A Day of Equipping and Refreshing
This year’s CAPS event will also include a special time of Worship, and key note speaker Ruth Esau!
The 2017 Church Administrative Professionals’ Symposium will take place October 25th. You are warmly welcomed to a day that has been specially designed for those who serve the church in the front office - a day of practical equipping and training, and also a refreshing day of renewal.
The work done in the church office is vital to the effective function of so many ministries of the church, and the CAPS event – organized for and by administrative professionals working in church settings – is designed to serve those in this role.
These administrative professionals will gather on October 25th. Our keynote speaker will be Ruth Esau, local leadership development coach and ordained minister (CM&A). Other workshop leaders will offer practical skills and inspiration in workshops through the day, making this a valuable investment for you and the staff of your church.
About our Topics
Looking for Answers & Wondering Why
Ruth Esau, Founder & President of Inspired to Lead, Calgary, AB
We all know what it is to ask deep questions and wonder why. This keynote hits at the heart of living in the tension of desiring peace, meaning and fulfillment while experiencing some of the unexplainable of the reality around us.
Things I’ve Learned Working with You:
A story of a CAPs and Her Boss
Penny Carleton, Administrative Assistant, Leduc Fellowship Church, Leduc AB
Dennis Gulley, Lead Teaching Pastor, Leduc Fellowship Church, Leduc AB
This session will hear first-hand accounts of things that can be learned about ourselves and others in a career on the front line of ministry, as told through the eyes of an administrative assistant and her boss.
Are We Allowed to Do That?:
Copyright Basics for Churches
Darcy Gullacher, Librarian/Registrar, Alberta Bible College, Calgary, AB
Does the term "copyright" strike fear into your heart? Worried that you and your church will wind up on the wrong side of the law for showing a VeggieTales movie at DVBS? Is your Pastor of Adult Ministries giving you nightmares copying small group workbooks? Is the pastor allowed to show a clip from the Lord of the Rings as a sermon illustration? Find out what steps your church should take to make sure you stay on the right side of copyright.
Is Sitting all Day Really Killing Me?
Darren Kanwischer, owner of Fifth Avenue Fitness Club in Calgary, AB
Learn the importance of self-care and practical tips to keep body movement happening during your work day.
Best Practices for Data Storage
Michael Daykin, Manager, Client Support, Sunergo Systems for Ministry, NCOL Ministries, British Columbia
Learn several quick tips about cloud/web-based storage, back-ups and your organization’s responsibilities.
Crisis on Line 1
Kristen Engeler, City of Calgary 9-1-1 Operator, Calgary, AB
A thoughtful discussion on how preparing for crisis conversations in life is not as scary as it may first appear. With a little preparedness, individuals can successfully have difficult conversations with a sense of calm and a level of intentionality. Attendees will leave the session better equipped to be a rock of stability during what could be one of the worst days of someone's life.
Ginger Did It Backwards & in High Heels
Ruth Esau, Founder & President of Inspired to Lead, Calgary, AB
It takes two to tango: one to lead and one to follow. But whoever said following is easy? Being a good follower means understanding how to help your leader achieve their goals while moving the entire organization forward.
What’s in your Church’s Tool Box?
Matt Morrison, Founder & Creative Director, Church OS, Courteny, BC
Practical steps on how your church can communicate effectively in a web and social media driven world. This problem can often feel overwhelming, and this session will equip churches with realistic strategies and powerful tools that they can use immediately when they get back to the office. This session will touch on websites, social media, online giving and more.
The Neighbourist Church Administrator
Dr. Preston Pouteaux, Lake Ridge Community Church, Chestermere, AB
Jesus called us to love God and our neighbours, yet we often do not have a helpful vision for how to care for our neighbours. Preston offers his insight as a neighbourist pastor, author and beekeeper, showing how we get meaning from our neighbourhoods by giving meaning to our neighbourhoods. When we explore the ways we can find faith, imagination and delight in our neighbourhoods we may discover that our church offices could be a thriving environment for new hope and life.
