Training Sessions

*These are the 2016 conference sessions. Until the 2017 conference details are available, we will leave these up so you can get an idea of how great the 2017 sessions will be!
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    General Church Topics | Church Administration | Healthcare Ministry | Intercultural Ministry | Kids’ Ministry
    Mens’ Ministry | Music and Worship | Sunday School and Small Groups | Women and WMU | Youth Ministry


    General Church Topics

    Building Bridges To Your Community – Room 1129
    A “Missional” church is a biblical community of authentic disciples being sent to live out the mission of God in this world. The truth of this statement will be examined in this training as we discuss what is necessary to move from an internal focus to an external focus in the church. The practical applications of this ministry will be explored during this event.
    Leader: Ricky Thrasher
    Ricky Thrasher

    Churches Planting Churches in Georgia – Room 2313
    Answering the questions of why and how churches are planted in Georgia.
    Leader: Butch Butcher
    Butch Butcher

    Cultivating a Culture of Prayer in the Church – Room 2322
    Does your church have a culture of prayer or just maintain a prayer list each week? There is a difference! You will learn how to not only develop a prayer ministry in your church, but how to develop a culture of prayer to be a praying church.
    Leader: Elaine Helms
    Elaine Helms

    House In Order: Biblical Principles for a Properly Planned Estate – Room 2314
    Do you have a Christian Estate Plan? Learn the advantages of having a properly planned estate: [1] Leave a Legacy for the Lord and your family. [2] Name your own executor (personal representative) [3] Name a guardian and create a Childcare Trust for minor children [4] Learn about planned giving and trusts that can be created [5] Avoid probate cost and estate taxes [6] Remember your church and/or other Baptist causes.
    Leader: Sam Warner
    Sam Warner

    Learning the Ropes of Deacon Ministry – Room 1124
    One of the most vital ministries in the church is the deacon ministry. One of the keys to a deacon’s success is understanding his biblical and spiritual roles. In this breakout we will discuss the demands deacons will encounter and the responsibilities that will accompany those demands. The breakout will also be a blessing to pastors and deacons as we identify the ropes that will lead them to climb to new heights and help rescue the perishing.
    Leader: Bryan Alexander
    Bryan Alexander

    Make A Great Case For Teaching About The Tithe: A complete biblical and historical overview – Room 2315
    Rewrite the narrative of your church’s finances by transforming spending habits to align missionally with God’s purposes. A creative look at the historical, theological, and practical examples of how to cultivate a spiritually genetic makeup of tithers and sacrificial givers among your members.
    Leader: Dr. Scott Preissler
    Scott Preissler

    Planning for Consistent Growth – Rooms 1118/1119
    In this session you will learn the seven key factors that help a church keep momentum and stay ahead of the growth curve.
    Leader: Carter Shotwell
    Carter Shotwell

    Praying for the Lost By Name – Room 2332c
    Of the six strategies that make up the core of 6E, praying for the lost by name is the first and most important to implement. It’s the single greatest key in shifting the church culture toward evangelism. In this session you’ll learn the top three things praying for the lost by name accomplishes as well as several tactical ideas to implement a campaign in your church.
    Leader: Randy Mullinax
    Randy Mullinax

    Top Three Online Strategies for Growth and Outreach – Room 2332
    Social media is a must for any church that wants to reach more with the gospel in today’s culture. But social media can be overwhelming. What should churches be doing online with so many options available? In this seminar, Scott will cover the top three most effective strategies for leveraging social media for attracting more visitors to your church.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Scott Smith

    The Church Responding to the Gay Agenda – Room 2318
    This session will discuss how the church can reach out to the gay community without compromising the Gospel and the integrity of church membership. It is important that churches respond lovingly, but firmly, on Biblical truth to oppose the cultural attacks it will be facing in the future. We will discuss how to deal with people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities and the policies needed to protect your church from the LGBT agenda.
    Leader: Mike Griffin
    Mike Griffin

    What’s Up with Missions? – Room 1131
    We will look at recent changes with both the International and North American Mission Boards, explore changes at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board as related to volunteers and mission trip planning, and encourage missional strategy planning for each local church.
    Leader: Stuart Lang
    Stuart Lang


    Church Administration

    Top Church Administration Issues – Room 2316
    We will explore what is involved in church administration. We will also discuss some of the top issues in church administration facing the church today. Consideration will be given to 1 Corinthians 14:40, “But everything must be done decently and in order.” (HCSB).
    Leader: Alan Folsom
    Alan Folsom

    Best Financial Practices for Your Church – Room 2317
    How sound are your financial policies and practices in your church? This session will explore the top issues that churches face in the area of financial stewardship.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    Tony Neal


    Healthcare Ministry

    CPR/AED Training – Room 1172
    CPR/AED training is important for any location that includes people of all ages. Emergencies occur from children choking to a sudden heart attack. If you have an emergency team or have AED’s in your church, it is vital to have training and understand how to respond.
    Leader: Andy Wheeler
    Andrew Wheeler

    Just Do It Like Jesus Did! – Room 2312
    Engage your Christianity with a heavenly change mentality (unlimited possibilities). Ensure your chances with a hopeful capacity model (thinking, willing, judging). Evangelize your community with a health care ministry using the Georgia Baptist Health Care Foundation Ministry hands-on model.
    Leader: Will Bacon
    Will Bacon

