Epic Leadership Development

In the next session of Epic, we’ll be diving into Facilitating the Work of the Holy Spirit and Outreach & Community Engagement. 
We are welcoming Gary Best, author of “Naturally Supernatural” and former Director of the Association of Vineyard Churches, Canada. 
We also look forward to having Peter & Helene Barbour join us. They serve ACOP as the Southern Ontario Regional Directors and former lead Pastors at Aylmer Full Gospel Church. 
JOIN US: October 7 – 10, 2024
Where: FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre
219 – 19th Avenue SW
CalgaryAB T2S 0C8
Cost: Tuition ($395), Meals & Accommodations ($521); $916/person

10 years ago, EPIC Leadership Development was introduced to our Fellowship.

EPIC began as an in-service leadership development program that was Experiential, Practical, Interactive, Clustered, where a group of ACOP members would come together for a week of intensive leadership development.

EPIC 2.0—is an enlargement of the original program. EPIC 2.0 is a comprehensive competency-based Leadership Development Program that will take place in 8 modules over a two-year period.

Most ACOP credential holders have been to Bible College and some to seminary, most care deeply about people. They are good students of the Word and have a good grasp of theology. Some have honed their preaching gifts—but often times have not had the opportunity to develop their leadership gifts.

Ps 78:72 – David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands, he led them. In order to be effective ministers of the gospel, we need both integrity of heart and skillful leadership.

We have some great leaders in ACOP. Many have intuitive leadership instincts, but there are a lot of ministers with undeveloped or underdeveloped leadership skills. Not everyone will be a great leader – but everyone can be a better leader. EPIC was started to help ACOP members hone their leadership gifts.

EPIC 2.0 involves 4 face-to-face, week-long encounters over a 24-month period. In addition to the face-to-face encounters, we are exploring some online platforms that may allow us to deliver some of the EPIC Training online.

Each participant of EPIC 2.0 will be assigned a coach, who will work with the participants to help them apply the leadership skills they are learning.

Anyone who wants to be a better leader!

Epic 2.0 is designed specifically to equip pastors, youth workers, church planters, and global workers who are already involved in vocational ministry. However, it is also suitable for people who are seeking to be involved in vocational ministry but have not accepted a vocational ministry position. 

We will meet at retreat centres and local churches in a variety of locations across Canada. We envision having each of the training sessions in a different region of Canada. 

By moving the training to different locations, it equalizes the travel costs for participants. It also allows us to utilize leadership experts in various parts of the country. 

This training will be cyclical; participants can join at any point during the cycle, and continue until they have completed all 4 encounters. These training encounters will be limited to between 12 and 20 participants per module to ensure that each participant receives maximum personal benefit.

Please Note: When plans have been made for our next encounter it will be posted here and on our Website!

In order for ACOP to thrive in its second century, we must give attention to leadership development today. 

We are encouraging local churches to cover the largest portion of the costs to allow their pastors/leaders to participate in the program. This is an investment in pastors and an investment in the future of our ACOP fellowship. 

We are happy to advocate for pastors by meeting with local church boards to answer any questions they might have about the program. 

Participants will become more effective leaders, who will be able to lead at a higher level than they currently are. Churches and ministries will be healthier because they are being led by more effective leaders. We will create a larger pool of ministry candidates for ACOP churches and ministries to draw on in the future. 

We believe that Epic 2.0 can equip ACOP pastors, global workers, and church planters for greater ministry success. 

Leadership Competencies
In Epic 2.0 →

Romans 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

  • Identifying your ministry purpose
  • Stewarding your talents, abilities, and gifts
  • Possible Assessment Tools (Strengths Finder, Myers Briggs Temperament Analysis, DiSC Profile, Birkman,  APEST)
  • Understanding Blind Spots
  • Getting Things Done; systems and process for effectiveness
  • Living life on purpose and with intentionality
  • Principle-based living
  • Making life work
  • Time Management
  • Work-life balance
  • Understanding and establishing boundaries in ministry
  • The devotional life of a leader
  • The prayer life of a leader
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Personal stewardship and money management of a leader
  • Establishing a scriptural study habit
  • Sabbath-keeping and sabbaticals
  • Building a personal prayer team
  • Work ethic
  • Making marriage and family a priority

Matthew 28:19 “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

The primary mandate of the church is disciple-making – therefore every ministry leader needs to have a disciple-making strategy or strategies. Some of the topics for consideration would include: 

  • What is a disciple? 
  • How does a ministry leader develop a disciple-making plan? 
  • How to make disciples who make disciples
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of your disciple-making plan
  • Resources for disciple-making

Since the primary mandate of a Christian leader is to make disciples, every program and ministry should contribute to disciple-making. 

