Breakout Sessions – Marietta


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    Evangelism and Missions | Church Administration and Stewardship | Men’s Ministry | Kids’ Ministry | Sunday School and Small Groups | Music and Worship | Baptist Women | Youth Ministry


    Evangelism and Missions

    Church Safety and Disaster Preparedness – Room B-131
    We will discuss best practices for safety concerns in the church, including protecting your children, fire safety, active shooter, and how to prepare your church for a major disaster.
    Leaders: Ricky Thrasher and Stuart Lang
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Community Missions and Disaster Response

    Making Your Church An Indispensable Partner in Your Community – Gathering Place
    If your church closed its doors tomorrow, would your community notice? In this session, Rev. Marlon Longacre of Piedmont Church in Marietta, Georgia, will give you practical insights and actionable steps to become an integral part of the life of your community by partnering/ cooperating with your community, schools, and businesses.
    Leaders: Marlon Longacre and Ike Reighard
    Marlon Longacre, Associate Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia; Ike Reighard, Lead Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia

    Literacy: Six Great Ways to Share the Good News With the Most Unexpected People! – Room F-182
    Find out “what the Lord is doing in your area, and how you can join Him,” as Henry Blackaby says.
    Leader: Paulette DeHart
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Literacy Missions

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    Church Administration and Stewardship

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools – Room B-136
    Come learn about, view, and discuss the newest tools to teach about good stewardship for your church! The very best and newest materials will be on hand. Every attendee will receive a free, new church stewardship education campaign kit.
    Leader: Scott Preissler
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship

    Managing Conflict in Your Church – Room F-180
    During this time, we will discuss the myths, strategies, resources, and biblical foundations to address conflict in the church. As a result, participants should have a greater understanding of how to recognize, address, and manage conflict so that the church may once again focus on reducing lostness in their community.
    Leader: Marty Youngblood
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations

    The Forgotten Formula for Funding Church Ministry – Room B-137
    Does your church receive estate gifts each year? Does your church have a safe place to put funds that will give you a much better return than your local bank? This breakout session will help you understand why your church needs a Legacy Giving Estate Stewardship Ministry. It will also introduce you to the best place for your church to put funds for future ministry.
    Leader: Sam Warner
    Director of Development, Georgia Baptist Foundation

    Church Lending in Today’s Economic Climate – Room F-184
    Following the economic collapse of 2008, the borrowing environment for churches changed dramatically in the United States. In this session, we will bring focus on the major factors that have impacted borrowing for churches since that collapse and as the economy has stabilized. Whether your church has plans for refinance, revitalization, relocation, or construction, you will learn the most up to date guidelines required by church lenders, and how to best be prepared when seeking financing for your church. Understanding the best rates and terms for your specific church need will also be part of this session. Finally, we will discuss healthy practices implemented by churches to maintain operational health and budgetary spending. We will discuss the best mix of staffing, missions, ministries, and other church expenditures, and how this impacts the borrowing capacity of your church.
    Leader: Matthew Carter
    Vice President, Southeast Division, Baptist Church Loan Corporation

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    Men’s Ministry

    Deacons: The Church’s Power Team – Room B-135
    One of the most neglected areas in deacon ministry is the power of a deacon’s prayer life. This session will explore new ways to put some real punch in the deacon ministry through intercessory prayer. We will share some powerful illustrations to emphasize what God is willing to do when the leadership is serious about every aspect of their ministry.
    Leader: Bryan Alexander
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations

    Who Told You That You Were Naked? (Genesis 3:1-11) – Community Room
    Men can overcome the nakedness and condemnation of sin and be fully clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This session will help men live their values as new creations in Christ.
    Leader: Kelvin Cochran
    Chief Strategic Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

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    Kids’ Ministry

    Bible Skills Games – Room D-123
    Bible skills are more than finding verses quickly or reciting verses from memory. Children who learn to use their Bibles can become adults who know how to study their Bibles. Join us for some fun and creative Bible skill games and ideas that you can use in your class at church this week.
    Leader: Jenni Carter
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Ministering to Families in Crisis – Room D-125/132
    Children and families in your church will experience crisis, trauma, and death. How can we help children and families process and overcome these unexpected events? This conference will provide an overview of key developmental factors, theological considerations, and practical ideas for ministry during difficult times.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

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    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Starting New Groups – Room F-189
    In this session, we will discuss the process for starting new groups. We will discover the value of new groups to your church and cultivating new leaders for those groups.
    Leader: Mike Taylor
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Adult Groups and Faith Development

    Reaching Millennials with Sunday School and Small Groups – Gym
    Why is it harder now than in the past to assimilate young people through group settings? We will discuss key reasons why and provide some insight into how to solve the problem.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Lead Pastor, West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton, Florida

    Reaching and Keeping Millennial Couples – Room F-187
    Has your church figured out how to reach and keep millennials? If not, join Scott Smith and learn six proven strategies for reaching and keeping the future of your church.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Discipleship Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

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    Music and Worship

    The Ever-Changing Role of the Worship Choir – Choir Room
    This session will help define the role of the choir in worship in the 21st century, and how existing church choirs have evolved to where we are today. Topics will include rehearsal techniques, musical resources, recruiting, and retention.
    Leaders: Keith Chandler and Steve Brown
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Leadership Practices for Modern Worship Leaders – Room B-134
    In this session, we will discuss the essential tools and practices for modern worship leaders. Worship leadership must be a thoughtful process that not only engages your congregation but also the teams that serve your congregation. This session will be a discussion of ways you can grow your worship and media teams in skill, preparation, spirit, and unity. We will discuss best practices, as well as helpful new technologies and structures that can easily be implemented in your church.
    Leader: Nick Duke
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Using Piano and Keyboards Effectively in Worship – Room B-132
    This hands-on session will deal with effective use of pianos and keyboards in various worship settings. Topics will include tips on accompanying congregational singing, appropriate keyboard sounds, underscoring technique, and other related issues.
    Leaders: Judy Crumley and Eddy Oliver
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

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    Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Involving Adults in Missions – Room 302
    Join this local church Missions Associate to learn how adults can thrive through missions involvement. Hear and discuss ideas for engaging and meeting needs in your own community.
    Leader: Tammy Lawwell
    Missions Associate, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia

    Engaging Teens in Missions – Room 303
    Learn creative ways to involve teens in missions in your community and around the world from an experienced leader.
    Leader: Grace Woodard
    Missions Leader, First Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia

    Trends in Women’s Ministry – Loft
    Meet new Lifeway Women’s Ministry Specialist Kelly King, and learn about current trends in women’s ministry.
    Leader: Kelly King
    Women’s Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

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    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Effective Missions – Middle School Room
    We will discuss ways to equip your ministry for effective mission trips and evangelism.
    Leader: Greg Benfield
    Assistant Associational Missionary, Piedmont Okenefenokee Association

    Our Church – Reaching International Students – Pre-Teen Room
    If you are near a college campus, your church can have a fast track toward “Reaching the Nations.” There is no better missionary than a new Christian returning home, following a life-changing experience with Christ.
    Leader: Teresa Royall
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry; Campus Minister, Georgia State University

    Administration and Communication in Student Ministry – Room 308
    Communication is the key to ANY good relationship. It is important to know how much, how often, and how to communicate to your students, parents, and volunteers, if you want a thriving and healthy ministry. In this session, we will go over some simple tools and processes for planning events, managing sign-ups, and communicating details.
    Leader: Amy Peek
    Middle School Director, First Baptist Church on the Square, LaGrange, Georgia
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    Evangelism and Missions

    Discovering Your North Star as a Leader – Gathering Place
    Astronomers tell us that the North Star is the most fixed point in the universe. It has guided mariners for millennia as they have navigated their ships on distant journeys. Similarly, each of us is on a journey, and we need our North Star to give us guidance as a leader. This session will focus on charting your course for success and significance by discovering your North Star.
    Leader: Ike Reighard
    Lead Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia

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    Church Administration

    Church Financial Compliance A: Counting on Contribution Credit – Room B-137
    In this session, we will discuss what is to be done with contributions once they have been received by the church, and what should and should not be on the contribution statement.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

    Ministry Assistants: Putting it All Together, Part 1 – Room B-136
    Being a ministry assistant means that you serve on a team. Sometimes, it is hard to connect all the pieces, like putting a puzzle together. This two-part seminar will focus on five facets of teamwork. Participants will have some hands-on activities to help understand how the teamwork puzzle can be mastered.
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, LifeWay Christian Resources

