Ministry Forum helps make sense of the blur

Life moves fast and so does ministry. FPU’s 2011 Central Valley Ministry Forum looks at how pastors, lay leaders, members of faith-based organizations—anyone who wants to grow in Christian leadership—can not just survive but thrive.

“Ministry in a Hyperchange World: Staying Focused When Everything is a Blur” takes place Thursday, February 17, in the Special Events Center on the main university campus, on Winery south of the intersection with Butler Avenue. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and the last session is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m.

Larry Osborne is the featured speaker. Osborne is senior pastor at North Coast Church, Vista, California, and president of the North Coast Training Network. With attendance at more than 8,000, North Coast has been named one of the 10 Most Influential Churches in America for pioneering video venues, leading the multi-site movement, sermon-based small groups, missonal community service and shared leadership. Osborne’s book Sticky Teams, Keeping Your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page was awarded the Golden Canon 2010 Leadership Book Award by Christianity Today (read morehere).His other books include Sticky Church, Ten Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe, A Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God, Spirituality for the Rest of Us and The Unity Factor.

Admission is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight, including breakfast, lunch, snacks and conference materials. Register by February 11 at or contact Connie McNeely at 559-453-7139 or

Other sponsors are Chick-fil-A, Spirit 88.9 radio, Growing Healthy Churches, Link Care Center, Dumont Printing and Mailing, Christian Business Men’s Connection, The Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ, Uncle Harry’s Bagels, Producers Dairy, Wawona Foods and The Mennonite Brethren Foundation.