    Reaching People Through Mobile Medical/Dental Events – Room 1130
    Come and learn how to hold a free dental clinic at your church/location for three-five days ministering both physically and spiritually to underserved persons. Also learn how to have a companion health fair, how you can organize for the use of one of our mobile units and coordinators at your site, and what your portion of the cost and responsibility would be. You can volunteer to be involved as a health care professional or general volunteer.
    Leader: Diana O. Brown, R.N.
    Diana Brown


    Intercultural Ministry

    Ethnic Ministry and Church Planting – Room 1128
    Discover the language, culture, and people groups that make up your community. Explore tools and resources for reaching these growing populations. Become familiar with the process for starting a new ethnic church plant and qualifying a new church planter. Hear about models Georgia Baptist churches are using today.
    Leader: Jerry Baker
    Jerry Baker

    Literacy Missions: Addressing Vital Needs While Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ – Room 1134
    Literacy Missions ministry tracks will be briefly introduced and demographics will be shared. This session is a demonstration of how lay people without any prior experience can learn the easy techniques for teaching:
    1) Illiterate or semi-literate Americans how to read.
    2) English as a second language – The session will include the need for after-school tutoring to help children who are struggling in school.
    Leader: Paulette DeHart
    Paulette DeHart


    Kids’ Ministry

    A Missional Kids Ministry – Room 1168
    In this breakout we will consider missional ministry and the implications for kids. Come learn some ways that you can help the children at your church serve others both inside and outside the four walls of the church building.
    Leader: Jenni Carter
    Jenni Carter

    How to Stay Out of Jail – What You Should Know About Child Protection – Room 2334e
    The laws are continually changing, and these changes greatly affect ministry. This session will cover the current legal issues regarding child protection and what you and your students need to know.
    Leader: Cindy Fruitticher
    Cindy Fruitticher

    It’s All About the Base: No Trouble Maximizing Your Volunteer Base – Preschool Theater
    Whether you are a volunteer leader or a children’s ministry staff member, you have undoubtedly experienced a time when you need help. This session is designed to help you with ideas for recruiting, training, and retaining an active volunteer base.
    Leader: Jeff Land
    Jeff Land

    Leading a Child to Christ and Beginning Discipleship – Room 1166
    Come join us as we share how to lead a child to Christ, discuss resources to use, and then help them begin their journey as a disciple of Christ.
    Leader: Maria Brannen
    Maria Brannen


    Men’s Ministry

    It Takes a Lot to Be a Man – Building a Comprehensive Men’s Ministry – Room 1133
    Most men’s ministries fail because they are too narrowly focused. This session will present five key elements to help your church develop a sustainable and engaging ministry with men.
    Leader: Glen McCall
    Glen McCall


    Music and Worship

    Biblical Worship that Meets Millenniums Where They Are – Room 2311
    Learn from an experienced millennial worship leader the reasons many stray from the church, but more importantly why they stay.
    Leader: Nick Duke
    Nick Duke

    Creating a Worship Environment using Audio Technologies – Room 1123
    When Jesus fed the 5,000 he used the acoustics of the day to project His message to the masses. In 2016, modern audio systems require the proper balance of tools, training, science, and art to reach the masses of today. This session will educate attendees on solid resources available. Audio technologies such as mixing for worship, monitoring, microphone choices, and acoustics will be the focal point of this training to enhance the experience in your worship environment.
    Leaders: Paul Hendrix & Bill Thrasher
    Paul Hendrix Bill Thrasher

    Presentation Software that Engages Worship – Room 1132
    Have you ever wanted the congregation to see a seamless presentation on the screens? Come and learn the “tricks of the trade” from a seasoned leader who works exclusively in this area of ministry.
    Leader: Jonathan Lawhon
    Jonathan Lawhon

    Multigenerational Worship – Vital Issues for Effective Worship  – Worship Center
    Effective worship engages everyone. This session will include ideas on issues of service flow, using rhythm sections, praise teams, and more. A special component of this breakout will deal with building choirs in contemporary worship settings. (For music ministers/worship pastors and worship teams only)
    Leader:
    Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren

    Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship and What to Do about It – Room 1126
    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
    Kenny Lamm


    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Dealing with Difficult Situations with your Adult Sunday School Class or Small Group – Room 1125
    This roundtable discussion will center on several topics that tend to trouble our groups. We will learn from each other and address some of these issues that cause groups to stumble or get stuck. Ideas will be shared that we can take home and help our groups to move forward in reaching and discipling people.
    Leader: Mike Taylor
    Mike Taylor

    Proven Metrics that Aid in the Growth & Health of Sunday School – Room 1121
    In this session pastors, ministers of education and Sunday School directors will learn the 14 metrics that should be thoroughly analyzed to aid in producing health and growth. The participants will also gain practical application for their specific church.
    Leader: Tim Smith
    Tim Smith

    Small Groups: What Do I Do With My Kids? – Room 1127
    Small Groups are always struggling with how to appropriately take care of kids during their small group time. We will discuss methods groups are using that work.
    Leader: Jonathan Jordan
    Jonathan Jordan

     