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    Men’s Ministry

    For a Movement of Men – Community Room
    Men’s ministry in most churches is an afterthought, and most churches do not have an equipping strategy to help their men be faithful husbands, loyal dads, spiritual leaders, trustworthy churchmen, etc. The “men problem” has become a crisis that can no longer be neglected. Let the movement begin!
    Leader: Keith Boggs
    Missionary to Men, Real Momentum Ministries

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    Kids’ Ministry

    Kid’s Ministry Foundation – Room D-125/132
    What are the essentials for developing and maintaining a thriving preschool and children’s ministry? Come learn what matters most when the goal is transformation and discipleship of children.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

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    Sunday School and Small Groups

    The Future of Sunday School and Small Groups – Gym
    We will discuss what a healthy body of believers looks like in the future of the church, and how to best connect millennials in the coming years.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Pastor, West Bradenton Bible Church, Bradenton, Florida

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    Music and Worship

    Worship and Theology: Engaging People of the Word – Worship Center
    This session will talk about how worship aligns with the Word of God, and how to engage people in the Word. We encourage all worship leaders and pastors to be present for this special session.
    Leaders: Jon Duncan and John Bryan
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Piano Class: Successfully Using Hymns in Contemporary Worship – Room B-132
    This class will help you learn how to use traditional hymns in contemporary worship. We will look at re-harmonization and other creative ways to effectively use the hymns of our faith in today’s worship.
    Leader: Faye Lopez
    Music Instructor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

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    Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Georgia Baptist Women – Loft
    Join the conversation and connect with other women as we gather for encouragement, community building, and to consider how we can lead women to discover and live out their purpose in God’s Kingdom.
    Leaders: Beth Ann Williams, Karen Pace, Beverly Skinner, and Tabitha Ferrell
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

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    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Keeping Kids Safer Online – Middle School Room
    Join this session to learn how to help your parents keep their kids safer online. We will discuss three strategies you can give parents to help them navigate the online environment.
    Leader: Mike Ricks
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development
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    Evangelism and Missions

    The REACH Strategy: How to Double Baptisms in 12 Months or Less – Gathering Place
    Come learn a step-by-step strategy for comprehensive, local church evangelism. You will learn how to mobilize more of your members to share their faith, how to create teams for winning more to Christ, how to make evangelistic events work better, the one thing that can turn servant ministries into gospel harvest investments, how to turn every Sunday into someone’s “one day” and see more come to Christ each week, and so much more! This strategy has re-energized more Georgia Baptist churches for evangelism than we have seen in a long time. Simple, easy-to-understand and practical… don’t miss this session!
    Leaders: Randy Mullinax and Scott N. Smith
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism

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    Church Administration

    Church Financial Compliance B: Administration of Designated Funds – Room B-137
    In this session, we will discuss how the church can collect for designated projects, ministries, and missions. You will also learn about the administration of designated funds, including benevolence ministry, whether budgeted or designated.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

    Ministry Assistants: Putting it All Together, Part 2 – Room B-136
    Being a ministry assistant means that you serve on a team. Yes, even if it is just you and your pastor or supervisor! Sometimes it’s hard to connect all the pieces, like putting a puzzle together. This two -part seminar will focus on five facets of teamwork. Participants will have some hands-on activities to help understand how the teamwork puzzle can be mastered.
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, LifeWay Christian Resources

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    Men’s Ministry

    How to Equip Men to Lead Their Wives – Community Room
    God has called men to lead their families with Christ-like love and sacrifice. In this dynamic and provocative session, attendees will learn how to equip the men of their church to lead their wives through cultivating, meaningful influence and to provide spiritual purpose and direction for their marriages and families.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army

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    Kids’ Ministry

    Building on the Foundations/New Trends in Kid’s Ministry – Room D-125/132
    Children’s ministers and leaders must be able to recognize the positive and negative aspects of new trends in kid’s ministry in order to lead a balanced and effective ministry. This conference will look at key research updates in kid’s ministry, and what needs to happen in order to keep kids from dropping out of church when they graduate from high school.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

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    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Five Simple Ways to Make YOUR Sunday School Class or Small Group Great – Gym
    You may not be able to make every class in your church great, but you can start with your own group. These five simple steps will help move your class forward.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Pastor, West Bradenton Bible Church, Bradenton, Florida

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    Music and Worship

    Music Ministry in the 21st Century – Worship Center
    Join us to participate in a question-and-answer session relating to the ever-changing role of music and music leadership in the church.
    Leaders: Jon Duncan and Panel of Conference Faculty
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

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    Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    The Spiritual Life of a Leader – Loft
    Having served as a leader of women in the local church, a state convention, and now, as Women’s Ministry Specialist at LifeWay, Kelly King understands first-hand the priorities of leadership. Through her own stories of struggles and victories, she will lead us to explore the importance of the spiritual life of a leader. You will be challenged to make your own spiritual growth a leadership priority.
    Leader: Kelly King
    Women’s Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

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    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Aim Small, Miss Small – Middle School Room
    Join us to discuss developing a biblical model of ministry for the students at your church that will grow disciples of Jesus with a faith that lasts!
    Leader: Doug Couch
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development
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    Evangelism and Missions | Church Administration and Stewardship | Men’s Ministry | Kids’ Ministry | Sunday School and Small Groups | Music and Worship | Baptist Women | Youth Ministry


    Evangelism and Missions

    Noonday Baptist Association’s Annual Business Meeting – Gathering Place
    The Noonday Baptist Association’s annual business meeting will be occurring during this breakout time. If you are part of the association, and registered, please join the meeting.
    Leader: Daryl Price
    Executive Director, Noonday Baptist Association

    Security Considerations – Room B-131
    This session will cover situational awareness, baseline behavior, atmospherics, six domains of threat detection, identify concealed carry, and understanding behaviors of people that could potentially cause harm.
    Leader: William B. O’Neal
    Owner, North Georgia Security Consultants

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room F-180
    We have experienced an outpouring of God! Over 100 students in our community have been saved and discipled this school year. We will show you how this can happen in your community.
    Leader: Terri Butcher
    Executive Director, Walton County Christian Learning Center

    Reaching and Keeping Young Families – Room 328
    What does it mean to be a church that fights for families? As generational trends have changed and culture has shifted, the front lines of gospel ministry have to be focused on the ministry of reaching the next generation. Most churches desire to reach them, but are not seeing fruit. Join us.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Lead Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

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    Church Administration and Stewardship

    How to Get Increased Giving and Not Sabotage Legacy Gifts for Your Church! – Room B-135
    Every church needs a financial plan for success in sustaining viable, effective ministries. Do you have one? Come gather tips and valuable information from Randy, a Ron Blue Award winner and Kingdom Advisor leader. Your church needs to plan for the present and have a legacy plan for the future. Every attendee will receive a free book!
    Leader: Randy Fairfax
    President, Highland Financial Planning Consultants

    Ministry Assistants A: Are You Writing Right? – Room B-136
    There are many forms of communication in this era of social media, and it seems that “anything goes.” However, professionally, your communication must still meet the standards of correct grammar and punctuation. During this time, we will learn things we did not know, be reminded of things we have forgotten, and discover what has changed in the last few years regarding business, English, and writing. Need to brush up on your writing skills? Then this is the class for you; because if you think English and grammar are boring, you will be delighted to find that it can be fun AND funny!
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, LifeWay Christian Resources

    Building Facilities: Keys to a Successful Church Building Process – Room B-137
    This session is for pastors, committees, and other church leaders. Join us to learn the steps to get started on the right foot and stay on track while navigating the church building process. You will learn how to make timely, strategic decisions, develop a compelling master plan, communicate vision clearly, assemble an effective team, and understand financial implications. We will also discuss retooling existing facilities, as well as new construction, as applicable.
    Leaders: Steve Aydelott and Steve Newton
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative;
    Steve Aydelott, President, SOA Construction


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    Men’s Ministry

    Building Men with Others in Mind – Community Room
    The average man attending your church this Sunday knows that he can be more than who he has become. The question is, “What are you and your church doing to help him and those around him?” Discover a ministry plan that makes men the priority of your disciple-making strategy, because when men win, everybody wins!
    Leader: Keith Boggs
    Missionary to Men, Real Momentum Ministries

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    Kids’ Ministry

    10,000 Reasons Weekday Preschool Matters – Room D-125/132
    Weekday ministry is one of the best kept outreach secrets of the 21st century church. Did you know that most weekday ministries reach a larger audience of unchurched families than churched families? How can the local church leverage their influence to reach this mission field? This conference will give you at least 10,000 reasons to remind and convict you that weekday ministry matters!
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

