2018 General Assembly

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 The 2017 slate of workshops are the kind you've come to expect at General Assembly—celebrating CBF's 25th anniversary, creatively faithful responses to issues within the church, meeting and learning from Global Missions field personnel, Religious Liberty matters of the day, and so much more. Scroll through all 4 workshop sessions and pick topics that interest you. 

Thursday, June 29: Session I

Reintroducing the Way of Christ in America: A Plan of Action
Location: International Ballroom North
Description: Many of us feel that the "brand" of Christianity has been ruined by harsh, regressive voices. How can we work together in response? We'll explore personal, congregational, denominational, and movement paths of action.
Presenters: Brian McLaren, author and speaker
Category: Healthy Churches
 
The Fixer Upper Future of Search and Call
Location: Fairlie
Description: Learn the research behind and rationale for a renovated approach to searching and calling a new pastor. Participants in this Reference and Referral workshop will receive brand new, ready-to-use resources!
Presenters: Craig Janney, CBF Reference and Referral Manager; Laura Stephens-Reed, Clergy Coach & Congregational Consultant
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Confessing Faith in Uncertain Times
Location: Courtland
Description: Early Baptists required public confessions of faith. As members of a postmodern, pluralistic world, how do Baptists today confess faith? Come explore the history of and possibilities for confessing faith.
Presenter: Corinne Harvey Causby, Master of Divinity Candidate, Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Category: Healthy Churches
 
A Woman's Financial Journey
Location: Baker
Description: Explore four pillars of finance from a woman’s perspective as she navigates the changing seasons of life: portion, personality, planning, and purpose. Includes practical tools and personalized Financial DNA profile.
Presenters: Kelly Gallimore, CES and Kirk Wilkerson, CIMA, Financial
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Communicating Congregational and CBF Identity
Location: Greenbriar
Description: Join a discussion of best practices and creative ideas for clearly communicating your congregational identity to church members and visitors. Learn new tools to be able to articulate how your congregational identity and mission coincides with CBF’s mission and God’s larger mission in the world.
Presenter: Emily Holladay, Associate Pastor - Children and Families, Broadway Baptist Church, Chair - CBF 25th Anniversary General Assembly Team
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Visio Divina and the Saint John's Bible
Location: Piedmont
Description: Visio Divina (divine seeing) supports prayer with images or other media in the way Lectio Divina fosters praying through scripture. Participants will experience periods of reflection and meditation on selected illuminations from The Saint John's Bible. This session could be offered on multiple days and even multiple sessions as different passages could be used to create much needed solace and respite amidst an ever increasing challenging and busy world.
Presenters: Rev. Chad Morris, Rev. Nenette Measels, Dr. Don Garner, Dr. Ross Brummett
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Helping Children and Their Families Grieve
Location: Inman
Description: Churches serve as a primary point of support as families and children walk the road of various types of grief. This seminar focuses specifically on how churches can help children grieve through normative life events as well as non-normative ones.
Presenter: LeAnn Gardner, LISW-CP, MDiv, Clinical Social Worker, Charleston, SC
Category: Young Baptists
 
Youth/College/Millennials
Location: Hanover E
Description: There is a difference between having a welcome sign in front of your church and making a young adult feel like they belong to your Community of Faith. Let's talk about some practical steps to building those relationships.
Presenter: Wanda Kidd, Collegiate Specialist for CBF
Category: Young Baptists
 
Creating a Coaching Culture in the Church
Location: Healthy Churches: Resources
Description: The application of coaching principles changes the culture of a church. Coaching transforms leadership training, team development, and Christian formation. A This workshop introduces best practices for creating a coaching culture.
Presenters: Beth Kennett, Network Coordinator, Center for Congregational Health; Ircel Harrison, Coaching Coordinator, Pinnacle Leadership Associates
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Forgiveness
Location: Spring
Description: Topics include when we forgive; understanding forgiveness; forgiveness in private life, public life, and Christian faith; special kinds of forgiveness; why forgiveness is difficult; resources for forgiveness; steps toward forgiveness.
Presenter: Fisher Humphreys, Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, of Samford University
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Learning from the Spiritual-not-Religious Impulse
Location: Kennesaw
Description: Churches are scrambling to get millennials in their doors, but many young people are dissatisfied with what they find inside. This workshop explores what can be learned from people who are self-described agnostics or spiritual, but not religious.
Presenter: Jared Jaggers, 2016 CBF Vestal Scholar and M.Div. student at Brite Divinity School
Category: Young Baptists
 
