A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 1-3, 2018
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N10
Setting goals for success can be a great life skill. However, often the expectations of academic and professional competency can often lead to unbridled stress, anxiety and depression. In this workshop, we will explore the causes and identify skills that attendees can use to help themselves and others to manage, cope, and navigate through our culture's great expectations.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D7
Little kids have a great capacity to learn. Statistics show that 80% of a person's brain is developed by the age of three. What are the children learning about God in your Sunday School class? What creative ways can we use to teach them?
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: Firehouse
Demonstration of 26 object lessons for use in teaching spiritual truths so they are easily understood and long remembered. Each attendee will receive a ready-to-use object lesson to take home.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D8
Many seasoned children's ministry leaders contributed to the content of this workshop. Come see what characterizes those who last a lifetime and finish well.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: C8
Every church’s children’s ministry faces programmatic challenges. Don’t let frustration derail disciple making! Join us to identify where you (and many others) are struggling and how to move forward for the sake of kids and families.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N8
Explore the power of working in teams to accomplish the vision of your ministry. This workshop will focus on strategies to build, equip and empower teams that will have maximum ministry outreach impact. We will examine various team building principles that help ensure a healthy working relationship among team members.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 215
If your Sunday School averages less than 100 in attendance and you want to move beyond the 100 barrier, this session is for you and leaders from your church. This session will help you identify ways to provide life changing Bible study and ministry for everyone - on both sides of 100.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D2
Come and hear how you can be reaching the nations of the world for Christ by being a friend to an international student on your local campuses. Come to our workshop to find out how to get started. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 3:45.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N15
The secular world says all homeless are lazy people who don't want to work. Unfortunately, many Christians also subscribe to this myth. During his annual Operation Uplift, Jim Hogsett actually lives with those on the streets of New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Memphis. In this workshop, he tells the plain truth about these individuals and provides written instructions which you can use to help a homeless person leave the streets and become gainfully employed. This is the only answer to poverty!
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: C6
Do you desire to bring together multiple congregations to assess and address critical Reentry needs in the community?
Working together to better serve our communities!
FRNS exists to: • Educate through community awareness events and technical trainings • Equip through Evidence Based Practices and Guiding Principles • Empower by raising the standard and increasing capacity • Encourage through prayer, fellowship, and networking opportunities • Engage through strategic and intentional community cross sector conversations • Evaluate through formal/informal audits of the systems, programs or interests
Let’s UNITE Are you interested in rallying together to create safe neighborhoods and better citizens? building brighter futures by serving those impacted by the criminal justice system; Communities, Victims, Families of the incarcerated, and of course, the incarcerated?
We are too and together—churches, faith-based organizations, community agencies, and governmental agencies will find common ground to make a difference in this seemingly impossible task.
Come see a model that has been created where multiple churches can complete rather than compete to most effectively serve the needs of men, women and teens returning to the communities from prison, jail and juvenile hall.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N11
This Workshop will provide the tools from start to finish of how to run an effective Prison Outreach in the Local Church. We will provide the steps through the administrative paperwork process, the training, to the actual journey inside the prison and contact with the Prison Staff and Inmates. We will also cover the process of how to receive the Inmate into assimilation into the local church.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: A1
In this workshop we will cover several biblical principles for developing and sustaining a ministry to men that equips healthy, well balanced, godly men in all ages and stages of life. We will discuss material that will take into account the challenges, sizes, and culture of all types of churches and communities. In addition the workshop will provide several components that are needed to begin the journey of building a strong ministry to men.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: C2
It's time to recognize the paradigm shifts that are affecting churches, society, and worldviews. For the church to be relevant and effective in this rapidly changing environment we must understand we are to be a CROSS Culture.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D5
Short-term mission trips, done well, are a valuable tool God uses in the lives of the participants to promote spiritual growth, transformation into Christ’s likeness, and meaningful service to others. Effective and life-changing short-term mission trips are not automatic -- they do not happen without careful planning, guided experiences, informed and culturally-informed mentoring by intentional and knowledgeable leaders, and strategic partners on the field. In this workshop, we will discuss and discover essential principles involved and planning, facilitating and leading STM’s to equip people for effective and transformational cross-cultural ministry in your church or campus ministry.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: A3
Join Dr. Gil Stieglitz as he examines the Lord’s Prayer and explains how Jesus taught a whole new way to approach God and live for Him. This is one of the most common Scriptures in the world, and though thousands of people have memorized this prayer, they have no idea that they are reciting from memory one of the most powerful key’s to intimacy with God. There are secrets in this prayer that will unlock a whole new depth to your spiritual life.
In the religious world of the time of Jesus, everyone realized that a relationship with God was practiced through particular, often formalized, spiritual disciplines, and/or exercises. Jesus wants His followers to have an intimate and non-formalized relationship with God, just as He has with God the Father and God the Spirit. He tells His followers on repeated occasions to practice different spiritual exercises in their conversation with God that was different than was expected at that time. This workshop will take participants through these spiritual exercises and provide an opportunity to learn how to grow deeper and more intimate with God.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: C7
Someone looks to you as a leader. Learn the greatest aspects of communication and effective leadership - God's greatest leadership gift to us. This is what sets great leaders above the rest, guaranteed!
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 214
Building a strong leadership team will keep your women’s ministry strong and growing. Learn how to discover, recruit and equip a leadership team in order to carry out the vision God gives your church to reach and disciple women. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 8:00.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N12
Stagnant...vibrant...apathetic...alive- which words describe your worship setting? There is a LOT that worship leaders and teams can do to affect that answer, so join us as we unpack effective ways to engage people, draw out their passion for Christ AND grow your team of musicians and techs. We'll cover purpose, team building, musical dynamics, song flow, creating compelling moments and much more. If you want a responsive congregation singing their hearts out instead of a bunch of people staring at screens, this is for you!
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D6
Mentoring teens is a lifelong journey based on biblical principles, The mentoring process is a relationship first with God. God builds our vision in mentoring on these personalized daily principles. Discover how He equips us in protecting, enabling and raising the bar for our teen, from today and for the rest of their life, in a special relationship established by God.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: D1
Re-energize your youth ministry! Do you feel like your patience is running low when it comes to the teens? Are you experiencing feelings of hopelessness and frustration? Are you running out of ideas and ways to keep your teens excited and wanting more of Jesus? There's no time like the present to re-focus your ministry on the importance of why you do what you do.
March 2, 2018 - 9:00 AM Room: N13
Do negative emotions in your child or teen drive you crazy? Do you wish he or she could just be more positive? Do you worry about what negative emotions say about your child's character? Times of anger, sadness, and fear are a God-given opportunity for intimacy and growth. How we adults respond to negative emotions powerfully impacts a child or teen's ability to handle hard times. Learn how to use your child's negative emotions to draw you closer together instead of driving you apart.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N8
Learn the nine universal questions hidden in all hearts that all religious traditions must answer convincingly. Learn how to hear which question is being asked by a particular person at a given time and how to shape a sound doctrinal answer that will be remembered and that points to the saving gospel. Also learn to sort doctrinal assertions into three categories: essential to salvation, essential to church identity and unity, and essential to individuality.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D6
I will discuss key issues and creative strategies for retirement planning for pastors. Both pastors and key financial leaders are welcome to attend.
I have over 28 experience in this field, and my educational background includes an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MDiv degree, the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation, and ordination as a Baptist minister.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: C2
This workshop will equip church leaders to take up the cause of the Fatherless. Multiple places in Scripture we are asked to take care of the orphan/fatherless among us. In Alameda County alone there are over 1500 kids in the Foster Care system and many of these would be potentially adoptable. Internationally the numbers of adoptable kids is staggering. Not everybody is called to be a foster/adoptive parent but every single follower of Jesus can be equipped to support or partner with those who are. This workshop will give practical tools to everyone along the journey – foster/adoptive parents, faith community leaders who want to start a foster/adoptive ministry, and brothers and sisters who want to support and encourage foster/adoptive parents.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D7
Their attention span in short. They don't want to share. They talk when they should be listening. They wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. They climb the walls. Help! What can I do? Come and learn some creative ways to maintain order and interest in your class of little kids.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D8
Have you wondered how to counsel a child who has already received Christ but doubts his salvation? What do you do for a child who thinks he/she has to accept Christ every time he/she commits a sin? How can you help the child who has no victory over sin? What can you do for the child who wants to commit his/her whole life to the Lord? What about the child who needs to receive Christ? These are questions that will be answered in this class session so you can be confident that you will be able to effectively counsel the saved boys and girls in your class.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: Firehouse
Ministry can move at breakneck speed. Does your life always feel like it’s on fast forward? What if you’re missing out on what’s important? Discover four compelling reasons why slowing down will actually move your ministry forward. Find the most effective ways to slow down and get four key leadership principles to help you create lasting leaders and take your ministry to the next level.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: C7
Just as you can become nose-blind to smells over time, you can become “blind” to safety issues in your program. Learn several common-sense tips that will help keep your facility child-safe.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 215
Tired of just lecture and discussion? In this interactive session you will participate in a variety of teaching and learning methods and will learn how to use these methods with your Bible study group.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D5
We study the Bible to discover what the biblical author intended to communicate. In this workshop, participants explore the need for Bible Interpretation and will learn a thorough process of Bible study to determine what a particular Bible passage means.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D2
Join us for an interview with a non-Christian student on what are the greatest needs of international students and how to reach them with the gospel!
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 114
The gospel of Jesus Christ is much, much more than just being saved from hell. God's salvation focuses on transforming us into the character likeness of Jesus Himself. Becoming a Christian is not the conclusion of this process; it is the beginning. God tells us in Philippians 2:12 that we are to "...work out our salvation..." Learn the six basic activities to accelerate and deepen this process.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N13
Does your heart ache to see godly adults struggle with marital unhappiness? Do you wish you could equip new couples with better tools for marital success? Decades of marital research show that divorce is very predictable. Teach your pre-marital couples how to heed the warning signs early and to stay away from corrosive behaviors that kill relationships.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N15
Need some fresh ideas for your evangelism outreaches or ways to reach your community and beyond? This workshop will empower you!
In this workshop my prayer is that you will be empowered beyond your wildest dreams in evangelism and be equipped with countless nuggets of wisdom and tips to take your evangelism to the next level.
Tap into the POWER of the Lord and impact your communities and beyond for the glory of God!
Learn ways to be sensitive to the move of God during the moments leading up to the invitation!
Learn ten TOP mistakes in evangelism and ten TOP triumphs to take your evangelism to the next level!
Learn ways to train your team to be effective in evangelism on outreaches, missions trips, college campuses, schools, workplaces and in the marketplace!