    Planning Big Events for Kids – Room D-123
    Join us for some great ideas and tips for planning big events to reach the kids and families in your church and community.
    Leader: Scott Patrick
    Minister to Children, First Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Tools to Use in Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers – Room D-130
    Every preschool teacher wants to know they are doing their very best. Learn the tools necessary to teach preschoolers age-appropriate biblical principles.
    Leader: Clara Mae Van Brink
    Teacher, Author, Freelance Writer

    Mentoring Boys Through Royal Ambassadors – Room D-121
    Join us as we share ideas on how to organize and grow a Royal Ambassador ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Retired Teacher, North American Mission Board

    Leading Kids to Hands-On Missions – Room F-194
    Discover ways to get your kids outside the walls of the church to serve others, love others, and share the Gospel. Kids are not too young to begin discovering their part in God’s plan to reach the nations!
    Leader: Grace Woodard
    Missions Leader, First Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia

    Leaving a Legacy Through Children’s Choirs – Room F-192
    This session is designed to help leaders understand the need for and impact of children’s choirs. Topics include planning, enlisting leadership, resources, and scheduling to be effective in meeting the ever-changing needs of the congregation.
    Leader: Karen Gosselin
    State Missionary Associate, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions; Home School Choir Director

    What is Kid’s Worship? – Room F-190
    This session will answer the question, “What is kid’s worship?” Learn how to plan, train, and lead kid’s worship.
    Leaders: Cameron and Sarah Beth Wilkins
    Cameron Wilkins, Minister of Children and Families, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Connecting the Dots – Bible Skills for Kids – Room F-188
    In this breakout, participants will “connect the dots” between LifeWay’s new Bible Skills for Kids, and the importance of teaching kids age-appropriate ways to use their Bibles.
    Leader: Bill Emeott
    Lead Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

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    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Creating a Clear Purpose for Your Small Groups and Sunday School Classes – Gym
    Far too often, small groups and Sunday School classes lack cohesion to the overall purpose and vision of the church. We will discuss how to create and refine a purpose so groups know what they are supposed to accomplish within the overall direction of the church.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Pastor, West Bradenton Bible Church, Bradenton, Florida

    Discipling Millennials for Transformation – Room F-187
    Millennials have all the information they need in the palm of their hand. This session will teach you a process to turn information into transformation.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Discipleship Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    What’s All the Fuss About Millennials? – Room F-189
    You do not have to look far to find countless articles, blogs, and videos concerning the challenge of working with Millennials. Are they really that unique and different from other generations? We will evaluate generational differences and commonalities in light of history, and discuss what Christian leaders need to know to effectively engage this generation with the gospel.
    Leader: Kelly Davidson
    Director of Young Singles, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

    Helps to Be a Great Sunday School Teacher – Room F-184
    A great Sunday School is not so much built on great programs or strategies. A great Sunday School is built on great teachers! This session focuses on the strengths of great teachers.
    Leader: Ken Smith
    Senior Adult Pastor, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

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    Music and Worship

    Using Bands in Worship – Best Practices, Part 1 – Worship Center
    Using a demonstration band and vocal team, Dr. Bowersox will demonstrate everything from sound checks to vocal technique. In this session, discover how to find a great, balanced sound from vocals and rhythm section, learn rehearsal techniques, and understand the role of the leader in effective rehearsals. This session will be especially helpful for churches in contemporary or multi-generational settings.
    Leader: Steve Bowersox
    Executive Pastor of Worship, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Executive Director, Integrity Music’s Worship International

    Choir Retreat – Choir Room
    This retreat will provide inspiration, instruction on good choral singing technique, a music packet you can have ready to kick off your fall program, an opportunity to learn new music, and great fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia.
    Leaders: Ken Gabrielse and Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren, Music and Worship Minister, Station Hill Church, Spring Hill, Tennessee; Ken Gabrielse, Music Faculty, Truett McConnell University, Cleveland, Georgia

    Worship Sound Guy: Equipping Your Audio Team for Excellence – Room B-134
    Since 2012, Worship Sound Guy has existed as a Twitter account, providing an outlet for worship sound people in churches around the world to find community through the funny, crazy, and sometimes unbelievable things that happen on a daily basis. Now, they have taken it to the next level to create usable resources, specifically for worship sound people, everywhere through video training, as well as many other resources. In these sessions, the Worship Sound Guys will walk you through many of the essential skills that every sound person should have.
    Leaders: Johnny Ragin and Matt Borsic
    Johnny Ragin, Original Founder, Worship Sound Guy; Matt Borsic, Co-founder, Worship Sound Guy

    Nine Reasons People Are Not Singing in Worship and What to Do About It – Room B-130
    Congregations are increasingly turning into masses of spectators rather than active participants. What can we do to reverse this trend in our churches and help our congregations really participate and sing?
    Leader: Kenny Lamm
    Senior Consultant for Worship and Music, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    Piano Class: The Versatile Church Pianist in a Contemporary World – Room B-132
    Church pianists today have to be able to seamlessly move between worship band charts and traditional scores, while increasing skills for segues and underscoring (such as during verbal transitions, communion, etc.). This class will cover basic techniques to fill the need for this kind of versatility.
    Leader: Faye Lopez
    Music Instructor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

    Conducting – Room F-182
    Come learn from one of the finest conductors in SBC life. Ken will share useful helps in getting the most out of your choir. Whether your choir is large or small, you will take home great ideas to make your choir even more effective.
    Leader: Ken Gabrielse
    Music Faculty, Truett McConnell University, Cleveland, Georgia

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    Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Building an Associational Women’s Missions and Ministry Leadership Team – Loft
    Are you ready to reignite your associational women’s team?  Are you ready to help lead the women in your association to a deeper relationship with Christ, a powerful prayer life, and an on-mission lifestyle that intentionally shares the Gospel? In this conference, you will identify the barriers of associational women’s work, and how to transform them into effective ministry. 
    Leader: Susan Bragg
    Associational Woman’s Missionary Union Director, Savannah Baptist Association 

    Leading Women to Move Forward – Room 303
    Ever have women in your ministry who seem to be stuck, hurt, or just have trouble moving forward? Discover how powerful questions can be in helping them recognize barriers, and how you can help them move forward to God’s best.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

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    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Communicating for Life Change – Middle School Room
    Join this session to develop the skills to teach and lead Bible studies more effectively as you sharpen your communication that leads to life change.
    Leader: Matthew Petty
    Minister of Youth and College, Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, Powder Springs, Georgia

    What a Teenager Needs from a Youth Worker – Pre-Teen Room
    This session will give insight into what teenagers need not only from Youth Workers, but from YOU.
    Leader: Chris Trent
    Middle School Minister, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia

    Leaving Well – Room 300
    In this session, we will discuss what to do when your ministry is coming-to-a-close. We will also learn the how and why’s to maintaining your reputation and leaving your ministry volunteers healthy and Biblically sound.
    Leader: Dave Hall
    Ministry Veteran of Youth, Evangelism, and Missions, First Baptist Church, Canton, Georgia

    Campus Culture Update and BCM, Your Church, and U2019- Making the Connections – Room 308
    Double Feature – Learn what is happening on the college campus today, AND learn how your church can partner with Baptist Collegiate Ministry as we work together to reach the next generation during the U2019 Emphasis.
    Leaders: Joe Graham and Clarissa Morrison
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministries
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    Evangelism and Missions | Church Administration and Stewardship | Men’s Ministry | Kids’ Ministry | Sunday School and Small Groups | Music and Worship | Baptist Women | Youth Ministry


    Evangelism and Missions

    Making Multi-Housing Your Ministry – Room B-131
    In this session, you will learn why the church needs to reach out to multi-housing communities; taking the church to the community; building trust in relationships; and forming a church in a multi-housing community.
    Leader: Jon Huebner
    Director, In His Name of Gainesville, Gainesville, Georgia

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room F-180
    We have experienced an outpouring of God! Over 100 students in our community have been saved and discipled this school year. We will show you how this can happen in your community.
    Leader: Terri Butcher
    Executive Director, Walton County Christian Learning Centers

    Reaching and Keeping Students – Gathering Place
    We are living in an unprecedented time. Right now, there are more students alive than at any other time in history. So how do we take the Gospel to them? How do we make room for them in the church? It all starts with asking the right questions. Join us.
    Leader: Joe Payton
    Student Pastor, 211 Campus Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

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    Church Administration and Stewardship

