What is iDEA DAY?

Idea Day is a one-day conference dedicated to facilitating conversation that will help church leaders gain practical insight and methodology that will help their ministry. The value of Idea Day is not only just in the ideas shared, but also in the environment in which they are shared. Idea Day has no hidden or personal agendas; we simply want church leaders to receive and share ideas in an open and nonjudgmental environment. 


  • josh teis

    Josh was born and raised in Las Vegas. He has been the Lead Pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas for the past 13 years. Josh is the President and Founder of Idea Day and has a passion to see church leaders reach their communities. 

  • paul gotthardt

    "leadership pipeline: maximize your members' potential"

    Paul Gotthardt and his family launched Life Baptist Church in Las Vegas on October 3, 2004. Since that time, God has grown Life into a vibrant community of more than 1,500 people. They have been blessed to be a part of planting 9 churches, starting a satellite campus, mentoring church planters, writing Gospel-centered resources that have been translated into 7 languages, and joining in God’s Kingdom activity around the world.Paul's passion in ministry is learning, writing, and equipping people in the wonders of the Christ-life.

  • heather teis

    "the confusing place of women in ministry"

    Heather has served in ministry alongside of her husband Josh since their marriage in 2001. Originally from Alabama, she has since grown to love the city and people of Las Vegas. She loves serving as a counselor and coordinator for the Ladies ministry as well as assisting her husband with the various ministries at Southern Hills. As Lead Pastor's Wife and Women's Ministry Leader, Heather is the lead counselor for premarital, marital, and ladies' counseling. She also coordinates the quarterly ladies events, speaks at conferences, hosts church-wide events alongside her husband, and assists in office responsibilities as needed.


    Josh has served as the lead pastor of Ambassador Baptist Church in Fresno, CA for the last nine years. Under his leadership, the church has grown from a couple dozen people to several hundred in attendance. 88 percent of Ambassador's members and regular attenders are regularly attending Small Groups at Ambassador. 

  • fred murray

    "Metrics: is what I'm doing working?"

    Fred Murray is a Las Vegas native. God brought Fred to Southern Hills Baptist Church in 2007 where he serves as the Executive Pastor. Fred has received a Master's degree in Management and Leadership from Liberty University. He oversees the daily operations, office administration, and financial ministry of Southern Hills. He frequently contributes at Idea Day and offers administrative counsel to dozens of Pastors across the country. 

  • joshua hershberger

    "equipping your church to be bold outside its walls"

    Josh is an attorney, minister and speaker. Josh routinely represents churches and Christian ministries throughout much of the United States. His experience includes defending outreach efforts at the Super Bowl, representing a Christian school in a case before the Indiana Supreme Court and successfully defending a pastor against criminal charges. Josh is a PK (Pastor’s kid; he thinks he survived that experience) and a teaching pastor at his church in southeast Indiana. Josh also advocates for Christian ideas and institutions by giving legislative testimony and participating in debates.

  • jason coombes

    "crafting the sunday experience"

    Jason Coombes grew up in a pastor’s home in the state of Indiana. Jason has been on staff as the Programs Pastor at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas since 2008. He oversees the worship and Sunday experiences as well as ministry placement and established the small group ministry and community engagement at Southern Hills.

  • heiden ratner

    "church planting"

    Heiden Ratner grew up in Las Vegas, NV where God called him to plant WALK Church. Since their first Bible study held back in the summer of 2008, God has loved on, shaped, and grown Walk Church immensely since then. Heiden is passionate about church planting and also has a Masters Degree in Church Planting.

  • Blake Hunt

    "four step meetings: growing your retention rate"

    Blake was born and raised in New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pensacola Christian College. After school, Blake worked in the corporate world for two years and received the "Top Salesman of the Year" Award in the Sony Corporation before being called to Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas. As Church Host, Blake assists guests in their first steps at Southern Hills, as well as teaching the membership class on Sundays. Through his time here, Blake has helped to almost double the number of attenders taking their next steps and joining small groups. 

  • ben schettler

    "reaching the lgbt community"

    Ben is a speaker, reacher, consultant, entrepreneur, cultural missionary, and passionate follower of Christ. As a speaker, he has delivered over 700 keynote addresses on four continents and 37 of the 50 states. As a consultant, he has advised leadership teams and most recently served as the Faith Outreach Adviser to Dr. Ben Carson and his campaign for presidency. Ben has also written for a nationally syndicated radio show, The Legal Alert, and served as producer and co-host of the Creation Today television show syndicated on the Christian Television Network. Ben oversees the day to day operations of Ask or Think including the Pure. Truth. Movement. 

  • Logan wolf

    "contextualization: understanding the local of

    your local church"

    Logan is the pastor of CrossPoint Church, a multi-site ministry with campuses in Taylorsville and Provo, Utah, cities that are 60% and 98% professed Mormon respectively. Through his ministry, Mormons are coming in contact with the biblical Gospel and putting their faith in the completed work of Christ.