    Women and WMU

    New to WMU? For Preschool and Children’s Leaders – Room 1164
    Let us help you have a great start to successful missions discipleship in your church by looking at resources and ideas to prepare you for leading.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    Karen Pace

    New to WMU? For WMU Directors and Women on Mission leaders – Room 2333
    Let us help you have a great start to successful missions discipleship in your church. This session will offer resources and ideas to prepare you for leading.
    Leader: Beth Ann Williams
    Beth Ann Williams

    Your Tweets are Rarely Retweeted? Making the Most of Social Media – Room 2309
    Come and learn how to use today’s social media tools to grow and promote your ministry to women.
    Leader: Tabitha Ferrell
    Tabitha Ferrell


    Youth Ministry

    Aim Small, Miss Small – Developing Youth Discipleship – Room 2334
    Learn how to develop 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
    Doug Couch

    Biblical Worship that Meets Millenniums Where They Are – Room 2311
    Learn from an experienced millennial worship leader the reasons many stray from the church, but more importantly why they stay.
    Leader: Nick Duke
    Nick Duke

    How to Stay Out of Jail – What You Should Know About Child Protection – Room 2334e
    The laws are continually changing, and these changes greatly affect ministry. This session will cover the current legal issues regarding child protection and what you and your students need to know.
    Leader: Cindy Fruitticher
    Cindy Fruitticher

    Hyperconnected – Engaging Social-Media-Saturated Students with the Gospel – Room 2334f
    Join us as we explore the current realities, pitfalls, and opportunities for ministry that exist as we engage students in a hyper-connected culture.
    Leader: Brian Bone
    Brian Bone

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    Evangelism | Kids’ Ministry | Mens’ Ministry | Small Groups | Women and WMU | Worship and Theology | Youth Ministry


    Evangelism

    Leading for Evangelism and Growth (part 1) – Room 2332
    Everything rises and falls on leadership. And leadership is a necessary part of the office of pastor. Learn from a pastor who has been used by God to lead his church to break every growth barrier – from double digits to over ten thousand. Discover the distinctive principles of leadership that pave the way for more conversions and greater growth in your church.
    Leader: Bill Purvis
    Bill Purvis


    Kids’ Ministry

    Living in a Material World – Preschool Theater
    The materialistic nature of this generation creates demands that are far beyond the realm of traditional ministry. Learn how to effectively minister to this budget-busting generation and how to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    Leader: Jeff Land
    Jeff Land


    Men’s Ministry

    “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” (part 1) – Room 1128/1130
    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
    Kelvin J. Cochran


    Small Groups

    How to Have Vibrant Small Groups (part 1) – Room 1118/1119/1121
    We will review the strategy and process of the Life Group model for effective disciple-making through Sunday School and/or small groups.Take your Sunday School to a new level!
    Leader: Carter Shotwell
    Carter Shotwell


    Women and WMU

    Georgia Baptist Women (WMU & Women’s Ministry) – Room 2309
    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.
    Leader: Beth Ann Williams
    Beth Ann Williams


    Worship and Theology

    Worship and Theology—What Filters Do You Use? – Worship Center
    We all use filters in worship practice. These shape what we do. The problem comes when the filters we select are based on someone’s “Top Ten” list. Isn’t it time you built your practice around God’s Word? This is a must for every worship leader. Matt Boswell, worship leader and author, will share valuable insights for your worship team. Sound theology should be a MAJOR concern for every worship leader. Matt brings an incredible wealth of understanding and application to the table. We encourage all worship leaders and pastors to be present for this special session.
    Leader: Matt Boswell
    Matt Boswell


    Youth Ministry
    Becoming Man: Understanding Gender Development in Males – Room 2334
    How is it that we identify ourselves as men? Are there really things that men are that women are not? Should there be such distinctions in our progressive culture? Find the answers to these and other questions as we explore how men develop their gender identity. In a world of sexual fluidity and gender confusion the Bible speaks clearly on God’s created intent for becoming men of God.
    Leader: Ricky Chelette
    Ricky Chelette

     

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    Evangelism

    Leading for Evangelism and Growth (part 2) – Room 2332
    (Continued from Session 1) Everything rises and falls on leadership, and leadership is a necessary part of the office of pastor. Learn from a pastor who has been used by God to lead his church to break every growth barrier – from double digits to over ten thousand. Discover the distinctive principles of leadership that pave the way for more conversions and greater growth in your church.
    Leader: Bill Purvis
    Bill Purvis


    Kids’ Ministry

    Teaching the Whole Kid – Preschool Theater
    Every kid is different. Every kid is unique. Every kid has potential. Create positive Bible-learning experiences for every child in your classroom by recognizing what makes him or her unique. Teach every kid the way he or she learns best.
    Leader: Jeff Land
    Jeff Land


    Men’s Ministry

    “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” (part 2) – Room 1128/1130
    (Continued from session 1) 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
    Kelvin J. Cochran


    Small Groups

    How to Have Vibrant Small Groups (part 2) – Room 1118/1119/1121
    (Continued from session 1) We will review the strategy and process of the Life Group model for effective disciple-making through Sunday School and/or small groups. Take your Sunday School to a new level!
    Leader: Carter Shotwell
    Carter Shotwell


