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Equipping Elders to Lead

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Bring the whole leadership team for an inspiring day of team-building and inspiration that will help your church be better equipped to meet the needs of the local congregation.


Manhattan Christian College
Jolliffe Hall


Presented in cooperation with Church Development Fund, this one-day seminar will help elders become more effective church leaders.

Featured Speakers: 
Dr. Jim Estep, Lincoln Christian University
Dr. Gary Johnson, Indian Creek Christian Church
Dr. David Roadcup, Cincinnati Christian University

What stops elders from providing leadership to congregations?  Confustion over exactly what elders are supposed to do, comforming their leadership model to the world rather than to Christ, and failure to address conflict in the church. 

Three Main Sessions:
The Healthy Church (Dr. Jim Estep)
The Healthy Team (Dr. Gary Johnson)
The Healthy Elder (Dr. David Roadcup)

Three Workshops:
Making Change Effectively (Estep)
Vision, Mission & Values (Johnson)
A Spiritual Development Plan for Elders (Roadcup)

$35/person includes lunch ($45 after Dec. 7)

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Dr. James Estep

Dr. James Estep is Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL).  He has been in the ministry since 1985, teaching not only in colleges and seminaries, but in congregations around the country and at Haus Edelweiss (Hailigenkreuz, Austria).  After attending Cincinnati Bible College, Jim earned three master’s degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist theological Seminary, and a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  He participates in several learned societies, such as the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, North American Professors of Christian Education, and the Evangelical Theological Society.  As an author he has written several books on Christian education, as well as published numerous essays and articles.  Yet, his passion is equipping individuals for service within the local congregation.  Jim and his wife, Karen, have three children, and reside in Lincoln, IL.

Dr. Gary Johnson

Dr. Gary Johnson has served in the preaching ministry for over thirty years; with the majority as senior minister of Indian Creek Christian Church (Indianapolis, IN).  He holds a Mastor of Arts degree in Church history from Lincoln Christian Seminary, Mastor of Ministry and Divinity degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in practical ministries, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Grace Theological Seminary (Indiana).  Gary also teaches as an adjunct professor of the faculties of Cincinnati Christian University and TCM Institute, a seminary serving Eastern Europe.  Gary travels overseas for the purpose of teaching pastors and church leaders in cross-cultural settings.  Gary and Leah have been married over 33 years and have married sons who are both serving in the ministry as well as five grandchildren.  His pursuits outside of church life include running, mountain climbing, racquetball, cycling, and back-packing.

Dr. David Roadcup

Dr. David Roadcup is the Executive Director of the Center for Church Advancement and a professor at Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, OH).  He has been in ministry for over 40 years.  Besides youth ministries, senior/preaching ministries and college/seminary teaching through the years, Dr. Roadcup has authored numerous articles and three books.  He has spoken in 37 states and 5 foreign countries.  As one of the founding members of the men’s ministry, Promise Keepers, he served on the Board of Directors for 11 years.  In 2001, he was on the summer P.K. Men’s Conference Speaking Team.  In addition to his wide-spread ministry to the Church and teaching classes at Cincinnati Christian University, he is presently on the Board of Directors of Christ in Youth in Joplin, MO (CIY) and the Board of Directors of Christian Arabic Services (CAS).  He has been married to his wife, Karen for over 40 years.  They have two children and three grandchildren.  Dave’s great passion is discipling believers and helping Christians grow to deeper levels in their personal walk with Jesus Christ.   

Seminar Purpose
The Church Development Blueprint Tour Seminars have been an outreach ministry of Manhattan Christian College since 2006.  These two organizations work together to provide practical events that will give church leaders the tools they need to best prepare for the future. These cost-effective seminars are designed for preachers, church planters, elders, church staff, and other ministry leaders.

Timeline of Previous Themes/Speakers
2006 Guerrilla Ministry featuring Jon Weece and Barry McMurtrie
2007 Foolish Leadership featuring Jon Weece and Paul Williams
2008 The Sky’s the Limit featuring Todd Hudson and Jerry Harris
2009 Building Bridges in Your Community featuring Phil Alspaw and Doyle Roth
2010 Building a 1st Century Church in the 21st Century featuring Doug Wood and Chuck Terrill
2011 The Good News in the Great Recession featuring Clark Tanner and Mont Mitchell
2012 Moving Forward in a Modern World featuring Clark Tanner and Mont Mitchell
2013 Stay Ready, Relevant, and Refreshed featuring Todd Clark and Vince Antonucci

Manhattan Christian College hosts a variety of events throughout the year to educate, equip, and enrich Christian leaders outside of the traditional classroom.

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