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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    “When Did We See You in Prison?”

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 215

    David Apple

    David Apple

    People today are trapped and behind bars – in more ways than one. We have been called to minister as unto the Lord with people who are captives and in prisons. This session will focus on ways to start or strengthen a ministry to persons who are impacted by prisons. Led by a pastor, a Sunday School teacher, as well as someone who serves on death row, come be prepared to identify ways to be stretched in personal and corporate ministry opportunities.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Giving the Gospel a Good Go for Little Kids

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: D7

    Gloria Carlson

    Gloria Carlson

    Little kids have a great capacity to learn. What are they learning about God in your Sunday School class? Let's discover some creative ways to share basic Bible truths with them.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    The Be's of a Great Teacher

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: C7

    Phyllis Williamson

    Phyllis Williamson

    Keynote Speaker

    Do you want to become the best teacher you can be? In this workshop you will evaluate yourself and gain new tools that will mold you, equip you and help you to become a Great Teacher.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Object Lessons: Teach Me to Pray

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: Firehouse

    Linda Racine

    Linda Racine

    Interactive workshop using object lessons to teach children of all ages how to pray. Lessons will also encourage children to pray anytime, anywhere, on their own. Each attendee will receive at least one ready-to-use object lesson to take home.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Guiding Behavior in an Elementary Sunday School Classroom

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: D8

    Bill Emeott

    Bill Emeott

    Do you every wonder why some kids act out at church (or anywhere else for that matter)? In this session teachers will consider seven reasons why kids misbehave and ten practices that will make a big difference in the way you teach and the way they act!

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Stuff I've Stolen From Everybody

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Brent Randall

    Brent Randall

    A smorgasbord of practical and creative teaching ideas, most of which Brent has learned from others. This workshop will be repeated on Saturday @ 3:45.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Creating Events That Kids (and Parents) Love

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: C6

    Laurie Kelley

    Laurie Kelley

    Do you find yourself trying to think of ways to attract more kids to your church? Have you ever planned an event and realized you forgot some important details? Successful events demand attention to detail and begin with the end in mind. Every event should make kids feel safe, have fun and give them a sense of belonging. In this session you will be given practical ideas to create exciting opportunities to reach kids who don’t come to your church! This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 11:15.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Why YOU Should Start a Grandparenting Ministry in Your Church

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: C8

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    “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 awesome new movement!

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Collaborative Learning

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: N10

    Shirley Whitney

    Shirley Whitney

    Collaborative Learning is a process in which multiple people have an opportunity to participate in the preparation and presentation of a learning or growth activity. In this session you will experience the benefits of collaborative learning and discuss the ways that collaborative learning can be applied in both large and small group environments. This session is a good pre-curser to "How to Make Intergenerational Lesson Plans".

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Reading Between the Lines: Sharpen Your Bible Interpretation Skills

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: N11

    James Chiang

    James Chiang

    Reading between the lines will help track the author's train of thought. Why should we capture the train of thought of a Biblical author? An author will develop the points of his writing by leaving clues. Capturing the author's thought process from the clues left for us goes a long way for us to go after God's own heart. This workshop, “Reading between the lines”, introduces a simple method to uncover the biblical author’s train of thought by asking the right questions from the context of the Scripture.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Teaching Doctrine in Exciting Ways

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: N9

    Gil Stieglitz

    Gil Stieglitz

    Wouldn’t it be great if people could have access to deep, biblical truths at church without having to go to Seminary to feel like strong Christians? How can the church attract people to dig in to doctrinal truths so that their congregants could live righteous, holy, and powerful lives? In this seminar, we will explore new ways to teach deep, foundational truths, which will challenge and deepen the people.

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  • Track: Counseling

    How to Restore Broken Relationships (and How to Make Good Relationship Better)

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 114

    Steve Diehl

    Steve Diehl

    God designed human beings for loving relationships, first with Him and then with each other. However, sins damage those relationships. A huge part of the good news of Jesus Christ is God's ability to heal and restore broken relationships. He does this as we practice all aspects of His forgiveness -- receiving it from Him, forgiving others and asking others to forgive us. We also need to learn how to give other people the best opportunities to do the same. In this workshop we will introduce and examine the six principles of Relational Forgiveness, which is how we can create the best opportunity for a broken relationship to be restored and good relationships to be optimized.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Church Hospitality As Evangelism

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: D2

    Vance Hunter

    Vance Hunter

    In this seminar we will look at the areas of ushering, greeting, parking, information, first-aid, prayer team, etc. We will discuss how these ministries can be evangelistic, and some facts about the people we serve, and some do’s and don'ts for evangelism. A section of the workshop will be devoted to participants sharing some of their own experiences related to hospitality and evangelism.

    We will also look at how hospitality and evangelism intertwine? Depending on what study you read, up to 70%-90% of those who visit our churches don’t come back for a second visit. Surely, they may not come back for a variety of reason but for many the church’s hospitality plays a major role.

    Upon completion of this workshop attenders will know: 1. How God can use the hospitality to draw people back to their church.

    2. How God can use hospitality to draw people to Himself and the church for the first time.

    3. How to encourage hospitality team members to have a greater commitment.

    A good church hospitality ministry is like when someone visits the house of a friend and is made to feel welcomed and the guest doesn’t want to leave. Then the guest goes out and tells others about their awesome experience of being welcomed at a friend’s house and therefore inspiring other to visit.

    I think this is what Jesus was describing when he said in Matt.5:16 “Let your light shine before men, that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

    We at BASS are excited about this workshop and hope that you will join us for a workshop that reveals the importance of hospitality as it relates to with evangelism.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Evangelism Through Community Partnerships

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: D6

    Yaahn Hunter

    Yaahn Hunter

    This Workshop will discuss Evangelism through networking with Community Non Profits and Social Agencies to expand the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. Sometimes we have visions to minister to the needs of our communities but may lack the capital to execute that vision. By partnering with Community Non Profits and Social Agencies that are addressing the needs in our communities, we can still achieve our goals and ministry objectives. We will discuss the pros and cons of this strategy and discuss how it can be an effective ministry builder.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Too Much Padding in the Pews - Building a Healthy Lifestyle

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: A1

    Ted Goslen

    Ted Goslen

    There are four components of a healthy lifestyle, but this workshop will focus on only one: Physical health. To be at our peak spiritually, we must take care of the physical. We will examine the two-fold approach that most people miss with fad diets and gym memberships. No guilt, just practical insights to help you, no matter what shape you body may be in.

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  • Track: Missions

    The World at Our Door - Local Ministry to College and University International Students

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: D5

    Leon Harper

    Leon Harper

    What is the most cost effective way to evangelize the nations of the world? One of the most simplest ways to do this is become a friend to an international student studying on our local university and college campuses. Come to this workshop to find out how to get connected with them and begin your journey to world evangelism.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Story-Formed Preaching

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: A3

    Daniel Strange

    Daniel Strange

    What do storytellers, writers and lyricists all have in common? They use the tools of story formation (plot, character, theme) to write great narrative content. A sermon is a work of narrative--what would it look like to apply these tools to our craft?

    Come join us for a workshop that seeks to develop a new type of preaching by combining the tools of narrative theory with our tools of expository preaching.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Understanding Sensory Processing Issues

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: WC 200

    Christine Woosley

    Christine Woosley

    We will discuss how sensory issues play a part in behavior and interactions with other people. Awareness of this issue can help you see through other's eyes how your church effects their sensory processing and how you can make it a more comfortable and welcoming space. We will also discuss strategies for setting up an effective learning environment with various supports that will help both learners and volunteers.

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  • Track: Youth

    ReThink Youth!

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: D1

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    The Word of God (the content) is the same but our methods need to change if we want to reach this generation of youth. Come learn some new ways!

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  • Track: Youth

    Effective Teaching for Middle School & High School Students

    March 3, 2017 - 9:00 AM Room: N15

    Kevin White

    Kevin White

    Have you ever wondered how to teach and communicate to a group of kids who have the attention span of a gnat? We'll walk through some concepts and tips to make our teaching as effective as possible, and address common concerns most youth leaders face.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Wisdom At Work

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    We carry our skills and knowledge to work each day. But, wisdom is often absent which is why many face difficulties in the workplace. Jim Hogsett provides ten of the greatest lessons which go beyond mere knowledge and which prevent many difficulties on the job and in every day life.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Help! I'm a Preschool Teacher (Classroom Management)

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: D7

    Gloria Carlson

    Gloria Carlson

    Their attention span is short. They don't want to share. They wiggle, wiggle, wiggle. They talk when they should be listening. They climb the walls. Help! What can I do?

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    A Year-Round Approach to a Magnetic Family Ministry

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: Firehouse

    Publishing Staff Group

    Publishing Staff Group

    Uncover the secret formula for a year-round approach to fail-proof, faith-building seasonal events that help families experience God together. In this practical workshop you’ll get three strategies to impact the faith development of families in your church—and to draw in new families from your community. Walk away with the ah-ha’s you need to energize your existing ministry and implement new ones—all with the goal of bringing families closer to Jesus.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    11 Ways to Develop a Biblical Worldview in Kids

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: C8

    Linda Weddle

    Linda Weddle

    Our kids are navigating a culture whose messages often contradict the truths of Scripture. In this session we will explore practical ideas for guiding children/teens toward a biblical worldview.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Helping Children Learn to Serve

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: C7

    Beverly Blades

    Beverly Blades

    When do we become involved in serving the Lord? It needs to begin early. We will talk about why begin in childhood and share many helps for the teacher. You will receive many extras on a CD Both theory and practical.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    How to Make Intergenerational Lesson Plans

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: N10

    Shirley Whitney

    Shirley Whitney

    How do you adapt an adult sermon theme to fit a children's Sunday School class? How do you use a children's lesson plan as a basis for an adult lesson/sermon? How do you add more intergenerational elements to a traditional worship session? This session is a natural companion to the COLLABORATIVE LEARNING session.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Teaching For Changed Lives

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: D8

    Dick Crider

    Dick Crider

    Teaching for Changed Lives will equip, encourage and challenge you to be the very best teacher possible.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    How to Make the Bible Come Alive

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: N9

    Walt Huckaby

    Walt Huckaby

    We will look at a variety of things that you can do in your Bible teaching to make it come alive.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Teaching God’s Word with Passion

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 215

    David Apple

    David Apple

    Jesus was the Master Teacher, and He shows us how to teach His Word by His example. This session will help you identify and learn to use teaching skills to help transform lives! You will discover qualities and develop skills needed for passion-filled Bible teaching by being a student of the Master. Come, bring your Bible!

