Further Faster 2017

Auckland Auckland

Mar 16 - 17, 2017

A conference to help your church grow further, faster.
Guest Speakers include Evan McLaughlin, Casey Ross, Lane Jones

Further Faster 2017 is a two-day conference for church leaders and teams passionate about healthy church growth hosted by Willow Creek NZ. It is modeled on North Point Community Church’s Drive Conference, which regularly gathers thousands of leaders from around the world.

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Casey Ross

Director of Ministry Services, North Point Community Church

Bio: Casey has over 20 years of ministry experience. He has worked in a variety of different types of churches ranging in attendance from 100 to 20,000. In those churches, he has led in roles from Student Ministry to Family Ministry to Lead Pastoring to Operations. In 2004, Casey helped plant a church in South Carolina that became a Strategic Partner of North Point. After four short years, he gained the rare experience of leading the church to close in a healthy way. In 2008, he joined the staff of Browns Bridge Church, one of the six local churches of North Point Ministries. At Browns Bridge he was the Director of Ministry Services. The role is as general as the title sounds. Basically if something does not fit into Family Ministry, Groups, or Service Programming it can fit into Ministry Services. At Browns Bridge, he led ministry areas such as Guest Services, Facilities, Care, and Baptism. He also oversaw many of the administrative areas and special projects of the church. Before joining the staff of North Point Community Church in 2014, Casey was a consultant for North Point Partners. Currently, he is the Director of Ministry Services at North Point. This role is similar to the role he had at Browns Bridge. When he has time, he enjoys writing for some North Point projects and for his blog www.bulletpointdad.com. A graduate of Presbyterian College, Casey married his high school sweetheart, and they have been married for 21 years. They have three children: Bennett, Canon, and Teague.

Evan McLaughlin

Director of Service Programming, North Point Community Church

Bio: For the last 13 years, Evan has helped to create irresistible environments where people experience the local church for the first time. When North Point started, we said it like this–Atlanta doesn’t need another church, Atlanta needs a church where “unchurched” people love to attend. That became our vision and 20+ years later, we are still creating churches where “unchurched” people love to attend. As the Director of Service Programming, Evan oversees and leads all aspects of the Sunday experience for over 20,000 adults. This includes creatively program, logistically execute and vigorously evaluate over 15 live environments and a live broadcast stream to an additional 15,000 adults–weekly. Additionally, Evan is the Multi-Site Director of Service Programming, leading and managing the programming process for North Point’s media division and all six local campuses. Prior to leading the Sunday worship experience teams, Evan was the Director of Leader Training and Resources. In his role, Evan oversaw the strategies and practices for training and developing our over 8,000 adult small group leaders. In the early days, North Point’s growth outpaced our systems. As a former Information Systems Manager with UPS in Atlanta, Evan brought a systems lens that helped create baseline infrastructure elements to help sustain our growing leadership base. Additionally, Evan has served as the Director of Stewardship and Director of Life Lessons Over Lunch for North Point. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Evan married his college sweetheart in 1997 and will soon celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. They have four children: Keller, Hynds, Miller, and Morgan.

Lane Jones

Director of North Point Partners/Pastor, North Point Community Church

Bio: Lane Jones has over 30 years of ministry experience and is as excited as ever about the mission of the local church. He is one of the co-founders of North Point Ministries (NPM) in Alpharetta, Georgia. Beginning as North Point Community Church, NPM has grown to six local churches that average approximately 50,000 people in attendance each week. In 2006, Lane led the team that planted Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, Georgia, which was NPM’s third local church. He currently serves as the Director of North Point Partners overseeing the development of a network of churches that literally reaches around the world. Through this network NPM partners with church leaders in creating churches unchurched people love to attend in their community. Lane is the co-author of Seven Practices of Effective Ministry and Communicating for a Change and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He also serves as host of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with his wife Traci. They have three grown children who are all active in ministry.

Tak Bhana

Senior Pastor, Church Unlimited

Bio: Tak Bhana is a New Zealand born Indian who was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ while a law student at Auckland University. His life was radically changed when he made the decision to make Jesus Christ the Saviour and Lord of his life. Faith in Jesus Christ has been the passion of his life since. In 1987 Tak and Adrienne became the pastors of Church Unlimited, where they have ministered ever since. Tak’s deep passion is to see the rapid growth and advance of the kingdom of God in New Zealand and the nations. Church Unlimited continues to grow through people being saved and discipled. Tak’s own words best describe his ministry - “As long as I’ve been a Christian I’ve had a desire and a passion to see God’s people burning with an unquenchable zeal that results in their loving and serving Him with all their heart and strength.

Andy Stanley

Senior Pastor and founder, North Point Community Church

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