Learn how to involve youth, translators, drama, food, giveaways and more!
Learn key Out-of-the-Box- Evangelism ideas that you can do with the budget that you have NOW!
Now is the time for evangelism. Let us take it to the next level for the glory of God!
Are you ready? Join me!
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: C8
Above all else, the Gospel is the message we are trying to share with the children, youth, and adults God places in our life path and in our community. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the power of God to change hearts and bring salvation (Romans 1:16). Come learn a versatile technique to share the gospel in any situation and any conversation, especially in our postmodern world. We’ll use teaching, video, demonstration, and practice to equip you to clearly and concisely share the gospel message with anyone the Lord places in your path.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N11
This Workshop will review the current state of the Church and Evangelism trends in the United States and our Inner Cities. We will discuss strategic methods of outreach and evangelism in our communities and successful current models.
We will discuss the Biblical Model of Evangelism as outlined in the Book of Acts and develop strategic plans based on this model.
This Workshop will also discuss the prophetic revelations of the Apostles about the end times and incorporate these concepts into our evangelism strategies.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N10
We've all heard - and some of us even preached - sermons on the Great Commission and reaching the lost. We usually leave those sermons with a renewed focus on personal evangelism.
Have you ever struggled with application? Have you excused yourself from the responsibility of personal evangelism saying, "I don't feel called to that."? Learn from the Bible who really is called to reach the lost. Learn which of three major "evangelism personality" types of fits you best.
This fun, interactive Workshop will leave you feeling more equipped and more in your "zone" when sharing your faith. You will even leave with a useful tool to take back to your congregation to help stir up their desire for soul winning!
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: Heritage Room
Because we are made in the Image of God we have emotions. These emotions can be a great ally in our spiritual life or they can lead us away from a healthy spirituality. Emotions are the music of the soul. When our soul is happy or in sorrow, it is telling us critically important information. We can not only learn important things from our emotions, but we have principles of management within Scripture we shall learn.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: A3
Current affairs within America's political climate has exposed a genuine lack of leadership credibility. Regardless of political leanings, it is a truism that people won't believe the message if they don't believe the messenger. The skepticism towards leadership and authority that is so innate to post-modernity, is being fueled by the current leadership crisis, particularly the blatant lack of integrity being exhibited in all corners of government. As dark as this may seem, there is an opportunity for the Church to reflect the integrity of its Creator and gain the credibility necessary to speak the gospel into all those places of society that are need of God's presence and power. This can happen if Christian leaders will embrace the standards of integrity and credibility laid out in the Scriptures and lived out by the Savior. This workshop will give attendees a working understanding of what credibility is, how it can be lost, regained and sustained.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 200
Families affected by disability often share two desires in their church, accessibility and acceptance. This workshop is designed to equip church leaders with five steps to becoming an accessible and accepting church. Learn and see why disability ministry is important for your church community.
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 214
God designed us to be relational, and that’s especially true for women. This interactive workshop will discuss how investing in women by fostering personal relationships and a creating a sense of belonging will open the door for God to work and move in lives of each woman as they, in turn, invest in each other and grow closer to God. Join me as we talk about and examine various elements that are necessary to starting, developing and maintaining an active and thriving ministry with and among women. Women need other women. Relationships and community are key!
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N12
Wish you could spend WAY less time mired in the details of planning services (scheduling, distributing songs/charts to team members, etc.)? Good news - there is a way! Planning Center is an online solution for service planning and team organization that seriously cuts down your workload and gives team members access to all the info they need (schedule, charts/mp3's, media). We’ll dive into the Planning Center Services app online, demonstrate what it can do, and answer your questions. Whether you’re curious, just getting started, or have some experience- join us to learn something new. Come see how this app can free you up to spend more time creating and less time administrating!
March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D1
We know that effective youth ministry includes building a community, not just a youth group. Sometimes our love for youth leaves us speechless with parents. In the end, this hurts the students more than helps. Learn ways to communicate with and involve the parents. If you are a pastor, get them on board and be a resource to them. If you are an awesome volunteer, learn how to get to know the parents and build trust.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: N8
As children become adults, the dynamic between parents and children shift. It can often be filled with difficult emotions and be confusing or even frustrating. This workshop will address effective communication and various tools to use during this life chapter. Interactive discussion included.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: D7
Do you have a preschooler? Do you minister to preschoolers? Do you ever come in contact with preschoolers? Then this workshop is for you! Preschool is a key time in a child's formation, spiritual and otherwise. As we interact with preschoolers, especially those we are in relationship and responsible for in some way, we need to be intentional about understanding how they are growing & understanding the world. Doing so can inform the way that we help them understand their own spirituality and better help them to meet the God who is already speaking to their hearts. This workshop is especially suited for those are looking to build into the home as the primary place where faith is lived out and nurtured.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: Firehouse
Most people grow up (even if they are churched) with a rather harsh view of God, which chills their faith life. But the way Jesus interacted with children and his disciples resulted in those people’s deep faith and closeness to Him. He called them friends. Discover how you can help the children in your ministry become Friends of God too!
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: C8
Kid-influencers want children to know, love, and serve Christ forever, yet many leaders are caught up running programs at the expense of true discipleship. Discover five life-giving invitations modeled by Jesus that will relationally revitalize your children’s ministry.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: D6
Embrace our IDENTITY in Jesus. * Reminder of what happened to us at salvation. * The newness of the church. Enjoy but hold lose, the things that provide MEANING. * Roles and what we enjoy about life can come and go. * Living in the Spirit not in the flesh. Be CONTENT. * Keeping a Jesus focus. * Making it our ambition to lead a quiet life. ENTRUSTING all of life to Jesus! * Dealing with changes in ministry. * Adjusting to differences in life's stages. * Processing ebbs and flows, whatever life throws at us....
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: C7
Jesus turned the world upside down with teaching methods that are as effective today as 2000 years ago. You can use these same techniques and methods in your classroom or pulpit.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: D2
Kyle Driggers, the Bay Area director of Bridges International will teach about the modern Chinese college student, covering common mistakes people make in evangelism and practical tips on how to connect them to Jesus!
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: Heritage Room
Do you have challenging people in your life or ministry? Dear people who have personal or behavioral problems that challenge both your grace and leadership skills? Let’s review some strategies for handling several types of challenging people, whether in your small group or caring ministry. And while we're at it, let's make sure you aren't the problem!
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 114
The Church has always played a pivotal role in marriages and as an institution dedicated to service, there is more that can be done before couples get married to prepare the next generation. The foundation of any relationship determines its longevity. Unfortunately, too many relationships are formed today without ever establishing a solid foundation.
Core Values function as the foundation of a person and how they function in life. Too often the cores values that people hold most dear are those that determine how they deal with money, sex, family or religion. Unfortunately, these values are not identified until after some catastrophic event occurs revealing superficial understanding of their significant other. It is therefore no wonder that divorce still plagues the church and society at large. We have spent over 30 years helping couples learn, grow and move confidently in their relationships. We have helped establish marriage ministries in a variety of denominations. With critical questions designed to create meaningful discussion, breakout groups to produce a strategic action plan to develop classes in your church and resources to offer assistance. We want to show you how to help couples establish the longevity they hoped for, not through gimmicks, but practical exercises to allow them to align their vision for their relationship.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: D5
This workshop is based on the conviction that all believers are called to fulfill our Lord's Great Commission by making obedient disciples of Christ. Jesus wants all of His followers to be effective witnesses, who are actively involved in making disciples in their community, neighborhoods, and through pursuing intentional relationships with others in the workplace, gym, coffee shop, or other venues. Come and learn together with others, how to grow and develop a missionally-driven life, by learning about how to pursue an others-centered life and practical strategies to meaningfully engage others, lead them to Christ, and guide them to grow in His likeness as they too live to make disciples of others.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: N10
Sometimes we're afraid to share the message of the Gospel with coworkers because we don't want to damage relationships. We don't want to appear to be unprofessional. We don't want to violate any company policies or laws. So what do we do?
Sharing your faith in the workplace will help you navigate these waters without losing track of your primary mission, to win the loss to any cost! The place God has put you is the place you are called to be a minister of the Gospel.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: C2
How can your church partner with your local school to meet the needs of the local community? Hear practical and proven ways to share the love of Jesus in your community through partnerships with your local public schools.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: N11
Today’s world engages online more and more than any other form of communication. Everyday, among the critical age range of 13-27, millions of ideas are shared and fostered online. People operate, learn and form relationships through screen-time interactions. They buy groceries and even watch TV. Unfortunately, the church as a body has chosen to eschew technology and as a result, miss out spreading the Word. While traditional measures such as community events, pastoral office hours, access to services for those in need and local community outreach around the church still hold real value, these ministries need help getting in front of their audiences in this digital age. New delivery methods are needed to maintain effective engagement in your core young adult audience.
Every day in America, we are bombarded with over 5,000 ads a day. Therefore, grabbing the attention of your core audience becomes a premium. As a result, how you deliver matters as much as the content of the message. Millennials are looking for answers and searching for ways to balance their faith in this digitized world. With a few simple steps adapting principles to the new distribution methods, we can show you how to get the most from your ministry efforts, by crafting a compelling story to connect with young adults and providing your congregation with digital workspace to spread the Word to the next generation. It's time for churches to make generational connections.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: N9
Join Dr. Gil Stielgitz as he explains the secrets behind great marriages. Relationships are a complete mystery to most people. Many people think mutual attraction is enough to sustain the relationship long term, while most have no idea why some work and some don't. Through 30 years of working with couples and digging in the Scriptures, Dr. Gil has come to realize that there are certain principles always present in great marriages and always missing in bad ones. These are the Marriage Secrets, which answer the crucial questions about why some relationships click and others never get off the ground. And why some people have a loving marriage and other people who started in exactly the same place end up divorced.
This workshop explains the secrets about relationships, specifically, marriage and what causes love between two people to start and grow over a life time. These are simple secrets that will make all the sense in the world once you hear them. Do these and it will change your relationships.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: A1
Worship is not just something that we do for an hour on the weekends. It is what we do the other 167 hours of our week as well - including all the hours we spend at work. Our work is not a
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: N13
Why Short-term missions today? What are the highest priorities for short-term missions teams from America today? Pre-trip training is about preparing servant hearts and not about us! Health and safety in travel; best practices that work well. Debrief, re-entry, reverse culture shock, telling your story and follow up; better attention to the end of the mission needs to be a higher priority from the beginning! Gathered over a lifetime of experience, join us for a duffel bag full of tips and tools to help your team leaders!
