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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 1-3, 2018
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

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2018 BASS Workshops

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    The 9 Universal Questions & Their Biblical Answers

    March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: N8

    Rodrick Durst

    Rodrick Durst

    Learn the nine universal questions hidden in all hearts that all religious traditions must answer convincingly. Learn how to hear which question is being asked by a particular person at a given time and how to shape a sound doctrinal answer that will be remembered and that points to the saving gospel. Also learn to sort doctrinal assertions into three categories: essential to salvation, essential to church identity and unity, and essential to individuality.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Retirement Planning for Pastors

    March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: D6

    Augie Bau

    Augie Bau

    I will discuss key issues and creative strategies for retirement planning for pastors. Both pastors and key financial leaders are welcome to attend.

    I have over 28 experience in this field, and my educational background includes an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MDiv degree, the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation, and ordination as a Baptist minister.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Five Practical Ways to Love Foster/Adoptive Kids and Their Families!

    March 2, 2018 - 10:30 AM Room: C2

    Jake Medcalf

    Jake Medcalf

    This workshop will equip church leaders to take up the cause of the Fatherless. Multiple places in Scripture we are asked to take care of the orphan/fatherless among us. In Alameda County alone there are over 1500 kids in the Foster Care system and many of these would be potentially adoptable. Internationally the numbers of adoptable kids is staggering. Not everybody is called to be a foster/adoptive parent but every single follower of Jesus can be equipped to support or partner with those who are. This workshop will give practical tools to everyone along the journey – foster/adoptive parents, faith community leaders who want to start a foster/adoptive ministry, and brothers and sisters who want to support and encourage foster/adoptive parents.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Attention Deficit Discipleship: Following Jesus for the Easily Distracted

    March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N13

    Jordan Wong

    Jordan Wong

    Do you want to follow Jesus but get easily sidetracked? Does your mind wander when you try to pray? Do you get frustrated because you aren't able to have "quiet times" like other Christians seem to have?

    Be encouraged! You are not alone. Too often we assume that spiritual maturity is only for the people who are able to meditate for hours or memorize chapters of the Bible at a time. But if you have difficulty being still or quiet for more than two minutes, those practices might be daunting or even impossible for you!

    God made you unique and He has created avenues for you to connect with Him in your own unique way. In this workshop, we will explore practical ways to focus and to engage with the Holy Spirit through developing habits and patterns that are energizing and life-giving to you. We'll learn how to lean into the distractions and find Jesus even in the midst of our most A.D.D moments! We'll bounce around and try out different practices until we find some that work for you. My desire is that you will leave encouraged, inspired and free to walk with Jesus even if your path isn't a straight line.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    The Startling Implications If Jesus Is Never a Hypocrite

    March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N8

    David Sanford

    David Sanford

    Ever cringe when Jesus isn’t “nice”? Instead, let’s use our God-given sanctified imaginations to enter more fully into “not nice” Gospel stories! During this new workshop, David will present three such stories and explore how Jesus demonstrates deep love despite first appearances to the contrary. This popular workshop is based on David's new book, Loving Your Neighbor: Surprise! It's NOT What You Think.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Victory Over Culture

    March 2, 2018 - 1:30 PM Room: N11

    James Chiang

    James Chiang

    We are being tempted by our culture all the time. But this is nothing new. How did Jesus overcame culture in His days? What are the similarities between what Jesus faced and ours? What could we learn from Jesus?

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Centering Your Life Around Your Spiritual Gift

    March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N9

    Walt Huckaby

    Walt Huckaby

    A look at the various gifts in the Bible, how to discover your special gift, and practical guidelines in focusing your life around your gift.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Obstacles to Healing

    March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: Heritage Room

    Pat J. Sikora

    Pat J. Sikora

    Have you tried everything in ministering healing to yourself or others but are seeing limited results? Based on her 35+ years of experience in healing ministry, Pat will discuss one major obstacle with many tentacles that keeps people from receiving either inner or physical healing. And we’ll offer solutions that will guarantee progress.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Praying Scripture

    March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: D6

    Dustin Butler

    Dustin Butler

    This workshop will discuss and practice praying Scripture. Great for personal or corporate worship, Bible studies, small groups, and of course, prayer meetings!

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    When Church Hurts

    March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N8

    Matthew Blevins

    Matthew Blevins

    When we are part of a local body, sooner or later we will be hurt. We will be hurt by leadership. We will be hurt by each other. We will be hurt as something we love is changed and as our expectations for what the church is supposed to be is challenged. We become disappointed, heart-broken and many times we feel betrayed. We get angry, depressed and either disconnect or retreat. Many never recover and fade into a luke-warm Christian existence. Others try sticking it out but never fully heal. There must be a better way! In this class Pastor Matty will be sharing biblical insight as well as personal stories and examples of dealing fruitfully with hurts in the church.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Church Safety And Security Overview

    March 2, 2018 - 3:00 PM Room: N13

    Rob Carter

    Rob Carter

    Twice as many people die in violent incidents on religious property as in our schools. Though the statistics for church violence are sobering, there is also reason to hope. Awareness and training have directly contributed to faith-based organizations’ abilities to handle incidents when they do arise. It's now not a matter of if evil comes to our church/ministry offices, worship services, youth events, Sunday Schools and Christian schools, but when! Preparedness begins with awareness and grows with training. Come discover where your church or ministry needs to start learning and taking action.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    The Undeniable Truth About Divine Intervention

    March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N15

    Jim Hogsett

    Jim Hogsett

    Are there limits to God’s divine intervention? Do I need to prepare for such an intervention and if yes, how? Since all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, why would He have any interest in intervening in my life? These are the kinds of questions which will be answered in this workshop. Jim Hogsett will examine interventions is his own life and the possible consequences if God had not rescued him! Participants will also be given the opportunity to share personal examples of God entering their life.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Closing the Back Door: Loving No Matter What

    March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: N8

    David Sanford

    David Sanford

    Had a friend leave your church? Do they seem to doubt some of what they believed? Let’s consider 10 counterintuitive ways to love them anew! This is David Sanford's third time speaking at BASS, his #1 favorite Christian conference of the year! This workshop is based on his extensive experiences and writings, including his acclaimed book, If God Disappears (Tyndale House Publishers).