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  • Track: College

    Holy Identity: Sanctification and Identity Formation in Adolescence

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: D2

    Ian Longtin

    Ian Longtin

    Every human goes through a process of identity formation, which is most intense during the adolescent years. So it shouldn't be a surprise that God has something to say about this. The scriptures contain a robust vision for who we are and who we are becoming in Christ. Parents, pastors and volunteers then have a wonderful opportunity to draw students into this vision that God has for their lives and how it connects with their own personal journey.

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  • Track: Counseling

    Why Didn't You Warn Me? How to Deal with Challenging People

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Pat J. Sikora

    Pat J. Sikora

    Keynote Speaker

    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 and step-by-step tips for handling several types of challenging people, whether in your small group or caring ministry. And let's make sure YOU aren't the problem!

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Evangelism and Outreach in the Inner City

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: D6

    Yaahn Hunter

    Yaahn Hunter

    We will examine Evangelism and Outreach in the Inner City focusing on three aspects:

    1. The Current Analysis of Inner City Life in the Bay Area. 2. We will Evaluate the State of the Church. 3. We will discuss integrating Church Programs and Community Programs.

    We will discuss methods of Outreach that are making an impact in our Communities.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    Kingdom Life in the Community: Reaching Families Through Heart Connections

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: C2

    Elizabeth Stewart

    Elizabeth Stewart

    This is a workshop where we will talk about being a Kindom Citizen and transforming your place of influence through heart language and heart connections. We so often talk to the behavior of a person; to bring healing and restoration we need to talk to the heart of the person and thus transform their life and the life of their family.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    For Married Couples - Ending a Fight Before It Starts

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 214

    Michael Baggett

    Michael Baggett

    In this elective, we will look at some Biblical principles that provide insights on recognizing avoidable conflict, how to avoid escalation, and how to resolve conflict if you missed the first two steps. Managing conflict is a sacred skill that can truly lead to health and intimacy in marriage or any relationship. This elective will be presented with a straight-up, biblical approach, but will be a lot of fun, too. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 12:45.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Developing a Strong Ministry to Men

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: A1

    Jason Johnson

    Jason Johnson

    In this workshop we will cover several biblical principles for developing and creating an environment that helps to sustain a healthy and well balanced ministry to men of 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 foundational components that are needed to begin the journey of building a strong ministry to men

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  • Track: Missions

    Making Disciples of Nations Right Here and Now!

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: D5

    Leon Harper

    Leon Harper

    Making Disciples of nations is our mandate from our Lord in Matthew 28. How can the local church do that here and now without a big financial investment? Offering ourselves as living sacrifices to meet and befriend university and college international students is the most cost effective way to make disciples of the nations. Come to hear more about how your church can get connected with this ministry.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Teaching That Bears Fruit

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: A3

    George L. Yates

    George L. Yates

    Jesus turned the world upside down with teaching methods that are as effective today as they were 2000 years ago. You can use them in your classroom or pulpit. Learn how to effectively use six of Jesus' teaching methods!

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  • Track: Pastors

    Every Pastor is an Interim: Preparing for Pastoral Succession

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 114

    Doug Tegner

    Doug Tegner

    Every pastor is an interim pastor. More than 1/3 of America's 300,000+ Protestant churches will go through a pastoral transition in the next 7 years. How can elders and pastors prepare themselves, the pastoral family and the church for a pastoral succession sure to come? We will look at case studies, various strategies and face real questions in this interactive workshop. Pastors, Pastoral Spouses and Church Leaders/Elders are welcome.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Have a Spot for Special Needs Students and They Will Come . . .

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 200

    G. Luann Aiello

    G. Luann Aiello

    In this workshop I will share where I started and where we are currently at.My hopes and dreams along with God's direction on where we are headed for the future of Special Needs Ministry. I will share about some of the challenges along the way but also the blessing that have come from being in prayer and faithfully waiting and watching the hand of God grow our volunteers and the students and families we serve on any given Sunday. How also that the support from pulpit and pastoral staff and the church body as a whole can increase the awareness of your Special Needs Ministry. I will share also how we are now introducing inclusion of several of our Special needs students into regular Sunday School Classrooms.

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  • Track: Youth

    Comparative Religions and Blind Faith

    March 3, 2017 - 10:30 AM Room: D1

    Neil Mammen

    Neil Mammen

    What do Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons believe? A fast paced summary of what these major religions believe by an immigrant who grew up in cultures like Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia and India. We will compare these beliefs to Christianity and ask: Why are you a Christian? Then we'll look at the facts about how 75% of Christians kids leave the faith. How do parents protect their kids?

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Delighting in the Holy Spirit

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: N9

    Gil Stieglitz

    Gil Stieglitz

    God the Holy Spirit brings the grace of the Lord Jesus and provides over thirty different ministries to the Christian. But the average Christian doesn’t know how to access or work with the ministries of God the Spirit of Holiness. In spite of the excesses and denials going on in parts of the church, Christians need to understand and be practiced at working with the various ministries of the Holy Spirit. This seminar may improve your connection to the Lord Jesus in dramatic ways.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    How to Get Grants for Your Ministry, Part 1

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: C2

    Alicia Garcia

    Alicia Garcia

    This workshop discusses the reasons for grant writing, the expectation of grantors, data collection and the importance of formulating relationships with foundations. We will discuss the elements of the proposal and the importance of creating and adhering to a timeline.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Teaching Babies, 1s, and 2s: It's More Than Babysitting

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: D8

    Delanee Williams

    Delanee Williams

    Babies, 1s, and 2s are constantly learning; therefore, we as teachers are constantly teaching with our words and actions. In order to teach most effectively, we must understand how this unique age group learns and develops. Come learn practical ideas to help you as you intentionally teach biblical truths to babies, 1s, and 2s.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Leading a Child to Christ

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: D7

    Sue Spillman

    Sue Spillman

    You will become familiar with the message of salvation so you can clearly and simply share Christ with your own children or the children in your class. You will shown how to lead boys and girls to Christ as God draws them to Himself. Helps will be given on how to counsel those who respond. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 2:15.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Hide the Word of God in Their Heart

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: C7

    Phyllis Williamson

    Phyllis Williamson

    Keynote Speaker

    Because God's Word alone can give our children the stability they need in this uncertain world, we must teach them how to memorize scripture.In this hands-on workshop, learn 20 ways to help them hide God's Word in their hearts. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 11:15.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Sure-fire Tips for Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: C6

    Laurie Kelley

    Laurie Kelley

    Every kids’ ministry leader longs to master the art of recruiting new volunteers and then creating an experience that keeps them coming back! Learn some tips to get dynamic volunteers to begin serving and feel a sense of commitment to ministry. This workshop is repeated on Saturday @ 11:15.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Facing the Gospel Truth About Today’s Children’s Ministry

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: C8

    Dan Lovaglia

    Dan Lovaglia

    When it comes to lifelong discipleship, how’s your church’s children’s ministry doing, really? Awana recently released 10 critical research findings that express the pain-points and passion areas of faithful kidmin leaders across the U.S. As it turns out, despite its best efforts the church has a great discipleship disconnect on its hands. If you love kids and families, lead or serve in children’s ministry or are responsible for key discipleship ministry decisions in your church, this breakout is for you. Through engaging teaching and discussion you will be introduced to a timely resource, The Gospel Truth About Children’s Ministry by Matt Markins and Dan Lovaglia with Mark McPeak. You will also be challenged to identify and implement practical next steps to increase lifelong discipleship effectiveness in your church, children’s ministry, families and kids.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Bible Interpretation 1: Need and Process

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: D6

    Brad Chew

    Brad Chew

    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.

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  • Track: College

    Doing Youth Ministry With Adulthood In Mind

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: D2

    Ian Longtin

    Ian Longtin

    What if we did youth ministry in a way that actually prepared students for adulthood and for their early adult participation in the church? Our motivations and methodologies for doing youth ministry can often be confused by many things. Together we'll explore a strategic, biblical direction for long term fruitfulness.

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  • Track: Counseling

    Why Marriages Fail - and What You Can Do About It

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 114

    Steve Diehl

    Steve Diehl

    Broken and unsatisfying marriage relationships are all too common in the Church today. But it does not have to be this way. If we know the basic reasons why a marriage fails and how to overcome those obstacles then we will have a much better opportunity to enjoy marriage as God desires it to be. In this workshop we will examine the three basic reasons why marriages fail and what we can do to remedy these common problems.

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  • Track: Counseling

    Biblical Decision Making

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    God gives us the freedom to make our choices in life. The problem is that most of us don't know how to figure out exactly what God's will is in every decision we face—especially the big, life-altering decisions. A major highlight of this workshop is practice making a real life decision using the knowledge/skills taught and using God’s Word to test the results.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Remember Bible Stories to Share

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 215

    Dr. Tom J. Cowley

    Dr. Tom J. Cowley

    How can we be better witnesses to the Gospel in our daily life? While the Bible is the basis of our belief system, we often shy away from sharing its truths in daily conversation. Our workshop will focus on ways to train our mind and heart to recall, choose, and share Bible stories and truths in daily conversation.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    The Power of One (plus 1)

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: D5

    Jonathan Maddox,MFT

    Jonathan Maddox,MFT

    Every relationship has its seasons of joy, happiness, pain, disillusionments, and sadness. The question is how can I work to improve my relationship with others when the other person is unaware of my unhappiness, unwilling to change, or indifferent to my feelings. God has anwsers to these age old questions but they require us to rally our most important resourse, come learn what it is and how to manage it effectively.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Men Discipling Men (Leading Men through Small Groups)

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: A1

    Jason Johnson

    Jason Johnson

    This workshop will walk 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 learn 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.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Redeeming Conflict in Ministry

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: A3

    Leroy Goertzen

    Leroy Goertzen

    All of life is surrounded by conflict. It's everywhere and plays an integral role in how life works in the post-Edenic world. Aspects of conflict are certainly highlighted in God's judgment pronunciation in Genesis 3. The entrance of sin in to the world has made conflict inevitable. Deny it as we may, the sinner in us seems oriented toward living and dying in conflict. If, however, that were the only context by which we were to understand conflict, our perspective would certainly be negative and depressing. Unfortunately, that IS what most people believe, particularly those in ministry who often feel particularly vulnerable to conflict's negative impact. As a result conflict is often avoided and mishandled - and that - to everyone's poverty.

    What if conflict was not a problem to be avoided, but an opportunity to be embraced? What if we were to live into conflict's redemption-pointing, reconciliation-creating potential? What if we could see the fall's corrupting influence in conflict through the lens of the gospel's redeeming power?

    In this seminar, Dr. Goertzen provides a refreshingly positive perspective toward conflict. If the world is a cauldron of conflict, learners are challenged to enter into it and learn its lessons well--lessons that will expose the myths that keep the flames of conflict burning hotter than what they really are or need to be.

