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Disciple-Making Conference

  • Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST (doors open at 8:00 AM)
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BREAKOUT SESSION 1 10:30-11:30

Current Disciple-Making Practices in the Charlotte Area
Caleb Sprinkle, director of mobilization, First Baptist Church Charlotte
Come meet Caleb Sprinkle, the Disciple N.C. catalyst for region six and the Greater Charlotte area. Hear stories of where God is at work and have a discussion around best practices for making disciples in and around this region.

Current Disciple-Making Practices in the Boone Area 
Seth Norris, senior pastor, Perkinsville Baptist Church
Come meet Seth Norris, the Disciple N.C. catalyst for region seven and Boone area. Hear stories of where God is at work and have a discussion around best practices for making disciples in and around this region. 

Current Disciple-Making Practices in the Triangle Area 
Andrew Ivester, pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Durham
Come meet Andrew Ivester, the Disciple N.C. catalyst for region four and the Triangle area. Hear stories of where God is at work and have a discussion around best practices for making disciples in and around this region.

Disciple-Making From the Front Seat: Pastoral Leadership and Disciple-Making 
Robert Hefner, senior pastor, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church
As leaders and tone-setters, pastors know they must be the model for a disciple-making culture in their churches. But sometimes the responsibilities of pastoral leadership can feel like they get in the way of disciple-making. Budgets, leadership meetings, visits, deaths, sermon preparation, and other duties can quickly fill up a pastor’s schedule, leaving seemingly little time to fulfill Jesus’ key command. We will walk through some of the strategies to intentionally make disciples from the front seat of pastoral leadership.

Five Steps to Reaching the Unreached Through Sending  
Mark Gray, contract catalyst, Church Planting NC
Want your church to have a greater kingdom impact? Have you been given eyes to see the unreached? Can any size church become a sending church? Come discover five steps to reach the unreached through new initiatives. All participants will receive a free resource.

Equipping Parents to be Missional in Their Homes and Neighborhoods  
Eric Simmons, associate pastor to students, Summerfield First Baptist Church
Jamie Burkett, pastor of  students & discipleship, Gate City Baptist Church
Mark Smith, senior consultant, Family Evangelism and Discipleship, BSCNC
Do families in your congregation see their homes or neighborhoods as a mission field? While communities are growing around our churches, attendance on Sunday mornings is suffering. Why is this happening? Could it be that parents are not equipped to engage their homes and communities with the gospel? The N.C. Baptist Faith at Home Ministry has developed a new resource called “Acts 2:39 Missional Families,” a seven-week small group study written intentionally for parents. Join us to learn more on how equipping your parents can lead to revitalization in your church.

God's Great Work in Pockets of Lostness in N.C.  
John Davenport, Triangle strategy coordinator, BSCNC
Amaury Santos, senior consultant, Hispanic Ministry, BSCNC 
In this session we are going to examine the concentrations of people living in "pockets of lostness" in North Carolina. By understanding the demographics we will look for points of connection for Hispanic churches. We will see how our Lord is working, and the opportunities we have as churches if we are willing to take the gospel where He commands us. With that challenge, we want to ask ourselves what steps we can take to impact lostness through disciple making. Editor’s note: This session is being offered in Spanish.

Ministry Excellence in a Culture of 'Good Enough' 
Josh Hill, Apex campus pastor, The Summit Church 
The local church is charged to make disciples — women and men who say “yes” to the gospel, grow in the gospel, and go with the gospel. However, if the gospel is the greatest message ever known, why does the church often operate as if it's just another scrolling message on a Twitter feed? From environments and systems to sending out the church, details matter for the sake of gospel and the effectiveness of “God’s Plan A,” the local church.

Reaching and Discipling Bohemians in a Postmodern Age 
Trent Holbert, lead pastor, The Ridge Church
Hear the story and experience of planting a church that has successfully reached Bohemian hippies in the mountains of western North Carolina. Gain practical tips for successfully reaching people who are far from Christ in your community.

Revival, Spiritual Awakening and Making Disciples 
Chris Schofield, director, Office of Prayer, BSCNC
Using James 4 as the biblical backdrop, this session will explore the key roles that revival and spiritual awakening play in making disciples who make disciples.