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Strategy Ministry Development: Reach, Grow, Groups

    March 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM Room: D6

    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, Pastor Michael Baggett brings unique insight and experience for developing a wide variety of ministries from married life discipleship groups to outdoor sports groups for relational evangelism. With a primary gift of leadership, Michael loves the challenge of adding mid-week transformation to weekend services.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Your Spiritual Toolbox, Part 1

    March 3, 2018 - 8:00 AM Room: N13

    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: 21st Century Issues

    The Purpose & Power of Vision in Ministry

    March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N8

    Ronda Hastings

    Ronda Hastings

    The cornerstone of every successful ministry is the vision that defines, directs and empowers it. George Barna once said, “A ministry without vision is like a flashlight without batteries: willing but powerless.” Proverbs 29:18 declares that “where there is no vision the people perish . . .” In this workshop we will explore the purpose of vision, characteristics of visionary leaders and the way that a profound vision empowers a ministry to succeed.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    The Power in Positive Thinking

    March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: N9

    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: 21st Century Issues

    Mobilizing Millennials ("Emerging Adults") to Live Missionally

    March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D5

    Paul Johnson

    Paul Johnson

    Millenials represent the generation born between 1978 and 2004. Many, both within the church and in society in general, view Millennials as “lazy, entitled narcissists,” “the most high maintenance workforce in the history of the world“and "just generally hate-able." ("Millennials Are Pretty Terrible, According To A Poll Of Millennials," Ariel Edwards-Levy, Staff Reporter and Polling Director, HuffPost). Some have even referred to Millennials as "The Me, Me, Me Generation" (TIME, March 20, 2013).

    However, this perspective is NOT how our Lord sees this important group of people in our communities and ministries! Millennials can be reached for Christ and can be mobilized to live for Him and for others, to accomplish His missional purposes and to live for His glory. Come and explore how you can equip Millennial believers in your ministry context, to pursue a mission-driven life as witnesses and disciple-makers for Jesus' sake!

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Telling the Truth . . . For God So Loved the World

    March 3, 2018 - 11:15 AM Room: D7

    Tami Weissert

    Tami Weissert

    While most people agree that we should share our faith, the vast majority of us don’t. As a follower of Christ, Scripture calls every one of us to share the Gospel message through our actions, and specifically with our words. This workshop will provide encouragement and a variety of practical approaches to living out our call to be light in a dark world. Being a modern day witness and light for Christ can seem a little scary, even overwhelming. Join me for this interactive session where we’ll start by looking at what the Bible tells and shows us about being a spreader of God’s message of love and salvation. We’ll then examine and talk about things that hinder us from embracing this charge from God before turning to real life witnessing stories and some simple witnessing tools. We’ll close out the session with a few minutes of practice time to equip you to “tell the Truth!”

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Evolution is Not Scientific

    March 3, 2018 - 12:45 PM Room: N9

    Robert Shreve

    Robert Shreve

    Evolution is not scientific. It is a philosophy just like Plato etc. By the way it is not a religion because it does not address the existence of god. In this workshop I will demonstrate how you can prove to children and adults that evolution is not scientific. This is an interesting and persuasive debate which one can do anywhere.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

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

    March 3, 2018 - 2:15 PM Room: A1

    Clay Allen

    Clay Allen

    Our church is in trouble and in need of healing. Get equipped to address your No. 1 Unspoken Need! The facts are in, it’s not just ‘out there in the world’. Christian men, even pastors, have become emasculated by the world which increasingly normalizes toxic sex. The harvest is church passivity, devastated wives, broken families and derailed destinies. Yet, some courageous churches are dealing boldly, yet, tactfully with this silent plague, offering compassionate help, hope & healing. Churches reap courageous, brave, giving men, restored marriages and families, and, churches that lead as God intended. Get equipped to address the real needs of your members, your community, and become a hero in the process. Come learn how.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Ministry Burnout: From Marthas into Marys.

    March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: N8

    Matthew Blevins

    Matthew Blevins

    Ministry burnout is real. Within it we find ourselves depressed, hurt, critical, anxious, with feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness. And many of us who find ourselves there can’t find our way out. Our faith grows cold, our sin gains control, and we despair. But there is hope. God is not done with us! Come here Pastor Matty share as he speaks about his own severe ministry burnout and how God healed and restored him through the process.

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  • Track: 21st Century Issues

    Your Spiritual Toolbox, Part 2

    March 3, 2018 - 3:45 PM Room: N13

    Mark Tsujimoto

    Mark Tsujimoto

    In Part 1 we learned why we need a spiritual toolbox. In Part 2 we will learn and practice several time tested spiritual practices which you can add to your

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