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: N15
You will learn what Google will never tell you about how to prevent people problems that can lead to dividing your church. A major focus is on PREVENTION! Valuable tools will be included for use by church leaders. And, plenty of time will be allowed for questions and addressing concerns about local church practices.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 200
This workshop will explore how to truly help the families we support fully belong. You will be challenged and given practical tools to help battle isolation, create community, meet practical needs, and nurture faith. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could all truly Do Life Together?!
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 214
We know Bible study is important, but how does God use His Word to change women's lives? What is the true measure of a successful women's Bible study? Together we will explore these and other important questions as we seek to develop more effective Bible study experiences for women.
We will also consider ways to help women move beyond the pursuit of knowledge to lasting life change, as well as the use of resources and ideas for creating a culture of continuous transformation through Bible study.
March 2, 2018 - 12:00 PM Room: D1
Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 11 years we have held Vacation Bible School in the Park. We have supplied the community with backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, books and food bags with our largest event our Back 2 School Bash where 500-700 people is in attendance. We served hot meals, passed out goodie bags and warm items at our Thanksgiving in the Park event. We have given out Christian theme Easter baskets at a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. We have blessed families with toys at Christmas through our annual Toy Drive. Our holiday Adopt – A – Family is growing each year where we meet the needs of 10-25 families and provide gifts from their wish list. We have offered youth the opportunity to attend Professional Sporting events. Each of these events was held outside of the church where we were able to bless many people having a positive impact on our community. Join us for this workshop to explore how YOU can reach out to make a positive impact on YOUR community.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N13
Do you want to follow Jesus but get easily sidetracked? Does your mind wander when you try to pray? Do you get frustrated because you aren't able to have "quiet times" like other Christians seem to have?
Be encouraged! You are not alone. Too often we assume that spiritual maturity is only for the people who are able to meditate for hours or memorize chapters of the Bible at a time. But if you have difficulty being still or quiet for more than two minutes, those practices might be daunting or even impossible for you!
God made you unique and He has created avenues for you to connect with Him in your own unique way. In this workshop, we will explore practical ways to focus and to engage with the Holy Spirit through developing habits and patterns that are energizing and life-giving to you. We'll learn how to lean into the distractions and find Jesus even in the midst of our most A.D.D moments! We'll bounce around and try out different practices until we find some that work for you. My desire is that you will leave encouraged, inspired and free to walk with Jesus even if your path isn't a straight line.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N8
Ever cringe when Jesus isn’t “nice”? Instead, let’s use our God-given sanctified imaginations to enter more fully into “not nice” Gospel stories! During this new workshop, David will present three such stories and explore how Jesus demonstrates deep love despite first appearances to the contrary. This popular workshop is based on David's new book, Loving Your Neighbor: Surprise! It's NOT What You Think.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N11
We are being tempted by our culture all the time. But this is nothing new. How did Jesus overcame culture in His days? What are the similarities between what Jesus faced and ours? What could we learn from Jesus?
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D7
How do I teach prayer to little kids? Does God answer their prayers? What are some steps to make the prayer time meaningful? Come and learn some different methods for teaching prayer to the younger children in your Sunday School class.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D8
One of the greatest treasures God entrusts to us is our children. What are you doing to help your child to know God and His Word. We will discuss how everyday activities can be used to relate God's Word to our children's lives. Learn how to plan structured times of Bible teaching for the family.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: Firehouse
Find the secret to asking good questions that get kids—and their leaders—talking. You’ll explore Jesus-style questions that deepen faith and build friendships. And you’ll find some answers, too! Discover how debrief conversations steer kids toward faith discoveries, and get tips for responding to kids’ answers. You’ll walk away with a REAL understanding of how to engage and grow closer to kids in your ministry.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: C7
Interactive workshop on equipping individuals to serve and minister to children in a Vacation Bible School-type setting with simple yet effective ideas and tools. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 11:15.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: C8
You as a children’s worker face a variety of situations. Each class is different. Each year is different. Each leader and child is different. Remember, discipline is teaching by what we say and how we live. God teaches us by grace. We need to show that same grace to the kids in our clubs. Learn how applying the Biblical definition of discipline in your kid's classroom creates an environment of consistency, energy and excitement.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D5
The ultimate test of a Bible interpretation is how well it agrees with the human author's intended meaning. In this workshop, participants will learn four practical ways to critically evaluate different opinions on what a particular Bible passage means, regardless of where it appears in the Bible.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D2
We often see youth and college students as a group of immature teens ready to make unwise decisions and underestimate their readiness to influence their peers toward maturity. This seminar will help you understand the importance of student leadership, and how to develop them into people of positive influence for Christ in their context.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 114
When we look at all the verses in the Bible that speak about forgiveness we discover a very perplexing dilemma. Sometimes forgiveness is unconditional and sometimes it is conditional. How can this be? How can anything be conditional and unconditional at the same time? The solution lies in understanding the two sides of sin and forgiveness. In this workshop we will examine these two sides and how to effectively practice them in our lives.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N10
Nothing breaks the heart of God more than when children are rejected, neglected, abused. Jesus longs for us to heed His call to serve as loving foster and adoptive parents. This workshop draws from Renee's experiences as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and social services specialist. It also draws from her best-selling book, Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family (Focus on the Family, 9 printings in as many years).
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: C6
Some of our cities pr counties have cities within them. Whole populations of men, women and teens are spending months and years behind bars. Their needs are diverse and many. Many churches do not know how to develop or launch an effective prison or jail ministry. In this workshop we will go beyond the inside opportunities of serving the incarcerated. We will look at many greater opportunities to disciple the individuals coming home. From meeting them at the gate to helping them identify critical life needs and much more we will share practical steps, program ideas and basic public safety issues for an inside out prison or jail ministry.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D6
Now is the time to think about your legacy. But first we ask, “How are your relationships?” God, the real author of your life, desires to establish lifelong relationships. This workshop will help you understand, address and perhaps heal your challenging relational legacy. But the fun part is to begin the foundational work of establishing and growing that personal legacy message into a vision that will impact multiple generations.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: Heritage Room
Parents have a pattern in Scripture that will create a long term success in raising a family. As we grow up we learn skills through imitation. As Christian adults we will see that imitating God the Father creates a solid foundation for parenting.
Throughout Scripture there is a detailed description of what God the Father is like. Those descriptions create a pattern for parents to follow in child raising. We will examine the pattern and isolate the keys to God the Father’s approach. Those keys begin with a sense of how the Father relates to us emotionally. Further, they go on to describe how he acts in forgiveness and relationships. With parents having so many different backgrounds and influences on them, it is important to embrace the biblical pattern.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N9
Dr. Gil Stieglitz shows husbands what it takes to really love their wives. God tells husbands to do seven different things that demonstrate love for their wives in the way a godly husband should. These concepts are the way that most wives will describe what it means to truly love them. Once husbands begin to learn what being a godly husband is all about, it becomes clear that this is not how a man would describe what it means to love them. That's because this is God’s wisdom on how to love a woman at the deepest core of her being. He should know since He made this lovely creature! Dr. Gil walks participants through these seven key ideas, using the acrostic H.U.S.B.A.N.D. This material has helped hundreds of husbands (and wives) and can help you learn how to educate husbands about how to strengthen their marriages.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: A1
A man who leads effectively can change a family, grow a church, unify a community, and build a business. In this elective, we will address essential biblical principles that will help every man to lead the people he knows and increase the influence he has. Pastor Michael Baggett will take a straight forward and insightful approach to inspire men to lead themselves and others in a way that is desperately needed in our world today.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N15
Planning a missions trip? Come to this Missions Boot Camp! Bring your ministry teams! You will be empowered, equipped, inspired and refreshed in this Boot Camp!
This fast-moving training ground where we will cover a lot of material to prepare you for the mission field. This is a BOOT CAMP which means that we will be covering material quickly and you will glean many, many tidbits to be your most effective for the glory of God.
We will cover preparation, fundraising, missions
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: C2
How can we see where we are going without vision? Are we going in the direction the Lord is leading us? This workshop is intended to help us church leaders to examine the importance, need, creation, and implementation of vision.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 215
The way we treat our guests on Sunday morning determines whether or not they'll return and become our next new members. This session provides proven, practical methods for creating an atmosphere for our guests where they want to return!
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: A3
The times they are achangin' - at least that is what Bob Dylan penned in his song by that name in the turbulent 60's (1964). What was true then, is even more true today as the winds of change have only increased exponentially. And yet, interestingly, we chafe at the thought of it. Why? Is change always for the worst? Do we need to approach it negatively or as an action of last resort? Is change always to be associated with the slippery slope of liberalism or decay as some would have us believe? This workshop seeks to help us navigate change by helping us view it more realistically, that is, more positively and constructively. Attendees will be introduced to a biblical theology of change that will enable them to understand and even participate in the changes taking place in their churches and ministries. Additionally, we will discover that change is at the heart of the transforming nature of the Gospel and central to the task of the precious Holy Spirit.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 200
Special Needs Ministry is uniquely a family ministry, requiring a bundled approach that extends beyond the invidividual with a diagnosis, and beyond 90 minutes on Sunday. Learn practical ways churches can wrap around families with 360 degree support. You'll understand the unique stresses families face in their faith, marriages, parenting, and church attendance. Receive practical ideas how to facilitate their engagement with church life (e.g. parent support groups, respite events, Sib Shops, family-friendly fellowship ideas, childcare, and more.)
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N12
Been thinking of adding loops or enhancement tracks in weekend worship? Maybe having the team (or your drummer) on a metronome? Wondering why in the world you would do that?
Come check out the latest technologies and systems for adding virtual members to your worship team and getting the whole band to lock in together better. Join us for a fascinating look at the amazing tools available to you in worship today and see how you could start using them…this Sunday!
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 214
Do you want to be able to sing better? We will learn vocal warm-ups and techniques for the voice. We will go over the basic physical aspects of vocal production and apply that to singing in class. You will use what you learn with each section by singing with the class and in small groups. We will work on singing longer phrases, singing on pitch and finding parts to sing. This class is for anyone who leads worship, sings solos, sings in a choir or just wants to praise the Lord in song! This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 2:15.
March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: D1
From adolescent development to teaching students, leading them in small groups, and mentoring them one on one, learn some more about 6-8th graders. We'll cover some of basics of how to best reach junior highers and get at their level.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: Heritage Room
Have you tried everything in ministering healing to yourself or others but are seeing limited results? Based on her 35+ years of experience in healing ministry, Pat will discuss one major obstacle with many tentacles that keeps people from receiving either inner or physical healing. And we’ll offer solutions that will guarantee progress.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N8
When we are part of a local body, sooner or later we will be hurt. We will be hurt by leadership. We will be hurt by each other. We will be hurt as something we love is changed and as our expectations for what the church is supposed to be is challenged. We become disappointed, heart-broken and many times we feel betrayed. We get angry, depressed and either disconnect or retreat. Many never recover and fade into a luke-warm Christian existence. Others try sticking it out but never fully heal. There must be a better way! In this class Pastor Matty will be sharing biblical insight as well as personal stories and examples of dealing fruitfully with hurts in the church.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N13
Twice as many people die in violent incidents on religious property as in our schools. Though the statistics for church violence are sobering, there is also reason to hope. Awareness and training have directly contributed to faith-based organizations’ abilities to handle incidents when they do arise. It's now not a matter of if evil comes to our church/ministry offices, worship services, youth events, Sunday Schools and Christian schools, but when! Preparedness begins with awareness and grows with training. Come discover where your church or ministry needs to start learning and taking action.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D7
Young children can learn Bible verses. Why is it important to teach them to memorize Scripture? What are some ways to teach them? This workshop will make memorizing fun!
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D8
You will become familiar with the wonderful message of salvation so it can be presented on a child's level in your class. A variety of methods will be presented so you can vary the presentation with your children.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: C7
The key to success in Children's Church and Sunday School is preparation. Learn how to be stress-free when 10:00 a.m. Sunday arrives. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 2:15.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: Firehouse
What do kids worry about? Ask them, and their answers may surprise you. According to recent research, stress in our society has had its most significant spike in 10 years. How should the Church respond? Get a glimpse into kids’ everyday stressors, and consider practical ways Jesus calms worries and fears. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of what kids face and practical tips to help meet them where they are with Jesus’ steadfast love.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: C8
Do busy families drive you and your ministry crazy? Come explore fresh ways to reengage with fast-paced parents and start using what’s fueling your frustration to become a bridge-builder between church and home.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: C6
Working in ministry usually involves recruiting and supporting volunteers. This workshop will look at various ways to achieve desired results in this important area of Christian work.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 215
We get to teach the same message as Jesus did! He demonstrated the power of God as He taught His Word. This session will help you discover and strengthen qualities for power-filled Bible teaching.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D5
Narratives don’t teach biblical truth as much as they illustrate it. In this workshop, participants will learn how to analyze Old Testament narratives by identifying the plot phases, main characters, setting within the larger narrative and the narrator’s perspective.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D2
The college campus is such a fruitful mission field! College students are longing for purpose. Believing college students are longing to live their faith out on the college campus, but many just don’t know how. There is at least one church near every college campus that would love to have an impact on campus, but they just don’t know how to do it. Come learn some simple tools to help equip your people (including your college students!) to lovingly discover spiritual interest on campus and disciple students into disciple-makers themselves. Would your church like to start and provide leadership to a disciple-making movement on the college campus near you? If so, this workshop is for you! This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 2:15.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 114
There are many different models of and suggestions on how to practice forgiveness in the church today. Most of them fall short of God's model and practice of forgiveness. Our inadequate practice of forgiveness leaves so many in the church wounded, broken, hurt, angry, shamed, depressed, demonized, demoralized, addicted, etc. In this workshop we will look at how God practices forgiveness and how to follow His pattern. Practicing God's forgiveness the way He does allows Him to heal, deliver, free and empower us.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N10
Are your outreach efforts all about soul winning? Your greatest mission field is your neighborhood and your greatest missionaries are sitting in the pews of your church!
If you are a church leader you will want to attend this workshop!
This class will offer you tools and resources that you can immediately apply to help you equip your congregation to fulfill the Great Commission. Equip your congregation to be instant in season and out of season. Help them become excited to go grab their Nets and become Fishers of Men!
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: A1
As men called to lead by godly example how do we avoid the extremes of insisting on bold "truth" that succeeds in breaking down but fails to build up and a compromising "love" that shies away from necessary confrontation for change? Through Biblical examples and practical strategies on 'crucial conversations' we will illustrate the underlying principles and engage in class exercises to better equip us all to more effectively grow to maturity by speaking the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: C2
Why is there a disconnect in the way we Christians view 'the Church' and non-Christians view 'the Church, Bible, Christ, Christians'? This workshop in a FUN way which helps us to be relevant and effective witnesses in this world today.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: A3
A Jesus Shaped Life: Jesus said in Mathew 11:28-30 and 28:19, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light… go and make disciples of all nations.” Jesus’ first word is “come” but his last word is “go”. In this workshop we will explore the rhythms and teachings of Jesus’ life that he modeled for all those who wanted to come after him and be his disciples, so that they could then go and make more disciples.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 200
This workshop will explore methods of designing Bible lessons using different ways to teach while supporting the needs of all learners and learning styles.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 214
Are you tired of doing events just for the sake of doing events?
Wouldn’t you rather offer something that will be more than a date on the calendar, but rather something that will transform the lives of your women?
Giving women tangible starting points of ministry involvement and purposeful events can change the face of your women’s ministry, come learn how! This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 11:15.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N12
Want to play keyboard better in the modern worship setting? There are incredible tools literally at your fingertips today in modern keyboards – but all the options, bells, and whistles can be distracting and overwhelming as well.
Join us as we unpack the handful of essentials for keyboard in modern worship. We’ll cover different kinds of keyboards, virtual instruments, and how to use MainStage 3 in a live setting. The right sound at the right time played the right way can be really powerful and moving.
We'll also explore the role of keyboard on the worship team, improvisational music fundamentals, good tone choices, tips & tricks, and dynamics. There will be time for Q&A as well. If you want to take keyboard to the next level of effectiveness in your worship setting, this is for you.
March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D1
We selected “sports” as a theme because almost every youth in your class will either be a member of a sports team, watch sports as a spectator, or have a favorite team that they follow. We will take 1 of 14 lessons on sports and do as a class. These will be exciting and adventurous experiences you can have with a curriculum! Whether you are teaching for the first time, an occasional teacher, or a seasoned one, it is our expectation that you will find this curriculum interesting, innovative, and easy to follow. There is not a great deal of content and recommended language to memorize and apply because our intent for this curriculum is to have you “facilitate” rather than “instruct”; raising questions and scenarios for students to consider, and situations for which they must problem-solve. Our hope is that we have designed a curriculum that will build self-confidence, character, and compassion in today’s youth. Some of the lessons consist of the “The Play Book that will show how God’s Word, The Holy Bible, is a “Play Book” for a victorious life. Serving on God’s Team - will show how positions on a sports team can illustrate how God’s presence works to accomplish a goal and His will for your life. Balance - To show that just as being able to stay balanced when participating in a sport, it is important to have balance in living a healthy Christian life. Join us as we are building spirit, mind, and body through sports.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N15
Are there limits to God’s divine intervention? Do I need to prepare for such an intervention and if yes, how? Since all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, why would He have any interest in intervening in my life? These are the kinds of questions which will be answered in this workshop. Jim Hogsett will examine interventions is his own life and the possible consequences if God had not rescued him! Participants will also be given the opportunity to share personal examples of God entering their life.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N8
Had a friend leave your church? Do they seem to doubt some of what they believed? Let’s consider 10 counterintuitive ways to love them anew! This is David Sanford's third time speaking at BASS, his #1 favorite Christian conference of the year! This workshop is based on his extensive experiences and writings, including his acclaimed book, If God Disappears (Tyndale House Publishers).
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: D6
It seems like every church leader is talking about small groups. But why don’t they always work? Why do people leave their groups? Why don’t they sign up in the first place? Shouldn’t the church grow after a season of small groups?
The truth is that our culture has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years. Busyness now rules as the number one reason why people do not exercise their bodies or their souls. In this elective, we will discuss some proven methods for developing effective groups that will deepen the faith of your church members AND reach the community. We will also do some brainstorming about this “Go and make disciples, teaching them to obey…” strategy.
With a huge passion for transformation, Pastor Michael Baggett brings unique insight and experience for developing a wide variety of ministries from married life discipleship groups to outdoor sports groups for relational evangelism. With a primary gift of leadership, Michael loves the challenge of adding mid-week transformation to weekend services.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: C8
Building Student Leaders - What better place than your church to plug in a wanting-to-serve-the-Lord teenager as a student leader?
Student Leaders are as diverse in personality, abilities, and spiritual gifts as your adult leaders. Come learn how Titus 2 describes how to mentor and equip young people for powerful lifetime service to the Lord.
We'll use the model described in Titus 2 for detailing the training of student leaders (high school age students) in your church: who they are, what they can do, how they can energize your ministry, and how to carry out the equipping/mentoring process.
We'll lay out all the details: exactly what a student leader needs to know, what a student leader needs to do, and what the student leader gains from the experience.
These principles apply to young adult students serving in any ministry, whether it be youth ministry, Awana Clubs, VBS, Sunday School, day camps, worship team, ushering, or any ministry in your church - student leaders trained under a Titus 2 model will produce amazing results for the Kingdom of God.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: D7
Whether you are a parent looking for tools to help your children engage in worship or you're a minister trying to better equip your congregation towards more intergenerational worship, this is the workshop for you. Studies show that 60-90% of our children will walk away from the church and faith after they graduate. Those are bleak statistics. But the good news is that studies also show that intergenerational relationships within the church and a parent's intentional faith training are two major keys to forming long-lasting faith in our children. Including our children in worship is an excellent opportunity to integrate both of these keys.
Join us as we explore the value and the benefits of working together to intentionally train our children in the love and art of corporate worship. Practical tools and theology provided for all ages, with an emphasis on school-aged children.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N9
I became the Sunday school superintendent of a small church with a declining program. I used the materials presented in this workshop to revitalize the Sunday school. I have utilized this with many other churches.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N13
Bible literacy, sharing Bible stories, is low. We will explore principles and methods to improve Bible story telling among family and friends. Memory theory, Bible organization for memory, and individual creative gifts will be shared.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 215
Learn how to teach with life-changing impact! In this high-energy session you will learn how to move your Adult Bible study group to the next level. Discover principles of teaching and learning that unleash your effectiveness as a communicator of Biblical truth! Learn how to make a difference in the lives of your class members. Prepare yourself to Teach with Impact!
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: C6
What role can the church play in helping it’s community members live abundant lives while overcoming and living with substance abuse disorders, mental health issues and co-occurring disorders. How does this tie into outreach and evangelism? Is it possible for churches to adopt evidence based practices into their method of reaching and healing the community? Come find out some approaches that are working.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: D5
What is it? It’s a family that prioritizes the development of every member through growing emotional and relational health and maturity; not only of the children but also parents. This center fosters an environment that prioritizes the building up of what matters most - an identity rooted in love, wisdom, fun, morality, and legacy.
