Sessions by Schedule


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    Church Administration | Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry |Community Missions and Church Planting | Evangelism | Hispanic Church Leadership | Kids Ministry | Men’s Ministry | Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons | Stewardship | Student Ministry | Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship | Technology and Communications | WMU and Women’s Ministry | Worship and Music | text

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    Church Administration 

    Update: Church & Clergy Tax and Legal Issues (Live-Streaming Event) – Room 110/111
    Join Richard Hammar as he will give an update on top legal issues facing the church; the Minister’s Housing Allowance decision; the Tax Reform Act; and other areas related to church, clergy, tax, and legal issues for 2018. This is a live streaming event. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to Richard for discussion.
    Leaders: Richard Hammar
    Legal Counsel, The General Council of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri

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    Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry

    Connecting with International Students – ReachingNextGen Worldwide – Room 228
    If you are near a college campus, your church can have a fast track toward “Reaching the Nations.” There is no better missionary than a new Christian returning to his or her home country, following a life-changing experience with Christ.
    Leader: Teresa Royall
    Campus Minister, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia

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    Community Missions and Church Planting

    Literacy: 6 Great Ways to Share the Good News With the Most Unexpected People!- Room 113
    In this session, we will discuss “What the Lord is doing in your area, and how you can join Him,” as Henry Blackaby says.
    Leader: Paulette DeHart
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Literacy Missions 

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    Evangelism

    Supercharged Church: Leading Your Church to be Excited About Reaching People Who Reach People – Room FH#1
    Learn how to excite and energize your congregation for reaching people, as you build a church culture around making disciples. This session will not only provide you with a church strategy that your people will embrace, but will also give you a powerful tool for making disciples who make disciples of new and old believers.
    Leader: Levi Skipper
    Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Clermont, Georgia

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    Hispanic Church Leadership

    Los Lideres: sus diez errores mas comunes/ The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make – Room 206
    En está sesión se discutirá los errores comunes que cometen los líderes y cómo trabajar a través de ellos./ This session will discuss the common mistakes leaders make and how to work through them.
    Leader: Publio Sancé
    Reverend, New Jerusalem Hispanic Church, Norcross, Georgia

    Desafíos Para Ministrar Niños Que Hablan Solamenta Inglés/ Challenges in Ministering to Children Who Speak English – Room 203
    En está sesión discute los desafíos y oportunidades para ministrar a niños que solo hablan ingles./ This session discusses the challenges and opportunities in ministering to children who only speak English.
    Leader: Natalie Hernandez
    Spanish Vacation Bible School Conference Leader, Valdosta Baptist Hispanic Mission, Valdosta, Georgia

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    Kids Ministry

    4 Disciplines of a Disciple-Building Kid’s Ministry -KidStuff Theater/Room 208
    Kid’s ministry should be more than creative and intriguing programs. In this breakout, participants will explore four spiritual practices that encourage habits, which help to produce mature followers of Jesus Christ. These disciplines should be the anchor of every program and can serve as the foundation for a disciple-building kids ministry.
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Safety First- Room 213
    Churches must make safety and security a priority. Come learn ways preschool and children’s leaders can create and maintain a safe and secure children’s ministry.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    How to Have Your Most Evangelistic VBS Ever – Room 209
    Many churches know that Vacation Bible School (VBS) can be their most evangelistic event of the year. Others do not understand why they are having a good week, but not reaching lost families. In this session, we willlook at five aspects to help you reach your VBS evangelistic goals.
    Leader: Jenni Carter
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Spiritual Development of Preschoolers – Room 215
    In this session, we will discuss how preschoolers develop a love for Jesus, church, home, family, and the world; and that God has a special plan for their lives. Discussions will center around age appropriateness and milestones in a child’s life that can be celebrated by the family.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia

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    Men’s Ministry

    Husbands Who Lead Their Wives Through Love- Room 207 A&B
    God has called men to lead their families with Christ-like love and sacrifice. In this dynamic and provocative session, attendees will learn how to equip the men of their church to lead their wives through cultivating meaningful influence; and to provide spiritual purpose and direction for their marriages and families.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army Rangers

    Purpose Filled — Mission Skilled – Room 219/220
    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, Camp Kaleo Retreat Center

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    Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons

    Deacon Tool Kit – Room 114
    The Deacon Tool Kit will cover the topics of the Deacon Family Ministry Plan, as well as the importance of an effective prayer ministry.
    Leader: Bryan Alexander
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations

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    Stewardship

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools (Repeating in Session 2) – Room 205
    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 $200 value church stewardship education campaign kit.
    Leader: Scott Preissler
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship

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    Student Ministry

    Cultivating Students of God’s Word – Room 227
    Join this session to learn about cultivating students of God’s Word, and how your personal study of God’s Word should translate into your preaching and discipleship. Also, learn how to eliminate spiritual co-dependency.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    Recruit to Win and Make Lasting Friendship in the Process – Room 229
    The Lone Ranger had his friend, Tonto, and his horse, Silver. The real “silver bullet” of reaching students and building a great youth ministry is recruiting and training a great team. Get some practical, time-tested tips on recruiting and keeping volunteers. Hear from a man who has built high-quality teams at three different churches over almost 30 years.
    Leader: Dave Hall
    Youth Pastor, First Baptist Canton, Canton, Georgia

    Help! I Have the Heart- Now Teach Me the Art of Student Ministry – Room 230
    Do you need a clue why “FOMO” describes the youth in your group today? Do you desire to see your youth look more like Jesus; but honestly you would be thrilled to just see them finally bring their Bible and friends on occasion? If you can relate to any of the above, then do not miss this session. Shane has over 20 years experience as a youth pastor and is excited to be your guide through the art of student ministry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills in five basic areas: youth culture, ministry environment, disciple-making strategy, teaching, and reaching.
    Leader: Shane Wilbanks
    Evangelist, Make Known Ministries, Newnan, Georgia

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    Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship

    Grow by Inviting – Room 106
    Join this session to learn how to identify, consistently and caringly pursue, enroll, and win unenrolled and lost people to Jesus.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    10 Essential Awarenesses: Transformation in a Post-Christian Era – Room 107
    Every small group meeting is a moment in time when someone’s life could be forever transformed. While most small group leaders are vividly aware of how to host a group gathering, it is essential that every small group leader be aware of what is going on around them. This session will unearth 10 essentials that often go unnoticed.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    God Wants to Change the World From Your Classroom on Sunday – Room 108
    Sunday School classes can impact the nations for the Gospel. This session looks at how God can use your small group to make an impact on your church campus, community, and the nations.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Choosing the Best Bible Study Curriculum for My Group – Room 109
    Join this session to receive an overview of LifeWay’s Bible study curriculum choices, highlighting the benefits and features of each one.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

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    Technology and Communications

    So You Want a Facebook Page: Social Media in Churches – Room 112
    There’s no argument that social media has started to dominate many of our lives. What does that mean for your church or ministry? We will discuss the best social media accounts for churches/ministries to have; how to get started or start fresh with new goals; strategies for maintaining those accounts; and potential pitfalls to avoid. Bring your questions for the discussion, as we take a look at a few real-life examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media use.
    Leader: Linda Wilkins
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications

    Church Management Systems – Room 204
    What is it? Do I need one? How do I make the right choice with so many options? In this session, we will outline a basic strategy to answer these questions and more, to determine if a CMS is right for you and your church.
    Leader: Brian Hume
    Director of Communications, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia

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    WMU and Women’s Ministry

    The Heart of Leadership: Personal Principles for Leading and Finishing Well – Room 201
    Successful leadership happens one decision, one step, and one day at a time. Explore leadership principles to help you lead and finish well, such as prioritizing family, overcoming obstacles, managing stress, and, most importantly, maintaining a vital relationship with God.
    Leader: Stephanie Edge
    Associate Professor, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

    Involving Women in Missions – Room 202
    Join us as we learn from a practitioner who is involving women of all ages in her local church. Learn about creative ways for introducing missions action to women who have never connected to missions before and experience a mini-missions small group.
    Leader: Jerri Goff
    Women’s Missionary Union Director, First Baptist Church, Sylvester, GA

    Discipleship Starts at Home – Room 211
    Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples,” and what better place to obey that command than in your home! Even if you do not have children in your home, learn how to make disciples of children God has put in your path.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

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    Worship and Music

    Organ – Innovative Hymn Playing – Worship Center
    This session will cover creative service playing, including fresh and energetic ways to enhance hymn introductions, modulations, reharmonizations, and other methods for improving worship at the organ.
    Leader: Jason Payne
    Organist, Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

    Let the People Sing! – Music Suite
    In this session, Mike will share his heart about the biblical values of congregational singing. He will share concerns, as well as ways to improve the participation of God’s people in singing the song of the Lord.
    Leader: Mike Harland
    Director of Worship, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Conducting (Repeating in Session 3) – Room 131
    Come learn some great conducting techniques from a renowned conductor. Aaron 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: Aaron Rice
    Assistant Professor of Music, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

    Help! My Band is Out This Sunday! – Room 132
    Many of us face the challenge of missing key band members. LifeWay Worship has a vast library of modern hymns and songs with all the tracks you need to have an effective worship service. Craig will show you how to use LifeWay resources for great musical expression in worship.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Congregational Accompaniment Issues – Room 133
    Not sure what to add into your congregational accompaniment? Do you feel like you play every verse of every song the exact same way? How in the world do I modulate THAT key from HERE? This session offers practical techniques that help us maneuver the Sunday madness.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    What is Kid’s Worship? (Repeating in Session 2) – Room 134
    This session will answer the question, “What is kid’s worship?” Learn how to plan, train, and lead kid’s worship.
    Leader: Darlene Abbott
    Children’s Choir Specialist, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee

    Building Disciples Through Your Worship Ministry (Repeating in Session 3) – Room 138
    The small, strong, church-worship ministry is God’s design for the fulfillment of the Great Commission through intentional disciple-making. Mobilizing your church to grow a dynamic, efficient, and biblically-balanced music ministry is essential. We will study the nuts and bolts of achieving multi-generational unity, including 21 game-changers for today’s worship pastors.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music Department, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Children’s Choir Leadership 101: Motivation & Inspiration to Kick-Start or Reboot Your Children’s Choirs (Part 1) – Room 212
    We will explore ways to implement purposeful, engaging, weekly music sessions for your singers that will make them want to come back next week. Veteran choir leaders and newcomers alike will benefit from this shared learning experience.
    Leader: Susan Eernisse
    Editor, Choristers Guild, Carrollton, Georgia

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    Church Administration | Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry |Community Missions and Church Planting | Evangelism | Hispanic Church Leadership | Kids Ministry | Men’s Ministry | Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons | Stewardship | Student Ministry | Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship | Technology and Communications | WMU and Women’s Ministry | Worship and Music |

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    Church Administration 

    Workable Solutions for the Church Staff Retirement Planning Crisis – Room 110
    If the average church staff member even has a retirement account, the account balance is only $15,000. Only 42% of churches have anyone on their staff in a retirement plan. Plus, the average account balances of 65 year old pastors are only $50,000. Help! Solutions are needed now! Come and explore practical and realistic options before it is too late.
    Leaders: Keith Hamilton
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church and Individual Finance Strategy

