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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 4-6, 2021
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

BASS Convention Presenter: Leroy Goertzen

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Leroy Goertzen
Leroy Goertzen

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
Corban University
Salem, OR

Dr. Leroy Goertzen serves as faculty and administration member of Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, teaches pastoral theology and leadership in Corban's Graduate School of Ministry and mentors ministry leaders in creating and carrying out their doctoral projects in their ministry contexts.

Dr. Goertzen is a graduate of Grace University (BA), Grace Theological Seminary (ThM) and Talbot School of Theology (DMin). He has served in a wide range of ministry capacities throughout his life, spending 25 years in pastoral ministry.

Leroy grew up a farmer's son in the small Mennonite hamlet of Henderson, Nebraska. There he learned some of the most basic but valuable lessons in life; hard work, family life, making things grow, and coping with the changes and conflicts that are natural to the rhythms of nature.

Leroy and his wife Karen (Unruh) have been married for 40 years. They have 3 daughters; Tanya, Angie, and Mindy, 3 sons-in-law and 7 grandchildren. Leroy loves spending time with his family, (grandchildren in particular!), playing guitar, mandolin and percussion instruments, keeping abreast of Big Red (the Nebraska Cornhuskers Football team) and engaging in outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.

2018 Workshops

Pastors: How to Gain and Maintain Credibility in Ministry


Current affairs within America's political climate has exposed a genuine lack of leadership credibility. Regardless of political leanings, it is a truism that people won't believe the message if they don't believe the messenger. The skepticism towards leadership and authority that is so innate to post-modernity, is being fueled by the current leadership crisis, particularly the blatant lack of integrity being exhibited in all corners of government. As dark as this may seem, there is an opportunity for the Church to reflect the integrity of its Creator and gain the credibility necessary to speak the gospel into all those places of society that are need of God's presence and power. This can happen if Christian leaders will embrace the standards of integrity and credibility laid out in the Scriptures and lived out by the Savior. This workshop will give attendees a working understanding of what credibility is, how it can be lost, regained and sustained.

Pastors: The Times - They are A-Changin': How to Navigate Change in a Changing World


The times they are achangin' - at least that is what Bob Dylan penned in his song by that name in the turbulent 60's (1964). What was true then, is even more true today as the winds of change have only increased exponentially. And yet, interestingly, we chafe at the thought of it. Why? Is change always for the worst? Do we need to approach it negatively or as an action of last resort? Is change always to be associated with the slippery slope of liberalism or decay as some would have us believe? This workshop seeks to help us navigate change by helping us view it more realistically, that is, more positively and constructively. Attendees will be introduced to a biblical theology of change that will enable them to understand and even participate in the changes taking place in their churches and ministries. Additionally, we will discover that change is at the heart of the transforming nature of the Gospel and central to the task of the precious Holy Spirit.

Pastors: Do You Know Your RQ? Why Relational Intelligence may be the Most Important Intelligence You Have


As a college and seminary professor I constantly hear students talk about their GPA's. Graduates are honored with titles such as magna cum laude and summa cum laude - representing the highest levels of academic distinction. And yet, research indicates that these honored levels of intellectual ability do not translate necessarily into ministry success/effectiveness. In fact, it would appear that in some highly respected vocations, high grades do not in fact characterize the best workers. Moreover, it is not unusual to hear about alarming dysfunctions within ministries that appear to be led by intellectually sound and competent leaders. Interestingly, research indicates that most church members leave their church, most churches divide or dissolve and most pastors resign over issues involving interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict - not matters of doctrine or church polity. In our digital age, developing and practicing relational competence is becoming increasingly challenging. This workshop acquaints attendees with the concept of relational intelligence, why it is so important, and how it can be developed.

Pastors: The Power of the "Next Step"


Ministries and their leaders are often paralyzed with inaction. Many reasons for this exist. It may be that there are too many options. Sometimes a decision seems ominous! At other times, the right/best thing to do seems difficult to deduce. And there can be disagreement; the parties involved have multiple and differing opinions. Whatever the case, indecision often leads to more of the status quo which in turn frustrates people and jeopardizes leadership credibility. Leaders make decisions that lead a ministry forward into God's vision and mission. More often than not, this is accomplished - not by making one big leap in some direction, but by simply taking the next possible step--be it every so small. Mastering the power of the next step is what every leader needs to do to help their ministry continue to move forward, change, and grow according to God's purpose and design. The next positive step helps build momentum, which helps create morale, which facilitates cooperation and participation, which fuels enthusiasm and growth. This workshop helps ministry leaders know how and when to take the next step.

2017 Workshops

Pastors: Redeeming Conflict in Ministry


All of life is surrounded by conflict. It's everywhere and plays an integral role in how life works in the post-Edenic world. Aspects of conflict are certainly highlighted in God's judgment pronunciation in Genesis 3. The entrance of sin in to the world has made conflict inevitable. Deny it as we may, the sinner in us seems oriented toward living and dying in conflict. If, however, that were the only context by which we were to understand conflict, our perspective would certainly be negative and depressing. Unfortunately, that IS what most people believe, particularly those in ministry who often feel particularly vulnerable to conflict's negative impact. As a result conflict is often avoided and mishandled - and that - to everyone's poverty.

What if conflict was not a problem to be avoided, but an opportunity to be embraced? What if we were to live into conflict's redemption-pointing, reconciliation-creating potential? What if we could see the fall's corrupting influence in conflict through the lens of the gospel's redeeming power?

In this seminar, Dr. Goertzen provides a refreshingly positive perspective toward conflict. If the world is a cauldron of conflict, learners are challenged to enter into it and learn its lessons well--lessons that will expose the myths that keep the flames of conflict burning hotter than what they really are or need to be.

Pastors: Answers for Genuine Spiritual Change


Spiritual formation is all the rage! An avalanche of materials has buried the readership in how-to principles and strategies intended to help believers grow in their relationship with God. There is so much good reading available! But the transformation into Christlikeness that ministry practitioners long for in themselves and those they minister to seems as elusive as ever. This is not to say that spiritual growth isn’t happening; we certainly believe God’s good work in His people through His Spirit and His Word is advancing. But research suggests that broad, deep spiritual change isn’t being evidenced within the Church at large. Most spiritual markers assessing Christian spirituality point downward.

Are there “other” issues related to the Church’s vision and mandate to be discipled to maturity that have gotten lost in the discussion? Well, Yes and No! Spiritual formation is predominantly a matter of the heart. Transformation must begin at the very place where entrenched, storied sinfulness resides. Many spiritual practices, as cherished as they are, may promote moralistic behavior that thwarts real spiritual progress because they are not allowed to penetrate the heart.

This workshop helps learners understand the place of the heart in spiritual formation and how believers, in cooperation with the Spirit, can use biblical-spiritual practices to transform hearts of stone into hearts of flesh thereby experiencing that deeply-desired growing relationship with God.