Ministry leaders need to develop a comprehensive philosophy of ministry that: 

  • Gives a reason why every program and ministry exists
  • Identifies intended outcomes from ministries and programs
  • Examines how various ministries and programs connect and support one another
  • Has a process to evaluate programs
  • Has a process or system for adding new programs or ministries
  • Establishes a prayer ministry
  • Has a pastoral care ministry
  • The role of professional counselors
  • Understanding ministry models
  • Coaching and mentoring

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

Effective ministry requires effective communication. Ministers of the gospel must be proficient communicators. In this model we will be dealing with: 

  • Teaching methodologies
  • Oral communication—Your tone and style, how you correct, how you commend
  • Written communication— including letters, email, texts, etc.
  • Good communicators are good listeners— becoming a better listener
  • Using video to communicate your message
  • Blogging and ministry
  • Using social media
  • Using technology
  • Understanding group dynamics

Preaching is both a gift and a competency for every minister of the gospel. It is important that ministers continually hone their preaching skills while relying upon the anointing of the Holy Spirit. 

Preaching Skills Include:

  • Understanding homiletics
  • Hermeneutics principles
  • The role of prayer in preaching
  • Types of preaching
  • Understanding preaching contexts – where you preach often determines how you preach
  • Preaching styles—who you are preaching to affects how you preach
  • Working with a preaching team
  • Relevance—preaching the unchanging gospel to an ever changing world
  • Message preparation and development
  • Storytelling and illustrations
  • Sources—preachers today are being fact-checked while they preach
  • Preaching for outcomes

Other sources and resources for improving your preaching skills will be reviewed. 

Matthew 20:25-28 ” Jesus called them together and said, You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you, it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Fundamental principles of leadership:

  • Defining what Christian leadership is
  • Determining what Christian leaders do
  • Contrasting secular leadership models with a servant leadership model
  • Establishing a philosophy of leadership
  • Leadership styles

Tactical leadership competencies to be considered: 

  • Vision and how to cast vision
  • Mission and how doe we motivate people to engage in the mission of God. 
  • Setting SMART goals
  • What is governance and why it is important
  • Conflict resolution
  • How to formulate a meeting agenda
  • How to chair a meeting
  • How to lead an effective retreat
  • Dealing with controlling people
  • Having fierce conversations
  • Understanding influencers
  • Managing volunteers and staff
  • How to be a boss
  • How to lead from the second chair
  • Developing an H.R. policy
  • Working with wealthy and successful people
  • Understanding financial reports
  • Ministry budgeting
  • Budgeting ratios and principles
  • Managing a ministry budget
  • Raising funds for ministry
  • Developing a basic understanding of Canadian charitable law
  • Ministry documentation and record-keeping
  • Delegating authority vs. delegating tasks
  • Delegation or abdication?

Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” 

2 Timothy 4:5 “Do the work of an evangelist.”

In this module, we will focus on how you as a ministry leader can connect with your community.

  • Developing a philosophy of evangelism
  • Effective apologetics for the 21st century
  • Effective methods of evangelism
  • Equipping your congregation or your team to be witnesses
  • Recognizing and releasing people with evangelistic gifts
  • How do ministry leaders connect with their community?
  • Finding bridges to the community
  • Using prayer walks to cultivate the spiritual soil of your community. 
  • Using baptisms, weddings, baby dedications, and funerals as bridges to your community
  • Offering yourself in community leadership 
  • Promoting your ministry in the community
  • Discovering how you and your ministry can serve your community
  • The role of missions in the life of the local church
  • The local church and its relationship with Global Workers
  • How to make your church facilities available without compromising your values

In this module, we will give attention to church culture and leading as an agent of change. 

  • What is church/ministry culture
  • Why it is important to pay attention to church/ministry culture
  • How to deal with toxic culture
  • Shaping culture
  • Transitioning culture
  • How to be a change agent without alienating people
  • Honouring past accomplishments while pursuing a greater future
  • The importance of working on your organization, not just in your organization

Ephesians 4:30 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.”

1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Quench not the Holy Spirit.”

Ephesians 5:18 “Be filled with the Spirit.”

In this module, we will be considering ways of opening ourselves and our ministry to the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. Here are some of the topics we will cover: 

  • Creating space for the Holy Spirit to work in your life and ministry
  • Inviting the Holy Spirit to work in and through you – divine appointments
  • Hearing from God- personally, and for your church or ministry
  • Teaching others how to hear the voice of God
  • Leading people into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • The value and importance of tongues in the life of the believer
  • Understanding the gifts of the Spirit – what they are and what they are not
  • The importance of the fruit of the Spirit
  • Helping people discover their spiritual gifts
  • Encouraging and facilitating spiritual gifts in a public meeting
  • Bringing order when required in a public meeting
  • Healing the sick
  • Power evangelism
  • Understanding manifestations
  • The function and role of a ministerial presbytery
  • The function of new testament prophets
  • Judging prophecy
  • Spiritual journaling
  • Discerning the will of God for a church or ministry
  • Dealing with demons
  • Dealing with spiritual warfare
  • The role of intercession and intercessors

Although a majority of the competencies will apply regardless of the ministry context or function, one module will be dedicated to ministry-specific competencies. 

  • Pastors
  • Church Planters
  • Global Workers
  • Youth Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Chaplaincy

Experiential • Practical • Interactive • Christ-Centered

If you would like more information about Epic 2.0 or to enroll in the program please contact your Regional Director or send an email to epic2.0@acop.ca.

Your Regional Director is available to meet with local church boards to encourage churches to support their pastors in this training program. 

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