Breakout Sessions – Tifton


  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    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 206
    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

    Reaching and Keeping Young Families – Room 100 (Chapel)
    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. Please join us to learn how to effectively minister to the younger generation.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem, Georgia

    Literacy: Six Great Ways to Share the Good News With the Most Unexpected People! – Room 209
    In this session, we will find out “…what the Lord is doing in your area, and how you can join Him,” as Henry Blackaby says.
    Leader: Barbara Payne
    Literacy Missions Region 11 Coordinator

    back to top


    Church Administration and Stewardship

    How to Get Increased Giving and Not Sabotage Legacy Gifts for Your Church – Room G-30
    Every church needs a financial plan for success in sustaining viable, effective ministries. Do you have one? Your church needs to plan for the future. Come gather tips and valuable information from Randy, a Ron Blue Award winner and Kingdom Advisor leader. Every attendee will receive a free book!
    Leader: Randy Fairfax
    President, Highland Financial Planning Consultants

    Managing Conflict in Your Church – Room 207
    During this session, we will discuss the myths, strategies, resources, and the 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 and Minister Relations

    The Forgotten Formula for Funding Church Ministry – Room G-23
    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 G-25
    In this session, we will bring focus on the major factors that have impacted borrowing for churches since the 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.
    Leader: Matthew Carter
    Vice President, Southeast Division, Baptist Church Loan Corporation

    back to top


    Men’s Ministry

    Deacons: The Church’s Power Team – Room 226
    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

    Comprehensive Men’s Ministry Training Strategy – Room G-28
    How to organize your Men’s Ministry around key priorities for men.
    Leader: Glen McCall
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Men’s Ministry

    back to top


    Kids’ Ministry

    Bible Skills Games – Room 232
    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 skills games and ideas that you can use in your class at church this week.
    Leader: Maria Brannen
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Ministering to Families in Crisis – FLC Basement
    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: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant of Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    back to top


    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Starting New Groups – Room 213
    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: Jonathan Jordan
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Adult Groups and Faith Development

    How to Re-charge your Sunday School/Small Groups – Patio
    What happens when we have a purpose for our Sunday School? Dr. Phipps will give us five insights that can restart and renew every Sunday School, large or small.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Begin with the End in Mind: What Should a Disciple in Your Group Look Like? – Room 212
    What does Jesus mean when He says, “Make disciples?” What should we seek to achieve? We will answer these questions and more as we discover the true meaning of discipleship.
    Leader: Steve Ferguson
    Associational Missionary, Hebron Baptist Association

    back to top


    Music and Worship

    The Ever-Changing Role of the Worship Choir – Room 118
    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 218
    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 219
    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

    back to top


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

    Engaging Teens in Missions – Room 224
    Learn from an experienced leader, creative ways to involve teens in missions within your community and around the world.
    Leader: Grace Woodard
    Missions Leader, First Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia

    Women’s Ministry Basics – Room 228
    Whether you are a new woman’s ministry leader or have many years of experience, come and hear some fresh ideas about current trends in women’s ministry. A special emphasis will be made on including millennial women in your ministry.
    Leader: Beverly Skinner
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    24/7: Online Leadership Training for Women – Room MSH-112
    Learn about online and on-demand leadership training that will teach leaders how to direct their churches and mission’s groups to be radically involved in the mission of God. Leaders can now connect to cost-effective, easy-to-access, and educationally-sound courses that are available online 24/7 and wherever they are!
    Leader: Claudia Johnson
    Director, Christian Women’s Leadership Center

    back to top


    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Effective Missions – Room G-32A
    Equipping your ministry for effective mission trips and evangelism.
    Leader: Greg Benfield
    Assistant Associational Missionary, Piedmont Okenefenokee Association

    Boys to Men: Reaching Young Men for Christ – Room G-32B
    Learn the heart and strategy behind reaching young men for Christ and how to teach them Biblical masculinity. Also, learn how to send them out into the world to be leaders and disciple-makers.
    Leader: Brian Puckett
    Campus Minister, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry

    Administration and Communication in Student Ministry – Room G-32C
    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 seminar 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
    back to top


  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    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

    Reaching and Keeping Students – Room 100 (Chapel)
    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? We will discuss ways to make room in our churches for students.
    Leader: Joe Payton
    Student Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    back to top


