Evangelism/Discipleship Track

Discipleship as a process
Andy Addis
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Capital VI (40)
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Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Diamond (330)

Imagine being able to outline a process of discipleship that takes someone from completely disconnected to fully invested in the Kingdom of God. Imagine having a process that is so focused on personal growth in Jesus you have a plan for everything; from church calendaring to private counseling. Imagine that plan allowing you to focus on your purpose to make disciples of all people. Now, quit imagining.

Addis pastors CrossPoint Church. He authored Reading It Right, a systematic strategy for Bible study, and BLOTCH, a children’s book and parent resource from LifeWay/B&H Kids. Andy has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication and an MDivBL from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Think like a missionary – exegeting your worshipping congregation
Steve Blanchard
Wed 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Capital IV (40)

You are responsible for worship in a community new to you. What steps do you need to take to discover the musical “language” of your new culture? How will you then help them find a new musical vocabulary in which to worship?

Blanchard earned his MCM at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as minister of music and youth in 2 churches, and served in S Korea for 15 years. Later, he served as a Director at the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He serves as Church Planting Catalyst – Eastern Indiana partnering with SCBI and NAMB.

Engaging God’s mission where you live, work, & play
Brad Brisco
Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza A (100)

While more people grow less interested in the programs and activities of the church, missionally-minded people must learn how to engage others in the first, second, and third places they inhabit. Come discuss biblical hospitality in and through our homes (first place), understanding how God places us in vocations for His missional purposes (second place), and what it means to identify, create, and support third places in our communities.

Briscoe is currently the director of bivocational church planting for the North American Mission Board. He also serves on the National Leadership team for Forge America Mission Training Network. Briscoe is the co-author of The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, among others. He blogs regularly at www.missionalchurchnetwork.com.

Discipleship for the black middle class
Mark Croston
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Capital IV (40)

Let’s look at some of the unique aspects of the Black Middle Class and learn discipleship strategies that work.

Croston served as pastor to an urban congregation in Virginia for 26 years and has traveled, been on mission or preached in over 30 countries. He now serves as national director of Black/Urban Church Partnerships at LifeWay Christian Resources.

Developing Acts 1:8 strategy in your church
Mark Emerson
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plaza E (188)

Most churches are passionate about missions; prayers are offered, projects are scheduled, and special offerings are promoted. However, very few churches have developed an effective missions strategy. Let’s develop an “Acts 1:8 Missions Strategy” for your church. Participants will have the opportunity to view and take home a plan and free samples to use in their local setting.

Emerson serves as an associate executive director for the Illinois Baptist State Association where he currently leads the Church Resources Team. He previously served IBSA as the director of missions mobilization. Emerson previously pastored for 18 years in Sherman, IL where he developed an “Acts 1:8 Missions Strategy” which led the church to grow spiritually, numerically and missionally.

A process approach to making disciples
David Francis
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plaza A (100)

Using a one-page grid, participants will be equipped to think through each part of a comprehensive strategy for making disciples – or to help someone else do so.

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.

3 roles for guiding groups
David Francis
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Plaza D (100)

Teacher. Leader. Shepherd. Using highlights from the four books in the 3 Roles series, participants will be introduced principles for Creating Conversational Community (Teacher), Creating Commissioned Community (Leader), and Creating Caring Community (Shepherd). (see Francis’ bio above)

Articulating the value of the church within its community
Darryl Gaddy
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Plaza C (100)

This session will teach actual language and give the scriptural basis for writing your church’s narrative for resource and partnership development – a hands-on approach to articulating the value of your church. This is important and beneficial when forging favor in the community whether urban, rural, or suburban. Whether your church is in small-town America, or metropolitan midtown, every church ought to have a story to tell, and know how to tell it.

Gaddy is an urban church planting specialist based in Detroit, MI. He is the former pastor of Victory Fellowship Community Church in Detroit.

Exegeting your community
Darryl Gaddy
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Plaza C (100)

To meet the needs of the community, you must know the needs of the community. This session discusses and gives practical ways in which churches can come to know and understand the needs of the community in which they serve. It’s not just about the numbers. Join us to learn more! (see Gaddy’s bio above)

Implementing creative partnerships
Darryl Gaddy
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza C (100)

Forging non-traditional resources and partnerships could fit your church! We will be looking beyond the ordinary networks and partnerships to better serve the context for church growth. (see Gaddy’s bio above)

Dealing with doubt: growing in faith during times of uncertainty
Adam Groza
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Capital II (40)
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Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Capital I (40)

Christians struggle – often silently – with doubt. In this session, we will consider the role of doubt in the life of faith, and learn from such noteworthy historical figures as Spurgeon on how seasons of doubt can produce a harvest of spiritual growth.