About our Presenters
Penny Carleton is the glue that keeps Leduc Fellowship Church running. She is a very integral part of the team and helps juggle the many tasks that they have. If you call or visit the office, Penny will likely be the first voice or face that you encounter and she will make sure your questions are answered. Penny and her husband Steve enjoy camping, car shows and (especially) being part of their adult children's lives.
Kristen Engeler is passionate about crisis communication. After studying psychology at Mount Royal University, she quickly moved into a career in the social services sector working for Servants Anonymous Society and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary. Now working as a 9-1-1 operator for the City of Calgary, Kristen responds to crisis on a daily basis and loves (almost) every moment of it.
Ruth Esau is energized by helping others find and reach their potential. The Founder and President of Inspired to Lead, she is an ordained minister who has served in various ministry contexts over her career. She is known to say that, “Every day is a gift to be lived to the fullest, no matter what life hands you. It just may take longer to figure out some days!” (read more below)
Darcy Gullacher is the Librarian/Registrar at Alberta Bible College in Calgary, AB. He holds a Master's of Library and Information Studies from the U of A, and has done additional professional development in the areas of copyright and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. Darcy enjoys cycling and cross-country skiing.
Dennis Gulley is the Lead Teaching Pastor at Leduc Fellowship Church in Leduc, AB. Other experience includes Regional Director of Student Ministries, Alberta Baptist Association; Associate Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church in Portland, OR as well as staff member at Portland Youth for Christ. Dennis earned a Master of Art in Educational Ministries from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. Dennis and Joanne are blessed with five daughters and two sons-in-law.
Darren Kanwischer is the owner of a fitness club, Fifth Avenue Club, in Calgary. He is also a certified StrengthsFinderTM coach. Darren is very passionate about leadership development and fitness, and has been active in supporting the work of the Healthy Pastors Initiative of the E P Wahl Centre.
Dr. Preston Pouteaux is a beekeeper, neighbourhood enthusiast, and pastor at Lake Ridge Community Church. He serves nationally with Forge Canada and teaches at colleges across the country. He studied at Covenant Bible College, Briercrest College, Regent College, Tyndale Seminary, and Jerusalem University College in Israel. He is the author of Imago Dei to Missio Dei [VantagePoint3], and The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood [Urban Loft Publishing]; he is also a syndicated newspaper columnist (Into the Neighbourhood). Preston lives in Chestermere, AB, with his wife Kelly, their daughters Scotia and Ivy, and a few thousand honeybees.
MORE ABOUT OUR FEATURED SPEAKER
W. Ruth Esau, BRE Christian Education, CCCTA, CCTS
• Founder and President of Inspired to Lead
• Ordained Minister with Evangelical Missionary
• Church of Canada and Urban Pastor with the Christian & Missionary Alliance of Canada
Ruth is an intentional Woman of Faith, Wife, Mother, Mother in Law, Grammie, Sister, Friend and a Mother Heart for those who have asked for that, and neighbourhood catalyst. Ruth and Brian have been married for 45 Years and have three grown children: Melodie, Joy and Stacy with Brianna and Rebekah, Rob and Jas.
An Ordained Minister, Leadership Development Educator, Facilitator and Coach in the worlds of Ministry, Non Profit and Business. A Culture Shifter. Specializing in Emotional Intelligence. Founder of Inspired to Lead ...whose mission is to “Intentionally inspire leaders to focus, to reflect and to take bold action.”
As you get to know Ruth you will find her life’s journey has been filled with goodness, grace, pain, brokenness, failures, victories, joys and sorrows. Ruth loves, gardening, creating, watercolour painting, camping, hiking, travel, family times. Those who know her best say she is loving, giving, wise, a friend, a visionary, a mentor, optimistic, intentional, strategic, and a little bit crazy making! And above all else Ruth is a lover of Jesus, who has given her life and breath beyond what was expected…..a whole other story of God’s healing grace.
Ruth would say: Every day if a gift to be lived to the fullest, no matter what life hands you. It just may take longer to figure out some days than others.
Cost: $99 (includes lunch) & Early Bird Special Cost: $79.99
CAPS is an initiative of the E P Wahl Centre at Taylor in cooperation with volunteers from a variety of local churches. This event is planned and presented by church admin staff for church admin staff.