    Building/Facilities 2: Leading Your Church to Build: Balancing, Budgeting, and Design – Room B-137
    This session is for pastors, staff, building or planning teams, and key leaders. Come join an interactive session, which will bring critical attention to the critical relationship between the finances of the individual church and the decisions related to providing effective church facilities. We will address the need for engaging the church in a compelling ministry-focused vision, the advantages of starting early, and the value of a team relationship, involving the church, the architect, and the contractor.
    Leaders: Steve Aydelott and Steve Newton
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative; 
    Steve Aydelott, President, SOA Construction

    Ministry Assistants B: Providing Quality ServiceRoom B-136
    The support ministry is important to your office. You are the “go to” person because everyone thinks you have—or should have—the answers. We know that is not always true, but it is the perception. Why? Because you provide service; therefore, you must provide quality service. It’s called job security in some organizations, but for ministry assistants it is more than that. It’s honoring Christ.
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, Lifeway Christian Resources

    How to Get Increased Giving and Not Sabotage Legacy Gifts for Your Church! – Room B-135
    Every church needs a financial plan for success in sustaining viable, effective ministries. Do you have one? Come gather tips and valuable information from Randy, a Ron Blue Award winner and Kingdom Advisor leader. Your church needs to plan for the present and have a legacy plan for the future. Every attendee will receive a free book!
    Leader: Randy Fairfax
    President, Highland Financial Planning Consultants


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    Men’s Ministry

    How to Equip Men to Lead Their Children – Community Room
    Fathers, everywhere, desire to lead their children, but many are not equipped to do so effectively. This exciting and practical session will help you to equip the men of your church to lead, influence, and train their children to walk in the Truth.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army

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    Kids’ Ministry

    Discipleship – Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping, and Empowering – Room D-125/132
    Come learn 10 important things about the mindset of millennial parents, and how to better understand, equip, and empower this next generation of parents.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

    Creative Follow-Up – Room D-123
    Join one of our Georgia Kids Ministers for creative ideas and four fantastic follow-up tools to use after your VBS and/or Kids Ministry events.
    Leader: Scott Patrick
    Minister to Children, First Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Top 10 Priorities for Preschool Leaders on Sunday Morning – Room D-130
    We have so much to do and so little time. Come learn the top 10 things to do each week to provide preschoolers with a positive learning experience.
    Leader: Clara Mae Van Brink
    Teacher, Author, Freelance Writer

    Mentoring Boys in Royal Ambassadors Through the Interest Activity of RA Racers – Room D-121
    Join us to learn ideas on how to use Royal Ambassador Racers to reach boys and their families for Christ.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Retired Teacher, North American Mission Board

    Missions: Connecting Kids to the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment – Room F-194
    Every aspect of our life is wrapped up into loving God and others. In areas you are leading at home and in church, how are you connecting kids to be on mission? Learn ways and resources to start or strengthen what you are doing in the lives of kids to connect them to God’s heart for the world.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Children and Their Role in Corporate Worship – Room F-192
    Children’s choirs can assist in worship leadership! No longer should we see our children’s choirs as a group that just sings a song in worship and then leaves. This session will discuss the how and why of using children in total, corporate worship leadership.
    Leader: Karen Gosselin
    State Missionary Associate, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions; Home School Choir Director

    Planning for Kid’s Worship – Room F-190
    This conference will explore tools and resources for effective kid’s worship. Topics will include everything from recruiting leadership to the latest resources available.
    Leaders: Cameron and Sarah Beth Wilkins
    Cameron Wilkins, Minister of Children and Families, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Bible Study for Kids in a Nontraditional Setting – Room F-188
    This conference will give you some great ideas and tips when you are leading children’s sessions in nontraditional settings, like small groups, Backyard Kids Clubs, mission trips, and new church plants.
    Leader: Bill Emeott
    Lead Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

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    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Discipleship Models and Strategy Implementation – Gym
    This session is designed to give an overview of several popular disciple-making models, specifics on how to implement a comprehensive movement strategy, and the principles of a personal or church-wide/regional movement. Disciple-making is not a buzz word, but an assignment given to us by our Lord.
    Leader: Daryl Price
    Executive Director, Noonday Baptist Association

    Making Investments in Millennials That Show You Care – Room F-187
    What are the five primary investments you can make in millennials to show you care? Join this session to learn practical strategies for investing in your church’s future.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Discipleship Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Now What? – Making Disciples Among America’s Post-Christian Generation – Room F-189
    In this session, we will answer the question, “What does it take to connect with and make effective disciple-making disciples among Millennials?”
    Leader: Kelly Davidson
    Director of Young Singles, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

    A Passion for Teaching – Room F-184
    Senior adults are one of the most vital groups in our churches. I believe we must have a passion for them to reach them and to teach them. It is important that we, as educators, focus on the needs of the age divisions we serve, and this will ensure they are being taught in a consistent and Biblical manner. This passion is something that is greatly needed.
    Leader: Ken Smith
    Senior Adult Pastor, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

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    Music and Worship

    Using Bands in Worship – Best Practices, Part 2 – Worship Center
    In this session, Dr. Bowersox will continue the lab experience with a rhythm section and vocal team. Participants will discover the finished product of an effective rehearsal. A question-and-answer time will follow, allowing those attending to get specific answers for their worship setting.
    Leader: Steve Bowersox
    Executive Pastor of Worship, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Executive Director, Integrity Music’s Worship International

    Choir Retreat (continued) – Choir Room
    This retreat will provide inspiration, instruction on good choral singing technique, a music packet you can have ready to kick off your fall program, an opportunity to learn new music, and great fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. NOTE: This session will extend until 4:45 p.m.
    Leaders: Ken Gabrielse and Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren, Music and Worship Minister, Station Hill Church, Spring Hill, Tennessee; Ken Gabrielse, Music Faculty, Truett McConnell University, Cleveland, Georgia

    Worship Sound Guy: Equipping Your Audio Team for Excellence – Room B-134
    Since 2012, Worship Sound Guy has existed as a Twitter account, providing an outlet for worship sound people in churches around the world to find community through the funny, crazy, and sometimes unbelievable things that happen on a daily basis. Now, they have taken it to the next level to create usable resources specifically for worship sound people everywhere through video training, as well as many other resources. In these sessions, the Worship Sound Guys will walk you through many of the essential skills that every sound person should have.
    Leaders: Johnny Ragin and Matt Borsic
    Johnny Ragin, Original Founder, Worship Sound Guy; Matt Borsic, Co-founder, Worship Sound Guy

    Worship with Limited Resources – Room B-130
    This session will dive into resources available for the local church to enhance their times of worship through the use of LifeWay Worship and virtual worship band resources, such as Fly Worship, Worship Backing Band, iSingWorship, and Worship Band-in-Hand (brief overview).
    Leader: Kenny Lamm
    Senior Consultant for Worship and Music, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    Understanding and Using Lead Sheets in Worship- Room B-132
    Chords, chords, and more chords! This class will take an in-depth look at understanding chords, chord symbols, and how to read and use a lead sheet in worship.
    Leader: Faye Lopez
    Music Instructor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

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    Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Developing Women to Be On Mission – Loft
    Do you want to see the women in your church living each day intentionally for God? Do you desire to help women discover and live out their purpose in God’s Kingdom? Through the missions small groups and ministries of the Woman’s Missionary Union, you can do just that! Join Beth Ann to explore what WMU in 2017 is all about and how you can strengthen or start a WMU ministry in your church.
    Leader: Beth Ann Williams
    Executive Director and Treasurer, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Women’s Ministry Idea Exchange – Room 303
    Join other women’s ministry leaders from your area to exchange ideas about effective ministry with women in the church.
    Leader: Beverly Skinner
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

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    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Navigating Conflict – Middle School Room
    Join this session to answer five strategic questions to effectively navigate confrontational conversations that cause great stress.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    Start a Student Leadership Team – Pre-teen Room
    Join us to learn how to start a team of student leadership and equip them for effective ministry.
    Leader: Brandon Johns
    Assistant Pastor to Students, Morningside Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia

    Counseling Hurting Students – Room 300
    Join this session to learn how to identify and effectively counsel hurting students.
    Leader: Steven Brondyke
    Youth Pastor, Westside Baptist Church, Newnan, Georgia

    Involving Your Church in Collegiate Medical Missions – Room 308
    If you have medical professionals in your church and a nursing or medical school nearby, learn about the ways your church can be involved with ministry on campus and around the world.
    Leader: Tony Gray
    Campus Minister, Georgia Gwinnett College, Newton Campus of Georgia State University, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry
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Breakout Sessions by Ministry Type

