October 14-15

Innovate 2014

Everyone wants behind the scenes. What makes all the HERE wheels and gears go? A crucial part of the equation = innovation. And it doesn’t just apply to the arts or what happens on your church stage. It’s also happening behind the scenes. In accounting, children’s ministry, guest services, and multisite replication.

To ‘Innovate’ IS the new normal for all of us. Rebuilding. Reproducing. Realigning. Constantly innovating. With fewer staff, and lower budgets. People in our communities are still out of work. Our focus involves more complex choices. That’s the norm. And at Innovate you’ll find strategic and practical ways to explore how this is implemented across the life of the church – in every ministry area.

At Innovate, we’re opening up and letting you choose the path you want. Get the training and information you need to take your ministry impact to a new level.

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Innovate 2014


Pre-party | Monday | October 13

7 p.m. | Pre-party for all (speakers, guests, etc.) with early check-in available.


Day 1 | Tuesday | October 14

[All times are Eastern Daylight Time]

8 | Check-in/Campus Tours/Free Coffee

9-10.5 | Main Session 1: Jason Miller & Jenni Catron

We’re kicking off with a conversation about Innovation from Jason Miller, Teaching Pastor at Granger. Jason will delve into the contrast of maximizing beauty and creativity with less, vs. doing things on the cheap, but without excellence.

Jenni Catron will be sharing concepts from her most recent book Clout, speaking on the importance of leveraging your ministry’s natural strengths and areas of influence. She will touch on understanding the unique ways that God has influenced and positioned your church to lead. While it’s good to watch and learn from others, you still must lead your church uniquely.

10.5-11 | Break

11-12 | Electives [View Available Electives]

12-1.5 | Lunch (On your own)

1.5-3 | Main Session: Practical Innovation (A Showcase)

Go on a virtual tour of practical examples of innovation. Hear real life innovation learnings from the past year and how plans are in place for future innovation. Come prepared to steal ideas and use them in your own environment!

3-3.5 | Break

3.5-4.5 | Electives [View Available Electives]

5-6 | Film Festival

Day 2 | Wednesday | October 15

[All times are Eastern Daylight Time]

9-10.5 | Main Session: Mark Waltz & Mark Beeson

Be Our Guest | Mark Waltz
Excellence and preparation are two values that you can apply to your ministry—regardless of your role—that trickle out and impact every guest walking through your doors. In this session, Mark Waltz will walk you through some key ‘best practices’ that will help you up your game and take the experience for your guests to a whole new level.

All-Weather Leadership | Mark Beeson
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm and the skies are blue. But, how do you set your sails to navigate all kinds of weather? There will be storms. There will be turbulent waters of change and difficulty. Mark Beeson will talk about the critical constants for leading your church, your staff and your volunteers in every forecast—zero visibility or clear skies.

10.5-11 | Break

11–12 | Electives [View Available Electives]

12-1.5 | Lunch (On your own)

1.5-2.5 | Electives [View Available Electives]

2.5-3 | Break

3-4.5 | Main Session: Jon Weece & Mark Beeson

Jon Weece, Lead Follower at Southland Church in Kentucky, will launch us into a conversation about how from his most recent book, Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does. Jon will focus on how “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galations 5:6)

Mark Beeson, Lead Pastor at Granger, will wrap up Innovate with a challenge that will have you ready to leap out of your seats and go get your hands dirty on your next project. He will inspire and encourage you, so you’ll walk out the doors with renewed focus and passion to get to work innovating on whatever God has called you to do next.

Meet Your


The 2014

Film Festival

There’s some really incredible videos being made by churches—and you know because you’ve helped make some of ‘em! Submit an entry and be sure to join us with your team for the Film Festival at the end of Day 1. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get to vote for your favorites and you won’t have to listen to any boring acceptance speeches.

And did we mention the winners get prizes?


Videos must be produced or funded by your church.

Submissions [Due by October 1, 2014]

Digital submissions preferred. Email info@wiredchurches.com with links to your video(s) in some of these popular ways:



Innovate Guests will be voting via text and twitter hashtag.


You do NOT have to be present to win.

*Note: Videos will be streamed via the Innovate Conference website.

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