Fellowship Denver Church Denver, Colo.

Thriving Churches, Thriving Cities

Thursday, Oct. 24 9 a.m.-2 p.m.



If you’re like most pastors and ministry leaders, your days revolve around others’ needs and agendas. Whether you’re coordinating volunteers, counseling a member of the congregation, or sitting through staff meetings, it can be tough to find time for professional development or connecting with the community outside your church doors. On top of the demands of leading a local church, you face the complex realities of relating to a post-Christian city and its changing cultural norms.

How can you thrive professionally, while building a vibrant church that effectively serves the needs of our city?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work for a day of education and encouragement for church and ministry leaders just like you. Thriving Churches, Thriving Cities is an annual event designed to help leaders build personal and spiritual health, pastoral excellence, and thoughtfully engage their community. This year’s keynote speakers include:

Steve Cuss, pastor of Discovery Church and author of Managing Leadership Anxiety. All of us carry more pressure than we realize and it can take a serious toll on your own life and the organization you lead. What we fail to realize is that the stress we feel often comes from unrecognized anxiety rather than workload. In this workshop-style presentation, Steve will share a biblical framework for understanding anxiety and practical tools to break personal patterns, diagnose team health, and encounter God at a deeper level

Neil Hudson, Director of Church Relationships at London Institute of Contemporary Christianity and author of Gathered and Scattered: Equipping Disciples for the Frontline. Over the last decade Neil has equipped pastors around the world to lead whole-life disciplemaking through the local church. He will share principles for worship, teaching, and small group structures that prepare disciples for gospel witness in workplace, neighborhood, and civic life.

Combining keynote presentations with critical conversations and practical takeaways, Thriving Churches, Thriving Cities will refresh your calling, sharpen your skills, and encourage your soul. 

Pastors are encouraged to bring their ministry teams; discounts are available for students and groups. Tickets include coffee, refreshments, and lunch.


Steve Cuss

Managing Leadership Anxiety

Steve Cuss is the lead pastor at Discovery Christian Church and the author of Managing Leadership Anxiety. His heart is for those who are in roles of leadership, seeking to equip them with the tools they need for individual and team health. In addition to his leadership at Discovery Christian Church, Steve is a spiritual care professional in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and the host of the podcast Managing Leadership Anxiety. He has aided countless leaders in overcoming long-stuck patterns in themselves and their organizations.

Neil Hudson

London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

Neil leads a team of church consultants and oversees the London Institute's work with both UK and international churches. You’ll rarely find him at his desk, though, as he loves to be out with church leaders and their teams. Neil’s extensive experience across the church streams enables him to inspire all kinds of leaders who want to grow whole-life disciple-making communities and develop their culture-change skills.

Josue "Mambo"  De Leon

Westside Church Internacional

Mambo's dream is to see a church loves each other regardless of race, ethnicity, language and culture. As founding pastor at Westside Church Internacional, he sets direction for this multi-ethnic congregation serving members form a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Born and raised in Mexico, he began his professional career as a missionary with Campus Crusade in Mexico and completed his theological training at Denver Seminary. In addition to his leadership at Westside, Mambo serves as a chaplain with the Denver Police Department.  

Jane Filkin

First Presbyterian Church Boulder

Jane has led at First Presbyterian Boulder since 2004 after completing her education at UC Berkeley and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Her passion for helping people know, love, and trust God shapes not only the church, but also its commitment to serving the city of Boulder.  

Ryan Tafiloski

Foothills Fellowship Church

Ryan serves as associate pastor at Foothills Fellowship Church in Littleton. He holds a B.A. in biblical studies from Colorado Christian University, a Th.M. in ecclesiastical history, and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of inter-religious dialogue, historical theology, and Christian ethics. Additionally, Ryan works as as content manager for Scatter, DIFW’s online theological learning platform, and is an instructor in the Division of Christian Thought at Denver Seminary, where he teaches theology and the history of Christianity. Ryan lives with his wife, Adrienne, and their badly behaved dog, Daphne, in Lakewood. Most importantly, Ryan is a diehard fan of the Denver Nuggets—and he liked them even when they were terrible.


General Admission

Includes coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Thursday October 24 9 a.m.

$50 USD/Ticket


Student Discount

Includes coffee, snacks, and lunch.

Thursday October 24 9 a.m.

$25 USD/Ticket


Half Table

Save $20 when purchasing four tickets.

Thursday October 24 9 a.m.

$180 USD/Ticket


Full Table

Save $40 when purchasing eight tickets.

Tuesday September 24 9 a.m.

$360 USD/Ticket