ENGAGE One Day Speaker Round-Up

ENGAGE One Day is right around the corner!! We have been looking forward to this event since it ended last August, and we can not wait for you to experience all we have in store!

To get you extra excited, we thought we would do a sneak peek introduction of each of our speakers! Different from last year, all of our One Day speakers for 2020 are currently serving in a local church. The passion and expertise they bring in each of their sessions is completely inspiring. You will walk away with strategies to implement and a heart that is encouraged!

So without further adieu, allow me to introduce the ENGAGE One Day speakers with a fun, interview-style post...

Oh, and don't forget to get your FREE ticket  if you haven't already!!!

Casey Arnold, Colonial Hill Baptist Church
From Impersonal to Personal: Staying Connected with First Time Guests

Job title and favorite thing about your job

I am a Ministry Assistant. I love being able to connect with people as soon as they come into the church. I love seeing people take their next step and get plugged into the church.

What got you into ministry?

My Youth Pastor. He made ministry look so much fun. I had the opportunity to intern under him and God showed me that was exactly what I was supposed to do with my life.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

A dog. You get fed, belly rubbed, and are so spoiled! Also, you are always happy to see people!

What are you most excited about with being involved with One Day?

I love that there is a conference like this for church leaders to learn from other churches. Also, I'm excited for church leaders to see what has worked and what hasn't worked so they can save some time and frustration!

How do you take your coffee?

It has to have a lot of sugar! There is a place called Summer Moon in Austin that makes Moon Milk that you are able to put in your coffee and it is DELICIOUS!!

What was the biggest shift you had to make in ministry during COVID?

We were so used to seeing everyone every Sunday, so when the building was closed, we had to make the shift of being sure we were still connecting with all of our church attendees. We have a fairly large elderly population who don't have Facebook or even email. Thankfully, for the last 40 years, we have been able to air our church service on our local television station so they were still able to watch the service that way. We also faced the challenge of helping our elderly connect with their Sunday School classes and small groups via Zoom, which was pure entertainment for me walking them through how to connect!

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

I love to play the piano, go for a run, sit at local coffee shops and just enjoy the outdoors!

Blake Sabiston, Crossings Community Church
What If You Ditched Your Welcome Letter and Branded Mug?

Job title and favorite thing about your job

I serve as the Pastor of Guest Services and Connections. I really do love a lot of what my role consists of. Not only am I responsible for leading a team that is obsessed with a guest's experience, but we also get to walk alongside our guests as they become regular attenders, and then even more exciting is when they become a part of the Crossings family and community.

What got you into ministry?

Growing up, my mom was very involved in our neighborhood church. From VBS, musicals, Bible studies, etc. Whatever it was and whenever the church was open, we were there. But we weren't just consumers, we were taught at a young age to serve. So, that stuck with me as I grew up. When I was in my junior year of High School and deciding on where to go to college I had made up my mind that I would go to the University of Kansas for pre-med and eventually become a Pediatrician. However, God had other plans. My Senior year, my youth pastor signed me up for a scholarship interview at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS. I visited and interviewed to appease him, but I was NOT going to a small Christian college. God must have laughed at my pride. One thing led to another and not only did I fall in love with the college, I received the scholarship, and ended up there the next fall. I graduated from MCC and went to work for Christ's Church of the Valley for 7 years before working at Crossings in Oklahoma City. Each step of the way, God has made it clear that I am to serve the local church. I love the local Church.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

An American Bison. HA! Really though, bison (buffalo) are tenacious and no matter what comes their way they forge through the plains. Snow, wind, rain...nothing stops them.

What are you most excited about with being involved with One Day?

We need to view our guest follow-up as a form of stewardship. God is bringing people through our doors! What would He say about our level of hospitality while they are with us AND throughout the week? With the load of tasks and responsibilities each of us has, guests can become the last thing we think about, but Engage is taking one full day to help each of us assess how we are doing, inspire us with new ideas, and get us motivated to take action.

How do you take your coffee?

Venti Iced Coffee, no classic, 2 stevia.

What was the biggest shift you had to make in ministry during COVID?

Planning ahead and strategically is something that comes naturally. I have had to slow myself down and enjoy one day at a time and not get ahead of myself. I really have had to rely on God each and every day. I have been asking myself 3 questions during my time with God: God, do You know what’s going on? (Yes, He is God) God, are You big enough to handle it? (Yes, He is God); God, what is the plan? (Questions from 2 Chairs by Bob Beaudine) Then I allow God to speak.

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

Free time? What's that?! My wife, Jenny, and I have 3 boys (7, 4, and 3yrs) so a lot of our time is running around with them. I love to read, being outdoors, and traveling.

Charles Simmons, Connect Church
3 Ways to Move Your Guest Follow-Up From Surviving to Thriving

Job title and favorite thing about your job

I am actually the Lead Pastor of Connect Church and my favorite thing about it is being able to play a small part in the lives of people. I love being a part of their transformation and being able to help them through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What got you into ministry?

I got into ministry during my junior year of college. After giving my life to Christ I was led to start a campus ministry on the campus of SAU (Southern Arkansas University). It was called YCM (Young Christian Ministries) and in six months God really showed us favor and it went from 3 members to 300+. After seeing so many lives changed on Campus it sparked something within and at that point I accepted my calling into ministry and that's where it all began.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

I would be an Eagle or a Lion. An Eagle because I would have wings strong enough to fly anywhere I'd like even above storms. Not to mention I'd have eyesight like never before. A Lion because being King of the Jungle just sounds cool :) Plus I'd have strength, speed, and a roar that would get the attention of everyone!

What are you most excited about with being involved with One Day?

As a church planting Pastor, I know how it feels to spend countless hours trying to figure out the proper systems that would be effective and efficient for our church. I know how it feels to be lost and at a place where there is seemingly no hope. That's why I'm so excited about One Day and the possibility to provide insights on Guests Follow-Up and bring the hope that can often be lost.

How do you take your coffee?

I Love Dark Roast! I add sugar & caramel creamer to my coffee.

What was the biggest shift you had to make in ministry during COVID?

The biggest shift is transitioning the church into online only and finding ways to stay connected with everyone.

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

I often binge criminal minds and other shows on Netflix and I absolutely love to travel!

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Patrick Mankin, Rio City Church
Why Follow-Up?

Job title and favorite thing about your job

I am currently in between jobs. I just left Eagle Creek Church in Harrisonville, Missouri where my hired on title was kids pastor. Within a year I was an associate pastor of my campus with the kids pastor title. So, I had my hand in a lot. Mostly next steps, communication, system integration, and creative.

With Rio City Church I haven’t really taken a position. I’m currently leading the creative team, social media, and kids. In whatever position, the creative aspect is my favorite. I’m more of a big idea and dreamer person.

What got you into ministry?

I started serving in church when I was 15. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, but about the time I got into high school, God was pulling me towards Him and I just felt like I needed to be in church. About a year after high school I knew God had called me to Ministry. He sent me a dream that was unmistakably Him and I started searching for Bible colleges to attend. The rest is history!

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

If I could be any animal it would probably be a killer whale. I love the ocean and they’re a pretty hard-core family animal. Plus everyone would love to have a picture taken with me.

What are you most excited about with being involved with One Day?

I’m most excited about One Day to see how leaders and churches are using Text in Church. It’s always exciting to see how to do the same thing another way that might reach more people and help more people grow in Christ.

How do you take your coffee?

Iced white mocha is my coffee “go to.”

What was the biggest shift you had to make in ministry during COVID?

The biggest shift I had to make during COVID was connecting with leaders and giving them a place to serve. It took a lot of mental shifting to find opportunities that we had to continue to reach our community, whether it was through giving events or using technology.

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

Some of my favorite ways to spend my free time are getting out with my family; that's my number one. Basically anything that gets us out of the house. Second thing I love to do is get out in nature. Whether it’s hiking or hunting it’s always a great way to spend time with friends and family.

Tabitha Steinbock, Crossroads Community Church
5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Designing a Guest Follow-Up Plan

Job title and favorite thing about your job

My Job title is Director of Connections Ministry. My favorite thing about my job is building teams and raising up leaders who are passionate about welcoming people to our church family.

What got you into ministry?

My husband became a pastor in 2010 after he was a stay-at-home dad for 6 years with our two daughters. (He was GREAT at this role!) I worked full-time in corporate in marketing and communications during that season. Once my husband answered God’s call on his life, I got to come along for the ride and over time knew God was calling me to use my gifts and work experience for Kingdom impact via vocational ministry.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

I ran cross country and track and a few half marathons. Since my first name (Tabitha) actually means “gazelle” in Aramaic, I think that would be the animal I would choose to be.

What are you most excited about with being involved with One Day?

A couple times a month I substitute teach in local schools. I love it! Thus, at my heart, I truly enjoy being a teacher, which is why I am excited to be able to teach and share about my little corner of the world with amazing ministry leaders who will be joining us for One Day.

How do you take your coffee?

I actually don’t feel well when I drink caffeine, thus I don’t really drink coffee. I do drink “desserts” that may happen to have just a smidge of coffee in them along with a ton of mocha, whipped cream and sugar.

What was the biggest shift you had to make in ministry during COVID?

From a very tangible standpoint: VIDEO. We are a small team, and I learned how to shoot and edit videos in Final Cut Pro better during COVID.

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

Reading for fun on my front porch. Last year I read 36 books which was a record for me!

Holly Howard, Bridge of Hope Church
Text In Church and The Great Commission

Job title and favorite thing about your job

I am the Worship Pastor (and I'm the lead Pastor's wife, which is a job in itself). There are so many things I love about my job that it's hard to pick one! I love leading people into the presence of God. I love teaching people the Word. I love encouraging and ministering to people one on one. I love the music and working with my band and team of singers.

What got you into ministry?

My husband was called to be a youth pastor. I didn't want to do it, but I couldn't deny he was called to it, so here we are 25 years later.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

A lion, because I like to be in charge!

What are you most excited about with being involved with One Day?

To help people find out how they can reach more people for the Gospel and to share our mistakes so others can avoid them.

How do you take your coffee?

So strong it'll raise the dead!

What was the biggest shift you had to make in ministry during COVID?

Wow! We had to push ourselves to learn a whole host of new technology to live stream and pre-record our services. We had to re-do our entire set-up and implement a host of new technology and software so we could have a better online presence. The funny thing is, as soon as we finally got it all working, we had to stop having in-person service b/c of COVID. So all our equipment is sitting in the gym of the school we meet in because we're not allowed to go back in there for two weeks (not even to get our stuff out)! Here we finally have all these incredible tools to livestream our services and we had to use my cell phone to record church from my dinning room last Sunday! We have to just laugh to keep from crying.

The other big shift we've had to make is becoming flexible! We make plans, then have to change those plans. We prepare to do service one way, then we have to change it. So we're all getting real FAT - Flexible, Adaptable, & Teachable.

What's your favorite way to spend your free time?

Reading historical fiction romance novels from the regency era (I know, boring right!?), going on bike rides, mowing the grass, working in the yard and going for Oreo Whipty Whirls (our local ice cream shops version of a DQ Blizzard). That is a day sent straight from Heaven for me!

ENGAGE One Day is Thursday, August 20th

If you haven't yet, make sure to get your FREE ticket to ENGAGE One Day . The content these speakers have prepared for you is practical, proven, and broken down so you can start implementing right away at your church!!