Organizational Leadership Track

Developing leaders to deploy leaders: 7 principles
Will Basham
Wed 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Diamond (330)

Leadership development is crucial to the health of the local church, but it must be a selfless exercise. Our intent should be to raise up leaders so that we can send them, as opposed to keeping them. This session will unpack 7 biblical principles that will help ministry leaders reproduce themselves.

Basham planted New Heights Church in 2012 after graduating from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. New Heights has grown into a regional multi-site church with three campuses impacting an entire region of the mountain state. Basham also serves with NAMB as a church planting catalyst.

The missional quest: shifting an existing congregation in a missional direction
Brad Brisco
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Plaza A (100)

Before talking about the how of missional living, it is important to discuss the why. Brisco will survey the theological foundations that set the stage for the church to move in a missional direction. Without a clear understanding of certain foundations, any change a church attempts to make will simply not be sustainable. Topics will include the missionary nature of the church, incarnational mission, participation in the missio Dei, and practical first steps of implementing change.

Brisco 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. Brisco is the co-author of The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, among others. He blogs regularly at

4 disciplines of execution
Mark Croston
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Capital II (40)

Most of us are good planners, but fail to follow through. Join us to learn how to execute your plans for real success and get the job done.

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.

Develop a team approach to sermon preparation
Chris Eller, Carlos Jerez, Todd Stiles
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Springfield (40)

Most pastors identify sermon preparation as a lonely, isolated aspect of their ministry responsibilities. Using the tools available to us, First Family Church has developed a team-teaching approach to sermon preparation. It provides the benefits of team collaboration and research while maintaining the Spirit-led application that is often rooted in individual life stories. Come learn how to begin a teaching team in your church, even if you are the sole pastor.

– Stiles planted and is the lead pastor of First Family Church in Ankeny, IA since 2004. His philosophy of ministry finds its leadership foundation in a plurality of elders who lead the church together under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Stiles is the wordsmith of the teaching team, often crafting easy-to-understand titles and take-home truths to the end product.

– Jerez serves as the pastor of First Family Church of Bondurant. He planted the Bondurant campus in 2013 and is in the process of transitioning FFC Bondurant to become an autonomous church while maintaining the values that define First Family Church. Carlos brings the strength and knowledge of a trained theologian to the teaching team, keeping the messages rich and deep in biblical truth.

– Eller serves as small group pastor of First Family Church and is responsible for developing group curriculum that closely coordinates with the church’s public teaching. He is the researcher of the teaching team, providing an abundance of commentary, analysis, and illustrations to draw from for sermon development.

The prayer life of an effective leader
Gordon Fort
Wed 11:00 – 12:15 a.m.
Plaza E (188)
– and –
Wed 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plaza F (200)

Prayer is not just important. It is essential. The person who longs for God to use their life and desires to make a significant impact in the Kingdom can rise no further than their prayer life. An energetic life of prayer is at the center of effective leadership. Challenge yourself to evaluate and implement principles of prayer based on James 5:16 in this breakout!

Fort serves as the senior ambassador for the president of the International Mission Board. He earned his MDiv and DMin from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his years in the continental U.S., Fort lived as an international missionary to Botswana. He resigned from international missionary service in 2004.

Check your leadership blindspots
Carmen Halsey
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Illinois (90)

Everybody has blind spots, but leaders have a greater risk of being sabotaged by their blind spots. Our issue lies in allowing blind spots to go unnoticed or unmanaged. A wise leader knows that unmanaged blind spots can be fatal to their ministry. Join us to discuss top common blind spots of leaders, and learn practical ways to identify and lead from your unique blind spots.

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.

Leading major change (Session 1)
Jeff Iorg
Wed 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.; Wed 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Sapphire (330)

Major change is needed in many ministries – to fulfill their mission, but more importantly to fulfill God’s mission in today’s world. Based on the relocation story of Gateway Seminary – as well as other real-time examples of major change – this seminar will lay out principles and processes to get the job done. Ministry changes have eternal consequences. We must learn to lead them well.

Iorg is the president of Gateway Seminary. He teaches leadership, preaching, and church ministry courses and speaks frequently on these subjects in conferences and other venues. His publications include: The Painful Side of Leadership, The Character of Leadership, and Seasons of a Leader’s Life, among others. He maintains a leadership resources website at

Leading major change (Session 2)
Jeff Iorg
Wed 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.; Wed 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sapphire (330)

Leading major change (Session 3)
Jeff Iorg
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m
Sapphire (330)

Leadership contagion: developing your emotional IQ
Sylvan Knobloch
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Capital I (40)

Let’s consider Jesus’ use of emotions to influence and lead others, and how to apply Emotional Intelligence in the church’s leadership setting.

Knobloch lives based on a deep desire to equip others to know Jesus personally. He will retire from IBSA on December 31 this year and guides the church to ask: “How can we bring God glory in our unique ministry field?”

Checklist for longevity in ministry
Scott McConnell
Wed 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Diamond (330)

Pastoral ministry is not easy. But, there are proven steps that churches and pastors can do to help ministers personally thrive in ministry. These prescriptive things are based on a multi-phase research study on pastor attrition and pastor protection. Ignore them at your own risk.

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.

The value of coaching
Mark Millman, Trey Turner
Wed 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Plaza B (100)

In the Southern Wisconsin Baptist Association, each church planter, apprentice, intern, and summer missionary is in a coaching relationship. Asking questions in a coaching relationship unlocks doors to ministry. Millman is a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation. He and Turner, a pastor in the SWBA, will share the online platform they use, help people to ask questions, and give a basic framework how coaching can be of help in your churches.

– 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.

– 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

Encouraging generosity in your church
Doug Morrow
Wed 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Plaza F (200)

In many places, the offering plate is shrinking while ministry needs are growing. How can this trend be reversed? What are churches with growing budgets doing? How do we unleash God’s people to be as generous as God wishes them to be? In this session, we’ll discuss concrete steps a church can take to both grow the hearts of their people and position their church to channel their giving for greater effectiveness.

Morrow heads up the Baptist Foundation of Illinois, helping Illinois Baptists respond to God’s call of stewardship upon their lives, and has served in Christian financial management leadership for more than 25 years. He has been a certified fundraising executive since 2001.

Dealing with dragons: conflict in the church
Frank Page
Thur 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Emerald (330)

Come learn strategies to deal with the difficult people of the church, as well as how to handle conflict overall!

Page has been president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee since 2010. He oversees the convention work of 46,000 plus churches and over 16 million members.

16 characteristics of godly leadership
Frank Page
Wed 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Emerald (330)

Utilizing Page’s book on Nehemiah, join him to outline 16 spiritual characteristics regarding leadership. (see Page’s bio above)

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