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All thriving ministry starts with discipleship – whether you’re planting a church, rebuilding a ministry, modernizing your church, or expanding your reach – The {BUILD} Gathering is the event where you can join the conversation of discipleship as it applies to your ministry context.

Through compelling content and candid conversations we will lay the foundation for BUILDING disciples and thriving ministries.

Registration Includes:


Larry Osborne, Senior Pastor, North Coast Church, Vista CA

Larry Osborne is one of the Senior Pastors of North Coast Church in Vista, California. Under his leadership, North Coast has grown from 128 to over 11,000 in weekend attendance and has been honored as one of the ten most innovative and influential churches in America for its pioneering efforts in the multi-site movement, sermon-based small groups, as well as its creative approach to shared leadership. Larry’s books include Thriving in Babylon, Innovation’s Dirty Little SecretSticky Teams, Sticky Church, Accidental Pharisees, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, Spirituality For The Rest Of Us, and The Unity Factor.

Chris Mavity, Head of Ministry Development, Church Community Builder

Chris Mavity has over 30 years of hands-on ministry experience, including 19 years at North Coast Church. He previously served as Executive Director of North Coast Training and produced the Sticky Teams Conference. Chris now leads the Church Leader Coaching program at Church Community Builder where he coaches church leaders to build thriving ministries. Chris is an avid writer and is the author of Your Volunteers. He is also the co-host of The Ministry Show, a weekly, video-based ministry training program.

George Ross, Senior Pastor, Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN

George Ross is the Senior Pastor at Northside Christian Church. George and his family moved from Las Vegas, Nevada in March of 1999 to begin serving at Northside and he considers it the ride of his life. His time spent in the desert opened his eyes fully to the incredible amount of Grace that Jesus has made available to all of us. After serving 32 years in ministry, George’s heart still beats emphatically to see people fully embrace Jesus as Savior and the Leader of their life. He feels honored and humbled to serve alongside an incredible group of elders, and he can’t wait to see what God does next in Southern Indiana and the world.


Nate Ross, Associate Pastor, Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN

Nate Ross was a nomad from day one. Living in Scottsburg, Indiana, but being born in Louisville, Kentucky was the beginning of the travels on which God would take him. He worked at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Illinois leading the Student Ministry Department when the Lord led him and his wife, Ruthie, to Northside in March of 2008 to be a part of the Church staff as the Associate Minister of Involvement. Connecting people to Christ, community, and God’s calling has always been Nate’s heartbeat, and he couldn’t be more thrilled to serve as the Associate Pastor of an amazing staff and dynamic Church.

Check out this personal invitation from Pastor Larry Osborne!


Candid Conversations Led By Seasoned Ministry Professionals

Alan Briggs is the Director of Stay Forth Designs, a network and equipping hub in Colorado. He is the Multiplying Pastor at Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs where he makes disciples and trains leaders to multiply. He is also the lead creative at Stay Forth Designs; a leadership development team that equips leaders for health and impact. His speaking and writing focus on equipping and unlocking the saints for effective ministry inside and outside the family of God. He has written two books; Staying is the New Going (2015) and Guardrails (2016), and his next book, Everyone’s a Genius, will release in 2017. He and his wife, Julie, have four kids, two adopted and two biological, and are enjoying the process of growing roots. He is passionate about equipping leaders and churches to multiply through relational, experiential and formal learning. He loves climbing, camping, grilling and connecting with his neighbors.

Steve Caton is the President of The Giving Crowd and has over 25 years of experience working at the intersection of faith, fundraising and technology.  In addition to accelerating the growth of digital marketing, online fundraising, and asset management firms, Steve was most recently on the leadership team at Church Community Builder where he architected the growth from 300 church clients to over 4,500 in less than 8 years.  Steve is a contributing author for several websites, including the Vision Room, ChurchTech Today, Innovate for Jesus and Church Community Matters. He also has co-written a number of eBooks, including The Ephesians 4 Church.  While growing companies is what Steve does on a daily basis, releasing resources to fund ministry is what matters most in his professional journey Steve has also served in Board and leadership roles at his church and at QPlace which helps Christ Followers engage their friends and neighbors in spiritual conversations. If you want to hang out with Steve, consider joining him as he enjoys the brilliant blue skies and deep powder of Colorado with his wife and two sons!

