Spark Conference

Central Regions Live Gathering

Second Baptist Church Warner Robins, GA
Saturday, Aug 6

Jeremy Morton, Keynote

Jeremy Morton is the lead pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock. Jeremy and his wife, Carrie are lifelong Georgia residents who were church planters in the central part of the state for many years. Previously, he was the senior pastor of Cartersville First Baptist Church for five years. Jeremy also served as senior pastor at Cross Point Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia since its inception in 2002.
He has been preaching since the age of 16. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christianity from Brewton Parker College in 2004, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007, and recently completed his Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Breakout Topics


5 Essentials for a Great Small Group/Sunday School Leader led by Scott Sullivan
Learn five key characteristics of group leaders who excel every week at teaching and leading. This session is packed with practical content to help you take the next step in making disciple makers in a group setting.

Being a Single-Friendly Church led by PJ Dunn
One-third of families are single-parent households. Over half the adults in America today are single adults. Forty percent of marriages end in divorce, and the average age for marriage is now 30 for men and 29 for women. Churches that embraces singles of all backgrounds will be the church that reaches the community. Learn simple and easy ways to connect with singles around you without starting a program or ministry.

Building a Culture of Discipleship led by PJ Dunn
What really changes the culture of discipleship in a church? A program? A pastor? Curriculum? Only when we change the culture of discipleship at our church will we see our church make disciples.

Don't Complicate Discipleship led by Todd Crosby
Discipleship is the mission of every believer and it doesn’t have to be difficult or take hours of preparation.  Learn how any believer can disciple others by developing relationships and focusing on 3 key areas: Bible intake, prayer and service.  

The Disciple Making Pastor led by Jim Perdue
In this session Jim shares his own experience as a personal disciple maker as well how to cast a vision for becoming a disciple making church. Learn how to create margin in your live for personal disciple making and the keys to developing a strategy and vision for creating a culture of disciple making at your church.

The Watershed Principle: Life Change That Leads to World-Impacting Disciple Makers led by Matthew Gibbs
In this session, you will learn about the Watershed Principle and how to use this resource as an evaluation tool and spring board for developing a disciple making pathway with alignment in all areas of your church ministry. Along with a commitment to personal disciple making this is one of the next best steps to becoming a world-impacting disciple making church.

Four "Must Haves" for Leading a Disciple Making Men's Ministry led by Ray Sullivan
Whether you are starting or restarting a ministry to men in your church, this breakout will introduce you to four key elements that must be present in order for your ministry to be faithful to the Great Commission. Let’s move beyond the pancake breakfast and wild game dinner to engage men in 2 Timothy 2:2 living that leads to world-impacting disciple-makers.

Developing and Sustaining a Leadership Pipeline led by Carl Johnson
There are very few churches who boast of having enough leaders. The ones who do probably have a plan for developing leaders and maintaining a leadership pipeline. This session will cover some foundational elements for identifying potential leaders and developing them to equip others for ministry and leadership.


Building Evangelistic Churches led by Brad Marchman 
Every pastor wants to reach more lost people with the gospel. Every pastor wants to see their people actively participating in the in the task of evangelism. This training offers a tool that will help make this a reality for your church by creating a strategic plan for intentional and continuous evangelism. This game plan will also lead your people to be more gospel focused and mobilized to participate in the process. It's a tool that will help you change the culture of your church and have your people looking to impact their community with the gospel.

If You Build It, They Will Come:  Developing a Sports Outreach Ministry led by Jimmy Moneypenny
It’s not about playing games, it’s about the Gospel. As a recreation pastor, Jimmy has learned how to lead an effective and strategic rec. ministry that is producing new fruit on a regular and consistent basis. In this session you will learn the foundational principles for an effective sports outreach ministry, how to build a recreation ministry from the ground up, and how to multiply your impact through developing ministry leaders who have a love of sports and a love for sharing Jesus.

Georgia Baptist Women

Tasting Grace: A Mentoring-in-the-Kitchen Ministry led by Jan Morton
The idea of women gathering together is as old as time, and in our fast-paced social media driven society, face-to-face genuine encounters are so vital. The Titus 2 model of this ministry offers nourishment for spiritual and emotional needs as women gather and share together. New culinary skills and confidence, as well as delicious recipes are gained as women share life together. The bonds that are formed are precious and something many young women are missing in their day-to-day lives. Come and learn how you can utilize Tasting Grace in your own church as an outreach and a mentoring ministry for the women in your church and community. 

Trends Affecting Ministry to Women led by Kelly King
There is no secret that the past two years have affected everyone, including those who are ministering to women. What trends will affect the way you lead in the coming year? How are you connecting with women in the local church and addressing the most pressing needs? This session doesn't provide all the answers, but we'll look at ways you can be prepared for the changing ministry landscape.