The Sending Church Collective: God's Great Collaboration 
Mike Pittman, team leader, Church Planting, BSCNC
Sending disciples to the unreached may not be a common activity among churches today. However, throughout the Bible, taking the initiative to send servants to preach the gospel is a common theme. A sending church revolution will take place only through collaboration of local churches — God's thing over our thing.

Using Technologies for Disciple-Making 
Sammy Joo, senior consultant, Asian Ministries, BSCNC 
Simon Touprong, pastor, Vietnamese New Hope Baptist Church
In this session, you will hear how modern technologies such as podcasts and Youtube can be used to multiply efforts to make disciples of all nations.

Living the D-Life: Disciple-Making. Anytime. Anywhere 
Barry Owen, D-Life Trainer, Minister to Married Adults, Lawndale Baptist Church
What if you could successfully equip and empower everyone in your ministry for a lifestyle of disciple-making? What if everyone embraced disciple-making as a way of life instead of a program of the church? What if believers all over the world started living out their supreme purpose in life and started making disciples just like Jesus?  D-Life is a simple, biblical, missional, and reproducible process for equipping every believer for a lifestyle of disciple-making. With the Bible as your only textbook, it is a process that will work in any size congregation. 

How can we create a viral culture of disciple making?
Bryan Rose, senior lead navigator, Auxano

We have all seen the hilarious memes and engaging videos that dominate our social media feeds. Many of us laugh and share, sending them on to our family and friends. Our culture understands the viral nature of a compelling story and greater meaning, but do our churches? In this breakout session, we will unpack five essential qualities of a viral culture of disciple-making and provide three easy-to-apply next steps in creating contagious followers of Jesus.


A Pastor's Approach to Discipling Younger Men 
Ed Rose, senior pastor, Central Baptist Church, Wendell
Discover one pastor's approach to identifying and investing in young men for spiritual maturity and multiplication. 

Abiding in the Vine to Love Our Neighbors Well 
Anna Kilby, High Country BSM, Boone
One of the things Jesus tells His disciples in the “abide” passage is that He loves His disciples as the Father has loved Him. His disciples are to love their fellow disciples this way, but they are also to love the world with the love that can come only from Christ. Sometimes it can be difficult to love our neighbors, even when we know we are commanded to do so. How can we do this well so we might have opportunities to share the gospel with them? This breakout session will focus on what Jesus says about abiding in His love, how His followers do this, and how His followers can rest in Him in an effort to share the love of Christ with their neighbors.

Developing a Discipleship Pathway 
Steven Wade, senior pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Youngsville
This breakout will help leaders develop a clear discipleship pathway for their church, cast vision for discipleship as the central focus of the ministry and mission of the church, and strategize about how to implement changes that make the discipleship pathway the core of the church.

Disciple-Making and the Academy: From Classroom Seats to Neighborhood Streets 
George Robinson, associate professor of evangelism & missions,  Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
This breakout will explore the place of the academy in making disciples, examine its benefits and limitations, and explore some key things the academy is offering to local churches to help catalyze and strengthen disciple-making.

From College & Career Sunday School to Disciple-Making Community 
Yana Conner, senior consultant, Collegiate Partnerships, BSCNC
Ryan Smith, associate pastor of college ministries, Lawndale Baptist Church
Fewer and fewer young adults are landing in Sunday School classes. So how can a church transform a struggling college and career class into an effective disciple-making community that reaches deep into lostness? This session will offer practical tips and tweaks that can bring about significant change. 

How to Multiply Your Group Ministry Without Losing the Disciple-Making Focus 
Trea Brinson, pastor, Restoration Church
Is it possible that your focus on multiplying groups has become more important than disciple-making? This breakout will allow you to learn how to implement a plan that encompasses both important values.

Hero Maker: 5 Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Godly Leaders 
Corey Alley, contract catalyst, Church Planting NC
Become that rare breed of leader who brings change into our world by sacrificially investing in others who become the heroes. Based on the book Hero Maker by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird, this session explores five powerful practices found in Jesus’ ministry. Come learn strategies to multiply your dreams, initiate permission giving, develop an apprenticeship system that works, activate your leaders’ gifts and develop a simple scoreboard that measures kingdom-building progress.

