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Theme: The Many Hats of Church Administration

Early-bird pricing through 4/10
$79 TCN National Members
$99 Non-Members

Regular pricing 4/11
$99 TCN National Members
$119 Non-Members

The Glade Church - Mt. Juliet
9000 Stewarts Ferry Pike,
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

April 25, 2024
8:30 am - 3:30 pm CT

Nashville International Airport (BNA)



The Church Network is hitting the road this spring to educate, encourage, and equip those who serve in the local church! Thursday, April 25, we will be in the Nashville area with the Music City Chapter at The Glade Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. Everyone is welcome! The theme for the day is The Many Hats of Church Administration. We’ve got great speakers, networking, and vendors who can help you right where you are. No matter which hat you are wearing in this season, we’ve got something for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with others, develop your skills and strengthen your ministry toolbox! 


Tami Heim

Bio: Tami Heim became the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance in January 2012. Her journey includes executive leadership experience in technology, marketing, publishing, and retail. She has served as a partner in a web-tech firm, the chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as president of Borders, Inc.

Topic: The Five Shades of Your Leadership Hat
In ministry administration, we all wear a leadership hat because all we say and do influences the thinking, behavior, and even the development of those we interact with daily. In this presentation, we will explore how vision, initiative, focus, responsibility, and attitude are the essential shades of that leadership hat. You'll discover how each contributes to your faithful stewardship!

Darrel Girardier

Bio: Darrel Girardier currently serves as the Communications Director for Brentwood Baptist Church. Brentwood Baptist Church has nine locations throughout the Nashville area and is in the top 100 Outreach Magazines’ fastest-growing churches. Previously he served as a Creative Director at LifeWay Christian Resources, overseeing the creative development of resources for events and publishing. 

Topic: Future Proofing Your Church’s Communications
We are now communicating to the most diverse group of generations. Which means the Church must have a strategy to communicate to these ever-changing demographics. In this class we’ll look at the foundations of great church communications strategy and the tools that will help you accomplish your goals with greater effectiveness.

Lisa Francisco, CPA

Bio: Lisa Francisco spent over 21 years serving at Brentwood Baptist Church. As Executive Director of Central Support, she was responsible for the communications, accounting, facility management, food services, human resources, information technology, insurance/risk management, and media production areas. She was also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the church. Lisa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of CPA’s, the CFO Leadership Counsel and The Church Network.
Topic: Church Administration – What I’ve Learned
When we think of the Church, we think about making Disciples of Christ.  But what happens if we don’t also think about the “business” aspects of the church? Will we remain healthy and viable?  This session will focus on key areas of church administration and best practices learned during the last 20 years.

Roger Peyton

Bio: Roger Peyton has over 30 years of experience in Risk Management. For the past two decades he has specialized in helping nonprofits and ministries navigate the perils and dangers confronting nonprofits and churches. Roger and his wife Lora have been involved in several church plants. So, they are experienced in both ministry risks and risk management assessment.

Topic: Maintaining the Mission while Mitigating the Risk
The core mission of each ministry is to help people and share the good news. While the good news is free, it is not risk free. Ministry outreach inevitably involves inherent risk. So, what do we do when your risk and mission conflict? In this session we will discuss this paradigm in three key areas: Church Security, Abuse Prevention and Cyber Risk. Our discussion will be interactive and create an open dialogue to discuss each of these areas to create strategies to cope with each. 

Robert Pautienus III, Esq

Bio: Robert Pautienus III, Esq is the Managing Partner of Fidelis Law, PLLC and has been practicing law in Tennessee for almost 25 years. Robert has practiced in a broad range of areas, but in more recent years has focused his practice around church and nonprofit institutions, business planning and formation, business litigation, estate planning, and personal injury. Robert and his wife Jenna are the parents of three adult children and are actively involved in their church and community. 
Topic: Hands Off – Church Autonomy and the Courts
This course explores the Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine, focusing on its legal principles that prevent civil courts from intervening in matters of church governance and doctrine.

Denise Craig, CAE, CCA

Bio: Denise Craig, CAE CCA is a strategic leader who is passionate about helping others discover their God-given purpose so they can live and lead well. With over twenty years of personal experience in church leadership, Denise is honored to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of The Church Network. She also serves on the Advisory Panel for Church Executive Magazine, and is a regular speaker for conferences, Bible studies, and financial seminars.

Topic: Succession Planning: Leading through Transition

Leaders don’t stay in their positions forever. Succession planning requires much prayer and a thoughtful, intentional approach to wade through the many facets of this significant organizational transition. In this session, we’ll explore the things to consider when planning for succession, as well as how to be prepared for the various aspects of change and the ripple effects it can create. 

CEU information

Participants will be rewarded with 0.6 CEUs for completing the entire day. CEUs will count towards CCA Certification and retention. If you are interested in enrolling in certification fill out the registration form here. If you have any questions direct them to Peyton Johnson at peyton@thechurchnetwork.com.