R.A. Vernon, D.Min. is the founder and senior pastor of The Word Church, one of the fastest- growing churches in the history of Cleveland with campuses and daughter churches throughout Northeast Ohio. In his twentieth year of pastoring and tenth year of leading and fathering pastors and churches across the nation, he has committed his life unequivocally to honoring God and helping people. He has a Diploma of Theology, a Masters of Practical Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in church growth all from Ashland Theological Seminary. Dr. Vernon is hopelessly in love with his wife of over 20 years; Lady Victory Rose Vernon and they have five awesome children.
Victory Rose Vernon has been the loving Leading Lady of The Word Church for two decades. She handsomely handles the tall task of being the faithful wife of one, the committed mother of five, mentor to hundreds and First Lady to thousands who stand in line weekly at three campuses in hopes of spending just a few intimate moments with her. Coupled with that, she has passionately pursued formal pedagogy, obtaining a Bachelor of Social Work from Capitol University, a Masters of Practical Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary, and has officially completed her course work and dissertation in pursuit of her Doctorate degree. If all goes well during her Defense, she will receive her Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary in the Spring of 2020.
Leadership architect and consultant, author, change strategist, speaker – also known as a dream releaser. “My life’s vision is helping others succeed” – Samuel Chand.
National Recording Artist James Fortune’s power when it comes to spreading the Gospel thru song is his ability to be transparent and feature life scenarios as the centerpiece of his songwriting. The single “I Trust You” went on to become number one in the country for 29 consecutive weeks – a streak that hadn’t been experienced for a gospel song.
National Recording Artist J.J. Hairston continues to make waves in the Gospel Music Industry while garnering national and international recognition with 6 Stellar Gospel Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Award.
At this year’s conference, Dr. Vernon will discuss enriching topics where you can expect transforming information and instruction that will propel your ministry to the next level. Because of Dr. Vernon’s 20 plus years of pastoring, he will provide instruction that will steer you clear of some pitfalls, deflate myths that’s killing your ministry. You should also come expecting to learn how we’ve become ‘Intentionally Intergenerational’ in our 20th year – fighting to meet the needs of every age group in our ministry, how we are committed to the Matthew 25 Alive ministry. There’s more; if you’ve joined us before for GOTS, or you may have traveled on your own to see our different campuses, this year we have invested in travel buses to escort ALL Senior Pastors to tour and be taught at both our Downtown and Akron campuses. What an awakening experience you will have receive!
Senior pastors will also be trained by Dr. Samuel Chand. The world-renowned leadership architect, author and speaker. Dr. Chand personally consults, mentors and coaches the pastors of some of the country’s largest churches. He speaks regularly at leadership conferences, churches and corporations, and at this year’s conference he’ll provide tactics that are sure to leave you prepared for the world ahead!
Leading Ladies Victory Sessions – Today’s issues and challenges that come with working, being a wife, mother, mentor – while at the same time filling the role of Leading Lady in ministry, can sometimes make you feel as though you’re losing! These sessions with Lady Victory Vernon will be permeated with a scholarly womanist perspective – mixed with real, raw and relevant practical principles that will help you not only survive but thrive as a Leading Lady. You will be reminded that losing is not an option!
During this conference, leaders will encounter an interactive, up-close learning experience with – Dr. Samuel Chand a world-renowned leadership architect, change strategist also known as a dream releaser. “My life’s vision is helping others succeed” – Samuel Chand.
Also training the leaders this year will be Dr. Vernon! Yes! This year you will have the opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Vernon. He will train, guide and equip leaders with tangible tools to help you and your Pastor with the wear and tear that comes with ministry. “Help! My Pastor’s Under Pressure” will be unpacked where you’re ready to offer hope and help to your Pastor and ministry!
The youth will have an awesome experience at this year’s 2020 GOTS conference. Knowing firsthand the pressures and demands of being PKs, our very own First Family Children have planned and prepared sessions that will provide a retreat from the norm as well as equip and empower youth in their walk during this conference.
Music & Media Session – during this bonus session you will see the ‘What and How of Music and Media’ on a larger scale of ministry. We will share with you how we operate three campuses in three cities simultaneously each week. What it takes to enhance your praise & worship experience, in-service videos, TV Broadcast and much more. You name it, we’ve got you covered!
First Timer’s Session –Dr. and Lady Vernon will kick off this year’s conference with the ‘First Timers’ session with Senior Pastors and their spouses, where they will break down the basics of church growth and what Dr. Vernon calls ‘GROWTH KILLERS!’ An exclusive session to bring our first-time guests up to speed!
Outreach Opportunity – We’ll be modeling ‘Matthew 25 Alive’ – hosting a FREE citywide concert, featuring two of gospel music’s best – JJ Hairston and James Fortune! Yes! You read that right! We’ll be blessing our city like we’ve done for nearly 20 years with two nationally known, chart-topping artists together, on our main stage! You will get to experience a wonderful night of praise and worship! All because of the power of tithes and offerings! Amazing!
|Check in + Tours3 PM||Check in + Tours|
|Opening Session with Dr Vernon7 PM||Opening Session with Dr Vernon|
|*Youth After Party - Following Opening Session||*Youth After Party – Following Opening Session|
|Bonus Session: 1st Timers with Dr. Vernon7 AM - 8 AM||Bonus Session: 1st Timers with Dr. Vernon|
|Intercessory Prayer7 AM - 7:50 AM||Intercessory Prayer|
|General Session II- State of the Conference8 AM - 9:15 AM||General Session II- State of the Conference|
|Seniors Pastors travel to offsite campus9:15 AM||Seniors Pastors travel to offsite campus|
|Breakout Session I9:30 AM - 11:30 AM||Breakout Session I|
|General Session III11:45- 12:30 PM||General Session III|
|Lunch & Vending Expo12:30- 2 PM||Lunch & Vending Expo|
|Seniors Pastors travel to offsite campus2 PM||Seniors Pastors travel to offsite campus|
|Breakout Session II2:30 PM- 3:15 PM||Breakout Session II|
|Vending Expo3:15 PM||Vending Expo|
|Citywide FREE Concert7 PM||Citywide FREE Concert|
|Bonus Session: Music & Media7:45 AM - 8:55 AM||Bonus Session: Music & Media|
|Intercessory Prayer8 AM - 8:55 AM||Intercessory Prayer|
|Breakout Session III9 AM - 10:30 AM||Breakout Session III|
|Vendor Expo10:30 AM -11 AM||Vendor Expo|
|Closing Session11 AM||Closing Session|
Wednesday, June 24th at 6pm through Friday, June 26th
The Word Church (Main Campus – 18909 S Miles Rd Warrensville Heights, OH 44128)
Onsite conference check-in begins Wednesday, June 24 @ 3 pm
This conference is for Pastors & Spouse, Leaders, and Youth
Please click here for the Conference cost
We recommend you register now because space is limited.
No. Registrations are nontransferable, and will only be honored for the original registrants.
*Refund Policy: To provide continued value, we will not offer refunds or exchanges. All registrations are final.
Please contact the GOTS team via GOTS@wordcity.org
Childcare is for active SC Pastors and Spouses only.
No. Attendees must arrange their own round trip airport transportation.
Casual and/or business casual
Although Breakfast will not be provided at the conference coffee stations will be provided and Food Vendors will be on-site for participants to purchase lunch
Please contact the GOTS Team via GOTS@wordcity.org
Complimentary Wifi will be limited depending on location