    Church Administration and Stewardship

    Church Financial Compliance: Counting on Contribution Credit – Room G-30
    We will discuss how to handle contributions once they have been received by the church and what should and should not be included on the contribution statement.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

    Ministry Assistants: Putting It All Together, Part I – Room G-23
    Being a ministry assistant means that you serve on a team. 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

    back to top


    Men’s Ministry

    For a Movement of Men – Room G-28
    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

    back to top


    Kids’ Ministry

    Kid’s Ministry Foundations – FLC Basement
    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: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    back to top


    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Build Your Team – Patio
    We will gain insight on how and why the work of building the Bible study ministry of a church is made easier when we have leaders who can lead a team, and find teachers who will be on the team.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    back to top


    Music and Worship

    Worship and Theology: Engaging People of the Word – Sanctuary
    How does worship align with the Word of God? This session will talk about the theology of worship and how to engage people of the Word. We encourage all worship leaders and pastors to be present for this special session.
    Leaders: Jon Duncan and Benny Pate (retired)
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Piano: Successfully Using Hymns in Contemporary Worship – Room 219
    We will take a creative look at techniques to enhance the worship service. This will include best practices for accompanying congregational singing as well as approaches for playing with multiple instruments.
    Leader: Gina Lawhon
    Church Pianist, First Baptist Church, Tifton, Georgia

    back to top


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

    Georgia Baptist Women – MSH-112
    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/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    back to top


    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Keeping Kids Safer Online – Room G-32
    Help your parents keep their kids safer online. Three strategies you can give parents help them navigate the online environment.
    Leader: Mike Ricks
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development
    back to top


  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    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

    How to Double Baptisms in 12 Months or Less – Room 100 (Chapel)
    Come learn a step by step strategy for comprehensive, local church evangelism! You’ll learn how to mobilize more of your members to share their faith, how to create teams for winning more to Christ, and how to make evangelistic events work better. You will also learn the one thing that can turn servant ministries into gospel harvest investments and how to turn every Sunday into someone’s “one day” and see more come to Christ each week.
    Leaders: Randy Mullinax and Scott N. Smith
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism

    back to top


    Church Administration and Stewardship

    Church Financial Compliance B: Administration of Designated Funds – Room G-30
    How the church can collect for designated projects, ministries, and missions. 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 G-23
    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

    back to top


    Men’s Ministry

    How to Equip Men to Lead Their Wives – Room G-28
    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 provide spiritual purpose and direction for their marriages and families.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army

    back to top


    Kids’ Ministry

    Building on the Foundations/New Trends in Kid’s Ministry – FLC Basement
    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 high school.
    Leader: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    back to top


    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Start Over – Patio
    In this session, we will be outlining “proven” principles that will make a traditional Sunday School and non-traditional Small Groups build healthy churches.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    back to top


    Music and Worship

    Music Ministry in the 21st Century – Sanctuary
    We will conduct 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

    back to top


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

    Spiritual Formation as a Leader – MSH-112
    Having served as an international missionary, and now, as director of the Christian Women’s Leadership Center, Claudia Johnson 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: Claudia Johnson
    Director, Christian Women’s Leadership Center

    back to top


    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Aim Small, Miss Small – Room G-32
    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
    back to top


  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    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

    Security Considerations – Room 206
    The training 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
    North Georgia Security Consultants LLC

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room 207
    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

    Mobilizing Groups for Evangelism – Room 100 (Chapel)
    Life change among non-believers starts with life change among believers… and that happens in groups. Many of the people leading the way in evangelism at Hebron now are people who weren’t even in a group two or three years ago. Glen states, “We are seeing lots of baptisms come out of some of our newest groups led by some of our newest leaders.” Glen will be sharing how to make this happen in your church.
    Leader: Glen Rowden
    Adult Ministry Team Leader, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia

    back to top


    Church Administration and Stewardship

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools – Room G-30
    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

    Ministry Assistants A: Are You Writing Right? – Room G-23
    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 together 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 G-25
    For pastors, committees, and other church leaders. Steps to get started on the right foot and stay on track while navigating the church building process. Make timely, strategic decisions, develop a compelling master plan, communicate vision clearly, assemble an effective team, and understand financial implications. Consider retooling existing facilities as well as new construction, as applicable.
    Leaders: Steve Aydelott and Steve Newton
    Steve Aydelott, President, SOA Construction;
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative


    back to top


    Men’s Ministry

    Building Men with Others in Mind – G-28
    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

    back to top


    Kids’ Ministry

    Tools to Use in Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers – FLC Basement
    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

