Beside Still Waters is a workshop dedicated to elders and those who would be elders, conducted by elders.


Join us for our 2023 workshop!

The duty of elders to help people get to heaven can be daunting regardless of the size of the congregation. Beside Still Waters is a workshop that hopes to equip and empower elders to better achieve what God has called them to do.

Get Better Equipped

Whether you're a brand new elder or have served for years, all elders can learn from our speakers.

Fellowship With Others

Meet and fellowship with other shepherds and elders from congregations of varying sizes and locations.

Receive Encouragement

You'll be strengthened and encouraged as leaders by our impactful speakers and other attendees.

Shepherds helping Shepherds

It's truly wonderful to be an elder in the Lord's church. Our God-given mission is to act as shepherds and help people get to heaven.

That can be daunting! Eldership definitely comes with unique challenges.

That's why Beside Still Waters was created. Our speakers challenge our thinking, encourage us, and help prepare us to lead others.

We invite you to attend a workshop designed for elders and shepherds to better serve the kingdom.

The Beside Still Waters Elder Workshop is a must-attend event for every elder, deacon, minister, or potential leader. I've been privileged to attend and participate in numerous workshops in my ministry, and none compare to the level of teaching provided in the Beside Still Waters Elder Workshop. The concept of a workshop for elders conducted by elders is desperately needed in the church today, and this one delivers. I am unaware of any other event of this quality and magnitude. If you serve in a leadership role and can only attend one event, make time to attend this workshop. You will not be disappointed. Beside Still Waters will help you grow as a leader.

- Bob Turner, Director of the Sunset Academy of Leadership Training

Attend the Workshop

Beside Still Waters is an annual workshop.

Learn & Fellowship

Attend to learn and fellowship with others.

Encourage Others

Be shepherds of God's flock, eager to serve.

Beside Still Waters is a workshop for elders by elders. Each year we focus on a different topic. Experienced shepherds share lessons in a day-long seminar. As we seek to grow as leaders, we invite you to attend a workshop designed for elders by elders to help us better serve His kingdom.


8:30-9:00 AM
Registration (coffee and donuts provided)


9:10-9:55 AM
Instilling the Heart of Leadership in the Next Generation (Richard England)


10:05-10:50 AM
Shepherding in Difficult Conversations (Brady Shirley)


11:00-11:45 AM
Elder Relationships Inside and Beyond (Mike Bucchi)


11:45 AM-12:30 PM
Lunch (provided)


12:35-1:20 PM
Prayer – An Act of First Resort (Don Millican)
Enlisting Your Spiritual Army


1:30-2:15 PM
Shepherding a Growing Congregation within a Polarized Society (Ken Jones)


2:15-2:30 PM
Departing Thoughts


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Richard England

Richard England is an elder for the Henderson Church of Christ in Henderson, TN.

Brady Shirley

Brady Shirley is an elder for the Lewisville Church of Christ in Lewisville, TX.

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Mike Bucchi

Mike Bucchi is a former elder for the El Cajon Church of Christ in San Diego, CA and Southern Hills Church of Christ in Bloomington, IN.

Don Millican

Don Millican is an elder for The Park Church of Christ in Tulsa, OK.

Ken Jones

Ken Jones is a former elder for the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock, TX.

Grow As a Leader

Attend Beside Still Waters to grow as a leader and better serve God's kingdom.

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