Global Leadership Summit

You and I are living and leading through very difficult times. God wants to use you to have a good and godly influence on those he has placed in your life. But to hear the words, “you have influence” may feel like a weight of responsibility you don’t have the strength to carry right now. 

Only you can bring your strengths, heart, and skills into the world—your leadership matters now more than ever.

This is why the Global Leadership Network is committed to delivering the best Global Leadership Summit event on Thursday and Friday, August 6-7. 

Are you discouraged? Uncertain? Burnt out? Anxious? This is your chance to get equipped, encouraged, and refreshed for your leadership journey ahead. Learn more here.

Give yourself something to look forward to this August!

The 2020 faculty is awesome again this year. They are eagerly preparing to bring you timely advice and support to equip and encourage you in your leadership during this season. Some of the topics the faculty will dive into this year include:  

  • Breaking free from the lies we believe about work 
  • Becoming more agile and inventive 
  • Identifying five permissions to multiply your time 
  • Overcoming fear and problematic power dynamics in teams 
  • Leveraging science-based research to increase connection opportunities 
  • Leading through a crisis and ever-changing new realities 

Pantano will not be hosting a live event this year – the first time in 11 years! However, you can join us virtually for the GLS Online Experience. If you already bought a ticket, it will be honored for the online experience.

Get today’s lowest Super Early Bird Rates before June 30th and save up to $40 per ticket! Register Today >>

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There’s lots of significant and important things coming to Pantano as our children go back to school and our monsoons finally arrive. Take a look…

Global Leadership Summit – August 8 & 9

This event brings insight from the best leaders from around the world to challenge us to have greater influence. I describe it like a fire hose of information, insight and inspiration. You don’t want to miss it. I’ve not missed one for the last 14 years – it’s that good! For more info and to register, click here.

I Got Questions Teaching Series – Starts August 11

We live in a world that is extremely skeptical and often hostile to faith. We often get peppered with questions about the origin of the world, the truth of the Bible and the reasonableness of faith. Those hostile to faith declare that faith is irrational, irrelevant, narrow, outdated and foolish. Their questions often raise questions for us and in us. Do we have confident answers to the questions of the skeptic? This 5-week series will help us share how believable, reasonable and compelling our faith is.

Student Union Open House – August 18

Sunday, August 18th we’ll be celebrating the opening of our new Student Union! Our students will be participating in our regular adult worship and we’ll end a bit early so everyone can tour the new building and enjoy some Eegee’s.

High School, Middle School and 4th & 5th Grade Sunday Moves

On Sunday, August 25th, our Middle School and High School students will meet in the new Student Union at 9 and 11am. Our 4th and 5th grade group will move from KidZone to where the students used to meet – now called Zone45, on September 1st. Parents of our middle and high school students can park in the west guest parking lot near the student union.

Fight Night Marriage Event – Sept 6, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Join us for a fun event filled with humor, fresh insight, and new strategies for your marriage. Fight Night is about conflict in marriage and focuses on how to fight fair. This is for everyone – newlyweds, “oldyweds,” seriously dating, and engaged couples. Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott will share with us via video why we fight with the one we love the most and how to fight a good fight. We’ve created this to be like a relaxed “date night” that will provide great information and tools to improve your marriage. We’ll have small group material to follow up on the event.

Early bird cost: $10 per person – deadline August 12. Regular price: $15 per person.

Price includes coffee, tea and dessert. Children ages 3rd-5th grade will enjoy a “Kids Night Out” with fun activities, games, and a kid-friendly movie. Childcare is available for kids under age 3. The cost is $6 per child and dinner is included for all kids. Click here to register.

Women’s Retreat Getaway – September 13-15 

The theme of the retreat is I am a Daughter of The Most High King. Women of all ages are welcome. Register here or contact Christina Fisch at 907.360.1415 if you have questions. The price of $235/Person covers the following (payment is due in full by August 17):

  • Two nights (2 per room) accommodation at the Lodge on the Desert
  • Four meals (two breakfasts & two dinners)

Pantano has so many great opportunities coming up.  Please consider getting involved in one or more!

This year, we are hosting our 11th Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Over the last 10 years, I’ve learned so much from the GLS and applied so much of what I learned in my own life and leadership as well as how we do things here at Pantano. I think it was 2011 when I was at one of my lowest points in leadership and there was a particular Summit talk that ended up helping me develop my life motto – “Faithfulness, not success!” The GLS is powerful, inspirational, practical and always has something that I take away and use. You don’t want to miss the 2019 Global Leadership Summit. The theme this year is “Everyone has influence.” Join over 400,000 people who want to do better with their influence at home, at work, at church, or in the community.

We host the GLS for three main reasons:

  • It makes it as easy as possible for many people and staff to participate.
  • As a host church, we can offer you the lowest price possible, which is a bargain for the quality of speakers we get to hear.
  • We want to better equip leaders from other churches, non-profits, the social sector, and the business world.

Everyone has influence! Everyone can improve how they influence! More importantly, God has commissioned us to bring his kingdom influence to our world. So, come sharpen your skills with us. Sign up now for the rock-bottom price.

Here are the details:

Date and Time: Thursday, August 8 & Friday, August 9, 8:30 AM – 4 PM (both days)


Pantano Christian Church – 1755 S Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ

Desert Hills Lutheran Church – 2150 S Camino del Sol, Green Valley, AZ

Price: The Pantano rate is $89 until 6/25 (9:59 pm), then $119 thereafter. You’ll need a discount code to get this price. We can’t give this code out to the general public, so it will be posted before and after services or you can call the church office at 520.298.5395 and ask for the code.

