims. In 1993, he founded Crescent Project, which in just the past ten years alone has equipped over 321,000 Christ followers with an effective reach of 1.6 million Muslims, and is aiming to equip 500,000 Christ followers in the next five years. Crescent Project staff members are strategically located across 41 U.S. cities and in three countries of Europe and the Middle East. Fouad has authored 14 books including Outreach Magazine’s 2015 Cross-Cultural Resource of the Year, “Connecting with Muslims: A Guide to Communicating Effectively.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Islamic Studies. Fouad lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife.

Your Path Forward: 3 things every leader can do to rebuild, rise and lead with impact // Genny Heikka, MBA

There’s never been a more challenging time to thrive and lead. Today’s environment is full of uncertainty, but there’s opportunity in the obstacles and important work for all of us to do. In a time of record levels of stress and worry, people are looking to leaders more than ever: for hope, confidence and a clear path forward. Based on the Book of Nehemiah and three key things he did in his journey of rebuilding, this breakout will give you practical tips and resources to be your best, fuel you with new energy and confidence and give you three powerful things you can do to help you rebuild, rise and lead with impact.

Genny Heikka, MBA
Genny Heikka, MBA, is an author, speaker, and personal branding coach and consultant. She’s served in a variety of leadership roles within corporate, non-profit, community and ministry organizations. Genny began her career at Hewlett-Packard then stepped into her dream of becoming an author, writing several books. She’s appeared on radio and TV and has been published in multiple publications. She’s also the founder of HerTeamSuccess, where she uses her expertise in business, branding and leadership to help women and companies succeed. Websites:,

Spiritual Warfare and Your Family // Dr. Gil Stieglitz

Does it ever feel like the Devil landed in your family and is spewing out anger, fear, hatred, depression and bitterness? God has given us extensive instruction of what do to when this begins to happen. Come and get real actionable answers for you and your family.

Dr. Gil Stieglitz
Dr. Gil is a catalyst for positive change both personally and organizationally. He excites, educates, and motivates audiences all over the world, through passion, humor, leadership, and wisdom. He is the Discipleship Pastor at Bayside Church in Roseville, CA. He has led seminars in China, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and all over the United States. He has taught at several Christian Universities and Seminaries (BIOLA University, William Jessup University, Western Seminary). He is on the faculty of Principles to Live By, an organization committed to teaching God’s principles in a life-giving way.

The Marks of a Mentor // Jack Hamilton, Todd Arnett

This session will be co-led by Pastor Jack Hamilton and Pastor Todd Arnett on what are the characteristics of a good mentor. This is valuable not only as a reference point for those seeking to be mentored but also for those who are or who want to be mentors as they reflect on the qualities of what God has given them to invest in others.

Jack Hamilton
Jack is the Executive Pastor at High Desert Church in Victorville, California. He’s been on staff for over 34 years, has seen the church grow from under 200 to 10,000 people with four church sites in the High Desert, and currently serves as a Mentor Pastor for Transformations Ministries working with eleven Senior Pastors in the Inland Empire. He’s served on a number of non-profit boards, including Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Association of Christian Schools International and American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest. He has also served as a public school board member for Hesperia Unified School District for 19 years in a district of nearly 22,000 students. Jack is currently serving on Hesperia Recreation and Park District Board of Directors. He has served in that position for ten years. Jack and his wife, Linda, have been married for 49 years and have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

Todd Arnett
Todd is the Lead Pastor of Trinity Church in Redlands, CA, a people who are living lives rooted in Jesus as they are reaching their worlds. He couldn’t be more grateful for his wife, Joanna, and their kids, Jackson and his wife Sky, Aleah, Kendie and Ellie. He enjoys doing most anything with his family, playing and watching team sports and rooting for the UCLA Bruins. Todd loves Jesus and His Church and helping people live out Jesus’ mission of being His ambassadors to their relational worlds.

Leading a 21st Century Kids Ministry // James Hamilton, Catherine Hwang, Shayley Combe

Join Bayside Church Kid’s Pastors for a conversation on how to build a creative, dynamic and relevant kid’s ministry in an ever changing world. Hear stories of how Bayside engages with children and families in the home and at church. This interactive webinar will provide practical tools to help your kid’s ministry thrive and grow. You’ll be inspired to impact a generation for Jesus!