Ned Mervich has been leading small groups for more than 35 years and has been one of the Growth Group Pastors at North Coast Church since 2005. During that time Ned has recruited more than 200 small group leaders and he currently oversees 80 small groups. Before joining the North Coast Church staff, Ned served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 29 years. During that time he was on the design team that developed the small group curriculum and the leader’s handbook used by Cru’s U.S. collegiate ministry. In his last two years with Cru, he was the National Director of Leadership Development.  He has lived in the Vista area with his wife, Marcia, since 1994. They have three married children and five grandkids.
Jayson French is CIY’s vice president of programming. He’s been with CIY since 2002, when he started as the associate director of conferences before being promoted to director of conferences and then to his current role as vice president. Jayson has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical literature from Ozark Christian College and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from the Hargrove School and Adult and Graduate Studies at Lincoln Christian College. Prior to joining CIY, Jayson was a youth minister at Christian Church of Carl Junction (MO); Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton, CA; East Tulsa Christian Church; and Paramount Terrace Church (now Hillside Christian Church) in Amarillo, Texas. He and his wife Janice have four children – Justin, Levi, Sydney and Cylis. Their family attends Christ’s Church of Oronogo near Joplin, MO.
Ben Woods serves at the Pastor of Spiritual Formation for Northside Christian Church in New Albany, IN.  Ben grew up in the small farming community of Palmyra, Illinois before attending Lincoln Christian College, where he graduated in 2001 with his B.A. in Bible and Family Life Ministry with an emphasis on counseling. Before joining Northside in 2012, Ben toured nationally for eight years in the music industry and served for three years as a campus minister at the University of Illinois. He has a heart for discipleship and loves the opportunity of learning the stories of people pursuing Jesus and helping them connect to Christ and community. Ben has been married to his most favorite gal in the world, Crystal, for 15 years, and they have three incredible kiddos: Ezra, Calla, and Lilah!
Cherie Duffey has been serving in children’s ministry for the past 15 years.  She currently oversees the creative and operational aspects of KidSpring at NewSpring Church. There are 15 NewSpring campuses across the state of South Carolina, so the average weekly attendance in KidSpring is currently over 5,000 children, babies through 5th grade. Cherie has been married to her husband, Shane, for 27 years. They have four boys, two of which are currently serving in ministry, one is in college and one is finishing up high school.

Jim Sheppard is CEO & Principal of Generis, a consulting firm passionate about helping Churches inspire and cultivate generosity through giving development, coaching and strategy.

After college, Jim passed the CPA exam and pursued a career as a financial executive. Though he grew up in the church, Jim was not a believer until he was 28. That part of his life intersected with his business life in 1991 when he thought he might be called to the pastorate — this coming at a time when he was at a very high level in a major financial services company. After an intense spiritual period in his life, Jim realized that was not where God was calling him. Seven months later through a corporate buyout and a series of providentially inspired events, Jim moved from the corporate world to giving development for churches and ministry organizations.

Jim is a student of generosity and is passionate about spreading it throughout the Church. For the last 23 years, he has devoted his life to coaching pastors and understands the financial challenges that churches face today-annual giving, debt, capital projects and planned giving-and is a positive force in bridging these needs with the power of spiritually motivated stewardship. Cumulatively, Jim has partnered with his clients to raise over $1.3 billion for local church ministry. Jim is a frequent writer and speaker on generosity and ministry funding. He is co-author of Contagious Generosity: Creating A Culture Of Giving In Your Church.

Jim and his wife Nancy live in the Atlanta, GA area and they have two daughters. He is actively involved in Perimeter Church, where he serves as an elder and provides guidance to the Generosity Ministry Team.

Tim Foot was born and raised in Tasmania, Australia and has been involved in vocational worship ministry for over 25 years. As well as leading Slingshot’s worship division, he is the worship pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Colorado, where under his tenure, they have added two satellite worship locations, continued to honor the pioneers of the church with a classic worship venue, and stayed on the modern edge with their main campus worship experience. His passions include leading people in worship, looking for fresh and creative ways to communicate God’s Grace, and mentoring and coaching worship leaders. He has an affinity for cultural sensitivity in worship and helping churches find their unique worship language that best connects them with God and His story.
Doug Newland is originally from St. Louis, MO, but came on staff at Northside Christian Church in 2008. He graduated from Milligan College with BS in Business Administration and Youth Ministry, but also attended Lincoln University, and Ozark Christian College. After college, Doug served as Youth Minister for 11 years, College/Young Adults Minister for 3 years, and now in Missions/Outreach for the last 13 years. He currently serves as Outreach Minister and the department head of Outreach at Northside. Doug met and married his sweetheart, Kerry, in Indiana, and they have two college and high school age girls, Kaylee & Lindsey. While he loves adventure and travel, Doug’s greatest joy in Missions is to experience the life-changing impact that is made when believers go and allow God to use them to make a difference in the world.
Chris Mavity is the Head of Ministry Development for Church Community Builder. He has over 30 years of hands-on ministry experience, including 19 years at North Coast Church. He previously served as Executive Director of North Coast Training and produced the Sticky Teams Conference. Chris now leads the Church Leader Coaching program at Church Community Builder where he coaches church leaders to build thriving ministries. Chris is an avid writer and is the author of Your Volunteers. He is also the co-host of The Ministry Show, a weekly, video-based ministry training program.

Greg Ring is the Co-Founder of The Giving Crowd and has been a recognized expert and thought leader in the planned giving arena for the past three decades. Greg has served more than 200 ministries and nonprofits, developing and executing over $4.5 billion in documented asset gifts.  His passion for the nonprofit sector has led to continual improvement of the service model. The Giving Crowd builds on this rich history, engaging technology so that both the local church and the mega nonprofit can participate effectively and efficiently in “the greatest transfer of wealth in history”.  Greg is married with three daughters and six grandchildren, and lives in Colorado Springs.

