A FREE Seminar for Ministry Leaders
Coming to Phoenix, AZ
Featuring experts in Church Architecture | Construction | Leadership | Funding | Church Health & Growth!
What story does your building tell about the kind of church God has called you to be?
Your community is your mission field.
Does your building reflect a ministry outpost or a religious museum?
Let’s rethink the purpose of church facilities and explore how we can bring the church back to the center of the community through spaces that are more flexible, accessible, hospitable, relevant and inclusive.
Discover how church buildings can be designed to be more effective ministry tools that meet the needs of the community 7 days a week.
Join us as we explore what it means to be an embedded church - a ministry that not only shifts from an internal to an external focus, but one that is physically and spiritually woven into the fabric of their community.
Life Link Church
725 W Warner Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233
Lead Pastor, Life Link Church - Gilbert, AZ
“Linking People and God Together for Life.” That was the vision of Life Link Church when it began in 2006 with a group of 30 adults and 20 kids lead by Pastor David Wright. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, 2006 David and his wife Chereé shared the vision God had given them about planting a local church that would be a part of God’s BIG plan for the Southeast Phoenix Valley. With the help of that team of pioneers – and the supernatural favor of God – Life Link Church began meeting in small groups the following week. God added to their numbers so rapidly that they outgrew the homes they were meeting in within just a few weeks.
Life Link Church celebrated its Grand Opening on Easter Sunday of 2006 with 254 people in attendance. Since that time, the vision has remained the same as the church has grown through the initial set up phase, into a building of their own, and now in preparation for multi-site campuses. Life Link Church focuses on helping people from all walks of life and faith backgrounds make the life-changing “link” (relationship) with Jesus Christ and with a Christ-centered church family that would transform their lives forever.
Principal Architect, Building God's Way
Don has one of the most extensive backgrounds in church architecture in the U.S, designing prominent facilities all across the country throughout his 35 year career. As a leader in the field of faith-based architecture, he has been recognized with a number of national design awards, including multiple WFX Solomon Awards for Best Church Architect, Best Church Design, Best Special Project and Best Digital Church. He is also a recipient of the LCEF Arts & Architecture Award for Best Liturgical Design and is the former President of the American Institute of Architects for the State of Utah. Don will share unique design strategies focused on creating spaces that are more flexible, relevant and inclusive, including mixed-use options that allow ministries to leverage their facilities seven days a week.
Senior Pastor of The Genesis Project - Ogden, UT
Matt is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Genesis Project, a church based in Ogden, Utah that has grown to a multi-site movement in 6 communities across the nation reaching thousands every week. For 18 years Matt has served in various roles helping churches and denominations revitalize and reimagine their church planting strategies through an embedded, sustainable, community lens. Matt and his family moved to Utah in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of planting a “church for people who don’t do church.” That dream has materialized as The Genesis Project, a church moved to reach the darkest areas of the city with the hope of Jesus. The church operates a full-service event center, community coffee shop, multiple ministry and rehabilitation homes and non-profit community services.
Planting & Coaching Director, The Genesis Project National Network
Mark Orphan has spent the last 28 years in ministry and leadership as a pastor and consultant. He has built, funded, and led coalition projects of as many as thirty faith and community-based organizations to collaborate regionally in California and Colorado serving at-risk or foster/adoptive families and youth. Mark leads a national church planting movement that targets communities afflicted by poverty and great need. He is certified by the Paterson Center as a LifePlan and StratOp facilitator providing coaching and strategic planning for leaders and organizations and is certified by Family Wellness Associates as an instructor serving at-risk families. Mark is also the founder of Finally Home Foundation and SERVE 6.8 and co-founder of Mika Community Development Corporation. He has an MA in Church Leadership from Vanguard University of Southern California and he and his wife, Kristin, have been part of three church-planting teams.
Let’s identify, define, and forge a sustainable path towards God’s dreams for your city!
Learn the keys to moving your ministry from the fringe of a community to an embedded identity, where a ministry truly seeks to change its position within the community and impact the brokenness of people, their families, and the relational systems they are entangled in.