James Hamilton
James Hamilton is the Kid’s Pastor at Bayside Church, Granite Bay CA. Originally from the UK, James has been a leader in kid’s ministry for over 20 years. As a professional actor and film-maker James has worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and the US. He is an expert storyteller, creating many faith based short films, TV shows, and theater productions for kids. James is passionate about training church leaders to build amazing and life changing kid’s ministries. He is married to Cally and they have two boys, Elijah (9) and Joey (5).

Catherine Hwang
Catherine Hwang is the Children’s Pastor at Bayside Church Adventure Campus. She is originally from South Korea and has worked with kids all around the world. She has experience writing curriculum and leading children’s ministry in a church plant, as well as midsize and mega church. Catherine grew up dreaming to be a K-pop star, teacher and medical missionary. So, while on a singing contest, a friend of hers introduced her to her total opposite Steve! Now they are taking over the world, eating yummy food and exploring God’s creation with their 3 super girls and tiny dog Melchizedek.

Shayley Combe
Shayley Combe is the Early Childhood Pastor at Bayside Church Granite Bay. Shayley is a California native and has been a leader in kid’s and special needs ministries for almost ten years. The scope of her ministry has included training churches in several parts of Africa, Europe, and the US. She is passionate about building relationships with underserved communities and creating accessible spaces where all are welcome to worship. Shayley is currently a foster mom to a sweet four year old girl.

CONVOY OF HOPE // Demonstrating Compassion & Doing Outreach in a Disruptive World // Jeff Anderson

During the last three decades, Jeff Anderson has engaged hundreds of pastors and churches in conversations on compassion and outreach. He has seen amazing stories, and his fair share of fails. In this session, Jeff will present practical ways you and your church can show compassion and do outreach in your community. He will share proven principles, and a few personal stories as well. Discover the “cup of cold water” to serve your city…pointing people to faith in Jesus, while simultaneously meeting needs and showing God’s love. You can do this!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff is a Pastor and a motivational speaker. He is a passionate follower of Christ and loves the Church. He has been the Lead Pastor of two growing missional churches and has always had a heart for the least, the lost and the last. He has served on the team at Convoy of Hope for ten years as Senior Director of Church Relations. Convoy partners with the local church around the world to demonstrate God’s amazing grace and love. He and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Ozark, MO, and together they have three daughters.

Healthy Leaders – Healthy Churches: What’s behind Bayside’s 25 years of explosive growth // Jud Boies, John Volinsky, Dan Chrystal

Over the past 25 years, Bayside has grown from its first day when 26 people met in a tennis club to 18,000 people in seats on weekends on 8 campuses to over 200,000 people watching weekly online during the pandemic.

But the foundation for its growth has been a focus that’s never changed – start with a God-inspired vision and goal, build a healthy team to help reach that goal and make sure to put church health above church growth.

In this 60-minute breakout, Bayside’s senior leaders unpack the three steps that every church should deploy to reach the goal God has for your church…and they are surprisingly simple.

The breakout will give every attendee an inside look at some very practical tools you can use immediately at your church that will unite your staff, volunteers and congregation to be the church God has called you to be.

Simply put…this breakout will show you how to get the…
– Best ideas for Outreach, Spiritual Growth and Leadership Development
– Best practices in Church Management
– Best forum for collaboration and advanced leadership

It may be the best 60 minutes of your time this year (so far).

Jud Boies
Jud Boies was the Executive Pastor of Operations at Bayside for the past 8 years and is now the Executive Director of the Church Goals and Business Goals programs. He has over 30 years of business experience at the C level. He has a passion for 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 38 years and has twin daughters and a granddaughter.


John Volinsky
John Volinsky has been one of the pastors at Bayside Church for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of Thrive and works on the global team serving the campuses. He has a heart for the poor and under resourced and served as the National Director of World Vision. He and his wife Laura have been married for 36 years and have four boys and enjoy spending their free time on the water, especially sailing.