A growth center prevents unhealthy centers from developing, ie. child-centered, fear-centered, performance-centered, activity-centered, work-centered, education-centered, etc. When emotions and relationships are growing in maturity, members of the family will have wisdom and love to get clear and go forward with what matters most. Secondary priorities will be appropriately managed but the main things (people - their hearts, souls, condition of their interior lives) will not be overlooked, forgotten or sacrificed.
Family life is incredibly dynamic and it takes a lot of wisdom and strength to successfully navigate marriage, parenting, life after kids, and grandparenting.
Being growth-centered doesn’t leave this highest priority up to chance. Elevating the value of lifelong learning simply makes sense and it will go a long way in preparing for all the storms ahead. And there is great reward and joy in making it through in one piece, intact “till death do us part”.
Being growth-centered is absolutely essential to fulfill our vows of love to our spouses and our children and their children and beyond.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N11
Experience Spirit-led living like never before as Dr. Gil Stieglitz teaches how the Holy Spirit fosters greater joy in life. A Spirit-led life is one based on using the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23, which are those qualities, actions, reactions, and attitudes that need to be developed in order to have good relationships and a successful life. Learn how to recognize the Holy Spirit's voice, the whispers of God as He speaks into your life. Notice how the Holy Spirit wants to partner with you when he tells you what to say, what to do, when to do it, along with the ability to say and do those things that are not in us by nature. Identify what God is asking from you when He tells you to
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: A1
What disasters happened in the Bible? Does God cause disasters? Scripture Luke 12:38 “And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. What kind of disasters have you been in? What kind of disasters can happen in your area? Earthquake drill – lessons learned
General Principals: Denial is your enemy Preparation saves lives
Get your own people prepared: Child Go bag Adult go bag Pet go bag Auto go bag Shelter in Place Self defense training
Parish Nurse for medical emergencies Active shooter scenario 32 SWAT teams at Hayward More killed in churches than schools Security team Retired police If you see something – say something Concealed Carry Abduction scenario Preschool CERT training
Church as Shelter Red Cross training Check list Role of Pastor Neighborhood plan
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: A3
As a college and seminary professor I constantly hear students talk about their GPA's. Graduates are honored with titles such as magna cum laude and summa cum laude - representing the highest levels of academic distinction. And yet, research indicates that these honored levels of intellectual ability do not translate necessarily into ministry success/effectiveness. In fact, it would appear that in some highly respected vocations, high grades do not in fact characterize the best workers. Moreover, it is not unusual to hear about alarming dysfunctions within ministries that appear to be led by intellectually sound and competent leaders. Interestingly, research indicates that most church members leave their church, most churches divide or dissolve and most pastors resign over issues involving interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict - not matters of doctrine or church polity. In our digital age, developing and practicing relational competence is becoming increasingly challenging. This workshop acquaints attendees with the concept of relational intelligence, why it is so important, and how it can be developed.
March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 214
God is speaking to you—and you CAN hear Him! God created us to be in relationship with Him and He gave us His Word so we can hear His voice and get to know His heart and mind. Yet many of us struggle to consistently pick up our Bibles. But reading God’s Word doesn’t have to be a dry, one-way street where we sit and try to concentrate on dusty words in a book. There’s not a one-size-fits-all way to engage God’s Word and grow closer to Him. God created each of us uniquely. So being the distinct people we are, each of us will connect with and learn from God’s Word a little differently. It’s vital to find an approach to engaging God’s Word that resonates with our unique personality. I invite you to join me in this interactive workshop where you will experience a practical and “user friendly” approach to taking in, considering and then living out God’s Word. No matter what amount of time you’ve been spending in the Bible, your time in the Word with God can be incredible this very day and as you go forward!
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N13
Serving God can tire us out. Many of us have been serving for years, and on occasion we feel we are burning out or in a rut. How do we maintain our passion and energy for ministry? The answer is by staying connected to God. This workshop will help you discover different ways, we can stay connected to God and be refreshed for our ministry journey.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D6
Everyone knows that the Internet is the place to learn everything - Right? Our experience has proven that to be false. Let us help you better understand these confusing technologies and how to get them right the first time. We'll help you understand proper budgets and the gear needed to help you reach this goal. Topics to include audio, lighting, camera, projection, acoustics and streaming followed by a Q & A session.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: C2
This is a beginner/intermediate course designed for audio operators that have fundamental understanding of sound system but would like to get better. The topic is Microphone and will cover all the types of microphones and direct connection of instruments. Are you going direct with instruments? Let’s find out what microphone is good to use and how to correctly connect the instrument to the sound board. Will cover how to power microphones that need remote power as well as instrument interface that also need to be remotely powered. How to stop the POP’s so you can be ready but not noisy. The main discussion will be microphones and all the different types and how they are meant to be used.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D8
The foundation years are so important for a child to capture a Biblical worldview. Understanding preschoolers will focus on the stages of child development and how we can make a significant contribution to a good start in life.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D7
“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” Acts 20:26 “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Visuals aids will be used to enhance the teaching of the Word of God, teaching the theme of each book of the Bible as well as what the books say concerning the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior. From a preschool child to an adult one can have a panoramic view of the entire Word of God.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: Firehouse
Demonstration of object lessons which teach spiritual truths so they are easily understood and long remembered. Each attendee will receive a ready-to-use object lesson to take home.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: C8
“I want to see my grandkids follow the Lord!” All Christian grandparents would say that, but many lack the vision of what they can do; others have huge obstacles blocking their influence; still others just need some tools.
Surprisingly, you would be hard-pressed to find a church in America that has a ministry focus on grandparenting, yet grandparents are second only to parents in their ability to influence children spiritually.
Grandparents, with incredible potential to influence the next generation, are overlooked, under-resourced, ignored, and mislabeled.
Instead, we want to see millions of Christian grandparents use their influence to its fullest potential, and to see churches recognize and support our power to disciple?
Join us in this incredible new movement!
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D2
A comprehensive overview of family ministry including definitions, theology, the 4 major models, and practical resources to use in your context. This workshop is perfect for churches and ministries that have just been newly introduced to family ministry, for those that are discerning how family ministry might best be served in their context, and for those looking to dig deeper in their ministries to families by being exposed to new resources and ideas. The facilitator will be readily available for follow-up after the convention to be a support to any who attempt to implement ideas from the workshop.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N8
Planning and implementing events is a core responsibility for ministry leaders as they endeavor to serve God and minister to His people. This workshop will focus on the process of visioning, planning and implementing successful ministry events. We will explore strategies to build event teams and methods of promoting our events for maximum success. Resources will be given to help the planning process flow smoothly.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 215
Biblical Counseling brings healing to hurting Christians. All Christians are counselors when we interact with each other. Knowing the principles of Biblical Counseling will help us be more intentional and effective when we speak truth and grace into each others lives. Focus will be on the 'Put On/Put Off' and 'One Another' exhortations found in the New Testament. As lay Christians take on the mantle of counseling each other, they will bring spiritual health to their churches and help for their leaders because effective Biblical Counseling alleviates the burden of counseling currently borne by church leaders.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 114
There are many circumstantial triggers that can lead to a failed marriage. However there are only a few basic reasons why a marriage fails. In this workshop we will explore the three basic reasons why marriages fail, and what we can do to overcome them.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N15
The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings freedom and life to all who receive it. But after the salvation of our soul, how does it impact everyday life particularly our marriages? What does Jesus' perfect work on the cross have to do with the day-to-day pursuit of 'one flesh?' Come join the conversation and be encouraged to know that the Gospel doesn't end at your soul but continues through every facet of life.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D1
Managing conflict is a sacred skill that can truly lead to health and intimacy in marriage or any relationship. In this elective led by Pastor Michael Baggett, we will look at some biblical principles that provide insights on how to recognize avoidable conflict, how to avoid escalation, and how to resolve conflict if you missed the first two steps. This elective will be presented with a straight-up, biblical approach, but will be a lot of fun, too.
Michael Baggett has been counseling and coaching couples for over 20 years. Having experienced the joys and challenges of a blended family himself, he brings a great deal of insight and honesty to couples seeking the joy, peace, and promise of a healthy marriage. His transparent and humorous style of teaching relates well to those experiencing life in the real world.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: D5
Blended families have always been with us. In Genesis chapter 30 we read about Jacob, his two wives, sons and daughters who present an early picture of difficulties within a home where there was not an original mom and dad along with the children belonging to just these two. In these early years the most common form of blending were polygamist marriages; however, blended marriages as a result of divorce or being widowed have always been common.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: A1
The manhood development program is a character based program for boys to help them to develop into the men God intended for them to be. The workshop will focus on organizing and development, management and coordination, curriculum, activities - field trips and community service projects, mentoring, parental involvement and costs.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N10
Foreign school administrators at all educational levels are desperately seeking native English speakers to join their faculty, and you could be one of them. You don’t have to be a “career” teacher to make a lasting impact on the lives of your students. This workshop will examine how teaching English overseas is both a mission and a ministry. We will explore the numerous ways in which Christian teachers can maximize their curriculum so that the Good News can be presented in the classroom in a careful and respectful manner. We will also look at ways in which Christian teachers can encourage their students to reflect upon important matters of life and faith. Finally, like biblical shepherds, we will explore how Christian teachers can
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: C6
Unsatisfied with the depth which God is working through you for His glory? We will examine areas for liberation to be an effective witness for Christ. To grow from just being a 'contended pew potato' to a full blown global advocate advancing the Kingdom of God is such a joy.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N11
Most unreached people groups in the world, including Muslims, think according to an honor-shame worldview. Western Christianity, on the other hand, is steeped in the contrasting freedom-guilt worldview. Still other cultures have a dominant fear-power worldview. Some mix with honor-shame and freedom-guilt, but usually one worldview dominates. Great potential blind spots can happen when only one worldview is considered, which can lead to judgmental attitudes toward others. Since the Bible was largely written in an honor-shame context, we are even in danger of Scripture twisting if we fail to learn about this worldview. In reaching Muslims, understanding honor-shame worldview is more important than understanding Islam. We can avoid religious debate as we seek to honor Jesus.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: A3
The success of any event, plan, program, or new ministry, requires effective strategic planning and implementation. In this conference you'll learn an unparalleled means of successful implementation for the results you desire. A process that you can repeat year after year.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 200
What is autism? What does sensory processing disorder mean? Why do children on the spectrum act like they do? What are practical ways I can make church a more pleasant experience for these children? These questions, and more, will be answered as we share practical ways to create an autism friendly church.
