What Is Sharpen Your Ax?

Each year, ministry leaders from around the world join The BOOM Network, as Pastors Jeff & Beth Jones host an iron-sharpens-iron event that we call “Sharpen Your Ax.” Participants have the opportunity to hear from seasoned ministry leaders and to engage in round-table discussions with peers.

Iron sharpens iron! That is what this event is all about. We want to give you the opportunity to sharpen your ax. Topics commonly discussed include…

Acquiring & nurturing members

  • Volunteer management, recruitment, and appreciation

  • Office administration, systems procedures, and handbooks

  • Technology

  • Kids and students

  • Outreach

  • Creative arts

  • Worship

  • Communications & social media

  • Spiritual growth tracks

  • Small groups

Our next Sharpen Your Ax Event is in Colorado Springs and will kick off on Tuesday, October 8 at 1:00pm and we will end our time together on Thursday, October 10 at 12:00pm. During the event we’ll have the opportunity to have fun, grow as friends and ministry leaders, and be encouraged in the valuable work we do.

Pastors Dean & Kim Hawk have been gracious enough to host this event at their church in Colorado Springs, CO and we look forward to seeing you there!

We know that you will leave full of creative ideas, just by visiting another church and seeing how others do ministry!


What have past events looked like?

Kalamazoo, MI | 2016

We had a blast at our first ever Sharpen Your AX event! We enjoyed apple picking at the orchard, made our way through a corn maze and managed to beat the clock at the escape room!  During our workshops, there were great iron-sharpens-iron convos that motivated and challenged us in our respective areas of ministry.

Canton, OH | 2017

This event was one to remember! We had a great after parties every night - the shooting range was a fav! Where else can you shoot guns with a bunch of pastors?!? During the day, we experienced roundtable workshops and breakout sessions that left us all encouraged and equipped for ministry!

Jackson, MS | 2018

We had so much fun connecting relationally at the trampoline park and laser tag! And the deep south didn’t disappoint - the food was amazing! During our roundtable sessions, we were refreshed in the Lord through great worship, inspiring devotions and other ministry and life-related convos!