2019 Gathering of the Shepherds Conference
Change or Die!

About This Event

If you’re a senior pastor or the spouse of one, this is the conference for you.

As spiritual mentors with congregations who depend on them, senior pastors face unique, formidable challenges. That’s why this year—if you’re a senior pastor or married to one—we are singularly focused on helping you find the best way forward for your ministry.
To survive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape and a society that continues to favor secularity over spirituality more than it has at any other time in history, churches must adapt or face certain demise. Consequently, senior pastors face mounting pressure to modify their methods to fit mainstream models of attracting more people to Christ, but most have no idea how to do it.

The truth is, the game has changed, and pastors who engage with an outdated rulebook will be outplayed and played out.

At this year’s conference, you’ll learn how to contend with the disruption of cultural currents that have altered the way people consume church and connect to Christ.
We’ll help you understand what change looks, feels, and sounds like during your weekend services and in your weekly activities, so you don’t think you’re crazy when you’re doing and saying things you never imagined you would.
We’ll tell you how to overcome intimidation and explain why it’s imperative to remove resistance to new approaches, because really, what choice do you have? After all, there are only two options…
If you’re a senior pastor or the spouse of one, register today.

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Location

18909 South Miles Road
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
(216)332.9673

Speakers


Dr. R.A. Vernon, Lady Victory Vernon, Pastor Mike McClure, Dr. Dharius Daniels.

Date & Time

June 19th - 21st, 2019

VENUE

Our main campus includes two buildings, the main building and an annex called the Kingdom building. The main building is 160,000 square feet with a theater-style sanctuary, restaurant and café, administrative offices, and multipurpose space. It also includes an expansive athletics division housed in our sports complex, complete with two turf-covered fields, a billiards hall, and a gym that has three full basketball courts, providing a venue for all sorts of sports activities including football, boxing, and soccer.

The Kingdom Building is home to our teen and children’s wings. With multiple classrooms and Victory Hall, a spacious auditorium we named after our first lady, the Kingdom Building is a versatile space accommodating a variety of ministry activities, services, and events. You’ll want to make sure you stop over while you’re here, as it’s currently under renovation to make room for a state-of-the-art Creative and Performing Arts Center. Once renovations are complete, the Kingdom Building will be renamed the R. A. Vernon building.

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SPECIAL GUESTS

Pastor Mike McClure Jr.Pastor Mike McClure Jr.
Pastor Mike McClure Jr.
Pastor Mike McClure Jr.
Pastor Mike Jr. has become a trailblazer and trendsetter, challenging the notions of tradition by focusing on “out-of-the-box” real, relevant and relatable Millennial-style ministry. His greatest joy is working in ministry with his wife Jacquetta and their five children, Xander, Michael III, Mason, Makinley, and Myles.
Dr. Dharius DanielsDr. Dharius Daniels
Dr. Dharius Daniels
Dr. Dharius Daniels
Dharius Daniels is a cultural architect, trendsetter and strategic thinker for his generation. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of Change Church with locations in New Jersey, Florida, and California, a vibrant ministry that impacts people of all ages, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds.

EVENT SCHEDULE

CHECK-IN12: 00 PMCHECK-IN
SHEPHERDS CONNECTION SOCIAL1:30 PMSHEPHERDS CONNECTION SOCIAL
GENERAL SESSION 17:00 PMOPENING NIGHT W/ DR. R.A. VERNON
BREAKFAST6 AM - 8 AMCONTINENTAL STYLE AVAILABLE
INTERCESSION7 AM - 7:50 AMINTERCESSION
PRAISE & WORSHIP8:00 AMPRAISE & WORSHIP
GENERAL SESSION II8:15AM-9:45AM“CHANGE OR DIE! PART 1” W/ DR. R.A. VERNON
BREAKOUT SESSION I10:00AM-11:15AMPASTORS W/ DR. R.A. VERNON; FEMALE SPOUSE* W/ LADY VERNON
GENERAL SESSION III11:30AM-12:30PM“MAXIMIZING MOMENTUM” W/ PASTOR MIKE MCCLURE (THE ROCK CHURCH, HUNTSVILLE, AL)
LUNCH12:30PM-2:00PMLUNCH
BREAKOUT SESSION II2:OOPM-3:15PMPASTORS W/ DR. R.A. VERNON; FEMALE SPOUSE* W/ LADY VERNON
GENERAL SESSION IV3:30PM-4:15PMW/ DR. DHARIUS DANIELS (CHANGE CHURCH, EWING & ORLANDO, FL)
FIRST-TIMERS6:00AM-7:00AMSESSION W/ DR. R.A. VERNON
BREAKFAST6 AM - 8 AMCONTINENTAL STYLE AVAILABLE
INTERCESSION7 AM - 7:50 AMINTERCESSION
PRAISE & WORSHIP6 AM - 8 AMPRAISE & WORSHIP
GENERAL SESSION V8:15AM-9:15AMW/ DR. R.A. VERNON
BREAKOUT SESSION III9:30AM-10:45AMROUND TABLES W/ DR. R.A. VERNON & LADY VERNON
GENERAL SESSION VI11:00 AMCHANGE OR DIE: THE MARRIAGE EDITION W/ DR. & LADY VERNON

