Convention offers numerous sessions for extra training
BSC Communications
October 04, 2016

Convention offers numerous sessions for extra training

Convention offers numerous sessions for extra training
BSC Communications
October 04, 2016

Breakout sessions will be held in the Koury Convention Center during the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting Tues., Nov. 15 from 3:15-4 p.m. and/or 4:15-5 p.m. Sessions are free.

• Becoming a Missional Church – Zac Lyons, consultant, BSC Great Commission Partnerships; Room: Oak C; 3:15-4 p.m.: Discover how to build a culture of global mission into your church. Our hope is that you will walk away understanding how to lead your church in pursuing lostness here in North Carolina, pursuing least-reached places in North America and pursuing unreached peoples around the world.

• Discipling a Congregation Through Preaching – Jim Shaddix, professor of preaching, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Room: Colony B; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: The preaching event is the most frequent, focused and comprehensive time that pastors have with their congregations on a regular basis. Consequently, maximizing that opportunity for congregational discipleship is huge. This session will explore ways for pastors and other teachers to use their pulpit ministries to foster disciple-making and shape their flocks into Christ’s image.

• Discipling Women Through Studying Scripture – Cathy Moffett, women’s ministry leadership team, Glen Hope Baptist Church, Burlington; Room: Cedar B; 3:15-4 p.m.: Biblical authors use many rich terms to describe the Bible, proclaiming both the delight and useful benefits of applying the Word to one’s life. This breakout session will encourage women to seek the illumination of God’s Word by the Holy Spirit and offer some helpful tools for a deeper investigation of the teaching and application of scripture. These basic tools will also be beneficial for discipling other women on their journey in God’s Word.

• 21st Century Safety and Security for the Church – What You Don’t Know Can Ruin Your Ministry – Bob Wild, senior director of strategic alliances, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance; Room: Cedar A; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: Churches are no longer the “safe zones” people used to think they were. If your church is not prepared to actively address problems, your entire ministry is at risk. Proper planning, training, screening and implementation of safety and security policies is not a luxury in the 21st century – it is a necessity. One of America’s leading authorities in the area of church safety and security, Bob Wild, will give you the tools you need to evaluate and begin the process of implementing policies to protect your people and your ministry.

• Generation Z is Here – Tom Knight, consultant, BSC collegiate partnerships; Room: Heritage B; 4:15-5 p.m.: Just as the church is starting to understand millennials, the next generation — Generation Z — moves in. The first of them just started their freshman year of college, and if you think the millennials have shaken things up, you and your church need to brace yourself for what’s next.

• Impact on Purpose: Developing Your Church’s Strategy to Impact Lostness Through Disciple-making Across the Street and Around the World – Dan Collison, BSC strategy coordinator (Charlotte); Room: Pinehurst; 4:15-5 p.m.: Gospel impact in our communities is at its lowest level in generations. While some may be tempted to “circle the wagons,” Christ’s commission compels us to engage. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles reveal unprecedented opportunities. This interactive session will help you chart a course toward disciple-making that makes a difference.

• Impacting Lostness: Churches Planting Churches – BSC church planting team; Room: Heritage A; 3:15-4 p.m.: One of the most effective ways to impact lostness through disciple-making is churches giving birth to new churches. This forum of successful leaders will discuss steps in partnering with a new church to positively impact the sending church so that dozens are won to Jesus.

• Involving Your Church in Life-changing Missions Projects – N.C. Baptists on Mission/N.C. Baptist Men staff; Room: Cedar C; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: Your church can be involved in missions locally, across the state and around the world. Come discover the mission projects in which your church can become involved.

• Leading Your Church on the Mission of God Through Your Sunday School and Small Groups – Rick Hughes, consultant, BSC Sunday School and small groups, BSC staff and Jim Cohn, pastor, First Baptist Church, Walnut Creek; Room: Oak B; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: You don’t have to be a large church to be on the mission of God. Pastor Jim Cohn shares practical steps in leading his small-town church on mission through Sunday School and small groups. The church is taking the gospel outside the walls of the church building to engage people with the gospel through disciple-making.

• Making Disciples Who Make Disciples: Using Patterned Effectively in Your Church – Ashley Allen, senior consultant, BSC Embrace Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship; Room: Auditorium II; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: Do you want the members of your church to engage in disciple-making in their homes and communities, but don’t know the best way to equip them? Patterned is a 10-week Bible study designed for any follower of Jesus Christ to gain practical tools to engage in our Lord’s Great Commission mandate of becoming a disciple-maker. The study, written by N.C. Baptists, for N.C. Baptists, includes lessons focused on the various elements of disciple-making. This breakout session will focus on how to use the material in a community and group setting to best equip members of your church to actively take part in fulfilling the Great Commission.

• Pocket Watch: It’s Time to Build Your Understanding of a ‘Pocket of Lostness’ and How You Can Be a Part of Impacting It for the Kingdom – Chuck Campbell, BSC strategy coordinator (Greenville); Room: Oak A; 3:15-4 p.m.: What is your understanding of pockets of lostness? What makes them “pockets?” Where are pockets across North Carolina? Where is the closest pocket to your church? We will look at various pockets across the state and explore what God is doing to impact them. Join us as we learn how your church can be involved in reaching its community through a “pocket watch.”