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    Bridging the Gender Gap

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: D1

    David C. Smith

    David C. Smith

    So much confusion exists and heartache occurs when we are misunderstood! Men and women, even Christians, think and feel differently, and this affects how and what we communicate to each other. But we can bridge the gap and achieve understanding by exploring the Scriptures and the latest studies on the human brain. Men CAN really listen and speak what's inside. Women CAN really speak directly and stick to one subject.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    It’s a Family Affair: Loving Every Member of the Special Needs Family Well

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 200

    Debbie Lillo

    Debbie Lillo

    This workshop will help you to better understand the unique ways disability affects each member of the family; parents, spouses, siblings and grandparents. It will offer tools for loving families well from Sunday to Sunday and through various life experiences. Its primary goal is to equip you to see that every member of the family fully belongs.

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  • Track: Women's Ministry

    Focusing on God During or After a Separation

    March 3, 2017 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 214

    LaTiana James

    LaTiana James

    As a woman it can be a difficult task to confide in others as it relates to a failed relationship. We can feel discouraged, depressed, and even embarrassed by our situation. Speaking to someone about this can be a difficult phase in our lives, especially if you're in denial but, it's important that you remember who you are in Christ, bounce back better than before, and don't be afraid to turn that test into a testimony to help others. Focusing on God while you're hurting can seem like an impossible task but, it's the only task that can honestly help get you through. As Leaders in Ministry it's EXTREMELY important that we learn how to minister to these women during their crisis, keep them encouraged and looking forward to the future. Don't ignore it as these women can feel like they need to bottle up all of these emotions in fear of looking weak. Let's talk about it! Let's address it! & Let's Arise, Shine, & Sparkle for Jesus! This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 11:15.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Prayer Ministry for Survivors of Severe Childhood Trauma and Ritual Abuse

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: N8

    Michael Norton

    Michael Norton

    Prayer ministry for survivors of severe childhood trauma and ritual abuse can be an overwhelming task for a pastor or a counselor. Learn how to minister to survivors who have dissociated identity disorder. Find out what it takes to be a successful prayer minister and help survivors of childhood emotional, physical, sexual, ritual abuse, and trafficking move forward and heal their dissociated identities.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Strategy Ministry Development: Reach, Grow, Groups

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 214

    Michael Baggett

    Michael Baggett

    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, Michael 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.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    How to Get Grants for Your Ministry, Part 2

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: C2

    Alicia Garcia

    Alicia Garcia

    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.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Minute to Win It!

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: C7

    Phyllis Williamson

    Phyllis Williamson

    Keynote Speaker

    Need some games in your ministry? In this hands-On workshop you will play some games that are fun and challenging. You have one minute to win it.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    The World of Fifth and Sixth Graders

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: C8

    Linda Weddle

    Linda Weddle

    Motivating them and making them part of your club (and church) ministry. We’ll look at some staggering statistics, but also provide encouraging good news as we talk about how you can give them a feeling of belonging. (Statistics are updated from last year.)

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Habits of an Effective Children's Sunday School Teacher

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: D8

    Bill Emeott

    Bill Emeott

    Good teachers come in all shapes and sizes, ages, and personalities, but certain characteristics separate effective teachers from the less effective. This conference presents skills that can help Bible study leaders become more effective as they teach boys and girls in Sunday School.

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  • Track: Children - Spanish

    Compartiendo el Evangelio con Niños Pequeños (Sharing the Gospel with Little Kids)

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: D7

    Gloria Carlson

    Gloria Carlson

    Los niños pequeños tienen una gran capacidad para aprender. ¿Qué están aprendiendo en su clase de la escuela dominical? Vamos a descubrir algunas maneras creativas que podemos utilizar para compartir las verdades bíblicas básicas con los pequeños.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Centering Your Life Around Your Spiritual Gifts

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: N9

    Walt Huckaby

    Walt Huckaby

    This workshop will present some practical means to determine what spiritual gift or gifts that God has given to you. Then, we will talk about how to build your life and ministry around that gift.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Help for Sunday School in the Small Church

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 215

    David Apple

    David Apple

    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 an excellent Bible study experience for every one – on both sides of 100.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Discovering the Value Gap: Applying Scripture

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: N11

    James Chiang

    James Chiang

    We all have preconceived notions, and our value system supports and reinforces these notions. Just by understanding the Bible alone will not change our default thinking, unless we could discern the gap between our value system and God's. This workshop helps the Bible reader to discern the gap, thus guiding the reader in personal transformation, in order to acquire the mind of Christ by the renewing of the mind.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Bible Interpretation 2: General Principles

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: D6

    Brad Chew

    Brad Chew

    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.

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  • Track: Counseling

    Survival Tips for the Wilderness Journey: When the Itinerary You're on Isn't the One You Signed up For

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Pat J. Sikora

    Pat J. Sikora

    Keynote Speaker

    Are you in a spiritual, personal, or professional wilderness? Did your life suddenly take a sharp left turn and leave you grasping for breath? Has your ministry been sidetracked as you struggle to simply hang on? How could this happen? How could God let this happen? If you're asking any of these questions, let me tell you the stories of people who have faced the wilderness and not only survived, but thrived. Learning from the example of Moses' wilderness trek, we'll examine derailed plans and learn eight tips for surviving when life takes a sudden left turn and dumps you in the desert.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    New Ways to Love Your Neighbor

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: C6

    David Sanford

    David Sanford

    Jesus already is at work in the lives of many of our neighbors. And Jesus invites us to join Him ... in many unexpected, surprising ways!

    These surprising, often counterintuitive ways open us up to the Holy Spirit’s leading to be more than a “nice, loving Christian neighbor.”

    While “loving Christian” is essential, “nice” is NOT a big enough word for what God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit have in mind for the 1st and 21st centuries.

    This workshop is designed to surprise and stretch and delight you. Cancel other plans. Don't miss this fun, interactive workshop.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Tips and Tricks for Successful Adult Retreats

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: D5

    Deborah Klein

    Deborah Klein

    Planning a retreat can be overwhelming! Not sure where to start? Join us, a team of retreat planning professionals. This workshop will cover topics such as selecting and working with the retreat center, setting budgets, marketing, sample timelines, and much more. Bring your questions, challenges, and ideas. Let's have a great conversation!

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  • Track: Missions

    Bridge Building with Muslims: An Alternative to Fear-Mongers and Pacifists

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: N12

    Bruce Green

    Bruce Green

    When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; therefore our message is not received as good news. 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.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Identifying & Correcting Declining Trends in the Church

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: A3

    George L. Yates

    George L. Yates

    It is inevitable. Every church faces decline at some point. Decline in churches often goes unnoticed for several years, each year moving the church a little deeper in decline. This workshop will examine how to detect each of the five phases of decline & stave them off.

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  • Track: Pastors

    From a Dysfunctional Church to a Healthy One

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: A1

    Dr. David Eckman

    Dr. David Eckman

    Research has shown that the greatest hindrance to church leadership teams and churches are unaddressed problems from family backgrounds. On the one hand, we can simply say these are the works of the flesh but on the other hand, saying so does not solve the problem. We will see from Matthew 18 how these problems were addressed by Christ and the radical solutions that he proposed. We will share the predictable problems of stumbled adults who come out of dysfunctional homes and how they influence church life. We will share a strategy on how to address those issues.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Pastor's Kid: Unique Joys and Challenges of Being a PK

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 114

    Doug Tegner

    Doug Tegner

    PK's have a unique and sometimes challenging perspective of faith, family and life within the Church. Our workshop welcomes parents who are pastors/church leaders, PK's of all ages 15+, and church members who care about or serve a pastor's family. We will have honest conversation about the blessings of being a PK, as well as consider real issues often faced by pastoral families, examining attitudes and actions that encourage health in the pastor's home.

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    I.M.P.A.C.T (Intentional - Mastery - Perseverance - Action - Courage - Thankful

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: D2

    Jomer De Leon

    Jomer De Leon

    Jesus said “You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." King David said "Show me, LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is." To live a life of impact we need to let our light shine and know that life is fleeting!

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Autism How To's: A Family and Ministry Perspective

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: WC 200

    Diane Dokko Kim

    Diane Dokko Kim

    Receive insight and practical strategies from an autism parent and special needs ministry leader: How might autism impact individuals, families and Special Needs Ministry teams? Learn common challenges (FAQ's), teaching strategies, practical tools and tips to establish best practices that help families and ministry teams partner together more effectively for successful inclusion.

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  • Track: Youth

    Back to the Basics

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: D1

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    Is your church just starting a youth ministry? Are you in your first, second, or third year of youth ministry or just need a fresh outlook on your existing ministry? We will share with you how to recruit volunteers, set up your team, attract volunteers, set priorities and much more…We have a published resource guide for this topic with 13 quick tips we will share.

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  • Track: Youth

    Creative Fundraising For Your Ministry Effort

    March 3, 2017 - 1:30 PM Room: N15

    Kevin White

    Kevin White

    It takes money to do ministry, yet we're often stuck with a shortage of resources to do what we need to do. Whether you're looking to raise $2M for a new building or $2,000 for a mission trip, this workshop will uncover Biblical principles of fundraising alongside practical tips to maximize your income while minimizing the effort and stress among your team and donors.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Why Discipleship is Broken in So Many Churches

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: N9

    Gil Stieglitz

    Gil Stieglitz

    The process of guiding a person from beginner to godly Christian has been lost in so many of our churches. The Church as a whole is not turning out the quality of disciples needed for this new period of hostility to the gospel, especially leaders. We have seen people come to a church for five years and still remain the same whiny, self-focused, angry, unchanged person they were when they came in. This is a problem—a big problem. Why has discipleship broken down and how do we fix it?

    In this seminar, we will examine a discipleship path that works for most churches in our modern world, transforming believers into thriving members of the body. We will explore the four key discipleship cycles that contain the secrets to getting a person growing and keeping them growing. We will also detail five specific actions that can change a small group into a transformative experience.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Preschool Ministry Ideas That Work!

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: Firehouse

    Publishing Staff Group

    Publishing Staff Group

    No matter how you slice it—preschoolers need Jesus! Learn how to connect with every preschooler Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally, and Spiritually (PIES). You’ll experience what these little ones can understand, what they can and can’t do, and how you can tell Bible stories in ways that capture their attention! Get fun, doable ideas that are grounded in faith and rooted in Scripture. You will: • Learn new ways to connect with today’s preschoolers. • Discover four key ingredients to a successful preschool lesson. • Explore four Jesus-inspired techniques that will bring your preschoolers closer to him.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Teaching with Style

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: D7

    Sue Spillman

    Sue Spillman

    Helps will be given for you to gain understanding and appreciation of your own learning style and various learning styles of the children you teach. Become familiar with the four basic learning styles so you can understand how your own learning style effects your teaching. Evaluate your own teaching style while you learn practical ways to implement methods that will help your students who learn differently from you.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Nurturing a Christian Work Ethic in Children

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    In this workshop, the instructor focuses on four major actions which are needed to minister to children so as they grow up in the ways of the Lord, they will acquire a Christian work ethic. Participants are given the opportunity to model the Word of God as applied to work perks.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Leading a Dynamic Small Group of Kids

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: C8

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    Leading a small group of kids: an idea that both terrifies to the very core and truly gets the adrenaline pumping...sometimes both at the same time. Whether we’ve been called or guilt-tripped, whether this is our first year or last, the truth is simple: each week, God is placing you in a position to shape a generation for Christ.

