Step One Conference

New Church Development Committee of the New Mexico Annual Conference has joined with Path 1 to bring the Step One Conference to Albuquerque. This Conference is focused on equipping leaders for new places for new people, leaders getting a grasp of what it takes to start a new faith community and excite everyone in the movement of building of new faith communities. The purpose of starting a new church or faith community is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who will become agents of God’s mission for the transformation of the world. Creating new places for new people is a significant enterprise requiring a great deal of discernment and preparation on the part of the potential church planter. Even if you are not inclined to plant a church the information during this conference will inspire, enlighten and guide you.

Dates:  September 26 – 28, 2018
Registration at 12:00 noon on the 26th.
Site:  St John’s UMC, 2626 Arizona St. NE – 505-885-9717
Cost:  $75

Accommodations:  Hampton Inn – University Downtown, 2300 Carlisle NE, 87110.  Book under ” United Methodist Church”.

Contact Info:  505-255-8786  Register via phone, need name, address, phone, email, church & vegetarian or gluten free.

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Wednesday, September 26th
12:00 Registration
1:00   Welcome, Introductions – Curtis & Kathy
1:30   Why start new things for new people? – Kim Griffith
2:15   Social Enterprises – Mike Baughman
3:45 Break
4:00   Panel Discussion-What works/What doesn’t – Phil Huston
5:15 On-Site Dinner with St. John’s UMC community
6:00  Story of Community of Hope (New Faith Community-NFC) – Janet Norden
6:45   Transfer to Drafty Kilt with X-ile Blues Church – Dr. Rev. Todd Seelau
Thursday, September 27th
8:30    Continental Breakfast, Coffee/Tea
9:00    Characteristics of Planter – Kim Griffith
10:00  Characteristics of New Faith Communities – Curtis Brown
10:45  Break
11:00  Hispanic Latino Ministries – Sam Rodriguez
12:00 Lunch On-Site
1:00   Types of New Faith Communities – Curtis Brown
2:00   Plant Story – Donnie Williams (new building for NFC)
2:45   Break
3:00   Multi-Site Churches – David Devereaux/Tim Hunsinger
4:00   Worship/Praise Band – David Hamilton
5:00   Evening on your own
Friday, September 28th
8:30 Continental Breakfast, Coffee/Tea
9:00  What Millennials Want? – Rob Rynders
10:00 Church Plant-It’s Hope, It’s Blessing – Josh Kouri (NFC moved church)
10:45  Break
11:00  Discerning Your Call – Curtis Brown
11:45   Q&A
12:30   Depart


Rev. Mike Baughman: Mike is an ordained elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference on loan to the North Texas Annual Conference as lead pastor at Union, a new nonprofit coffeehouse/church start that exists to care for the needs of its Dallas neighborhood.

Rev. Curtis Brown: Curtis is a pastor, church planter, consultant and coach who has worked with hundreds of church leaders and planters. Currently he works with Path1 training, consulting, coaching, and conspiring with UMC leaders in starting new faith communities in the Western United States. Prior to joining Path1, served as the Director of Faith Community Development in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UMC, where he was working to plant and grow more vital congregations within the post-Christian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Curtis holds a doctorate in Community Organizing from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and additional degrees from Boston University and University of Evansville. He is an ordained elder in the UMC and a member of the New England Conference, where he has served as the Director of Congregational Development and pastored in Wakefield, Westborough, Shrewsbury, and Framingham, Massachusetts.

Rev. David Devereaux:  Pastor David was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1992, and has served churches in Camp Verde Arizona, Tucson Arizona, and Las Vegas Nevada. He is trained as a church growth consultant, and has assisted numerous congregations in revitalization. He has a passion for preaching and teaching, and for encouraging people to answers God’s call upon their lives. Pastor David has also served as the North District Superintendent from 2003-2008 and as Dean of the Cabinet from 2006-2008. Pastor David became the Senior Pastor to Desert Spring UMC, Las Vegas, NV on July 1, 2008.

Rev. Kim Griffith: Kim serves as the Path 1 New Church Strategist for the Southeastern Jurisdiction with the United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. She was a church planter for over 10 years, starting a new service at First UMC in Ft. Myers, Florida, and starting River of Life UMC in Jacksonville, Florida. She has also served as the Associate Director of New Church Development for the Florida Annual Conference and Executive Director for Griffith Coaching. She enjoys working with pastors and laity who are beginning new faith communities, and with pastors and churches that are seeking to revitalize and reach new people. Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Florida, a M.Div. from Emory University, and a D.Min from Wesley Theological Seminary; and is an ordained Elder in the Florida Conference of The UMC.

Rev. Tim Hunsinger  Tim is appointed to Desert Spring UMC, Las Vegas, NV as the campus pastor of DSUMC’s first multi-site effort. He completed his M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology in Spring 2018. Tim’s prior experience was in the credit union industry where he gained twenty-years of corporate leadership experience in the role Chief Lending Officer. Tim joined DSUMC’s staff in 2015 as an intern and was assigned to co-lead the second campus team, leading them through the decision making process of choosing a multi-site model, demographic research, creation of launch plan, and recruitment of a launch team centered around a community group model. As a member of DSUMC since 2012, Tim has been immersed in the culture of Desert Spring and has a passion for religious leadership and practices that create and sustain vital faith communities.

Rev. Janet Norden:  Janet was called into nursing as a young woman.  She served in the ER as a nurse practitioner while in seminary and worked with homeless and marginalized populations there. One night while away in seminary, I had a vision of serving Holy Communion on the streets to those experiencing homelessness. with Rev. Greg Henneman, who also had a vision for serving the homeless and marginalized, and others in the community, Community of Hope began to be realized with others who saw this ministry as truly one that would be Kingdom building.

Samuel Rodriguez: Samuel served as a Commissioned Missionary with Global Ministries of The UMC for nine years, served seven years in the Central Texas Annual Conference as Coordinator for Hispanic/ Latino Ministries. Sam also served on staff at Discipleship Ministries/ Path1 as Director of Hispanic /Latino and Multiethnic New Church Starts. Presently, he is on staff at The General Commission on Religion and Race as Director of Connectional Relations.

Rev. Rob Rynders: A United Methodist pastor specializing in church consulting and nonprofit consulting. He is the co-founder and previous co-pastor of City Square Church, an innovative United Methodist faith community in downtown Phoenix. He uses his strengths in strategic planning and visioning to connect people and ideas to each other, in order to make our communities and the world a better place. In 2012 Rob was honored with Claremont School of Theology’s Distinguished Alumnus award. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife and two sons. Visit his website at  He will be speaking on “What do Millenials Want?”

Rev. Donnie Williams:  Donnie is life long native of Odessa, Texas. He served as Youth Pastor at First United Methodist church for many years before becoming the church planter for The Bridge in 2012.  The Bridge began recruiting launch team members in 2012. They held their first preview service in June and launched weekly worship on January 13, 2013. They met weekly in an elementary school gym before moving into their new building in October of 2107. They are located on the north side of Odessa in one of the growing areas in the community.

Panel discussion: ” What did we learn?” – Reverends Phil Huston, Joe Whitley and Ross Whiteaker.

New Church Worship Opportunity:  Rev. Dr. Todd Seelau invites all to the X-ile Blues Church on Wednesday night at the Drafty Kilt.

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