    Connecting the Dots- Bible Skills for Kids – Room 232
    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 Field Service

    Planning Big Events for Kids – Room 234
    Join us for some great ideas/tips for planning big events to reach the Kids and families in your church and community.
    Leader: Josh Wilson
    Minister of Children and Preschool

    Cultivating the Next Generation – Room 244
    This session will help churches prepare to bridge the gap to the Great Commission, through missions learning for their boys.
    Leader: Michael Flowers
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Men’s Ministry

    Leading Kids to Hands-On Missions – Room 236
    Discover ways to get your kids outside the walls of the church to serve others, love others and share the Gospel. Kids aren’t 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 238
    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 242
    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

    10,000 Reasons Weekday Preschool Matters – Room 246
    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 session will give you at least 10,000 reasons to remind and convict you that weekday ministry matters!
    Leader: Cheryl Markland
    Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    back to top


    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Four Steps to One Goal – Patio
    Once we find our purpose, then we need to discover how to get there. Brother Lawrence will provide four simple ideas that will revitalize a Sunday School and a Church.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Disciples Make Disciples Through Groups – Room 212
    In this session, we will explore the elements of disciple making and what that might look like in your group. Is your group making disciples that include life changes for Jesus? Does your group only use one or two elements of disciple making? After salvation, Christians should not just learn what Christ looks like, but actually live like Him.
    Leader: Steve Ferguson
    Associational Missionary, Hebron Baptist Association

    Helps to Be a Great Senior Adult Sunday School Teacher – Room 213
    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 Church, Woodstock, Georgia

    Key Strategies for Developing a Healthy Sunday School Ministry – Room 209
    This session is designed to help Sunday School directors identify, know, and implement strategies that will position their Sunday Schools for good health and steady growth.
    Leader: Matthew Gibbs
    Minister of Education and Evangelism, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    back to top


    Music and Worship

    Using Bands in Worship – Best Practices Part 1 – Sanctuary
    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 – Room 118 (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 have great fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia.
    Leader: Cliff Duren
    Music and Worship Minister, Station Hill Church, Spring Hill, Tennessee

    Worship Sound Guy: Equipping Your Audio Team for Excellence – Room 218
    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

    Skills for the Worship Band Pianist – Room 219
    This class will cover the skills that are essential for the worship band pianist. Characteristics, roles of the church pianist and other considerations necessary when playing with a band are among the topics that will be covered.
    Leader: Gina Lawhon
    Church Pianist, First Baptist Church, Tifton, Georgia

    Conducting – Room 221
    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

    back to top


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

    Effective Leadership for Your Missions Small Group – MSH-112
    Explore how you can become a more effective leader for your small group as you lead women to be radically involved in the mission of God.
    Leader: Claudia Johnson
    Director, Christian Women’s Leadership Center

    Leading Women to Move Forward – Room 228
    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 be God’s best.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    back to top


    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Technology in Ministry – Room G-32A
    Learn how to engage culture with wise boundaries by using technology in ministry.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    Non-Compete Clause – Room G-32B
    How to have a network of youth pastors who strive for kingdom growth and accomplish more by working together.
    Leader: Todd London
    Minister of Students, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Hartwell, Georgia

    Leaving Well – Room G-32C
    What to do when your ministry is coming to a close. Maintaining your reputation and leaving your ministry volunteers healthy is Biblically sound. Learn the how and why’s.
    Leader: Dave Hall
    Youth, Evangelism, and Missions Veteran, First Baptist Church, Canton, Georgia

    Update on the Campus Social and Ethical Environment – Room 224
    If you want a glimpse at the issues your church will struggle with five years from now, come and learn what is happening on the college campus today.
    Leader: Joe Graham
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry
    back to top


  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    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

    Security Considerations – Room 206
    The training 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 O’Neal
    North Georgia Security Consultants, LLC

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room 207
    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