Groza is vice president of enrollment and student services and associate professor of philosophy of religion at Gateway Seminary. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a contributing author to books including Idealism and Christian Philosophy, among others. He served most recently as a pastor at Red Hill Church in San Anselmo, CA.

Lewis’ trilemma: Liar, Lunatic, Lord
Adam Groza
Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Capital III (40)

75 years ago, C.S. Lewis made an argument for the Deity of Jesus. Today, we will consider the fascinating war-time context of Lewis’ famous radio message, look at three options to see why they hold true today, and equip attendees with a confident response to those who dismiss Jesus as simply a “good teacher.” (see Groza’s bio above)

Discipleship strategy for multiplication
Daniel Im
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza E (188)

In order to grow and multiply, you need to have a discipleship strategy in place. After all, the multiplication of your church always begins with the multiplication of disciples. In this workshop, learn how to create a strategic discipleship pathway that will help you develop multipliers, rather than consumers.

Im is the founder of NewChurches.com and the director of church multiplication for LifeWay Christian Resources, and teaching pastor at The Fellowship. He is the author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd Ed.), among others. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.

5 shifts that will transform your ministry
Daniel Im
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza E (188)

What if someone told you that you were only a few shifts away from unleashing a new season of fruitfulness and multiplication in your church? Discover the five micro-shifts that will set your church in motion towards macro-change. There is no silver bullet. There is no one solution. But there are a series of small changes that you can make today that will change the course of your church for tomorrow. (see Im’s bio above)

Sharing the gospel with “nones” – those with no religious preference
Scott McConnell
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plaza C (100)

The fastest growing religious preference in America is “none.” Increasingly, evangelicals and “nones” are worlds apart in our thinking. How can believers share the Gospel in a way that is understandable? Get to know those without religion from numerous LifeWay Research studies that describe what they value, their perspective on biblical teaching, and their reaction to how we might approach them.

McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, has researched the needs and preferences of church leaders, laity, and the unchurched for over 20 years. His in-depth studies and national polls have generated relevant insights on today’s church and culture. Scott authored Multi-Side Churches and co-authored The Parent Adventure. Scott is a co-host of the Keep Asking podcast.

How to double your baptisms in one year
Pat Pajak
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza C (100)
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Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Springfield (40)

As an evangelistic leader in you church, come discover a simple, effective six-step strategy designed to help impact your community with the gospel and double your baptisms in one year. This process will work in any size church, and helps congregations capture a “fresh burden” for reaching the unsaved and unchurched around them. Come learn the steps to doubled baptisms in one year!

Pajak is the associate executive director of evangelism for the Illinois Baptist State Association. He has pastored two churches in Illinois and has served for ten years on the IBSA staff.

Blueprint of a top evangelistic church
Joel Southerland
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
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Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Emerald (330)

Learn from leading evangelistic pastors exactly how they are reaching more people, growing their churches, and making a bigger impact in their communities. We’ve studied the most evangelistic churches in the nation. Here’s what we’ve learned that will help you to do the same in your church!

Southerland is currently serving as the executive director of evangelism for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the author of Digital Witness: A Social Media Primer for Outreach and Evangelism.

Reaching, leading, and deploying the next generation
Steve Turner
Wed. 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Capital VI (40)

How do you reach the next generation? More importantly, how do you develop and deploy them as leaders? Let’s look at some principles and practical steps you can take as a church to unleash the skill and passion of the next generation. Come discover opportunities to place your students in living labs across North America to equip you in developing disciple-makers.

Turner has 30 years of church staff experience with more than 20 working with college students. He currently serves as senior director of next generation mobilization at the North American Mission Board and teaches engaged couples at FBC Woodstock, GA.

Redeeming Christianity: Evangelism in an anti-everything world
Josh Whetstine
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Emerald (330)
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Thur 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Sangamon (40)

Why do we talk so much about evangelism when most people aren’t engaged in it? Why are we hoping for the next great awakening when most people in our communities and at work don’t even know we’re Christians? The principles of Rethinking Christianity will transform your church, communities, and work.

Whetstine serves as the city missionary for the North American Mission Board in Minneapolis and St. Paul. After spending 17 years in the business world, he transitioned into ministry as a church planter in Minneapolis. From there, he transitioned into his current role.

 

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