LEAD Conference

Saturday, November 11 / 8am - 1:30pm

Crossroads Fellowship
Millbrook Campus
2721 E. Millbrook Road
 Raleigh, NC 27604

If you have ever felt overwhelmed, ill-equipped, or a little lost as you volunteer or lead a ministry, the LEAD Conference was created for you! We are all in this together as we strive to live and lead more like Jesus. Enjoy a morning of worship, a special guest speaker and targeted break-out sessions designed to encourage and strengthen you personally, professionally, and in the ministry areas in which you serve. Connect with others, learn best practices, and be inspired to transform the lives of those God places in your path.
8 – 8:30am – Check-In & Coffee / Sponsors
8:30 – 9:30am – Opening session
9:30 –9:45am – Break / Sponsors
9:45 – 10:45am – First Breakout Session
10:45 – 11am - Break / Sponsors
11am – 12pm - Second Breakout Session
12 – 1pm - Box Lunch Conversation / Sponsors
1 – 1:30pm – Main Session (Panel Discussion with Q&A)
1:30pm - Dismissal
Early Bird - $25  /  *Ends October 1
General Admission - $35  /  *Ends October 29
Under the Wire - $40  /  *Through November 11

Tickets for groups of 5 or more, please contact Daniel Cwiakala.

Frank Bealer

Keynote Speaker

Frank Bealer has three unique roles in ministry. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer of Phase Partners, an organization dedicated to shaping the future by building community among families. Frank also works with Orange as part of the Leadership Development group that focuses on helping staff and volunteers grow. Frank is also the Chief of Staff at Local Church where he focuses on staff development by overseeing the executive leadership team and ensuring systems are in place for all staff to grow as leaders. Prior to Phase Family Center, Frank was the Executive Director of Family Ministry at Elevation Church (one of the fastest growing and largest churches in America). Prior to his time at Elevation, Frank was the President of a large retail insurance firm operating in 47 states. Frank and his wife, Jessica, live in Cumming, Georgia, and have five children: Micah, James, Isaac, Layla, and Malachi.

Alexander Pappas

Guest Worship & Breakout Leader

Growing up in the small town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Pappas drew inspiration from pioneering bands The Killers, Switchfoot, and The 1975. His pursuit of music eventually led him to Sydney, Australia and gained renown as co-frontman of twice GRAMMY-nominated Hillsong Young & Free. During his tenure, Pappas led some of the biggest cries of praise and worship for the next generation, penning iconic, genre-defining youth anthems such as “Alive,” “Wake,” “Real Love,” and “Echo (Elevation Worship)” – songs that have literally changed the world.

Breakout Sessions

Connections/Guest Experience

Led by Dave Stewart
Dave has been in ministry for more than 20 years. As a student pastor and campus pastor, Dave has seen the ins and outs of connecting with people. Rock City Church is a mulit-site church with four locations serving the greater Columbus, Ohio region. In this breakout, Dave will be sharing best practices to create and engage with people new or returning to your church.

Reaching the Next Generation

Led by Dylan Moore
Dylan has been a part of Elevation church for 10 years, growing up through the student ministry and now leading as a staff member. Dylan will bring insight to leadership development, structure and how to reach the next generation in the most effective ways. In this breakout Dylan will be sharing how to engage with students and discuss how to equip parents during this critical stage of life.

Growing Your Kids Ministry 

Led by Belinda Phifer
Belinda has 5 years of kids ministry experience both in central curriculum and the broadcast campus at Elevation. She has trained and developed leaders for multiple church locations as well as sustainable systems of care and connection for both volunteers and parents. In this breakout, Belinda will be sharing strategies to grow your kids ministry, recruit and develop volunteers, all while supporting parents in discipling their children beyond Sunday.

Advancing the Gospel

Led by Jose Reyna
Jose has hosted over 600 Missions Trip Teams in 10 different countries. His teams have assisted in construction of churches, orphanages and soup kitchens. They have also hosted medical teams, children’s camps and conducted conferences for pastors and church leaders. Jose will be training and equipping international pastors locally and globally in this breakout to discuss how to further advance the Gospel.

EQUIP Training

Led by Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas has been in ministry for more than 20 years in multiple roles including lead pastor and currently small groups pastor at Crossroads Fellowship. In this break out, Pastor Lee will discuss how to raise people up in discipleship and equip them in becoming effective disciples. The Equip curriculum has been used and implemented in churches internationally as well as with church networks and denominations.

Creating a Culture of Worship

Led by Alexander Pappas
Writing, leading worship and creating an atmosphere of worship are all things we desire for ministries of worship. During his tenure, Alexander Pappas has led some of the biggest cries of praise and worship for the next generation, penning iconic, genre-defining youth anthems such as “Alive,” “Wake,” “Real Love,” and “Echo (Elevation Worship)” – songs that have literally changed the world. Join Pappas for a Q&A breakout on how you can grow a more intentional worship culture in your church.

Keeping Safe During the Holidays

Led by RPD Senior Officer Lee Granger
Lee has more than a decade of experience in safety and security as a Raleigh Police Officer. In this breakout, Officer Lee will be discussing best practices for your holiday special events and services to ensure all attendees - from kids to adults- remain safe during the holiday season.