    Women and WMU

    (Note: The Georgia Baptist Women session will join Ricky Chelette’s sessionBecoming Woman: Understanding Gender Development in Females” in room 2334) 
    What does it mean to be a Biblical woman? Does empowering women mean they can choose their gender? How do misplaced affection, hurts, and abuse impact a woman’s sense of self? Find the answers to these and other questions as we explore how women develop their gender identity. In a world of sexual fluidity and gender confusion, the Bible speaks clearly on God’s created intent for becoming women of God.
    Leader: Ricky Chelette
    Ricky Chelette


    Worship and Theology

    Dealing With Change—Going Through the Fire – Worship Center
    All worship leaders face a daunting challenge. Stylistic preferences, pressure for growth, appeasement, are headwinds that we all face. For years, Rick served at Saddleback Church in California with Rick Warren. He comes to us with an amazing story and relevant tools for us to face our own headwinds.
    Leader: Rick Muchow
    Rick Muchow


    Youth Ministry

    Becoming Woman: Understanding Gender Development in Females – Room 2334
    What does it mean to be a Biblical woman? Does empowering women mean they can choose their gender? How do misplaced affection, hurts, and abuse impact a woman’s sense of self? Find the answers to these and other questions as we explore how women develop their gender identity. In a world of sexual fluidity and gender confusion, the Bible speaks clearly on God’s created intent for becoming women of God.
    Leader: Ricky Chelette
    Ricky Chelette

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    General Church Topics | College and Young Singles | Evangelism | Kids’ Ministry
    Mens’ Ministry | Music and Worship | Sunday School and Small Groups | Women and WMU | Youth Ministry


    General Church Topics

    Cultivating a Culture of Prayer in the Church – Room 2322
    Does your church have a culture of prayer or just maintain a prayer list each week? There is a difference! You will learn how to not only develop a prayer ministry in your church, but how to develop a culture of prayer to be a praying church.
    Leader: Elaine Helms
    Elaine Helms

    Leadership Principles for Building Projects – Room 2318
    Is your church considering a building project? Are you out of space or just need to remodel for effective use of space? This session will assist you in vital areas of how to lead effectively and to guide your church through a building project from vision to reality.
    Leader: Steve Newton
    Steve Newton

    Masterplanning: The Essential Ingredient for Successful Church Design – Room 2317
    Architects Bill Chegwidden and David Strickland, Principals of CDH Partners, discuss the unique challenges of master planning for churches. Whether a decision has been made to stay on the existing church campus, or relocation is required, it is usually accomplished through a phased plan. Through a case study example of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Bill and David explain how to develop a clear strategy that does not inhibit growth throughout construction and how it is successfully completed using this staged campus development plan.
    Leaders: Bill Chegwidden and David Strickland
    David Strickland Bill Chegwidden

    “My Pleasure” – Fostering Joy in Modeling Generosity – Room 2315
    The Senior Manager for Chick-fil-A will share his life journey of creating a personal and professional environment of generosity through service. His commitment to Jesus Christ, mixed with his drive for excellence, serves as a model for church leaders. Stewardship is a life-long expression which can be contagious in your church.
    Leader: Ryan Bowman
    Ryan Bowman

    Reaching and Keeping Young Couples – Room 1131
    What is your church presently doing to reach and keep young couples? Learn six best practices that have been proven effective in not only reaching but keeping young couples.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Scott Smith



    College and Young Singles

    Creating a Discipleship Culture for Young Single Adults – Room 1129
    Knowing your identity and community are essential in building a strong College, Young Singles, or Single-Again ministry. What should be considered in a post-modern, social media dependent culture? What are ways to create an environment of making genuine disciples in your area?
    Leader: Kelly Davidson
    Kelly Davidson

    Discipling Collegians – Room 2313Discipling collegians sounds easier than it actually is. You have to know collegians, and you have to know how to disciple across a broad spectrum of spiritual maturity.
    Leader: Ken Jones
    Ken Jones

    The Mind of the Millennial – Room 2332d
    All around us are students who are thirsty for truth and answers but didn’t grow up in typical churched families. Join us as we explore how to change a culture and reach a lost generation for Christ.
    Leader: Brandon Nichols
    Brandon Nichols



    Evangelism

    Creating an Evangelistic Culture in your Church – Room 2332
    How do you create and nurture an evangelistic fervor among your church members church-wide? This is the challenge of every pastor who cares about the Great Commission. Levi Skipper has cracked the code on getting more members on board with outreach and evangelism. Learn how to take your church from neutralized, to energized, to mobilized with these principles.
    Leader: Levi Skipper
    Levi Skipper

    Making Your Church An Indispensable Partner in Your Community
    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
    Marlon Longacre



    Kids’ Ministry

    Building Foundations of Faith in Preschoolers – Room 1152
    We all learn more in the first five years of our lives than any other time span. During this session you will be reminded how preschoolers are wired by God to learn and how we can make the best impact by building foundations of faith.
    Leader: Susan Allen
    Susan Allen

    Discipling Kids In Your Church and Community – Room 1166
    Use recreation, creativity, Bible stories/Bible skills and missions to disciple the kids in your church and community! Learn how to incorporate TeamKid into your children’s ministry strategy.
    Leader: David Anderson
    David Anderson