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 214
This Workshop Ministry will:
Engage in an Icebreaker that will be done with splashes of JOY : Guess Who's in the Room?
Study and identify a leader's Purpose: Everybody Counts
Learn Leadership SMARTS and IDEAS through word definitions, using scripture: Know the Scoop
Meet other leaders with similar ideas, thoughts and willingness to encourage and inspire each other: You Can Do It
Pursue and learn how to apply the Four
March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N12
BRING YOUR GUITAR! This empowering workshop for all Christian guitarists (intermediate through advanced) is designed to teach creative and expressive guitar playing in a worship setting, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion. This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching. The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated. Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing. Reggie will cover:
- Expressive Techniques in Worship - Making Songs Flow (The Art of Transition) - Common Contemporary Chord Progressions - Scales and Contemporary Chords - Learning Technique through Songs - Gaining Confidence - Helpful Exercises
There are helpful materials given to each individual. Those who have attended either the Christian Guitarist Workshops or Christian Guitarist Conferences know how training from Reggie will give you a spirited “shot in the arm” to prepare you for ministry.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N8
The cornerstone of every successful ministry is the vision that defines, directs and empowers it. George Barna once said, “A ministry without vision is like a flashlight without batteries: willing but powerless.” Proverbs 29:18 declares that “where there is no vision the people perish . . .” In this workshop we will explore the purpose of vision, characteristics of visionary leaders and the way that a profound vision empowers a ministry to succeed.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N9
Finally, my brothers and sisters, whatever is true, what ever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Phil 4:8. This workshop will focus on the power in positive thinking.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D5
Millenials represent the generation born between 1978 and 2004. Many, both within the church and in society in general, view Millennials as “lazy, entitled narcissists,” “the most high maintenance workforce in the history of the world“and "just generally hate-able." ("Millennials Are Pretty Terrible, According To A Poll Of Millennials," Ariel Edwards-Levy, Staff Reporter and Polling Director, HuffPost). Some have even referred to Millennials as "The Me, Me, Me Generation" (TIME, March 20, 2013).
However, this perspective is NOT how our Lord sees this important group of people in our communities and ministries! Millennials can be reached for Christ and can be mobilized to live for Him and for others, to accomplish His missional purposes and to live for His glory. Come and explore how you can equip Millennial believers in your ministry context, to pursue a mission-driven life as witnesses and disciple-makers for Jesus' sake!
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D7
While most people agree that we should share our faith, the vast majority of us don’t. As a follower of Christ, Scripture calls every one of us to share the Gospel message through our actions, and specifically with our words. This workshop will provide encouragement and a variety of practical approaches to living out our call to be light in a dark world. Being a modern day witness and light for Christ can seem a little scary, even overwhelming. Join me for this interactive session where we’ll start by looking at what the Bible tells and shows us about being a spreader of God’s message of love and salvation. We’ll then examine and talk about things that hinder us from embracing this charge from God before turning to real life witnessing stories and some simple witnessing tools. We’ll close out the session with a few minutes of practice time to equip you to “tell the Truth!”
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N10
While very effective to out reaching to the immigrants, many Asian immigrant churches struggles to maintain an effective English ministry. This seminar will explore some common issues why this is the norm, and offer some practical action steps for starting & maintaining an effective English ministry within an Asian immigrant church.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N11
As parents, we want our children to have the best education, successful career, good interpersonal relationships, and eventually happy marriage and family. But are we preparing them to face inevitable day to day challenges in the real world? This workshop helps parents look to the future and begin to equip their kids with critical and practical life skills so that they can grow and mature in Christ and be responsible adults who can glorify God and function well in their public, personal and family life. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D6
This session will help you understand the differences between streaming (live and delayed), pod casting, nursery/lobby viewing and video recording also the gear required to do each. We will discuss the broadband data bandwidth required to do live streaming and the technical options available. The importance of installing proper Camera, lighting and projection systems in order to provide a compelling remote experience will be discussed. We’ll also cover proper camera techniques and how to incorporate sermon and worship graphics into the remote feed. Most Video Campuses want to have a live worship team at the remote location so we’ll show you how to provide a delayed “live” broadcast that allows that to be seemless for the remote viewers.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: C2
This is an intermediate course designed for audio operators that are running sound regularly but cannot seem to get the sound to work better. The topic is Acoustics and will cover tools that are available for you to see the sound. Yes there is an app for that. How can you see the sound visually and use that to make changes. What else in the sanctuary is causing interference with the sound? “All I hear is the drums!” Can you fix that and how. Will go over the tools and how they can be used to make changes to the sound when operating and how to measure stuff that is causing interference. Will talk about plexiglass shields and defusesers and more.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: Firehouse
Families may want to dig into God’s Word, but let’s face it, the Bible can be a little intimidating. How can this ancient text really permeate family life today—especially if it’s new to parents, too? Discover practical tools to fuel Bible discovery in everyday family life. From bedtime storybooks to carpool playlists, we have simple ideas to help take away fear and make the Bible your friend.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D8
Our ministries are dependent on volunteers. Without them, our ministry- doesn't happen, You've heard the saying that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.Caring for your volunteers not only benefits them,but also increases the health of your ministry.In this workshop you will gain over 20 things that you can do to help your volunteers know you care about them.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: C8
What’s holding back your disciple-making dream for children’s ministry? Aligning church leadership with your vision for kids and families is a great starting point. This session will equip you with practical tools for leading constructive conversations toward lasting change.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: C7
Interactive workshop on equipping individuals to serve and minister to children in a Vacation Bible School-type setting with simple yet effective ideas and tools. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 1:30.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 114
Sins damage everything they touch, including the function of the human soul. Everyone sins. Everyone has had multiple people sin against them. Everyone is wounded and broken. We all function out of our brokenness, even Christians. Becoming a Christian does not automatically heal us, nor does time. God heals the human soul when we practice real forgiveness; receiving it from God, forgiving others and asking others to forgive us.
In this workshop we will examine the damaging nature of sin and the healing power of God's forgiveness. We will also look at the four biggest, missing elements of true, biblical forgiveness in the church today. This will help us to enter into God forgiveness more deeply, become healed more completely, and be able to help others to experience the same.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: C6
Trauma is surrounding most of our cities. Experienced in nearly every home. How does it play a part in outreach and evangelism?
In this workshop you will become trauma informed and learn how to experience more successful transformations! We’ll identify unique challenges in working with those who’ve experienced traumatic experiences.
Together we'll answer such questions as: What is secondary trauma? Is it possible to heal a heart that won’t trust anyone? Is this a way to reach an entire generation? Even more - can this break generational cycles?
Trauma is more than an event. It's effects last far beyond the day of the occurrence. From physical to psychological and even spiritual responses the individuals and families we are reaching out to may be living these effects for years.
In this workshop we will increase our awareness in identifying a trauma story, unfolding it's impact in the lives of those we reach, learn how to offer practical tools for those still overwhelmed by their traumatic experiences and much more.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: Heritage Room
Virginia Satir has isolated four miscommunication patterns that couples fall into. Understanding those patterns and knowing how to positively change them will solve many marital difficulties. We will see these patterns are described in the Bible and the solution to them the Bible also presents. Once these patterns are understood and the couple has the alternative approach, they will have a better relationship and a deeper friendship.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: A1
In this workshop we will work through several ways in which we can strategically disciple men and lead the small groups in our communities. It will first cover how to lead and train men to build personal relationships with others, creating an organic culture of men that are doers of God's Word and are making disciples through small groups.
Second, in this workshop we will discover the importance of providing a safe place for growing, healing and sharpening one another in Christ.
Last, we will discuss how to use the opportunities given to us through our leading and facilitation of small groups to equip men to have an impact in their families, churches, communities, and in the world for Jesus Christ.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: A3
The church was multi-lingual in the beginning (Acts 2) and is multi-lingual in the end (Rev. 7) so what makes us think it should be different in the middle?
We need to take down the Homogeneous Unit Principle and replace it with a new vision of church if we are to reach the Bay Area with the Gospel.
This workshop will answer questions like:
The neighborhood around our church is diverse but we are not. How do we change that?
How do we as a faith community move from being homogeneous to multi-cultural?
How do we introduce multi-lingual worship into our liturgy?
How do we move from being multi-colored to multi-cultural in our faith community?
The Apostle Paul spent a great deal of time encouraging folks to be unified across cultural and socio-economic barriers. Let's live out God's dream for the church.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 215
This is always the question asked when looking for and seeking a spouse. Should I pray for one or not? How does such a question and praying inform my life and faith? This seminar will discuss the thinking and scriptural basis for answering such questions.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200
This workshop will explore practical tools for the church to plan and execute a respite event for parents of special needs children. These parents often are isolated and do not get a break from the demands of caring for their children. A respite will give couples a chance to re-connect and re-energize. The church gets a chance to show the love of Jesus by meeting valuable needs.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 214
Christian women are under Satan's attack as never before. My life stands as a testimony of God's power to restore any life, soul, marriage, and destiny -- even one that has been ravaged by sexual infidelity and drug addiction.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N12
Want to ignite worship in your church? Take your worship team to the next level of effectiveness? Join us as we discuss ways to: •Lead worship for response and engagement •Tighten up the worship band (musically and relationally) •Maximize the people, gear, and resources you already have for worship •Learn about the latest technologies that churches of any size can use to enhance the worship experience.