Dan Chrystal
Serving on the leadership team of THRIVE Conferences and one of the pastors at Bayside Church, Dan is passionate about helping others love their neighbors as themselves. He is a dedicated life, career, and couples coach, holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from Purdue Global University and is currently studying Law at Concord University. He and his wife Tania live in Lincoln, CA, have been married for over 22 years, have two daughters, two grandchildren, three dogs and a full life! Dan has written a book entitled The Lost Art of Relationship and a partner book called Discussions for Better Relationships: An 8-Week Group Study Guide.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Discovering YOU through the lens of a Gospel Centered Enneagram // Lynette Lynn

Are you wondering what all the Enneagram buzz is about? You may have heard about the Enneagram and assumed it was just another personality test that identifies your behaviors, skills and preferences, but it’s actually a powerful tool uncovering the intricate inner worlds of the 9 personality types. What makes the Enneagram truly unique and special from other personality assessments is that it reveals the why and motivations behind the things we think, say and do. It gives us insight into the wonderful qualities we exhibit when we are healthy and thriving, as well as the negative tendencies we often resort to when we are emotionally unhealthy, spiritually dry, struggling or under stress. When we really understand ourselves and our core motivations, it can pave the way for life-changing growth in our life, work and relationships.

Lynette Lynn
Enneagram Teacher + Coach
With over 25 years working on a church staff and many years working in the mental health field as a nurse, Lynette is passionate about integrating those years of experience to equip others to live heathy and whole lives. Lynette feels a personal calling as a certified Enneagram Coach to share Gospel centered Enneagram insights and teach others how to use this powerful tool to walk in freedom and fullness of life, despite their past history or current circumstances.

Lynette has found the tool of the Enneagram to be a wonderful gift to strengthen communication and appreciate the beautiful uniqueness of her wonderful husband of 32+ years Bob, and their 5 kids and 4 grandkids.

GLOO // Data Informed Leadership // Matt Smay and Savannah Kimberlin

With essentially all ministries and operations of the Church being disrupted, now more than ever, there’s an increased need to use data to inform decision making. Join Barna’s Director of Published Research Savannah Kimberlin and Gloo’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Matt Smay as they unpack significant national trends uncovered through the Barna/Gloo collaboration and dive into a discussion on how to gather and interpret data and make data-based decisions.

Matt Smay
Matt is the Director of Strategic Partners for Gloo’s faith-based partner program. He has worked for 6 years at Gloo, leading sales and success teams serving strategic partners that are leveraging data-driven insights to increase engagement and further grow their people.

Prior to Gloo, Matt was a church planter and co-founder of an organization called Missio, a ministry committed to training and coaching ministry leaders to better engage culture. In addition, he was the founder of Missio Publishing, which continues to deliver high quality books and resources to church leaders and their congregations.

Matt is also an author of The Tangible Kingdom and The Gathered AND Scattered Church. In his spare time, he enjoys fly-fishing, golf, and mountain biking.
Matt resides with his wife and two daughters in Littleton, Colorado.


Savannah Kimberlin
Savannah is Barna’s Director of Published Research. She oversees the research and development of a wide array of published products and client-commissioned work, including Barna monographs and digital resources. Savannah loves facilitating Barna’s vision to provide the Church with knowledge to navigate a changing world.

As a certified data miner and predictive modeler, Savannah specializes in advanced analytics. Prior to her time at Barna, she worked in the big data and software development spaces.

She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Samford University and her M.S. in Decision Analytics from the University of Alabama. Savannah currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Josh.

Lessons from Disney: From the Magic Kingdom to God’s Kingdom // Mel McGowan

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.

Mel McGowan
Mel McGowan is leading Master Planner & Designer of churches in America, having partnered with over 1000 ministries in the US and abroad. Mel spent 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”.

A Great Marriage: Harder than you thought…Easier than you think // Drs. Paul & Virginia Friesen

Our expectations for marriage are quite high, but our experience often does not meet our expectations, which leads to dissatisfaction. Come discuss how any marriage, with two willing partners, can grow and flourish. It is actually easier than you think!

Drs. Paul & Virginia Friesen
Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen have been involved in Family Ministries for over 30 years through family camps, church staff positions, speaking, consulting and writing. As the founders and directors of Home Improvements Ministries, the Friesens regularly speak at men’s, women’s and marriage conferences in the US and internationally. They also have an ongoing ministry with several professional athletic teams.

Two Essential Body Parts for Every Great Leader // Paul Knight

Leaders know what it is like to be hit with criticism, challenge and confrontation. Dealing with flaming arrows is a part of leading. A leader needs tough skin! But the danger is becoming so calloused that you lose your heart. Great leaders, the truly great ones, have both tough skin and a tender heart. This session will address these essential body parts, the skin and the heart of leadership.