    Fund Management: Is Your Church Being A Good Steward With What The Lord Has Blessed You With? – Room 111
    Does your church have funds in CD’s or a savings account at the bank? Would you like to do more with what the Lord has blessed your church with? Join this session to hear about how the Georgia Baptist Foundation can help your church get a better return on your church’s designated funds, reserve funds, and any other funds. Your church can do more with what you already have. Come find out how!
    Leader: Sam Warner
    Vice President of Development, Georgia Baptist Foundation, Duluth, Georgia

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    Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry

    The “State of the Union” on College Campuses – Room 228
    To understand the “State of the Union” on college campuses is to get a quick preview of the future “State of the Union” in our culture and maybe even in our churches. You will probably not enjoy all that is shared, but from this session, you will learn what’s happening on many college campuses.
    Leader: Joe Graham
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry

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    Community Missions and Church Planting

    Reaching the Next Generation- Room 113
    We are reaching the next generation in our county with the Gospel. Hundreds are being saved and discipled, and we can show you how!
    Leader: Terri Butcher
    Executive Director, Walton County Christian Learning Center, Monroe, Georgia

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    Evangelism

    Supercharged Church: Leading Your Church to be Excited About Reaching People Who Reach People  – Room FH#1
    Learn how to excite and energize your congregation for reaching people as you build a church culture around making disciples. This session will not only provide you with a church strategy that your people will embrace, but will also give you a powerful tool for making disciples who make disciples of new and old believers.
    Leader: Levi Skipper
    Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Clermont, Georgia

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    Hispanic Church Leadership

    Los Lideres: sus diez errores mas comunes/ The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make – Room 206
    En está sesión se discutirá los errores comunes que cometen los líderes y cómo trabajar a través de ellos./ This session will discuss the common mistakes leaders make and how to work through them.
    Leader: Publio Sancé
    Reverend, New Jerusalem Hispanic Church, Norcross, Georgia

    Desafíos Para Ministra Niños Que Hablan Solamenta Inglés/Challenges in Ministering to Children Who Speak English – Room 203
    En está sesión discute los desafíos y oportunidades para ministrar a niños que solo hablan ingles./ This session discusses the challenges and opportunities in ministering to children who only speak English.
    Leader: Natalie Hernandez
    Spanish Vacation Bible School Conference Leader, Valdosta Baptist Hispanic Mission, Valdosta, Georgia


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    Kids Ministry

    Nothing Less – KidsStuff Theater/Room 208
    A.W. Tozer said, “Nothing less than the whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” In this session, participants will consider the 10 greatest influencers of spiritual health for kids, and the implications for Kids Ministry.
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Meeting the Millennials- Room 213
    Who are the millennials and how can we lead them as they serve in children’s ministry? Join us as we discuss how millenials can be an asset to your children’s ministry.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Kids in the Word- Practical Ideas for Increasing Biblical Literacy/Memorizing Scripture – Room 209
    According to LifeWay Research, the biggest predictor of spiritual health in young adults is if they read the Bible regularly as kids. Join us as we share an intentional strategy and creative ideas to get kids in the Word.
    Leaders: Maria Brannen
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Using Learning Centers to Teach the Bible to Preschoolers – Room 215
    Look at these children – all they are doing is playing. That is correct – a child’s work is play. Preschoolers bring all of themselves to Sunday School, and learning centers will minister to the whole child. You will have some hands-on experiences and new ideas on how to use Learning Centers to share Jesus with boys and girls.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia

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    Men’s Ministry

    Fathers Who Lead Their Children Through Influence – Room 207 A&B
    Fathers everywhere desire to lead their children; but many are not equipped to do so effectively. This exciting and practical session will help you 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 Rangers

    Leading Royal Ambassadors the Georgia Baptist Way – Room 219/220
    This session will emphasize the best in Royal Ambassador development for boys.
    Leader: Michael Flowers
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Camp Kaleo Retreat Center


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    Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons

    Praying Your Friends to Christ – Room 114
    R. A. Torrey, the great apologist‐evangelist, once asserted, “The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER.” Torrey’s assessment of effective evangelism around the turn of the 20th century still rings true today. The goal of this session is to encourage and equip pastors and local church leaders to assist the Body of Christ to be more effective in its evangelistic outreach into the community.
    Leader: Marty Youngblood
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations

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    Stewardship

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 205
    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 $200 value church stewardship education campaign kit.
    Leader: Scott Preissler
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship

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    Student Ministry

    Building a Great Commission Youth Ministry – Room 227
    As the church seeks to engage the culture around us, student ministries must clearly pursue the Great Commission. In this breakout session, we will discuss ways to live out Acts 1:8. We will talk about ways to get our students to serve locally, serve nationally, and serve globally.
    Leader: Tim Kilgore
    Pastor of Families, Central Baptist Waycross, Waycross, Georgia

    Aim Small, Miss Small – Room 229
    Join us to discuss 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
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    The Secrets to Doing “More” in Youth Ministry When You Have No More Time to Give – Room 230
    This session talks about “Doing More with Less Time.” Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or volunteer youth pastor/youth leader, you only have so much time to give. We all struggle with the feeling and desire that we should be doing more than we are. In this breakout session, you will discover the great myth we all believe when it comes to our time; and the secrets to accomplishing more meaningful ministry without having to add to your already full plate.
    Leader: Jody Livingston
    Student Pastor, Blogger, and Podcaster; Kennesaw First Baptist Church, Kennesaw, Georgia

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    Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship

    Grow by Discipling – Room 106
    In this session, you will learn how to prepare to lead your class to meet God in Bible study, recognize adjustment needed, and encourage one another to obey Him.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    8 Small Group Leader Essentials – Room 107
    There are some essentials of small group leadership that are often overlooked. During this session, we will unveil each of these essentials and discuss their importance. If you want to have a group that sees God at work, this session is for you.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    Creativity: Teaching That Makes a Difference – Room 108
    Do you desire to take your teaching to the next level? Every Sunday School teacher has the opportunity to teach creative and meaningful lessons each week. This session will explore creative teaching methods and strategies.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Creative Bible Teaching: Engaging Adults with the Ways They Like to Learn – Room 109
    We learn in different ways. In this session. we will see how to use eight approaches to teaching and learning to help your group learn, remember, and live out God’s Word.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

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    Technology and Communications

    Best Web Practices for Churches to Reach More People in 2018 – Room 112
    Learn how to create a strong web presence for your church that will reach potential visitors. Discover how to take advantage of the web to be more evangelistic. Also, learn how to benefit by using the “Cloud” for everything from file storage to streaming sermons.
    Leader: Barry Dollar
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications

    Cloud Based Tools in Ministry – Room 204
    We all face the overwhelming “to-do” list in ministry. I personally need about 25 hours in a day. Together we will take a look at Evernote, a cloud based tool that anyone can use to be more productive and manage those never ending projects. Whether it is sermon prep, bible study, curriculum development, or keeping your pastor on task, we will discuss turning that “to-do” list into a “done” list. Other tools will also be discussed as time permits.
    Leader: Brian Hume
    Director of Communications, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia

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    WMU and Women’s Ministry

    Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Ministry – Room 201
    Tasting Grace is a mentoring-in-the-kitchen Bible study tool that provides women an avenue through which they can engage other women in mentoring, cooking, and Bible study. Jan will share with you the how-to’s of this ministry and the joy of this “old-new” way of connecting and mentoring. You will also get her special caramel cake recipe and homemade buttermilk biscuits recipe too!
    Leader: Jan Morton
    Women’s Ministry Director, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Praying with Purpose, Persistence, and Passion – Room 202
    Do we sometimes quit praying about something because we feel God is silent, or do we just give up because we do not see any answers? God’s Word is full of examples of those who could have given up, but did not. Join me for a look at some of these examples, and how our prayer life can become powerful instead of powerless. We will also learn about a special opportunity to pray for missionary work in Israel through “Hearts Called to Pray.”
    Leader: Mary Laughman
    State Prayer Coordinator, Georgia WMU & Women’s Ministry, Duluth, Georgia

    Raising Kids to Be Missions-Minded – Room 211
    Raising kids to be missions-minded does not just happen. Learn ways to be more intentional in raising your own kids or those with whom you have influence, so they will have His mindset for those who do not know Him.
    Leader: Lauren Sullens
    Children’s Equipper, Georgia WMU Executive Board, Duluth, Georgia

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    Worship and Music

    Keeping the King – Worship Center
    This class will discuss tips, techniques, and ideas that keep the “King of Instruments” vibrant and vital for worship in the 21st century.
    Leader: Jason Payne
    Organist, Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

    Audio-Visual Ministry: Wearing All the Hats (Continued in Session 3) – Music Suite
    Most churches today operate with volunteer-based, audio visual ministries in their church. Let’s face it, even the leadership of these ministries in churches do not have professional training or degrees in this field. These breakout sessions will be a discussion of what it means today to wear all of the hats (in audio, visual and lighting) that the modern church culture requires us to wear.
    Leader: Chris Vater
    Technical Director, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    Working From the Overflow: Keys to Worship Ministry Excellence (Repeating in Session 4) – Room 131
    In this session, we will review tools and strategies to help you make the best use of the time you do not have! With volunteer, bi-vocational, and dual-role music ministers in mind, we will take a look at how to effectively use Lifewayworship.com and Planning Center Online.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Help is on the Way! Best Practices for Your Worship Band – Room 132
    Craig will provide help and insights to make your band more effective. In this “lab” setting using a live band, you will discover effective rehearsal concepts and much more.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Playing Well With Others – Room 133
    Many music ministries are transitioning. How does this affect the pianist? What new tools do we need to serve in this changing dynamic? This session will discuss our changing role in ministry, as well as how to read chord charts.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    What is Kid’s Worship? (Repeat from Session 1) – Room 134
    This session will answer the question, “What is kid’s worship?” Learn how to plan, train, and lead kid’s worship.
    Leader: Darlene Abbott
    Children’s Choir Specialist, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee

    Children’s Choir Leadership 101: Motivation & Inspiration to Kickstart or Reboot Your Children’s Choirs (Part 2) – Room 212
    We will pick up where we left off in Part I.
    Leader: Susan Ernisse
    Editor, Choristers Guild, Carrollton, Georgia
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  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    Church Administration | Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry |Community Missions and Church Planting | Evangelism | Hispanic Church Leadership | Kids Ministry | Men’s Ministry | Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons | Stewardship | Student Ministry | Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship | Technology and Communications | WMU and Women’s Ministry | Worship and Music |

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    Church Administration 

    Protecting Your Ministry Briefing – Room 110
    It is no longer a question of if churches will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word. The question is solely when and where such cases will arise. Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut will share some of the religious freedom challenges churches are facing, and what churches can do to prepare for the changing cultural climate.
    Leaders: Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut
    Christiana Holcomb, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona;
    Tonya Shellnut, Church Alliance Regional Director, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Handling God’s Money: Misconceptions, Truths, and Facts- Room 111
    In this session, we will discuss the seven most common misconceptions/errors found in a church’s financial safeguarding practices. Our discussion will also include a detailed look exposing the truths, facts, and rewards of each.
    Leader: Kimberly Moore
    CEO/Owner, Moore Tax, LLC, Bloomingdale, Georgia

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    Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry

    Helping Pastors Connect with Collegians – Room 228
    Working with college students can range from intimidating, to challenging, to incredible. They are young Christians who are still looking to find how they can, or should, connect with the Body of Christ. Your challenge may be connecting with your students as they leave for college, or connecting with the students who are in school near your church. This session will encourage you to risk relationships with them. It will enrich their lives and your ministry.
    Leader: Chad Ellis
    Senior Pastor, Gillionville Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia

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    Community Missions and Church Planting

    Missions for the Next Generation – Room 113
    Missional leaders are invited to a discussion on how to engage the next generation of Christ followers in mission trips, and disciple them in their faith. Participants will engage in open dialogue rather than receiving a presentation. Participants will also be asked about their desire to participate in future “Missional Fellowships” for the purpose of discussing other topics and best practices.
    Leader: Stuart Lang and Ricky Thrasher
    Stuart Lang , State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Disaster Response;
    Ricky Thrasher, State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Community Missions


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    Evangelism

    Rethinking Church Growth in a Post Christian Culture: Essential Principles for Reaching Families/Next Gen Today (Part 1) – Room FH#1
    Learn how this small, country, declining, and traditional church changed their mindset and church culture in order to see hundreds come to Christ, mostly young families. Hear Pastor Jason Britt share the struggles, victories, and biblical principles that changed their hearts.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bethlehem Georgia

    Revitalization Principles That Cannot Be Ignored- Room 204
    True revitalization is an art, not a science; but there are certain principles that are essential to seeing fruitful and lasting church growth. Hear how one of these essentials was the foundation for the transformation of the small, traditional, and declining Hebron Baptist Church into a vibrant, evangelistic, and growing church; and how the others are integral in seeing your church revitalized as well.
    Leader: Larry Wynn
    Vice President, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism

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    Hispanic Church Leadership

    Elementos Básicos Que Los Jóvenes Necesitan Para Salir Adelante/Basic Elements Needed to Help Young People Move Forward – Room 206
    En está sesión se brindará ideas y metodos para ayudar a los jovenes a avanzár en sus vidas./ This session will give ideas and methods to help young people move forward in life.
    Leader: Rossy Rivera (assisted by Dennis Rivera, Son)
    WMU Hispanic State Team, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Duluth, Georgia

    Actualización De Ley Migratoria/Immigration Update – Room 203
    En está sesión se discutirá las leyes de imigración hoy./ This session will discuss the immigration laws today.
    Leader: Barbara Vazquez
    Attorney, Vazquez & Servi, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia

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    Kids Ministry

    Using Technology to Teach Kids- KidStuff Theater/Room 208
    There are six basic teaching methods: art, music, drama, research, games, and creative writing. All Bible-teaching activities can be placed in one of these general categories. In this breakout, participants will discover and experience ways to enhance basic teaching methods with technology to create even more exciting Bible study experiences for kids..
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Disruptions or Opportunities- Room 213
    Many times, what we may see as disruptive or hard-to-teach children, are actually opportunities to see how God has uniquely gifted them. In this session, we will discuss strategies to see the potential in each child.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Reaching Next Gen- Room 209
    Under Steve’s leadership, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board has begun a new initiative to help equip churches to reach the next generation. In this session, you will hear why this is important, and learn some of the tools that are available to every church to help them select their future course in reaching the next generation.
    Leaders: Steve Parr
    Vice President, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Staff Coordination and Development

    More Than Babysitting -Room 215
    In preschool ministry, we are growing and teaching children, not babysitting while parents go to church. Join this session for ideas to use whenever you have preschoolers at church. They should always be learning about Jesus.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia

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    Men’s Ministry

    Who Told You That You Were Naked?- Room 207 A&B
    Men can overcome nakedness and condemnation of sin and be fully clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This session will help men live their values as new creations in Christ.
    Leader: Kelvin Cochran
    Chief Strategic Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

    Mentoring Boys Through Royal Ambassadors- Room 219/220
    In this session, we will share ideas on how to organize and grow a Royal Ambassador ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Pastor, Indian Creek Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia

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    Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons

    NO SESSIONS OCCURRING

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    Stewardship

    On-Line Giving: Recent Developments From A Panel Of Real Experts! (Repeating in Session 4)- Room 205
    Does your church offer options for giving on-line? Kiosk giving? Are there real benefits to offering electronic-giving services to your congregation? What does your church need to provide in order for your members to give on-line? Can these services be offered affordably? How can small and medium-size churches benefit? Join us for an expert panel discussion with Q & A time. Experts Marty Baker, founder of Secure Give; and Dave Anderson, the Church Giving Coach, bring a wealth of knowledge on this topic. Your host facilitator is Scott Preissler of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
    Leader: Marty Baker and Dave Anderson
    Marty Baker, Lead Pastor, Stevens Creek Church, Augusta, Georgia;
    Dave Anderson, Lead Coach for Church Giving, Churchgivingcoach.com, Augusta, Georgia


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    Student Ministry

    Reaching and Keeping Students – Room 227
    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 Baptist Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    Time-Shift Culture with a Time-Traveling Jesus – Room 230
    In this session, we will discuss post-truth culture and Christ’s transcendence, as well as answer the question, “How do we help cement students in the eternal truth of Jesus as the culture shifts?”
    Leader: Allen Jackson
    Senior Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia

    Promoting Your Ministry Through Social Media – Room 229
    People are always on their cell phones checking to see what they have missed on their media feeds. The church can use the same technology to promote their church and the ministries of the church, and keep people connected.
    Leader: Chuck Jonas
    Associate Pastor/Worship, Reidsville Baptist Church, Reidsville, Georgia

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    Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship

    Grow by Caring – Room 106
    Join us as we discuss how to not allow others to drop out as you lead your class to pray, contact, and care for each other. We will also discuss plan care, fellowships, projects, and meals.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    What a Disciple-Making Group Leader Does – Room 107
    Small groups are disciple-making groups. During this session, we will climb into the practical things a group leader does to make disciples that make disciples.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    Tools for Your Toolbox: 5 Things Every Sunday School Director Should Know – Room 108
    The role of the Sunday School director is crucial to the health, impact, and growth of the Sunday School ministry. This session explores five key strategies for the Sunday School director as they lead the Sunday School ministry.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Leading Transition from a Discipleship Program to a Disciple-Making Culture – Room 114
    For Jesus, disciple-making was not a program; it was a lifestyle. It was a reproducible process that transformed 12 “ordinary Joes” into world-changing disciple-makers. Jesus started a disciple-making movement that could not be stopped. In this session, we will discuss how to rekindle this movement in our churches, and how to transition from a discipleship program to a disciple-making culture.
    Leader: Bill Wilks
    Lead Pastor, NorthPark Church, Trussville, Alabama

    Engaging Bible Study with Bible Studies for Life – Room 109
    We will look at the features available in Bible Studies for Life; and discuss some “tips and tricks” for getting the most out of your preparation and getting adults actively involved in the study.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

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    Technology and Communications

    Lights, Camera, Action – Using Video for Church Growth – Room 112
    Join us for two great topics in one session! We will discuss how to create compelling video announcements that your church members will remember, and how to stream your worship services to Facebook live on a shoestring budget (more than just a smartphone on a stick). Jon and Levi will cover practical tips for effective use of video to draw in new visitors and keep current attendees engaged.
    Leaders: Jon Graham and Levi Woodard
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications

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    WMU and Women’s Ministry

    Equipped to Reach the Nations Who Are Our Neighbors – Room 201
    Over 42 million refugees, immigrants, and international students call the United States home. How are you and your church (no matter where you live) engaging them with the Gospel? Join us as we have an honest dialogue and answer questions such as “Who is a refugee?” and “Can my church really make a difference in the lives of internationals?” With the nations as our neighbors, you can be a part of making disciples of all nations without leaving your own community.
    Leader: Jason Lee
    Missionary, Acts 17 Initiative and Clarkston International Bible Church, Clarkston, Georgia

    Small Groups Made Easy – Room 202
    Small groups are packed with potential and can be pivotal in promoting spiritual growth. Learn practical tips for establishing expectations, increasing effectiveness, facing challenges, and encouraging participation.
    Leader: Stephanie Edge
    Associate Professor, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

    Creating an Environment Where Girls Experience God – Room 211
    Learn about Georgia’s missions camp for girls, and what God is doing in the lives of those whose parents and church leaders provide this opportunity.
    Leaders: Karen Pace, Tabitha Ferrell, and Lauren Sullens
    Karen Pace and Tabitha Ferrell, State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries;
    Lauren Sullens, Children’s Equipper, Georgia WMU Executive Board, Duluth, Georgia


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    Worship and Music

    Audio-Visual Ministry: Wearing All the Hats (Continued from Session 2) – Worship Center
    Most churches today operate with volunteer-based, audio-visual ministries in their church. Let’s face it, even the leadership of these ministries in churches do not have professional training or degrees in this field. These breakout sessions will be a discussion of what it means today to wear all of the hats (in audio, visual, and lighting) that the modern church culture requires us to wear.
    Leader: Chris Vater
    Technical Director, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    Choir Retreat – Music Suite
    It’s back! This Saturday-only event will include some great choral leaders at each session. Learn some new music and enjoy fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. Music packets will be provided by Pine Lake Music. A separate registration is needed for this breakout and will open in April.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    Conducting (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 131
    Come learn some great conducting techniques from a renowned conductor. Aaron 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: Aaron Rice
    Assistant Professor of Music, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

    Keyboards in a Modern Context – Room 132
    Craig will share best practices when using keyboard in more contemporary or multi-gen settings. This will include what to play when you have a lead sheet. In addition, you will glean tips that will enhance your effectiveness when playing in a band setting.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Building Disciples Through Your Worship Ministry (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 133
    The small, strong, church-worship ministry is God’s design for the fulfillment of the Great Commission through intentional disciple-making. Mobilizing your church to grow a dynamic, efficient, and biblically-balanced music ministry is essential. We will study the nuts and bolts of achieving multi-generational unity, including 21 game-changers for today’s worship pastors.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music Department, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Children and Worship (Part 1) – Room 134
    Children can be an important part of worship. This session will discuss how to use children in various worship settings.
    Leader: Teresa Harland
    Children’s Worship Consultant, LifeWay Worship, Nashville, Tennessee

    Children’s Choir Leadership 101: Motivation & Inspiration to Kickstart or Reboot Your Children’s Choirs (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 212
    We will explore ways to implement purposeful, engaging, weekly music sessions for your singers that will make them want to come back next week. Veteran choir leaders and newcomers alike will benefit from this shared learning experience.
    Leader: Susan Eernisse
    Editor, Choristers Guild, Carrollton, Georgia

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  • Click the category to quickly navigate the sessions:
    Church Administration | Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry |Community Missions and Church Planting | Evangelism | Hispanic Church Leadership | Kids Ministry | Men’s Ministry | Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons | Stewardship | Student Ministry | Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship | Technology and Communications | WMU and Women’s Ministry | Worship and Music |

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    Church Administration 

    Protecting Your Ministry Briefing – Room 110
    It is no longer a question of if churches will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word. The question is solely when and where such cases will arise. Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut will share some of the religious freedom challenges churches are facing, and what churches can do to prepare for the changing cultural climate.
    Leaders: Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut
    Christiana Holcomb, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona;
    Tonya Shellnut, Church Alliance Regional Director, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Contribution Credits, Designated Funds, and the Budget – Room 111
    In this session, we will discuss which tithes and offerings qualify as a deductible contribution; and how must the church handle these donations to manage Kingdom finances in a manner above reproach.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry

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    Collegiate and Young Adult Ministry

    BCMs and Churches – Working Together to ReachNextGen – Room 228
    If you are near a college campus, your church can have a fast track toward “Reaching the Nations.” Join this session to learn how there is no better missionary than a new Christian returning to his or her home country, following a life-changing experience with Christ.
    Leader: Jerry Johnson
    Senior Campus Minister, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Statesboro, Georgia

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    Community Missions and Church Planting

    NO SESSIONS OCCURRING 

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    Evangelism

    Rethinking Church Growth in a Post Christian Culture: Essential Principles for Reaching Families/Next Gen Today (Part 2) – Room FH#1
    Learn how this small, country, declining, and traditional church changed their mindset and church culture in order to see hundreds come to Christ, mostly young families. Hear Pastor Jason Britt share the struggles, victories, and biblical principles that changed their hearts.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bethlehem Georgia

    Bullseye Preaching: How to Build Sermons That Connect with Every Listener, Every Time – Room 204
    In this session, you will discover a simple, step-by-step process for building full-orbed, total-impact sermons that pull in the listener and deeply connect. You will learn specific steps to maximize your pulpit time while the Holy Spirit maximizes His; and see lives transformed again and again predictably in your preaching ministry.
    Leader: Scott N. Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism

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    Hispanic Church Leadership

    Elementos Básicos Que Los Jóvenes Necesitan Para Salir Adelante/Basic Elements Needed to Help Young People Move Forward – Room 206
    En está sesión se brindará ideas y metodos para ayudar a los jovenes a avanzár en sus vidas./ This session will give ideas and methods to help young people move forward in life.
    Leader: Rossy Rivera (assisted by Dennis Rivera, Son)
    WMU Hispanic State Team, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

    Actualización De Ley Migratoria/Immigration Update – Room 203
    En está sesión se discutirá las leyes de imigración hoy./ This session will discuss the immigration laws today.
    Leader: Barbara Vazquez
    Attorney, Vazquez & Servi, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia

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    Kids Ministry

    Preteens: From Influenced to Influencers – KidStuff Theater/Room 208
    Preteens are influenced and shaped by today’s culture. In this session, participants will consider cultural influencers and ways to encourage preteens to be Acts 1:8 culture shapers, as they transition to student ministry.
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Equipping Parents to Be Spiritual Leaders in Their Home – Room 213
    If we believe parents are to be the spiritual leaders in their homes, we as church leaders need to come alongside and equip them. Come learn ways to equip and partner with parents.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Special Needs Panel Discussion – Room 209
    Is your church reaching out to families of children who have special needs? This panel discussion will have special needs leaders from a small church, a large church, a parent of a special needs child, as well as a church who has recently begun its special needs ministry.
    Leaders: Jenni Carter + 4 others
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Teaching Children to Pray – Room 212
    In this session, you will learn some creative ways to teach children to pray. We will start with simple ideas to guide preschoolers and work our way to other suggestions for older children. Come enjoy this hands-on session to help children deepen their spiritual walk.
    Leader: Susan Allen
    Children’s Minister, First Baptist Church, Statesboro, Georgia

    Connecting With Families – Room 215
    In this session, you will learn how important it is to connect with families. When preschool families visit your church, you are the first contact that they have with the church. Join us as we share ideas for connections and how to follow up with the connection opportunities.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia

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    Men’s Ministry

    The Law of Divine Alignment- Room 207 A&B
    Aligned men are those who confess Christ as Savior and are in pursuit of God’s purpose, calling, and destiny under the Lordship of Christ. This session establishes the framework of biblical manhood and the manner of how God works in men as sons, husbands, fathers, and leaders for His glory.
    Leader: Kelvin Cochran
    Chief Strategic Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

    Mentoring Boys Through Royal Ambassadors- Room 219/220
    In this session, we will share ideas on how to organize and grow a Royal Ambassador ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Pastor, Indian Creek Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia

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    Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, and Deacons

    Being a Youth Friendly Pastor – Room 113
    Students who have a connection with their senior pastor are more likely to stay involved in the ministry of the church than students who only connect with youth leaders. How can you help reach the next generation by focusing on students and teenagers? Learn from a leader has seen his church triple in the last four years and who values reaching the next generation.
    Leader: Tommy Fountain
    Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Monroe, Georgia
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    Stewardship

    Online Giving: Recent Developments From A Panel Of Real Experts! (Repeat of Session 3)- Room 205
    Does your church offer options for giving on-line? Kiosk giving? Are there real benefits to offering electronic-giving services to your congregation? What does your church need to provide in order for your members to give on-line? Can these services be offered affordably? How can small and medium-size churches benefit? Join us for an expert panel discussion with Q & A time. Experts Marty Baker, founder of Secure Give; and Dave Anderson, the Church Giving Coach, bring a wealth of knowledge on this topic. Your host facilitator is Scott Preissler of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
    Leader: Marty Baker and Dave Anderson
    Marty Baker, Lead Pastor, Stevens Creek Church, Augusta, Georgia;
    Dave Anderson, Lead Coach for Church Giving, Churchgivingcoach.com, Augusta, Georgia


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    Student Ministry

    Preparing Students to Cross the Faith Bridge – Room 230
    More students are now leaving the church than are staying following graduation. For those who drop out, 60 percent will do so in the months following high school graduation. But, there is hope. Steve Parr, author of “Why They Stay,” will share the keys to preparing those in your group to cross over from student life to adult life, with commitment and faith that continues to grow.
    Leader: Steve Parr
    Vice President of Staff Coordination, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Staff Coordination and Development

    A Hometown Camp/ Mission Trip! – Room 227
    Join us to learn about WOWBSAR, a week of wild and wonderful Bible study and recreation. We will discuss how to have a week-long, mission-focused, outreach-generated, inexpensive, fun-filled camp experience for middle and high school students, without going anywhere!
    Leader: Jeff Glenn
    Youth Pastor, Shirley Hills Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    How Smartphones Are Impacting Teenagers and Families – Room 229
    How are smartphones impacting teenagers and families? In this session, we will dive deeper into how smartphones are impacting long-term development of teenagers and family dynamics.
    Leader: Chris Trent
    Middle School Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia

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    Sunday School, Adult Small Groups, and Discipleship

    Grow by Praying and Planning – Room 106
    Join this session to learn to seek God’s leadership and help, as you gather a team, evaluate, and plan to grow your class this year.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    Building Authentic Communities – Room 107
    Without high levels of authenticity, a small group will simply be another Bible study. Authenticity is the key to being a transformational group. Authenticity is not experienced without a systematic approach to it. During this session, we will unearth how to turn your group into a biblical Christian community.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    The Lasting Impact of a Sunday School Teacher – Room 108
    Every Sunday School teacher influences their class. This session explores ways that teachers can have a positive influence in their class and leave a legacy that will make an impact for the Gospel.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Leading Your Church as a Disciple-Making Pastor – Room 114
    Are you a disciple-making pastor? Is your church intentionally making and multiplying disciple-makers? It should be obvious that great preaching alone does not produce lifestyle disciple-makers. In this session, we will discuss how to be a great preacher and how to lead your church as an intentional disciple-making pastor.
    Leader: Bill Wilks
    Lead Pastor, NorthPark Church, Trussville, Alabama

    3 Key Roles in Your Bible Study Group – Room 109
    Groups function best when three essential roles are carried out: teacher, shepherd, and leader. We will see what each role entails, and how to enlist others to share these roles.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

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    Technology and Communications

    Let’s Podcast: Starting or Improving a Church Podcast – Room 112
    As a church, you are producing high-quality, valuable content each week. Starting a podcast is a great way to serve your existing congregation and reach new members. Gone are the days of cassettes and CD’s. This workshop will help you start a podcast or improve your current podcast. We will walk you through the start-up process and point you to free and low-cost resources for podcasting success.
    Leader: Rod Hampton
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications

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    WMU and Women’s Ministry

    WMU Idea Exchange – Room 201
    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-Treasurer, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Women’s Ministry Idea Exchange – Room 202
    Come and learn from the experts–leaders like you, currently serving as women’s ministry leaders in Georgia Baptist churches! You will have an opportunity to share ideas about what is working, what is not working, and encourage one another in your ministry.
    Leader: Beverly Skinner
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Adding an Element of Missions to Your Kids Faith Groups – Room 211
    How are kids in your church learning about what God is doing around the world? Take advantage of opportunities to connect them to our missionaries, develop their prayer for world missions, and inspire them to be on mission where they are.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

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    Worship and Music

    Creating at the Organ – Worship Center
    This session will offer ideas on improvising and arranging. New literature will also be reviewed and suggested. Attendees at this conference will receive a pre-release copy of an organ piece by Jason Payne, along with other resources from Lorenz Music. 
    Leader: Jason Payne
    Organist, Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

    Choir Retreat – Music Suite
    It’s back! This Saturday-only event will include some great choral leaders at each session. Learn some new music and enjoy fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. Music packets will be provided by Pine Lake Music. A separate registration is needed for this breakout and will open in April.
    NOTE: This session will last until 4:45 p.m.
    Leader: Aaron Rice
    Assistant Professor of Music, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

    Here’s Your Change! – Room 131
    We always like to get a little change back from our purchases. The “other” change is not received as quickly. Change can be an exciting adventure though. Mike will share changes that need to happen in order to engage the next generation in our ministry efforts. Topics will include musical issues, conflict that can arise, and other vital aspects that all music leaders face.
    Leader: Mike Harland
    Director of Worship, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Working From the Overflow: Keys to Worship Ministry Excellence (Repeat of Session 2) – Room 132
    In this session, we will review tools and strategies to help you make the best use of the time you do not have! With volunteer, bi-vocational, and dual-role music ministers in mind, we will take a look at how to effectively use Lifewayworship.com and Planning Center Online.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music Department, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Accompany Like a Pro – Room 133
    Whether you are an experienced pianist or “just filling in,” you will find real-life, usable tips for taking your accompanying to the next level.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    Using Lifewayworship.com in Music Ministry – Room 138
    In this session, you will learn how to effectively use Lifewayworship.com in planning weekly worship services. 
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Children and Worship (Part 2)- Room 134
    We will continue our discussion related to incorporating children into various worship settings.
    Leader: Teresa Harland
    Children’s Worship Consultant, LifeWay Worship, Nashville, Tennessee

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Sessions by Type

  • Breakout Session 1

    Church & Clergy Tax and Legal Issues – Room 110-111
    Join Richard Hammar as he will give an update on top legal issues facing the church; the Minister’s Housing Allowance decision; the Tax Reform Act; and other areas related to church, clergy, tax, and legal issues for 2018. This is a live streaming event. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to Richard for discussion.
    Leaders: Richard Hammar
    Legal Counsel, The General Council of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri


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    Breakout Session 2

    Workable Solutions for the Church Staff Retirement Planning Crisis – Room 110
    If the average church staff member even has a retirement account, the account balance is only $15,000. Only 42% of churches have anyone on their staff in a retirement plan. Plus, the average account balances of 65 year old pastors are only $50,000. Help! Solutions are needed now! Come and explore practical and realistic options before it is too late.
    Leaders: Keith Hamilton
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church and Individual Finance Strategy

    Fund Management – Is Your Church Being A Good Steward With What The Lord Has Blessed You With? – Room 111
    Does your church have funds in CD’s or a savings account at the bank? Would you like to do more with what the Lord has blessed your church with? Join this session to hear about how the Georgia Baptist Foundation can help your church get a better return on your church’s designated funds, reserve funds, and any other funds. Your church can do more with what you already have. Come find out how!
    Leader: Sam Warner
    Vice President of Development, Georgia Baptist Foundation, Duluth, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Protecting Your Ministry Briefing – Room 110
    It is no longer a question of if churches will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word. The question is solely when and where such cases will arise. Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut will share some of the religious freedom challenges churches are facing, and what churches can do to prepare for the changing cultural climate.
    Leaders: Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut
    Christiana Holcomb, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona;
    Tonya Shellnut, Church Alliance Regional Director, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Handling God’s Money: Misconceptions, Truths, and Facts- Room 111
    Join us to discuss the seven most common misconceptions/errors found in a church’s financial safeguarding practices. You will receive a detailed look exposing the truths, facts, and rewards of each.
    Leader: Kimberly Moore
    CEO/Owner, Moore Tax, LLC, Bloomingdale, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    Protecting Your Ministry Briefing – Room 110
    It is no longer a question of if churches will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word. The question is solely when and where such cases will arise. Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut will share some of the religious freedom challenges churches are facing, and what churches can do to prepare for the changing cultural climate.
    Leaders: Christiana Holcomb and Tonya Shellnut
    Christiana Holcomb, Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona;
    Tonya Shellnut, Church Alliance Regional Director, Alliance Defending Freedom, Scottsdale, Arizona

    Contribution Credits, Designated Funds, and the Budget – Room 111
    In this session, we will discuss which tithes and offerings qualify as a deductible contribution; and how must the church handles these donations to manage Kingdom finances in a manner above reproach.
    Leader: Tony Neal
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Administration Ministry


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Connecting with International Students – ReachingNextGen Worldwide – Room 228
    If you are near a college campus, your church can have a fast track toward “Reaching the Nations.” There is no better missionary than a new Christian returning to his or her home country, following a life-changing experience with Christ.
    Leader: Teresa Royall
    Campus Minister, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    The “State of the Union” on College Campuses – Room 228
    To understand the “State of the Union” on college campuses is to get a quick preview of the future “State of the Union” in our culture and maybe even in our churches. You will probably not enjoy all that is shared, but from this session, you will learn what’s happening on many college campuses.
    Leader: Joe Graham
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Collegiate Ministry


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    Breakout Session 3

    Helping Pastors Connect with Collegians – Room 228
    Working with college students can range from intimidating, to challenging, to incredible. They are young Christians who are still looking to find how they can, or should, connect with the Body of Christ. Your challenge may be connecting with your students as they leave for college OR connecting with the students who are in school near your church. This session will encourage you to risk relationships with them. It will enrich their lives and your ministry.
    Leader: Chad Ellis
    Senior Pastor, Gillionville Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    BCMs and Churches – Working Together to ReachNextGen – Room 228
    This session will explore all the different ways for churches and BCMs to work together to reach the campus, and all the ways collegians can be actively involved in the life of local Baptist churches. Students are not only the future leaders of our churches; many of them can be leaders today in your church.
    Leader: Jerry Johnson
    Senior Campus Minister, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Statesboro, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    6 Great Ways to Share the Good News with the Most Unexpected People!– Room 113
    In this session, we will discuss “What the Lord is doing in your area, and how you can join Him,” as Henry Blackaby says.
    Leader: Paulette DeHart
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Literacy Missions 


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    Breakout Session 2

    Reaching the Next Generation- Room 113
    We are reaching the next generation in our county with the Gospel. Hundreds are being saved and discipled, and we can show you how!
    Leader: Terri Butcher
    Executive Director, Walton County Christian Learning Center, Monroe, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Missions for the Next Generation – Room 113
    Missional leaders are invited to a discussion on how to engage the next generation of Christ followers in mission trips, and disciple them in their faith. Participants will engage in open dialogue rather than receiving a presentation. Participants will also be asked about their desire to participate in future “Missional Fellowships” for the purpose of discussing other topics and best practices.
    Leader: Stuart Lang and Ricky Thrasher
    Stuart Lang , State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Disaster Response;
    Ricky Thrasher, State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Community Missions


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    Breakout Session 4

    NO SESSIONS OCCURRING


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Supercharged Church: Leading Your Church to Be Excited About Reaching People Who Reach People – Room FH#1
    Learn how to excite and energize your congregation for reaching people, as you build a church culture around making disciples. This session will not only provide you with a church strategy that your people will embrace, but will also give you a powerful tool for making disciples who make disciples of new and old believers.
    Leader: Levi Skipper
    Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Clermont, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    Supercharged Church: Leading Your Church to Be Excited About Reaching People Who Reach People – Room FH#1
    Learn how to excite and energize your congregation for reaching people as you build a church culture around making disciples. This session will not only provide you with a church strategy that your people will embrace, but will also give you a powerful tool for making disciples who make disciples of new and old believers.
    Leader: Levi Skipper
    Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church, Clermont, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Rethinking Church Growth in a Post Christian Culture: Essential Principles for Reaching Families/Next Gen Today (Part 1) – Room FH#1
    Learn how this small, country, declining, and traditional church changed their mindset and church culture in order to see hundreds come to Christ, mostly young families. Hear Pastor Jason Britt share the struggles, victories, and biblical principles that changed their hearts.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bethlehem Georgia

    Revitalization Principles That Cannot Be Ignored- Room 204
    True revitalization is an art, not a science; but there are certain principles that are essential to seeing fruitful and lasting church growth. Hear how one of these essentials was the foundation for the transformation of the small, traditional, and declining Hebron Baptist Church into a vibrant, evangelistic, growing church; and how the others are integral in seeing your church revitalized as well.
    Leader: Larry Wynn
    Vice President, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism


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    Breakout Session 4

    Rethinking Church Growth in a Post Christian Culture: Essential Principles for Reaching Families/Next Gen Today (Part 2) – Room FH#1
    Learn how this small, country, declining, and traditional church changed their mindset and church culture in order to see hundreds come to Christ, mostly young families. Hear Pastor Jason Britt share the struggles, victories, and biblical principles that changed their hearts.
    Leader: Jason Britt
    Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bethlehem Georgia

    Bullseye Preaching: How to Build Sermons that Connect with Every Listener, Every Time – Room 204
    In this session, you will discover a simple, step-by-step process for building full-orbed, total-impact sermons that pull in the listener and deeply connect. You will learn specific steps to maximize your pulpit time while the Holy Spirit maximizes His; and see lives transformed again and again predictably in your preaching ministry.
    Leader: Scott N. Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Revitalization and Evangelism


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Los Lideres: sus diez errores mas comunes/ The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make- Room 206
    En está sesión se discutirá los errores comunes que cometen los líderes y cómo trabajar a través de ellos./ This session will discuss the common mistakes leaders make and how to work through them.
    Leader: Publio Sancé
    Reverend, New Jerusalem Hispanic Church, Norcross, Georgia

    Desafíos Para Ministrar Niños Que Hablan Solamenta Inglés/Challenges in Ministering to Children Who Speak English – Room 203
    En está sesión discute los desafíos y oportunidades para ministrar a niños que solo hablan ingles./ This session discusses the challenges and opportunities in ministering to children who only speak English.
    Leader: Natalie Hernandez
    Spanish Vacation Bible School Conference Leader, Valdosta Baptist Hispanic Mission, Valdosta, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    Los Lideres: sus diez errores mas comunes/ The Top 10 Mistakes Leaders Make – Room 206
    En está sesión se discutirá los errores comunes que cometen los líderes y cómo trabajar a través de ellos./ This session will discuss the common mistakes leaders make and how to work through them.
    Leader: Publio Sancé
    Reverend, New Jerusalem Hispanic Church, Norcross, Georgia

    Desafíos Para Ministrar Niños Que Hablan Solamenta Inglés/Challenges in Ministering to Children Who Speak English – Room 203
    En está sesión discute los desafíos y oportunidades para ministrar a niños que solo hablan ingles./ This session discusses the challenges and opportunities in ministering to children who only speak English.
    Leader: Natalie Hernandez
    Spanish Vacation Bible School Conference Leader, Valdosta Baptist Hispanic Mission, Valdosta, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Elementos Básicos Que Los Jóvenes Necesitan Para Salir Adelante/Basic Elements Needed to Help Young People Move Forward – Room 206
    En está sesión se brindará ideas y metodos para ayudar a los jovenes a avanzár en sus vidas./ This session will give ideas and methods to help young people move forward in life.
    Leader: Rossy Rivera (assisted by Dennis Rivera, Son)
    WMU Hispanic State Team, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Duluth, Georgia

    Actualización De Ley Migratoria/Immigration Update – Room 203
    En está sesión se discutirá las leyes de imigración hoy./ This session will discuss the immigration laws today.
    Leader: Barbara Vazquez
    Attorney, Vazquez & Servi, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    Elementos Básicos Que Los Jóvenes Necesitan Para Salir Adelante/Basic Elements Needed to Help Young People Move Forward – Room 206
    En está sesión se brindará ideas y metodos para ayudar a los jovenes a avanzár en sus vidas./ This session will give ideas and methods to help young people move forward in life.
    Leader: Rossy Rivera (assisted by Dennis Rivera, Son)
    WMU Hispanic State Team, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Duluth, Georgia

    Actualización De Ley Migratoria/Immigration Update – Room 203
    En está sesión se discutirá las leyes de imigración hoy./ This session will discuss the immigration laws today.
    Leader: Barbara Vazquez
    Attorney, Vazquez & Servi, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    4 Disciplines of a Disciple-Building Kid’s Ministry- KidStuff Theater/ Room 208
    Kids ministry should be more than creative and intriguing programs. In this breakout, participants will explore four spiritual practices that encourage habits, which help to produce mature followers of Jesus Christ. These disciplines should be the anchor of every program and can serve as the foundation for a disciple-building kids ministry.
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Safety First- Room 213
    Churches must make safety and security a priority. Come learn ways preschool and children’s leaders can create and maintain a safe and secure children’s ministry.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    How to Have Your Most Evangelistic VBS Ever – Room 209
    Many churches know that Vacation Bible School (VBS) can be their most evangelistic event of the year. Others don’t understand why they are having a good week, but not reaching lost families. In this session, we’ll look at five aspects to help reach your VBS evangelistic goals.
    Leader: Jenni Carter
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Spiritual Development of Preschoolers – Room 215
    In this session, we will discuss how preschoolers develop a love for Jesus, church, home, family, and the world; and that God has a special plan for their lives. Discussions will center around age appropriateness and milestones in a child’s life that can be celebrated by the family.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    Nothing Less – Kids Theater/ Room 208
    A.W. Tozer said, “Nothing less than the whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” In this session, participants will consider the 10 greatest influencers of spiritual health for kids, and the implications for Kids Ministry.
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Meeting the Millennials- Room 213
    Who are the millennials and how can we lead them as they serve in children’s ministry? Join us as we discuss how millenials can be an asset to your children’s ministry.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Kids in the Word- Practical ideas for Increasing Biblical Literacy/Memorizing Scripture – Room 209
    According to LifeWay Research, the biggest predictor of spiritual health in young adults is if they read the Bible regularly as kids. Join us as we share an intentional strategy and creative ideas to get kids in the Word.
    Leaders: Maria Brannen
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Using Learning Centers to Teach the Bible to Preschoolers – Room 215
    Look at these children – all they are doing is playing. That is correct – a child’s work is play. Preschoolers bring all of themselves to Sunday School, and learning centers will minister to the whole child. You will have some hands-on experiences and new ideas on how to use Learning Centers to share Jesus with boys and girls.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Using Technology to Teach Kids- KidStuff Theater/ Room 208
    There are six basic teaching methods: art, music, drama, research, games, and creative writing. All Bible-teaching activities can be placed in one of these general categories. In this breakout, participants will discover and experience ways to enhance basic teaching methods with technology, to create even more exciting Bible study experiences for kids..
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Disruptions or Opportunities- Room 213
    Many times, what we may see as disruptive or hard-to-teach children, are actually opportunities to see how God has uniquely gifted them. In this session, we’ll discuss strategies to see the potential in each child.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Reaching Next Gen- Room 209
    Under Steve’s leadership, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board has begun a new initiative to help equip churches to reach the next generation. In this session, you’ll hear why this is important and learn some of the tools that are available to every church, to help them select their future course in reaching the next generation.
    Leaders: Steve Parr
    Vice President, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Staff Coordination and Development

    More Than Babysitting -Room 215
    In preschool ministry, we are growing and teaching children – not babysitting while parents go to church. Join this session for ideas to use whenever you have preschoolers at church. They should always be learning about Jesus.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    Preteens: From Influenced to Influencers – KidStuff Theater/ Room 208
    Preteens are influenced and shaped by today’s culture. In this session, participants will consider cultural influencers and ways to encourage preteens to be Acts 1:8 culture shapers, as they transition to student ministry.
    Leaders: Bill Emeott
    Lead Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Equipping Parents to Be Spiritual Leaders in Their Home – Room 213
    If we believe parents are to be the spiritual leaders in their homes, we as church leaders need to come alongside and equip them. Come learn ways to equip and partner with parents.
    Leader: Delanee Williams
    Kids Ministry Specialist, LifeWay Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Special Needs Panel Discussion – Room 209
    Is your church reaching out to families of children who have special needs? This panel discussion will have special needs leaders from a small church, a large church, a parent of a special needs child, as well as a church who has recently begun its special needs ministry.
    Leaders: Jenni Carter + 4 others
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Kids Groups and Faith Development

    Teaching Children to Pray – Room 212
    In this session, you will learn some creative ways to teach children to pray. We’ll start with simple ideas to guide preschoolers and work our way to other suggestions for older children. Come enjoy this hands-on session to help children deepen their spiritual walk.
    Leader: Susan Allen
    Children’s Minister, First Baptist Church, Statesboro, Georgia

    Connecting With Families – Room 215
    In this session, you will learn how important it is to connect with families. When preschool families visit your church, you are the first contact they have with the church. Join us as we share ideas for connections and how to follow up with the connection opportunities.
    Leader: Linda Baxter
    Children’s Minister, Flat Creek Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Husbands Who Lead Their Wives Through Love- Room 207 A&B
    God has called men to lead their families with Christ-like love and sacrifice. In this dynamic and provocative session, attendees will learn how to equip the men of their church to lead their wives through cultivating meaningful influence; and to provide spiritual purpose and direction for their marriages and families.
    Leader: Philip Kramer
    Chaplain, United States Army Rangers

    Purpose Filled — Mission Skilled – Room 219/220
    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, Camp Kaleo Retreat Center


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    Breakout Session 2

    Fathers Who Lead Their Children Through Influence – Room 207 A&B
    Fathers everywhere desire to lead their children, but many are not equipped to do so effectively. This exciting and practical session will help you 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 Rangers

    Leading Royal Ambassadors the Georgia Baptist Way – Room 219/220
    This session will emphasize the best in Royal Ambassador development for boys.
    Leader: Michael Flowers
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Camp Kaleo Retreat Center


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    Breakout Session 3

    Who Told You That You Were Naked?- Room 207 A&B
    Men can overcome nakedness and condemnation of sin and be fully clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This session will help men live their values as new creations in Christ.
    Leader: Kelvin Cochran
    Chief Strategic Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

    Mentoring Boys Through Royal Ambassadors- Room 219/220
    In this session, we will share ideas on how to organize and grow a Royal Ambassador ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Pastor, Indian Creek Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    The Law of Divine Alignment – Room 207 A&B
    Aligned men are those who confess Christ as Savior and are in pursuit of God’s purpose, calling, and destiny under the Lordship of Christ. This session establishes the framework of biblical manhood and the manner of how God works in men as sons, husbands, fathers, and leaders for His glory.
    Leader: Kelvin Cochran
    Chief Strategic Officer/Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

    Mentoring Boys Through Royal Ambassadors- Room 219/220
    In this session, we will share ideas on how to organize and grow a Royal Ambassador ministry for boys and their families in your church.
    Leader: Rob Carr
    Pastor, Indian Creek Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Deacon Tool Kit – Room 114
    The Deacon Tool Kit will cover the topics of the Deacon Family Ministry Plan, as well as the importance of an effective prayer ministry.
    Leader: Bryan Alexander
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations


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    Breakout Session 2

    Praying Your Friends to Christ – 114
    R. A. Torrey, the great apologist‐evangelist, once asserted, “The most important human factor in effective evangelism is PRAYER.” Torrey’s assessment of effective evangelism around the turn of the 20th century still rings true today. The goal of this session is to encourage and equip pastors and local church leaders to assist the Body of Christ to be more effective in its evangelistic outreach into the community..
    Leader: Marty Youngblood
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Church Minister Relations


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    Breakout Session 3

    NO SESSIONS OCCURRING


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    Breakout Session 4

    Being a Youth Friendly Pastor – Room 113
    Students who have a connection with their senior pastor are more likely to stay involved in the ministry of the church than students who only connect with youth leaders. How can you help reach the next generation by focusing on students and teenagers? Learn from a leader has seen his church triple in the last four year, and who values reaching the next generation.
    Leader: Tommy Fountain
    Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Monroe, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools (Repeating in Session 2) – Room 205
    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 $200 value church stewardship education campaign kit.
    Leader: Scott Preissler
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship


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    Breakout Session 2

    The Latest and Greatest Stewardship Education Tools (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 205
    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 free, a $200 value church stewardship education campaign kit.
    Leader: Scott Preissler
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Cooperative Program Giving and Stewardship


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    Breakout Session 3

    On-Line Giving: Recent Developments From a Panel of Real Experts! (Repeating in Session 4)- Room 218
    Does your church offer options for giving on-line? Kiosk giving? Are there real benefits to offering electronic-giving services to your congregation? What does your church need to provide in order for your members to give on-line? Can these services be offered affordably? How can small and medium-size churches benefit? Join us for an expert panel discussion with Q & A time. Experts Marty Baker, founder of Secure Give; and Dave Anderson, the Church Giving Coach, bring a wealth of knowledge on this topic. Your host facilitator is Scott Preissler of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
    Leader: Marty Baker and Dave Anderson
    Marty Baker, Lead Pastor, Stevens Creek Church, Augusta, Georgia;
    Dave Anderson, Lead Coach for Church Giving, Churchgivingcoach.com, Augusta, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    On-Line Giving: Recent Developments From A Panel Of Real Experts! (Repeat of Session 3)- Room 218
    Does your church offer options for giving on-line? Kiosk giving? Are there real benefits to offering electronic-giving services to your congregation? What does your church need to provide in order for your members to give on-line? Can these services be offered affordably? How can small and medium-size churches benefit? Join us for an expert panel discussion with Q & A time. Experts Marty Baker, founder of Secure Give; and Dave Anderson, the Church Giving Coach, bring a wealth of knowledge on this topic. Your host facilitator is Scott Preissler of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
    Leader: Marty Baker and Dave Anderson
    Marty Baker, Lead Pastor, Stevens Creek Church, Augusta, Georgia;
    Dave Anderson, Lead Coach for Church Giving, Churchgivingcoach.com, Augusta, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Cultivating Students of God’s Word – Room 227
    Join this session to learn about cultivating students of God’s Word and how your personal study of God’s Word should translate into your preaching and discipleship. Also, learn how to eliminate spiritual co-dependency.
    Leader: Ricky Smith
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    Recruit to Win and Make Lasting Friendship in the Process – Room 229
    The Lone Ranger had his friend, Tonto, and his horse, Silver. The real “silver bullet” of reaching students and building a great youth ministry is recruiting and training a great team. Get some practical, time-tested tips on recruiting and keeping volunteers. Hear from a man who has built high-quality teams at three different churches, over almost 30 years.
    Leader: Dave Hall
    Youth Pastor, First Baptist Canton, Canton, Georgia

    Help! I Have the Heart- Now Teach Me the Art of Student Ministry – Room 230
    Do you need a clue why “FOMO” describes the youth in your group today? Do you desire to see your youth look more like Jesus; but honestly you would be thrilled to just see them finally bring their Bible and friends on occasion? If you can relate to any of the above, then do not miss this session. Shane has over 20 years experience as a youth pastor and is excited to be your guide through the art of student ministry. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills in five basic areas: youth culture, ministry environment, disciple-making strategy, teaching, and reaching.
    Leader: Shane Wilbanks
    Evangelist, Make Known Ministries, Newnan, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    Building a Great Commission Youth Ministry – Room 227
    As the church seeks to engage the culture around us, student ministries must clearly pursue the Great Commission. In this breakout session, we will discuss ways to live out Acts 1:8. We will talk about ways to get our students to serve locally, serve nationally, and serve globally.
    Leader: Tim Kilgore
    Pastor of Families, Central Baptist Waycross, Waycross, Georgia