  • Breakout Session 1

    Church Safety and Disaster Preparedness – Room B-131
    We will discuss best practices for safety concerns in the church, including protecting your children, fire safety, active shooter, and how to prepare your church for a major disaster.
    Leaders: Ricky Thrasher and Stuart Lang
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Community Missions and Disaster Response

    Making Your Church An Indispensable Partner in Your Community Gathering Place
    If your church closed its doors tomorrow, would your community notice? In this session, Rev. Marlon Longacre of Piedmont Church in Marietta, Georgia, will give you practical insights and actionable steps to become an integral part of the life of your community by partnering/ cooperating with your community, schools, and businesses.
    Leaders: Marlon Longacre and Ike Reighard
    Marlon Longacre, Associate Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia; Ike Reighard, Lead Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia

    Literacy: Six Great Ways to Share the Good News With the Most Unexpected People! – Room F-182
    Find out “what the Lord is doing in your area, and how you can join Him,” as Henry Blackaby says.
    Leader: Paulette DeHart
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Literacy Missions


    Breakout Session 2

    Discovering Your North Star as a Leader – Gathering Place
    Astronomers tell us that the North Star is the most fixed point in the universe. It has guided mariners for millennia as they have navigated their ships on distant journeys. Similarly, each of us is on a journey, and we need our North Star to give us guidance as a leader. This session will focus on charting your course for success and significance by discovering your North Star.
    Leader: Ike Reighard
    Lead Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia


    Breakout Session 3

    The REACH Strategy: How to Double Baptisms in 12 Months or Less – Gathering Place
    Come learn a step-by-step strategy for comprehensive, local church evangelism. You will learn how to mobilize more of your members to share their faith, how to create teams for winning more to Christ, how to make evangelistic events work better, the one thing that can turn servant ministries into gospel harvest investments, how to turn every Sunday into someone’s “one day” and see more come to Christ each week, and so much more! This strategy has re-energized more Georgia Baptist churches for evangelism than we have seen in a long time. Simple, easy-to-understand and practical … don’t miss this session!
    Leaders: Randy Mullinax and Scott N. Smith
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism


    Breakout Session 4

    Noonday Baptist Association’s Annual Business Meeting – Gathering Place
    The Noonday Baptist Association’s annual business meeting will be occurring during this breakout time. If you are part of the association, and registered, please join the meeting.
    Leader: Daryl Price
    Executive Director, Noonday Baptist Association

    Security Considerations – Room B-131
    This session will cover situational awareness, baseline behavior, atmospherics, six domains of threat detection, identify concealed carry, and understanding behaviors of people that could potentially cause harm.
    Leader: William B. O’Neal
    Owner, North Georgia Security Consultants

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room F-180
    We have experienced an outpouring of God! Over 100 students in our community have been saved and discipled this school year. We will show you how this can happen in your community.
    Leader: Terri Butcher
    Executive Director, Walton County Christian Learning Center

    Reaching and Keeping Young Families – Room 328
    What does it mean to be a church that fights for families? As generational trends have changed and culture has shifted, the front lines of gospel ministry have to be focused on the ministry of reaching the next generation. Most churches desire to reach them, but are not seeing fruit. Join us.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Lead Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia


    Breakout Session 5

    Making Multi-Housing Your Ministry – Room B-131
    In this session, you will learn why the church needs to reach out to multi-housing communities; taking the church to the community; building trust in relationships; and forming a church in a multi-housing community.
    Leader: Jon Huebner
    Director, In His Name of Gainesville, Gainesville, Georgia

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room F-180
    We have experienced an outpouring of God! Over 100 students in our community have been saved and discipled this school year. We will show you how this can happen in your community.
    Leader: Terri Butcher
    Executive Director, Walton County Christian Learning Centers

    Reaching and Keeping Students – Gathering Place
    We are living in an unprecedented time. Right now, there are more students alive than at any other time in history. So how do we take the Gospel to them? How do we make room for them in the church? It all starts with asking the right questions. Join us.
    Leader: Joe Payton
    Student Pastor, 211 Campus Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

  • Breakout Session 1

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools – Room B-136
    Come learn about, view, and discuss the newest tools to teach about good stewardship for your church! The very best and newest materials will be on hand. Every attendee will receive a free, new church stewardship education campaign kit.
    Leader: Scott Preissler
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship

    Managing Conflict in Your Church – Room F-180
    During this time, we will discuss the myths, strategies, resources, and biblical foundations to address conflict in the church. As a result, participants should have a greater understanding of how to recognize, address, and manage conflict so that the church may once again focus on reducing lostness in their community.
    Leader: Marty Youngblood
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations

    The Forgotten Formula for Funding Church Ministry – Room B-137
    Does your church receive estate gifts each year? Does your church have a safe place to put funds that will give you a much better return than your local bank? This breakout session will help you understand why your church needs a Legacy Giving Estate Stewardship Ministry. It will also introduce you to the best place for your church to put funds for future ministry.
    Leader: Sam Warner
    Director of Development, Georgia Baptist Foundation

    Church Lending in Today’s Economic Climate – Room F-184
    Following the economic collapse of 2008, the borrowing environment for churches changed dramatically in the United States. In this session, we will bring focus on the major factors that have impacted borrowing for churches since that collapse and as the economy has stabilized. Whether your church has plans for refinance, revitalization, relocation, or construction, you will learn the most up to date guidelines required by church lenders, and how to best be prepared when seeking financing for your church. Understanding the best rates and terms for your specific church need will also be part of this session. Finally, we will discuss healthy practices implemented by churches to maintain operational health and budgetary spending. We will discuss the best mix of staffing, missions, ministries, and other church expenditures, and how this impacts the borrowing capacity of your church.
    Leader: Matthew Carter
    Vice President, Southeast Division, Baptist Church Loan Corporation


    Breakout Session 2

    Church Financial Compliance A: Counting on Contribution Credit – Room B-137
    In this session, we will discuss what is to be done with contributions once they have been received by the church, and what should and should not be on the contribution statement.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

    Ministry Assistants: Putting it All Together, Part 1 – Room B-136
    Being a ministry assistant means that you serve on a team. Sometimes, it is hard to connect all the pieces, like putting a puzzle together. This two-part seminar will focus on five facets of teamwork. Participants will have some hands-on activities to help understand how the teamwork puzzle can be mastered.
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, LifeWay Christian Resources


    Breakout Session 3

    Church Financial Compliance B: Administration of Designated Funds – Room B-137
    In this session, we will discuss how the church can collect for designated projects, ministries, and missions. You will also learn about the administration of designated funds, including benevolence ministry, whether budgeted or designated.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

    Ministry Assistants: Putting it All Together, Part 2 – Room B-136
    Being a ministry assistant means that you serve on a team. Yes, even if it is just you and your pastor or supervisor! Sometimes it’s hard to connect all the pieces, like putting a puzzle together. This two -part seminar will focus on five facets of teamwork. Participants will have some hands-on activities to help understand how the teamwork puzzle can be mastered.
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, LifeWay Christian Resources


    Breakout Session 4

    How to Get Increased Giving and Not Sabotage Legacy Gifts for Your Church! – Room B-135
    Every church needs a financial plan for success in sustaining viable, effective ministries. Do you have one? Come gather tips and valuable information from Randy, a Ron Blue Award winner and Kingdom Advisor leader. Your church needs to plan for the present and have a legacy plan for the future. Every attendee will receive a free book!
    Leader: Randy Fairfax
    President, Highland Financial Planning Consultants

    Ministry Assistants A: Are You Writing Right? – Room B-136
    There are many forms of communication in this era of social media, and it seems that “anything goes.” However, professionally, your communication must still meet the standards of correct grammar and punctuation. During this time, we will learn things we did not know, be reminded of things we have forgotten, and discover what has changed in the last few years regarding business, English, and writing. Need to brush up on your writing skills? Then this is the class for you; because if you think English and grammar are boring, you will be delighted to find that it can be fun AND funny!
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, LifeWay Christian Resources

    Building Facilities: Keys to a Successful Church Building Process – Room B-137
    This session is for pastors, committees, and other church leaders. Join us to learn the steps to get started on the right foot and stay on track while navigating the church building process. You will learn how to make timely, strategic decisions, develop a compelling master plan, communicate vision clearly, assemble an effective team, and understand financial implications. We will also discuss retooling existing facilities, as well as new construction, as applicable.
    Leaders: Steve Aydelott and Steve Newton
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative; 
    Steve Aydelott, President, SOA Construction