What's New with CBF Global Missions
Location: Hanover F
Description: Get the latest update! Have an opportunity to hear directly from CBF Global Missions staff, receive an implementation update, and learn new ways to connect with Global Missions.
Presenter: Steven Porter, Coordinator of Global Missions, CBF
Category: Global Missions
 
Ignite Your Missions Passion!
Location: Roswell
Description: This interactive workshop will focus on exciting ways congregations can reinvigorate their Offering for Global Missions. Involving case studies and co leaders from CBF churches, participants will explore how the Offering can deepen their missions commitments and the faith journey of church members of all ages.
Presenter: Alan Sherouse, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC; Carrie McGuffin, Communications Specialist
Category: Global Missions
 
Welcoming the Refugee: How Churches Practice Hospitality in 2017
Location: Techwood
Description: Caitlyn Cook Furr and David Nelson, World Relief will discuss how churches can walk alongside refugees in the resettlement process in the United States. The workshop will focus on how such mission work impacts individual and congregational health.
Presenters: Caitlyn Cook Furr, Masters of Divinity/Masters of Public Health Candidate, Emory University, 2016 CBF Vestal Scholar; David Nelson, Church Partnership Director, Atlanta Metro Region, World Relief
Category: Global Missions
 
Faith and Sexuality in an Open-Source World
Location: International ballroom South
Description: How can Baptists engage in constructive conversations about sexuality when we experience diversity and division? This workshop will offer ideas and discussion around best practices for sharing resources on sexual ethics.
Presenters: Shawn Warner-Garcia, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara; Greg Warner, Former Executive Editor of Associate Baptist Press (now Baptist News Global)
 
Building Communities of Reconciliation in a World of Division
Location: Dunwoody
Description: Leaders from the New Baptist Covenant will teach about their Covenant of Action Program. They will share how through this program churches can work together for racial justice and racial reconciliation.
Presenters: Hannah McMahan, Executive Director - New Baptist Covenant; Elijah Zehyoue, Director of Programs and Communication - New Baptist Covenant
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force: An Update
Location: The Learning Center
Description: Attendees will hear an update from members of the Clergy Sexual Misconduct Task Force and learn of congregational resources in development to aid in education and response.
Presenters: Stephen Reeves, CBF Associate Coordinator for Partnerships and Advocacy, Pam Durso, Moderator, Executive Coordinator - BWIM
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Just Give the Poor Money: Moving Beyond Emergency Aid
Location: Hanover A
Description: We'll explore ways that churches can go from emergency benevolence gifts to those in need toward long-term support to provide the poor the stability they need to exit poverty
Presenters: John Thornton, Jr., Pastoral Resident at FBC Greensboro
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Business Breakout Session
Location: Auburn
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Business Breakout Session
Location: Edgewood 
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Business Breakout Session
Location: Marietta
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Thursday, June 29: Session II

Reintroducing the Way of Christ in America: A Plan of Action (repeat)
Location: International Ballroom North
Description: Many of us feel that the "brand" of Christianity has been ruined by harsh, regressive voices. How can we work together in response? We'll explore personal, congregational, denominational, and movement paths of action.
Presenter: Brian McLaren, author and speaker
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Illumination Project Progress Update
Location: International Ballroom South
Description: Often the call to dialogue masks a requirement that we set aside our deepest convictions on important questions and be subjected to a lecture intended to persuade. The intentional design of CBF's Illumination Project is to bring CBF churches and Cooperative Baptists with their full convictions into a respected and trustworthy place to find a path to cooperation. Gain an understanding of the goals and progress of the project thus far and have your voice heard at this workshop, one of many held over the spring and summer across the Fellowship
Presenter: Dr. Charles Fuller, Chair, CBF Illumination Project Committee; Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Understanding Religious Liberty in the Current Climate
Location: Courtland
Description: The Baptist Joint Committee reports on the latest religious liberty news from Washington,D.C., including Supreme Court cases, legislation, and actions of the Trump administration.
Presenters: Holly Hollman, General Counsel and Associate Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty; Jennifer Hawks, Associate General Counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Understanding Clergy Compensation and Finances
Location: Fairlie
Description: This workshop will help provide clergy and lay leaders with the information and incentive to understand clergy compensation and its vital impact on the health of both clergy and congregation.
Presenters: David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving; Melissa Spas, Managing Director of Education, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Living Boldly - Dying Well
Location: Greenbriar
Description: Holistic, wellness, and balanced living are concepts we hear in society. This workshop explores the interconnection of how Christians embrace living bold lives that end with a good death. What does it mean to a live boldly and die well?
Presenter: Rev. Dr. Debra Walters, Spiritual Director and End of Life Ministry
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Overcoming Human Trafficking Through Beloved Community
Location: Hanover F
Description: Ladies-in-waiting is a ministry in Strasbourg, France; overcoming human trafficking among prostitutes by building beloved community. This breakout will highlight this ministry and the possibility for similar ministries in your local community.
Presenter: Tiffne Whitley, CBF Field Personnel
Category: Global Missions
  