    Mentoring Boys through Royal Ambassadors – Room 1169
    Sharing ideas on how to organize and grow a RA ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Rob Carr

    Missions Exploration for Preschoolers – Room 1167
    Explore how preschoolers can discover God’s love for people beyond their world.
    Leader: Joye Smith
    Joye Smith

    Off the Page with Children’s Missions – Room 1164
    Learn how to bring missions curriculum to life for the children in your group.
    Leader: Heather Keller
    Heather Keller

    Preschool Safety and Security – Room 1168
    Have you done your part to ensure the safety and security of the children entrusted to you each week? In this breakout you will learn policies and techniques that your church can implement to be sure your preschoolers are as safe and secure as possible.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Linda Baxter

    Science Experiments to make the Bible come to Life! – Preschool Theater
    Not everyone in the Bible wore clean white shirts, so why do we tell Bible stories like they did? Come experience a whole new way to teach an appealing and intriguing Bible study!
    Leader: Jeff Land
    Jeff Land

    Technology and Kids Ministry – Room 1150
    In reaching this generation of digital natives in our kids ministry – how do you incorporate technology into teaching timeless Biblical truths regardless of church size? This conference not only will share ways to incorporate technology into the classroom regardless of church size, but it will demonstrate how to effectively use social media with your kids ministry.
    Leader: Shannon Radosevich
    Shannon Radosevich

    What Do We Do with Our Kids? – Room 1172
    Who is responsible for modeling worship? Discover how children can effectively be a part of Sunday worship.
    Leader: David Joiner
    David Joiner

    WOW—Kids CAN Worship! – Room 1170
    Can kids worship with their parents for part of “big church” and then move to another location somewhere in the middle? Is that really worship? Join us for some great discussion about kids worship.
    Leader: Libby Baker
    Libby Baker



    Men’s Ministry

    Authentic Manhood – From the Life of Jesus – Room 1133
    Learn how to identify and meet the deepest needs of men today, and help them discover the life of truth, passion, and purpose that they were created to live. This session introduces “33 The Series”, a biblical and practical video study that helps men discover Authentic Manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ during his 33 years on earth.
    Leaders: Tierce Green & Rick Caldwell
    Tierce Green Rick Caldwell

    Mentoring Boys through Royal Ambassadors – Room 1169
    Sharing ideas on how to organize and grow a RA ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Rob Carr



    Music and Worship

    Band Lab 101—Effective Practices for Powerful Worship – Worship Center
    Cliff Duren and his worship team from Brentwood Baptist in Tennessee will present a demonstration along with a time for questions and answers on successful worship. Issues of sound checks, balance, part assignments, fills, stems, and more will be presented. Bring your entire worship team to learn from exceptional leaders.
    Leader: Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren

    Heart to Heart—Worship Concerns for Today’s Church – Room 1132
    Leaders want to do the right thing. Sometimes practice doesn’t align with God’s Word. Matt will help worship leaders develop services that are aligned with the Word and engage the people of the Word. This will include a question and answer session regarding worship in today’s church.
    Leader: Matt Boswell
    Matt Boswell

    Tech Crews Working as a Team (part 1) – Room 2311
    Learn the structures and policies that allow your tech crews to work together. Participants will learn how to have a more effective worship time with the proper sound and tech support.
    Leaders: Nick Duke & Jonathan Lawhon
    Nick Duke Jonathan Lawhon

    What Do We Do with Our Kids? – Room 1172
    Who is responsible for modeling worship? Discover how children can effectively be a part of Sunday worship.
    Leader: David Joiner
    David Joiner

    What I Think About When I’m Leading Worship (More Than Music) – Room 1134
    Beginning with a brief discussion of the four foundational principles of biblical worship, Rick will unpack 13 things that every leader should think about while leading worship. This breakout will help attendees to immediately increase their effectiveness as worship leaders.
    Leader: Rick Muchow
    Rick Muchow

    The Worship Audio Wheelhouse (part 1) – Room 1123
    How can they listen if they cannot hear? Attend this session to learn more about the worship audio wheelhouse and discover practical ways to help your people stay engaged in meaningful worship. This breakout is designed to answer questions, troubleshoot, and strengthen good practices for your team.
    Leaders: Paul Hendrix & Bill Thrasher
    Paul Hendrix Bill Thrasher

     

    Worship with Limited Resources – Room 1126
    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
    Kenny Lamm

    WOW—Kids CAN Worship! – Room 1170
    Can kids worship with their parents for part of “big church” and then move to another location somewhere in the middle? Is that really worship? Join us for some great discussion about kids worship.
    Leader: Libby Baker
    Libby Baker



    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Bring Life to your Adult Sunday School – Room 1128/1130
    A vibrant, alive Sunday School remains the best way to keep a church growing. Discover principles for restarting your Adult Sunday School groups that lead to spiritual and numerical growth. Learn why a Sunday School declines and what it takes to make it grow.
    Leader: James Jackson
    James Jackson

    Growing Larger by Getting Smaller – Room 1118/1119
    In this session you will learn how to combine the functions and desired outcomes of both open and closed groups into your group. Discover how to help members change from a consumer mentality to a contagious contributor lifestyle by combining mid-size groups (Sunday School) and small groups. We will also discuss proven methods of how to birth new groups and develop new leaders.
    Leader: Carter Shotwell
    Carter Shotwell