    Breakout Session 5

    Building/Facilities 2: Leading Your Church to Build – Balancing, Budgeting, and Design – Room B-137
    This session is for pastors, staff, building or planning teams, and key leaders. Come join an interactive session, which will bring critical attention to the critical relationship between the finances of the individual church and the decisions related to providing effective church facilities. We will address the need for engaging the church in a compelling ministry-focused vision, the advantages of starting early, and the value of a team relationship, involving the church, the architect, and the contractor.
    Leaders: Steve Aydelott and Steve Newton
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative; 
    Steve Aydelott, President, SOA Construction

    Ministry Assistants B: Providing Quality Service – Room B-136
    The support ministry is important to your office. You are the “go to” person because everyone thinks you have—or should have—the answers. We know that is not always true, but it is the perception. Why? Because you provide service; therefore, you must provide quality service. It’s called job security in some organizations, but for ministry assistants it is more than that. It’s honoring Christ.
    Leader: Sandra Sartor
    Instructor, Lifeway Christian Resources

    How to Get Increased Giving and Not Sabotage Legacy Gifts for Your Church! – Room B-135
    Every church needs a financial plan for success in sustaining viable, effective ministries. Do you have one? Come gather tips and valuable information from Randy, a Ron Blue Award winner and Kingdom Advisor leader. Your church needs to plan for the present and have a legacy plan for the future. Every attendee will receive a free book!
    Leader: Randy Fairfax
    President, Highland Financial Planning Consultants

  • Breakout Session 1

    Deacons: The Church’s Power Team – Room B-135
    One of the most neglected areas in deacon ministry is the power of a deacon’s prayer life. This session will explore new ways to put some real punch in the deacon ministry through intercessory prayer. We will share some powerful illustrations to emphasize what God is willing to do when the leadership is serious about every aspect of their ministry.
    Leader: Bryan Alexander
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations

    Who Told You That You Were Naked? (Genesis 3:1-11) – Community Room
    Men can overcome the nakedness and condemnation of sin and be fully clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This session will help men live their values as new creations in Christ.
    Leader: Kelvin Cochran
    Chief Strategic Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia


    Breakout Session 2

    For a Movement of Men – Community Room
    Men’s ministry in most churches is an afterthought, and most churches do not have an equipping strategy to help their men be faithful husbands, loyal dads, spiritual leaders, trustworthy churchmen, etc. The “men problem” has become a crisis that can no longer be neglected. Let the movement begin!
    Leader: Keith Boggs
    Missionary to Men, Real Momentum Ministries


    Breakout Session 3

    How to Equip Men to Lead Their Wives – Community Room
    God has called men to lead their families with Christ-like love and sacrifice. In this dynamic and provocative session, attendees will learn how to equip the men of their church to lead their wives through cultivating, meaningful influence and to provide spiritual purpose and direction for their marriages and families.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army


    Breakout Session 4

    Building Men with Others in Mind – Community Room
    The average man attending your church this Sunday knows that he can be more than who he has become. The question is, “What are you and your church doing to help him and those around him?” Discover a ministry plan that makes men the priority of your disciple-making strategy, because when men win, everybody wins!
    Leader: Keith Boggs
    Missionary to Men, Real Momentum Ministries


    Breakout Session 5

    How to Equip Men to Lead Their Children – Community Room
    Fathers, everywhere, desire to lead their children, but many are not equipped to do so effectively. This exciting and practical session will help you to equip the men of your church to lead, influence, and train their children to walk in the Truth.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army

  • Breakout Session 1

    Bible Skills Games – Room D-123
    Bible skills are more than finding verses quickly or reciting verses from memory. Children who learn to use their Bibles can become adults who know how to study their Bibles. Join us for some fun and creative Bible skill games and ideas that you can use in your class at church this week.
    Leader: Jenni Carter
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Ministering to Families in Crisis – Room D-125/132
    Children and families in your church will experience crisis, trauma, and death. How can we help children and families process and overcome these unexpected events? This conference will provide an overview of key developmental factors, theological considerations, and practical ideas for ministry during difficult times.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University


    Breakout Session 2

    Kid’s Ministry Foundation – Room D-125/132
    What are the essentials for developing and maintaining a thriving preschool and children’s ministry? Come learn what matters most when the goal is transformation and discipleship of children.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University


    Breakout Session 3

    Building on the Foundations/New Trends in Kid’s Ministry – Room D-125/132
    Children’s ministers and leaders must be able to recognize the positive and negative aspects of new trends in kid’s ministry in order to lead a balanced and effective ministry. This conference will look at key research updates in kid’s ministry, and what needs to happen in order to keep kids from dropping out of church when they graduate from high school.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University


    Breakout Session 4

    10,000 Reasons Weekday Preschool Matters – Room D-125/132
    Weekday ministry is one of the best kept outreach secrets of the 21st century church. Did you know that most weekday ministries reach a larger audience of unchurched families than churched families? How can the local church leverage their influence to reach this mission field? This conference will give you at least 10,000 reasons to remind and convict you that weekday ministry matters!
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

    Planning Big Events for Kids – Room D-123
    Join us for some great ideas and tips for planning big events to reach the kids and families in your church and community.
    Leader: Scott Patrick
    Minister to Children, First Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Tools to Use in Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers – Room D-130
    Every preschool teacher wants to know they are doing their very best. Learn the tools necessary to teach preschoolers age-appropriate biblical principles.
    Leader: Clara Mae Van Brink
    Teacher, Author, Freelance Writer

    Mentoring Boys Through Royal Ambassadors – Room D-121
    Join us as we share ideas on how to organize and grow a Royal Ambassador ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Retired Teacher, North American Mission Board

    Leading Kids to Hands-On Missions – Room F-194
    Discover ways to get your kids outside the walls of the church to serve others, love others, and share the Gospel. Kids are not too young to begin discovering their part in God’s plan to reach the nations!
    Leader: Grace Woodard
    Missions Leader, First Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia

    Leaving a Legacy Through Children’s Choirs – Room F-192
    This session is designed to help leaders understand the need for and impact of children’s choirs. Topics include planning, enlisting leadership, resources, and scheduling to be effective in meeting the ever-changing needs of the congregation.
    Leader: Karen Gosselin
    State Missionary Associate, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions; Home School Choir Director

    What is Kid’s Worship? – Room F-190
    This session will answer the question, “What is kid’s worship?” Learn how to plan, train, and lead kid’s worship.
    Leaders: Cameron and Sarah Beth Wilkins
    Cameron Wilkins, Minister of Children and Families, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Connecting the Dots – Bible Skills for Kids – Room F-188
    In this breakout, participants will “connect the dots” between LifeWay’s new Bible Skills for Kids, and the importance of teaching kids age-appropriate ways to use their Bibles.
    Leader: Bill Emeott
    Lead Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources


    Breakout Session 5

    Discipleship – Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping, and Empowering – Room D-125/132
    Come learn 10 important things about the mindset of millennial parents, and how to better understand, equip, and empower this next generation of parents.
    Leader: Shelly Melia
    Childhood Professor, Dallas Baptist University

    Creative Follow-Up – Room D-123
    Join one of our Georgia Kids Ministers for creative ideas and four fantastic follow-up tools to use after your VBS and/or Kids Ministry events.
    Leader: Scott Patrick
    Minister to Children, First Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Top 10 Priorities for Preschool Leaders on Sunday Morning – Room D-130
    We have so much to do and so little time. Come learn the top 10 things to do each week to provide preschoolers with a positive learning experience.
    Leader: Clara Mae Van Brink
    Teacher, Author, Freelance Writer

    Mentoring Boys in Royal Ambassadors Through the Interest Activity of RA Racers – Room D-121
    Join us to learn ideas on how to use Royal Ambassador Racers to reach boys and their families for Christ.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Retired Teacher, North American Mission Board

    Missions: Connecting Kids to the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment – Room F-194
    Every aspect of our life is wrapped up into loving God and others. In areas you are leading at home and in church, how are you connecting kids to be on mission? Learn ways and resources to start or strengthen what you are doing in the lives of kids to connect them to God’s heart for the world.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Children and Their Role in Corporate Worship – Room F-192
    Children’s choirs can assist in worship leadership! No longer should we see our children’s choirs as a group that just sings a song in worship and then leaves. This session will discuss the how and why of using children in total, corporate worship leadership.
    Leader: Karen Gosselin
    State Missionary Associate, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions; Home School Choir Director

