Led by elders, Beside Still Waters is a workshop for current and future elders.


Join us for our 2024 workshop!

An elder's duty to help people get to heaven can be daunting regardless of the size of the congregation. Beside Still Waters is a workshop that aims to equip and empower elders to achieve better 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 fellow attendees.

Shepherds helping Shepherds

It is 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 comes with unique challenges, which is why Beside Still Waters was created. Our speakers challenge our thinking, encourage us, and help prepare us to lead others.

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 encouraging elders to serve the kingdom better.

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 and experienced shepherds share lessons on how to grow as leaders. We invite you to attend this day-long workshop as we develop to serve His kingdom better.


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


9:10-9:55 AM
Leading with Courage (Brady Shirley)


10:05-10:50 AM
Shepherding as a Servant (Tom Conklin)


11:00-11:45 AM
Becoming a Merciful Church (Luke 6:36) (Harold Shank)


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


12:35-1:20 PM
Defense Doesn't Grow The Kingdom – (John Mitchell)


1:30-2:15 PM
Leading with Intentionality (Ken Jones)


2:15-2:30 PM
Departing Thoughts


Untitled (200 × 200 px)
Brady Shirley

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

Tom Conklin

Former elder, Crosstown Church of Christ, Tulsa, OK

Tom Conklin
Harold Shank
Harold Shank

Elder, Memorial Road Church of Christ, Edmond OK

John Mitchell.

Elder, Oakdale Church of Christ, Edmond, OK

John Mitchell
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.

Helpful Information