    Leading Small Groups that Matter – Room 1127
    Everyone needs a community to belong to. None of us were meant to do life on our own. But how do we take this incessant desire to connect and really create a life with each other that matters? This workshop will help you focus your group strategy toward creating groups that not only meet our need for community, but also make a world of difference.
    Leader: Dave Rhodes
    Dave Rhodes

    Keep Up the Good Work in your Senior Adult Sunday School Class or Small Group – Room 1125
    God’s way to building His Kingdom has not changed. He sends His children out to bring the people to salvation through Jesus. He also shows love through His children to all people – even those that have slipped away from church. In this session we will explore new ideas for outreach, fellowships, and building relationships as God’s way of reaching the world. Let’s keep up this work till He comes or we go home!
    Leader: Carlton Berry
    Carlton Berry

    Mobilizing Your Sunday School Class for Missions – Room 1124
    In this session you will learn how to weave the overall church strategy for missions in and through your Sunday School classes. You will discover that missions helps to bind classes together in fellowship and strengthens their outreach efforts while also increasing the total effectiveness of the church’s mission ministries.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Kenneth Aycock

    The Pastor’s Role in Leading the Sunday School/Small Groups Ministry of the Church – Room 1121
    The primary leader of the Sunday School/Small Groups ministry of the church is the pastor. In this session you will learn the practical steps a pastor can take to lead a church toward health and growth.
    Leader: Fred Evers
    Fred Evers



    Women and WMU

    Developing and Leading Effective Leadership Teams among Women – Room 2309
    Strengthen your leadership team by learning how to identify and develop giftedness in women to enable them to be effective ministry leaders.
    Leader: Lanelle Rogers
    Lanelle Rogers

    More Than a Meeting: Developing Women to be On Mission – Room 2333
    Learn how to design inspiring Women on Mission small group experiences that springboard women to be radically involved in the mission of God.
    Leader: Connie Johnson
    Connie Johnson



    Youth Ministry

    Intentional Middle School Ministry – Room 2334e
    Do middle school students scare you? We can help – hopefully! In this breakout we will discuss how to reach middle school students in creative and intentional ways.
    Leader: Chris Trent
    Chris Trent

    The Mind of the Millennial – Room 2332d
    All around us are students who are thirsty for truth and answers but didn’t grow up in typical churched families. Join us as we explore how to change a culture and reach a lost generation for Christ.
    Leader: Brandon Nichols
    Brandon Nichols

    Ministering To Students and Families In Crisis – Room 2334
    Life is messy. Walking through the tough times with students can be the hardest part of ministry. Teaching and preaching are important, but we are sometimes ill-equipped to partner with parents when they walk through tough times with their students. This session will help open the discussion of experience and best practices of how to handle those situations.
    Leader: Patrick Gillen
    Patrick Gillen

    Reaching Students: Purposeful Relationships in a Digital World – Room 2334f
    After 10 years in student ministry and one year as a lead pastor, I’ve learned at least four strong truths: 1. Student ministry is hard; 2. Student ministry is hard work; 3. Student ministry changes every year; and 4. Students always crave relationship, regardless of how much culture changes. Reaching students with the Gospel will always center on building intentional relationships that give you the opportunity to share Jesus and lead your students and volunteers to do the same.
    Leader: Stephen Fountain
    Stephen Fountain

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    General Church Topics

    Cultivating a Culture of Prayer in the Church – Room 2322
    Does your church have a culture of prayer or just maintain a prayer list each week? There is a difference! You will learn how to not only develop a prayer ministry in your church, but how to develop a culture of prayer to be a praying church.
    Leader: Elaine Helms
    Elaine Helms

    The Discipling Pastor – Room 1121
    A church will follow the lead of the pastor. What the pastor does the church will do. In this session you will learn how a pastor can personally be involved in making disciples. Making disciples requires a personal touch – it has to be more than just what you do in the pulpit. Learn how you can grow your church through making disciples.
    Leader: Fred Evers
    Fred Evers

    Families on Mission – Room 1164
    Discover ways to help families be on mission together.
    Leader: Heather Keller
    Heather Keller

    Investing in Young Couples – Room 1131
    Whether you realize it or not, you have capital that can be invested in young couples. Learn how God can use your six capitals as a life-changing investment in the lives of young couples today.
    Leader: Scott Smith
    Scott Smith

    Maximizing the Sunday Morning Guest Experience – Room 2332
    Within six minutes of arriving on the church parking lot, church guests decide whether or not to return. Top evangelistic churches have this in common: they maximize the overall guest experience in their church. In this breakout you will discover the common mistakes churches make that drive guests away, as well as a checklist of Sunday morning “windows of opportunity” to make guests feel welcome and wanting to come back.
    Leader: Thomas Hammond
    Thomas Hammond

    Ministering to Special Needs Families in the Church – Room 1166
    Come learn some practical ways that you can minister/reach out to special needs families regardless of church size.
    Leader: David Anderson
    David Anderson