Children's Ministry: A Panel Conversation
Location: Lenox
Description: A panel discussion with Children's Ministers from different churches. We will share best practices as well as talk about what this important ministry looks like in 2017.
Presenters: Rev. Carrie Veal, Minister of Children, Myers Park Baptist Church, Rev. Becky Caswell-Speight, Minister to Families with Children, Smoke Rise Baptist Church
Category: Young Baptists
 
CBF Church Benefits
Location: Hanover E
Description: See how CBF can be a resource for your ministers and church for employee benefits and administrative needs. There have been significant changes in retirement services, planning tools and great returns. We also have protection coverages and information to help you navigate the changing world of medical insurance for churches. Let us help you! Your benefits are our ministry.
Presenter: Gary Skeen, President, CBF Church Benefits
Category: Healthy Churches
 
From Pantry to Partnership, From Clients to Members
Location: Lenox
Description: Provide long-term food security; create uplifting community; and offer an educational (e.g., health, nutrition) component, all with a member-led spiritual component. Build community through the need for healthy food.
Presenters: Rev. Nancy Yarnell, President, Food Security for America; Jean Aaron, Program Manager/former Member; Alexis Weaver, Community Impact Manager, Atlanta Community Food Bank
Category: Healthy Churches
 
The Unspoken Role of A Music Minister
Location: The Learning Center
Description: The focus of this session is for music ministers/worship leaders to share ideas of how music ministers to the congregation, including hospitality, recruitment, working with other churches, and other pertinent topics that arise from the discussion.
Presenter: Rebecca Gentry, Minister of Music, FBC Cape Girardeau;
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Community Health Evangelism
Location: Inman
Description: Come learn about Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and how CBF field personnel are incorporating CHE into their mission strategies and how you can utilize CHE in your local ministry context.
Presenter: Dianne McNary, CBF Field Personnel, Slovakia/Czech Republic
Category: Global Missions
 
Engage with the Mission Leaders Network
Location: Piedmont
Description: Gather with church mission leaders from around the country to create community and fostering cultures of mission engagement. We will exchange best practice ideas, share resources and even coordinate endeavors through the Mission Leaders Network.
Presenters: Ryan Clark, CBF Church Engagement Manager; Chris Ellis, Minister of Missions at Second Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR
Category: Global Missions
 
Genocide and Mission at the Movies: Saving lives amid “The Disturbances” in Nigeria
Location: Spring
Description: Clips from, and discussion of, EthicsDaily.com’s film “The Disturbances” about how missionaries and Nigerian pastors saved lives during the 1966 tribal genocide in Nigeria
Presenters: Cliff Vaughn - documentary co-producer, Dr. Caleb Oladipo - CBF Missions Council Chair; Sam Harrell: former CBF field personnel in Kenya and CBF Associate Coordinator for Global Missions
Category: Global Missions
 
CBF Church Starts: Broadening and Strengthening the Diversity of the Fellowship
Location: Techwood
Description: From context to approaches, and from ethnicities to gender, these church starts reflect the aspirational attributes of CBF striving to be Christ-like, innovative, authentic and global, raising the bar on excellence and committed to diversity.
Presenters: Andy Hale - CBF Church Starts; Harry Rowland - CBF Director of Missional Congregations; 2017 CBF Commissioned Church Starters
Category: Healthy Churches
 
CBF Festival of Young Preachers
Location: Kennesaw
Description: Three young preachers from the Academy of Preachers and our iPartner member schools, preaching/testifying from our theme "O Worship the Lord" plus our National Festival of Young Preachers video.
Presenters: Rev. Ernest Brooks, Academy of Preachers; Dr. Dwight A. Moody, Academy of Preachers
Category: Young Baptists
 
CBF Advocacy: Encouraging and Equipping Advocates
Location: Dunwoody
Description: How can Christians and church leaders practice advocacy on behalf of our most neglected and marginalize neighbors in such contentious times? Come hear suggestions and stories from experienced advocates.
Presenter: Stephen Reeves, CBF Associate Coordinator for Partnerships and Advocacy
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Friday, June 30: Session I
 