The PARTNER rate through 4Tucson, or our other GLS Partners, is $109 until 6/25 (9:59 pm), then $139 thereafter.

Student/Faculty/Active Duty Military pricing is $89 (with no cutoff dates.)

Registration Link: Pantano GLS Registration Link

Check out the speaker lineup link here. See you at the Summit!


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I didn’t know what else to title this blog. Integrity is a crucial part. But so is humility and maybe a dozen more words. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the recent scandal involving Bill Hybels, the former founding pastor, of the Willow Creek church. Hybels has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women. He resigned in the spring. Last Wednesday night the elders and key staff of Willow Creek church resigned for not responding well to the allegations. You can search online to get the bigger sad, disheartening story and videos.

The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) we hosted last week was started and hosted by Hybels. However, since his resignation in April, he is no longer a part of this event. Fortunately, the current leaders of the GLS owned up to their own slow and inadequate response at first and have made the right efforts to correct things. The GLS is entering a new and even better season. I think the 2018 GLS was the best yet.

I used our GLS hosting opportunity to offer a lunch-time teaching on how we at Pantano create a safe environment free of harassment or abuse at any level: physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual. You can watch the teaching and Q&A here. Here’s part of what our policy states: Pantano Christian Church is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination. In keeping with that commitment, Pantano maintains a strict policy prohibiting unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. The policy goes on to spell out what behaviors among our staff and leaders are not acceptable. We require all paid staff to sign a document agreeing to these policies. We also do an orientation and a yearly reminder of what we value in this.

Further, I remind all staff and now declare to our entire church, that if you feel like you are being harassed or abused in any way by any staff or identified leader we urge, encourage and even beg you first to confront the person. That’s the biblical way (Matthew 18:15-16). If there is no change, repentance or resolve, we want you to report that to the appropriate leader(s) UNTIL you are heard!

I also talked to the leaders attending the GLS about how they must follow some policies and principles to protect themselves from or in case of false allegations. For example, for our married leaders and staff here are a few of our policies and practices:

  •      Do not conduct private meals or meetings alone with persons of the opposite sex.
  •      Do not drive, travel or visit alone with a person of the opposite sex.
  •      Do not share your marriage issues or have discussions of sexual problems with a member of the opposite sex alone.
  •      Be careful in how and with whom you use physical touch.

Finally, we have developed a governance or leadership system designed to protect the church. One of the great dangers that has prompted the #MeToo movement and was a factor in the “scandal” at Willow Creek Church is that leaders are tempted to abuse their power. The Elders of Pantano Christian hire, evaluate and fire me, the Lead Pastor. The Elders do staff 360 reviews of me, and they get the report. Without me, they meet with the Executive Team leaders and their teams regularly to ensure that Pantano is a safe and healthy church moving toward its vision and mission. I am never the chairman to ensure the elders set the agenda for all our meetings. These and many other things are the policies and systems we’ve created to protect people and our church and create a healthy safe environment.

I have known and believed all my life that in the end, my leadership doesn’t rest on how skilled I am, how good my leadership is or how much I know. My leadership and your trust rest on my authentic relationship with Jesus that results in strong integrity based on humility. I will do all I can to protect my integrity and embrace humility. I appreciate your prayers for all our staff to serve and lead in ways that respect and honor all people.

In the old days (I can’t believe I’m using that phrase) “fall” started on Labor Day and school started right after. Not any more. Schools start in July and August, depending on the school district. And with school starting already, it feels like fall, except we still have triple-digit heat and there are still no football games! My point? It’s August already, and we are starting things off for our version of Fall Kickoff. So get ready, as “fall” is here.

Global Leadership Summit

It’s not too late to sign up for our 10th annual Global Leadership Summit event. Really, you don’t want to miss this. I think this is my 13th year attending the GLS and I’ve learned so much and have been able to apply and use so many practical insights. For me, it has been life-changing, and in one season of my life, it was life-saving. The Summit is Thursday and Friday, August 9 & 10. Find out more and SIGN UP HERE.


Our adult classes are starting soon. Check out the amazing and practical classes like Financial Peace University (required orientation is Sunday, 8/12 at 9 & 11am and Wednesday, 8/15 at 6:30pm). Starting August 22nd, we’ll offer Bible Basics, Coping with Anger, Parenting the Love and Logic Way, Smart Stepfamily, SHAPE, Tuesday Morning Women’s classes and 2 classes for engaged couples or those considering engagement (Prepare and Enrich and Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts). Check out the classes and REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday Nights

KidzGroups: Our children’s programing, called KidzGroups, starts Wednesday, August 22nd (6:30pm-8pm). The preschool theme is “Treasure Island.” Kinder-5th grade will study Philippians looking at joy. There is also a leadership training class for 4th and 5th graders called WILD Bunch (Working In Leadership Development). The focus of this class is on servant leadership, learning how to lead worship, teach puppets, going deeper into God’s Word and much more.

Students: Both middle school and high school student small groups start August 22nd – 6:30pm-8pm.

Adults: Check out all the great adult classes also offered on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm.

Love and Respect Marriage Event

We wanted to follow up our current series Mixtape – the Soundtrack for Marriage with an evening with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, who will share his practical insights on the basics needed for a great marriage – love and respect! This is based on what the Bible teaches in Ephesians 5:33. Love and respect, what we are focusing on in our current series, are the keys to developing oneness. Don’t miss this. Grow your marriage! Find out more and REGISTER HERE.


Finally, thank you all for your very kind responses to our 20th anniversary here at Pantano. Jolene and I are very grateful for the notes (which we are still reading) and for the gift of a vacation. Wow! I have loved being a part of Pantano for these 20 years and I’ve loved sharing life with you all. THANK YOU!

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