Paul Knight
Paul Knight is the Lead Pastor of HOPE Church in Grand Forks North Dakota. Yes, North Dakota! He has led HOPE for over 28 years taking it from a church of approx. 80 people to “about 1,000.” HOPE is deeply engaged in influencing their community with the hope and love of Jesus Christ. HOPE is located within a local mall that they recently purchased and are redeveloping it as an economic and ministry enterprise for the city.

Paul has been married to Bonnie, his high school sweet heart, for 41 years. They have three adult children; Tim, Daniel, and Kristen and 2 ½ grandchildren.

Cultivating a Culture of Creativity via Pixar Animation Studios // Pete McGowan and Rich Hurrey

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.

Pete McGowan
Peter McGowan is one of the founders of PlainJoe and Storyland Studios. He is a chief champion for our clients and has never met a stranger. With a large capacity for out-of-the box thinking, he shows what design vocabulary looks like when it works across every experience Imaginable.


Rich Hurrey
Rich Hurrey is the lead educator at Kitestring Inc, a Plain Joe company that is an online learning community designed to empower the current and next generation of artists and storytellers. He has been involved in the visual effects and animation industry for over 25 years with the last 13 years spent at Pixar Animation Studios.

Racism & What You Need To Do About It // Ricky Jenkins
Ever wanted to know what the Bible has to say about racism and what we as believers are called to do about it? Join Ricky Jenkins for a matter of fact conversation that will answer the questions, “What is racism and how does God call me to respond to it?”

Ricky Jenkins
Ricky Jenkins is the Senior Pastor of Southwest Church in Indian Wells, CA. Southwest is a thriving community of believers compelled by its vision to be a gospel-centered, multiethnic, intergenerational church that LOVES discipleship! Located in the heart of the Coachella Valley, Southwest is one of the fastest growing churches in the nation who have been praying fervently for revival in our times.

From his beginnings in Pearl, Mississippi, all the way to Oakland, California, to Memphis, Tennessee, and Chicago, Illinois, Ricky has been preaching the gospel for over 20 years. Fueled by Acts 20:28, Ricky is called to pursue God passionately and pursue God’s people compassionately for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. With a shepherd’s heart, Ricky’s preaching weaves together biblical exposition, vivid illustration, heartfelt application, and an extra helping of humor with which to convey the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ricky is married to the light of his heart April Jenkins. Together they have three beautiful children—Camden, Grand, and Andi. Ricky is currently pursuing a PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, IL. His research interests revolve around pastoral leadership, racial reconciliation, and issues of justice during the Civil Rights movement. The Jenkins’ have been serving in the Coachella Valley since January of 2018. They enjoy opening their home to create safe spaces where the gospel can flourish and memories can be made.

Becoming a Diverse Leader // Sam Collier

2020 has brought to light some of the biggest issues dividing us culturally and racially. In this breakout we will learn how to lead through them, in order to create an environment where all cultures are welcomed, celebrated and thriving together. 

Sam Collier
Sam Collier is a pastor, speaker, writer, and host of the A Greater Story with Sam Collier TV show and radio podcast. He is a speaker and host at North Point Ministries, founded by Andy Stanley, and he also communicates nationally and internationally as a speaker and contributor to the ReThink Group, Orange Network, Orange Tour, Alpha International Leadership Conference, Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, Culture Conference, and more. He has also been interviewed on numerous TV shows, podcasts, and radio programs. Collier lives with his wife, Toni, and daughter in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reinvention for New Realities // Steve Adams

We have experienced a forced disruption that has greatly altered how we are currently doing church. While we know things will never be exactly the same it’s still unclear what these current events will mean for the future of the church. Even so, it is possible to position ourselves to make the most of whatever opportunities or circumstance that come our way. In this session, we will explore the Reinvention Principle and discover steps we can take to make the most of the new realities in front of us. 

Steve Adams
Steve Adams leads the Global Purpose Driven Team at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California. For over 31 years he has served as a pastor in the local church and has mentored pastors all over the world while providing leadership to dynamic teams of staff and volunteers who minister across California, Germany, the Philippines, Argentina and China. Steve is the author of the book Children’s Ministry on Purpose. He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Orange County, California and have two sons, Tyler and Matt.

CDF CAPITAL // Preparing for a New Era of Church // Ted Vaughn, Mingo Palacios

Covid-19 has accelerated overdue conversations in the local church about digital and how the digital space can be better leveraged to sustain, if not accelerate, the ministry and mission of your church. In this breakout we’ll dive deep into what digital ministry looks like in some very practical and tactical ways. From theology and culture to ministry strategy and organizational structure, we will provide questions and tactics to help you better navigate the emerging new era of church ministry. 