Illumination Project Progress Update (repeat)
Location: International Ballroom South
Description: Often the call to dialogue masks a requirement that we set aside our deepest convictions on important questions and be subjected to a lecture intended to persuade. The intentional design of CBF's Illumination Project is to bring CBF churches and Cooperative Baptists with their full convictions into a respected and trustworthy place to find a path to cooperation. Gain an understanding of the goals and progress of the project thus far and have your voice heard at this workshop, one of many held over the spring and summer across the Fellowship
Presenter: Dr. Charles Fuller, Chair, CBF Illumination Project Committee; Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Grief Ministry: How You Can Help Without Hurting
Location: Baker
Description: Child Loss. Infertility. Divorce. Infidelity. Suicide. In church circles, we avoid these topics like the plague. And sometimes what we do in the spirit of caring is received as uncaring. Might there be better way to care for each other?
Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Evans Hagan, Author, Birthed: Finding Grace through Infertility
Category: Healthy Churches
 
A Template for Improving Race Relations
Location: Courtland
Description: A presentational and interactive workshop that provides ideas and models for congregations and CBF SROs to talk about and work with race and racial issues on personal and institutional levels
Presenters: Dr. Patricia L. Griffen, Clinical Psychologist; Dr. Ray Higgins, Coordinator, CBF Arkansas
Category: Healthy Churches
 
What does Baptist Dissent Look Like, and Why Does it Matter?
Location: Fairlie
Description: As followers of Jesus, Baptists have a rich, four centuries heritage of dissent against discriminatory religious, political and cultural institutions. How does our dissenting heritage speak to the present?
Presenter: Bruce T. Gourley, executive director of the Baptist History and Heritage Society
Category: Healthy Churches
 
$$$Money$$$ - How it affects effective pastoral leadership!
Location: Greenbriar
Description: Money matters are a powerful force affecting positive pastoral leadership. Come learn some of the ways your congregation can develop generosity while encouraging your pastor and staff!
Presenter: Bo Prosser, CBF Coordinator of Organizational Relationships
Category: Healthy Churches
 
25 Young Baptists
Location: Hanover D
Description: Hear stories of young adults who are committed to the local church and are living out their callings in unique ways. Gain insight into how congregations embrace their gifts and encourage their participation in ministry.
Presenter: Devita Parnell, CBF Young Baptist Ecosystem Manager
Category: Young Baptists
 
Adult Sunday School Anyone?
Location: Roswell
Description: What motivates adults to participate in Sunday School? What makes for effective teaching? Drawing from practice and research this session gives attention to how adults learn and what adults desire out of the Sunday school experience
Presenters: Michael McCullar, Formations Pastor, Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA; Frank Granger, Minister of Christian Community, First Baptist Church, Athens, GA
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Do Not Hinder the Children
Location: Lenox
Description: This workshop will seek to de-stigmatize mental illness in the adolescent population and talk about best practices the church can use to reach this growing population.
Presenter: Rev. Adele Henderson, Chaplain, HopeTree Family
Category: Young Baptists
 
Safe Youth Ministry
Location: Hanover E
Description: The CBF Youth Ministry Network believes the interconnectedness of six foundational attributes to be the building blocks of a strong holistic youth ministry. Join us for a workshop on the attribute, "Safe".
Presenters: Ryan Wilson & Megan Doud, the CBF Youth Ministry Network
Category: Young Baptists
 
Weaving Strong Leaders
Location: The Learning Center
Description: We will weave a new ministry leadership model that grows down (into theological depth), grows up (into greater maturity) and grows together (into a collaborative team).
Presenters: Bill Wilson, Director of The Center for Healthy Churches. Bob Dale, Coach with The Center for Healthy Churches. They co-authored the book: Weaving Strong Leaders in 2016.
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Who is my Neighbor? A First Step In Learning About Our Muslim Neighbors
Location: Kennesaw
Description: Religious Liberty. Loving Neighbor. Put those Baptist principles to work. Come learn a few basics about the Muslims living in our communities, and consider ways to learn, love, and engage.
Presenter: Mary Elizabeth Hanchey
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Cultivating Community Through Gardening
Location: Techwood
Description: Learn about foundational principles and practical steps for starting, or restarting, community gardens that focus on building relationships and developing community. Also you'll hear stories from the Grace and Main Urban Farm in Danville, Virginia.
Presenters: Jessica and Joshua Hearne, CBF Field Personnel
Category: Global Missions
 
Overcoming Human Trafficking Through Beloved Community
Location: Hanover F
Description: Ladies-in-waiting is a ministry in Strasbourg, France; overcoming human trafficking among prostitutes by building beloved community. This breakout will highlight this ministry and the possibility for similar ministries in your local community.
Presenter: Tiffne Whitley, CBF Field Personnel
Category: Global Missions
 
Faith-rooted Tools for Community Transformation
Location: Baker
Description: The church has at its disposal many tools for community transformation. Come consider how we can tap into those tools not only to give someone a fish, or to teach them to fish, but to take down the wall that is built around the fish pond.
Presenter: Alexia Salvatierra, Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork;
Category: Global Missions
 
Congregational Transformation Through Mission
Location: Inman
Description: Challenge your traditional thoughts about God's mission in the world through Pivot and hear from leaders about this transformation and learn how you can practice mission "trips" that have a lasting impact on the local community as well as your congregation
Presenters: Heather Mustain, Minister of Missions, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas, TX; Ryan Clark, CBF Global Missions Church Engagement Manager
Category: Global Missions
 
Calling and Vocation...Beyond a Pulpit
Location: Piedmont
Description: Research indicates faith is not a significant influence on many students college major or career interests. We'll examine the gaps and suggest why this has to change.
Presenter: Brian Foreman, Director, Campbell University Youth Theological Institute
Category: Young Baptists
 
The Characteristics of Missionary-producing Congregations in the 21st century
Location: Spring
Description: What is in the DNA of churches that raise and produce missionaries? Join us as we analyze healthy congregations, identify key characteristics, and promote methods and tools that foster missionary-raising congregations.
Presenter: Dr. Caleb Oladipo, Chair - CBF Global Missions Council and Chair of Christian Evangelism and Mission, Campbell University Divinity School
Category: Global Missions
 
Missions-Based Advocacy Among Immigrant and Refugee Communities
Location: Dunwoody
Description: Loving our neighbor and welcoming the stranger are core commandments of our faith. How does CBF promote missions and advocacy in communities fearful of, and vulnerable to, sudden policy changes?
Presenters: Stephen Reeves, CBF Associate Coordinator for Partnerships and Advocacy, Kim Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel, Greg Smith, CBF Field Personnel
Category: Healthy Churches

FRIDAY, June 30 SESSION II

Let's Talk: Congregational Conversations on Contentious Questions
Location: Fairlie
Description: This workshop will share how our congregation engaged contentious questions on interfaith-relations and matters of sexuality and faithfulness in a process extending the Sunday worship experience into small group weekly conversations.
Presenters: Paul Baxley, Senior Minister, First Baptist Church, Athens, GA; Frank Granger, Minister of Christian Community, First Baptist Church, Athens, GA
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Reframing Poverty within Together for Hope
Location: Courtland
Description:In our efforts to fight poverty, we also affirm the dignity of those who we serve. For this reason, our terminology around poverty and poverty issues must change in order to adequately coincide with our concepts of the dignity of every person.
Presenter: Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker, CBF Field Coordinator for Mississippi
Category: Global Missions
 
Allies, Advocates and Amplifiers
Location: Dunwoody
Description: Baptist Women in Ministry will host a panel discussion led by Pam Durso featuring influential male and female leaders within the Fellowship for a conversation about moving forward together in our support of women ministers and leaders.
Presenters: Pam Durso, Moderator, Executive Coordinator - BWIM; Panelist: Gary Burton, pastor of Pintlala Baptist Church, Pintlala, Alabama; Scott Claybrook, minister with young adults and communications, First Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee; Nora Lozano, professor of theological studies, Baptist University of the Americas, San Antonio, Texas; Meredith Stone, director of ministry guidance and instructor of Christian ministry and scripture, Logsdon School of Theology, Abilene, Texas
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Creating a Giving Culture through Year-Round Stewardship
Location: Hanover F
Description: Tired of the same-old annual fall stewardship campaign? Learn more effective models to present and engage generosity in your local church and leave with new practical tools for re-imagining stewardship in your community.
Presenter: David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Affirming, Blessing and Commissioning Laity for Missional Living
Location: Greenbriar
Description: Rick interviewed "ordinary" Christians (from 12 to 72) who see their job, hobby, or community service as their place of ministry. Hear how laity want to be partners in ministry.
Presenter: Dr. Rick Jordan, Church Resources Coordinator, CBFNC
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Preaching as an Invitation to the Story
Location: Kennesaw
Description: Is narrative preaching fading, or is it a better way to tell the story of God's mission? Imagine preaching as the merging point of our personal stories, our contextual stories, and the biblical story, coming together as a telling of God's story.
Presenter: Rev. Chris Thomas, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Williams
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Church As Sanctuary: Creating Safe Spaces for All God's Children
Location: Baker
Description: We invite the audience to think theologically about effective child protection/offender policies and sex education that we may be the body of Christ and point to a more excellent way.
Presenters: Rev LeAnn Gardner, Sex Educator and Therapist; Rev Carrie Nettles, Trauma Chaplain
Category: Young Baptists
 