    Planning for Kid’s Worship – Room F-190
    This conference will explore tools and resources for effective kid’s worship. Topics will include everything from recruiting leadership to the latest resources available.
    Leaders: Cameron and Sarah Beth Wilkins
    Cameron Wilkins, Minister of Children and Families, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville, Georgia

    Bible Study for Kids in a Nontraditional Setting – Room F-188
    This conference will give you some great ideas and tips when you are leading children’s sessions in nontraditional settings, like small groups, Backyard Kids Clubs, mission trips, and new church plants.
    Leader: Bill Emeott
    Lead Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources

  • Breakout Session 1

    Starting New Groups – Room F-189
    In this session, we will discuss the process for starting new groups. We will discover the value of new groups to your church and cultivating new leaders for those groups.
    Leader: Mike Taylor
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Adult Groups and Faith Development

    Reaching Millennials with Sunday School and Small Groups – Gym
    Why is it harder now than in the past to assimilate young people through group settings? We will discuss key reasons why and provide some insight into how to solve the problem.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Lead Pastor, West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton, Florida

    Reaching and Keeping Millennial Couples – Room F-187
    Has your church figured out how to reach and keep millennials? If not, join Scott Smith and learn six proven strategies for reaching and keeping the future of your church.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Discipleship Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia


    Breakout Session 2

    The Future of Sunday School and Small Groups – Gym
    We will discuss what a healthy body of believers looks like in the future of the church, and how to best connect millennials in the coming years.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Pastor, West Bradenton Bible Church, Bradenton, Florida


    Breakout Session 3

    Five Simple Ways to Make YOUR Sunday School Class or Small Group Great – Gym
    You may not be able to make every class in your church great, but you can start with your own group. These five simple steps will help move your class forward.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Pastor, West Bradenton Bible Church, Bradenton, Florida


    Breakout Session 4

    Creating a Clear Purpose for Your Small Groups and Sunday School Classes – Gym
    Far too often, small groups and Sunday School classes lack cohesion to the overall purpose and vision of the church. We will discuss how to create and refine a purpose so groups know what they are supposed to accomplish within the overall direction of the church.
    Leader: Sam Rainer
    President, Rainer Research; Co-founder, Rainer Publishing; Pastor, West Bradenton Bible Church, Bradenton, Florida

    Discipling Millennials for Transformation – Room F-187
    Millennials have all the information they need in the palm of their hand. This session will teach you a process to turn information into transformation.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Discipleship Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    What’s All the Fuss About Millennials? – Room F-189
    You do not have to look far to find countless articles, blogs, and videos concerning the challenge of working with Millennials. Are they really that unique and different from other generations? We will evaluate generational differences and commonalities in light of history, and discuss what Christian leaders need to know to effectively engage this generation with the gospel.
    Leader: Kelly Davidson
    Director of Young Singles, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

    Helps to Be a Great Sunday School Teacher – Room F-184
    A great Sunday School is not so much built on great programs or strategies. A great Sunday School is built on great teachers! This session focuses on the strengths of great teachers.
    Leader: Ken Smith
    Senior Adult Pastor, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia


    Breakout Session 5

    Discipleship Models and Strategy Implementation – Gym
    This session is designed to give an overview of several popular disciple-making models, specifics on how to implement a comprehensive movement strategy, and the principles of a personal or church-wide/regional movement. Disciple-making is not a buzz word, but an assignment given to us by our Lord.
    Leader: Daryl Price
    Executive Director, Noonday Baptist Association

    Making Investments in Millennials That Show You Care – Room F-187
    What are the five primary investments you can make in millennials to show you care? Join this session to learn practical strategies for investing in your church’s future.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Discipleship Pastor, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Now What? – Making Disciples Among America’s Post-Christian Generation – Room F-189
    In this session, we will answer the question, “What does it take to connect with and make effective disciple-making disciples among Millennials?”
    Leader: Kelly Davidson
    Director of Young Singles, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

    A Passion for Teaching – Room F-184
    Senior adults are one of the most vital groups in our churches. I believe we must have a passion for them to reach them and to teach them. It is important that we, as educators, focus on the needs of the age divisions we serve, and this will ensure they are being taught in a consistent and Biblical manner. This passion is something that is greatly needed.
    Leader: Ken Smith
    Senior Adult Pastor, First Baptist Woodstock, Woodstock, Georgia

  • Breakout Session 1

    The Ever-Changing Role of the Worship Choir – Choir Room
    This session will help define the role of the choir in worship in the 21st century, and how existing church choirs have evolved to where we are today. Topics will include rehearsal techniques, musical resources, recruiting, and retention.
    Leaders: Keith Chandler and Steve Brown
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Leadership Practices for Modern Worship Leaders – Room B-134
    In this session, we will discuss the essential tools and practices for modern worship leaders. Worship leadership must be a thoughtful process that not only engages your congregation but also the teams that serve your congregation. This session will be a discussion of ways you can grow your worship and media teams in skill, preparation, spirit, and unity. We will discuss best practices, as well as helpful new technologies and structures that can easily be implemented in your church.
    Leader: Nick Duke
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Using Piano and Keyboards Effectively in Worship – Room B-132
    This hands-on session will deal with effective use of pianos and keyboards in various worship settings. Topics will include tips on accompanying congregational singing, appropriate keyboard sounds, underscoring technique, and other related issues.
    Leaders: Judy Crumley and Eddy Oliver
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry


    Breakout Session 2

    Worship and Theology: Engaging People of the Word – Worship Center
    This session will talk about how worship aligns with the Word of God, and how to engage people in the Word. We encourage all worship leaders and pastors to be present for this special session.
    Leaders: Jon Duncan and John Bryan
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Piano Class: Successfully Using Hymns in Contemporary Worship – Room B-132
    This class will help you learn how to use traditional hymns in contemporary worship. We will look at re-harmonization and other creative ways to effectively use the hymns of our faith in today’s worship.
    Leader: Faye Lopez
    Music Instructor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina


    Breakout Session 3

    Music Ministry in the 21st Century – Worship Center
    Join us to participate in a question-and-answer session relating to the ever-changing role of music and music leadership in the church.
    Leaders: Jon Duncan and Panel of Conference Faculty
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry


    Breakout Session 4

    Using Bands in Worship – Best Practices, Part 1 – Worship Center
    Using a demonstration band and vocal team, Dr. Bowersox will demonstrate everything from sound checks to vocal technique. In this session, discover how to find a great, balanced sound from vocals and rhythm section, learn rehearsal techniques, and understand the role of the leader in effective rehearsals. This session will be especially helpful for churches in contemporary or multi-generational settings.
    Leader: Steve Bowersox
    Executive Pastor of Worship, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Executive Director, Integrity Music’s Worship International

    Choir Retreat – Choir Room
    This retreat will provide inspiration, instruction on good choral singing technique, a music packet you can have ready to kick off your fall program, an opportunity to learn new music, and great fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia.
    Leaders: Ken Gabrielse and Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren, Music and Worship Minister, Station Hill Church, Spring Hill, Tennessee; Ken Gabrielse, Music Faculty, Truett McConnell University, Cleveland, Georgia

    Worship Sound Guy: Equipping Your Audio Team for Excellence – Room B-134
    Since 2012, Worship Sound Guy has existed as a Twitter account, providing an outlet for worship sound people in churches around the world to find community through the funny, crazy, and sometimes unbelievable things that happen on a daily basis. Now, they have taken it to the next level to create usable resources, specifically for worship sound people, everywhere through video training, as well as many other resources. In these sessions, the Worship Sound Guys will walk you through many of the essential skills that every sound person should have.
    Leaders: Johnny Ragin and Matt Borsic
    Johnny Ragin, Original Founder, Worship Sound Guy; Matt Borsic, Co-founder, Worship Sound Guy

    Nine Reasons People Are Not Singing in Worship and What to Do About It – Room B-130
    Congregations are increasingly turning into masses of spectators rather than active participants. What can we do to reverse this trend in our churches and help our congregations really participate and sing?
    Leader: Kenny Lamm
    Senior Consultant for Worship and Music, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    Piano Class: The Versatile Church Pianist in a Contemporary World – Room B-132
    Church pianists today have to be able to seamlessly move between worship band charts and traditional scores, while increasing skills for segues and underscoring (such as during verbal transitions, communion, etc.). This class will cover basic techniques to fill the need for this kind of versatility.
    Leader: Faye Lopez
    Music Instructor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

    Conducting – Room F-182
    Come learn from one of the finest conductors in SBC life. Ken will share useful helps in getting the most out of your choir. Whether your choir is large or small, you will take home great ideas to make your choir even more effective.
    Leader: Ken Gabrielse
    Music Faculty, Truett McConnell University, Cleveland, Georgia


