God calls people out of the world, grows them in His image and sends them back into the world to demonstrate that the best life is one that is lived God’s way.
This pattern is demonstrated throughout the Bible with both the Old Testament people of God and the New Testament church.
Cris Alley, who serves the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) as the strategy coordinator for the Triangle region, will address these themes and how they impact modern-day disciple-making at two upcoming training events for church leaders – One Day East and One Day West.
“At the One Day conferences in April and August, we will explore how to create a disciple-making culture in your church,” Alley said.
One Day will provide training and equipping for pastors, church staff and lay leaders who serve in virtually any ministry in the local church. The events will be offered in two locations to make it easier for more churches and leaders to take advantage of the training being offered.
One Day East is scheduled for Sat., April 9 at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. One Day West is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 20 at Western Avenue Baptist Church in Statesville.
Each conference will include a keynote presentation by Alley as well as numerous equipping sessions covering a variety of local church ministries.
Individuals can attend the trainings for as little as $15 per person, if registration is completed by the respective early-bird deadlines. Early-bird registration for One Day East closes Fri., March 25.
Registration includes the equipping sessions, conference materials and lunch. Churches can also receive one complimentary registration for every 10 leaders who register from a single congregation.
Registration information, including pricing, deadlines and a complete list of equipping sessions is available at onedaync.org.
Neal Eller, BSC team leader for church strengthening who is organizing both One Day events, said the goal of the conferences is to help everyone who serves in local church ministry – pastors and members alike – to understand and live out their role as disciple-makers in obedience to the Great Commission.
“I want people to understand what their responsibility is in disciple-making and how that can impact lostness,” Eller said.
“Whatever a person’s role is and whatever their ministry is, they have been called to their role for a reason, and they can make an impact for Christ.
“As people follow Christ and become more like Him and begin to make disciples in their everyday lives, they replicate His method of discipleship.”
Consultants from the BSC’s evangelism and discipleship group will lead equipping sessions in ministry tracks for Sunday School, small groups, children’s and youth ministry, worship and music, women’s ministry, evangelism, special needs ministry, pastoral leadership and more. A Hispanic track is also available.
A sampling of equipping session topics include: conversational evangelism, relational disciple-making, next steps for discipling new believers, how to create a disciple-making culture, and many, many more. A complete list of equipping sessions is available at onedaync.org.
“All of the sessions – whether they address children’s ministry, small groups or pastoral leadership – are going to be focused on making disciples,” Eller said. “Both One Day East and One Day West seek to support churches in their efforts to create a disciple-making culture that impacts lostness in our state.”
For more information about One Day East or One Day West, please contact Lauren McCall at [email protected] or (800) 395-5102, ext. 5628.