2020 Ministry Leader Summit

The Gospel and God’s Word never changes, but many of our ministry assumptions have hardened into convictions that are keeping us from effective Gospel ministry.

In our plenary sessions we will examine how Ephesians 4 speaks powerfully to our current culture and context and seek to engage the timeless power of the Gospel …

to form transformational maturity and create irresistible community.


Our Plenary Speaker – Pastor Ira Hall

Ira Hall has served as Senior Pastor of Bean’s Corner Baptist Church in Jay Maine since December of 2006 after serving as Youth/Associate Pastor for the 10 previous years. 

He graduated from Lancaster Bible College in 1992 with a B.S. in Bible with a concentration in Christian Education/Youth Ministry. He has served as Campus Staff for InterVaristy Christian Fellowship at University of Maine Farmington.  Over the years he has spoken at numerous youth conferences, adult Christian Education conferences, and Christian School Chapels.

He and his wife Sarah have a daughter and three sons.   Ira’s focus at Bean’s Corner is the equipping of disciple-makers and building up the ministry team.  Ira has a unique ability to share the truth of God’s Word in a real-life context.

  • For those commuting greater than 3 hours (basically outside of the Denver metro area) the RMCN will gift you an additional nights stay (although we will accept donations to help defray the expenses).
  • All rooms have two queen beds and can sleep up to four people. Contact us for rates greater than double occupancy.
  • If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.
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Breakout Sessions:

The Discipleship Path: What It Is, Why You Need One, And How To Build It

Deanna Doe
Connections Director
Good News Community Church
Preaching alone is never enough to transform people into fully devoted followers of Jesus. Build a strategic system in your church that helps everyone take their next step with Jesus and grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

From Solo Act To Team Sport: Developing a Leadership Team

Mathew Fite
Good News Community Church
Ministry was never meant to be a solo act where the pastor worked himself to death trying to keep everyone in the church happy. Instead, we need a new paradigm where the pastor’s role is to lead a team who, together, are able to both care for the congregation and grow the Kingdom of God, all without burning out the pastor.

So You Are A Board Member – What Hat Are You Wearing?

Stan Rieb
Director – RMCN
Church leaders wear at least three different “hats” of functional identity. If one does not understand the differences of those functional identities it can create confusion, misunderstanding and conflict. We will define the “hats” a leader must wear and how best to engage them for effective ministry.

Building Missional Connections

Dave Whitaker
President  – CBAmerica
Relational connections within the local church, and beyond the confines of its walls, are essential for effective ministry. Dave Whitaker will share the importance of strategizing missional connections within the church, community and beyond.

Who will you bring to the table?


This is a Ministry Leader Summit. We encourage not only pastor and spouses, but ministry leaders and board members to attend.


We have discovered that attendance by the broader scope of ministry leaders to be highly effective at building a greater concept team unity of purpose and language.

This is as effective for the smaller church as it is for the larger church.


Monday Evening

  • 5-6:30 PM – Dinner
  • 7 to 8:15 PM – Session 1
  • 8:15 PM – Connection Time

Tuesday Morning

  • 7 – 9 AM – Breakfast
  • 9 -10:00 AM – Session 2
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM – Break
  • 10:15 – 11:15 AM – Breakout – Session 1
  • 11:15 – Noon – Connection Time

Tuesday Afternoon

  • Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 PM – Session 3
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM – Breakout – Session 2

A Devastating Blow: The Plight of Ireland’s Spiritual Condition

“It’s a devastating blow to my country.”

Chris and Joi Copeland, World Venture Missionary Appointees

My wife works at Old Navy part-time while we raise support to live and serve in Ireland as missionaries. One day, an Irish woman came to my wife’s cash register at Old Navy. My wife asked her where she was from and she said that she was originally from somewhere between Belfast and Dublin. My wife then asked her how she felt about the recent vote to overturn a referendum that protected unborn children, which made abortion legal for the first time in the country’s history. She said that it was a “devastating blow to my country.” This Irish woman knows just how quickly Ireland is abandoning the shackles of Roman Catholicism and running as fast as they can toward secularism.

