VSM Conference 2017

February 7-9, 2017


About the Value Shaping Ministry Conference

In 1978 Harold Bullock grabbed his Indiana Jones hat and whip and set out on the quest to follow God’s call to plant Hope Church and train ministry leaders. Over the years, that church has produced people who have started scores of churches in the USA and Canada. Others have entered long-term mission in more than thirty countries. How were these people raised up?

In this conference series, Harold Bullock will pull back the curtain and show you what he has been doing. You will hear lessons learned and what has worked and what has not. The series began in 2015 with the Value Shaping Ministry Template where Bullock laid out the Value Shaping Ministry, VSM for short, paradigm. In 2016, the conference title was VSM Tools…How to Create Experiences that Shape Values. Over the last two years we’ve covered:

Simply stated, a Value Shaping Ministry is a ministry that intentionally—and intelligently—uses its organization, activities and events to build Biblical Perspective and Kingdom Values in the lives of its people.


This year, we will go further into the VSM paradigm with, Perspective Shift: Changing How People See.

During the 2017 Conference, you will:

  • The role of perspective in shaping a life
  • 4 Levels of Perspective
  • Changing Situational Perspective
  • 25 Situational Paradigms that change how people see
  • How to see beyond the situation at hand (using the wisdom categories as guidelines)
  • And MUCH more!!

7 Reasons to attend VSM 2017

  1. You’ll refresh yourself—replenish your energy for next year of ministry.
  2. You’ll be able to network with other like hearted and like-minded pastors.
  3. You’ll gain valuable perspective, wisdom and insight from Harold Bullock as he shares from over 40 years of ministry experience.
  4. You will gain valuable tools to help your church members begin to shift their perspectives.
  5. You will gain fresh ways to deal with standard ministry challenges.
  6. You’ll return home with…
    • Staff and Leadership development materials you won’t find any other place
    • Other valuable touls to get traction in your ministry and see lives changed
  7. Bring your staff and use this conference as an experience to…
    • Train together,
    • Team-Build,
    • Shape values and perspectives and
    • Get everyone moving in the same direction!

Schedule: February 7 – 9, 2017

Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday, Feb. 7

8am – 9am Registration
9am – 5pm Conference Sessions*

Wed. & Thu., Feb. 8 & 9

9am – 5pm Conference Sessions*

*Includes refreshment & Lunch breaks


The VSM Conference is hosted by Hope Church in Fort Worth, TX.

Hope Church
1750 Beach Street
Fort Worth, TX 76103

Conference Outline

  1. Training kids and adults
  2. The Destination: Where we are going
  3. The Vehicle: What it takes to get there
  4. The Route: From “attention gained” to lasting behavior
  5. How to…
    1. Win a hearing with your child
    2. Make sense and make it stick
    3. Give your child vision
    4. Ignite the desire to do right
    5. Make good behavior last
    6. Motivate your child
    7. Stir in the fun
    8. Correct without discouraging
  6. Beyond caffeine: the power to go forward
  7. Your key mentality shift
  8. It all comes down to this…
  9. Training over the long haul
  10. Future and faith

Speaker: Harold Bullock

Harold Bullock is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hope Church, an innovative church in Fort Worth, Texas. Hope began in 1978 with a vision to help with planting churches in the major cities of the world. Since 1978, people going out from Hope have planted more than 70 churches and have helped catalyze over 160. Hope is currently a congregation of about 1,000.

Harold grew up in northeast Tennessee and graduated from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in 1967 with a degree in mathematics and chemistry. He pursued graduate studies in physical chemistry at ETSU and Ph. D. work in physical chemistry at the University of Southern California. He has worked as a research chemist and also taught college chemistry in the Los Angeles area.

Harold began vocational ministry as Director of Student Ministries on staff for the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association, with the job description of starting Baptist Student Ministries on several campuses in the eastern LA region.

In 1974 the Bullocks moved to Fort Worth to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They both graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1977. In January 1978, they began Hope as a mission of James Avenue Baptist Church. They have three children: Jessica (married to Matt Sturdevant), Gina (married to Thad Lanthripe), and Jon.

