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FastTrack pre-conference seminars

FastTracks are pre-conference intensive seminars. These seminars are held Thursday, July 11th, the day of the conference's evening opening event. The sessions are from 9am to 4pm. They are sessions focused on professional network disciplines. Individuals may attend these seminars as stand-alone events at $149 each (lunch, conference launch, evening meal and Trade Show access included) or add on to a full conference registration for just $99. Participation is for a single focus and moving between network sessions is discouraged. To register go to the registration tab and following the description. 

Church Accounting Network
Executive Pastor Network
Church Facilities Network
Church Communication Network
Church Human Resources Network

Church Communication Network: 

Communications FastTrack – A round table conversation about communication strategies

Whether you are an expert or a novice at church communication strategies, we need your voice at our round table conversation at the TCN Communications FastTrack. Our time will be led by communications consultant Natalie Aho, and we will begin our time with a focus on how to make the website your hub, how to prepare your congregation for change, how to implement extreme hospitality and whether you need a Minister to the Online Community. But we will have plenty of time to address any additional communication needs as this communications network draws on the experience of one another.

If you are a communications director/manager, administrative assistant tasked with communication responsibilities, the pastor who has to do it all, or the business administrator who oversees church communication, this FastTrack is for you!

9-12 – Consultant-led conversations (i.e. not lectures) on how to make the website your hub, how to prepare your congregation for change, how to implement extreme hospitality and whether you need a Minister to the Online Community
12-1 – Lunch conversation about the TCN Communications Network – what do we need and how do we make it happen
1-4 – Participant-led conversations about your communication needs – hear from one another about how to solve your communication challenges

Bio – Natalie Aho

Natalie Aho has spent over sixteen years as a professional in communications and another four years as an educator. She is employed as a communications specialist for Baptist News Global and the Center for Healthy Churches. She also provides consulting services to individuals, organizations and congregations and is married to a pastor. She has an MS in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University and a BS in Education from Baylor University.

Join your fellow communicators to learn the latest and best ways to communicate. Information: contact the national office or Natalie Aho

Church Facilities Network: 

Energy, lighting, security, setup, capital maintenance, parking, occupancy permits, fire safety and the list goes on of the tasks and responsibilities around church facilities. This six hour intensive will focus on the facilities leader for congregations. Whether it is a full-time responsibility for you or one of the many hats you wear, this time invested will provide you with new insight and wisdom to meet the daily and long-term challenge of a facility well maintained.
Information: contact the national office or Paul Johnson

Church Human Resources Network:

Human Resources management in congregations require a high level of skill and knowledge. The HR network is seeking to provide clean and timely education to support this important work.

Under the leadership of Sherrie Turner we are please to be supported by the Charlotte local SHRM chapter who has graciously assembled a team of instructor who bring real world experience to the Human Resource discipline. Content will include presentation around  HR Basics with Laurie McIntosh, Communication in the professional world with Biblical Principles presented by Pam Pippin, Legal Updates with Jonathan Yarbrough, Talent Acquisition Trends  - Technology and Techniques to find talent with Jeff Luttrell, Demystifying HR for Church Leaders presented by Laurie McIntosh, and Strategic Planning with Jeanne Pritt.
Information:  contact the national office or  Sherrie Turner, CCA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Finance & Human Resources Director @ Calvary Chapel in Newport News, VA

Executive Pastor Network:

Plan to gather for a one-day learning experience with fellow executive pastors? The role is increasingly a mainstay in large churches, but one that comes in many varieties. Join us for a fast-paced, interactive FastTrack for Executive Pastors/ Executive Leaders, just prior to National Conference.
This year's Executive Pastor FastTrack content will be focused in two areas. The morning session focus is “Hi-Def Organizational Assessment, Financial Oversight, and Risk Management for Executive Leaders” will be lead by a team from Batts Morrision Wales & Lee. Presenters will include Mike Batts CPA (Partner) and Mike Lee CPA (Partner).  

The afternoon session facilitated by Bill Wilson (president) Center for Healthy Churches will examine "Values, Icons, and Opinions:" How can we tell them apart and why should we? The ability to create clarity around a compelling missional focus is essential for a thriving, healthy church or parish.

Don't miss this day of community and work with other Executive Pastor. You will come away with new insight and friend who share your responsibility and passion.

Information:  contact the national office or Melvin Jones, CCA, Executive Pastor @ Antioch Baptist Church, Fairfax Station VA., or Matt Gates, CCA, Executive Pastor @ Victory Family Church, Cranberry Twp, PA.

Church Accounting Network:

Church accounting continues to become a much more complex profession requiring cutting edge education and information. This deep dive into current guidelines and emerging trends will be a great asset to both the CPA specialist and the generalist in charge of accounting. Join this network and qualify for six hour of CPE credit.

Detail of this year's presentations are still in the works but will include, Self-Help Guide to Church Accounting with Vonna Laue/Michael Martin – ECFA, Fraud Prevention with Rodney Smith – PSK, Input, Outputs and Outcomes with Tammy Bunting –  AcctTwo/Preston Trail, Budgeting for Church and Cash Flow Management with Becky Arter/Chandra Binder – Stanfield + O’Dell, Google and the Cloud with Steve Chaney – Chaney Associates, and perhaps one more.

Information:  contact the national office or Lisa Francisco CPA, Business Administrator @ Brentwood Baptist in Brentwood TN

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