Ryan understands the challenges of small churches and the culture of New England. Together with his wife Wendy, the Howell's spent many years in New England serving the wider church in different capacities - in children's ministry, student ministry, associate pastor and lead pastor positions. He currently serves at Crossroads Church in Loveland, Colorado as lead pastor.
His experience as lead pastor, his communication gifts, love for Jesus Christ and His church and Ryan's generous spirit uniquely positions him as exhorter to small church leaders. Ryan is an expert in the field of church systems but with a heart for smaller churches to be experience growth and to be effective in their spheres of influence.
During his time as leader of Curtis Lake Church in Sanford ME, Ryan's unique ability as influencer opened the door to a 6 year tenure as President of Vision New England, a 130 year old association of churches, pastors, marketplace leaders and non-profits committed to uniting, equipping and encouraging the Body of Christ through the six New England states.
Ryan earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Evangel University and a Masters of Theology at Harvard University.
SESSION ONE : THE POWER AND SCALE-ABILITY OF CHURCH SYSTEMS
The church is part organism and part organization. Too often we live in the extremes of either systems avoidance or systems reliance. With systems avoidance we pray, expecting God to move, but avoid the hard work of preparing our structures to make sure we are ready to respond to a move of God. With systems reliance, we put our hope and trust in great systems that streamline ministry, but easily lose sight of the mystery of God at work. This session will explore how seeing the church as a living system can bring a balanced understanding of partnering with God to lead and manage a healthy and growing church, regardless of its size.
SESSION TWO : STRATEGY AND VISION - IT'S NOT JUST FOR THE LARGE CHURCH
Are the concepts of vision and strategy geared for big churches with big budgets, big staff and big buildings? Isn’t vision just a statement to get people excited? More important than vision, a simple strategic system converts vision into reality 90 days at a time. In this session, you will get an introduction to a strategic operating system that is easy to integrate into your leadership irrespective of the number of staff members or volunteers you may or may not have!
SESSION THREE : DESIGNING YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION SYSTEM
Let’s get practical! Everyone hopes to see first-time visitors become part of our church families. Unfortunately, our strategy is based on the hope that people get connected through a friendly face or volunteering. The problem is that hope is a terrible strategy! This session covers core principles of connecting with visitors, then establish a system that when implemented, will guide visitors along a path of meaningful connection with your faith community.