Brian Kruckenberg Brian Kruckenberg moved to Arizona with LifeChurch.tv in 2005 to help launch 2 campuses in the Phoenix Metro area. In January of 2010, Brian, his wife, Gina, of 13 years and their 3 children, along with a few other friends moved to downtown Phoenix to start New City Church. Situated in the heart of the arts and business districts, New City Church also launched the New City Studio and hosts classes and events that draw hundreds each month.

Brian graduated from law school in 1999 then worked as an e-Commerce Attorney for a private firm and in-house Corporate Counsel for Sprint Corporation before leaving the full-time practice of law for the role of Family Pastor at his local church in Kansas City. Since making a career transition in 2004, Brian has earned a D.Min. from Bethel Seminary. Brian also holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Communication and teaches as an adjunct professor at two local colleges when time permits.

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PRE-CONFERENCE: Planting an Urban Church: Orienting Expectations and Best Practices
This event is hosted by The Orchard Group, a church planting organization that has been planting urban churches in and from New York City since 1948. We work with a diverse group of exceptional church planters to custom-build new churches in cities in the USA and around the world.
Time: Monday, 1:00-5:00pm
Location: E202

Workshop Session 1: The Myths and Realities of Leading a Diverse Staff
As a white pastor in an urban context, God has graced me with an extremely diverse staff with no true majority culture. Building and leading a church staff of African-Americans, Asians and Caucasians has taught me a few lessons on leading in the midst of diversity. In this workshop we'll have an open and honest conversation about the differences that race and ethnicity bring and what often gets overlooked when hiring a diverse staff. Come prepared to be challenged and maybe even offended.
Time: Tuesday, 2:30-3:30pm
Location: E102

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