    Multiplying your Church at Every Level – Room 1127
    Lots of people are using or thinking about a multi-site strategy to grow their church. But when it comes to really expanding your church, it is important to remember that to multiply effectively, we must do more than open a new campus. In this breakout, we will work through strategies of discipleship, leadership and mission that help us learn how to multiply our church by multiplying disciples who multiplying groups that make a difference.
    Leader: Dave Rhodes
    Dave Rhodes

    “My Pleasure” – Fostering Joy in Modeling Generosity (part 2) – Room 2315
    (Continuation of session 1) The Senior Manager for Chick-fil-A will share his life journey of creating a personal and professional environment of generosity through service. His commitment to Jesus Christ, mixed with his drive for excellence, serves as a model for church leaders. Stewardship is a life-long expression which can be contagious in your church.
    Leader: Ryan Bowman
    Ryan Bowman

    Seven Secrets of Spirit-Led Leaders – Room 1134
    If we are to see a redemptive change in the church and in society as a whole, we need servant leaders who are led by the Spirit of God. In this breakout, Rick will discuss seven biblical disciplines of Spirit leaders (see Zechariah 4:6 — “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty — you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak”).
    Leader: Rick Muchow
    Rick Muchow

    Wise Multi-Use Strategies for Churches – Room 2318
    Are you being a good steward with the facilities that the Lord has provided for your church? Are your facilities being used both effectively and efficiently? Do you really need to build? This seminar will provide ideas to consider in how to use space multiple times and how to provide multi-purpose space in order to be a good steward with your facility.
    Leader: Steve Newton
    Steve Newton



    College and Young Singles

    College Culture and Faith Development – Room 2313
    Whatever you’ve heard about the college campus culture is still fairly tame compared to reality. We will take a realistic look at campus life and the role of faith development during the college years.
    Leader: Joe Graham
    Joe Graham

    The Heart of a Disciple Maker for College & Young Singles – Room 1129
    Does discipling College/Young Singles require a different level of investment? Discuss how to clearly communicate expectations, equip and train servant leaders to foster life on life discipleship.
    Leader: Kelly Davidson
    Kelly Davidson



    Evangelism

    Mastering Follow Up For Evangelism – Room 2332c
    Learn from a seasoned evangelism pastor about successful evangelistic events. This session will deal with how to do effective follow-up with contacts, resulting in many more coming to Christ after the event is over. You’ll learn how to gather and track contacts from evangelistic events (including Sundays) as well as a follow up approach that will help prospects take the next step … which is often conversion.
    Leader: David Sharpton
    David Sharpton



    Kid’s Ministry

    Big Enough to Be Involved – Room 1167
    Learn how to help preschoolers experience missions through activities, stories, and songs.
    Leader: Joye Smith
    Joye Smith

    Excelling at KidsWorship Using Gospel Project – Room 1170
    Utilize the Gospel Project to lead preschoolers and children in their own Sunday morning worship time. Discover tools you will need and tricks of the trade.
    Leader: Jason Hand
    Jason Hand

    Kids Worship – Not on Sunday Morning! – Room 1172
    Have you ever thought about doing KidsWorship at a time other than Sunday morning? Explore resources and the dynamics of children worshiping on Sunday evening.
    Leader: David Joiner
    David Joiner

    Learning Centers in the Preschool Classroom – Room 1168
    Preschool leaders are always looking for new ideas for their learning centers. In this session you will load up on lots of great ideas for your classroom.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Linda Baxter

    Let the Games Begin! – Room 1150
    Come experience some fun Bible skill games you can use with teaching children anytime at church.
    Leader: Shannon Radosevich
    Shannon Radosevich

    Maximizing your Kids Worship Time – Preschool Theater
    Come learn how to maximize your kids worship time with some ideas and resources that are strong in Bible content, age appropriate, and fun! Great for churches of all sizes.
    Leader: Jeff Land
    Jeff Land

    Mentoring Boys in Royal Ambassadors through the interest activity of RA Racers – Room 1169
    Ideas on how to use RA Racers to reach boys and their families for Christ.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Rob Carr

    Reaching Out to Preschoolers and their Families – Room 1152
    Preschoolers can’t drive themselves to church. Come learn some great ideas to help your church connect to young families and draw them to your church.
    Leader: Susan Allen
    Susan Allen



    Men’s Ministry

    Authentic Manhood – Applying the Principles of Biblical Manhood – Room 1133
    This session will help you develop a healthy, growing, and sustainable men’s ministry that not only impacts the men of your church but also reaches men outside your church. Ample time will be provided for questions and answers.
    Leaders: Tierce Green & Rick Caldwell
    Tierce Green Rick Caldwell

    Mentoring Boys in Royal Ambassadors through the interest activity of RA Racers – Room 1169
    Ideas on how to use RA Racers to reach boys and their families for Christ.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Rob Carr



    Music and Worship

    Effective Worship Practices – Going Deeper! – Worship Center
    Build your band into a ministry team. Learn effective ways to improve who plays “what”…”when.” This session will focus on making arrangements your own and using terminology that your band can understand.
    Leader: Cliff Duren
    Cliff Duren

    Excelling at KidsWorship Using Gospel Project – Room 1170
    Utilize the Gospel Project to lead preschoolers and children in their own Sunday morning worship time. Discover tools you will need and tricks of the trade.
    Leader: Jason Hand
    Jason Hand