    There’s no ‘magic formula’ for great small group leadership. Many of the most challenging small group kids grow up to be some of the most influential world changers. Come learn the 7 Keys to leading a small group of kids to help them come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Building Prayer Warriors: Ideas For a Six Week Curriculum

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: C7

    Beverly Blades

    Beverly Blades

    Prayer needs to begin at an early age. Children are capable of serious, meaningful prayer. I will be sharing practical ideas, helps for a six week curriculum, true stories of children who prayed. We will talk about how God answers prayer. The aspects of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, confession, intercession, warfare, and prayer walking. Many more ideas than in my previous classes. I will give each particapant a CD with the six week curriculum. Both theory and practical

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Ten Traits of Children's Ministry Leaders Who Last a Lifetime and Finish Well

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: D8

    Dick Crider

    Dick Crider

    What distinguishes those who finish well from those who burn out? There are many traits that characterize ministry leaders who last a lifetime and finish well. We will discuss ten of them in depth.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Seven Things I've Learned as a Children's Pastor

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Brent Randall

    Brent Randall

    Brent shares a wide assortment of insights concerning people, kids, management and ministry from his many years of experience as a Children’s Pastor.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    The Purpose & Power of Using Teams in Ministry

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: N8

    Ronda Hastings

    Ronda Hastings

    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.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Help People have LIFE in the Church

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 215

    David Apple

    David Apple

    The pursuit of authentic Christianity will change your life. The pursuit of your role as a follower of Christ in the church will change the world. Come, bring your Bible, and learn six major principles from the Book of Ephesians that will help you to lead and serve your local church.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Bible Interpretation 3: Bible Stories

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: D6

    Brad Chew

    Brad Chew

    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.

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  • Track: College

    The Intergenerational Church

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: D2

    Ian Longtin

    Ian Longtin

    For decades the church has divided itself up according to age and affinity which has had unintended consequences for the Body of Christ. The Intergenerational Church is one that values the connection between and contribution of all generations. Together we will explore the theological, cultural and practical ramifications of this pressing issue including both how we got here and what strategies might move us forward.

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  • Track: Counseling

    How to Forgive Someone Who Has Sinned Against You

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 114

    Steve Diehl

    Steve Diehl

    Sins damage the human soul much like a knife can damage the human body, causing both pain (which leads to anger) and dysfunction. All people have damaged souls, both from our own sins and from the sins others have committed against us. God can and wants to heal us and set us free from the damaging effects of these sins, but to do so He must wait for us to forgive those who have sinned against us.

    However, most Christians struggle in their practice of forgiveness because many false and unbiblical models of forgiveness have been introduced into the Church. In this workshop we will examine the six basic steps of biblical forgiveness and how to practice them so that God can heal you and set you free.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    Seven Habits of Highly Sucessful Couples

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: D5

    Jonathan Maddox,MFT

    Jonathan Maddox,MFT

    Like any beautiful garden, a happy marriage requires time and energy. Unfortunately, many couples either forget to engage in the activities that once made them happy or they have let some other barrier (busyness, anger, unforgiveness etc) become a stumbling block to God's best for their home. Therefore, it is important to return to our first love and do the things that make marriage work. Come hear and discuss the seven habits that happily married couples have embeded in their relationship.

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  • Track: Missions

    Using the Qur'an as a Tool for Sharing the Good News with Muslims

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: N12

    Bruce Green

    Bruce Green

    Do you realize that Jesus is called “the Messiah” numerous times in the Qur’an? Did you know some Muslims have come to Isa Al Masih (Jesus Christ) just by studying the Qur’an? Yet how much better to cross the bridge between our holy books and introduce your Muslim friend to the full counsel of God. Bridge Building is an approach to Muslims that builds bridges of trust in order to have productive two-way communication. We always ask the question: Will my words or actions build bridges or barriers? Barrier-building results in “Christianizing” and perhaps extracting a few zealous converts. Bridge Building results in true evangelism, which means sharing the Injil (the Qur’anic term for the message of Jesus) as “good news” rather than a culturally-conditioned and historically-distorted communication. Learn ways to “speak the truth in love” rather than believing and sharing online postings that are polemical, confrontational and divisive ways of Christianizing. Muslims who follow Jesus are different than Christian proselytes—converts who reject their Muslim heritage and take on a Christian identity. We propose a Kingdom-of-God approach to encourage Muslims—not to change their religious identity, but to become better Muslims by following the Messiah more fully.

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  • Track: Pastors

    The Bible and Psychology

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: A1

    Dr. David Eckman

    Dr. David Eckman

    Modern psychology has shared insights with what can be found in Scripture. We will examine three schools of psychology, Freudianism, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and compare it to what is in the Bible. We will see that some of the insights found in psychological systems are also found in the Bible. At the same time we will explore the importance of understanding how Scripture looks at human nature and how it presents its own psychology. The Bible does contain a psychological system as we shall see. This workshop repeats on Saturday @ 11:15.

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    What Is My Calling?

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: D1

    David C. Smith

    David C. Smith

    Calling, purpose and vision are important for all Christians. God has a plan for your life, which unfolds as you walk with Him. Your life is not "on hold" while you are waiting to get married. This workshop will explore three aspects of "calling" in Romans 1. You can discover how to use your gifts and talents for Him right now.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Play To Learn - How to Teach Using Game-Based Learning

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 200

    Gisele Darden

    Gisele Darden

    Game. Games & More Games....Using games as an developmental/educational tool to provide students and opportunities for deeper learning. Games will also allow an opportunities for interaction and opportunities to make choices as they learn more about Jesus.

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  • Track: Youth

    Mentoring Teens is From the Heart to Heart to Heart

    March 3, 2017 - 3:00 PM Room: C2

    Dr. Raymond Chan

    Dr. Raymond Chan

    Mentoring teens begins with a vision based on biblical principles, and continues onward sensing God’s leading. The mentoring process comes from God as He shares His Heart, as we grow deeper in our heart for the teens, and we as human mentors brings that heart back to God. This workshop will help you navigate this exciting adventure to grow that teen relationship for life.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Stuff I've Stolen From Everybody

    March 3, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Brent Randall

    Brent Randall

    A smorgasbord of practical and creative teaching ideas, most of which Brent has learned from others. This workshop will be repeated on Friday @ 9:00.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Redemptive Suffering

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: D6

    Matthew Blevins

    Matthew Blevins

    One of the greatest blessings found in suffering redemptively comes from watching God work miraculously through it. It enables our joyous worship and our resolve to endure until God’s will is done. This in turn becomes one of the greatest testimonies the world can see.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Toxic Sex and Porn Habits are Ruining Lives. Yes, in Your Church.

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: A1

    Clay Allen

    Clay Allen

    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 passivity, devastated wives, broken families and derailed destinies. Yet, some courageous churches are dealing openly and tactfully with this silent plague, offering compassionate help, hope & healing. Churches reap bold, brave, giving men, restored marriages and families. Get equipped to address the real needs of your members, your community, and become a hero in the process. Come learn how.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Developing Healthy Relationships

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: C2

    Alicia Garcia

    Alicia Garcia

    In this workshop, we will discuss how nature teaches us the importance of healthy relationships. We will discuss healthy communication skills and win-win problem solving.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    5 Invitations for Becoming a Relational Children’s Ministry

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: C8

    Dan Lovaglia

    Dan Lovaglia

    Are you running ragged in children’s ministry? You’re not alone! Kid-influencers dream of lifelong discipleship but are faced with the realities of week-to-week programming. For the sake of this and future generations, a renewed approach to disciple making is needed. This breakout introduces five invitations modeled by Jesus that can revive the relational dimension of your ministry with kids, families and leaders. Get equipped firsthand with the principles and practical applications from Relational Children’s Ministry: Turning Kid-Influencers Into Lifelong Disciple Makers by Dan Lovaglia (Zondervan, 2016).

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  • Track: College

    Calendaring is for Nerds!

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: D2

    Ian Longtin

    Ian Longtin

    Let's be honest. Calendars, budgets and the like are not why we got into ministry. Yet we cannot hide from them or deny the power they hold over our effectiveness as leaders. Let's have an honest conversation about why effective, long range calendaring is a must in today's busy culture.

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  • Track: Counseling

    How to Get Your Warrior Back

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Pat J. Sikora

    Pat J. Sikora

    Keynote Speaker

    Have you hit a slump? A depression? Something that is so debilitating it seems you can’t go on? Or perhaps you are ministering to such a person. Let’s discuss some causes of this issue and some surefire techniques for getting that warrior spirit back.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    The Growth Centered Family

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: D5

    Cecil Wong

    Cecil Wong

    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.

    Why growth-centered?

    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.

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  • Track: Missions

    CROSS Culture

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: C6

    John Dupree

    John Dupree

    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.

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  • Track: Pastors

    The Key to Change Is the Process

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: A3

    James Darnell

    James Darnell

    The process of change is more important than the end product. Understand how adults learn, accept, and commit to change.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Special Needs Ministry Beyond Sunday Service

    March 3, 2017 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 200

    DeJuana Golden

    DeJuana Golden

    The church and a person’s faith have a profound impact on their mental and emotional well being. Many studies reveal that when faith is included in wellness planning, individuals experience shorter recovery times, fewer hospitalizations, and fewer relapses. Faith is the cornerstone of personal wellness and self-care, particularly for special needs parents.

    The church plays a critical role in encouraging special needs parents when caring for their children. It’s a fact that during a given year, clergy see more people than psychologists and psychiatrists combined. Clergy are actual first responders when a person is suffering from spiritual, emotional, and mental breakdown.

    But the question is are you equipped, have you devised a strategy, and have you made it known and evident to special needs parents that you are there and ready to serve them?

    Even if you feel as if your church home adequately offers special needs accommodations -- do you provide and promote services, outreach, and counseling to meet the needs of special needs families?

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    MO' MONEY, MO' PROBLEMS | NO MONEY, MO' PROBLEMS: Coaching for Financial Peace of Mind

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: N13

    Pira Tritasavit

    Pira Tritasavit

    For some, money is a god. For others, it is a tool for worshipping God. Some have too much, some don't have enough, and others are content. Discover a proven process for escaping debt-slavery, for building an emergency fund, for saving and spending wisely, and for giving faithfully and generously. NO PROSPERITY THEOLOGY HERE. Just a simple approach based on Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace principles.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Spiritual Warfare Basics

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: N9

    Gil Stieglitz

    Gil Stieglitz

    Today’s current events, twisted morality, and negativity clearly establish an increase in Spiritual Warfare at a level of intensity that demands our attention. More people are facing an increased level of temptation like they have never faced before; oppression and pure evil is visible everywhere. God has given us exactly what we need to win these types of spiritual battles. In this seminar, we will discuss the biblical basics of winning against the various battles we are facing now and will face in the future. God wants us to choose to follow His plan for a great life of meaning and purpose. We can choose righteous deeds to practice and move towards, and avoid evil deeds that lead to chaos and destruction. This class will help you understand the difference and how to escape the snare of the devil (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Domestic Violence – Breaking the Cycle

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 114

    Will Yancy

    Will Yancy

    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.

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  • Track: Asian

    The Role of Asian Americans in Global Missions: You are Called for a Time Such as This

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: N11

    Peter Wang

    Peter Wang

    While traditional mission agencies in North America are facing serious funding and recruitment issues, the gospel continue its rapid growth in the global world. How can Asian Americans participate in this new missions context both at home and overseas and what you can do to be part of this exciting story?

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  • Track: Asian American

    Reading Between the Lines: Sharpen Your Bible Interpretation Skills (Mandarin)

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: N10

    James Chiang

    James Chiang

    Reading between the lines will help track the author's train of thought. Why should we capture the train of thought of a Biblical author? An author will develop the points of his writing by leaving clues. Capturing the author's thought process from the clues left for us goes a long way for us to go after God's own heart. This workshop introduces a simple method to uncover the biblical author’s train of thought by asking the right questions from the context of the Scripture. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Microphone

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: C2

    Keith Holmlund

    Keith Holmlund

    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.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Big Truths for Little Kids

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: D7

    Linda Weddle

    Linda Weddle

    Kids can understand more than we think they can, but sometimes the barriers come in our explanations. We struggle to explain complex words and concepts. In this workshop, we'll discuss ways to enable kids to comprehend what we're teaching.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Power of Unintentional Teaching

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: N8

    Robert Shreve

    Robert Shreve

    Unintentional teaching: is the thing we teach without trying or which we did not mean to teach. An example would be when a teacher asks, “Who created the world?” A student raises his hand and when called upon he says, “Jesus.” The teacher responds, “No” and calls on the next student who answers, “God.” Teacher says, “Yes.” and proceeds’ with the lesson. That teacher has unintentionally taught the children that Jesus is not God and did not create the world. Another example of unintentional teaching is when the teacher tells the children: “Eve ate the forbidden fruit” while holding a picture of a woman with an apple in her hand. Even though the teacher did not mean to, the children will leave the class sure that Eve ate an apple when she sinned because they saw it in the picture. This is how so many of our children become so confused and decide that the stories in the Bible are not true because they are “full of inconsistencies.” We need to take the time to make sure that our intentional teaching and our unintentional teaching line up and are consistent. I have many more examples like these two and principles to avoid unintentional inconsistencies in our teaching and even how to use the power of unintentional teaching to teach our students lessons they will never forget.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Object Lessons: Teaching Like Jesus

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: Firehouse

    Linda Racine

    Linda Racine

    Demonstration of object lessons for children of all ages designed to help simplify spiritual truths so they are easier to understand. Each attendee will receive at least one ready-to-use object lesson to take home.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Habits of an Effective Children's Sunday School Teacher

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: D8

    Bill Emeott

    Bill Emeott

    Good teachers come in all shapes and sizes, ages, and personalities, but certain characteristics separate effective teachers from the less effective. This conference presents skills that can help Bible study leaders become more effective as they teach boys and girls in Sunday School.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Preparing Your Child to Discover God’s Purpose

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: C8

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    Did you invest more time and thought into potty training than how you will prepare your child to follow God’s plan?

    Do the demands of your child’s school, grades, sports, and college aspirations overshadow any plans you hoped would prepare your child to be a life-long disciple of Jesus?

    Come join the journey as we learn the 5 Challenges they will face and detailed action steps to hit the target every parent desires for their child: a young adult who knows, loves, and serves Jesus more than anything else.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    The Wonder of Worship

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: C7

    Beverly Blades

    Beverly Blades

    How do you define worship? How do you think children would answer that question? When asked most people define worship as singing or praising God. These are elements of worship, but true worship is much more than just singing or praising. Children need to understand the wonder of worship so worship can become a real relevant part of their life. Ideas, and handouts will be shared. Both the theory and practical

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Service Camp for Kids

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: D2

    Martha McDowell

    Martha McDowell

    Service Camp for Kids is a unique concept and offered an experience for elementary kids that focused on serving God and translated into actual community service by the kids and their leaders. During the week kids participated in skill stations specifically for use for service in the community. As a result the campers fed the homeless, presented songs in sign language at a senior retirement home, sewed pillowcases for a children's hospital and made balloon animals/objects at a service agency family picnic. This could be adapted in many ways for your children's or youth programs.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Developing Intercultural Competency

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: D6

    Steve Wong

    Steve Wong

    Using the concepts from "Foreign to Familiar" by Sarah Lanier (consultant for YWAM) you can gain a better understanding of the cultural differences that affect your local church's ability to do outreach. These differences may also be affecting how people within your local church relate to each other. Understanding these differences is the first step toward building relationship bridges for evangelism and a stronger church community, and partnership between churches. This workshop is especially recommended for leadership teams of churches that are hosting another church of a different ethnic background or are renting space from a church of a different ethnic background.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Teaching Valuable Lessons for New Converts

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    This workshop provides valuable lessons for helping new converts, young and old, in beginning their walk with Jesus. It includes an examination of a final high school paper written by a young convert just before she was killed in an automobile accident.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    Building a Strong Marriage - What I Have Learned From Counseling Couples

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Sik-Lam Wong

    Sik-Lam Wong

    In this fallen world, couples come into marriage with their own hurts. Not knowing each other’s wounds, spouses often trigger each other without understanding the reason behind the conflicts. Couples interact with each other in unhealthy ways, e. g., one person may try to flee while the other pursues. Sometimes one person may clam up and the other may get offended. In this workshop, I will share some of the insights I gained from counseling couples. You may see yourself in some of the examples. Hopefully, you will leave with a better understanding of how your marriage can be made stronger.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    How To Implement a Manhood Development Program at your Church

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: A1

    Carl Brown

    Carl Brown

    This workshop will cover how to acquire the support and workers needed, how to develop an appropriate curriculum, how to work with the target group, how to encourage parent involvement, how to deal with discipline, how to deal with costs, and how to include a rites of passage ceremony.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Men In Ministry: Transformational Leadership

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 214

    Michael Baggett

    Michael Baggett

    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. Michael Bagett 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.

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  • Track: Missions

    Making Disciples through Short-Term, Cross-Cultural Trips

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: D5

    Paul Johnson

    Paul Johnson

    Short term, cross-cultural trips can promote true spiritual growth into the likeness of Christ and therefore serve to help make obedient disciples of the Lord. Apart from ensuring the priority of in-depth and meaningful pre-trip, on-trip and post-trip preparation, it is vital that short-term mission participants engage in significant others-centered service and hands-on cultural engagement. These experiences become formative in the life and spiritual growth of participants when time and effort is taken to process their meaning and significance within the cultural context being served. These experiences must also be processed throughout the trip and afterward by focusing on Christ's heart and will for the people and the community being served.

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  • Track: Missions

    Developing a Church Misson Strategy

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: D1

    Mark Tsujimoto

    Mark Tsujimoto

    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. The workshop will be led by two mission professionals. Mark Tsujimoto is a Mission Mobilizer for Gospel Operations International, a mission organization. He will describe the key elements of a mission strategy and some new opportunities on how to do missions. Jennifer Marshall is Missions & Outreach Director for Central Peninsula Church. She will share how she helped develop the mission strategy for her church.

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  • Track: Missions

    Power of Vision In Your Local Church

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: C6

    John Dupree

    John Dupree

    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.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Using Stories in Teaching & Leadership

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: A3

    George L. Yates

    George L. Yates

    One of the most effective means of leading & teaching is the appropriate use of a well-crafted story. Learn the 3 different plot types of stories, when and how to use each for effective leadership & life-changing results. You'll also receive great resources for finding stories.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Help, My Administrator is Taking Over the Church!

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 215

    Gerald Mann

    Gerald Mann

    The Church Administrator is often the most influential person in the church. This workshop will explore some strategies to help balance and define the critical roles of Pastor and Administrator, as well as how to work in partnership with each other. It will also discuss the subtle politics and spiritual issues at play.

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  • Track: Youth

    Fostering a College-Ready Faith

    March 4, 2017 - 8:00 AM Room: WC 200

    Luke Tsai

    Luke Tsai

    Recent studies have shown that a significant percentage of high school graduates stop attending church after entering college. While some leave due to the lack of a genuine relationship with Christ, a sizable number do so after succumbing to challenges to their beliefs and/or the doctrines of their home church. What faith-related questions are the college students facing today? How do we prepare our youths for the challenges ahead? This workshop seeks to address these questions for the interest of youth leaders and parents.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Compassion Fatigue

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: B3

    Jane Daly

    Jane Daly

    Anyone who is caring for an aging loved one knows how draining it is, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's easy to feel burned out. This workshop will help caregivers discover how to work through those feelings by leaning into all that God has for them in this caregiving season.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Church Finances and Charitable Contributions

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: A3

    Augie Bau

    Augie Bau

    I have over 27 experience in this field, and my educational background includes seminary and ordination as a minister, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation. I will discuss excellent standards for church finances with an emphasis on charitable contributions. Pastors and key financial leaders are welcome to attend this workshop.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Domestic Violence – The Church’s Role in Breaking the Cycle

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 114

    Will Yancy

    Will Yancy

    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.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Redemptive Suffering

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: D6

    Matthew Blevins

    Matthew Blevins

    One of the greatest blessings found in suffering redemptively comes from watching God work miraculously through it. It enables our joyous worship and our resolve to endure until God’s will is done. This in turn becomes one of the greatest testimonies the world can see.

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  • Track: Asian

    Decoding Teenage Stress

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: N11

    Colleen Lam Nguyen

    Colleen Lam Nguyen

    We will identify causes of stress and also identify skills that parents and ministry workers can bring with them to help teens manage, cope, and navigate through the stress in the adolescent years.

