Panelists for the “THINK OUTSIDE” Ministry Workshop

The “Think Outside” Ministry Workshop will feature several experienced leaders who have been successful at helping churches become more outwardly focused.

Our panelists represent a wealth of ministry experience in church outreach, using a variety of different models and targeting many different audiences.

Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson is our host and moderator. Ross is Director of Utah Advance Ministries, which seeks to help churches wisely engage Utah’s unique religious and cultural climate. He also serves as a Teaching Pastor at Alpine Church.

Steve Bennetsen is a Teaching Pastor and Executive Pastor at Steve BennetsenAlpine Church. Alpine has grown considerably over the last decade by mastering the strategy of using Sunday services as a gateway for people far from God.

Rene MelendezRene Melendez is Pastor at Alpine Church‘s Latino Campus. He is succeeding at applying Alpine’s outreach and discipleship strategy to a Latino cultural setting.


Alfred Murillo is Director of the Synergy in Action Network. Alfred MurilloFormerly at the Utah Dream Center, Alfred specializes in helping churches set up ministries that share Christ and practice justice by meeting practical needs in the community.

Dave ElshaugDave Elshaug is Executive Pastor at K-2 the Church. One of Salt Lake City’s most dynamic churches, K-2 focuses on reaching a non-LDS, secular population. Dave is also Director of Loving Utah, a church planting network.

Hope Taylor is Director of the International Leadership Embassy in Hope TaylorWashington, D.C. ILE helps Christians engage their communities by impacting government, with an ultimate aim of transforming culture.

Fred LopezFred Lopez is co-host. He is Senior Pastor at Hope Resurrected Church. Adopting new perspectives and practices toward outreach, Fred has led the church to a growth surge that has required recently moving to a larger facility.

The Workshop is Saturday, February 7 from 8:30am-12:20pm

Location: Alpine Church offices at 2564 Washington Blvd., Ogden Utah.

RSVP to Ross Anderson –
Don’t come alone! Bring someone from your leadership team to process ideas with.

Sponsored by Loving Utah: A Church Planting Network.

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“What Mormons Believe” series

Series-Featured-ImageI’ve just completed a brief video series called “What Mormons Believe.” It’s designed to catalyze conversations in families and small groups, or with mentors or friends. The series covers 5 basic topics:

  • The nature of God
  • Scripture
  • The nature of human beings
  • What is salvation
  • What happens in eternity

The series was prepared for the resource web site You can find it here. Each video is 5-8 minutes long, and there is a workbook to help you discuss what you learn. (Be sure to check out all the resources in the growing library at

This series definitely has its limitations. It’s just an introduction, so a great deal more could be said about each of these rich topics. It doesn’t give all of the biblical data on each subject, but just enough to put the LDS ideas presented into some context. And it’s not really about “what Mormons believe” because there is no single point of view shared by all Latter-day Saints. It’s more about what Mormonism and LDS authorities teach. But I’m hopeful that it can help you be better prepared to have informed, meaningful spiritual conversations with LDS friends and relatives.

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How churches succeed in reaching people far from God

Every church talks about the priority of reaching people for Christ. But many churches aren’t willing to make the changes that will actually change produce results.

The “Think Outside” Ministry Workshop will explore foundational perspectives and helpful practices to transform churches to greater effectiveness at reaching lost people with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Join us Saturday, February 7 from 8:30am-12:20pm followed by lunch with presenters. There is no cost to attend except for lunch afterwards.



Location: Alpine Church offices at       2564 Washington Blvd., Ogden Utah.

RSVP to Ross Anderson –   Don’t come alone! Bring someone from your leadership team to process ideas with.

8:30 Registration / Coffee / Fellowship

9:00 Session I: Perspectives on Effective Outreach:  A panel of experienced pastors will explore basic shifts in perspective necessary for churches to succeed at reaching lost people – based on Jesus’ own practice and mandate. This will include Q & A from the floor.

Moderator: Ross Anderson, Utah Advance Ministries

Panelists:   Fred Lopez, Hope Resurrected Church – Steve Bennetson, Alpine Church — Rene Melendez, Alpine Church, Latino Campus – Dave Elshaug, K2 the Church – Hope Taylor, International Leadership Embassy — and others (awaiting confirmation).

10:30 Session II:Practices for Effective Outreach
Our panel will explore helpful practices that churches might employ to succeed at reaching lost people. We are not promoting a particular ministry model, but want attendees to learn how to apply basic concepts to their own target audience.

11:50 Mixer  Panelists will be available throughout the room to answer questions and interact personally with attendees.

12:20 Lunch with Panelists  Each panelist (or pair of panelists) will go to a different nearby restaurant for lunch, to be available for additional conversation, encouragement and prayer. Attendees are welcome to go have lunch with any panelists they choose, if they wish. Participants pay for their own lunch.

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“THINK OUTSIDE” Ministry Workshop

On Saturday, February 7, I’m moderating a workshop designed to help church leaders think through the foundational perspectives and best practices that will propel their churches to succeed at reaching people who are far from God.

We’ve got a great panel of leaders from Utah ministries that “get it” when it comes to reaching lost people in our community.

To learn more, check out the details at

Be sure to recommend this FREE, half-day workshop to the pastor and/or leadership team at your church.


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I’m on the team that is creating, a library of resources for making disciples. Our team creates new content as well as compiling content from around the internet. The resources are organized in TOPICS and SERIES.

A TOPIC is a quick introduction to some particular topic or issue. We link to various short videos and provide a discussion guide to help talk through them.

A SERIES is designed for Bible study groups, families, and mentors to use to explore a biblical subject in greater depth. The series are designed to go beyond mere knowledge, to help people share the truth with others and put it into practice in their lives. Many of the series are based on sermon series, and have accompanying materials for children and youth.

The site also has training materials to help Christians disciple other Christians and to help churches create and sustain a culture of discipleship. Be sure to check it out!

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