Many church training events provide equipping for a particular ministry focus area, such as youth or Sunday School. It’s often hard to find events that offer training in virtually every aspect of church ministry, but an upcoming event sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is helping meet that need.
The One Day training event, scheduled for Sat., May 2 at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, is designed for pastors, church staff, ministry leaders and volunteers to receive training and equipping in their respective ministry areas all in one place and all at one time.
“You can think of One Day as a ‘one-stop shop’ for ministry leaders to get trained in the work they are called to do in their churches,” said Lynn Sasser, executive leader for evangelism and discipleship with the BSC.
“This is an opportunity for us to help ministry leaders in the local church understand how they should and could be making disciples, no matter what area of ministry they serve in.”
One goal of the event is to help ministry leaders understand how each ministry area aligns and contributes to the church’s overarching mission to make disciples.
“Disciple-making is not a separate ministry of the church,” said Brian Upshaw, team leader for the disciple-making team with the BSC.
“It should be the glue that connects every ministry within the church.”
Bruce Raley, director of church partnerships with LifeWay Christian Resources, will lead plenary sessions to help leaders see how different church ministries connect with one another and contribute to creating a disciple-making culture within the church.
Raley will also lead training and leadership sessions throughout the day for pastors and church staff.
In addition to hearing from Raley, attendees can select from a host of ministry tracks ranging from preschool to senior adult ministries and everything in between.
“The One Day conference will stand out among other trainings because it provides church leaders not only the opportunity of a single day set aside for training, but all of the breakout sessions for each church ministry track, from birth to senior adults, are focused on the vision of making disciples,” said Ashley Allen, Embrace Women’s Ministry consultant.
BSC consultants and other church practitioners will lead equipping sessions in each ministry track. Tracks include: Sunday School; small groups; disciple-making; preschool, children, youth and special needs ministries; women’s ministry; family ministry; preschool and children’s choir; worship; pastoral and lay leadership; stewardship; Hispanic ministry and more.
Kenny Lamm, BSC consultant for worship and music, said attending the One Day training event offers the depth and quality of a stand-alone ministry training that is coupled with an emphasis on how that ministry fits within the overall life and mission of church.
“You are going to get the practical training in your particular focus of ministry, and it’s all couched under the big umbrella of discipleship,” Lamm said.
More information about the One Day training is available at onedaync.org. Registration is underway and includes an early-bird rate of just $15 per person for those who register by April 17. The registration fee includes lunch.
“The One Day event is a tremendous value, and I would encourage people to sign up today,” Sasser said. “This is a great opportunity for pastors, staff, volunteers and all ministry leaders to come together for one day in one place for training and equipping that will help them sharpen both their ministry skills and their ministry focus.”