    Breakout Session 5

    Using Bands in Worship – Best Practices, Part 2 – Worship Center
    In this session, Dr. Bowersox will continue the lab experience with a rhythm section and vocal team. Participants will discover the finished product of an effective rehearsal. A question-and-answer time will follow, allowing those attending to get specific answers for their worship setting.
    Leader: Steve Bowersox
    Executive Pastor of Worship, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida; Executive Director, Integrity Music’s Worship International

    Choir Retreat (continued) – Choir Room
    This retreat will provide inspiration, instruction on good choral singing technique, a music packet you can have ready to kick off your fall program, an opportunity to learn new music, and great fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. NOTE: This session will extend until 4:45 p.m.
    Leaders: Ken Gabrielse and Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren, Music and Worship Minister, Station Hill Church, Spring Hill, Tennessee; Ken Gabrielse, Music Faculty, Truett McConnell University, Cleveland, Georgia

    Worship Sound Guy: Equipping Your Audio Team for Excellence – Room B-134
    Since 2012, Worship Sound Guy has existed as a Twitter account, providing an outlet for worship sound people in churches around the world to find community through the funny, crazy, and sometimes unbelievable things that happen on a daily basis. Now, they have taken it to the next level to create usable resources specifically for worship sound people everywhere through video training, as well as many other resources. In these sessions, the Worship Sound Guys will walk you through many of the essential skills that every sound person should have.
    Leaders: Johnny Ragin and Matt Borsic
    Johnny Ragin, Original Founder, Worship Sound Guy; Matt Borsic, Co-founder, Worship Sound Guy

    Worship with Limited Resources – Room B-130
    This session will dive into resources available for the local church to enhance their times of worship through the use of LifeWay Worship and virtual worship band resources, such as Fly Worship, Worship Backing Band, iSingWorship, and Worship Band-in-Hand (brief overview).
    Leader: Kenny Lamm
    Senior Consultant for Worship and Music, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    Understanding and Using Lead Sheets in Worship- Room B-132
    Chords, chords, and more chords! This class will take an in-depth look at understanding chords, chord symbols, and how to read and use a lead sheet in worship.
    Leader: Faye Lopez
    Music Instructor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina

  • Breakout Session 1

    Involving Adults in Missions – Room 302
    Join this local church Missions Associate to learn how adults can thrive through missions involvement. Hear and discuss ideas for engaging and meeting needs in your own community.
    Leader: Tammy Lawwell
    Missions Associate, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia

    Engaging Teens in Missions – Room 303
    Learn creative ways to involve teens in missions in your community and around the world from an experienced leader.
    Leader: Grace Woodard
    Missions Leader, First Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia

    Trends in Women’s Ministry – Loft
    Meet new Lifeway Women’s Ministry Specialist Kelly King, and learn about current trends in women’s ministry.
    Leader: Kelly King
    Women’s Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources


    Breakout Session 2

    Georgia Baptist Women – Loft
    Join the conversation and connect with other women as we gather for encouragement, community building, and to consider how we can lead women to discover and live out their purpose in God’s Kingdom.
    Leaders: Beth Ann WilliamsKaren PaceBeverly Skinner, and Tabitha Ferrell
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries


    Breakout Session 3

    The Spiritual Life of a Leader – Loft
    Having served as a leader of women in the local church, a state convention, and now, as Women’s Ministry Specialist at LifeWay, Kelly King understands first-hand the priorities of leadership. Through her own stories of struggles and victories, she will lead us to explore the importance of the spiritual life of a leader. You will be challenged to make your own spiritual growth a leadership priority.
    Leader: Kelly King
    Women’s Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources


    Breakout Session 4

    Building an Associational Women’s Missions and Ministry Leadership Team – Loft
    Are you ready to reignite your associational women’s team?  Are you ready to help lead the women in your association to a deeper relationship with Christ, a powerful prayer life, and an on-mission lifestyle that intentionally shares the Gospel? In this conference, you will identify the barriers of associational women’s work, and how to transform them into effective ministry. 
    Leader: Susan Bragg
    Associational Woman’s Missionary Union Director, Savannah Baptist Association

    Leading Women to Move Forward – Room 303
    Ever have women in your ministry who seem to be stuck, hurt, or just have trouble moving forward? Discover how powerful questions can be in helping them recognize barriers, and how you can help them move forward to God’s best.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries


    Breakout Session 5

    Developing Women to Be On Mission – Loft
    Do you want to see the women in your church living each day intentionally for God? Do you desire to help women discover and live out their purpose in God’s Kingdom? Through the missions small groups and ministries of the Woman’s Missionary Union, you can do just that! Join Beth Ann to explore what WMU in 2017 is all about and how you can strengthen or start a WMU ministry in your church.
    Leader: Beth Ann Williams
    Executive Director and Treasurer, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Women’s Ministry Idea Exchange – Room 303
    Join other women’s ministry leaders from your area to exchange ideas about effective ministry with women in the church.
    Leader: Beverly Skinner
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

  • Breakout Session 1

    Effective Missions – Middle School Room
    We will discuss ways to equip your ministry for effective mission trips and evangelism.
    Leader: Greg Benfield
    Assistant Associational Missionary, Piedmont Okenefenokee Association

    Our Church – Reaching International Students – Pre-Teen Room
    If you are near a college campus, your church can have a fast track toward “Reaching the Nations.” There is no better missionary than a new Christian returning home, following a life-changing experience with Christ.
    Leader: Teresa Royall
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry; Campus Minister, Georgia State University

    Administration and Communication in Student Ministry – Room 308
    Communication is the key to ANY good relationship. It is important to know how much, how often, and how to communicate to your students, parents, and volunteers, if you want a thriving and healthy ministry. In this session, we will go over some simple tools and processes for planning events, managing sign-ups, and communicating details.
    Leader: Amy Peek
    Middle School Director, First Baptist Church on the Square, LaGrange, Georgia


    Breakout Session 2

    Keeping Kids Safer Online – Middle School Room
    Join this session to learn how to help your parents keep their kids safer online. We will discuss three strategies you can give parents to help them navigate the online environment.
    Leader: Mike Ricks
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development


    Breakout Session 3

    Aim Small, Miss Small – Middle School Room
    Join us to discuss developing a biblical model of ministry for the students at your church that will grow disciples of Jesus with a faith that lasts!
    Leader: Doug Couch
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development


    Breakout Session 4

    Communicating for Life Change – Middle School Room
    Join this session to develop the skills to teach and lead Bible studies more effectively as you sharpen your communication that leads to life change.
    Leader: Matthew Petty
    Minister of Youth and College, Burnt Hickory Baptist Church, Powder Springs, Georgia

    What a Teenager Needs from a Youth Worker – Pre-Teen Room
    This session will give insight into what teenagers need not only from Youth Workers, but from YOU.
    Leader: Chris Trent
    Middle School Minister, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia

    Leaving Well – Room 300
    In this session, we will discuss what to do when your ministry is coming-to-a-close. We will also learn the how and why’s to maintaining your reputation and leaving your ministry volunteers healthy and Biblically sound.
    Leader: Dave Hall
    Ministry Veteran of Youth, Evangelism, and Missions, First Baptist Church, Canton, Georgia

    Campus Culture Update and BCM, Your Church, and U2019- Making the Connections – Room 308
    Double Feature – Learn what is happening on the college campus today, AND learn how your church can partner with Baptist Collegiate Ministry as we work together to reach the next generation during the U2019 Emphasis.
    Leaders: Joe Graham and Clarissa Morrison
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministries


    Breakout Session 5

    Navigating Conflict – Middle School Room
    Join this session to answer five strategic questions to effectively navigate confrontational conversations that cause great stress.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    Start a Student Leadership Team – Pre-teen Room
    Join us to learn how to start a team of student leadership and equip them for effective ministry.
    Leader: Brandon Johns
    Assistant Pastor to Students, Morningside Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia

    Counseling Hurting Students – Room 300
    Join this session to learn how to identify and effectively counsel hurting students.
    Leader: Steven Brondyke
    Youth Pastor, Westside Baptist Church, Newnan, Georgia

    Involving Your Church in Collegiate Medical Missions – Room 308
    If you have medical professionals in your church and a nursing or medical school nearby, learn about the ways your church can be involved with ministry on campus and around the world.
    Leader: Tony Gray
    Campus Minister, Georgia Gwinnett College, Newton Campus of Georgia State University, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry