Workshops

Workshop 1 | Monday 10:30 - 11:30 am.

◼◼The Creative Power of Children's Ministry (Children's Ministry)
by Kevin Detweiler, LaSalle in the Gateway Center

Why Children’s Ministry you ask? What’s better than seeing the joy on a children’s faces, laughter out of their voices and love in their hearts? God‘s creative power has the ability to capture the attention of the youngest child, and pour through them a live stream of hope to generations to come!  For “One Child can make all the difference in the world”!   For one child had the substance to feed thousands in his lunch bag.   He just needed someone to get what he had to Jesus, and that takes YOU!  Come join us as we learn what one child can do through God‘s creative power!

◼◼Starting and Running a Volunteer Safety Team Ministry (Local Church Ministry)
by Rick Hector and Tim McCoy, Madison B in the Double Tree Hotel

We will talk about why Real Life church started its Safety Team Ministry and how the team is structured. We will talk about where we get our training material and the importance of training. We will discuss the importance of developing and maintaining a friendship with your local police department and the importance of meeting your insurance's standards for a Safety Team Ministry. We will also discuss the importance of qualified individuals ( spiritually, mentally, and physically) serving on your Safety Team Ministry. Question and answers to follow.

◼◼Outdoor Ministry and a Man’s Heart (Local Church Ministry)
by TJ Greaney, Madison C in the Double Tree Hotel

Where does your heart get peace? Where do you hear from God? So often men who love the outdoors, who hear God there, don’t know how or where that may fit in their walk with Jesus. An outdoor ministry is an incredible outreach tool for the men and boys in a church and community.

◼◼Developing a Missional Church (Missions)
by Pastor Panel, Salon 2 in the Gateway Center

This workshop will focus on real-world ideas to help you move your church in missions awareness and involvement.  Each of these pastors has served their congregations for several years and have good ideas to share on ways they develop missions awareness and missionary support in their churches.

◼◼How To Do Better Study in the Digital Age... in just 15 minutes per day. (Personal Enrichment)
by LOGOS Bible, Salon 1 in the Gateway Center

Technology allows us to study the Bible with incredible depth and accuracy. This interactive workshop will demonstrate the use of all-new Logos Bible Software – Logos 8 – for effective teaching, counseling, and personal Bible study. What normally takes five to 10 hours of flipping through paper books for theological answers and Bible study can be done in seconds – and the depth of study is unparalleled! Logos 8  gives you access to your entire biblical library wherever you are because it is compatible with Mac®, PC, iPhone®, and Android.

◼◼Boundless (Women's Ministry)
by Vicki Smith, Salon 3 in the Gateway Center

Join Women's Ministries Director Vicki Smith and Women's Ministries Leaders as they share the vision for Women's Ministries.  Be part of the discussion as we introduce the mission statement and new goals for the ministry.  Participants will receive materials that they can take back to their churches and ministry groups.

◼◼Worship Leader Round Table  (Worship Arts)
by Chris Habermehl, Jacob Norton, & Landon Sartin, Madison A in the Double Tree Hotel

A practical, open discussion to assist church leaders in developing the framework of a basic ministry plan designed to optimize the local church’s potential for impacting its community for Christ.

Workshop 2 | Monday 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

◼◼Church Revitalization: How and Where to Start (Church Growth)
by Travis Stephens, David Mitchell, and Johnny Hibbs, Salon 1 in the Gateway Center

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace, and churches often find themselves struggling to keep up. If you feel like your church is stuck, you need to ask yourself three questions before you can get unstuck. In this workshop, you'll find out these three questions and the steps to take to start moving forward.

◼◼Create + Connect (Communications)
by Valory Zortman, Madison B in the Double Tree Hotel

Building church social media. We’re taking it from the start to connect with your audience on the main social media platforms. We’ll give you the how-to’s, the what-not’s, best practices, and show you some apps to help. We’ll even talk about the why's and take your questions to help you in your local ministry.

◼◼Tech Tour and Q&A (Communications)
by Solid Rock Productions, Main Hall

Tour of Summit tech plus lots of Q&A time with the Solid Rock guys. Have questions about what equipment would be best for your building and budget? Here is a great opportunity to pick the minds of some great Audio, Video, & Lighting (AVL) system integrators. All for the price of admission!

◼◼Connections Groups (Local Church Ministry)
by Kevin Mann, Salon 3 in the Gateway Center

Small groups, just as they were in the Bible, can be the most evangelistic and life-altering movement a church can experience. This session will address on-campus groups and off-campus groups. It will give direction as to how to start a small group campaign and then follow through with it as well as help understanding long-term and short term groups while managing both.

◼◼Depression, Anxiety and other Mental Health Issues in Your Church. (Local Church Ministry)
by Brian Buris, Madison C in the Double Tree Hotel

Mental health issues are a part of every church in America.  You have people in your church who suffer from depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief, addictions, and the list could go on.  These issues aren't limited to adults; adolescents and children are suffering as well.  This workshop will offer discussion about identifying, encouraging and counseling these individuals. We will mesh biblical and medical model counseling principles and techniques to create a fuller understanding of how to help those suffering from these issues in your church.  Brian is a School Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has worked within the mental health field for over 20 years.

◼◼Meet Your Missionaries and International Guests (Missions)
by Panel, Salon 2 in the Gateway Center

The Missions and Ministry Summit gives General Baptists an opportunity to meet international missionaries and international guests.  General Baptists from around the world have gathered for this 150th.  This panel will allow you a great opportunity to meet some of them and listen to their stories.

◼◼Defining Moments in the Lives of Biblical Women (Personal Enrichment)
by Brenda Poinsett, LaSalle in the Gateway Center

Who are some biblical women who experienced defining moments? How can reviewing their stories help us identify defining moments in our lives? Why bother recognizing them? What difference will it make in our living and pleasing God?

◼◼Go Big. Go Small. (Youth Workers)
by Preston Owens, Madison A in the Double Tree Hotel

Do you want to grow your youth ministry? Do you want your youth ministry to contribute to the church as a whole? What if the key to growing a larger, healthier, youth ministry is to go big by going small? Join us as we talk about the importance of small groups in youth ministry.

SUPER SESSIONS | Tuesday 9:00 - 11:30 am.

The Summit SUPER WORKSHOP SESSIONS

This year’s Summit will offer four special sessions on Tuesday mornings.  The strategy is to offer some extended time with those leaders who can provide practical assistance on these very important topics.  The topics have been selected to meet a broad range of interests so that there should be something for everyone who attends the Summit.  All Super Sessions will begin at 9 a.m.

The Super Sessions will replace the Tuesday morning general session and the Tuesday morning workshop session that have previously been featured as parts of the Summit schedule.

◼◼ First Steps in Church Revitalization
by Thom Rainer, LaSalle in the Gateway Center

Seven of ten churches in America are declining or plateaued. This session gives the facts behind the challenges, the trends before us, and opportunities to lead churches toward healthy growth. Participants will benefit from first-hand interaction with one of the leading experts in church revitalization.  In the course of this session, participants will be able to identify the initial steps in revitalization as well as to develop a timeline for initial implementation.

◼◼ Leadership Lessons for  Growing Churches
by Dave Stone, Main Hall in the Gateway Center

The larger your church grows, the more stress and scrutiny the leaders will encounter.  In this Super Session, Dave will delve into some of the “big rock” leadership issues such as:  shaping the culture, casting the vision, deepening your leaders, hiring the right staff, handling criticism, improving your communication skills and keeping the main thing the main thing.

◼◼ Next Steps in Revitalization:  Leadership Development – Developing Leaders Around You
by Joey Graves, Salons 1-3 in the Gateway Center

Sheer energy and passion may get the revitalization ball rolling but how does a church sustain that momentum across the years?  Pastor Joey Graves will share from his experience at New Testament Church, Burton, Michigan how this church has sustained its momentum across the years so that life-change continues to be a central feature of its ministries.  The patterns and principles he will describe will allow participants who have already experienced the first stages of revitalization to chart their own next steps adapted to their own local settings.

◼◼ How to Study for All its Worth
by Danny Dunivan, Clinton Romm in the Double Tree Hotel

This Super Session focuses on how to faithfully study Scripture to enhance the quality of preaching and teaching. The Psalms and the Gospels will be used as case studies for paying attention to the depth of Scripture.

Workshop 4 | Tuesday 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

◼◼What’s the Rush?  An urgent message for children’s ministry!  (Children's Ministry)
by Renee McCoy, Salon 1 in the Gateway Center

Researchers have shown these statistics. 20% of your kids will walk away from the church for good. 50% of your kids will leave the church for a season but return later on. 30% of your kids will stay in the church. Truly there is no greater privilege, no greater responsibility than to teach the next generation the Gospel! As has been said, “failure is not an option”.  We will be discussing some real issues concerning children’s ministry and finding real answers; providing an intentional plan for teaching toddlers through preteens.

◼◼First Impressions: How to Turn 1st Time Guests into Engaged Members  (Church Growth)
by Shawn Carter and Travis Stephens, Salon 2 in the Gateway Center

Did you know most guests make a decision whether or not to come back to your church within the first 7 minutes of pulling into the parking lot? First impressions matter. In this workshop find out how your church can create a great first impression that will connect with guests and keep them coming back.

◼◼ProPresenter: Moving Beyond the Basics (Communications)
by Brandon Conn, Main Hall in the Gateway Center

Is your church using or considering ProPresenter? This presentation software is a powerful tool that can help take your worship experience to another level. In this session, we will take a look at the basics of ProPresenter and explore lesser-known features that can enhance your presentations.

◼◼Connections Groups (Local Church Ministry)
by Kevin Mann, Salon 3 in the Gateway Center

Small groups, just as they were in the Bible, can be the most evangelistic and life-altering movement a church can experience. This session will address on-campus groups and off-campus groups. It will give direction as to how to start a small group campaign and then follow through with it as well as help understanding long-term and short term groups while managing both.

◼◼Church Security- Making your Church Safe Without Compromising the Core Mission (Local Church Ministry)
by Barry Young, Madison B in the Double Tree Hotel

The Bible says in Proverb 22:3, "A wise man sees danger and prepares for it."  The goal of this class is to make sure every church has a comprehensive safety and security plan.  Often times the safer a church is the faster it will grow.  The hope for the world is the gospel of Jesus.  However, if parishioners don't feel safe it will be very difficult for the church to accomplish its mission.  The church can reach out to the world and be a safe place at the same time.  The session will give biblical tips, tools, and techniques for keeping God's people safe.

◼◼Mission Team in Community Outreach (Missions)
by Panel, Madison D in the Double Tree Hotel

GBIM is seeking to move forward with Mission One teams focused on different approaches to church and community development and outreach.  Learn more about this effort and how you can become involved.

◼◼Learn to Navigate Logos Bible Software for More Effective Teaching and Study (Personal Enrichment)
by LOGOS Bible Software, Madison C in the Double Tree Hotel

In the new digital world of ministry, pastors, preachers, and leaders need cutting edge tools to craft Christ-centered sermons for effective preaching. This class will give you the foundational framework to navigate the exhaustive features and resources in Logos Bible Software. Imagine doing 40-50 hours of sermon prep and Bible study research in under one hour! Logos also gives you access to your entire biblical preaching and pastoral library because it is compatible with iPhone and Android. Using Logos for sermon preparation and personal Bible study will be clearly taught and demonstrated.

◼◼Women Moving Forward Facing the Challenge  (Women's Ministry)
by Women's Ministries, LaSalle in the Gateway Center

Women's Ministries Business Session.  Come be part of the discussion as we handle necessary business items regarding the ministry.  Your input is crucial.  Budget, the election of officers, and Love Gift presentations will be covered during this session.

◼◼Making Truth Make Sense  (Youth Workers)
by Blake Thomas, Madison A in the Double Tree Hotel

Whether it is through words or actions, teaching teenagers biblical truths is the foundation of everything we do. In a culture that seems to be moving further and further from God, it is important that we know how to communicate truth in a relevant and engaging way. In this breakout, we want to equip student pastors and leaders with helpful message prep tools to help truth make sense to teenagers.

Workshop 5 | Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30 am.

◼◼Developing a Communication Plan (Communications)
by Darren DeLoach and Emily Wahlers, LaSalle in the Gateway Center

In this session, we'll share how Connection Point Church developed a comprehensive communications plan and implemented it.  We'll help you discover both what to do and what not to do with lots of Q&A included.

◼◼Leadership Pipeline (Leadership Development)
by Carl Nichols and Relevant Team, Clinton Room in the Double Tree Hotel

Every church could use more leaders. Not just leaders by title, but leaders who can lead with mission and vision and move the church forward. In this breakout, you will hear how Relevant Church spent an entire year developing a leadership pipeline that would take them from 40 leaders to over 100 trained and quality leaders in just six months. During this session, the Relevant Team, along with several other churches who have begun implementing the process, will work with you to develop your very own leadership pipeline. There are four levels of a completed pipeline. By the end of these sessions, you will have your very own Level One as well as the tools necessary to develop the next three levels.

Cost: $25 per person includes lunch and resources (limited availability, tickets at Registration Desk)

◼◼Deliverance or Recovery  (Local Church Ministry)
by Clifton J. Ruggs Jr, Salon 1 in the Gateway Center

During this session, you will explore the “Substance Abuse Cycle”.  Many individuals turn to their church or family for help in dealing with substance abuse or use problems.  Help is a ministry. You will learn to recognize the signs of substance abuse and how to disrupt its cycle with intervention and treatment strategies. This session will provide attendees a better understanding of the disease of alcohol, drug use/abuse, the power of God, religion, and spirituality in order to help people overcome this devastating disease by prevention, intervention, and treatment via Deliverance or Recovery.

◼◼5 Biblical Ways To Grow Your Church  (Church Growth)
by Mike Johnson with GFA World, Madison C in the Double Tree Hotel

Growing your church from the inside out.  Practical and biblical growth always starts with the leadership of the church.  A straightforward discussion about consistently empowering the members of the church to live intentionally for King (Jesus) & Country (Heaven).  To be willing to ask the question “What are we doing, for Christ’s sake?”

◼◼Let's Do A Sing Along (Personal Enrichment)
by Bob Poinsett, Madison B in the Double Tree Hotel

Many favorite hymns are an outgrowth of Defining Moments in the lives of hymn writers.  Their “life circumstances” resulted in spiritually inspiring lyrics that continue to touch our lives today. It is Well With My Soul - written by Horatio G. Spafford - is one such hymn.   Blend your voices as Scott and Barbara Watson lead in singing while Bob Poinsett shares the background of some of our most memorable and meaningful hymns.

◼◼Women Reaching Women (Women’s Ministry)
Amanda Knight and Mindy Pinckney, Salon 2 in the Gateway Center

Every church has the opportunity to reach women of all ages and assist them in reaching their full potential in ministry.  Join Amanda Knight and Mindy Pinckney as they share hands-on ideas that can be used in any church setting.  Both of these presenters have vast experience in leading women's events in their local areas.  Topics to be discussed will be how to encourage younger women to participate, planning a large event, and how to organize women's ministries meetings.  Included in this session is a question and answer time as well as a resource packet.

◼◼Youth Workers Round Table (Youth Workers)
by YOU!, Salon 3 in the Gateway Center

In this breakout session, you're in charge! Our facilitator will guide the discussions among the topics you want to talk about. What issues are you facing as youth leaders? What successes have you had? What resources can you not live without? Where did you find them? Where are all the volunteers?!

Learn from each other. Help each other. Talk with others on the same mission as you!

Workshop 6 | Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

◼◼Launch GO (Missions)
by Jim Pratt, Madison C in the Double Tree Hotel

Engaging in the missional leadership pipeline.  Dr. Jim Pratt will introduce ideas and opportunities for participants to engage in the denominational leadership pipeline through Mission One opportunities and internship.

◼◼Branding: How to Appeal to the Community You Are Serving  (Communications)
by Brandon Conn, Madison B in the Double Tree Hotel

What is branding, and how does it apply to your church? More than ever, a compelling brand is vitally important for churches. Branding is more than logos and fonts. It’s a clear and consistent presentation of the vision that appeals to the community you are serving. In this session, we will look at the best branding practices and how you can apply them to your church.

◼◼Leadership Pipeline Continued (Leadership Development)
by Carl Nichols and Relevant Team, Clinton Room in the Double Tree Hotel

Every church could use more leaders. Not just leaders by title, but leaders who can lead with mission and vision and move the church forward. In this breakout, you will hear how Relevant Church spent an entire year developing a leadership pipeline that would take them from 40 leaders to over 100 trained and quality leaders in just six months. During this session, the Relevant Team, along with several other churches who have begun implementing the process, will work with you to develop your very own leadership pipeline. There are four levels of a completed pipeline. By the end of these sessions, you will have your very own Level One as well as the tools necessary to develop the next three levels.

Cost: $25 per person includes lunch and resources (limited availability, tickets at Registration Desk)

◼◼The Faith Base Response  (Local Church Ministry)
by Clifton Ruggs Jr., Salon 1 in the Gateway Center

The church is comprised of individuals; individuals and families are the basic components of the church which is a body of believers. As of January 2019, over 100 Americans die daily due to over-dosing. Now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States it accounts for more deaths than traffic fatalities or gun homicides and suicides. Fear and addiction pretty much go hand in hand and people live with the fear that there is no hope for them to beat an addiction. What are our responses for such a critical time as this when sons, daughters, husbands, wives, leaders, homes, and families are being decimated?  There is hope for a brighter tomorrow. Explore various levels of action plans.

◼◼Hispanic Growth Through Bible Institutes (Panel)  (Missions)
by Panel, LaSalle in the Gateway Center

General Baptists are utilizing leadership development in Mexico and Honduras to inspire church growth and development.  Meet the essential national workers who lead these institutes and hear their stories.

◼◼Learn to Navigate Logos Bible Software for More Effective Teaching and Study (Personal Enrichment)
by Logos Bible Software, Salon 2 in the Gateway Center

In the new digital world of ministry, pastors, preachers, and leaders need cutting edge tools to craft Christ-centered sermons for effective preaching. This class will give you the foundational framework to navigate the exhaustive features and resources in Logos Bible Software. Imagine doing 40-50 hours of sermon prep and Bible study research in under one hour! Logos also gives you access to your entire biblical preaching and pastoral library because it is compatible with iPhone and Android. Using Logos for sermon preparation and personal Bible study will be clearly taught and demonstrated.

◼◼Can These Bones Live? (Personal Enrichment)
by Brenda Poinsett, Madison D in the Gateway Center

A disease people over 40 sometimes get is dry-bone-itis. This disease has been around for a long time going all the way back to the days of Ezekiel. What is dry-bone-itis? What are the symptoms? Who is particularly vulnerable? What are the causes? More importantly, what are some remedies that will cure dry-bone-itis?

◼◼Leading Worship: Listening is Seeing  (Worship Arts)
by Landon Sartin, Salon 3 in the Gateway Center

Sometimes creating a strong Spirit-filled worship experience is easier said than done. There are so many variables, styles, and opinions that it can be hard to know where and how to begin. This workshop will help Worship Leaders and Pastors begin good conversations to foster a trusting and nurturing relationship that will equal a dynamite worship experience lead by Vision. There are no quick solutions, but great systems and clear communications will help you revitalize an already growing team or help a struggling team. Habakkuk tells us to Write it down (The Vision) - Make it plain - Read it - Run. The goal for this session is for us to determine how to define a clear Vision for your church's Worship or Music team. Winning one conversation at a time!

Workshop Tracks

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Why offer workshop tracks?

Grouping workshops into similar subject areas allow workshop leaders to present more depth in each session. For example, workshops are often divided into parts of segments so that a broader scope of information can be shared.

Workshop tracks also allow individuals to balance their workshop experience by choosing a variety or to specialize by focusing on one particular track.

Can tracks benefit me and my church?

Many times workshop tracks will offer ‘competing’ workshops. That is two or more workshops dealing with the same subject area are offered at the same time. In this case, many church leaders will work to divide and conquer by sending different members of their Summit team to different workshops. Handouts can be shared and important information communicated so the learning can be multiplied.

Another benefit of tracks is the benefit of a shared experience by members who are engaged in ministry. For example, this year’s tracks will offer some in-depth resources for our Turnaround 2020 initiative. A church leadership team that attends these tracks together will benefit significantly!

What tracks can I expect this year?
  • ◼︎ Children's Ministry 
  • ◼︎ Church Growth 
  • ◼︎ Communications
  • ◼︎ Local Church Ministry
  • ◼︎ Missions
  • ◼︎ Personal Enrichment
  • ◼︎ Women’s Ministries
  • ◼︎ Worship Arts
  • ◼︎ Youth Workers