March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D1
The internet offers today’s youth unprecedented accessibility to pornography and explicit sexual content. The average age for a child's first sexual exposure is 8-11 years old! We will touch on porn’s impact on technology, on adolescent brain development, and on the viewer’s inability to engage in healthy intimate relationships. This discussion aims to empower you to help that precious teen in your life not get ensnared in porn’s addictive web.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N9
Evolution is not scientific. It is a philosophy just like Plato etc. By the way it is not a religion because it does not address the existence of god. In this workshop I will demonstrate how you can prove to children and adults that evolution is not scientific. This is an interesting and persuasive debate which one can do anywhere.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N11
The purpose of the workshop is to live joyfully in family and working relationship. The attendees after finishing the class will bring the lists of effective tool to discover their own roots of stress and practice their unique way for overcoming the stress at home and/or work place in daily life for Asian, especially for Asian Single Parents. The language will be delivered in Mandarin.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D6
Digital mixers are a great tool to help you improve the audio at your church. We’ll show you the features you should look for and also how to avoid the features that can make a digital mixer actually harder to use. Imagine being able to get a great worship mix and be able to save ALL of the settings so they are already there the following week. Digital mixers can do that and many more things that will greatly improve your audio consistency each week. The real trick is to be sure to get the proper training on your mixers operation and have it pre-programmed so it works great on the first Sunday. The average time to fully program a new digital mixer the first time is between 6 to 8 hours. Then you’ll need another 4 hour worship rehearsal to get all the EQ and monitor settings right. Remember a digital mixer has a full suite of effects (eq, compression, gating, plugins and reverb) built-in on EACH channel. If you don’t use all of this then you’ve wasted you funds. Let us introduce you to digital mixers and how to select one that works for you and your church.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: C2
This is a beginner/intermediate course that will talk about the heart of the sound system. What to do with all those knobs and what do they do? Bought a new console but cannot get it to work. Is digital better then analog? What types of consoles are there and should you go digital? The mixer has lots of knobs and switches with as much as an acronym next to it, so what does that thing do? Is there one setting that fits all inputs or outputs. Will go over equalizer (EQ) settings and how to use this to make sources sound better and to help curb the squeal sound coming out of the system.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D8
Why do you teach? What is your ultimate objective? Do you want to become a great teacher that God uses to change lives? Join me for this workshop and you will leave with a renewed visoin for teaching.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: C8
The only thing more painful than losing great leaders is finding out why. Learn four simple principles for finding, strengthening and keeping the very best volunteers on your team. This breakout will challenge you to abandon “leadership as usual” so your children's ministry can reach its fullest potential!
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: C6
The Sunday School superintendent has a great responsibility in seeing that the strongest Christian Education arm of the church is effectively carrying out its purpose. This workshop will discuss the responsibilities of a Sunday School superintendent and how to effectively carry them out.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N8
This workshop discusses the purpose for grant writing, the expectation of grantors, data collection and the importance of formulating relationships with foundations and donors. We will discuss the elements of the proposal and the importance of writing a compelling proposal as well as creating and adhering to a timeline.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D2
Kyle Driggers, the Bay Area director for Bridges International will teach on the modern Indian college student, covering common mistakes in evangelism and practical tips on how to connect them to Jesus!
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N15
In this workshop, you will learn how to use critical key components often missed but needed especially in making big, life-altering decisions. This systematic process tests each step against the Word of God.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D7
The Wordless Book is not just 5 colors with a phrase to describe God, Sin, the cross with an invitation. It IS a tool that will ground a person in thier faith and prepare them to share what they know. Come and learn how to use this timeless tool and become an effective witness for Jesus whether you are speaking to a child or an adult.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 114
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men aged 18 and older in the US have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence (DV), is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44. 1 in 3 congregants of all faith traditions will have some form of experience with DV. Join us as we explore the dynamics of DV, discuss how children are impacted by DV and the role trauma plays in their development, discover how to recognize signs of domestic violence and how to intervene appropriately. Attendees will learn how to support the victims/survivors of DV, the importance of a safety plan, how to hold the aggressor accountable, and how you can be a resource to those impacted by DV and help break the cycle.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: Heritage Room
Christians need a discipleship program that takes the truths of the Bible and makes them a vibrant aspect of their emotional life, instincts, and relationships. We will present such a process and introduce the resources to carry out this new approach to Christian instruction.
Sad but true most discipleship programs teach the mind what to think and what the person ought to do but often the true transformation of the heart is left unaddressed. The Bible has a distinct approach to the changing of the emotions, the instincts, and the perspective. We will present that approach and the resources to make true transformation a part of your preaching and discipleship approach. At the same time a rich relationship to each Member of the Trinity will be presented and integrated into this discipleship process.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 214
Anger and Depression are most often symptoms of unresolved sin issues in our past. This is a mostly unaddressed issue in church today. We need God's validation for the hurt and pain as well as His comfort and healing. We will not find peace and rest in the deepest part of our being until we find that Justice we search for. Practicing authentic biblical forgiveness is how God heals the human soul and frees us (like a key to our prison door) from Anger and Depression. Come and discover the two sides of forgiveness that can change your life and bring you that peace and joy that you long for. Learn how to put real practical forgiveness into practice and let God's healing allow you to step outside those prison doors and live a free and victorious life filled with Joy and new opportunities. Note: the world is hungry and longing to see this displayed in the church.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: A1
The role of a husband is a call from God but is "experienced” by our wives. We will ask ourselves challenging questions about that "experience" such as, what is it like being married to me! We will also ask how our wives "experience," of us as husbands matches our call.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N13
We all want our churches to impact our community and the world. Because of new developments in missions, even the smallest church can have a global impact: But, how? The key to maximizing the results of our mission efforts is to develop a mission strategy. This workshop will help church mission leaders to develop such a strategy.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: A3
The church as we know it is in a state of massive change. Many of our faith communities are declining. As church leaders we know these facts and live with them every day. As Pastors and Church leaders we also know what is needed to reach new people with the Gospel and bring our faith communities back to life.
How do we get other church leaders, key stakeholders, and congregations excited and enthusiastic about new vision and new direction in our faith communities. Change is hard and requires a unique set of leadership skills.
This workshop will equip Pastors, Elders, and Church Leaders to communicate in such a way as to get maximum buy-in from as many stakeholders as possible.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 215
Finding single godly men seems hard, what are my thoughts about finding one? Does he have to be in a leadership position, or does he have to be a spiritual giant or super saint? This seminar will explore our thinking on finding single godly men and the barriers that keep us from them.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 200
Designed for church ministry leaders and student ministry volunteers, this workshop seeks to dispel the myths of autism by providing an easy-to-understand definition of autism spectrum disorder and functional ways that any church can support individuals with autism successfully within their church body.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N12
This motivational workshop for Christian vocalists is designed to enhance skill and faith, combining the technical and fun aspects of singing with spiritual passion. This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching. The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person sings along with the techniques being learned and demonstrated. Through Biblical insight and practical experience, Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive singing. Reggie will cover:
- The Five Vocal Parts - The Six Points to Good Vocal Production - God’s Delight in Singing - Leading Others in Worship through Singing - Versatile Technique (singing in choirs, ensembles, and solos) - Expression and Communication - Vocal Problems - Gaining Confidence - Helpful Exercises
This is open to the beginner as well as the experienced singer. There is something for everyone. There are helpful materials given to each individual. The workshop attendance is not limited. The vocalists in your church will have such an inspirational time and the goal is for them to not only be informed, but transformed – equipped to use their talents to glorify God.
March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: D1
Policies and Guidelines can be tedious and a snooze, and yet having some firm policies to protect our youth and church workers can be very helpful. Come learn ways to implement policies that create a safe, encouraging environment for the youth while not diminishing the spontaneity of youth ministry.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: A1
Our church is in trouble and in need of healing. Get equipped to address your No. 1 Unspoken Need! The facts are in, it’s not just ‘out there in the world’. Christian men, even pastors, have become emasculated by the world which increasingly normalizes toxic sex. The harvest is church passivity, devastated wives, broken families and derailed destinies. Yet, some courageous churches are dealing boldly, yet, tactfully with this silent plague, offering compassionate help, hope & healing. Churches reap courageous, brave, giving men, restored marriages and families, and, churches that lead as God intended. Get equipped to address the real needs of your members, your community, and become a hero in the process. Come learn how.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: N10
This seminar will highlight the characteristics and needs of this generation of young Asian Americans, and how our churches can adjust its approach to meet their needs. It will also provide concrete action steps and ideas for churches to retain and outreach the Asian American young adults.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: N11
In Romans 12:15, God’s Word instruct us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Being an empathic person helps to draw us closer to our family members, our students, and our co-workers. In this workshop, we can learn to cultivate empathy to build stronger relationships and deeper connections with others.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D6
The best audio system in the world will only sound as good as your operators are capable of mixing. During this session we will discuss proper gain structure, how to equalize your band, and the importance of using compression and digital effects to reach the best sound possible within the variables of your audio system and building acoustics. We will also do a bit of
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: C2
This is a beginner/intermediate course about the electronics of the sound system and how they are suppose too work together. What happened to the beautiful singer’s voice when they began to use the microphone and all you hear is a Charlie Brown adult voice (Wah wah wah wah)? Do you have big enough speakers to get the sound level you need? Are the amplifiers big enough to get the power to the speakers? Is there proper electrical supply to the equipment so it is not over heating or unable to produce the level of audio that it is rated for? Does the wireless microphone not sound as good as the wired microphone? This will include talking about audio acronyms that describe the electronic signals and how to read them on an app or other test equipment. How to set the levels on everything but the mixing consol.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D7
Part of our job as we live for God is to be a spiritual teacher to the next generation (Proverbs 22:6). This interactive workshop is designed to encourage parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers to be intentional about using everyday life experiences as an opportunity to teach loved ones and others about God and spiritual matters. In this session, we’ll take a brief look at what the Bible says about guiding, training and teaching our family and those around us, and then consider ways we can train ourselves to be more aware of ordinary life events and observations (nature, media, work/school experiences, conversations) in order to utilize them as a spiritual lesson or example. We’ll close the session looking at the importance of consistently being in God’s Word in our roles as teachers, spending a few minutes engaging God’s Word together. It’s never too early or too late to positively influence those around us. Have courage to be spiritually intentional!
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: C7
The key to success in Children's Church and Sunday School is preparation. Learn how to be stress-free when 10:00 a.m. Sunday arrives. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 3:00.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: C8
We recognize the world has changed and those changes have filtered down to our churches. How have the many cultural differences in our churches: ethnic, economic, family background and lifestyle, affect the ways children react in our kid-ministries? How do we engage children by meeting their needs as well as possible and create a sense of belonging for all kids so we can reach them for Christ and make life-long disciples of Jesus? Gal. 3:28 gives us God's perspective and the direction we should take.
Come discover techniques and tips for working kids as we learn how we can avoid missing the differences in families, values, and priorities.
Why? So we can be most effective at reaching kids and families with the Gospel.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D8
There is a season in a person's life when they are most open to learning. We are shaping the future of the church in the children's ministries of today. Yes we are making an eternal difference. Children's Ministry does matter.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: Heritage Room
Communication! An ever-present challenge in life, in ministry, in relationships. Let’s look at some communication skills as both a speaker and a listener that will help you navigate this treacherous river, and help you train those who serve with you.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: N8
In this workshop you will receive hands on experience in writing a short proposal. You will work in small groups and we will discuss the proposals as a group and determine the likelihood of the proposal receiving funding.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D2
The college campus is such a fruitful mission field! College students are longing for purpose. Believing college students are longing to live their faith out on the college campus, but many just don’t know how. There is at least one church near every college campus that would love to have an impact on campus, but they just don’t know how to do it. Come learn some simple tools to help equip your people (including your college students!) to lovingly discover spiritual interest on campus and disciple students into disciple-makers themselves. Would your church like to start and provide leadership to a disciple-making movement on the college campus near you? If so, this workshop is for you! This workshop repeats on Friday @ 3:00.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: N15
A Christian who is a true ambassador of Jesus Christ will have a hunger for spreading the Gospel and that includes bringing Jesus into the workplace. This workshop is designed for employees and business owners/managers. Jim shares a Christian business model which he has developed based on the life of a friend who owns a restaurant where the Gospel is alive daily!
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: N13
Sex, money, power and fame; are the primary weapons our adversary uses to lure and destroy God’s people rendering them unfit for ministry. For young and old, moral failure sexually is the most deadly among God’s soldiers around the globe. Are you, your friends and co-workers well-equipped with a combat knowledge, the Word of God and clear lines of defense in this daily battle with increasing temptations? It’s time we learn how to guard our minds, hearts, bodies and each other as we seek to make disciples of all nations.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 114
According to LifeWay Research, 3 in 4 pastors know someone who has experienced domestic or sexual violence. Most opt for outside intervention to resolve acts of domestic/sexual violence that occur in the home. Although, few pastors are familiar with local resources, 8 in 10 pastors would take action to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault if they had training and resources.
Join us as we explore the dynamics of domestic Violence (DV), discover how to develop a culture of awareness in the church, and learn the importance of a domestic violence prevention. Attendees will learn how to develop intervention and prevention strategies and how to promote DV awareness across ministries within your church. You will also learn about local resources that are available to your church, how your church can become a resource within your community, and how your church can become one of a growing network of churches in California working to break the cycle of DV.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D1
Ministries and their leaders are often paralyzed with inaction. Many reasons for this exist. It may be that there are too many options. Sometimes a decision seems ominous! At other times, the right/best thing to do seems difficult to deduce. And there can be disagreement; the parties involved have multiple and differing opinions. Whatever the case, indecision often leads to more of the status quo which in turn frustrates people and jeopardizes leadership credibility. Leaders make decisions that lead a ministry forward into God's vision and mission. More often than not, this is accomplished - not by making one big leap in some direction, but by simply taking the next possible step--be it every so small. Mastering the power of the next step is what every leader needs to do to help their ministry continue to move forward, change, and grow according to God's purpose and design. The next positive step helps build momentum, which helps create morale, which facilitates cooperation and participation, which fuels enthusiasm and growth. This workshop helps ministry leaders know how and when to take the next step.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: D5
It is very typical for most Christians to pray on Sunday morning when the Pastor calls us to pray with them. It is very typical to pray and give thanks when you are in a small group setting at church. The real challenge is when you are back in your house and it doesn't feel like a home but a war zone! When you are on your job and the boss is breaking you down with demands, how do you pray when your spouse is so far from God and you should be as one??? Praying sometimes doesn't seem like it is helping because your children are getting worse!!! In every war there must be a strategy to victory or you will continue to endure the same battles!!! I want to show you how to pray in strategy to overcome the battles that you face in this war.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: A3
Learn how to hear, recognize and respond to the rhema word of God in your daily quiet time. This is the foundation of Ken’s recently published Authentic Living workbook and may be the most significant 60 minutes of your 2018. Come with a pen. This is a session is experiential.
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: N12
Facing challenges in your worship ministry? Maybe some drama? Not quite sure how to tackle it all and move forward? Or perhaps you’re interested in implementing some new ideas and wondering how to get started? Join us for a candid discussion about worship ministry. The entire time will be devoted to Q & A, with YOUR questions driving the content of the class. We could talk about…
•boosting team member commitment and preparation •navigating power struggles and conflict resolution •fixing sound system issues •dealing with divas •recruiting people and growing the team •increasing music/tech excellence •overcoming budget/equipment limitations •engaging an unresponsive congregation •creating good communication systems •preventing vision clashes •implementing new technology
…but of course, it will be entirely up to YOU and what questions you bring. Come get your burning questions answered!
March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 214
Do you want to be able to sing better? We will learn vocal warm-ups and techniques for the voice. We will go over the basic physical aspects of vocal production and apply that to singing in class. You will use what you learn with each section by singing with the class and in small groups. We will work on singing longer phrases, singing on pitch and finding parts to sing. This class is for anyone who leads worship, sings solos, sings in a choir or just wants to praise the Lord in song! This workshop repeats on Friday @ 1:30.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: N8
Ministry burnout is real. Within it we find ourselves depressed, hurt, critical, anxious, with feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness. And many of us who find ourselves there can’t find our way out. Our faith grows cold, our sin gains control, and we despair. But there is hope. God is not done with us! Come here Pastor Matty share as he speaks about his own severe ministry burnout and how God healed and restored him through the process.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: N10
Many immigrant parents face as they struggle with the tension between their Asian heritage and the American culture their children are growing up with. This workshop will explore how Asian culture differs from the West and its impact on Asian immigrant family dynamics.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: C2
This is a beginner class on taking care of sound equipment. How to clean a microphone windscreen, testing cables, what is the correct microphone stand to have. Are you using the correct cable to connect instruments into the system? Setting up the microphone and as soon as you step away it falls to the stage. You move the microphone cable to another input and it still does not work… Is the microphone bad? Connector “Life Cycles” or “Mating Cycles” what is this and what does it mean, are the cables just warn out?
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: D6
Social media and mobile strategies are nothing new, yet they continue to be a challenge for most churches. In this workshop we'll discuss some social media best practices for churches as well as how to develop and implement an effective strategy. In addition we'll explore using the various social platforms to share the gospel.
We'll also look at the ever-changing mobile world. Beyond Bible apps, we'll look at strategies and tools that will help you not only communicate with your congregation, but engage people outside of Sunday. We'll also recommend some free services and tools that will help you achieve all of this.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: D8
Children memorize easily. Why not take advantage of this God-given gift for the benefit of our children's spiritual growth. Join us and learn over 20 ways to teach Bible Memorization.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: D2
Come and hear how you can be reaching the nations of the world for Christ by being a friend to an international student on your local campuses. Come to our workshop to find out how to get started. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 9:00.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: D1
Women (and men) all around us have wounded hearts from abortions in their pasts. Jesus Christ is the answer to all hurt and pain, but we have to talk about it This is a deep wound that more that 35% of the women around us keep a secret. The church needs to be a place of healing from all sin, and pain. Abortion is forgivable! Healing Tears can help you reach these women and offer freedom from the chains of abortion. Church, let's make healing available! Recently I talked with a woman who had an abortion seven years ago and she said she thinks about it every day and often cries, but doesn't have a place to talk about it or know how to get free. And another women whose abortion was over 50 years ago and had never told anyone. She still had shame and guilt. Can we, the church of Jesus Christ, be that place? We will talk about this issue and offer hope and help to churches or anyone who wants to know more about the
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 114
Someone comes to you with a problem. You would like to help them. Where do you start? What is your goal? How do you get there? While people's problems may vary greatly, the process of helping them follows a basic pattern that can be easily followed. This workshop is for counselors, small group leaders, pastors, family members and friends - anyone who would like to help hurting, troubled people experience God in the midst of their problems.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: D5
This workshop is based on the conviction that all believers are called to fulfill our Lord's Great Commission by making obedient disciples of Christ. Jesus wants all of His followers to be effective witnesses, who are actively involved in making disciples in their community, neighborhoods, and through pursuing intentional relationships with others in the workplace, gym, coffee shop, or other venues. Come and learn together with others, how to grow and develop a missionally-driven life, by learning about how to pursue an others-centered life and practical strategies to meaningfully engage others, lead them to Christ, and guide them to grow in His likeness as they too live to make disciples of others.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: Heritage Room
Too often our Bible teaching emphasizes what we should know and what we should do, but it does not deal with the deeper issues of our hearts –our instincts. Those instincts often can be false and unhealthy. A false instinct such as earning God’s love often feels right but is dangerously wrong. Numerous examples of these instincts will be given. We will see how to recognize them, and change them through an effective biblical pattern. A handout will give specific details on what to do.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: A1
Jesus promises (Matt 11:30) that his Yoke is easy and his burden is light. How can we possibly experience that in our hopelessly over scheduled world? Jesus urges us to come to him. However our way of life is most often seriously over scheduled and often we wear masks. Come and hear how to teach the men in your church how to walk under the yoke of Jesus.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: N11
When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; therefore our message is not received as good news. Extracting a few trophy converts is not “good news” to Muslim community. Are you willing to do the hard work to remove the plank from your eye before you try to remove the speck from a Muslim’s eye? Our plank could represent blind spots from our saturation in the freedom-guilt worldview. How well do you understand your own worldview? Do you presume it is biblical? Some Christians are quick to find fault with the Muslim’s honor-shame perspective without realizing that our own Bible was framed in that worldview. Learn about Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world and how to cooperate with the New Thing that God is doing, both globally and locally.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 215
This seminar is a follow up to last years “Help my administrator is taking over the Church” There are six types of leaders in your church or organization. This seminar will explore the six types of leaders around you and explain how to deal with each of them.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: A3
We are called to preach “the gospel” or “salvation” to a lost and hurting world. But what does “salvation” look like for the 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men who’ve been sexually abused, for the 60% of men (20% of women) struggling with pornography or the depressed, the addicted, the perfectionist, workaholic, those enslaved by fear or shame? For years we’ve preached that salvation means going to heaven after we die, even though the word itself means: “set free, made whole and delivered.” Ready for a challenge? Present the “full gospel” of Jesus Christ and watch God transform your ministry.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: N12
This insightful workshop is designed to teach how to lead worship, enhance individual and group singing and worship in the church, motivate a lifestyle of intimate worship, inspire confidence and expression, and build “team” unity with good communication. The workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching where theology, philosophy and methodology of leading worship are explored. Through Biblical exposition and practical experience, Reggie unveils the essentials which empower your group to be more effective. Reggie will cover:
- The Importance of Volitional Worship of God - What God Thinks (Theology) - Music is Communication (Philosophy) - Inspiring Others to Sing & Worship (Methodology) - Teamwork & Confidence
This workshop is a shorter version of the 3 hour Leading Worship Effectively & Team Building Workshop. There are helpful materials given to each individual.
March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: Firehouse
Games can get teens to connect, have fun together, and build a healthy relationship with competition. God uses games in so many ways, yet it can be challenging to find the games that work for your students and are inclusive. Come have fun with us while we add games, icebreakers, and relays to your repertoire.