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  • Track: Asian

    Leveraging Parenting as an Asian Family Ministry Strategy (Mandarin)

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: N10

    Ann Lo

    Ann Lo

    Parenting is a passionate concern for Christians and non-Christians alike, and can be used strategically as both an outreach and discipleship tool. The workshop suggests practical ideas for what to cover in parenting classes, books and resources that are available, and options for formats. Emphasis will be on reaching Asian families and the particular concerns of Asian immigrant parents. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Acoustics

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: C2

    Keith Holmlund

    Keith Holmlund

    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. Ww 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.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Effective Video for Today's Church

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: D5

    Dan Kaufman

    Dan Kaufman

    An introduction to how video can be used in church settings. Techniques will be presented to enhance ministry by using video. Hardware, software, and production values will be discussed and demonstrated.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Learning Styles

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: D8

    Dick Crider

    Dick Crider

    Everyone has a preferred way to learn. When you understand Learning Styles you will see why it is necessary to use a variety of teaching methods in your classroom.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Hide the Word of God in Their Heart

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: C7

    Phyllis Williamson

    Phyllis Williamson

    Keynote Speaker

    Because God's Word alone can give our children the stability they need in this uncertain world, we must teach them how to memorize scripture.Inthis Hands on Workshop learn 20 ways to help them hide God's Word in their hearts. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 12:00.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Teaching Children to Have a Quiet Time

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: D7

    Sue Spillman

    Sue Spillman

    You will learn how God speaks to us and basic principles to help the Christian child grow through His relationship with the Lord. Practical ideas will be given to provide ways for the child to succeed in getting to know Jesus better through his or her special time with God each day.

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  • Track: Children - Spanish

    Cómo Conducir la Clase Preescolar (Classroom Management)

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: D2

    Gloria Carlson

    Gloria Carlson

    Los preescolares son naturalmente inquietos. Dios los hizo así. Ellos aprenden por medio de la actividad. El maestro les ha de decir que se sienten y escuchen, pero Dios los hizo que sean inquietos y que se muevan. ¿Quiénes creen que van a ganar? Por supuesto, los preescolares. ¿Entonces cómo vamos a conducir nuestra clase sabiendo que a los preescolares les gusta moverse? Eso es lo que vamos a hablar en esta clase.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Aligning Church Mission with Your Children's Ministry

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: C8

    Dan Lovaglia

    Dan Lovaglia

    When church mission and children's ministry direction are misaligned, forward momentum in evangelism and discipleship with families suffers. This interactive breakout will give you tools to identify, inspire and implement constructive change with your leadership core.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Sure-Fire Tips for Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: C6

    Laurie Kelley

    Laurie Kelley

    Do you find yourself trying to think of ways to attract more kids to your church? Have you ever planned an event and realized you forgot some important details? Successful events demand attention to detail and begin with the end in mind. Every event should make kids feel safe, have fun and give them a sense of belonging. In this session you will be given practical ideas to create exciting opportunities to reach kids who don’t come to your church! This workshop repeats on Friday @ 12:00.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Power of a Question

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: N8

    Robert Shreve

    Robert Shreve

    In this workshop we will look at the power of a question in the classroom and in life. We will also look at how Jesus used questions in His ministry. We will see how a question has the power to avoid arguments, maintain classroom discipline, and gain cooperation from those that oppose us.

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  • Track: Counseling

    How to Talk So Others Will Listen and Listen So Others Will Talk

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: Heritage Room

    Pat J. Sikora

    Pat J. Sikora

    Keynote Speaker

    Communication! An ever-present challenge in life, in ministry, in relationships. Let’s look at some communication skills that will help you navigate this treacherous river, and help you train those who serve with you.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Events to Impact Your Community

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: D1

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 9 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. We served hot meals with 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. 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.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    HE SAID, SHE SAID, GOD SAYS: Coaching for Marriage Oneness

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: N13

    Pira Tritasavit

    Pira Tritasavit

    Coaching skills help couples understand one another better. Healthy marriages involve both conflict AND resolution. Husbands and wives will learn how to ask better questions and become better listeners. Through coaching, couples will tackle conflicts and discover effective solutions together. Create dynamic solutions together for a more intimate relationship. How can life coaching skills grow the oneness in your marriage? How can you learn to love each other deeper now than when you first said "I Do"? NOTE: This workshop will also feature a LIVE COACHING DEMONSTRATION with a volunteer couple.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    Marriage Secrets

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: N9

    Gil Stieglitz

    Gil Stieglitz

    Like never before, marriages are straining to stay together, and many are flying apart. What are the secrets of marriages that make it over the long haul? What is the hidden wisdom that God has put in His Word that allows marriages to not just survive, but thrive? All marriages require proven, practical strategies that work. In this seminar, Dr. Gil Stieglitz will outline the seven basic relational needs that everyone is looking for in a marriage. He will provide practical and proven ways to meet these needs consistently so that marriages thrive.

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  • Track: Pastors

    How to Handle the Hard Issues in the Lives of Adolescents

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 215

    Gerald Mann

    Gerald Mann

    What should a pastor do to inform and encourage his staff over high schools and teens in crises? How do Pastors, Sunday School teachers and youth workers address these issues? What do you do when today’s issues are beyond your training and expertise? This workshop will explore and equip you to face these issues and more.

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  • Track: Pastors

    The Bible and Psychology

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: A1

    Dr. David Eckman

    Dr. David Eckman

    Modern psychology has shared insights with what can be found in Scripture. We will examine three schools of psychology, Freudianism, Positive Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and compare it to what is in the Bible. We will see that some of the insights found in psychological systems are also found in the Bible. At the same time we will explore the importance of understanding how Scripture looks at human nature and how it presents its own psychology. The Bible does contain a psychological system as we shall see. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 3:00.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Call Me Friend

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200

    Jan Joaquin

    Jan Joaquin

    Practical tools for an Irresistible Buddy Ministry. Children with special needs are often left out of the circle when it comes to learning about God's Word. This workshop will answer many of the questions and give you practical tools for setting up a 1:1 Buddy Ministry that allows everyone to be included. You will come away with tools and encouragement to begin and grow ministry that will benefit families and volunteers.

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  • Track: Women's Ministry

    Focusing on God During or After a Separation

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 214

    LaTiana James

    LaTiana James

    As a woman it can be a difficult task to confide in others as it relates to a failed relationship. We can feel discouraged, depressed, and even embarrassed by our situation. Speaking to someone about this can be a difficult phase in our lives, especially if you're in denial but, it's important that you remember who you are in Christ, bounce back better than before, and don't be afraid to turn that test into a testimony to help others. Focusing on God while you're hurting can seem like an impossible task but, it's the only task that can honestly help get you through. As Leaders in Ministry it's EXTREMELY important that we learn how to minister to these women during their crisis, keep them encouraged and looking forward to the future. Don't ignore it as these women can feel like they need to bottle up all of these emotions in fear of looking weak. Let's talk about it! Let's address it! & Let's Arise, Shine, & Sparkle for Jesus! This workshop repeats on Friday @ 12:00.

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  • Track: Youth

    Youth Ministry Meets Madison Avenue

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: N15

    Kevin White

    Kevin White

    Teenagers are a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry, and advertisers know this. What is the business world doing to teenagers and how are we to respond? In this workshop we'll uncover some of the major trends in today's culture as well as an understanding of where our role as youth workers fits in. (Appropriate for children's and adult ministry workers, too.)

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  • Track: Youth

    Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches

    March 4, 2017 - 11:15 AM Room: Firehouse

    Publishing Staff Group

    Publishing Staff Group

    Are you a “small” church? Don’t feel bad – you’re the majority! With the average church in America clocking in at about 75 members, there’s no reason why “small” has to equal “less” when it comes to a healthy, thriving youth ministry. We’ll break down stereotypes, rally around biblical and philosophical direction, and gain a ton of practical ideas for creating a ministry that teenagers will love to be a part of – no matter how large or small the group.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    A Christian at Work in Customer Service

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    Every person has a customer because a customer is anyone whom we should be serving whether in business, in the church, in school, or elsewhere. In this workshop, the instructor shows how to apply Biblical truth that goes far beyond the idea of having just a satisfied customer.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Toxic Sex and Porn Habits are Ruining Lives. Yes, in Your Church.

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: A1

    Clay Allen

    Clay Allen

    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 passivity, devastated wives, broken families and derailed destinies. Yet, some courageous churches are dealing openly and tactfully with this silent plague, offering compassionate help, hope & healing. Churches reap bold, brave, giving men, restored marriages and families. Get equipped to address the real needs of your members, your community, and become a hero in the process. Come learn how.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Anger Management for Asian Adult

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N11

    Ann Zhou

    Ann Zhou

    After this class, Asian Adults will understand the both consequences and the benefits when unable or able to manage anger, so that they will have greater motivation to practice the anger management in their life. In order to master anger, the class will introduce the causes of anger and anger management procedures (step to step in details) so that the Asia adults will become good role model for their next generation. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.

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  • Track: Adult Small Groups

    Building Community & Transforming Lives Through Small Groups

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N8

    Ronda Hastings

    Ronda Hastings

    In this workshop we will look at the “nuts and bolts” of leading a small group that builds authentic community and transform lives. Defining the purpose, establishing the model and format, tips for facilitating discussions and working with challenging people are just some of the things we will explore as we endeavor to lead transformative small groups.

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  • Track: Asian

    Discovering the Value Gap: Applying Scripture (Mandarin)

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N10

    James Chiang

    James Chiang

    We all have preconceived notions, and our value system supports and reinforces these notions. Just by understanding the Bible alone will not change our default thinking, unless we could discern the gap between our value system and God's. This workshop helps the Bible reader to discern the gap, thus guiding the reader in personal transformation, in order to acquire the mind of Christ by the renewing of the mind. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Mix It Up

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: C2

    Keith Holmlund

    Keith Holmlund

    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.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Effective Video Editing for Today's Church

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: D5

    Dan Kaufman

    Dan Kaufman

    An introduction to editing video for use in today’s church. Editing philosophies and techniques such as time remapping, timeline manipulation, multi-camera editing, audio editing, video effects, “green screen”, and compositing will be discussed and demonstrated.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Connecting to the Heart of Preschoolers and Their Families

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: D7

    Delanee Williams

    Delanee Williams

    We've all heard the statement, "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." Building relationships with preschoolers and their families can be challenging at times. Come learn practical ways to connect, build relationships, and communicate you care to preschoolers and families.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Are Our Children Growing Spiritually?

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: C7

    Phyllis Williamson

    Phyllis Williamson

    Keynote Speaker

    Our spiritual journey as a follower of Christ began the moment we placed our trust in Christ. From that point on we are called to grow in Christ likeness. As we teach our children do we see evidence of spiritual growth? In this workshop we will learn how to create lessons that help our children grow spiritually.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Developing Thinking Kids

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: C8

    Linda Weddle

    Linda Weddle

    We want kids to be thinkers. We don't want their faith to be toppled by the challenges they'll meet head on in the world. We spend little time challenging them to be thinkers. What are the barriers to kids becoming thinkers? What can we do to encourage them to think more? The workshop will also include a discussion, sharing activities to get kids to think.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Guiding Behavior in an Elementary Sunday School Classroom

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: D8

    Bill Emeott

    Bill Emeott

    Do you every wonder why some kids act out at church (or anywhere else for that matter)? In this session teachers will consider seven reasons why kids misbehave and ten practices that will make a big difference in the way you teach and the way they act!

