thriving churches & essential policies

Tim Beltz


This pre-conference will overview the policies every church must have. Using a master list of policies needs, participants will walk through the three categories (governance, operations, ministries) of policies every church needs. The policy needs for churches closely track with the size of the church (using Keller’s church-size categories). This pre-conference will address what happens when a church moves into a new size category (e.g. from a small- to a medium-sized church.)


  • Why every church needs an Intellectual Property (IP) Policy – Part 1: this workshop addresses the need for every church to have an IP policy and agreements in place; the types of IP created by churches; and an overview of the legal and regulatory principles governing IP

  • Why every church needs an Intellectual Property (IP) Policy – Part 2: this workshop is designed to assist each church to draft their own IP policy and agreements for their content creators.

  • Preparing a Conflict of Interest (CoI) Policy for your Church: participants will be guided on why a CoI policy is essential and how to draft one for their church Elder Grievance and Investigation Policy & Procedures: participants in this workshop will receive instruction on why these are essential policies and how to prepare them for their church

Sojourn East
2501 Rudy Lane
Louisville KY



Tim Beltz

Tim is the former executive pastor of Sojourn Community Church, a multi-site church in the Louisville, KY area. He has previously served as the executive pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle from 2007 to 2010 helping to grow the church from 3 to 12 campuses across 4 states. He spent 25 years in the US Coast Guard and retired as an O-6. Tim is trained in multiple coaching platforms and has coached over 150 pastors in diverse contexts over the last 13 years. He serves as a member of the Sojourn Network Board of Directors and Strategist and is a part time Pastor of Strategic Initiatives at Summit Church. He is the founder and principal of 10 Talents Consulting, his church leadership focused firm. He is also the author of Charting the Course: How to Navigate the Legal Side of a Church Plant. Tim has been married to his wife Patty for 45 years and is the father of two adult children and two grandsons, who love the Lord and are serving the church today.