A FREE Seminar for Ministry Leaders

Coming to Cleveland, OH

Featuring experts in Leadership, Church Health & Growth, Architecture, Construction, Funding & more.

What story does your building tell about the kind of church God has called you to be?

Your community is your mission field. 

Does your building reflect a ministry outpost or a religious museum?

Let’s rethink the purpose of church facilities and explore how we can bring the church back to the center of the community through spaces that are more flexible, accessible, hospitable, relevant and inclusive. 

Discover how church buildings can be designed to be more effective ministry tools that meet the needs of the community 7 days a week.

Join us as we explore what it means to be an embedded church - a ministry that not only shifts from an internal to an external focus, but one that is physically and spiritually woven into the fabric of their community.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village

9:00am -12:30pm

Doors open and continental breakfast available at 8:30am.

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Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village

One Mt. Zion Circle

Oakwood Village, OH

Hear from industry experts and experienced pastors who have pioneered the embedded church model. Learn how to establish a new culture and transform facilities that will allow you to engage with your community in new and exciting ways. 


Matt Roberts

Senior Pastor of The Genesis Project - Ogden, UT

Matt is the Founder and Lead Pastor of The Genesis Project, a church based in Ogden, Utah that has grown to a multi-site movement in 6 communities across the nation reaching thousands every week. He is also the author of an upcoming book entitled "The God of New Beginnings: How the Power of Relationships Brings Hope and Redeems Lives". For 18 years Matt has served in various roles helping churches and denominations revitalize and reimagine their church planting strategies through an embedded, sustainable, community lens. Matt and his family moved to Utah in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of planting a “church for people who don’t do church.” That dream has materialized as The Genesis Project, a church moved to reach the darkest areas of the city with the hope of Jesus. The church operates a full-service event center, community coffee shop, multiple ministry and rehabilitation homes and non-profit community services.

Don Mahoney

Principal Architect, Building God's Way

Don has one of the most extensive backgrounds in church, school and performing arts architecture, designing prominent facilities all across the U.S. throughout his 35 year career. Don has become a leader in the field of faith-based architecture and has been recognized with a number of national design awards, including multiple WFX Solomon Awards for Best Church Architect, Best Church Design, Best Special Project and Best Digital Church. He is also a recipient of the LCEF Arts & Architecture Award for Best Liturgical Design and former President of the American Institute of Architects for the State of Utah. Don will share unique design strategies focused on creating spaces that are more flexible, relevant and inclusive, including mixed-use options that allow ministries to leverage their facilities seven days a week.

Rev. Dr. Larry Macon, Sr.

Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village

For the past 31 years he has been a preacher, teacher and civic leader of the Greater Cleveland community. Dr. Macon’s ministry focus has been on the family and has specialized in the study of African American males in the areas of spiritual, personal and transformational growth. 

Dr. Macon is an accomplished author, educator, teacher and preacher. He has published seven major and important writings. His recent accomplishment include hosting the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program held at the church with over 7,431 felons turning themselves in and 1200 warrants being lifted in 4 days (2010). He was then consecrated Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Alliance of Ohio (2010). For the past five years he has held the largest faith-based gathering in the region - Praisefest.

Larry Macon, Jr.

Executive Pastor, Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village

An inspirational speaker, pastor, teacher, and writer, Pastor Larry Macon, Jr. co-authored the book "Porch Stories: Told and Interpreted,” and recently released his second book entitled “Captured but Not Conquered: How to Live the Life of a Survivor.” Larry received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida where he served as the Director of Governmental and Multicultural Affairs. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University College of Law, where he graduated in the Inaugural Class of 2005 and received his Jurist Doctorate of Law. He also received his Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He has served as a trained mediator for Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and named a Minority Leaders Fellow in Washington D.C. Larry is a native Clevelander and grew up in the Bedford Heights Community.

Mark Orphan

Planting & Coaching Director, The Genesis Project National Network

Mark Orphan has spent the last 28 years in ministry and leadership as a pastor and consultant. He has built, funded, and led coalition projects of as many as thirty faith and community-based organizations to collaborate regionally in California and Colorado serving at-risk or foster/adoptive families and youth. Mark is currently the Planting and Coaching Director for The Genesis Project National Network, a national church planting movement that targets communities afflicted by poverty and great need. Mark is certified by the Paterson Center as a LifePlan and StratOp facilitator providing coaching and strategic planning for leaders and organizations and is certified by Family Wellness Associates as an instructor serving at-risk families. He is the founder of Finally Home Foundation and SERVE 6.8 and co-founder of Mika Community Development Corporation. Mark has an MA in Church Leadership from Vanguard University of Southern California and he and his wife, Kristin, have been part of three church-planting teams.

Let’s identify, define, and forge a sustainable path towards God’s dreams for your city!

Learn the keys to moving your ministry from the fringe of a community to an embedded identity, where you can truly impact the brokenness of people, their families, and the relational systems they are entangled in.