Harold Bullock, Author & Speaker

During the 1980's Harold traveled widely for the Home Mission Board speaking in Urban Evangelism forums and also doing conferences for the Student Work Department of the Sunday School Board. Since the 90's he has spoken at numerous church planting conferences and taught occasional courses at Golden Gate Seminary, Midwestern Seminary and New Orleans Seminary.

Harold has authored a series of fantasy adventure books for children ages 6-12, the Tarlian Adventures. The first three books in the series, The Battle for the Worlds, The Crystal Castle, and The Dragon of Raldan are in print. Silver 4, the first volume of an action adventure series for middle-schoolers is now available.

Harold has also written several non-fiction books: Sharper Strokes: Living Smarter, Not Harder; Fools & Follies: Biblical Patterns That Live Today; and Self-Defeating Strategies: The Roots of Life's Problems.

Deborah, Harold's wife, graduated from UCLA and has a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Seminary. She served as Kids Ministry Director as Hope Church for seven years and has taught numerous classes on developing character and values in children. She is the primary developer and writer of NRG Curriculum—the first gender-specific, value-shaping kids ministry curriculum. For more information on NRG Curriculum, check the NRG website NRGCurriculum.com.

You can keep up with Harold's conferences and materials online at his website LifeShapingResources.com.


Below are some of the most common questions we get regarding the conferences. Look through these first and then, if you still have questions, please send them to: LiveEvents@LifeShapingResources.com

General Info

  • Who should attend the VSM Conference?

    Leaders in vocational ministry—leading at a staff level (Sr/Lead Pastors, Executive/Associate Pastors, other church staff, Student Ministry Directors/Staff, Denomination Staff). Spouses are also welcome.

  • Where is the VSM Conference held?

    The VSM Conference will be held at Hope Church in Fort Worth, TX, about 30 minutes from DFW International Airport. More travel information below.

  • What time zone are you in?

    Our conference takes place in Fort Worth, TX. Texas is in Central Time Zone.

  • What about travel and accomodation information?

    Two airports are convenient to the Dallas Fort Worth area:
    • Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW). The airport is located about 30 minutes from Hope Church, host site for VSM Conference 09.
    • Dallas Love Field (DAL). Love Field is about 40 minutes from Hope Church.
    Conference attendees are responsible for their own accommodations. You may find some helpful information at http://www.fortworth.com/visitors/hotels.
    Follow this link for a map to Hope Church, host site for the VSM Conference.


At the Conference

  • Is there childcare available?

    Children & Childcare: Children and families are important to us, however, the VSM Conference is an adult learning environment only. We simply are not able to accommodate children at the conference. Parents will need to make their own arrangements for childcare to happen off-site from the campus of Hope Church. In the event that a family arrives to the conference with children, at least one of the parents will be sent home/back to the hotel and not permitted to attend with children in the building. There will be no designated play or study areas provided for children to “hang out” while their parents attend the conference. The minimum age required for a registered conference attendee is 18.

    Nursing Mothers: Nursing mothers with a child 12 months old or younger are permitted to conference with their child. If a nursing mother chooses to attend and bring her child 12 months and younger with her, she will be assigned to a special room (with other nursing mothers) with a video feed from the main auditorium. At no time will any baby be permitted into the main auditorium or any other conference viewing rooms. It will be the responsibility of the mother to care for her child at all times. Dads will not be permitted in the designated “nursing mothers area.” Please send an email to LiveEvents@LifeShapingResources.com to let us you are bringing a 12 month old or younger child to the conference so we can be prepared. Nursing mothers will receive special instructions upon arrival at the check-in booth. This opportunity is available for this conference and may not be available for future conferences.

  • Is lunch provided?

    Yes. Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday is included with your registration.

  • Are there snack breaks?

    Yes. Several refreshment breaks will be provided throughout each day. All food and beverages will be provided for you.

  • What is the dress code?

    Dress for the event is casual. As the date for your event nears, you might want to check Weather.com (using zip code 76103) for the weather outlook. We do our best to keep the temperature of the room comfortable, however you may want to plan to dress in layers so you can personally be most comfortable.

