Doors open at 8:30 am!
Who’s Going to Be There?
Sam Rainer, president of Rainer Research and co-founder of Rainer Publishing. He is also the lead pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Church in Bradenton, FL. Sam writes, speaks and consults on church health issues.
The Museum is a band of worship leaders based in Atlanta, GA making music to point people to Jesus. The Museum sings with a heart FOR the local church and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world.
Adam Beach is immersed in church planting and church revitalization. He has served as pastor of a church restart, a church revitalization, a church plant, and a church adoption. He is a father to 20 foster children, and two of his own with wife Keitra.
Keitra Beach has a contagious passion for Children & Family ministries, serving churches by starting a Child Learning Center, writing curriculum, training teachers, and also as Children’s Minister. She is also a foster mother to 20 children, plus two of her own with Adam.
Leroy Fountain is a retired NAMB missionary where he served 30 years in various areas of SBC life. He now serves as Church Health Strategist with the New Orleans Baptist Association.
Claude King is Discipleship and Church Health Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is author or coauthor of over 20 books and discipleship courses including Experiencing God. Claude’s passion is to share resources and training that helps others do a better job of being fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Ken Marler is a Consultant for Church and Network Partnerships at Lifeway Christian Resources. He is a nationally known and published Sunday School Growth Specialist who has served both the Tennessee Baptist Convention and Lifeway Christian Resources in this capacity. Ken also pastored two churches in Mississippi.
John McClendon serves as Executive Director, Baptist Association of Christian Educators (BACE) and as Discipleship Pastor, Northside Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He previously worked at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on discipleship and Sunday School health and growth.
Alvin Reid serves as Senior Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism.
Tim S. Smith is a state missionary with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board as a Groups and Faith Development specialist. He is the administrative leader and coordinator for the ministry teams in Kid’s Groups and Faith Development, Students Groups and Faith Development and Adult Groups and Faith Development.
Randy Stone is Chair of the Discipleship and Ministry Leadership Division of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Associate Professor Christian Education, occupying the J.M. Frost Chair of Christian Education and Director of the Doctor of Educational Ministries. He sits on the Board of the Baptist Association of Christian Educators (BACE) and has previously served churches in LA, MO, NC and TX.
Randy Tompkins is the President & CEO of Cornerstone Consultants, has more than 42 years of ministry experience, having worked with both the Louisiana and Mississippi Baptist Conventions and churches in Oklahoma and Texas. His expertise includes discipleship, program planning, design and space evaluation, fund raising and strategic planning.
Clara Mae Van Brink is a nationally known speaker and trainer from Atlanta who delivers with whit, and humor. Clara Mae has served in positions as Children’s, Preschool and Women’s Minister at First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Johnson Ferry Baptist and Peachtree Corners Baptist.
|8:30 am||Registration – Exhibit Area opens (including bookstore)|
|9:30 am||First General Session|
|10:45 am||Break/Transition to Breakouts – Exhibits are open (including bookstore)|
|11:00 am||Breakout Conferences 1|
|12:00 Noon||Lunch – Drawings, Prizes and Giveaways, Exhibits are open (including bookstore)|
|1:00 pm||Second General Session|
|2:00 pm||Break/Transition to Breakouts – Exhibits are open (including bookstore)|
|2:15 pm||Breakout Conferences 2|
|3:15 pm||Dismiss – Exhibits are open until 3:30 PM (including bookstore)|
Session 1 Breakout Details
Five Simple Ways to Make YOUR Sunday School/Small Group Ministry Great, Sam Rainer – Pastor/Staff
You may not be able to make every class in your church great, but you can start somewhere.
Basics of Adult Sunday School, Dr. Tim Smith – Adult Leaders
Discuss the mission of Sunday School, the value of ministering to members, outreach to prospects, getting your class involved in outreach, multiplication of new leaders and new classes, and the spiritual life of the Sunday School leader.
Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out, Dr. Alvin Reid – Youth Leaders
Helping students understand the greatness of the Gospel and how to share the Gospel story out of the person you are, the way you were born to do it.
Explore the Real Mission of Our Ministry, Clara Mae Van Brink -Preschool & Children’s Leaders
Whose job is it anyway? What is needed to make disciples of preschoolers and children? Is this really the job of the preschool and children’s ministry?
The I’s Have It: Creating a Biblical Community, Dr. Randy Stone – Class Leaders
We will describe characteristics and develop realistic approaches for developing meaningful and biblical relationships within your class or small group.
Culturally Blind Discipleship Hurts Us All, Leroy Fountain – Multi-Cultural/Multi-Ethnic Leaders
Learn to recognize some of the blind spots of disciple-making in a multi-cultural/multi-racial society and develop ministry paths through small groups to nurture, strengthen and multiply.
Future Focused: Who Will Be Joining You? John McClendon – Potential Group Leaders
Leaders focus on preparing to teach, getting their group organized, taking care of people, and much more. You can’t do all that alone. Learn how to identify individuals who will join you in building for the future.
Small Group Missional Opportunities Are a Process, Not a Project, Dr. Randy Tompkins – Small Group Leaders
Learn the four step process that will help small group members become engaged in missional opportunities rather than go on a mission trip.
Final Command: Growing and Multiplying Mature Disciples, Claude King – Education/Sunday School/Small Group Leaders
Be introduced to a simplified strategy for disciple-making that multiplies ways to motivate people to committed discipleship, tools to facilitate a balanced and healthy growth toward full spiritual maturity, and a strategy for mobilizing and equipping disciple making leaders.
Evangelism is for Everyone, Adam & Keitra Beach – Outreach Leaders
Learn how to engage your small group or Sunday School in evangelism. Sharing the Gospel is meant to fit every group, in every community. Money and resources not required!
Session 2 Breakout Details
Reaching Millennials with Groups, Sam Rainer – Pastors & Staff
Why is it harder now than in the past to assimilate young people through group settings? Understand why and gather solutions.
Teaching the BIBLE is at the CORE of Adult Sunday School, Dr. Tim Smith – Adult Sunday School/Small Group Leaders
Strengthen your skills to better prepare, lead and present a Bible Study session and gain insights on how to get your class involved in the Bible study, both during and after the weekly group time.
Evangelistic Conversations, Dr. Alvin Reid – Youth Leaders
Helping students share Jesus effectively with their unchurched and de-churched friends and family, and how to develop a lifestyle of missional living.
Is the “Mission” Too Big for Children? Clara Mae Van Brink – Preschool & Children’s Leaders
In a world consumed with ‘selfies’ how can we help preschoolers & children learn to live missionally? Come explore ways to help children to move beyond self and into the world of others.
Better Together: Becoming a Biblical Community, Randy Stone Class Leaders
Explore ideas and techniques for constructing experiences which build and enhance biblical community.
Igniting Small Groups to Journey Forward, Leroy Fountain – Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Cultural Ministries
How to move ahead in a racially and culturally diverse ministries, acknowledging the past and building toward the future.
Working Shoulder-to-Shoulder to Develop Volunteers, John McClendon – Class Leaders
Discover how to equip and grow volunteers that will serve alongside you. We will look at a variety of ways you can guide them to become disciple making leaders.
Small Group Missional Opportunities are a Part of Discipling People, Randy Tompkins – Small Group Leaders
What does it take to become spiritually mature? Engaging in missional opportunities is only one part of the puzzle.
First Steps for a Brand New Believer, Claude King – Potential Leaders
Get acquainted with a free and reproducible resource — Week One: Taking Your First Steps as a Follower of Jesus Christ, And help new believers get firmly established in their Christian Christlikeness.
Making Community Connections, Adam & Keitra Beach – Outreach Leaders
Discover creative ways that your small group or Sunday School class can help keep or make your church relevant in and through your community.
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