Creating a culture of hospitality

Join us for a one day workshop on leadership development and creating hospitality culture in our churches. We'll be gleaning from a company that has refined the art of cultivation people and relationship as well as perfecting the chicken sandwich: Chick-fil-A.

When: September 28, 2017, 9am-4pm
Where: Cascade Community Church
Cost: $20 (Lunch catered by Chick-fil-A Lynnwood)

Joining us for this day-long leadership event is Ryan Bowman, Sr Training Manager at Chick-fil-a restaurants.

Ryan has been privileged to be a part of the Chick -fil-A family for 27 years. His connection with Chick-fil-A began as a member of Truett Cathy’s Sunday School class at the age of 13 and then officially as a Team Member at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant at 15. Ryan has spent time as a Chick-fil-A restaurant Team Member, Interim Manager, Grand Opening Supervisor, Home Office staff member, and of course as a Raving Fan customer. You could say Ryan proudly “bleeds peanut oil”. Over the course of his tenure, Ryan has lead emerging leader, pipeline, and Operator development teams and programming.

He is currently a Sr. Training Manager on Chick -fil-A’s Field Development Team. This teams focus is to support Chick-fil-A Franchisees in their efforts to grow their leadership capacity and sustain exceptional business results.

8-9 Registration
9 Start
10:15 Break
10:30 Session 2
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Session 3
2:30 Break
2:45 Session 4
4:00 Close


"The Art of Neighboring” One-Day Leadership Conference with Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon

Thursday May 18, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm at Northshore Community Church in Kirkland, WA

$19 per person

Price includes:
- A copy of The Art of Neighboring book
Box lunch & snacks


"walk-in" registrations are available

The ultimate goal of church planting is not planting churches…it is saturating our communities and cities with the good news of Jesus Christ. We want to plant highly-evangelistic, mission-minded churches throughout the Pacific Northwest. To do that, we have to help our people love their neighbors.

When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, He said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice. What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally…like in literally loving our neighbors in our neighborhood? Could the relationships built in our neighborhoods change not only the lives and families in our neighborhoods, but could they also be the vehicles by which communities and cities begin to be restored? 

This year’s One Day Leadership Conference will be focused on how we can actually love our neighbors. We will be joined by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, the authors of The Art of Neighboring.

Jay Pathak planted the Mile High Vineyard in 2001. As the Lead Pastor, he strategically guides the mission and vision of the church as a whole, is the main teaching pastor and provides oversight to each of their neighborhood churches. He has spoken nationally and internationally for Vineyard and other groups in both conference and classroom settings. In addition, he is a member of Vineyard USA’s Executive Team.  



Dave Runyon is the co-founder and executive director of CityUnite, which fosters cross-sector collaboration between government, business, and communities of faith in Denver, CO. A former pastor, Runyon serves as a consultant for businesses that have a desire to make a difference in their communities. In 2010 he led a neighboring movement that mobilized more than 20 churches and 15,000 people in the Northwest Denver metropolitan area.



Event Schedule & Topics

8:30    Registration begins

9:00   Welcome: Church Planting Northwest Vision & Purpose

9:30    Session 1: Taking the Great Commandment Literally—What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors? (Jay & Dave)

10:15    Team Exercise

10:45   Break

11:00    Session 2: I’m Not Your Project—Our Motives Really Matter (Jay & Dave)

11:30    Team Exercise

12:00   Lunch (included)

1:00     Break

1:15      Session 3: Major Hurdles—Time & Fear (Jay & Dave)

2:00    Team Exercise

2:30    Break

2:45    Session 4: If I Could Turn Back Time—What we've learned since writing the book (Jay & Dave)

3:30    Team Exercise

4:30    Complete

Church Planting Northwest One-Day Leadership Conference with Larry Osborne

8:30 am – 4:30 pm / June 2, 2016
Cascade Community Church / Monroe, WA

$19 per person
Price includes:
- A copy of Larry's book Sticky Teams
Box lunch & snacks

Event Sponsors:
- Northshore Community Church
Church Planting Northwest
- Converge Northwest
- Northsound Church Planting Network
- Adelphia Bible School
- Cornerstone Fund

Do you want to start, increase, and grow a culture of leadership development in your church? If so, the Church Planting Northwest One-Day Leadership Conference with Larry Osborne is an experience you do not want to miss. 

We will focus on practical principles of leadership development for your church, as well as developing your leadership and elder teams. Larry will lead us through several key topics, and then your team will have time to discuss practical application and action steps. You and your team will leave with a plan on how to develop a culture of leadership in your church.

Larry Osborne is a husband, father, pastor, author, and leadership consultant. He has a passion for helping Christian leaders in both the secular and church world succeed and bring glory to God. Since 1980, he has served as the Senior Pastor of North Coast Church in Vista, CA. During that time, North Coast has grown from a fledgling group of 128 meeting in a rented high school cafeteria to a multi-site church ministering to over 11,000 in weekend attendance. Larry has a passion for leadership, spiritual formation, and discipleship. As a nationally recognized trainer of leaders and pastors, as well as church planters, he travels extensively speaking at conferences and mentoring events. 

Event Schedule & Topics
9:00   Welcome, Converge NW Church Planting Vision, & Purpose
9:30    Session 1: Developing a Leadership Culture (Larry)
10:15    Discussion 1: Leadership Culture Assessment in your own church (Jonathan)
10:45   Break
11:00    Session 2: Leadership Development Principles (Larry)
11:30    Discussion 2: Leadership Development in our church (Church Teams)
12:00   Lunch (included) with Q&A Panel
1:00     Break
1:15       Session 3: Developing an Elder Team, Part 1 (Larry)
2:00     Discussion 3: Our church’s elder team assessment (Church Teams) 
2:30     Break
2:45     Session 4: Developing an Elder Team, Part 2 (Larry)
3:30     Discussion 4: What are our Top 3 Take-aways from today? (Church Teams)
4:15      Closing thoughts & Prayer (Nate – closing thoughts & Jonathan – prayer)
4:30     Day Complete

Church Planter Assessment - June 7-10

Church Planting Northwest has one of the longest-running, most influential and highly trusted church planting assessment systems in the country. We offer decades of experience and a contextually current process. Many other denominations and para-church organizations have modeled their process after ours.

The purpose of assessment is to reduce risk and increase church planting success. We use assessment to figure out each individual’s capacity to be the lead pastor on a planting team. Our proven assessment process benefits anyone considering church planting.

Assessment Centers

It is an intensive four-day event staffed by trained assessors to encourage and observe church planting candidates. Candidates have the opportunity to preach, cast vision, work in team settings, and meet with counselors and assessors to prepare for life as a church planter. Assessors provide a personalized and thorough assessment of church planting candidates. Typical assessment center participants include:

  • Candidate/Candidate Couple: prospective church planting lead pastor and spouse (if married).
  • Sending Agency:  a candidate/candidate couple's sponsoring or sending agency; may be a church, network, region, denomination or church planting organization.
  • Assessors: experienced church planters or church planting leaders; each sending agency usually sends an assessor to participate.
  • Observers: individuals interested in observing the assessment process; they do not assess the candidate/candidate couples.
  • Assessment Center Team: the team that organizes the assessment center and includes a director, a counselor and an administrator.