    Aim Small, Miss Small – Room 229
    Join us to discuss 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
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Student Groups and Faith Development

    The Secrets to Doing “More” in Youth Ministry When You Have No More Time to Give – Room 230
    This session talks about “Doing More with Less Time.” Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or volunteer youth pastor/youth leader, you only have so much time to give. We all struggle with the feeling and desire that we should be doing more than we are. In this breakout session, you will discover the great myth we all believe when it comes to our time; and the secrets to accomplishing more meaningful ministry without having to add to your already full plate.
    Leader: Jody Livingston
    Student Pastor, Blogger, and Podcaster, Kennesaw First Baptist Church, Kennesaw, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Reaching and Keeping Students – Room 227
    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 Baptist Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    Time-Shift Culture with a Time-Traveling Jesus – Room 230
    In this session, we will discuss post-truth culture and Christ’s transcendence. How do we help cement students in the eternal truth of Jesus as the culture shifts?
    Leader: Allen Jackson
    Senior Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Dunwoody, Georgia

    Promoting Your Ministry Through Social Media – Room 229
    People are always on their cell phones checking to see what they have missed on their media feeds. The church can use the same technology to promote their church and the ministries of the church, and keep people connected.
    Leader: Chuck Jonas
    Associate Pastor/Worship, Reidsville Baptist Church, Reidsville, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    Preparing Student to Cross the Faith Bridge – Room 230
    More students are now leaving the church than are staying following graduation. For those who drop out, 60 percent will do so in the months following high school graduation. But, there is hope. Steve Parr, author of “Why They Stay,” will share the keys to preparing those in your group to cross over from student life to adult life, with commitment and faith that continues to grow.
    Leader: Steve Parr
    Vice President of Staff Coordination, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Staff Coordination and Development

    A Hometown Camp/ Mission Trip! – Room 227
    Join us to learn about WOWBSAR, a week of wild and wonderful Bible study and recreation. We will discuss how to have a week-long, mission-focused, outreach-generated, inexpensive, fun-filled camp experience for middle and high school students, without going anywhere!
    Leader: Jeff Glenn
    Youth Pastor, Shirley Hills Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    How Smartphones Are Impacting Teenagers and Families – Room 229
    How are smartphones impacting teenagers and families? In this session, we will dive deeper into how smartphones are impacting long-term development of teenagers and family dynamics.
    Leader: Chris Trent
    Middle School Pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Grow by Inviting – Room 106
    Join this session to learn how to identify, consistently and caringly pursue, enroll, and win unenrolled and lost people to Jesus.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    10 Essential Awarenesses: Transformation in a Post-Christian Era – Room 107
    Every small group meeting is a moment in time when someone’s life could be forever transformed. While most small group leaders are vividly aware of how to host a group gathering, it is essential that every small group leader be aware of what’s going on around them. This session will unearth 10 essentials that often go unnoticed.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    God Wants to Change the World From Your Classroom on Sunday – Room 108
    Sunday School classes can impact the nations for the Gospel. This session looks at how God can use your small group to make an impact on your church campus, community, and the nations.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Choosing the Best Bible Study Curriculum for My Group – Room 109
    Join this session to receive an overview of LifeWay’s Bible study curriculum choices, highlighting the benefits and features of each one.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee


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    Breakout Session 2

    Grow by Discipling – Room 106
    In this session, you will learn how to prepare to lead your class to meet God in Bible Study, recognize adjustment needed, and encourage one another to obey Him.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    8 Small Group Leader Essentials – Room 107
    There are some essentials of small group leadership that are often overlooked. During this session, we will unveil each of these essentials and discuss their importance. If you want to have a group that sees God at work, this session is for you.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    Creativity – Teaching That Makes a Difference – Room 108
    Do you desire to take your teaching to the next level? Every Sunday School teacher has the opportunity to teach creative and meaningful lessons each week. This session will explore creative teaching methods and strategies.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Creative Bible Teaching: Engaging Adults with the Ways They Like to Learn – Room 109
    We all learn in different ways. In this session, we will see how to use eight approaches to teaching and learning to help your group learn, remember, and live out God’s Word.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee


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    Breakout Session 3

    Grow by Caring – Room 106
    Join us to discuss how to not allow others to drop out as you lead your class to pray, contact, and care for each other. We will also discuss plan care, fellowships, projects, and meals.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    What a Disciple-Making Group Leader Does – Room 107
    Small Groups are disciple-making groups. During this session, we will climb into the practical things a group leader does to make disciples that make disciples.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    Tools for Your Toolbox: 5 Things Every Sunday School Director Should Know – Room 108
    The role of the Sunday School director is crucial to the health, impact, and growth of the Sunday School ministry. This session explores five key strategies for the Sunday School director, as they lead the Sunday School ministry.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Leading Transition from a Discipleship Program to a Disciple-Making Culture – Room 114
    For Jesus, disciple-making was not a program; it was a lifestyle. It was a reproducible process that transformed 12 “ordinary Joes” into world-changing disciple-makers. Jesus started a disciple-making movement that could not be stopped. In this session, we will discuss how to rekindle this movement in our churches, and how to transition from a discipleship program to a disciple-making culture.
    Leader: Bill Wilks
    Lead Pastor, NorthPark Church, Trussville, Alabama

    Engaging Bible Study with Bible Studies for Life – Room 109
    In this session, we will look at the features available in Bible Studies for Life; and we will discuss some “tips and tricks” for getting the most out of your preparation and getting adults actively involved in the study.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee


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    Breakout Session 4

    Grow by Praying and Planning – Room 106
    Join this session to learn to seek God’s leadership and help, as you gather a team, evaluate, and plan to grow your class this year.
    Leader: Darryl Wilson
    Sunday School & Discipleship Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    Building Authentic Communities – Room 107
    Without high levels of authenticity, a small group will simply be another Bible study. Authenticity is the key to being a transformational group. Authenticity is not experienced without a systematic approach to it. During this session, we will unearth how to turn your group into a biblical Christian community.
    Leader: Rick Howerton
    Church Revitalization Consultant, Kentucky Baptist Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

    The Lasting Impact of a Sunday School Teacher – Room 108
    Every Sunday School teacher influences their class. This session explores ways that teachers can have a positive influence in their class and leave a legacy that will make an impact for the Gospel.
    Leader: Kenneth Aycock
    Discipleship & Missions Pastor, Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia

    Leading Your Church as a Disciple-Making Pastor – Room 114
    Are you a disciple-making pastor? Is your church intentionally making and multiplying disciple-makers? It should be obvious that great preaching alone does not produce lifestyle disciple-makers. In this session, we will discuss how to be a great preacher, and how to lead your church as an intentional disciple-making pastor.
    Leader: Bill Wilks
    Lead Pastor, NorthPark Church, Trussville, Alabama

    3 Key Roles in Your Bible Study Group – Room 109
    Groups function best when three essential roles are carried out: teacher, shepherd, and leader. We will see what each role entails, and how to enlist others to share these roles.
    Leader: Lynn Pryor
    Publishing Team Leader (Groups), LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee


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  • Breakout Sessions 1

    So You Want a Facebook Page: Social Media in Churches – Room 112
    There is no argument that social media has started to dominate many of our lives. What does that mean for your church or ministry? We will discuss the best social media accounts for churches/ministries to have; how to get started or start fresh with new goals; strategies for maintaining those accounts; and potential pitfalls to avoid. Bring your questions for the discussion, as we take a look at a few real-life examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media use.
    Leader: Linda Wilkins
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications

    Church Management Systems – Room 204
    What is it? Do I need one? How do I make the right choice with so many options? In this session, we will outline a basic strategy to answer these questions and more to determine if a CMS is right for you and your church.
    Leader: Brian Hume
    Director of Communications, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    Best Web Practices for Churches to Reach More People in 2018 – Room 112
    Learn how to create a strong web presence for your church that will reach potential visitors. Discover how to take advantage of the web to be more evangelistic. Also, learn how to benefit by using the “Cloud” for everything from file storage to streaming sermons.
    Leader: Barry Dollar
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications

    Cloud Based Tools in Ministry – Room 204
    We all face the overwhelming “to-do” list in ministry. I personally need about 25 hours in a day. Together we will take a look at Evernote, a cloud based tool that anyone can use to be more productive and manage those never ending projects. Whether it is sermon prep, bible study, curriculum development, or keeping your pastor on task, we will discuss turning that “to-do” list into a “done” list. Other tools will also be discussed as time permits.
    Leader: Brian Hume
    Director of Communications, Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Lights, Camera, Action – Using Video for Church Growth – Room 112
    Join us for two great topics in one session! We will discuss how to create compelling video announcements that your church members will remember, and how to stream your worship services to Facebook live on a shoestring budget (more than just a smartphone on a stick). Jon and Levi will cover practical tips for effective use of video, to draw in new visitors and keep current attendees engaged.
    Leaders: Jon Graham and Levi Woodard
    State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications


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    Breakout Session 4

    Let’s Podcast: Starting or Improving a Church Podcast
    As a church, you are producing high-quality, valuable content each week. Starting a podcast is a great way to serve your existing congregation and reach new members. Gone are the days of cassettes and CD’s. This workshop will help you start a podcast or improve your current podcast. We will walk you through the start-up process, and point you to free and low-cost resources for podcasting success.
    Leader: Rod Hampton
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Communications


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  • Breakout Session 1

    The Heart of Leadership: Personal Principles for Leading and Finishing Well – Room 201
    Successful leadership happens one decision, one step, and one day at a time. Explore leadership principles to help you lead and finish well, such as prioritizing family, overcoming obstacles, managing stress, and most importantly, maintaining a vital relationship with God.
    Leader: Stephanie Edge
    Associate Professor, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

    Involving Women in Missions – Room 202
    Join us as we learn from a practitioner who is involving women of all ages in her local church. Learn about creative ways for introducing missions action to women who have never connected to missions before and experience a mini-missions small group.
    Leader: Jerri Goff
    Women’s Missionary Union Director, First Baptist Church, Sylvester, Georgia

    Discipleship Starts at Home – Room 211
    Jesus commanded us to “go and make disciples” and what better place to obey that command than in your home! Even if you do not have children in your home, learn how to make disciples of children God has put in your path.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries


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    Breakout Session 2

    Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Ministry – Room 201
    Tasting Grace is a mentoring-in-the-kitchen Bible study tool that provides women an avenue through which they can engage other women in mentoring, cooking, and Bible study. Jan will share with you the how-to’s of this ministry, and the joy of this “old-new” way of connecting and mentoring. You will also get her special caramel cake recipe and homemade buttermilk biscuits recipe too!
    Leader: Jan Morton
    Women’s Ministry Director, Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia

    Praying with Purpose, Persistence, and Passion – Room 202
    Do we sometimes quit praying about something because we feel God is silent; or do we just give up because we don’t see any answers? God’s Word is full of examples of those who could have given up, but did not. Join me for a look at some of these examples, and how our prayer life can become powerful instead of powerless. We will also learn about a special opportunity to pray for missionary work in Israel through “Hearts Called to Pray.”
    Leader: Mary Laughman
    State Prayer Coordinator, Georgia WMU & Women’s Ministry, Duluth, Georgia

    Raising Kids to Be Missions-Minded – Room 211
    Raising kids to be missions-minded does not just happen. Learn ways to be more intentional in raising your own kids or those with whom you have influenced, so they will have His mindset for those who do not know Him.
    Leader: Lauren Sullens
    Children’s Equipper, Georgia WMU Executive Board, Duluth, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Equipped to Reach the Nations Who Are Our Neighbors – Room 201
    Over 42 million refugees, immigrants, and international students call the United States home. How are you and your church (no matter where you live) engaging them with the Gospel? Join us as we have an honest dialogue and answer questions such as “Who is a refugee?” and “Can my church really make a difference in the lives of internationals?” With the nations as our neighbors, you can be a part of making disciples of all nations without leaving your own community.
    Leader: Jason Lee
    Missionary, Acts 17 Initiative and Clarkston International Bible Church, Clarkston, Georgia

    Small Groups Made Easy – Room 202
    Small groups are packed with potential and can be pivotal in promoting spiritual growth. Learn practical tips for establishing expectations, increasing effectiveness, facing challenges, and encouraging participation.
    Leader: Stephanie Edge
    Associate Professor, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

    Creating an Environment Where Girls Experience God – Room 211
    Learn about Georgia’s missions camp for girls, and what God is doing in the lives of those whose parents and church leaders provide this opportunity.
    Leaders: Karen Pace, Tabitha Ferrell, and Lauren Sullens
    Karen Pace and Tabitha Ferrell,  State Missionaries, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries;
    Lauren Sullens, Children’s Equipper, Georgia WMU Executive Board, Duluth, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    WMU Idea Exchange – Room 201
    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-Treasurer, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Women’s Ministry Idea Exchange – Room 202
    Come and learn from the experts–leaders like you, currently serving as women’s ministry leaders in Georgia Baptist churches! You will have an opportunity to share ideas about what is working, what is not working, and encourage one another in your ministry.
    Leader: Beverly Skinner
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries

    Adding an Element of Missions to Your Kids Faith Groups – Room 211
    How are kids in your church learning about what God is doing around the world? Take advantage of opportunities to connect them to our missionaries, develop their prayer for world missions, and inspire them to be on mission where they are.
    Leader: Karen Pace
    State Missionary, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, Women’s Missionary Union and Women’s Enrichment Ministries 


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  • Breakout Session 1

    Organ – Innovative Hymn Playing – Worship Center
    This session will cover creative service playing, including fresh and energetic ways to enhance hymn introductions, modulations, reharmonizations, and other methods for improving worship at the organ.
    Leader: Jason Payne
    Organist, Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

    Let the People Sing! – Music Suite
    In this session, Mike will share his heart about the biblical values of congregational singing. He will share concerns, as well as ways to improve the participation of God’s people in singing the song of the Lord.
    Leader: Mike Harland
    Director of Worship, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Conducting (Repeating in Session 3) – Room 131
    Come learn some great conducting techniques from a renowned conductor. Aaron 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: Aaron Rice
    Assistant Professor of Music, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

    Help! My Band is Out This Sunday! – Room 132
    Many of us face the challenge of missing key band members. LifeWay Worship has a vast library of modern hymns and songs with all the tracks you need to have an effective worship service. Craig will show you how to use LifeWay resources for great musical expression in worship.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Congregational Accompaniment Issues – Room 133
    Not sure what to add into your congregational accompaniment? Do you feel like you play every verse of every song the exact same way? How in the world do I modulate THAT key from HERE? This session offers practical techniques that help us maneuver the Sunday madness.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    What is Kid’s Worship? (Repeating in Session 2) – Room 134
    This session will answer the question, “What is kid’s worship?” Learn how to plan, train, and lead kid’s worship.
    Leader: Darlene Abbott
    Children’s Choir Specialist, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee

    Building Disciples Through Your Worship Ministry (Repeating in Session 3) – Room 138
    The small, strong, church-worship ministry is God’s design for the fulfillment of the Great Commission through intentional disciple-making. Mobilizing your church to grow a dynamic, efficient, and biblically-balanced music ministry is essential. We will study the nuts and bolts of achieving multi-generational unity, including 21 game-changers for today’s worship pastors.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music Department, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Children’s Choir Leadership 101: Motivation & Inspiration to Kickstart or Reboot Your Children’s Choirs (Part 1) – Room 212
    We will explore ways to implement purposeful, engaging, weekly music sessions for your singers that will make them want to come back next week. Veteran choir leaders and newcomers alike will benefit from this shared learning experience.
    Leader: Susan Eernisse
    Editor, Choristers Guild, Carrollton, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 2

    Keeping the King – Worship Center
    This class will discuss tips, techniques, and ideas that keeps the “King of Instruments” vibrant and vital for worship in the 21st century.
    Leader: Jason Payne
    Organist, Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

    Audio-Visual Ministry: Wearing All the Hats (Continued in Session 3) – Music Suite
    Most churches today operate with volunteer-based, audio visual ministries in their church. Let’s face it, even the leadership of these ministries in churches do not have professional training or degrees in this field. These breakout sessions will be a discussion of what it means today to wear all of the hats (audio, visual, and lighting) that the modern church culture requires us to wear.
    Leader: Chris Vater
    Technical Director, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    Working from the Overflow: Keys to Worship Ministry Excellence (Repeating in Session 4) – Room 131
    In this session, we will review tools and strategies to help you make the best use of the time you do not have! With volunteer, bi-vocational, and dual-role music ministers in mind, we will take a look at how to effectively use Lifewayworship.com and Planning Center Online.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Help is on the Way! Best Practices for Your Worship Band – Room 132
    Craig will provide help and insights to make your band more effective. In this “lab” setting using a live band, you will discover effective rehearsal concepts and much more.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Playing Well With Others – Room 133
    Many music ministries are transitioning. How does this affect the pianist? What new tools do we need to serve in this changing dynamic? This session will discuss our changing role in ministry, as well as how to read chord charts.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    What is Kid’s Worship? (Repeat from Session 1) – Room 134
    This session will answer the question, “What is kid’s worship?” Learn how to plan, train, and lead kid’s worship.
    Leader: Darlene Abbott
    Children’s Choir Specialist, Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee

    Children’s Choir Leadership 101: Motivation & Inspiration to Kickstart or Reboot Your Children’s Choirs (Part 2) – Room 212
    We will pick up where we left off in Part I.
    Leader: Susan Ernisse
    Editor, Choristers Guild, Carrollton, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 3

    Audio-Visual Ministry: Wearing All the Hats (Continued from Session 2) – Worship Center
    Most churches today operate with volunteer-based, audio-visual ministries in their church. Let’s face it, even the leadership of these ministries in churches don’t have professional training or degrees in this field. These breakout sessions will be a discussion of what it means today to wear all of the hats (in audio, visual and lighting) that the modern church culture requires us to wear.
    Leader: Chris Vater
    Technical Director, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, Georgia

    Choir Retreat – Music Suite
    It’s back! This Saturday-only event will include some great choral leaders at each session. Learn some new music and enjoy fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. Music packets will be provided by Pine Lake Music. A separate registration is needed for this breakout and will open in April.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Heather Sorenson, Dallas, Texas

    Conducting (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 131
    Come learn some great conducting techniques from a renowned conductor. Aaron 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: Aaron Rice
    Assistant Professor of Music, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

    Keyboards in a Modern Context – Room 132
    Craig will share best practices when using keyboard in more contemporary or multi-gen settings. This will include what to play when you have a lead sheet. In addition, you will glean tips that will enhance your effectiveness when playing in a band setting.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Building Disciples Through Your Worship Ministry (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 133
    The small, strong, church-worship ministry is God’s design for the fulfillment of the Great Commission through intentional disciple-making. Mobilizing your church to grow a dynamic, efficient, and biblically-balanced music ministry is essential. We will study the nuts and bolts of achieving multi-generational unity, including 21 game-changers for today’s worship pastors.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music Department, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Children and Worship (Part 1) – Room 134
    Children can be an important part of worship. This session will discuss how to use children in various worship settings.
    Leader: Teresa Harland
    Children’s Worship Consultant, LifeWay Worship, Nashville, Tennessee

    Children’s Choir Leadership 101: Motivation & Inspiration to Kickstart or Reboot Your Children’s Choirs (Repeat of Session 1) – Room 212
    We will explore ways to implement purposeful, engaging, weekly music sessions for your singers that will make them want to come back next week. Veteran choir leaders and newcomers alike will benefit from this shared learning experience.
    Leader: Susan Eernisse
    Editor, Choristers Guild, Carrollton, Georgia


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    Breakout Session 4

    Creating at the Organ – Worship Center
    This session will offer ideas on improvising and arranging. New literature will also be reviewed and suggested. Attendees at this conference will receive a pre-release copy of an organ piece by Jason Payne along with other resources from Lorenz Music.
    Leader: Jason Payne
    Organist, Briarlake Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia

    Choir Retreat – Music Suite
    It’s back! This Saturday-only event will include some great choral leaders at each session. Learn some new music and enjoy fellowship with church choirs from across Georgia. Music packets will be provided by Pine Lake Music. A separate registration is needed for this breakout and will open in April.
    Leader: Aaron Rice
    Assistant Professor of Music, Shorter University, Rome, Georgia

    Here’s Your Change! – Room 131
    We always like to get a little change back from our purchases. The “other” change is not received as quickly. Change can be an exciting adventure though. Mike will share changes that need to happen in order to engage the next generation in our ministry efforts. Topics will include musical issues, conflict that can arise, and other vital aspects that all music leaders face.
    Leader: Mike Harland
    Director of Worship, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Working from the Overflow: Keys to Worship Ministry Excellence (Repeat of Session 2) – Room 132
    In this session, we will review tools and strategies to help you make the best use of the time you do not have! With volunteer, bi-vocational, and dual-role music ministers in mind, we will take a look at how to effectively use Lifewayworship.com and Planning Center Online.
    Leader: Slater Murphy
    Director of Church Music Department, Mississippi Baptist Convention, Jackson, Mississippi

    Accompany Like a Pro – Room 133
    Whether you are an experienced pianist or “just filling in,” you will find real-life, usable tips for taking your accompanying to the next level.
    Leader: Heather Sorenson
    Pianist/Composer, Dallas, Texas

    Using Lifewayworship.com in Music Ministry – Room 138
    In this session, you will learn how to effectively use Lifewayworship.com in planning weekly worship services.
    Leader: Craig Adams
    Creative/Publishing Director, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee

    Children and Worship (Part 2) – Room 134
    We will continue our discussion related to incorporating children into various worship settings.
    Leader: Teresa Harland
    Children’s Worship Consultant, LifeWay Worship, Nashville, Tennessee


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