FAQ

Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the conference.

When is the event?

Wednesday, June 19th at 7pm through Friday, June 21st

Where is the event located?

The Word Church (Main Campus – 18909 S Miles Rd Warrensville Heights, OH 44128)

When can attendees arrive?

    • Doors of the Fireside Chapel open at 1:00pm for current members of The Shepherds Connection only.
    • Doors of Field 2 open at 12pm for conference check-in.
    • Doors of the Main Sanctuary open at 6:00pm for the opening session.

Who can attend?

    • This conference is for Senior pastors and spouses only
    • Please note that while single senior pastors are welcome, their fiancés, fiancées, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc. may not attend.

What is the registration fee for the conference?

The conference is absolutely free.

How can attendees register for the event?

    • Attendees are to register online HERE
    • Registrants can also access this site through www.wordcity.org.
    • All registrations must be completed online.

Will there be onsite registration?

We recommend you register now because space is limited.

Can registration be transferred to another party?

No. Registrations are nontransferable, and will only be honored for the original registrants.

Is there a refund policy?

Refund policy: The Conference is absolutely free.

How can members of The Shepherds Connection get their discount?

No need for a discount the conference is absolutely free.

Will childcare be provided?

No. Children will not be permitted to attend this event. It is solely for senior pastors and their spouses only.

Is there a conference hotel or block of rooms available?

Please see our “Hotels” section

Will airport transportation be provided?

No. Attendees must arrange their own round trip airport transportation.

What is the dress code?

Casual and/or business casual

Will breakfast and lunch be provided?

A light continental breakfast will be provided, but lunch will be at the responsibility of the attendee.

Are there any vendor opportunities?

Vendor opportunities are not available at this time.

Are campus tours of The Word Church available during the conference?

Yes. 

Will there be an opportunity to purchase DVD’s and Dr. Vernon’s book?

    • Yes. Attendees may visit our onsite bookstore, Word Everything, to make purchases.
    • Attendees may also make online purchases at www.wordcity.org.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Yes and there is no password needed.

Great speakers with great topics. Join with us!

FREE
INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION PRICE $0
  • FREE for Senior Pastor & Spouse
  • FREE for Individual Registration
  • Volunteer Registration
To survive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape and a society that continues to favor secularity over spirituality more than it has at any other time in history, churches must adapt their methods or face certain demise.
REGISTER HERE

Hotels

We recommend the following hotels.

**Top Recommendation Cle-Marriott East**26300 Harvard Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44122 216-378-9191
Embassy Suites Cle-Beachwood $139++ (Discounted Rate) 3775 Park East Drive Beachwood Ohio 44122 216-765-8066 includes breakfast, Onsite conference check in. (Click hotel name for direct booking)
Ritz Carlton 1515 West Third street Cleveland OH 44113 216-623-1300 Located in the Downtown Cleveland Area
AC Hotel Cleveland (Pinecrest Shopping Mall) $149++ (Click hotel name for discounted Rate) 300 Park Avenue , Orange Village, OH 44122 216-831-1108 On site check in available
Residence Inn Beachwood119++ (Discounted Rate) 3628 Park East Drive Beachwood Ohio 44122 216-831-3030 includes continental breakfast Onsite conference check in

Contact Us

E: gots@wordcity.org
 
P: +(216) 332-9673

Give us a call, we endeavor to answer all inquiries.

We are open from 9.00 AM — 4.00 PM Tuesday to Thursday EST.

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