Mitch White is the Executive Pastor at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville, North Carolina. Mitch’s heart and passion is to help the LFC Tribe grow in their relationship with Christ by creating an environment for spiritual growth. He loves walking with people during their personal journeys through pastoral counseling and care. Mitch has been married to his high school sweetheart, Virginia, since 1990 and is dad to two adult children, Caleb and Lindsay. He’s an avid NCSU Wolfpack fan and trying to be a scratch golfer in his spare time.

Sean Buchanan is the Chief Strategy Officer for Aware3 and has a wealth of experience to use in serving church leaders including 12 years in the banking industry, 7 years at a church management software company, and serving at his church as an elder, stewardship director, and college pastor. During his tenure at Church Community Builder, Sean led an innovative peer-to-peer learning community in which he connected church leaders in similar roles to share practical tips and facilitate knowledge sharing among the group.  He also wrote the eBook, “A Pastor’s Guide to Reaching Introverts.”  In addition to his business and ministry experience, Sean has a Psychology degree from Liberty University.  He resides in Colorado with his wife, 5 children, and what amounts to a small petting zoo.


Candid Conversations

Candid Conversations are peer-to-peer collaborative learning experiences led by a ministry expert facilitator. You and your team will dive deep into your specific ministry area for an intense 5-hour systematic discipleship journey.

Facilitator-Led Candid Conversations Include:

Children’s Ministry

Facilitator: Cherie Duffey, Children’s Ministry, New Spring, SC

Discuss the role relationships play in the process of discipleship for volunteers and kids.

Church Management Software

Facilitator: Church Community Builder Implementation Coaches

Learn practical tips for using the data from your Church Management Software (ChMS) to better reach and disciple your congregants. 

Church Planting

Facilitator: Alan Briggs, Church Planting Consultant, Coach & Author 

Learn how to apply solid content to the real challenges of engaging a community, developing a team, launching a church and deepening a congregation.

Community Outreach

Facilitator: Doug Newland, Outreach Pastor, Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN

Mobilize your church with the most effective outreach and missions programs.

Gifts of Assets

Facilitator: Steve Caton, President, The Giving Crowd & Greg Ring, Co-Founder, The Giving Crow

Overcome the poor assumptions about asset-based generosity and learn how to help people steward the “91%”.


Facilitator: Ben Woods, Pastor for Spiritual Formation, Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN

Discuss how to effectively engage and disciple Millenials. 

Mobile Revolution

Facilitator: Sean Buchanan, Chief Strategy Office, Aware3

Explore how the Church is still at the center of God’s plan, and how creating a mobile strategy can help people access it.


Facilitator: Jim Shepphard, CEO & Principal of Generis

Develop a discipleship plan for your church finances.

Small Groups

Facilitator: Ned Mervich, Small Groups Pastor, North Coast Church, Vista, CA

Discuss the discipleship processes necessary to grow your small group ministry.

Senior & Executive Pastors

Facilitator: Mitch White, Executive Pastor, Lake Forest Church, Charlotte, NC

Engage with other Executive Pastors to discuss systematic discipleship for your church.

Student Ministry

Facilitator: Jayson French, Vice President of Programming, Christ In Youth

Explore ways to build the next generation of Kingdom Workers.

Visitor to Volunteer

Facilitator: Chris Mavity, Head of Ministry Development, Church Community Builder

Learn how to disciple your visitors into volunteers for your ministry.


Facilitator: Tim Foot, Worship Pastor, Lifebridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO

Explore and discuss current trends in worship, what can make the experience great, and how to embrace your unique worship language.


The conversation continues after the {BUILD} Gathering ends with three follow-up online gatherings. As part of your registration, you will receive access to three additional discipleship conversations, delivered straight to your inbox.

Plus, as part of your registration, you’ll receive 1 year of FREE weekly ministry training from The Ministry Show!


11:30am – 1:00pm        Registration
1:00pm – 2:00pm          Main Session 1 – Larry Osborne
2:00pm – 2:30pm          Break
2:30pm – 3:30pm          Main Session 2 – George Ross
3:30pm – 4:00pm          Break
4:00pm – 5:00pm          Main Session 3 – Larry Osborne
9:00am – 9:45am          Main Session 4 – Chris Mavity & Nate Ross
9:45am – 10:00am        Break
10:00am – 2:00pm        Candid Conversations (lunch served in rooms)
2:00pm – 2:30pm          Break
2:30pm – 4:00pm          Main Session 5 – Nate Ross


Northside Christian Church
4407 Charlestown Rd, New Albany, IN 47150

10 minutes outside of Louisville, KY

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Registration Includes

2 Day Gathering + 3 Follow-Up Online Gatherings + 1 Year Membership to The Ministry Show