How Technology Is Changing Us 
Merrie Johnson, senior consultant, Youth Evangelism and Discipleship, BSCNC
Technology is here to stay, but how it influences us and our families is a choice we need to consider. We make choices every day. Some of those choices include: What kind of lives we want to live in our households, what kind of relationships we want with the people closest to us, and what kind of people we are becoming. Is our current use of technology helping us become people of wisdom, courage and love? Join us as we look at how to create balance in our homes with technology in its proper place.

Importance of Assimilation to Connect People to Where Real Church Happens 
James Zik, associate pastor, Beach Road Baptist Church
Assimilation is the beginning where people move into the life of your church. Church attendance does not make a disciple. Discipling takes place in group life. This session will provide you with practical ideas to assimilate people into groups where real church happens.

Presenting the Plan of Salvation to Children 
Cheryl Markland, senior consultant, Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, BSCNC
One of the greatest honors in children's ministry is the opportunity to present the gospel to a child. We will explore several methods of presenting the gospel to a child in clear, age-appropriate ways. A bonus to learning how to present the gospel clearly to a child is knowing you are equipped to present the gospel to anyone! We will also learn how intentional gospel teaching prepares a child's heart to receive this wonderful message of salvation.

Shaping Disciple-Making Culture in Small Churches 
Russ Reaves, Triad strategy coordinator, BSCNC
Small church leaders often assume that their church is incapable of making a significant impact on the lostness in their communities. In this session, we will discuss three simple and sustainable strategies for disciple-making that a church of any size — even the smallest congregation — can utilize to advance the gospel and make disciples in neighborhoods around the church building and the homes of church members.

Sharing the Gospel With Neighbors of Other Faiths 
James Cooper, missionary, First Baptist Church, Durham
Jonathan Derbyshire, missionary, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh
John Messiah, Summit Church, Durham
We live in a world where we sit next to a Muslim friend in class, live across the street from a Hindu or work at a coffee shop with a Buddhist. God is bringing unreached peoples from around the world to be our neighbors, which provides amazing opportunities for the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Come learn how to use the “3 Circles” evangelism tool and adapt it to share with people from other world religions.

The True Heart of Disciple-Making 
Carson Cobb, student pastor, North Wake Church
In order to persevere in the hard work of disciple-making, we must be motivated by a force stronger than duty, ambition or guilt. We must return to the heart of disciple-making, and it's not curriculum, tools, or strategies. It is love. In the New Testament, the apostles referred to their ”disciples” as their family. They called them their children, their brothers, their sisters. This breakout will examine the role of deep affection in disciple-making found in 1 Thessalonians 2.

Getting to the Next Step: Reproducing Disciple-Makers 
John Davenport, Triangle strategy coordinator, BSCNC
Amaury Santos, senior consultant, Hispanic Ministry, BSCNC 
As we examine discipleship in our churches, we ask ourselves: Is it biblical? Is it simple? Is it reproducible? And does it lead us to take the next step? To make disciples who make disciples and thus impact many more, we have to build up a force of lay workers who have confidence in Christ and commitment to His glory. In this workshop we will examine the “four fields” strategy and share some tools to help us disciple and train others for great kingdom impact. Editor’s note: This session is being offered in Spanish.


Basic Tools for Gospel Conversations 
Josh Reed, senior consultant, Adult Evangelism and Discipleship, BSCNC
There are a million ways to get into a gospel conversation, but what matters most is what you say once you're in the conversation. Come learn more about the “6 Words” and “3 Circles” tools to help you become more confident and competent in communicating the hope of the gospel and how it's changed your life.

Creating a Disciple-Making Culture in Group Life 
Walker Armstrong, executive director, Pilot Mountain Baptist Association
Disciple-making culture is a term tossed about all the time. However, there is little movement in churches or groups where this is taking place. What are the dynamics to creating a disciple-making culture, and how do we implement them? This session will help answer those questions by providing practical steps and principles to assist you in your context.

Developing a Personal Evangelism and Discipleship Process 
Steve Harris, Blue Ridge strategy coordinator, BSCNC
Join us as we consider the steps of preparing the field of lostness, sowing the seed of the gospel, cultivating the new growth and reaping the harvest of enfolding new believers into the body of Christ. Several models will be introduced. 

Disciple-Making Tactics 
Chuck Campbell, Unifour strategy coordinator, BSCNC
This session explores the difference between strategy and tactics, between plans and action. An often overlooked area in our disciple-making models surrounds tactics to fulfill them. Join us as we look at practical disciple-making tactics that put plans into action, tactics with a proven track record that can be applied to any model or strategy.

Disciple-Making Triads 
Michael Sowers, pastor, Buies Creek First Baptist Church
Disciple-making is often assumed in a church body because we have programs that we assume are making disciples. The hard truth is that oftentimes we have many members who have never been discipled. Come hear from a pastor whose church is on a new journey of disciple-making through triads. Learn what that journey looks like and how it might apply in your context to produce mature followers of Christ.  

Multiplying Disciple-Making Churches: The Jeff and Jennifer Story 
Ralph Garay, senior consultant, Asian Church Planting, BSCNC
This is the story of “Jeff” and “Jennifer.”  We call them Jeff and Jennifer because “JF” stands for “Jesus Follower.” This is not the story of a “missionary” but of any follower of Jesus. (Share the gospel and teach them to make disciples.) We call this process “planting reproducing churches (or communities) through modeling and equipping” based on Acts 2:37-47.

Networking to Fulfill the Great Commission 
Scott Setzer, South Roanoke Baptist Association
Why should we network with other churches to impact lostness and make disciples? What are the barriers and benefits of networking with other churches? How do we develop true kingdom advancing, disciple-making networks? We will address these questions and draw principles from one of the Apostle Paul's associates who networked with others to fulfill the Great Commission.

Praying and Sharing: The Role of Prayer in Disciple-Making 
Ashley Allen, senior consultant, Embrace Women's Ministry, BSCNC
When Paul penned his letter to the church at Colossae, he told them to devote themselves to prayer while also asking the Lord to open a door for Paul and others to “speak forth the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:2-4). Paul recognized the necessary role prayer plays in disciple-making, but do we? We are often left with the desire for family and friends to come into a relationship with Christ, but do not know how to pray for them. This breakout session will examine what the Bible says about prayer and making disciples, while also providing practical tips for how to begin praying with a disciple-making focus.

The Joy in Church Revitalization 
Ryan Hearn, senior pastor, Brookwood Baptist Church
This breakout will examine biblical and practical wisdom regarding prayer and patience in cultivating joy in a current revitalization context. By exploring the Bible, hearing actual examples and discussing situational wisdom, attendees will come away with a greater sense of confidence in the Holy Spirit's role in cultivating true joy in church revitalization.

The Priority of Worship in Church Revitalization 
Sandy Marks, senior consultant, Church Health and Revitalization, BSCNC
Lee Chewning, pastor of worship and arts, Calvary Baptist Church
When we think of worship, our minds often go to Sunday morning and music style. However, in an effective revitalization process, personal involvement as well as a biblical understanding of worship is crucial for both leaders and the congregation. This session will explore practical methods of utilizing worship as a major component in implementing a disciple-making strategy needed for church revitalization.

The Sermon Starts in the Parking Lot 
Danny Franks, pastor of guest services, The Summit Church
Every Sunday is somebody's first Sunday. How do you make sure your first-time guests feel welcomed, cared for and expected to return? Come learn five practical steps to increase the "guest awareness culture" at your church.

The Future of Groups Ministry in Your Church 
Rick Hughes, senior consultant, Sunday School and Small Groups, BSCNC
Our landscape and culture are constantly changing. Groups in our churches are the main platform for making disciples. What dynamics will need to be in place for groups to disciple others in the coming years? This session will give you practical principles to think through for the future of your groups.

When the Kiddos Leave 
Jonathan Yarboro, team leader, Collegiate Partnerships, BSCNC
Micah Ray, associate pastor, Life Community Church, Jamestown
How does a church reach college students at the campus next door while simultaneously caring for the homegrown kiddos who have gone away to college? Many churches do one or the other well, but it’s possible to balance both. This session will cover practical tips for reaching new students without giving up on the old.

How to Ask Good Questions
Yana Conner
What if effective disciple-making is more about knowing how to ask the right questions than having all the right answers. In the gospels, Jesus asked 183 questions and only answered 3. In this breakout session, you will learn how to ask questions that foster obedience to Christ’s commands and help God’s people think and live counter-culturally.

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