We will be discussing how to start a security program for your church, and if you have one already, how to improve your existing team. We will discuss behaviors and indicators and what types of responsibilities will be needed to effectively protect a church and its congregation. We will also discuss what Georgia law says about carrying weapons in church.
Teresa Royall | Your Church Can Reach the Nations – Today
As your church lives out the Acts 1:8 challenge, a ministry to international students allows your church to be a part of “Reaching the Uttermost” this week. This breakout will include many practical ways individuals and families can touch the lives of internationals who come to the USA to study.
You want to reach your community, but do you know who's a part of that community? Data is a powerful tool in ministry that we can use to identify and reach our surrounding community with the gospel. Take the guesswork out of creating pathways to connect to your church, and you might find 40 percent or more of your neighbors you could be reaching!
Rick Howerton | Small Groups In A New World: Developing and Leading an Effective Small Group Ministry in Your Church
The world is different. A pandemic, virtual meetings, training leaders, and many other things have created new and different demands on us, but the calling to make disciples has not changed. Rick will help pastors, discipleship leaders, and small group leaders understand the challenges of developing and maintaining an effective small group ministry amidst the many new and different circumstances in our ever-changing and challenging world.
Johnny Hunt | How to Build a Culture of Evangelism in the Local Church
To be clear, God is the one who saves, but He gives us the opportunity to join His redemptive work. Knowing this, pastors and leaders must be intentional about developing a church culture that makes Jesus known to others. This breakout session is designed to equip pastors and leaders with the necessary practical steps to create a culture of evangelism within their church.
Amy Cordova | Building a Team to Advance the Gospel
Do you ever feel that if you want something done right, you have do it yourself? Perhaps that’s helpful in the short term, but in the long term weariness will set in and growth will slow. Join us as we seek biblical guidance in building a team to advance the gospel!
José Enrique Torres | Consejería: Bíblica y Práctica
Muchos Cristianos se sienten incapacitados para aconsejar a alguien. Sin embargo, cuando nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo pasan pruebas, sufrimientos, y pecado, se nos llama a ayudarles “…crezcamos en todo en aquel que es la cabeza, esto es, Cristo,” hablando la verdad en amor. Al final de esta sesión, tendrá un sentido de urgencia, acceso a herramientas practicas, y estará equipado para comenzar a aconsejar.
Ashleigh Chapman | How Churches and Schools Can Prevent Human Trafficking
Victims of human trafficking are in every county. So are churches and schools. During this session, Ashleigh Chapman, president and CEO of Alliance for Freedom, Justice and Restoration, will share how churches and schools are uniquely positioned to prevent human trafficking. Ashleigh will provide insight and practical ideas on how Christ followers can bring help and hope to those who are being trafficked, while increasing prevention in the community.
D. Ray Davis | Starting from Zero: Initiating Missions in the Local Church
Southern Baptist churches exist for the express purpose of cooperatively praying, giving, going, and sending in fulfillment of our obligation to the nations. D. Ray will discuss ways a church can initiate deeper missional activities in times when missions may have been put on pause. How does the local church initiate or re-initiate missions as a priority? Learn practical ways your church can jump-start missions when it feels like you’re starting from zero!
Chuck Peters | Good, Better, Best Ideas for Enlisting Preschool & Children's Volunteers
It takes lots of volunteers in preschool & children’s ministry, and it’s a never-ending task to have enough. Come learn some great ideas to help enlist, train, and develop volunteers to be leaders at your church.
Chris Trent | What a Teenager Needs from a Youth Worker
What does a teenager really need from you? The good news is that no matter who you are – young or old, cool or not cool, in the know or not in the know – if you’re a Christ follower, you have something every teenagers needs. Chris will discuss a list of basic things every teenagers needs from a youth worker.
TJ Joy & Dallas White | After Hours with Dallas White
In this special SPARK Conference edition of After Hours, host Dallas White will talk with TJ Joy, church planting pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church. TJ is a passionate disciple maker, and he’s helping lead Long Hollow to plant disciple-making churches in cities all across our country. TJ talks openly about how personal discipleship creates a passion for ministry, disciple-making practices that drive personal spiritual growth, key components in creating a culture that makes disciples (and plants churches), what to do right now if you want to finish faithful, and more.
Kyle Walker | Let the Text Talk: Pastors Seeking to Strive in Their Exposition of God's Word
Preaching God's Word is one of the greatest privileges on the planet. It is also a matter of eternal life and death! Though we never "arrive" as preachers, our calling demands we always strive towards greater faithfulness. As Paul put it, we must always do our best to present ourselves as unashamed workers able to accurately handle the Word of Truth. Join this session not to arrive, but to strive towards faithfulness in letting the text talk.
Michael Gunnin | Don’t Neglect Bible Reading in Your Discipleship Strategy
Whether or not someone engages with the Bible is the most predictive factor as to whether they will be a thriving follower of Christ. Driven by research on the power of Bible reading and engagement, this session explores both the why and how to foster a culture of Bible reading in the local church.
Phil Tuttle | Rediscovering the Lost Art of Restoration
Let’s face it, the Church isn’t very good at restoring fallen believers, let alone fallen leaders. When someone is overtaken by sin we don’t know what to say, much less what to do. In this workshop we’ll explore Jesus’ loving restoration of Simon Peter after his devastating denial. Together we’ll discover how failures, whether small or huge, can be redeemed for our good and God’s glory.
Greg Love | Sexual Abuse Risk: Changes in the Landscape
This session will describe the new challenges related to child sexual abuse in ministry: insurance requirements, legislative changes, and how predators have adapted. The session will conclude with an overview of steps to take to deal with the ‘old’ challenge while correctly navigating the ‘new’ challenges.
Do you have a Will that honors your Lord and Savior? The Georgia Baptist Foundation can help you with your Will and also help you bless the Kingdom with an estate gift. This breakout session will help you get your house in order as it relates to the estate that the Lord has blessed you with.
Mike Harland | Leading Worship Ministry after a Pandemic
When COVID-19 struck in 2020, nearly every church in America was faced with many unexpected and unprecedented circumstances, particularly as it relates to the music and worship ministry. Churches regathering for in-person worship have again experienced hearing the voices of God’s people ring out, which has been needed and inspiring. So, what does the worship ministry of our churches look like post-COVID? There is much to learn and be encouraged about as we move forward in a post-pandemic time. Mike Harland will share and encourage the worship leader on how to be better and more effective following such a strenuous 18 months and how the worship of God’s people is a valuable, viable aspect of church life.