Ireland is a beautiful, green, and lush countryside. It’s on most people’s bucket list to visit someday. The people are warm and hospitable. It’s a prime vacation spot. What people don’t realize is the vast spiritual darkness that is covering the island. Ireland is abandoning religion faster than every country on earth except communist Vietnam. Atheism has grown 600% in the last two decades. Ireland has legalized gay marriage in 2016 and repealed a referendum protecting unborn children last May making abortion legal. Ireland has some of the highest suicide rates in the entire world. The Irish struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse, as they try to fill the hole left behind when they walked away from God. What was once “the land of saints and scholars” is quickly becoming a land of people with no religion, no moral foundation, no spiritual compass, and no hope.

Ireland is not on the radar for most churches when they are contemplating their missions budget for the year. However, Ireland, which was once a bastion of the Christian faith, is now quickly decaying. Ireland is leaving Catholicism in droves and the new generations are being raised without knowledge of God. There are now 72 towns in Ireland with a population of 5000 people or above which do not have a Gospel presence at all. No church. No Bible study. Nothing. Here in America, where there often a church on every corner, this is unfathomable to us.

This is why my family and I have been called to live and serve among the Irish. God called us back in 2014 and we were appointed by WorldVenture. He made it very clear that we were to live and serve in Ireland. We will be joining a church planting team already in place in Ireland. I have a Masters Degree in Leadership Development from Azusa Pacific University and plan to use that knowledge and my passion for building up leaders to help raise up local leaders who will take over the churches planted by our missions team. My wife is a Christian author who writes women’s fiction with stories of hope and redemption. She will use that gift to write Irish stories that will minister to the hearts of the Irish, who are a story telling people.

We also have an exciting opportunity to be a part of establishing a Compassion Centre in Galway City, which will provide services to all the young Irish women who would otherwise be forced to have an abortion. The government will likely encourage women to proceed with abortions because it is cheaper in the long run than providing social services for the mother and her child. The Compassion Centre, which will be church-run, will provide counseling, after school care, tutoring, and support for these desperate young women. Also, it will provide suicide intervention and prevention counseling for these women who are often on the brink of taking their own lives because they have no hope and no support system. I have had the opportunity to take several suicide intervention courses over the last four years and I will be training the team to identify and intervene when someone is in a suicidal pattern. We will provide services and direction for people who have lost hope and desperately need a reason to live. Most importantly, we will be discipling and meeting with people who need to hear the good news about Jesus. We will be hosting Bible studies in our home, meeting with individuals for discipleship, and working in the church to help lead others to Christ. The Irish need the hope that Christ gives and we have been called to share that hope.

If you are interested in hearing more about our ministry, we would love to connect with you. Also, if you are in a place to partner with us financially, please prayerfully consider joining us. We are currently at 74% of our monthly support. We are very close to going but we need a few more individuals and churches to join us. You can reach us via email at cjcopeland@worldventure.net. You can also visit our webpage at www.worldventure.com/cjcopeland or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/copelandclantoireland for more information. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Ireland needs your help.

Corporate Worship: Ideas for Engaging your Congregation

In my roles with the RMCN and CBAmerica, I am exposed to a spectrum of styles of Sunday services. This continuum ranges from traditional services, that have an organ and hymnals (these are definitely fewer in number, thank goodness because those books are heavy), to rock concert like productions with laser lights and fog machines and often times, thank goodness, optional ear plugs. Oops, tipped my hat there a bit, didn’t I?
When I am in a Sunday morning service (as one pastor of a very large church told me, it is not a worship service), I often mentally pose the unspoken query for the pastor and worship leader, “What are you trying to do with this service?” Another way to put it is, “What is your philosophy worship (sorry, I am old)?”  or “What are you wanting me to do in this 1-hour experience?”
Do you want me to worship God? … be entertained? … gain more bible information? …commune with other believers? My hope is that if I knew what we were trying to do, that I could either relax and enjoy or perhaps join you in fulfilling your purpose. But to be honest, most times I do not have a clue what we are trying to do.
So I have asked a few “Worship Leaders,” that from my subjective perspective “get it,” to share some of their insights. The first to come to mind was my good friend Sam Hoffman. Sam is the volunteer worship leader at First Baptist Church of Sheridan, WY. I have known Sam for over 15 years. Vocationally, Sam is an optometrist. He and his wife Robin are the parents of three wonderful daughters.
First Baptist Church of Sheridan, WY is a church of 500 multi-generational attendees. The church recently called Chad Cowan to be their pastor.

Knowing Sam’s musical talent and leadership gifting, I knew that he would share some very practical observations about worship. He did not disappoint me.

From Sam:

I strongly recommend the book “Worship Matters” as a point where I learned much of the following.

In corporate worship, I try to gently lead people to worship God by singing songs that they already know and having them do so in keys that are singable, with the mind and heart fully engaged.

This means:

  1. We introduce a new song once every two weeks maximum, usually only once per month. We do not retire “old” songs very often: if they were good enough for worship 5 years ago, they’re probably still good. I look over old songs and try to do them a maximum of once every three months. For most people who are worship leaders or music-people, learning new music is easy and fun, so I think a major mistake that a lot of worship teams make is too much new music too fast (in fact, this is the primary problem in most churches in America today). YOU may like it, but the average congregant is likely struggling to follow along if you do too many new songs too fast. Also, pay attention to the demographics of your congregation: if it’s mostly older people, you’ll want more hymns. If it’s mostly younger people, you’ll want more contemporary songs.
  2. When we introduce a new song, I play the melody loud and clear on the piano in order to help people pick it up as we sing it the first couple times.
  3. Typically, we start with one or two upbeat songs, and move into more slow/worshipful songs at the end. We do four or five a week, but that’s not a magic number.
  4. All songs must have good theology. There are a lot of songs out there. No sense using one that has bad or even questionable lyrics. If you’re not sure, run it by the senior pastor or the elders. “What a Beautiful Name it Is” is a nice song, but some of the theology is suspect (or flat out wrong), so we haven’t done it.
  5. Key is very important. The average singer can sing from a “low” A (or G in a stretch), to a high C (or D in a stretch). Comfortable for most people is an even narrower range, perhaps a “low” C to a high A (less than one octave!). This may require transposing a song into a difficult-to-play key, but it is worth it to allow people to sing. “Songselect” is worth every penny for performing these transpositions. Guitar players can capo, and piano players (keyboarders) can grow by doing these in strange keys. Remember though that a lot of songs on the radio span an octave and a half or even two octaves (!). Don’t try to do these songs corporately!!! It won’t work!
  6. I sometimes change words in songs to make them fit more appropriately. I do not let this trouble me in the least. Most often it is changing “I” “me” and “my” to “We” “us” and “ours,” making individual songs into corporate songs.
  7. Follow the music and sing the notes as written. Leading worship is not a time to improvise or try something fancy. Keep it simple so people can follow. If your worship team can’t sing it perfectly in 2-3 times through, then leave it. (For instance, I really wanted to do “Jesus Friend of Sinners” recently, but after trying it twice, my worship team was struggling, so we scrapped it.)
  8. Sing songs with appropriate feeling and accompaniment. If you are singing “I Surrender All,” it will be more quiet and subdued than the upbeat song “Trading My Sorrows.” Certain verses of certain songs (see “How Great Thou Art”) call for quiet contemplative minimal accompaniment, and other verses of the same song call for HUGE sound. Play and sing appropriately. In a quiet restaurant, you will whisper “I love you!” to your wife, you don’t stand on your chair and scream it. Apply the same rule to your worship: make sure the volume, tone and presentation fit the words you are singing.