Ministering with and to Millennials
Location: Inman
Description: We hear so much talk about the future of the church in relation to Millennials. This workshop explores the realities of ministering alongside Millennials for the future of Christ's Church.
Presenter: Rob Lee, Author, Stained-Glass Millennials
Category: Young Baptists
 
International Collegiate Ministry
Location: Piedmont
Description: Baptist Student Center, located at Southeast Missouri State University, has been engaging in intentional hospitality ministry since 2011. We will share our story and ideas for reaching out to our international friends.
Presenter: Bruce Gentry
Category: Young Baptists
 
Making the Attractional To Missional Church SHIFT
Location: Spring
Description: Churches are discovering vitality shifting from Attractional (come to us, please!) to Missional paradigm (going with God). Engage this Shift through presentation, video, stories, discussion.  
Presenters: Mark Tidsworth, President, Pinnacle Leadership Associates; Ircel Harrison, Coaching Coordinator, Pinnacle Leadership Associates
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Helping our Warriors Come Home
Location: Hanover D
Description: Veteran families across the United States are struggling to make their way "home". This hands on workshop will offer participants a glimpse of one congregation's response to this growing struggle.
Presenters: Tonya King and Rev. Lance King
Category: Healthy Churches
 
Becoming a Fruit Salad People
Location: Lenox
Description:Effectively cultivating beloved community among immigrants and refugees requires recognition of migration history, understanding worldview and culture, and considering the challenges of living in the US. The results? Beautiful diversity.
Presenters: Sue Smith and Marc Wyatt
Category: Global Missions
 
Immigration, Sanctuary, and the Matthew 25 Movement
Location: International Ballroom North
Description: The Bible is full of commands to care for strangers in our midst. Matthew 25 is a prime example: For I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Come learn how you and your church can be involved in partnering with, welcoming, and defending immigrant
Presenters: Alexia Salvatierra, Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork
Category: Global Missions
 
Being Missional: Developing a Missional Identity
Location: Roswell
Description: Interactive discussion based model for developing a missional identity. The session includes presentation by the facilitator on the dangers of mission as an event and the value of mission as an identity. Big and small group discussions included.
Presenter: James Himie Blay
Category: Global Missions
 
Hepatitis C - The Silent Epidemic in the U.S.
Location: Techwood
Description: Injection drug use is at epidemic proportions in the United States and a boom in Hepatitis C infections is one result. Let's explore this major health issue together and look at the areas in the U.S. that are most affected.
Presenter: Wayne Smith, Director, Samaritan Ministry
Category: Global Missions
 
Project Ruth, Bucharest, Romania: 25 Years in the Neighborhood
Location: Hanover E
Description: From a humble beginning of local Baptist youth reaching out to Roma street children the Ruth School was born. Relive the highlights of this beloved community and hear how it continues to impact the neighborhood.
Presenters: Otniel Bunaciu, Founder and President, Project Ruth, Bucharest, Romania; Ellen Sechrest, Minister of Spiritual Formation and Missions, Boulevard Baptist Church, Anderson, SC; Ralph and Tammy Stocks, CBF Field Personnel
Category: Global Missions
 
What's the Best-Kept Secret in CBF?
Location: The Learning Center
Description: Have you heard about the CBF Ministries Council? It’s the BEST KEPT SECRET in CBF life! However, we want to change that because we have so much to offer you and your church family! Come and learn how the Ministries Council is equipping ministers and laity through the development of resources and the grant money we have to give out that specifically targets the CBF priorities and helps to further God's Kingdom!
Presenters: Griff Martin, Chair - CBF Ministries Council and Senior Pastor, FBC Austin, TX; Greg Dover, Chair-elect - CBF Ministries Council and Senior Pastor, August Heights Baptist Church
Category: Healthy Churches
 

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