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  • Track: Children - Nursery

    Nursery Ideas That Nurture a Relationship with Jesus

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: Firehouse

    Publishing Staff Group

    Publishing Staff Group

    The nursery is an entry point for new parents into your church. And children have an amazing capacity to learn. What you do or don’t do with them is mission critical. Learn how to shift the mentality from babysitting to ministry. Explore how caring for infants and toddlers can be the beginning of a life-long relationship with Jesus. Discover simple ways to give babies and toddlers the love of Jesus. Create a nursery ministry that nurtures—with strategies to minister to families with young children that will keep them coming back every week!

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  • Track: Children - Spanish

    La Oración y los Preescolares (Prayer and the Preschool Child)

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: D2

    Gloria Carlson

    Gloria Carlson

    ¿Cómo puedo yo enseñar la oración a los niños pequeños? ¿Escucha Dios las oraciones de los niños pequeños? ¿Cuáles son algunos pasos que hacen significativo el tiempo de oración en la clase de los pequeños? Los preescolares necesitan instrucción específica en lo que es la oración y cómo orar. Esto será nuestro tema.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Is Your Church Child-Friendly?

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Brent Randall

    Brent Randall

    This workshop will help you assess whether your church is attractive to kids and how to improve if it isn't.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Preparing to Teach a Bible Lesson

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N9

    Walt Huckaby

    Walt Huckaby

    We will look at all of the steps necessary to be ready to effectively teach a Bible lesson.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Preparing and Leading Inductive Bible Studies

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: D6

    Erick Larson

    Erick Larson

    The inductive method of studying the Bible is analogous to an investigation attempting to answer such questions as: Who? What? Why? When? Where? and How? Instead of starting with a premise or conclusion, it instead focuses on the passage of Scripture in its immediate context. It asks a lot of questions in an attempt to then draw conclusions and applications to everyday life.

    The purpose of this workshop is to present you with some practical tools and methods you can use to open the Scriptures to both yourself and others. Using Luke 18:18-27 (Jesus’ encounter with the rich young ruler) my workshop goals are twofold:

    • To discover from the biblical passage what Jesus was communicating to his original audience, and . . .

    • To discover its relevance and application to you and me today.

    If successful, you and I will encounter Jesus and be transformed by his Word.

    To accomplish these goals, I will focus on three primary areas:

    1. OBSERVATION - What does the passage say?

    2. INTERPRETATION - What does the passage mean?

    3. APPLICATION - How does the passage apply to me? In other words, “So what?”

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    PROJECT 5:14 - Ministering To The Needs of Your Church Neighborhood

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 114

    Barbara Williams

    Barbara Williams

    Project 5:14 is a simple idea that can have a big impact on stopping senseless violence, strengthen families, and keep our children safe. It is a blueprint that shows pastors and their congregations what they can do to make their church neighborhood safer. Taken from Galatians 5:14, Christ commands us to 'Love our neightbor as our self'

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    For Married Couples - Ending a Fight Before It Starts

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 214

    Michael Baggett

    Michael Baggett

    In this elective, we will look at some Biblical principles that provide insights on recognizing avoidable conflict, how to avoid escalation, and how to resolve conflict if you missed the first two steps. Managing conflict is a sacred skill that can truly lead to health and intimacy in marriage or any relationship. This elective will be presented with a straight-up, biblical approach, but will be a lot of fun, too.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Build Strong Boys or Repair Broken Men?

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: A3

    Bob Nass

    Bob Nass

    Many church men's ministries focus on fellowship and repair - providing the men of today with "manly" activities such as bar-b-ques and ball games, and reaching out to men outside the church for both evangelism and for repairing broken men. While these are wonderful goals, what about the "men of tomorrow" who are also in the church? Boys need their fathers and other men to mentor and provide examples to them of what a Godly man is all about. This should also be a prime focus of a men's ministry!

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  • Track: Missions

    Teaching Overseas -- Mission and Ministry

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N13

    Jim Price

    Jim Price

    Foreign school administrators at all educational levels are desperately seeking native English speakers to join their faculty. 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, we will explore how Christian teachers can effectively shepherd their students with a view to an eventual harvest.

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  • Track: Missions

    Me 'n Thee - Unleashing the Church

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: C6

    John Dupree

    John Dupree

    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.

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    Why Am I Still Single?

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 215

    Leedah Wong

    Leedah Wong

    What does it mean when the desire for that special someone is left unfulfilled year after year? Job is the quintessential picture of a faithful follower of God who got the short end of the stick. What could we learn from God's revelation to Job that could help in discouragement?

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Autism And Your Church

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 200

    Lisa Krejci

    Lisa Krejci

    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.

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  • Track: Worship Arts

    Worship Leading Effectively

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: N12

    Reggie Coates

    Reggie Coates

    Keynote Speaker

    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 Singing Effectively & Team Building Workshop. There are helpful materials given to each individual.

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  • Track: Youth

    ReThink Youth!

    March 4, 2017 - 12:45 PM Room: D1

    Itonya Conner

    Itonya Conner

    The Word of God (the content) is the same but our methods need to change if we want to reach this generation of youth. Come learn some new ways!

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    The Power of a Cup of Cold Water

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N8

    Ronda Hastings

    Ronda Hastings

    Jesus taught His disciples that powerful things happen when a cup of cold water is given in His name. We will explore the core truths of serving others in the name of Jesus Christ and uncover the powerful potential for Kingdom expansion and personal enrichment.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    An Inside Look at Aging

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: D6

    Steve Wong

    Steve Wong

    We live in a youth-obsessed culture. But this isn’t the biblical perspective on the life cycle. This workshop looks at the challenges of aging in today’s society and explores biblical, psychosocial and pastoral perspectives to help the Church become a better source of help, comfort and engagement for those who are aging.

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  • Track: Asian

    Take Charge and Discipline with Love (Mandarin)

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N11

    Peter and Emily Lam

    Peter and Emily Lam

    The Bible teaches responsible parents to bring their children up "...in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." It also tells them "...do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged." It is possible to discipline with encouragement. We will recommend more effective and positive ways to discipline children without losing your mind! This workshop is for parents as well as Sunday school teachers. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.

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  • Track: Asian

    Evangelism through Mental Health Ministry

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N10

    Dr. David Eckman

    Dr. David Eckman

    Both in the United States and China we have used helpful mental health principles, marriage enrichment, and family life teaching as a bridge to evangelism. We will present how this is done in two different cultures, American and Chinese. First, we will examine the principle behind such an approach. Second, we will present how this becomes an effective bridge for evangelism. Third, we will share how this can be connected to the church.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Garbled sound

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: C2

    Keith Holmlund

    Keith Holmlund

    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.

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  • Track: Children - Early Childhood

    Understanding Preschoolers - Birth to First

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: D8

    Dick Crider

    Dick Crider

    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.

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Leading a Child to Christ

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: D7

    Sue Spillman

    Sue Spillman

    You will become familiar with the message of salvation so you can clearly and simply share Christ with your own children or the children in your class. You will shown how to lead boys and girls to Christ as God draws them to Himself. Helps will be given on how to counsel those who respond. This workshop repeats on Friday @ 12:00.

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Maximizing Midweek Ministry Without Losing Your Mind - or Your Life!

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: C8

    Dan Lovaglia

    Dan Lovaglia

    Effective midweek ministry with kids and families is about doing differently not doing more! Longing for

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  • Track: Children's Ministry Leadership

    Slight Shifts: Moving Towards Family Ministry

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: Firehouse

    Erin Johanson

    Erin Johanson

    Explore how you can make small changes to what you're already doing to better integrate the entire family into your Children's Ministry.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    LISTEN UP: Life and Ministry Coaching for Christian Leadership

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N13

    Pira Tritasavit

    Pira Tritasavit

    Is it possible to have a greater impact on those you lead by listening MORE and talking LESS? How can life coaching skills impact your ministry, move people forward and make progress? Come learn how to lead others with focus and intention. Perfect for Pastors, Lay-leaders, Bible study facilitators, Sunday School teachers and more. NOTE: This workshop will also feature a LIVE COACHING DEMONSTRATION with a volunteer.

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  • Track: Christian Education

    Duties and Responsibilities of a Sunday School Superintendent

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: D2

    Carl Brown

    Carl Brown

    This workshop will cover the following in focusing on the duties and responsibilities of a Sunday School superintendent: relationship with pastor and teachers, curriculum, planning and evaluation, record keeping, safety, conflict resolution, training, resources, and recruitment.

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  • Track: Counseling

    Your Spiritual Toolbox

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: D1

    Mark Tsujimoto

    Mark Tsujimoto

    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.

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  • Track: Counseling

    What You Might Not Know About Biblical Forgiveness

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 114

    Steve Diehl

    Steve Diehl

    There are many misleading and unproductive ideas about forgiveness that have crept into the Church of Jesus Christ, and without wonder, as Satan does not want God's people to practice real forgiveness. God heals the human soul and restores broken relationships when people practice all aspects of God's forgiveness (receiving it from God, forgiving others, asking others to forgive us, overcoming self-condemnation and eliminating anger against God). So Satan has flooded the Church with counterfeits. People are suffering unnecessarily because they do not know what real forgiveness is or how to practice it. In this workshop we will examine the four most important but neglected aspects of biblical forgiveness.

    Helping people to develop a lifestyle of biblical forgiveness is a necessary part of pastoral ministry, counseling, evangelism, discipleship and more. The Kingdom of God is built upon forgiveness and every Christian should be one the world's leading experts in real forgiveness. The world does not know what real forgiveness is. God made forgiveness possible through Jesus. Without Jesus there is no forgiveness. This workshop will help you to better understand and practice biblical forgiveness.

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  • Track: Counseling

    Obstacles to Healing

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Pat J. Sikora

    Pat J. Sikora

    Keynote Speaker

    Have you tried everything in ministering healing to yourself or others but are seeing limited results? Pat will discuss some obstacles (which can be summarized in one word...) that keep people from receiving either inner or physical healing, based on her 35+ years of experience in healing ministry. And we’ll offer solutions that will guarantee progress.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Biblical Church Planting 101

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: C7

    Port Wilburn

    Port Wilburn

    This course will give you the theological foundations and missiological principles that will inform your plans and ground your work for church planting. You will gain practical instruction on planting churches in a densely diverse and post-Christendom world. We will discuss and investigate the connection between urban church planting and world evangelization, missioional movements, church growth and leadership development. Our goal is to Assess Develop and Deploy you in your calling.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Does Your Food Distribution Ministry Feed Your Church?

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N9

    Pastor LJ Jennings

    Pastor LJ Jennings

    How many people have visited or joined your church from your food distribution program?

    This workshop will talk about setting up a effective food distribution ministry that is geared toward winning souls to the Kingdom of God.

    If you want to start a food distribution program you cannot miss this workshop.

    If you want to expand or grow your food distribution program this is a must hear workshop

    If you have a food distribution program and it is not producing souls being added to your church and the kingdom of God you don't want to miss what Pastor Jennings has to say.

    Hear how his Food distribution ministry has spurred the growth of his churches membership and visitor ship in their 6 year existence.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    Money in the Hands of a Christian

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    This workshop explores the myths of money and the plain truth about this resource according to the Word of God. Money is one of many blessings given to us by the Almighty. This training is designed to help workers manage money in the right way to truly help you meet all of your financial needs regardless of income!

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Mission Possible: Winning Battles Over Temptation

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: A1

    Gil Stieglitz

    Gil Stieglitz

    This is for the man who has been looking for ways to beat back the hold that temptation has on his life, or perhaps is already caught in sexual sin. It’s amazing how many people falsely believe it is not possible to keep their minds pure in today’s world. There is just too much sensuality, pornography, and immorality. Dr. Gil will give you real answers on how to develop and maintain a pure mind in an impure world. We can take control of our minds, our eyes, our bodies, and our manhood. It is not too late to resist temptation and learn to become real men. Win against temptation and enjoy a new level of mental and emotional clarity.

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  • Track: Pastors

    The Art of Using Questions in Teaching & Leadership

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: A3

    George L. Yates

    George L. Yates

    Questions, one of God's greatest tools for leadership & teaching. Unfortunately, most leaders & teachers ask the wrong questions. You can change that! This workshop will help you learn how to formulate & ask good questions that produce results and bring life change.

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    Help for the Shy Guy

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 215

    Gerald Mann

    Gerald Mann

    As a shy guy women may tend over look you. This workshop will offer concrete ideas and strategies that will help you overcome several of the barriers that keep you from the dating experiences you desire, and begin growing you into the courageous male God always intended you to be

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    On the Edge: How to Manage the Margins as a Single Christian

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: C6

    Larry Jay

    Larry Jay

    We've heard about the importance of maintaining margins in our life. This hands-on workshop will introduce 8 elements of wellness and allow time for participants to consider the challenges that single Christians face in nurturing a strong self-identity and building balance for personal health and effective ministry.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Behavior as Communication: Proactive and Reactive Strategies

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 200

    Rebecca Barnett

    Rebecca Barnett

    This workshop will give an overview of all behavior, challenging or not, as a form of communication. Individuals with various forms of disability may exhibit behavior that proves challenging for them or others around them. Understanding some of the 'why's,' behind such behavior is a foundational part of supporting both the individual and their community. Attendees will learn several positive behavior strategies to promote communication with the goal of reducing the occurrence of challenging behavior that might be a barrier to certain environments and activities. Tips on collaborating with outside support networks, parents and other members of the church body will be discussed, and we will end with a brainstorm session around several real-life scenarios.

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  • Track: Worship Arts

    Dynamic Guitar in Worship

    March 4, 2017 - 2:15 PM Room: N12

    Reggie Coates

    Reggie Coates

    Keynote Speaker

    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 - Creative Teamwork with More than One Guitar - 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.

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  • Track: Asian

    Becoming a Missional Church

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: N11

    Lawrence Fung

    Lawrence Fung

    This workshop is designed to help Cantonese speaking church leaders and ministers to understand the dynamics of growing churches in the Bay Area and North America at large. We will re-evaluate the Chinese church culture and how it may affect her outreach and long term growth. Many second generation believers are not returning back to Chinese churches after they left for college. This workshop hopes to also address some of the issues involved in this generational gap, and how Chinese churches should acquire paradigm shift and refocus on the Great Commission that our Lord Jesus expects His disciples to do as a community.

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  • Track: Asian

    Effective Discipleship for Chinese American Churches

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: N10

    Dr. David Eckman

    Dr. David Eckman

    Over the past thirty years we have trained Chinese American pastors, leaders, and counselors on the seminary level and church level. The same approaches have been used in China with great effectiveness. The approach is designed to address cultural instincts and change them to Biblical ones. Our resources are extensive in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. What we have in this approach is richly biblical while being sensitive to the cultural riches as well as cultural challenges of Chinese American churches.

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  • Track: Audio Visual & Media

    Maintaining Your Sound Equipment

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: C2

    Keith Holmlund

    Keith Holmlund

    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?

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  • Track: Children - Elementary

    Sharing the Gospel Clearly and Concisely With Anyone

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: C8

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    Dwight Hunnicutt

    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.

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  • Track: Counseling

    The Power In Positive Thinking

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: D5

    Wayne A. Hubbard

    Wayne A. Hubbard

    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.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS: Coaching Christians for Workplace Witness

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: N13

    Pira Tritasavit

    Pira Tritasavit

    Build the Kingdom in your professional context with a Christ-centered perspective and a passion for your co-workers. Coaching skills create dynamic solutions that are transferable to every workplace relationship. Build trust, grow influence, and gain credibility using coaching skills in your 9-to-5 careers. Whether you are the boss, a new hire, a manager, supervisor or team-member, you can learn how coaching can transform your 40+ hours of WORK into a 40+ hours of WORSHIP! Relationships matter. Is it possible to have a greater impact on workplace relationships by listening MORE and talking LESS? How can life coaching skills effect your business, move people forward and make significant progress? Learn the skills it takes to lead others to where THEY want to go more effectively and efficiently. Whether you are in business, education, high-tech, medicine, a large company or small business, you have influence. Pastors, lay-leaders, elders, deacons, and ordinary faithful Church attendees who go back to the daily grind are all encouraged to attend this workshop. NOTE: This workshop will also feature a LIVE COACHING DEMONSTRATION with a volunteer.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Effective Witness in a Multi-Ethnic Community

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: D2

    Paul Johnson

    Paul Johnson

    People from other cultural and ethnic backgrounds continue to move into our communities and neighborhoods. These people come as refugees, international students, and international business people or as permanent immigrants into our country. Many come from un-reached areas and people groups around the world and the Lord has sovereignly brought them into our communities. Many have never heard of Christ or His love for them. As they settle within our communities many long to develop relationships with those around them and many are lonely, lacking English and sufficient skills and knowledge to thrive in society. This workshop seeks to look at practical ways to effectively engage, understand and build relationships with people from other cultural and ethnic backgrounds to serve them and share with them for Chris's sake.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    If Your Church Would Close, Would Anyone Miss You?

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: N9

    Pastor LJ Jennings

    Pastor LJ Jennings

    In this workshop Pastor Jennings will share effective strategies on making sure that your church ministry is highly visible and recognized by many who pass by your building.

    He will share what his church has done to reach their community and how the church has grown and impacted their community in 6 short years.

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  • Track: Evangelism & Outreach

    Is Our Evangelism Effective in the Inner City?

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 114

    Barbara Williams

    Barbara Williams

    Rising murder rates, unsolved violence in the inner city - what does this say about inner city churches? Where do the neighbors go for help when traumatized? This workshop will discuss ways we can become more effective in ministering to our neighborhoods by becoming 'Empathy Centers'.

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  • Track: Marriage & Families

    Fortifying Godly Families in a Tolerant Culture

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: C7

    Port Wilburn

    Port Wilburn

    Missional Families: Your presenters; Port and Marshelle Wilburn, they have not just built a home they have a Fortified Family. We live in troubling and difficult times, unlike what has been experienced in any other time in life. Is your house fortified to handle these troubling and difficult times in which we live? This session is designed with the Family in mind. Households, marriages and children that are not just built to stand, but are FORTIFIED to endure and even transcend the tests and trials of this life. Literally, fortified homes were built during war times as a form of protection and to provide a safe haven for the occupants of the home. Let us help you Fortify your home for the Kingdom of God.

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  • Track: Men's Ministry

    Where's Dad?

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: A1

    Kevin White

    Kevin White

    Study upon study indicates the importance of a father in the development and upbringing of children. Yet with increasing frequency, we see the absence of dad - at church and at home. What gives? Where's Dad? In this workshop, we'll unpack the importance of fathers, what seems to have happened to dad's involvement, and how our churches can begin a redemptive effort.

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  • Track: Missions

    Having Christian Fun in a DisFUNctional World

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: C6

    John Dupree

    John Dupree

    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.

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  • Track: Pastors

    Answers for Genuine Spiritual Change

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: A3

    Leroy Goertzen

    Leroy Goertzen

    Spiritual formation is all the rage! An avalanche of materials has buried the readership in how-to principles and strategies intended to help believers grow in their relationship with God. There is so much good reading available! But the transformation into Christlikeness that ministry practitioners long for in themselves and those they minister to seems as elusive as ever. This is not to say that spiritual growth isn’t happening; we certainly believe God’s good work in His people through His Spirit and His Word is advancing. But research suggests that broad, deep spiritual change isn’t being evidenced within the Church at large. Most spiritual markers assessing Christian spirituality point downward.

    Are there “other” issues related to the Church’s vision and mandate to be discipled to maturity that have gotten lost in the discussion? Well, Yes and No! Spiritual formation is predominantly a matter of the heart. Transformation must begin at the very place where entrenched, storied sinfulness resides. Many spiritual practices, as cherished as they are, may promote moralistic behavior that thwarts real spiritual progress because they are not allowed to penetrate the heart.

    This workshop helps learners understand the place of the heart in spiritual formation and how believers, in cooperation with the Spirit, can use biblical-spiritual practices to transform hearts of stone into hearts of flesh thereby experiencing that deeply-desired growing relationship with God.

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  • Track: Singles & Single Parents

    Dating for Maturing Singles

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 215

    Gerald Mann

    Gerald Mann

    Hollywood and the world around me says that you have to be young to date and or find a mate. You may think and ask "has time passed me by"? The answer to that question is no! This workshop will explore some ideas for the maturing single person who still have a desire to date and be a part of the larger spiritual world around them.

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  • Track: Special Needs

    Special Needs Ministry Leaders Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: WC 200

    Jayson Rice

    Jayson Rice

    Have you ever wanted to hear more from special needs ministry leaders about how their ministries began, the challenges they have overcome, and the blessings that they've experienced? This workshop will feature a panel of special needs leaders from some of the Bay Area's most vibrant ministries. They will each share what their ministry looks like and answer questions from the facilitator the audience.

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  • Track: Worship Arts

    Improving Your Singing

    March 4, 2017 - 3:45 PM Room: N12

    Reggie Coates

    Reggie Coates

    Keynote Speaker

    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.

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