    Making Your Church an Indispensable Partner in Your Community – Room 100 – (Chapel)
    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.
    Leader: Marlon Longacre
    Associate Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia

    back to top


    Church Administration and Stewardship

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools – Room G-30
    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

    Ministry Assistants B: Providing Quality Service – Room G-23
    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

    Building/Facilities 2: Leading Your Church to Build- Balancing, Budgeting and Design – Room G-25
    For pastors, staff, building or planning team, and key leaders. An interactive session which brings critical attention to the critical relationship between the finances of the individual church and the decisions related to providing effective church facilities. It addresses 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 Aydelott, President, SOA Construction;
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative


    back to top


    Men’s Ministry

    How to Equip Men to Lead Their Children – Room G-28
    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

    back to top


    Kids’ Ministry

    Top 10 Priorities for Preschool Leaders on Sunday Morning – FLC Basement
    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

    Bible Study for Kids in a Nontraditional Setting – Room 232
    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 Field Service

    Creative Follow-Up – Room 234
    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: Josh Wilson
    Minister of Preschool and Children, First Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia

    Leading Royal Ambassadors the Georgia Baptist Way – Room 244
    This session will emphasize the best in Royal Ambassador development for boys.
    Leader: Michael Flowers
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Men’s Ministry

    Missions: Connecting Kids to the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment – Room 236
    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/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Children and Their Role in Corporate Worship – Room 238
    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

    Kid’s Worship – Room 242
    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

    Discipleship – Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping, and Empowering – Room 246
    Come learn ten important things about the mindset of millennial parents and how to better understand, equip and empower this next generation of parents.
    Leader: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

    back to top


    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Related Small Group: Learning to Listen to the “Lord” Not the “Loudest Voices” – Patio
    Lawrence Phipps saw one verse and God used it to turn the Bible study ministry of a church right side up! Come and learn what he read.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Impacting the Lost and Unchurched Through Groups – Room 212
    Will 1950s and 1960s evangelism methods reach this present generation of lost people? What are our challenges? What is a method we can try? Don’t throw everything away, but don’t be afraid to try something different.
    Leader: Steve Ferguson
    Associational Missionary, Hebron Baptist Association

    A Passion for Teaching – Room 213
    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 as 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

    Preventing Implosion: Discovering the Irreducible Minimum to Healthy and Consistent Growth in Sunday School – Room 209
    This session is designed to help Sunday School Directors effectively capitalize on the two things that have to happen to grow a Sunday School: Developing new leaders and birthing new classes.
    Leader: Matthew Gibbs
    Minister of Education and Evangelism, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    back to top


    Music and Worship

    Using Bands in Worship – Best Practices Part 2 – Sanctuary
    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) – Room 118
    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 have great fellowship with church choirs from all across Georgia. NOTE: This session will extend until 4:45 p.m.
    Leaders: Cliff Duren and Ken Gabrielse
    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 218
    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

    Understanding and Using Lead Sheets in Worship – Room 219
    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: Gina Lawhon
    Church Pianist, First Baptist Church, Tifton, Georgia

    back to top


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

    WMU Idea Exchange – MSH-112
    Join other WMU leaders to exchange ideas about involving new women, missions action, prayer, planning for Women on Mission small groups, building strong church staff relationships and more.
    Leader: Beth Ann Williams
    Executive Director and Treasurer, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Women’s Ministry Idea Exchange – Room 228
    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/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    back to top


    Youth/Student Groups and Collegiate Ministries

    Counseling Hurting Students – Room G-32A
    How to identify and effectively counsel hurting students.
    Leader: Steven Brondyke
    Student Pastor, Westside Baptist Church, Newnan, Georgia

    A Week of Wild and Wonderful Bible study and Recreation, WOWBSAR. A Hometown Camp / Mission Trip! – Room G-32B
    How to have a week-long, mission-focused, outreach-generated, inexpensive, fun-filled, camp experience for middle & high school students–without going anywhere.
    Leader: Jeff Glenn
    Associate Pastor Youth and College, Shirley Hills Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Navigating Conflict – Room G-32C
    Learn 5 strategic questions to effectively navigate confrontational conversations that great stress.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    BCM, Your Church, and U2019 – Making the Connections – Room 224
    Your church can partner with Baptist Collegiate Ministry as we all do all we can to reach the next generation during the U2019 Emphasis.
    Leaders: Penny Chesnut and Clarissa Morrison
    Penny Chestnut, Campus Minister, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College;
    Clarissa Morrison, State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry

    back to top

Breakout Sessions by Ministry Type

  • Breakout Session 1

    Church Safety and Disaster Preparedness – Room 206
    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

