Relig Life conference

Description:

Christ’s commission to make disciples of all the world, announcing the Good News of our resurrected Lord and the coming Kingdom of God through teaching, ministry, and baptism, is the foundation of our work as the church. The church’s practices, shaped by the Bible, tradition and culture,express their obedience to this command by creating and refining ways of growing congregations and expanding ministries. As the American church faces a “post-Christian” context, it needs to share and celebrate its successes in order to develop creative and effective ways of being salt and light in the world. Lay people, church leaders, academics, and all people involved in Christian ministry are important contributors to a conversation about the best practices for growing the church and its ministries.speakers


Best Practices of Growing Congregations and Expanding Ministries

Schedule of Speakers and Sessions

Thursday, January 8, 2015

1-2:10 PM
Joe Phelps
Pastor, Highland Baptist Church
“Growing Sunflowers or Sequoias?”
Ward Room, LRC

Break

2:30-3:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions
Fireside Room, LRC
• Chuck Bugg, “The Art and Practice of Leadership”
• Dr. Dwayne Howell, “The Personal Nature of Preaching”
Ward Room, LRC
• The Rev. Canon Elise Johnstone and Kay Collier McLaughlin, “The Network for Pastoral Leadership and Sustaining Healthy Congregations”
Arnett Room, LRC
• Dwight Moody, “Imagination and Preaching: Using Metaphors, Questions, & Stories in Public Speech”
• Zac Bailes, “Funding Transformation”

Break

4-5:15 PM
Rev. Marjorie Thompson
Teacher, Author, Speaker, and Retreat Leader
“Spiritual Practices for Ministers”
Ward Room, LRC

Dinner Break – meals are on your own

7 PM
Mike Breaux
Teaching Pastor, Heartland Community Church
“Getting Messy”
Ward Room, LRC

Friday, January 9, 2015

9-10:10 AM 

Rev. Marjorie Thompson
Teacher, Author, Speaker, and Retreat Leader
“Spiritual Practices for Congregations”
Ward Room, LRC

Break

10:30-11:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
Fireside Room, LRC
• David Lose, “Faith is Not a Spectator Sport: Leading People to Active Faith”
Ward Room, LRC
• Ron Edmondson, “Using Social Media and Technology in Church and Ministry Growth”
• Jim Dean, “Using Creative and Innovative Ministries to Start and Grow the Summit Church, Sylva, North Carolina”
Arnett Room, LRC
• Alan Redditt and Chuck Bugg, “Preaching that Connects”

Lunch Break – meals are on your own

1-2:10 PM
Dave Rhodes
Communicator and Coach, Grace Fellowship
“Redefining Normal”
Ward Room, LRC

Break

2:30-3:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions
Fireside Room, LRC
• Adam Glover, “Ministry and Witness in a Post-Christian World”
• Jonathan Sands Wise, “Worshipping at the Altar of Techne -or- Why Churches Should Not Talk About Best Practices”
Ward Room, LRC
• Rick Underwood and Sharon Perkins, “Congregational Care Network”
• Barrett Owen, “Wounded Storytelling: How Confessional Preaching Still Connects”
Arnett Room, LRC
• Danny Russell, “God’s Story Shaping God’s People for Ministry”
• Bryan Langlands, “Cultivating Neighborhood: Church-Sponsored Community Gardens, Discipleship, and Missional Outreach”

Break

4-5 PM
Concluding panel featuring Joe Phelps, Rev. Marjorie Thompson, Dave Rhodes, and Chuck Wolfinbarger, Pastor, Vineyard Community Church
Ward Room, LRC

Closing Remarks and Farewell
Ward Room, LRC