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Upright – Building Churches with Integrity

  • Summit Church Gateway Campus 12941 Express Court Fort Myers, FL, 33913 United States (map)
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Upright – Building Churches with Integrity is a 2-day conference sponsored by Sojourn Network and Summit Church to be held in Fort Myers, FL on Wednesday & Thursday, January 30-31, 2019.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, January 30th: Organizational Level Policy

Get answers to these questions:

  • Why do we need policy?

  • What the Bible says about policy?

  • What is policy?

  • What policies does my church need to be upright and operating with integrity?

  • What are the “Big 9” and how do I write these policies?

  • How can I be sure our founding documents (Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws) are appropriate and accurate?

Thursday, January 31st: Operational Level Policy

Get answers to these questions: 


  • What policies do we need in place to provide sound internal controls?

  • How can we best manage cash?

  • What financial reports will senior leaders actually read and understand?


  • What are the essential elements required in an Employee Manual?

  • What other HR policies does my church need?

  • Can we see actual sample policies from other churches?


  • How do we steward church resources well through meaningful policies?

  • What facility policies are essential to have in place?

  • When to write a facility policy, and when not to?


  • How to create a church branding guide and social media policies?

  • How do we handle crisis communications and media relations?

  • What are the best practices for web, email and blogging?


  • What technology policies and practices do we need for our church?

  • What options are viable for laptops, cellphones, tablets, hardware and software?

  • What legacy systems does our church need to consider for back office operations, kid’s check in, and worship services?

Conference Speakers

Come, learn, interact with these subject matters experts & practitioners:


Tim Beltz

Pastor, former XP at Mars Hill & Sojourn Community Churches, retired Coast Guard officer, nonprofit & business executive, author, founder of a consulting practice serving church leadership teams nationally, husband, father and grandfather.

Nate Johnson

Executive Pastor at Summit Church, Strategic Consultant & business owner, husband and father of 4 amazing children.

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Luke Barker

Pastor, CPA, former Executive Pastor at Sojourn Community Church.  Husband and father of two boys.  Part-time jazz musician.

Joe O’Neal

Joe is the Creative Communications Pastor at Summit Church where he has served for the past 8 years. When he’s not spending time with his wife Alex, and their 3 children, you can usually find him on his skateboard.

Not Pictured: Jeremy Hatfield – Jeremy serves as the Executive Pastor at Pleasant Valley Community Church, a former business executive and current coach, consultant, husband, and father of the 9 coolest kids in the world.

Conference Details

Who should come? 

All those in the local church who write policy.  People like: Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors, Finance & HR leaders, Church Board & Finance Team Members

Conference Cost

$275/person for members of Sojourn Network, otherwise $325/person

Each conference participant will receive a binder with all main session notes plus breakout session handouts and a thumb drive loaded with actual polices and templates (estimated legal costs of churches paying for these attorney-reviewed policies is over $750,000)


Summit Church Gateway Campus, 12941 Express Court, Fort Myers, FL 33913

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Earlier Event: January 14
Children's Ministry Leadership Cohort
Later Event: February 20
Gospel Care Cohort