Conference to highlight connection between evangelism, discipleship
Chad Austin, BSC Communications
November 28, 2016

Conference to highlight connection between evangelism, discipleship

Conference to highlight connection between evangelism, discipleship
Chad Austin, BSC Communications
November 28, 2016

A life that’s been changed by Christ should lead one to be a disciple who makes disciples.

Making disciples is what the Great Commission is all about, and North Carolina Baptists will have the opportunity to gain biblical and practical insights from some of the country’s leading disciple-making practitioners at the upcoming N.C. Baptist Disciple-Making Conference early next year.

The 2017 Disciple-Making Conference is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27 at Center Grove Baptist Church in Clemmons. The daylong conference is free to attend, but preregistration is required.

A lunch option is available for $7 per person. Event details and registration information can be found online at disciplenc.org. The event is being sponsored by the Evangelism and Discipleship Group of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC).

The conference will include main sessions led by pastors Micah Fries, D.A. Horton and Ed Newton, plus a series of practical equipping sessions.

The event also includes a special track for women that will be led by Tabatha Frost, whose husband Brian serves as pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh. The main sessions and the equipping sessions will focus on the two pillars of disciple-making – evangelism and discipleship.

“Our goal is to help attendees understand that evangelism is absolutely essential for disciple-making,” said Lynn Sasser, executive leader of the BSC’s Evangelism and Discipleship Group. “Individuals must hear and understand the gospel in order to decide to follow Jesus. Then they must be discipled so that they can share the gospel with others and become a disciple who makes more disciples.

“We want to help people understand how evangelism and discipleship go hand-in-hand under the umbrella of disciple-making.”

The theme for the conference is Luke 19:10 which says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Sasser said this verse could be considered the life’s mission statement of Jesus. Each of the main speakers will focus on a particular aspect of the theme verse and how it relates to disciple-making.

Sasser said each of the main session speakers currently serve as pastors in different ministry contexts, and have all demonstrated effectiveness in personal disciple-making and equipping others to be disciple-makers.

Fries currently serves as senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Prior to accepting the call to pastor Brainerd Baptist, Fries served as vice president of LifeWay Research, a pastor in Missouri and an international church planter in West Africa.

Horton serves as pastor of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in Long Beach, Calif. He is also the chief evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Prior to his current roles, Horton served as an urban church planter and pastor in Kansas City, Mo., and a coordinator of urban student ministries with the North American Mission Board.

Newton serves as lead pastor of Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Newton has been a speaker at the BSC’s summer youth weeks at Fort Caswell, and he has a unique ability to connect with individuals of various ages. As a communicator, Newton seeks to inspire others to be passionate and dedicated followers of Christ.

Sasser said attendees will be offered a free copy of Patterned, the disciple-making resource developed by N.C. Baptist leaders and released by the Baptist state convention this past summer.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend equipping sessions on how to use the Patterned resource effectively. More information on Patterned is available at patternedNC.org.