An Event for Lead Pastors and Pastoral Teams

Hosted by Cary Schmidt, Kurt Skelly, and Scott Tewell

Three days of encouraging and equipping conversations focused on strategic leadership and ministry development.

The more we communicate with younger leaders around the world, the more we desire to encourage them in gospel-shaped leadership and ministry philosophy. Ministry is intense and often overwhelming. Spiritual leaders sincerely struggle to measure progress, manage expectations, and cultivate a gospel identity. We all need mentors and encouragers who have no private agenda or political angle—unconditional friendships. Our prayer is that the resources and opportunities we provide through this event will fuel your own friendships and personal leadership journey in the gospel.

Over these few days you will find new friends, be encouraged in taking next steps in ministry development, and enjoy a safe environment in which to converse about legitimate ministry challenges.

The weekend will include equipping sessions as well as unscripted “forum-style” conversations during which we will explore issues and challenges we all face in ministry leadership. We believe this will be a very edifying, equipping, and developmental for you and your church.

For those who are able to stay for Sunday at Emmanuel, we would love to host you for the additional day of worship and fellowship!


Thursday, November 29th
1:00pm-2:00pm— Registration
2:00pm-5:00pm— First Session Block
5:00pm— Dinner Together (Provided)


Friday, November 30th
9:00am-12:00pm— Second Session Block
12:00pm-1:00pm— Lunch (Provided)
1:00pm-4:30pm— Third Session Block
4:30pm— Dinner and Fellowship w/Friends


Saturday, December 1st
9:00am-12:00pm— Fourth Session Block
Afternoon— Open Time, Travel Time
5:00pm— Sound Check/Rehearsal for Sunday


Sunday, December 2nd
Connect Groups— 9:45am
Worship Service— 10:45am
Heritage Luncheon— 12:30pm
(All guests invited to stay for the luncheon.)
Evening Service— 6:00pm


Note: Sunday is a special day of vision-sharing for the Emmanuel Family, followed by a luncheon for our legacy members. All Weekend guests are invited to be a part of the luncheon. The evening service is a Christmas presentation from our children’s choir.