Live Site: Forge Road Bible Chapel,  5040 Forge Road, Perry Hall, MD (Baltimore area),

Sign up now for the BER conference, Becoming an Effective Spiritual Leader, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST (satellites site times adjusted for respective time zones)

Speakers: Alexander Strauch, Tom Schetelich and Chuck Gianotti

Becoming an Effective Spiritual Leader

How can you influence people toward spiritual maturity and Christlike behavior? How can elders lead their churches in a distinctively spiritual way, so that people are actually growing in all aspects of their Christian life? This is about more than just organizing church activities. To be sure, Scripture teaches us, “All things must be done decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40). However, a church can be well organized but spiritually weak!

In this conference, we are considering how to emulate the spiritual leadership of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will learn insights into effectively leading others toward spiritual maturity and equipping them for the “work of service.” This is foundational to the elder’s work and crucial to leaders at all levels in the church. Christ-focused leadership puts the emphasis on what God desires to do in people’s lives.

But what does this look like in practice? What do spiritual leaders actually do?  How do we go about having a genuine impact on people’s spiritual lives? These are the questions we will be addressing in this conference.

Join us for a day of building your effectiveness as a spiritual leader. Your church, your ministry, your organization needs you to lead in a Christlike way!

About speakers:

Alexander Strauch has served as an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel near Denver, Colorado, for over 40 years and has taught philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University. A gifted Bible teacher and popular speaker, Alex has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository writing ministry. Alex and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Littleton, Colorado, near their four adult daughters and 11 grandchildren.

Thomas Schetelich is a Maryland attorney and a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. He works with churches, Christian ministries, and businesses nationally. He is an elder at Forge Road Bible Chapel, preaches nationwide, and serves as president of the Maryland Bible Society, Baltimore School of the Bible, and the Christian Professional Network (and editor of its business monthly journal, CPN On Point). He serves on the boards for Christian Missions in Many Lands and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Tom is married to Victoria Schetelich and lives in Baltimore City.

Chuck Gianotti is the director of Biblical Eldership Resources and has held elder, leadership, and teaching roles in a variety of churches, camps, and college contexts. He is the founder and former editor of Elders’ ShopNotes (an international bi-monthly ministry letter to elders) and author of 12 books, including The Formation of the New Testament and the Day by Day expositional-devotional book series. Chuck has been married to Mary for over 43 years, and together they have two adult children and three grandchildren.

To learn about the conference and sign up to attend or host a satellite site, visit the 2021 conference page on