Brian Brodersen shares about the heart and vision of the conference.
This past year has been divisive to say the least.
With such unique challenges coming from every level of culture, we sensed a strong need to come back to the “way of Jesus.” Early believers identified themselves by “the way,” Jesus modeled and taught “the way,” and it’s only “the way of Jesus” that can bring reconciliation, healing, and peace to an increasingly broken and dark world.
Each speaker this year brings a unique perspective on the theme and how the Church must reflect the model, message, and method of the “way of Jesus.”
The gospel is the foundation of Kellen’s life and relationship with Jesus. A favorite verse of Kellen’s that expresses the role of the gospel in his life is Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
After college, Becket moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of writing and acting, finding success in both. He eventually went on to become a production designer working with the top photographers and directors in the world on fashion shoots for magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and for ad campaigns such as Gap, L’Oréal Paris, and Nike.
Finding a new sense of freedom in L.A., Becket also fully engaged in his new life as a gay man. He had a series of many relationships with men throughout the next fifteen years.
In September of 2009, Becket met a stranger at a coffee shop in Silverlake who invited him to his church in Hollywood called Reality L.A. Becket reluctantly agreed to attend the service. After hearing the sermon that Sunday, Becket was utterly transformed by the gospel and gave his life to Christ. He also knew on that day when God revealed Himself to him that homosexuality was a sin and that he could no longer live that life. Becket was more than happy to count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus his Lord.
Becket spends much of his time in ministry speaking at churches, universities, and conferences helping believers (and non-believers) understand this issue biblically, theologically, culturally, and personally. Balancing grace and truth when teaching on this subject is of primary importance. His goal is to challenge the current cultural narrative about sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular by demonstrating through his personal testimony and biblical truths that, yes, homosexuality is still a sin, and that following Christ is infinitely more satisfying and joyous.
He has lived all over the world in major cities such as Rome, Vienna, and Tokyo.
Becket graduated from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in 2017 with a Master of Arts in Theology.
Becket’s book, A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption, with a foreword by Francis Chan, published by Thomas Nelson, released July 30, 2019. Becket is also the host of “The Becket Cook Show” on YouTube.
A proud Native American, Aaron also does extensive mission work in native communities and reservations, with an emphasis on native Alaska. For his ongoing work in Alaska, Aaron was invited to share at the United Nations in New York City.
He is the author of Eyes That Seen Plenty—a memoir chronicling his journey of juggling the inner-city “fast life” and the Ivy League while searching through some seven different worldviews before finding the truth in Christ. Aaron has been married to his college sweetheart, Natasha, for 21 years, and they have three amazing children and a crazy dog. You can follow Aaron on Twitter or contact him. Visit Antioch’s website and Facebook page, where you can tune into Pastor’s Aaron daily, 20-minute teaching, “The Daily Bread Drive-Thru,” weekdays at Noon, EST.
He is also part of the CGN Leadership Team.
Aaron Salvato is the founder and director of CGN’s podcast network GoodLion, CGN’s web strategist, and is currently the leader of the GoodLion online Young Adults ministry/bible study.
Aaron served for many years as a youth pastor at Calvary Vista, working with both middle school and highschool students, and has also had the joy to teach some courses at CCBC and the School of Worship.
Aaron has a deep love of discipleship, scripture, theology, and young people. He has committed his life to helping anyone in his path grow closer to Christ and deeper in their walk. Some of the ways he currently focuses those efforts are teaching a weekly online Bible study for young adults, and hosting the GoodLion Podcast, a show dedicated to avoiding easy answers to tough questions and diving into the deep end of discussions on faith.
Aaron enjoys California burritos, western animation, graphic novels, re-playing old Super Nintendo games, and taking long prayer walks while listening to movie soundtracks.
He is married to his beautiful, supportive, and incredible wife Brooklynn, and the two of them are expecting their first child in November 2021!
Prior to moving to Longmont in 2012, Nick spent 10 years as a missionary, pastor and church planter in Hungary working with Calvary Chapel. He holds a degree in Theology from the University of Gloucestershire in England and is currently pursuing a Masters in Integrative Theology from London School of Theology. Nick is also a part of the CGN Network Membership Task Team.
