Hosted By

Dr. James MacDonald

Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

Vertical Worship

Worship Leaders

My wife, Kathy, and I have been in pastoral ministry for more than 35 years, and 2018 marks our 30th at Harvest Bible Chapel. One thing God impressed upon us from the very beginning is the foundational significance of Vertical Ministry - living out our worship, the authority of God’s Word, prayer, and evangelism in ways that bring the most glory to God as our highest priority, and trusting Him to fill the seats. To celebrate this milestone, I’ve invited some friends who share my conviction, and together, we want to bring them to you. We are praying and expectant for three days of window rattling, earth shattering, vertical ministry - in our instruction and in our experience together. “For from him through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).


Matt Chandler

Lead Pastor, The Village Church

Ed Stetzer

Author & Christian missiologist

Kathy MacDonald

Church Leader

Ravi Zacharias

Author & Evangelist

Bruce Frank

Lead Pastor, Biltmore Church

Charlie Dates


Eric Mason

Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship

Cristian Barbosu

Senior Pastor, Harvest Church of Arad


Sean Curran

Worship Leader, Passion Music

Jon & Valerie Guerra

Worship Leaders

Paul Baloche

Worship Leader


This is a pre-conference to teach the lessons we've learned about raising the impact and consistency in our worship services. Come early. Come together. Attendance limited to the first 100 pairs of Senior Pastors and Worship Leaders.

10am: Session 1
12pm: Lunch
1pm: Session 2
2pm: Breakout
3:30pm: Q&A
5pm: Dinner On Your Own

Monday, October 15

6pm: “What’s Happening in the Church Right Now,” a panel moderated by Ed Stetzer 

7pm: Main Session 1

9:30pm: Late Night @ VCC w/ Jon Guerra & Praytell: Christmas Pre-Release (no, it’s not too early!)

Tuesday, October 16

9:30am: Main Session 2

11:30am: Lunch

1:30pm: Workshop 1

3pm: Workshop 2

5pm: Dinner On Your Own

7pm: Main Session 3

9:30pm: Late Night “Harvest Home Videos: The Best & The Bloopers”

Wednesday, October 17

9:30am: Main Session 4

11:30am: Lunch

1:30pm: Lessons Lab

5pm: Dinner On Your Own

7pm: Main Session 5

Free Conference Add-On: Thursday, October 18

This is a free add-on to this year’s Vertical Church Conference taking place Thursday, October 18 from 9am to noon. This is designed for potential church planters and core groups who want our freshest content to ensure a successful launch. Hosted by James MacDonald and other experienced leaders. Lunch included.


Leadership in the Church
with Bruce Frank

Connecting Christ with Career
James MacDonald, Senior Pastor Harvest Bible Chapel
Trent Dunham, CEO of Dunham & Co.

52 Sundays a Year + Good Friday/Christmas Eve
with Luke MacDonald and Andi Rozier

The 5 Hardest Things We Did
with Jenn Abbatacola and Sarah Portz

Teaching the Actual, Literal Entire Bible to Teenagers
with Landon MacDonald
Hounding Heaven – Becoming a Church that Prays
with John Dirkse
Who’s Even Listening? – Building an Effective Communications Strategy
with Dan Sumpter
Marriage & Ministry – Making them Last
Rick & Lyn Donald
Planning and Executing Retreats, Camps, and Conferences with Excellence
with Landon MacDonald
Developing Elders for the Vertical Church
with Aaron Rock
Discipleship: The Main Thing is Still the Main Thing…Tips & Tools to Strengthen Discipleship
with Jeff Donaldson & Dave Learned

Content Development with Landon MacDonald

Weekend Production with Adam Skidmore

Worship Service Hotspots with Andi Rozier

Pastor Wives with Kathy MacDonald

Culture of Creativity with Jon Guerra

Church Planting Basics with Vertical Church Network

Adult Discipleship with Jeff Donaldson

Social Media with Dan Sumpter

Communications with Luke MacDonald

Strategic Church + Para-Church Partnerships with Ed Ollie

Marriage Ministry in the Church with Dave Learned

Developing Stewardship in Your Church with Trei Tatum

Tickets and Registration

Harvest Bible Chapel

800 Rohlwing Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Questions? Email [email protected]