    Reaching and Keeping Young Families – Room 100 (Chapel)
    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. Please join us to learn how to effectively minister to the younger generation.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Church in Bethlehem, Georgia

    Literacy: Six Great Ways to Share the Good News With the Most Unexpected People! – Room 209
    In this session, we will find out “…what the Lord is doing in your area, and how you can join Him,” as Henry Blackaby says.
    Leader: Barbara Payne
    Literacy Missions Region 11 Coordinator


    Breakout Session 2

    Reaching and Keeping Students – Room 100 (Chapel)
    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? We will discuss ways to make room in our churches for students.
    Leader: Joe Payton
    Student Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia


    Breakout Session 3

    How to Double Baptisms in 12 Months or Less – Room 100 (Chapel)
    Come learn a step by step strategy for comprehensive, local church evangelism! You’ll learn how to mobilize more of your members to share their faith, how to create teams for winning more to Christ, and how to make evangelistic events work better. You will also learn the one thing that can turn servant ministries into gospel harvest investments and how to turn every Sunday into someone’s “one day” and see more come to Christ each week.
    Leaders: Randy Mullinax and Scott N. Smith
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism


    Breakout Session 4

    Security Considerations – Room 206
    The training 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
    North Georgia Security Consultants LLC

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room 207
    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

    Mobilizing Groups for Evangelism – Room 100 (Chapel)
    Life change among non-believers starts with life change among believers… and that happens in groups. Many of the people leading the way in evangelism at Hebron now are people who weren’t even in a group two or three years ago. Glen states, “We are seeing lots of baptisms come out of some of our newest groups led by some of our newest leaders.” Glen will be sharing how to make this happen in your church.
    Leader: Glen Rowden
    Adult Ministry Team Leader, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia


    Breakout Session 5

    Security Considerations – Room 206
    The training 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 O’Neal
    North Georgia Security Consultants, LLC

    Evangelizing and Discipling Students in Your Community – Room 207
    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

    Making Your Church an Indispensable Partner in Your Community – Room 100 – (Chapel)
    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.
    Leader: Marlon Longacre
    Associate Pastor, Piedmont Church, Marietta, Georgia

  • Breakout Session 1

    How to Get Increased Giving and Not Sabotage Legacy Gifts for Your Church – Room G-30
    Every church needs a financial plan for success in sustaining viable, effective ministries. Do you have one? Your church needs to plan for the future. Come gather tips and valuable information from Randy, a Ron Blue Award winner and Kingdom Advisor leader. Every attendee will receive a free book!
    Leader: Randy Fairfax
    President, Highland Financial Planning Consultants

    Managing Conflict in Your Church – Room 207
    During this session, we will discuss the myths, strategies, resources, and the 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 and Minister Relations

    The Forgotten Formula for Funding Church Ministry – Room G-23
    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 G-25
    In this session, we will bring focus on the major factors that have impacted borrowing for churches since the 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.
    Leader: Matthew Carter
    Vice President, Southeast Division, Baptist Church Loan Corporation


    Breakout Session 2

    Church Financial Compliance: Counting on Contribution Credit – Room G-30
    We will discuss how to handle contributions once they have been received by the church and what should and should not be included on the contribution statement.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

    Ministry Assistants: Putting It All Together, Part I – Room G-23
    Being a ministry assistant means that you serve on a team. 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 3

    Church Financial Compliance B: Administration of Designated Funds – Room G-30
    How the church can collect for designated projects, ministries, and missions. 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 G-23
    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

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools – Room G-30
    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

    Ministry Assistants A: Are You Writing Right? – Room G-23
    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 together 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 G-25
    For pastors, committees, and other church leaders. Steps to get started on the right foot and stay on track while navigating the church building process. Make timely, strategic decisions, develop a compelling master plan, communicate vision clearly, assemble an effective team, and understand financial implications. Consider retooling existing facilities as well as new construction, as applicable.
    Leaders: Steve Aydelott and Steve Newton
    Steve Aydelott, President, SOA Construction; 
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative


    Breakout Session 5

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools – Room G-30
    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

    Ministry Assistants B: Providing Quality Service – Room G-23
    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

    Building/Facilities 2: Leading Your Church to Build- Balancing, Budgeting and Design – Room G-25
    For pastors, staff, building or planning team, and key leaders. An interactive session which brings critical attention to the critical relationship between the finances of the individual church and the decisions related to providing effective church facilities. It addresses 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 Aydelott, President, SOA Construction; 
    Steve Newton, Lead Navigator, Cornerstone Collaborative

  • Breakout Session 1

    Deacons: The Church’s Power Team – Room 226
    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

    Comprehensive Men’s Ministry Training Strategy – Room G-28
    How to organize your Men’s Ministry around key priorities for men.
    Leader: Glen McCall
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Men’s Ministry


    Breakout Session 2

    For a Movement of Men – Room G-28
    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 – Room G-28
    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 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 – G-28
    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 – Room G-28
    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 232
    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 skills games and ideas that you can use in your class at church this week.
    Leader: Maria Brannen
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Ministering to Families in Crisis – FLC Basement
    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: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant of Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina


    Breakout Session 2

    Kid’s Ministry Foundations – FLC Basement
    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: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina


    Breakout Session 3

    Building on the Foundations/New Trends in Kid’s Ministry – FLC Basement
    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 high school.
    Leader: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina


    Breakout Session 4

    Tools to Use in Teaching the Bible to Preschoolers – FLC Basement
    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

    Connecting the Dots- Bible Skills for Kids – Room 232
    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 Field Service

    Planning Big Events for Kids – Room 234
    Join us for some great ideas/tips for planning big events to reach the Kids and families in your church and community.
    Leader: Josh Wilson
    Minister of Children and Preschool

    Cultivating the Next Generation – Room 244
    This session will help churches prepare to bridge the gap to the Great Commission, through missions learning for their boys.
    Leader: Michael Flowers
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Men’s Ministry

    Leading Kids to Hands-On Missions – Room 236
    Discover ways to get your kids outside the walls of the church to serve others, love others and share the Gospel. Kids aren’t 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 238
    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 242
    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

    10,000 Reasons Weekday Preschool Matters – Room 246
    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 session will give you at least 10,000 reasons to remind and convict you that weekday ministry matters!
    Leader: Cheryl Markland
    Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina


    Breakout Session 5

    Top 10 Priorities for Preschool Leaders on Sunday Morning – FLC Basement
    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

    Bible Study for Kids in a Nontraditional Setting – Room 232
    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 Field Service

    Creative Follow-Up – Room 234
    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: Josh Wilson
    Minister of Preschool and Children, First Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia

    Leading Royal Ambassadors the Georgia Baptist Way – Room 244
    This session will emphasize the best in Royal Ambassador development for boys.
    Leader: Michael Flowers
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Men’s Ministry

    Missions: Connecting Kids to the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment – Room 236
    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/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Children and Their Role in Corporate Worship – Room 238
    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

    Kid’s Worship – Room 242
    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

    Discipleship – Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping, and Empowering – Room 246
    Come learn ten important things about the mindset of millennial parents and how to better understand, equip and empower this next generation of parents.
    Leader: Cheryl Markland
    Senior Consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

  • Breakout Session 1

    Starting New Groups – Room 213
    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: Jonathan Jordan
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Adult Groups and Faith Development

    How to Re-charge your Sunday School/Small Groups – Patio
    What happens when we have a purpose for our Sunday School? Dr. Phipps will give us five insights that can restart and renew every Sunday School, large or small.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Begin with the End in Mind: What Should a Disciple in Your Group Look Like? – Room 212
    What does Jesus mean when He says, “Make disciples?” What should we seek to achieve? We will answer these questions and more as we discover the true meaning of discipleship.
    Leader: Steve Ferguson
    Associational Missionary, Hebron Baptist Association


    Breakout Session 2

    Build Your Team – Patio
    We will gain insight on how and why the work of building the Bible study ministry of a church is made easier when we have leaders who can lead a team, and find teachers who will be on the team.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama


    Breakout Session 3

    Start Over – Patio
    In this session, we will be outlining “proven” principles that will make a traditional Sunday School and non-traditional Small Groups build healthy churches.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama


    Breakout Session 4

    Four Steps to One Goal – Patio
    Once we find our purpose, then we need to discover how to get there. Brother Lawrence will provide four simple ideas that will revitalize a Sunday School and a Church.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Disciples Make Disciples Through Groups – Room 212
    In this session, we will explore the elements of disciple making and what that might look like in your group. Is your group making disciples that include life changes for Jesus? Does your group only use one or two elements of disciple making? After salvation, Christians should not just learn what Christ looks like, but actually live like Him.
    Leader: Steve Ferguson
    Associational Missionary, Hebron Baptist Association

    Helps to Be a Great Senior Adult Sunday School Teacher – Room 213
    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 Church, Woodstock, Georgia

    Key Strategies for Developing a Healthy Sunday School Ministry – Room 209
    This session is designed to help Sunday School directors identify, know, and implement strategies that will position their Sunday Schools for good health and steady growth.
    Leader: Matthew Gibbs
    Minister of Education and Evangelism, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia


    Breakout Session 5

    Related Small Group: Learning to Listen to the “Lord” Not the “Loudest Voices” – Patio
    Lawrence Phipps saw one verse and God used it to turn the Bible study ministry of a church right side up! Come and learn what he read.
    Leader: Lawrence Phipps
    Senior Pastor for the Interim, First Baptist Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Impacting the Lost and Unchurched Through Groups – Room 212
    Will 1950s and 1960s evangelism methods reach this present generation of lost people? What are our challenges? What is a method we can try? Don’t throw everything away, but don’t be afraid to try something different.
    Leader: Steve Ferguson
    Associational Missionary, Hebron Baptist Association

    A Passion for Teaching – Room 213
    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 as 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

    Preventing Implosion: Discovering the Irreducible Minimum to Healthy and Consistent Growth in Sunday School – Room 209
    This session is designed to help Sunday School Directors effectively capitalize on the two things that have to happen to grow a Sunday School: Developing new leaders and birthing new classes.
    Leader: Matthew Gibbs
    Minister of Education and Evangelism, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

  • Breakout Session 1

    The Ever-Changing Role of the Worship Choir – Room 118
    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 218
    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 219
    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 – Sanctuary
    How does worship align with the Word of God? This session will talk about the theology of worship and how to engage people of the Word. We encourage all worship leaders and pastors to be present for this special session.
    Leaders: Jon Duncan and Benny Pate (retired)
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Worship and Music Ministry

    Piano: Successfully Using Hymns in Contemporary Worship – Room 219
    We will take a creative look at techniques to enhance the worship service. This will include best practices for accompanying congregational singing as well as approaches for playing with multiple instruments.
    Leader: Gina Lawhon
    Church Pianist, First Baptist Church, Tifton, Georgia


    Breakout Session 3

    Music Ministry in the 21st Century – Sanctuary
    We will conduct 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 – Sanctuary
    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 – Room 118 (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 have great fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia.
    Leader: Cliff Duren
    Music and Worship Minister, Station Hill Church, Spring Hill, Tennessee

    Worship Sound Guy: Equipping Your Audio Team for Excellence – Room 218
    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

    Skills for the Worship Band Pianist – Room 219
    This class will cover the skills that are essential for the worship band pianist. Characteristics, roles of the church pianist and other considerations necessary when playing with a band are among the topics that will be covered.
    Leader: Gina Lawhon
    Church Pianist, First Baptist Church, Tifton, Georgia

    Conducting – Room 221
    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 – Sanctuary
    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) – Room 118
    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 have great fellowship with church choirs from all across Georgia. NOTE: This session will extend until 4:45 p.m.
    Leaders: Cliff Duren and Ken Gabrielse
    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 218
    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

    Understanding and Using Lead Sheets in Worship – Room 219
    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: Gina Lawhon
    Church Pianist, First Baptist Church, Tifton, Georgia

  • Breakout Session 1

    Engaging Teens in Missions – Room 224
    Learn from an experienced leader, creative ways to involve teens in missions within your community and around the world.
    Leader: Grace Woodard
    Missions Leader, First Baptist Church, Duluth, Georgia