Rob is the author of two books, Lessons from a church planter, and Longings of the soul, he is also the teacher on the Basics of Life radio and podcast ministry as well as the host of the Basics of life Conversations podcast.
Rob and his wife Denise married in 1986. They have three adult children and three grand- children.
In 2017, Pastor Joel felt the call of God to strengthen the churches and do the work of an evangelist through various speaking engagements in Canada, the USA, and Europe. He now divides his time between this new ministry and teaching at Mountain Springs his home church.
Joel is married to Tania and they have 4 children: Chloe, Tatum, Roman, and Cruz.
In 2003, she began serving at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe in Hungary. As Ministry and Outreach Director, her primary focus was mobilizing students onto the mission field. Over 18 years, she witnessed the Lord use the ministry as a launching pad for new missionaries, church planters, and leaders for each generation!
Lisa has a heart to make disciples of all nations, to see the Lord raise up men and women to reach the world for Jesus Christ. She has a love for missions and has participated in outreaches to Iraq, Jordan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Sudan, Honduras, Malawi, India, South Africa, Cyprus, Uganda, and Europe.
In 1971 Pam married George Markey. Together they planted and served for 12 years Calvary Chapel Crawfordsville in Indiana. In 1992, they moved with their eight children to Ukraine, where Calvary Chapel Kyiv began, and from that beginning, other churches were planted throughout Ukraine. During their time in Kyiv, they adopted their 9th child. In 2006 they turned the Kyiv church over to national leadership and moved to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, a predominantly Muslim country.
George was taken ill in Kyrgyzstan in January 2007 and went to be with the Lord in February. In September of that year, Pam moved to Vajta, Hungary, and began teaching at Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe.
For the past 14 years, Pam has been involved primarily in the missions program of the school and since 2019 has directed the Bible College. In spite of the pandemic, the college has continued meeting and teaching on Zoom. However, starting this September, Lord willing, they will resume live classes in the school’s new location: the country of Georgia.
Pam desires to use her years of cross-cultural and academic experience to help others be equipped to share the Gospel globally.
Richard has a longstanding love for England, ministering there as a musician and evangelist in the 1980s and as pastor/teacher since 1990.
He began his 39 years of pastoral ministry as the high school pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and then served 13 years as lead and teaching pastor in Northern California before planting Metro Calvary in Roseville, California in 2004.
He is more amazed at and humbled by the love, grace, and mercy of Jesus than ever before. He is more in love with his family than ever before. He is more passionate about teaching the Bible than ever before. He can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through Metro.
In 1993, when 23 years old, moved to San Luis Obispo, (a beautiful college town along California’s Central Coast) to plant Calvary SLO Church. Bryan is passionate about helping men develop a lifestyle of discipleship and coaching/mentoring younger pastors.
Tommy and his wife Diana have been married since 1990 and have three children, Tommy Jr., Isabella, and Jacquelyn. Tommy and Diana’s daughter Isabella is married to Caleb Jackson and are grandparents to two beautiful little girls. As a family, one of their favorite things to do is hang out, fellowship and laugh with other family members and friends and talk about Jesus—usually with lots of food and coffee.
The Gourleys moved to Georgia in 2014 with a vision of planting a healthy local church and establishing a Bible training center to prepare people to take the gospel to Georgia’s neighboring regions. Three years ago they planted Calvary Chapel Tbilisi in Georgia’s capital city. They are currently preparing for the move of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe from Budapest, Hungary, to Tbilisi, Georgia.
Jed is the author of Distant Fields, a biography of long-term missionary (and father-in-law), George Markey.
In-Person Training Tracks
Women’s Fellowship Meet & Greet
Cheryl Brodersen (Fellowship Hall)
Preaching and Teaching Gospel-Centered, Expository Messages
Nick Cady (J215)
What is Gospel-Centered Bible teaching, and how is it different from other ways of teaching the Bible? Does studying through a text verse-by-verse always automatically guarantee exposition? In this training track, Nick will provide some helpful tools to improve your preaching and teaching of the Bible, including how to make your messages more memorable and impactful for your hearers. Nick is on the steering committee of Expositors Collective, a movement of pastors and leaders working to raise up the next generation of Christ-centered expository preachers and teachers through regional two-day training events and a weekly podcast.
The Posture of the Church in the Age of Hate
Aaron Campbell (Gym)
We have been commissioned to “co”-mission alongside our Lord and proclaim the gospel to an ailing world. But inherent in that idea is that we remain in sync with the Lord’s heart and mind. Bible-teaching churches are divided about race issues; biblical outreaches to certain sectors are being branded as practicing a social gospel. Identity and sexuality are at stake like never before, and the church has, in some respects, dropped the ball. Yet, in the midst of it all, Jesus prayed that we be one as He and the Father are one. So how do we grow? How do we not just survive but thrive? How do we stand with authority—as the salt, light, and the pillar of truth before the world? Let’s look to the Scriptures for a profound time of sharing and listening.
Spiritual Health for Spiritual Leadership
Ted Leavenworth, Rob Salvato (J213)
“… I shall yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 42:11b).
“The best help a man can have in times of trouble is the countenance of God … with the Lord, he becomes at once strong to bear, or dare, or do.” Charles Spurgeon
Times of trouble are synonymous with ministry. If there were such a thing as a Ministry Leaders Dictionary, “Times of Trouble” would certainly be defined as, “Days that end with the letter Y.” Ministry, however, never waits for an opportune time. The spiritual health of our people is the job that God has entrusted us with, and today is the day of salvation. But as a wise pastor once said, “You can’t give what you ain’t got.” As we minister to the spiritual health of others, how do we maintain our own spiritual health?
Poimen Ministries (H107)
Poimen Ministries is a mentor relationship that helps you turn your God-given vision into action and avoid the distractions. Are you doing what God commissioned you to do, or do you feel held back? The Leadership Coaching Training Track is designed to help you identify your calling and make a plan that will move you forward through any season of ministry.
The Way of Jesus in a Sexually Broken Culture
Justin Thomas (Main Sanctuary)
The Christian sexual ethic has become increasingly distinctive in recent times. In the eyes of the world, it is often seen not merely as eccentric but regressive and even dangerous. Issues of sexuality are not restricted to our external context but are prevalent within our own congregations. In our fallen world, what does it look like to follow Jesus as a community that embraces God’s ways for sexuality, proclaims them winsomely as a better way, and meets people right in the midst of their sexual brokenness with a message of hope and community of support? This Training Track will seek to answer these questions and review the necessary components for a sexually-faithful church.
Gospel-Centered Thinking for Ministry in Today’s World
Gerry Breshears (Main Sanctuary)
Nick Cady, Phil Metzger (J215)
Calling all church planters! Nick Cady and Phil Metzger will be sharing about “Cultivate,” a program developed to assess, train, and deploy new church planters and missionaries, and inviting you to discuss strategies and issues related to planting new churches today. Calvary Chapel has a rich history as a church-planting movement, and we want to encourage this in the next generation by using the relationships and resources we have as a network to better identify, equip, deploy, and support the planting of new, Gospel-centered, missional churches around the world. Whether you are a current or future church planter, a pastor who desires to raise up and send out church planters, or are just interested in the discussion, we need your voice around the table, so please join us for this important discussion.
How to Engage the LGBTQ Community Like Jesus
Beckett Cook (J213)
How did Jesus interact with sinners and tax collectors? How should we engage with those in the LGBTQ community? Jesus had such love and compassion on the outcasts of society, but He never left them in their sins. He loved them but called them to repentance. Looking at Luke 5:27-32, where Jesus calls Levi, we will unpack how Jesus balanced grace and truth. How do we love our gay neighbors without compromising the biblical sexual ethic? As someone who lived as a gay man for 20+ years but was redeemed by God on September 20, 2009, I have been on both sides of the issue of homosexuality. We will examine this issue biblically, theologically, pastorally, and personally.
The Way Community: Encouragement and Support When Leading as a Woman
Brenda Leavenworth (Fellowship Hall)
“The Way” was the most widely known name for the early Christian church. For us today, the Way of Jesus is a journey, a road less traveled, where we learn to navigate life as followers of Christ. However, Jesus doesn’t intend for us to walk this road alone. His desire is for us to be part of a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-empowered community of believers. As part of the “Way of Jesus” community, we share common characteristics, consistent theology, and a love for the people of God. We share a heart that supports and encourages one another. Join us as we discuss, “The Way of Community. You will be introduced to the new CGN Women’s Task Team and have time to ask questions and give input into our future together.
Local Connectors Training
Clay Worrell, Wayne Taylor (Gym)
This training track is exclusively for current CGN Local Connectors. In this track, we will be talking through what our call and responsibilities are as CGN Local Connectors; we will also be introducing the new Network Membership process and walking through what the Local Connector’s involvement in this process will be. There will also be a time for questions and sharing of ideas and testimony from your local context. We strongly encourage all CGN Local Connectors to come to this training track.
Special Online-Only Sessions
Gospel-Centered Life and Ministry
The Way of the Peacemaker: Shepherding Through Social Media
Women in the Way of Jesus
Special Online-Only Sessions
Eng -Provoking Jealousy (Romans 11:11)
ESP – Provocar celos (Romanos 11:11)
As believers in their Messiah, we gentiles have a tremendous debt to the people of Israel. What does the future hold for the descendents of Abraham, and what role does the church have in these last days?
(ENG) “One another – God’s plan for community”
(ESP) “Unos con otros – El plan de Dios para el compañerismo”
En medio de un mundo polarizado y antagónico, la iglesia debe ser un oasis de gracia, amor y verdad, un pedazo del cielo en la tierra. En esta sesión descubriremos el corazón de Dios para el compañerismo cristiano.
(Schedule reflects Pacific Time Zone)
Note: Speaker sessions will be archived and accessible to registrants here on this website.
12:00 | Welcome Lunch – For new and prospective church leaders & a thank you and appreciation lunch for Local Connector’s
1:00-2:00 Session #1 Kellen Criswell, Brian Brodersen, Char Brodersen, Jordan Taylor and more discuss: “The Way of Jesus and Church Leadership”
2:00-3:30 Special Online-Only Training Track – Mike Neglia “Gospel-centered Life and Ministry”
3:00-7:00 Free Time/Break/Networking
7:00-9:00 Welcome from Brian Brodersen and Session #2 Char Brodersen/Wayne Taylor: “The Exhale: A Special Evening of Encouragement Focused on Lament, Reflection, Refocus”
8:00-9:00 Prayer with Wayne Taylor and Ray Bentley
9:00-10:40 Session #3 Justin Thomas: “The Way of Jesus as the Church in Hostile Culture”
10:40 -10:50 Break/Networking
10:50-12:00 Session #4 Char Brodersen: “The Way of Jesus in Spiritual Formation”
12:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 Special Online-Only Training Track – Aaron Salvato “The Way Of The Peacemaker – Shepherding Through Social Media”
2:00-3:30 In-Person Training Tracks
3:30-4:30 Free Time/Break/Networking
4:30-6:00 Complimentary Dinner
7:00-9:40 Session #5 Alan Hirsch: “The Way of Jesus for a Missional Church”
8:00-9:00 Prayer with Wayne Taylor and Ray Bentley
9:00-10:40 Session #6 John Jenkins: “The Way of Jesus for the Poor and Marginalized”
10:40 -10:50 Break
10:50-12:00 Session #7 Gerry Breshears: “The Way of Jesus in Gospel-centered Life and Ministry”
12:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 Special Online-Only Training Track – Sarah Yardley “Women in the Way of Jesus”
2:00-3:30 In-Person Training Tracks
3:30-7:00 Free Time/Break/Networking
7:00-9:40 Main Session #8 Gavin Ortlund: “The Way of Jesus & Kingdom Unity”
8:00-9:00 Prayer with Wayne Taylor
9:00-10:40 Main Session #9 Ed Stetzer
10:40 -10:50 Break/Networking
10:50-12:00 Main Session #10 Brian Brodersen: “The Way of Jesus in Advancing the Kingdom”
12:00-12:30 Conference Conclusion
Check out books by our guest speakers and recommended reading from our team. These books are connected to the theme of this year’s conference and will help you prepare your heart for what’s to come!