Creating a Missional Leadership Pipeline in Your Church led by Buck Burch
Do you have a workable way to help your church members understand God’s call on their lives for missions? Buck will walk through developing a plan for developing missional leaders from their very first trip to the varied course material available through IMB, NAMB, and GBMB, and the process for making applications as short-term, mid-term, or long-term missionaries. You’ll have an overview for creating a simple, clear vision for growing global missionaries in your church.

Before You Go: Preparing and Planning for a Mission Trip led by Jimmy Moneypenny
To “go” is a command. To go prepared is a choice. There are so many things to consider as you plan and prepare for a mission trip.  When it comes to mission trips, building a team is not difficult, but becoming a team can be a challenge. From prayer to packing and everything in between, training your team spiritually, emotionally and physically is crucial for what lie ahead. This session will help you to think about how to frame a process of discovery, design and deployment for short-term missions.   By learning, growing and working together, we can successfully seize the opportunities that God keeps placing before us.

Next Gen - Kids

Ages and Stages Discipleship for Home and Church led by Landry Holmes
Today’s parents feel ill-equipped to spiritually train and educate their preschoolers and elementary-aged kids. Based on the principle that preschoolers and kids learn and comprehend concepts differently as they grow in maturity, we will look at how to provide an age-suitable discipleship approach at home and at church.

Becoming a Strong Children's Leader led by Jenni Carter
To become strong in any aspect of our lives, it takes commitment to excellence and preparation and practice.  In this session, we’ll discuss 7 areas we need to strengthen to become a strong children’s leader.  This session will be great for Children’s or Preschool leaders in the church. 

Teaching Priceless Biblical Truths Using Dollar Store Items led by Jenni Carter
Teaching Preschoolers and Children can get expensive.  Come learn some creative ways to teach Bible truths using items that won’t break the budget while learning more about Children’s Learning Approaches. 

Next Gen - Students

Tired Youth Worker? Comeback after COVID! led by Todd Jones
The dropout rate is at an all-time high! This is usually said about students, but we are seeing this with adult leaders as well. God is not done with you! Stay in the fight! Lead with passion again!

Best Practices of a Thriving Student Ministry led by Todd Jones
During this session Todd will share some best practices that will help you and your ministry THRIVE.

Reaching the Next Generation with the Gospel led by Todd Jones
"COVID killed our attendance!" Have you heard this or do you feel this? The good news is there are a lot more students out there to be reached with the Good News. You know this! Be encouraged in this breakout to do it.

Pastor Wellness

Going the Distance: Creating a Healthy Rhythm in Ministry led by Jeff Gongwer
Someone has said, “Longevity is just as important as intensity.” Every pastor wants to finish well, but to finish well means you have to live well in the life God has entrusted to you. Join Jeff Gongwer, Pastor Wellness Catalyst and seasoned pastor who will share how to go the distance in ministry.

Avoiding Pastoral Burnout: How to Pursue a Healthy Ministry Life led by Jeff Gongwer
Join Jeff Gongwer, Pastor Wellness Catalyst and se.asoned pastor who will share about three pastoral “death zones” to avoid and six strategies to thrive in ministry while fully embracing God’s calling on your life.

Public Affairs

Lunch and Learn: Our Christian Witness in the Public Square led by Timothy Head
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15. In our post-Christian, politically and socially polarized world, it’s sometimes difficult to know how to honor and obey the above-mentioned Scripture passage. There seems to be little room for conservative thought and biblical truth in our society. So, what are we to do? How do we continue to stand for truth, fight for truth and honor Christ? In this session you will discover ways you and your church can make an impact for Christ in the public square.

Worship & Music

Ear to the Next Generation led by Lee Chitwood
In this session you will learn the importance of listening to and training those who are coming behind us in worship and music Ministry. "Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness. Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power." - Psalms 145:3-4

Developing a multi-generational approach to Worship led by Justin McLaughlin
In this workshop, you will see why embracing a multigenerational model for worship in your ministry is embracing a biblical model for worship. Attendees will also look at some practical ways to implement multigenerational worship into their services.

Mission Georgia

Mission Georgia: Moving Your Church to the Frontlines led by Lorna Bius
Join Lorna Bius, Mission Georgia Mobilizer for an overview of ways churches can make an impact in five critical needs every community is facing. Hear updates on how Georgia Baptist churches are serving Afghan refugees and anti-human trafficking efforts, bringing Read Georgia to schools, serving foster families and more!

Church Security

Developing a Church Security Plan and Security Team led by Chris Rooks
Church Security is a vital part of a successful ministry plan in our current culture, but many churches don’t really have a plan. They hope that nothing bad will happen, but hope is not a strategy. In this session you will learn the essentials of how to begin the process of developing a church security plan and security team.

Church Planting, Replanting & Revitalization

How Can Our Church Get Involved in Church Planting? led by Rolando Castro
Rolando has been involved in church multiplication for more than 18 years. A native of Costa Rica, he has experience as a church planter there as well as in Maryland. He served 14 years at the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware as the church planting and church development strategist. Rolando has a master’s degree in leadership from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological. Seminary. He is married to Zulma, and together they have two children and three grandchildren.
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