• Principles for Revitalization: A Case Study – Brian Upshaw, team leader, BSC church health and revitalization, and Paul Roberts, pastor, Quest Fellowship, Garner; Room: Colony C; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.; What happens when a church must face the harsh reality that it is dying? Hear one church’s story about its faith and courage to follow the Lord to make the drastic changes needed to become vibrant again.

• Reaching the Nations in North Carolina – Zac Lyons, consultant, BSC Great Commission Partnerships; Room: Oak C; 4:15-5 p.m.: How can your church learn to discover and intentionally engage the unreached people groups now living in your community with the gospel?

• Ready, Set, Go! Developing a Comprehensive Children’s and Youth Ministry – Merrie Johnson, consultant, BSC youth evangelism and discipleship, and Cheryl Markland, consultant, BSC childhood evangelism and discipleship; Room: Cedar B; 4:15-5 p.m.: The importance of ministry leaders working toward a shared vision of disciple-making cannot be overstated. Learn how to more effectively disciple the children and youth of your church through the development of a comprehensive ministry plan for disciple-making that begins with infants and continues through adulthood.

• Robbing the Early College Cradle – Jonathan Yarboro, team leader, BSC collegiate partnerships; Room: Heritage B; 3:15-4 p.m.: Since 2002, a whopping 83 early college high schools have popped up on college campuses all over North Carolina. High school students now roam the halls of community colleges and universities alike. Are they college students, or are they high school students? Whose responsibility are they? Early colleges are changing the ministry landscape of both youth ministry and collegiate ministry. How can your church be on the front lines of developing this mission field?

• Stuck in a Cultural Twilight Zone – Sammy Joo, consultant, BSC collegiate partnerships; Room: Heritage A; 4:15-5 p.m.: Her parents came to the United States to get a taste of the American dream. They worked hard to learn a new language and build a business. They are immigrants, but what about her? She was born an American, but people assume she is not. And just as others have a hard time placing her, she has a hard time finding her place in cultural norms. This is the plight of “the second generation.” Their search for identity is fertile ground for the gospel. They just need churches that care.

• The Church Renewal Journey – Bob & Phyllis Foy, consultants, church renewal; Room: Birch; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: A discipling process for awakening and equipping your church laity to impact their communities for Christ.

• The ‘What’ of EPIC Stewardship – Neal Eller, team leader/senior stewardship consultant, BSC church strengthening; Room: Turnberry; 3:15-4 p.m.: An EPIC – Experiential, Participatory, Image-driven, Connected – adventure in the world of stewardship. Resources await those who attend. Experience inspirational and moving videos, books, congregational emphasis, campaigns and small group studies, all tailored to speak to different generations. Participate in discussions with your colleagues to discover best stewardship practices. Image-rich infographics and pictures that teach timeless truths about life and stewardship will be used. And finally, connect with friends and organizations by way of social media to develop a network of partners in the gospel so that we may “spur one another on to good works and deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).

• Three Effective Models for Evangelism and Discipleship to Impact Pockets of Lostness – Steve Harris, BSC strategy coordinator (Blue Ridge Region); Room: Oak A; 4:15-5 p.m.: We talk a lot about the need for evangelism and discipleship in the local church, but what is actually working? A careful observation of best practices has revealed three models that are effective at seeing lostness engaged and disciples multiplied. “Training for Trainers,” missional communities and community ministries are models that will be explored.

• Unleashing Disciple-making in the Home – Mark Smith, family pastor, Lakeview Baptist Church, Hickory; Room: Auditorium IV; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: When it comes to family discipleship, God designed the church (Ephesians 4:12) and the home (Deuteronomy 6:7) to come together as a team. When both institutions are biblically unified, they are able to accomplish extraordinary things for God’s Kingdom in the church and in their community. Come hear God’s command to parents and grandparents to be learners of the Bible, doers of His commands and teachers of scripture to their children and grandchildren.

• We’re Not in Kansas Anymore: Understanding What’s Driving the Rapidly Changing Context in North Carolina and North America – Cris Alley, BSC strategy coordinator (Triangle Region); Room: Pinehurst; 3:15-4 p.m.: Ever had your words taken out of context? It probably led to utter confusion. The same can happen when sharing the gospel. Major currents are driving rapid changes in the North American context. This session will help you understand these changes in order to share the gospel with clarity and grace.

• Who is My Neighbor? – Phil Kitchin, former pastor of Clarkston International Bible Church, Clarkston, Ga., & former IMB missionary; Room: Turnberry; 4:15-5 p.m.: The ethnic profile of your church community has drastically changed in the past 10 years. How is your church going to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people groups who don’t speak your language and who don’t want to relate to American or Southern culture? Are they really your neighbors?

With: Informal Mentoring and Intentional Disciple-Making – George Robinson, associate professor of missions and evangelism, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Room: Auditorium I; 3:15-4 p.m. & 4:15-5 p.m.: Jesus made disciples by spending intentional time with willing and obedient followers. And He did so without a curriculum. This session will focus on the relational element of intentional disciple-making and how to increase your kingdom impact by spending more time with fewer people.