    Kids Worship – Not on Sunday Morning! – Room 1172
    Have you ever thought about doing KidsWorship at a time other than Sunday morning? Explore resources and the dynamics of children worshiping on Sunday evening.
    Leader: David Joiner
    David Joiner

    Maximizing your Kids Worship Time – Preschool Theater
    Come learn how to maximize your kids worship time with some ideas and resources that are strong in Bible content, age appropriate, and fun! Great for churches of all sizes.
    Leader: Jeff Land
    Jeff Land

    Tech Crews Working As A Team (part 2) – Room 2311
    (Continuation of session 1) Learn the structures and policies that allow your tech crews to work together. Participants will learn how to have a more effective worship time with the proper sound and tech support.
    Leaders: Nick Duke & Jonathan Lawhon
    Nick Duke Jonathan Lawhon

    Transitioning your Worship without Dividing the Church – Room 1126
    A “how-to” approach of moving your congregation to understand why we need to use a variety of musical styles in worship to encourage people to actively participate.
    Leader: Kenny Lamm
    Kenny Lamm

    The Worship Audio Wheelhouse: (part 2) – Room 1123
    (Continuation of session 1) How can they listen if they cannot hear? Attend this session to learn more about the worship audio wheelhouse and discover practical ways to help your people stay engaged in meaningful worship. This breakout is designed to answer questions, troubleshoot, and strengthen good practices for your team.
    Leaders: Paul Hendrix & Bill Thrasher
    Paul Hendrix Bill Thrasher

    Worship and the Home – Strong Families for a Strong Church – Room 1132
    This session will deal with how families can develop into worshipers. A major issue with today’s congregations is the breakdown of the home. This dramatically impacts the life of the church. With divorce rates high, even among active church members, there is an ever-increasing need to build strong families. The home life of your worshipers impact the health of your church. Biblical support and creative ideas will come together to strengthen the home and foster a healthy worship environment for your church.
    Leader: Matt Boswell
    Matt Boswell



    Sunday School and Small Groups

    Connecting Sunday School Members with Prospects – Room 1124
    One of the greatest challenges churches face today is connecting class members with prospects. This session will provide ideas on how to lead members to be intentionally evangelistic in their relationship building. It is a challenge today because our society is so much more mobile. We will explore strategies to continue the growth and effectiveness of Sunday School as attendance patterns of our faithful members change.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Kenneth Aycock

    Groups Can Impact the World – Room 1118/1119
    Attend this session and help your groups focus outside the walls of their classroom and avoid becoming inwardly focused. Research shows that groups who serve together grow together. Learn how to have a dynamic mission process through your groups.
    Leader: Carter Shotwell
    Carter Shotwell

    How to Organize your Sunday School for Growth – Room 1128/1130
    The model of multiplication provides the best opportunity for a church’s Sunday School to grow. While many churches are following methods that lead to decrease, some churches have discovered the model that promises increase. Discover how to have an alive 21st century Sunday School.
    Leader: James Jackson
    James Jackson

    Senior Adult Sunday School/Small Groups: Taking their Christian Experience to a New Level – Room 1125
    Don’t throw away those monthly lunch clubs. Turn them into outreach and ministry opportunities. Change the theme for the next trip and add a new challenge. Plan at least two missional activities each year. In this session you will explore new ways for your Senior Adult class or group to become more involved in doing the Great Commission locally and globally.
    Leader: Carlton Berry
    Carlton Berry



    Women and WMU

    Not Your Mother’s WMU – Room 2309
    Discover creative ways for the women in your church to be on mission.
    Leader: Jackie Hardy
    Jackie Hardy

    Women’s Ministry Idea Lab – Room 2333
    Meet other women’s ministry leaders from around the state and exchange your best ideas for Bible studies, events, retreats, connecting with younger women, and more.
    Leader: Judy Carter
    Judy Carter



    Youth Ministry

    Going Alone, Go Small! – Room 2332d
    No one is encouraged to “go alone” and no one aims to achieve something small. This session is for the doer among us who cannot wait for things to be perfect before he starts a youth ministry in his church. The session is designed for the bi-vocational minister, church planter, or resource challenged leader who desires to see God’s kingdom grow in the students in his church. The focus is on making a difference now and growing a ministry from nothing less than an individual with a heart to see God move.
    Leader: Mike Ricks
    Mike Ricks

    Missions Right Where You Are – Room 2334e
    As students foster a heart for the mission field, we must begin to teach them to see the ministry needs right where they live! Join us as we examine how to engage students in Gospel-centered outreach in your own town.
    Leader: Adam Reed
    Adam Reed

    The Tank of Sharks: Leading Students with Purpose – Room 2334
    The first step to capture a discipling student is prayer. Leading disciple-making ministry does not require hundreds of students – Jesus started with 12. Student ministry craves intentional strategy and is fueled from purposeful families. We have roughly six to seven years before releasing them into the tank of this world. This conversation will drive us to engage students from pew sitters to disciple makers.
    Leader: Mark Galo
    Mark Galo

    Working with Teenagers: Lessons Learned the Hard Way – Room 2334f
    Some of the best ministry models and methods can only be learned after years of experience with teenagers in the trenches. Join us as we unpack some of the biggest lessons learned as a youth minister in various churches and settings.
    Leader: Todd London
    Todd London

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