  9. As much as possible, the worship leader(s) should disappear. No stories about “how my week went,” or “You know, I’ve been thinking…” Let the pastor preach. My job is to lead worship, period. Brief exhortations are ok, but anything longer than about 30 seconds is too long (with very rare exceptions). 
  10. Remember it is never, ever, ever about YOU. This is not American Idol. It is about God.
  11. Point people to God, and get out of the way. Bad notes call attention away from God and towards the instrumentalist or vocalist. But a fancy guitar solo does the same. Don’t interrupt the flow. Even long song introductions are rarely worth it: four measures at most for an intro then get the show on the road! If you want a contemplative part in the middle of a song to give people time to pray, you must TELL them that this is what you’re doing… don’t expect them to know. 
  12. At the same time, there will be times when a certain song requires some kind of story or anecdote or thought to get into it gracefully. I do NOT invent these on the fly. I thoughtfully consider what I am going to say and often type it up (at least the keywords) so that I don’t ramble.
  13. Often before singing a song, one simple thing to do is to restate the main theme of the song in different words. Then sing the song. Easy to do but engages the mind. For instance, before “Amazing Grace,” you could say, “If you do not know that you were a wretch at one time, perhaps you do not understand the position from which you were saved.” or “God’s grace is so amazing it will cover every one of your sins,” or something. This needn’t be profound, lengthy, nor poetic. Keep it simple and grounded and relevant.
  14. Avoid 7-11 songs. There are many great worship songs out there. Too much repetition is awesome for about 3% of the congregation, the rest hate it. Trust that people get the message in 2 or at most 4 cycles through. “Jesus lead me where my faith is without borders…” can be grasped in 1 or 2 times around.
  15. Hymns are good, especially ones that are widely known. I do at least one per week, and I try to do them as people remember them. If you jazz them up too much or change them, people will be frustrated because “I wanted to sing it like I know it!”
  16. Don’t be too loud, or people can’t hear themselves sing. Don’t be too quiet so it feels like no one is singing. There’s a balance there, and your sound guy should know it (and will have a meter to find it). 
  17. Every so often, on songs the congregation knows well, have all vocalists back away from the microphone, stop the accompaniment, and let the congregation hear themselves sing.
  18. Don’t worry about the technical components of the sound. Let the sound guys worry about that. Trust your sound person.
  19. Remember there is a difference between leading (taking people where they WANT to go) and manipulation (taking people where they do NOT want to go). In leading worship, we do the former. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to take people out of their comfort zones if it will get them closer to true worship of the living God.
  20. Every so often, intersperse Scripture, a reading, or a responsive reading. If you can get the words on the screen, all the better (some people will not grasp it unless they read it). Make sure it is appropriate and meaningful to your audience.
  21. During powerful worship songs, people will have a hard time sitting. Let them stand.
  22. Don’t make them stand for the whole set, it can be a long time. Give them breaks at times to let them sit.
  23. Respect people’s time. Remember that many of the people on your worship team have 40+ hour per week jobs, spouses, kids, and other hobbies. If you call a meeting from 6-7 PM, make sure it is over at 7 PM… even if this means abruptly interrupting Suzie’s story about her son’s kindergarten class. (Even better, aim to get done at 6:50 so you have a 10 minute buffer). Also, you as the leader need to be ready to go at 6 PM: get there early to make sure things are in place so that others don’t have to pick up your slack.

21 Hour Power Retreat – Canoeing the Mountains

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM (MDT)

Pastors and Ministry Leaders of churches in Wyoming and Montana are invited to attend a 21-Hour Power Retreat at Camp Bethel in the beautiful surroundings of the Big Horn Mountains.

Camp Bethel | 6103 US-14 | Dayton, WY 82836

Although explorers Lewis and Clark were prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves facing the Rocky Mountains.  You too may feel that you are leading in a context you were not expecting. You may even feel that your training holds you back more often then it carries you along. As leaders, how do you navigate through the uncharted territory of a rapidly changing world? If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools. 

Rocky Mountain Church Network Director, Stan Rieb will use the ideas from Tod Bolsinger’s book CANOEING THE MOUNTAINS to set the stage for a study and discussion on how you can lead with confidence and courage in the face of a shifting post-Christian culture.

We are an network of missional churches.  We believe that the local church is God’s primary instrument for Gospel communication, restoration, transformation, and penetration.

We strive to mobilize, assist, motivate, network and encourage congregations and their leadership in the discovery, implementation and accomplishment of their God given mission.


Laborers for the Harvest


A Missional Call to Kingdom Ministry

April 16-17, 2018
at the YMCA of the Rockies

2515 Tunnel Road,  Estes Park, CO 80511

Eventbrite - 2018 RMCN SPRING MINISTRY RETREAT: Laborers For the Harvest

In a world that continues to distance itself from the acknowledgement that there is a God, let alone submit themselves to His rule and reign, Jesus calls His followers to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest.

Pastor Nick Lillo and Dr. Marshall Shelley will help us explore the context of Matthew 9:35-38 to understand the critical application of this passage to the missional challenge and opportunity of the local church.

Pastor Nick Lillo 

Pastor Nick Lillo

Nick Lillo is the Lead Pastor of Waterstone Community Church, Littleton, CO.  Waterstone exists to advance the Kingdom of God – His rule and reign in His creation. They strive to catalyze and experience the transformation of God’s Kingdom in our own lives, the lives of others in our community, and the lives of those around the world.

Nick has been a adjunct member of the faculty at Denver Seminary teaching in the areas of theology and homiletics.

Dr. Marshall Shelley

Dr. Marshall Shelley

Marshall Shelley is director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Denver Seminary and is contributing editor of Christianity Today’s CTpastors.com

He is the author of Well-Intentioned Dragons, Ministering to Problem People in Your Church, the general editor of The Quest Study Bible, co-author with Harold Myra of The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham, and co-author with his father, church historian Bruce Shelley, of The Consumer Church: Can Evangelicals Win the World Without Losing Their Soul?

Raised in Colorado gazing at mountains, he lived for 34 years in “topographically challenged” Chicagoland while editing Leadership Journal before returning to the land of peaks, aspen, and Broncos.

Monday Night – Per Person $105.00
Monday Night – Spouse      $20.00
Tuesday Night (Commuting greater than 3 Hours)      Free!
Tuesday Night – Spouse (Commuting greater than 3 Hours)   Free!
Tuesday Night (Commuting less than 3 Hours)  $105.00 *
Tuesday Night – Spouse (Commuting less than 3 Hours)        $20.00 *

Eventbrite - 2018 RMCN SPRING MINISTRY RETREAT: Laborers For the Harvest

Monday Evening

Dinner from 5-6:30 PM

Session 1 – – Nick Lillo 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Tuesday Morning

Breakfast 7 – 9 AM

Session 2 – Nick Lillo – 9 -10:15 AM

Break 10:15 am to 10:45

Breakout Sessions – 10:45 – 11:45 AM

Tuesday Afternoon

Lunch Noon – 1:30 PM

Session 3 – Marshall Shelley – 1:30-3:00 PM

Developing A Spirit of Generosity – Live Streaming

Catalyst Denver One-Day

Catalyst Denver One-Day

March 8, 2018
$79 Tickets

Once again we have an opportunity to offer discounted tickets to the Catalyst One Day Training event in Denver.  Again this year it will be held at:

Cherry Hills Community Church
3900 Grace Boulevard
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

It is often said that change is the only constant and we know that our world is constantly advancing, shifting, and adapting, but how do we lead in these new realities?

Join Craig Groeschel, Lysa TerKeurst, and Levi Lusko as we examine how to anticipate coming change before it arrives, create a strategy for transition, and map a compelling vision for the future.

Bring the entire team! Together you’ll learn to:

  • Foresee problems and opportunities before they arise
  • Create and communicate a strategy for change
  • Understand organizational life cycles
  • Establish a different way of thinking
  • Foster a culture that embraces change and fuels progress


Cultivating Generosity

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Good News Community Church of Broomfield
5511 W 136th Ave,
Broomfield, CO 80020
Presenter: Pastor Matthew Fite
Most pastors do not see themselves as effective fund raisers.  Few enjoy talking about the financial component of ministry, let alone soliciting people to give. Yet, stewardship is a critical component of discipleship and a revealing window on the heart of those who follow Christ.
Pastor Fite will lead us in the exploration of this important topic. Some of the areas for our discussion will be:
  • Preaching on Generosity.
  • The importance of leading by example.
  • The 5 reasons people give.
  • The generosity Ladder.
  • Following up with first-time givers.
  • Electronic Giving is now a non-negotiable -the culture has already changed.
  • Quarterly Giving Letters.
  • Always say thanks.
  • Generous Givers Dessert.
  • Setting the Annual Budget.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Opportunities