Ted Vaughn
Ted is the Director of Leadership Services at CDF Capital and the co-founder of Historic Agency, a brand innovation and design consultancy. Until 2013 Ted spent two decades as an executive leader in mainline and mega-churches, his last role being CCO at the Rock Church in San Diego, CA.  Today Ted spends his time as a leader coach, brand strategist, and strategic advisor to multiple churches and kingdom minded nonprofits. 

Mingo Palacios
Mingo Palacios is a Pastor and Innovator. He’s invested in several future thinking, socially good projects including pioneering Microsite Ministries – an initiative that helps churches plant pop-up versions of themselves to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. He co-founded the Moniker Group in San Diego, which features co-working spaces, a busy coffee shop, and bar. Mingo also served for three years as the Pastor of Culture and Evangelism for Saddleback Church within Purpose Driven Ministries.He currently pastors Torrey Pines Church, and continues to be a voice within the Purpose Driven community, helping leaders navigate vision, implement new ministry concepts, and champion the local church everywhere.

What is Thrive School: Building up the next generation of leaders // Thrive School

Thrive School throughout the years.

We believe in investing and raising up the next generation of leaders. We want you to hear from some of our past and present students on how Thrive School impacted and changed the trajectory of their life.

Thrive School
Are you between the ages of 18-25 and looking to grow in your leadership? Thrive School will propel you into your future career or calling. We believe in creating a culture where education and experience collide. By partnering with SEU and hands on training/mentorship from some of the worlds known ministry leaders in today’s culture.

Principles for Getting, Building, and Guarding a Great Culture // Tim Stevens

Most church leaders received little or no training on how to build a healthy staff culture. This starts with being a healthy leader, but also speaks to hiring for culture and knowing how to identify someone who is toxic to your culture.

Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens has spent 35 years leading in ministry settings—and has been involved in hiring more than 200 people. He served for 20 years as Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church, then 6 years helping pastors all across the country with staffing issues in his role at Vanderbloemen. He has recently moved to Chicago and is the Executive Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. In this session, Tim will share proven principles he practices for building and maintaining a great culture.

Mental Health + Ministry // Wesley Towne, Juli Wilson, and Christian Wilson

How to walk through stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout as a leader.

Wesley Towne
Wesley Towne is the Senior Campus Pastor of Bayside Davis, and founder of Better Days—an organization that educates and spreads awareness about mental health + suffering, and what it means to be human and follow Jesus. To follow along you can listen to Better Days Podcast or visit

Juli Wilson
Juli is an author, editor, and speaker, living in beautiful Southern California with her two sons, Finch and Denham. As one of the founders of Anthem of Hope, she spends her days speaking life and sharing hope at churches, schools, and conferences around the country.


Christian Wilson
Christian is a speaker and writer who specializes in social media marketing. As co-founder of Anthem of Hope, he oversees everything from social media to events, and can usually be found at a local coffee shop brainstorming ways to change the world.


Why Hyper-Localization Is The New Normal In Effective Ministry // William Vanderbloemen

The future of ministry effectiveness is not going to be about having the best sermon but having the most localized message. The irreplaceable pastor and church leader of the future will be one who makes deep connections and relationships with his or her congregation in ways an online pastor cannot. In this session, William Vanderbloemen, founder of executive search firm Vanderbloemen, will teach you how to build effective ministry teams that are ready to lead your church into the future. 

William Vanderbloemen
William Vanderbloemen is the founder & CEO of Vanderbloemen, an executive search firm serving Christian organizations with hiring and succession planning services. William has combined over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide Christian organizations a unique offering: a deep understanding of theology with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search and succession planning.

The Power of Words // Zoro

Take charge of your future and empower those you love by taking control of your speech. Everyone wants to change the world, but few ever do because they don’t understand how easy it is. World-renowned drummer Zoro unveils a power within all of us to shape destinies with positive stories and illustrations—the power of our words. Words can help us overcome the past, impact the present, and change the future, but we must train ourselves to think differently, which will teach us to speak differently. And then, we will live differently.

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, and 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.

Each Breakout will be hosted on Zoom on Monday, June 15, frm 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST – the links to each Breakout Zoom Call can be found on the Thrive Summit livestream page and only accessed if you are registered for Thrive Summit.