  • What do you do with pictures and video taken during the conference?

    Life Shaping Resources uses photos and video taken from events for print, web, and video resources. Your registration constitutes permission given to Life Shaping Resources for these purposes.

  • Will I be "Connected" at the conference?

    Yes, WiFi is available throughout the building.

  • I'd like to catch a service at Hope Church — What are the service times?

    Hope Church Service times (CST): There are three identical services that last about 60 minutes, 8:30am, 10am & 11:30am.

  • What is there to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?

    Please visit FortWorth.com for local information and attractions.


What people are saying about Harold Bullock and his conferences:

Harold Bullock teaches and lives from the perspective that God's Word contains "the Way of Wisdom." He brings the core of scripture to real life in very practical ways. He sees the multidimensional levels on which life exists, and slices through it with the Word of God. Thad King, Pastor @ Pierpoint Church, Huntington Beach, CA

Thanks for helping me to spend my time more wisely building church life around the things that matter to God. Terry Williams, Pastor @ River Community Church, Wichita, KS

Many conferences describe how life should be…they leave you feeling guilty and overwhelmed. This one describes how life is and how to walk in God's ways. Bevan Unrau, Pastor @ Seabreeze Church, Huntington Beach, CA

This is a tremendous practical application and scriptural foundation for all aspects of life and our walk with God…the content is OUTSTANDING and Harold's parables are very instructive. Greg Fuller, Business Leader, Diamond Bar, CA

As a seminary student I've taken many classes that focus on knowledge but aren't always practical in walking with and honoring the Lord in my life. Harold's conference on Relationships and success is rooted in scripture and he gives wise council on applying God's Word to our lives. It's extremely practical! Meghan Overlien, Growth Group Leader @ Hope Church, Fort Worth, TX

Harold Bullock's conferences have a major impact on my spiritual, personal, and business life.  My ministry and company have reaped direct benefit from the wisdom I've gained through these conferences.  I would highly recommend them for anyone looking to move forward in life with wisdom. Michael Coogan, Business Owner, Chico Community Church, Chico CA,

Harold's wealth of experience and success is a priceless asset for local leaders in the 21st century! Gordon Blocker, Pastor @ Grace BibleChurch, Grapeland, TX

Profound concepts presented in a totally accessible format…life changing… Anne Ringer, church member @ Seabreeze Church, Huntington Beach, CA

For over 20 years I have had the privilege of not only knowing and learning from Harold Bullock in various settings, I have watched the lives and ministries of many of the leaders who have come out of Hope and the Hope Global Network. Harold is not only a wise leader who has modeled what he is teaching, but the leaders who have gone out from Hope are demonstrating high character, a deep walk with God, effectiveness in ministry, and have done so with a cooperative spirit by giving of themselves to others and to various institutions. From coast to coast I know Hope guys who are impacting their region out of an overflow of their walk with God and practically living out the wisdom Harold has shared with them. In absolutely the best ways, the Hope people are known to be a peculiar people. Dr. Will McRaney - Director, Evangelism Strategy Department, Florida Baptist Convention

My high expectations were exceeded in this wisdom seminar on relationships.  Harold delivers a godly and biblical approach to relationships from years of ministry experience into practical and useable wisdom. Beau Thompson, Student Worship Leader @ Hope Church, Fort Worth, TX

Harold has a lot of wisdom… he's really good at helping you think through, 'What is it that I need to do in my situation', … helping me to think through what's my situation and what can I do and what are my experiences; how can I pull all that together to make a change in my church. Stephanie Schleyer, New Hope Church, Alexandria, VA

These seminars are truly life altering.  I always walk away with a clearer direction in life and a renewed excitement to walk with Christ and serve others. Isaac Molen, church member @ Church in the Valley, Diamond Bar, CA

[Harold is] one of the few men that has truly shaken and sharpened my view of God and 'how church works'. Bob Johnson, Pastor @ Canyon Hills Church, San Diego, CA

…a great perspective reminder. In dealing with people efficiency and effectiveness don't always go hand-in-hand…I need to focus on being effective. Neil Walker, USC Student Ministries