Calvary Church in Longmont, Colorado, sent a group of six to Ingleside, Texas, to assist Calvary Relief in clean-up from Hurricane Harvey, for one week in November 2017.  This area between Rockport and Corpus Christi, Texas was in the center of the eye of the hurricane and sustained substantial damage and are still trying to recuperate.  Not only was there damage from the winds of the hurricane, but over 70 tornados hit the area during the hurricane.  Many homes and businesses were totally destroyed.  Some structures were so damaged that when the rains came, they were unprotected and then the interiors were damaged as well. Even now, over three months later there are still huge piles of debris to be cleaned up and many structures to be repaired.

The group from Longmont spend the week replacing a roof for Jerry, who is a disabled Vietnam veteran and his son.  Clean-up was done in his yard and several other homes to pick up debris from the hurricane.  There are many areas of service needed when responding to a disaster.  There are no unimportant jobs or unimportant people; it is a team effort.  There is always something for everyone to do.  Over the week in Texas, relationships were developed, and there was the opportunity to share the gospel and invite those who were helped to the local church on Sunday.  The community was so grateful for the work that is being done to help them.

Calvary Relief is a non-denominational ministry that responds to areas that have been hit by natural disasters.   Pastor Curt Hencye and his wife Mary Jo aim to assist the elderly and those lacking resources for repairs to their homes.  Calvary Church became connected with Calvary Relief when Curt and Mary Jo came in the area to help in the Lyons and Longmont area after the floods in the fall of 2014. This ministry stays in disaster areas for months at a time to develop long-term relationships and especially to reach unbelievers through their work.    They are always in need of volunteers and donations for their ministry.  If your church is interested in helping, please check the Calvary Relief website (www.calvaryrelief.com) for more information.

Connecting Church to Church

In the mid-1990’s Tom and Sheri Luksha, with their two sons, acted upon a deep sense of calling to leave Charlton, MA and travel West to plant a church in rural Montana.  The Lord led them to establish a Gospel outpost, naming it Grace Community Church, in the Ruby Valley of South Central Montana. They have now served faithfully for over 20 years.

Workers from First Baptist Church of Basin, WY

Hidden amongst arguably some of the most spectacularly beautiful landscape in God’s creation are people who are fiercely independent and acutely rugged. But also, like everywhere else, they are people who are often broken in spirit, isolated relationally, and overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness.

Tom and Sheri have given themselves to not only share the gospel through the establishment of the church, but to share their very lives with the community.  Tom is a Chaplain with the Sheriff’s department, and the Luksha’s are known throughout the Valley as a resource of care and compassion. They have come to learn that rural ministry is best expressed not only in sermons on Sundays, but in life-on-life relationships. Then again that is what real ministry should look like in a suburban and urban context also.

The Luksha’s have been working for many years to give Grace Community Church a place to call home.  For most of the church’s existence, they have been meeting in rented space at the small country school in Alder, MT.  A number of years ago they were able to purchase property with a vision for ministry opportunity.  In addition to their home, they have developed a Bed and Breakfast ministry called Elijah’s Rest and have been working to convert a barn on their property into that church home for Grace Community Church.

Work nearly completed!

Recently, some men from First Baptist Church of Basin, WY, under the leadership of RMCN Area Coach Kent Dempsey and Pastor Aaron Gesch, traveled to Sheridan, MT to do additional work on the future home of Grace Community Church.  Their goal was to finish the exterior of the building before the onset of another harsh Montana winter.  This included the installation of backing board, siding, and a window.  Additional work was done on the interior of the building.

Your support of the Rocky Mountain Church Network can help bring together resources to aid one another in Kingdom expansion and Gospel impact.