    Women’s Ministry Basics – Room 228
    Whether you are a new woman’s ministry leader or have many years of experience, come and hear some fresh ideas about current trends in women’s ministry. A special emphasis will be made on including millennial women in your ministry.
    Leader: Beverly Skinner
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    24/7: Online Leadership Training for Women – Room MSH-112
    Learn about online and on-demand leadership training that will teach leaders how to direct their churches and mission’s groups to be radically involved in the mission of God. Leaders can now connect to cost-effective, easy-to-access, and educationally-sound courses that are available online 24/7 and wherever they are!
    Leader: Claudia Johnson
    Director, Christian Women’s Leadership Center


    Breakout Session 2

    Georgia Baptist Women – MSH-112
    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/Women’s Enrichment Ministries


    Breakout Session 3

    Spiritual Formation as a Leader – MSH-112
    Having served as an international missionary, and now, as director of the Christian Women’s Leadership Center, Claudia Johnson 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: Claudia Johnson
    Director, Christian Women’s Leadership Center


    Breakout Session 4

    Effective Leadership for Your Missions Small Group – MSH-112
    Explore how you can become a more effective leader for your small group as you lead women to be radically involved in the mission of God.
    Leader: Claudia Johnson
    Director, Christian Women’s Leadership Center

    Leading Women to Move Forward – Room 228
    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 be God’s best.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries


    Breakout Session 5

    WMU Idea Exchange – MSH-112
    Join other WMU leaders to exchange ideas about involving new women, missions action, prayer, planning for Women on Mission small groups, building strong church staff relationships and more.
    Leader: Beth Ann Williams
    Executive Director and Treasurer, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union of Georgia/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Women’s Ministry Idea Exchange – Room 228
    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/Women’s Enrichment Ministries

  • Breakout Session 1

    Effective Missions – Room G-32A
    Equipping your ministry for effective mission trips and evangelism.
    Leader: Greg Benfield
    Assistant Associational Missionary, Piedmont Okenefenokee Association

    Boys to Men: Reaching Young Men for Christ – Room G-32B
    Learn the heart and strategy behind reaching young men for Christ and how to teach them Biblical masculinity. Also, learn how to send them out into the world to be leaders and disciple-makers.
    Leader: Brian Puckett
    Campus Minister, Georgia Southwestern State University, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry

    Administration and Communication in Student Ministry – Room G-32C
    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 seminar 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 – Room G-32
    Help your parents keep their kids safer online. Three strategies you can give parents 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 – Room G-32
    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

    Technology in Ministry – Room G-32A
    Learn how to engage culture with wise boundaries by using technology in ministry.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    Non-Compete Clause – Room G-32B
    How to have a network of youth pastors who strive for kingdom growth and accomplish more by working together.
    Leader: Todd London
    Minister of Students, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Hartwell, Georgia

    Leaving Well – Room G-32C
    What to do when your ministry is coming to a close. Maintaining your reputation and leaving your ministry volunteers healthy is Biblically sound. Learn the how and why’s.
    Leader: Dave Hall
    Youth, Evangelism, and Missions Veteran, First Baptist Church, Canton, Georgia

    Update on the Campus Social and Ethical Environment – Room 224
    If you want a glimpse at the issues your church will struggle with five years from now, come and learn what is happening on the college campus today.
    Leader: Joe Graham
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry


    Breakout Session 5

    Counseling Hurting Students – Room G-32A
    How to identify and effectively counsel hurting students.
    Leader: Steven Brondyke
    Student Pastor, Westside Baptist Church, Newnan, Georgia

    A Week of Wild and Wonderful Bible study and Recreation, WOWBSAR. A Hometown Camp / Mission Trip! – Room G-32B
    How to have a week-long, mission-focused, outreach-generated, inexpensive, fun-filled, camp experience for middle & high school students–without going anywhere.
    Leader: Jeff Glenn
    Associate Pastor Youth and College, Shirley Hills Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Navigating Conflict – Room G-32C
    Learn 5 strategic questions to effectively navigate confrontational conversations that great stress.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    BCM, Your Church, and U2019 – Making the Connections – Room 224
    Your church can partner with Baptist Collegiate Ministry as we all do all we can to reach the next generation during the U2019 Emphasis.
    Leaders: Penny Chesnut and Clarissa Morrison
    Penny Chestnut, Campus Minister, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College; 
    Clarissa Morrison, State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry