Specialized Ministries Track

College ministry: lastest trends Q&A
Chase Abner, Brian Frye, Troy Nesbitt
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Plaza B (100)

God is doing some of his most significant work in North America through college ministries. Half of this session will cover some of the latest trends in evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, and church planting. The other half will be an audience Q&A with three of the leading voices in Southern Baptist collegiate ministry.

– Nesbitt serves as the director of The Salt Network, a family of next generation churches working together to plant churches in major university cities. In 1986, he became the director of the Baptist Student Union at Iowa State and changed the name to The Salt Company.

– Frye serves as the national collegiate strategist for the North American Mission Board and the collegiate evangelism strategist for the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. He is also a founding member of Collegiate Collective, a resource focused on elevating and advancing the gospel on college/university campuses.

– Abner serves with the North American Mission Board as lead church planting catalyst in Iowa and as a consultant to The Salt Network. He also serves on the leadership team for Collegiate Collective, a resource focused on elevating and advancing the gospel on college/university campuses.

Collegiate pipelines: from freshmen to church planters
Chase Abner, Brian Frye, Troy Nesbitt
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Plaza B (100)

Imagine what could happen if every Christian college graduate gave their lives to investing in a church plant right after college! This session will provide some templates as you seek to reach freshmen on campus and develop them into key leaders for a church planting team. (see bios above)

Reaching the college campus: why it matters and where to start
Chase Abner, Brian Frye, Troy Nesbitt
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza B (100)

There is immeasurable kingdom potential among the learners and leaders gathered on college campuses in North America. This session will uncover more of the strategic value of reaching students and provide some help in knowing what kind of ministry approach will work best for your church.

Providing multi-generational worship
Steve Blanchard
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Capital IV (40)

We are one family in Christ. Is this true for your local, worshiping context? Learn how your church reach all the generations together for meaningful worship.

Blanchard serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Symphonic Band, Inc. He also served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis.

Every church can engage in missional opportunities: panel
Tim Cotler
Wed 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Capital I (40)

Unpack varying levels of engagement for your church, coupled with some simple and practical implementation ideas. Choose a Send Relief initiative designed to help your church engage at whatever level fits best.

Cotler serves as NAMB’s executive director of field operations for Send Relief. He has served in pastoral and denominational work for the Southern Baptist Convention the last 20 years.

 

Women’s ministry
Carmen Halsey
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Illinois (90)

Halsey serves as the director of women’s ministry and missions at IBSA, and the Illinois WMU executive director. She has the privilege of serving alongside Illinois Baptist women to train, equip, and resource multi-generational women by enabling them to engage their worlds and share the gospel.

Leadership development for women: online and on demand
Claudia Johnson
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Illinois (90)

Do you ever wish to hone your leadership skills to lead the women in your church in ministry or missions? The Christian Women’s Leadership program is for you as we explore leadership foundations, leadership formation, and leadership skills.

Johnson is an accomplished and energetic teacher with achievements in establishing and leading a refugee school and leading workshops. She established a one-room schoolhouse for more than 20 refugee middle and high school students who are unable to attend school in the United States, and runs it to this day.

Cracking creativity: thinking outside the box
Kelly King
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Springfield (40)

Do you often tell people you aren’t creative? Do you struggle with thinking of new ideas and ways to minister to women? Learn the biblical principles for creativity, how to think outside of the box and learn practical ways to engage your leadership team in being more creative.

King is the women’s ministry specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Previously she served as the women’s missions and ministries specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, taught adjunct courses as Oklahoma Baptist University, and served as the women’s ministry director at Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Rethinking ministry to women: time for new vision
Kelly King
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Governor (90)

Do you have an established women’s ministry and wonder why things aren’t working the way they used to? Maybe it’s time for a ministry make-over! Now is the time to update the way you think about ministry to women and engage new women to participate.

Developing a youth leadership team
Jonathan Meyers
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 9.m.
Sangamon (40)

Using a proven leadership process makes multiplying student leaders simple for both the volunteer and the student. If you have always wanted to start a leadership team, this session will give you the tools to do it. (Attention: If you want to do “everything” in ministry, this session isn’t for you.)

Meyers is the founder of Ignite and full-time youth pastor at Grace Church. His passion is disciple-making and sharing the gospel with the lost. He loves equipping parents and students to fulfill the Great Commission.

Spare parts
Jonathan Meyers
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sangamon (40)

From 24 years of mistakes, Meyers puts all the parts together in this seminar. The parts include: 12 topics every youth worker should teach, promotions that teenagers love, and ingredients that make a great youth group meeting. If you are struggling with students visiting once and leaving, and want to offer sermons that students remember this session is for you. (see Meyers’ bio above)

Strategic youth ministry
Jonathan Meyers
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Capital I (40)

Jesus didn’t just do ministry with his disciples, he had a strategy. As we look at the life of Jesus, everything seemed to have purpose and intentionality behind it. Stop doing youth ministry, start preparing disciples. (Warning: This could keep students from graduating from church when they graduate high school!) (see Meyers’ bio above)

How to develop partnership from within and without
Mark Millman
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza B (100)

Our association averages 300 people per year coming to help from mission teams around the country. We know many people are praying for us and there are many resources coming to our churches directly from churches and associations across the US. Join us to talk about prayer, people, and provisions.

