Breakout sessions will be held Nov. 12 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro from 3:15-4 p.m. (Session 1) and 4:15-5 p.m. (Session 2), and are free to attend. Most tackle topics surrounding the new Baptist State Convention of North Carolina strategy but others cover technology, charitable giving and My Hope with Billy Graham.
Why Eight Population Centers?
Michael Sowers & Larry Phillips (during sessions 1 & 2 in Victoria A)
Research conducted by the Intercultural Institute for Contextual Ministry identified the top 100 areas of lostness in North Carolina. The study revealed that 97 percent of the areas of lostness are located around eight population centers across our state: Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Hickory, Asheville and Greenville.
Reaching People in Their Cultural & Ethnic Context
Mark Gray & Antonio Santos (during sessions 1 & 2 in Victoria B)
How do I reach “all the people” in my community for Christ? Come learn the keys of how to “fish” while honoring one’s language, culture and ethnic context. You will better understand the diversity of North Carolina and the various resources available to help you reach and disciple people for the Lord Jesus.
Collegiate Partnerships: A New Model for Reaching the Academic Community
Chuck Register & Rick Trexler (during sessions 1 & 2 in Victoria C)
Learn about the new model being used by North Carolina Baptists to reach college students, faculty, staff and their families with the gospel. Explore new strategies God is using across the country to impact college/university campuses with the gospel for life transformation.
Impacting Lostness Through Prayer
J. Chris Schofield (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Grandover East room)
This conference will examine the two major ways God is calling His people to pray for the church in North America. Special attention is given to biblical, historical and contemporary ways to respond to His call.
Impacting Lostness Through Rural Strategy Development
Lester Evans (during sessions 1 & 2 in Auditorium IV)
Join us as we take a hard look at the depth of lostness in rural North Carolina. We will explore a grassroots approach to encourage, assist and resource the creation of local strategy teams who develop a contextualized framework for involving, equipping and engaging local churches in impacting lostness in rural areas through reproducing disciples. We will also examine various models or examples of local strategy teams engaged in targeting specific unreached pockets of people.
Best Practices in Creating a Disciple-making Culture
Brian Upshaw (during sessions 1 & 2 in the August room)
At the top of the Frequently Asked Questions list among church leaders is: “What is working?” In this session, we will explore what is working in making disciples. We will look beyond the “why” of discipleship into the “how.” Special emphasis will be given to relational disciple-making models that highlight life-on-life discipleship and how to develop an environment where disciple-making is the norm and not the exception.
Transformational Discipleship and Teenagers
Merrie Johnson (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Tidewater room)
Join us as we discover how our North Carolina Baptist churches are doing in discipling our students. We will look at the findings of a recent survey conducted during Youth Weeks camp at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell and investigate what we must do to equip our teenagers to live transformed lives with a Kingdom focus.
Involving Your Church in Life Changing Mission Projects
Richard Brunson & N.C. Baptist Men staff (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Oak room)
We are called to be “on mission” in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. This session will cover local, state, national and international mission opportunities and needs. If your church is interested in “doing” missions, this breakout session will be helpful.
A Discipling Approach to Stewardship
Neal Eller (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Tanglewood room)
This session will help persuade participants to become generous disciples who influence their sphere of influence and then reproduce themselves.
Ministry Without Regrets
Eddie Thompson (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Sandpiper room)
Ten powerful decisions pastors and their families should make and how they make a difference.
Follow Me as I Follow Jesus
Ashley Allen (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Heritage room)
Have you ever been mentored or mentored someone else? Do you want to learn how to teach others to follow Christ? We are going to learn how to become disciple-making leaders who reach the world for Christ.
Engaging North America
Cameron McGill (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Grandover West room)
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is partnering with three of North America’s most influential cities. Our partners from New York, Boston and Toronto will share what God is doing in their cities and how your church can partner to engage people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Using “The Story” to Share Jesus
Marty Dupree & George Robinson (during session 1 in Cedar B and during session 2 in Cedar C)
“The Story” focuses on four major themes of the Bible: Creation, Fall, Rescue and Restoration. It is designed to help people know God’s Story. When you know God’s Story you live it, and when you live God’s Story, you cannot help but share it. Join us as we walk through various ways you can incorporate “The Story” into your lifestyles, ministries and churches (www.viewthestory.org).
3D – A Church Strengthening Strategy for Making Disciples
Rick Hughes (during session 2 in the Pebble Beach room)
There is hope! This breakout will help you determine if your congregation is living the biblical mandate for the local church of creating a culture for making disciples. It will provide tools to assist you in discovering answers and measurements for a Christ-centered congregation. This breakout session will provide you beginning steps to living the call that God has placed on your church.
Day One Discipleship
Cheryl Markland (during sessions 1 & 2 in Cedar A)
From day one of a child’s life, parents can begin to disciple their child to be a Christ follower. Join us as we explore ways your church can equip parents for this important task. People brought babies to Jesus, hoping He might touch them. When the disciples saw it, they shooed them off. Jesus called them back. “Let these children alone. Don’t get between them and me. These children are the kingdom’s pride and joy” (Luke 18:15-17).
“My Hope” Next Steps
Chuck Campbell (during session 1 in the Pebble Beach room)
Look after those who give their lives to Jesus Christ and help them grow in faith. This is the last step in the “My Hope America” strategy, and an essential step in the disciple-making process. Join us as we explore the next steps of equipping, enabling, empowering and energizing those who have come to Christ, as they move from friends to followers.
Church Renewal Journey
Bob & Phyllis Foy (during sessions 1 & 2 in the Turnberry room)
Come rediscover the potential for the Holy Spirit to renew your church using this proven ministry.
Your Church Website
Lai Salmonson (during session 2 in the Pinehurst room)
This session will provide an overview on choosing a domain name, a hosting company and the right website content management system to fit your church’s needs.
The Ministry Grid
Keith Feather (during session 1 in the Pinehurst room)
Ministry Grid is a subscription-based, online leadership development platform for pastors, staff and volunteers featuring more than 1,000 video courses on a wide range of topics. The system allows pastors and leaders to customize training tracks to best fit their people’s unique needs.
Making the IRS Your Generosity Partner
Bill Price and Alan Cox, Impact Stewardship Resources (during sessions 1 & 2 in Imperial C)
21st Century Charitable Giving Strategies: Help your church members learn to support the ministries of your church in creative ways they have never considered by utilizing proven tax-wise methods.