Current Topics Track

How the SBC operates
Augie Boto
Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza F (200)

Join Boto for a no-holds-barred discussion of the SBC’s structure! Learn how to tap into and exercise influence in that structure and factors that affect churches to accomplish effective evangelism, discipleship and ministry. At least half of the session will be reserved for questions from attendees.

Boto serves as the executive vice president and general counsel for the SBC’s Executive Committee under the leadership of Frank S. Page. He annually orients, trains, and advises Southern Baptist local, state, and national leaders and workers regarding their assignments and work.

Developing an effective retirement plan for church employees
Shawn Dorrough
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Capital V (40)

Everyone needs to invest for retirement – even ministers. Discover a retirement plan strategy that includes features and benefits uniquely designed for ministers and employees of Southern Baptist churches.

Shawn Dorrough is a Senior Relationship Manager at GuideStone Financial Resources. He joined GuideStone in 2001 and holds the Series 7 & 63 securities licenses. Shawn earned his under graduate degree from Dallas Baptist University and his Master’s in Business Finance from Amberton University.

100 and beyond
David Francis
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza A (100)

Half of Southern Baptist churches average fewer than 100 in attendance. Participants will learn how to provoke conversations that can help a church break through 100 and aim toward 200 – or help someone else do it. Participants will receive a copy of the book One Hundred.

Francis joined LifeWay in 1997 and has served as director of Sunday School since 2005, promoting small group Bible study nationally and consulting on curriculum development internally. Prior to his current role, David served as associate director of the Church Leadership Division, director of Regional Operations, director of Discipleship, and director of Network Partnerships.

Starting and sustaining multicultural ministries in times of division and strife
Sam Jackson
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
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Wed 2:12 – 3:30 p.m.

Plaza D (100)

In times when people seem more divided than ever before, we care called to start more multicultural ministries. But how? After almost 3 decades of multicultural church planting and community service experience in 3 midwestern cities and internationally, Jackson lays a biblical foundation, gives historical context and offers real life application to address this critical issue.

Jackson has planted and pastored churches in 3 cities with his wife. They have also founded an independent mission organization with ministries established in northeast India and the Philippines. Jackson now serves as the lead pastor of Hope Community Church – a church plant with a vision to share Christ as a community of many cultures. He is in the middle of doctoral studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Follow his blog at faithincolor.blogspot.com/ .

One generation shall praise thy works to another: intergenerational worship
David Manner
Wed 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Capital I (40)

Successful intergenerational worship is when all generations are considered, all generations are engaged, all generations are consulted, and all generations respond together to God’s revelation. Join us to learn how to encourage all generations to worship together.

Manner is associate executive director for Kansas-Nebraska Convention. David has led worship and leadership conferences for numerous conventions, churches, and educational institutions. He writes for various online and print publications and can be followed on his Worship Evaluation Blog – WorshipEvaluation.org .

Preparing for retirement
Don McLeod
Wed 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Sangamon (40)

This seminar provides you and your spouse with information regarding the decisions you will need to make during the transition years as retirement approaches. Review the impact of those decisions can have on your financial well-being and lifestyle in retirement.

Don McLeod is the Director for Retirement Relationship Management at GuideStone Financial Resources. He joined GuideStone in 1994 and serves as a Principal for the organization. He holds the Series 6, 26, and 63 securities licenses, is a Certified Financial Planner™ licensee, and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. A graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he formerly served as a minister on the staff of several large churches.

Everyone can participate in adoption and foster care
David Melber, Matt Bartig, Tera Melber, and Jeff Medefind
Wed. 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza D (100)

Not everyone will adopt or foster a child, but all Christians can help. We will host a panel of leading experts and practitioners to share specific ways you and your church can care for children, while also learning how to minister to families who have personally become adoptive and foster parents. Join us to explore practical ideas and tools to impact neglected children locally and globally.

Panel participants:

– Bartig is the planter and senior pastor of Northroad Community Church. He and his wife, Betsy, have five boys, two of which were adopted through the foster care system. Northroad is a fast-growing church of 600, and is committed to pursuing children in need and women in crisis.

– T. Melber has been married to David for 26 years. They have six children, three of whom were adopted. She is an advocate for foster care and adoption and the co-host of The Adopting and Fostering Home podcast.

– Medefind serves as president of Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), equipping God’s people for adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry. He and his wife Rachel reside in California with their five children.

– D. Melber is VP of Send Relief for NAMB. He earned his MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Melber served with Crossings Ministries for 16 years, 12 as president and CEO. He and his wife Tera have six children, three of whom were internationally adopted. https://divinenest.com/

Baptist in the Holy Spirit
Dave Miller
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Governor (90)

Let’s examine Baptist views of the Holy Spirit! First, join us to compare cessationism to continuationism. Then, we’ll consider some controversies related to the baptism, filling, and gifts of the Spirit.

Miller has been pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa for over 12 years. He is the editor of SBC Voices, a blog that covers issues related to Southern Baptist life. He has served as Second Vice President of the SBC and was the President of the SBC Pastors’ Conference in 2017.

Leading an “average” church
Dave Miller
Wed 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Governor (90)

Becoming an agent of spiritual transformation in the traditional, average SBC church presents a completely different set of challenges than pastoring contemporary churches. There are universal principles to guide us, as well as the wisdom Miller has learned through many battles and blessings over four decades in traditional churches. (see Miller’s bio above)

The trajectory of the SBC
Dave Miller
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Governor (90)

Join us to look at the modern history of the SBC since the Conservative Resurgence. We will attempt to predict where current cultural and denominational trends might take us in the

future. Miller will present “A Proposal for a Positive Future” based on a series he is currently writing. (see Miller’s bio above)

Faithfulness in an age of anxiety
Trevin Wax
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Plaza F (200)

How do we meet today’s cultural challenges with faith, not fear? We will see how we can be equipped to discover the good in our culture’s narratives, challenge the bad, and show how the gospel truly fulfills the desires of people today.

Wax is the bible and reference publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and is the author of multiple books, including This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel and Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture. His blog, blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/ , is hosted by The Gospel Coalition.

Trends & topics in the SBC and evangelism
Trevin Wax
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
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Wed 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Plaza F (200)

What is the landscape of religious belief in North America in the 21st century? What topics are causing angst in society and in our churches? What dividing lines are showing up among secular Americans and Christians? Why the decline in worship attendance? How are Christians responding to the ideology of the Sexual Revolution? In this session, we look at recent research showing the landscape of our mission field in North America and look at ways we can respond faithfully. (see Wax’s bio above)

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