Millman has served as the church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board and in Wisconsin since 2005, where the Southern Wisconsin Baptist Association has grown from 13 to 30 churches. He earned his MDiv and DMin from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark is credentialed with the International Coach Federation.

Raising missional children and students
Zachariah Seanor
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sangamon (40)

The next generation of missionaries are the children and students of today. Learn how we can prepare them to see the world through God’s eyes and be willing to go anywhere to share the Good News.

Seanor serves on the Children’s Resource Team and the Student Resource Team as the ministry consultant for Royal Ambassadors, Youth on Mission, and Challengers for national WMU. He enjoys seeing people joining together in God’s mission.

People, places & pathways: IMB opportunities
Terry Sharp
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Sangamon (40)
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Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza B (100)

How can your church join a movement to send limitless missionary teams through innovative pathways to unreached peoples and places? How can IMB partner with your church as we make disciples and plant multiplying churches together? Join us to answer these questions and more!

Sharp served as an IMB missionary in Spain and Brazil, then spent 10 years at the Tennessee Baptist Convention as a director—first in the language church planting department, and later in partnership missions. He has also served on the staff of numerous churches. He presently serves the International Mission Board as state, association and diaspora network leader.

Reaching nations next door
Terry Sharp
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Plaza A (100)

Learn practical steps to discover and reach out to the immigrants, refugees, and international students in your community. (see Sharp’s bio above)

What a difference the difference makes!
Wanda Shellenbarger
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza D (100)

Within the church, we get caught up in many good things, but what did Jesus command that we be all about? We’ll look at the Great Commission with a fresh perspective, perhaps in a way unlike you’ve ever viewed it before. Caution: This could be life changing!

Shellenbarger has served as the women’s ministry specialist through the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home since 2016 and served in the same position through the Missouri Baptist Convention for 7 years prior to that. Shellenbarger leads sessions for LifeWay’s YOU Lead Conferences when women’s events are brought to the State of Missouri.

Women’s ministry: then and now; past, present, future
Wanda Shellenbarger
Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza D (100)

Review where women’s ministry has been and where the Lord is now leading and directing it. Keeping in mind the ever important need to be relevant, we’ll look at the ministry unit for all generations to come.

Dream big: planning an outstanding women’s event
Mandy Stenberg
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Springfield (40)

Follow the story of the ONE conference and 1229 Ministries – from a crazy idea and desire to plan an event for women that challenges them to pursue hard after God, to over 350 Iowa women gathered in 2015 for the first conference. Dream big about how to plan and carry out a quality event for women – one they will want to come back to over and over.

Stenberg is the co-founder of the ONE Conference in Iowa and 1229 Ministries – an organization committed to leading women to pursue the One Who alone can satisfy. She also serves as the administrative assistant for the Baptist Convention of Iowa. www.theoneconference.org

Disaster Relief chaplaincy
David Wedekind
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Capital III (40)

Come see how Disaster Relief Chaplains have incorporated the tools and skills of Operational Stress First Aid (OSFA) in their lives and ministry. OSFA provides the tools to assist you as a church or volunteer leader to identify stress problems as early as possible. It also provides skills for mitigating and managing stress reactions and injuries.

Wedekind has served in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention as disaster relief state director for the past twelve years. He earned his D.Min at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and wrote his dissertation on equipping and training Disaster Relief personnel in activities for post-disaster church planting.

How to get started in Disaster Relief
David Wedekind
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Capital III (40)

Are you ready to help others? What about helping them in a crisis? God desires to use you, but if you are not ready, the crisis may pass without your notice. Come learn to become a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer ready to provide help, healing, and hope during a crisis anywhere. (see Wedekind’s bio above)

Preparing your church and family for a disaster
David Wedekind
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Capital III (40)

What would you do if a disaster should strike your family, church, or community? If one did, is your church prepared to respond with a plan before a disaster becomes a reality? Will your church be a part of the problem or be the ministry solution? Join us to learn strategies for preparedness, plans, and training. (see Wedekind’s bio above)

Listening transformed rock’n’roll
Sandy Wisdom-Martin
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Governor (90)

Come hear the story of a Midwest man who transformed an entire genre of music simply by listening. Waiting to talk is not the same thing as listening. Effective listening can make you a better missions leader. Learn how to expand your missional influence by making listening a priority.

Wisdom-Martin serves as executive director-treasurer for national WMU in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to this post, she led WMU of Texas as executive director from 2010-2016. She also served as women’s missions and ministries director for the Illinois Baptist State Association from 2001-2010.

 

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