March 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM Room: WC 215
Boomers have turned 65, creating a silver tsunami never before seen in this country. It is already impacting every segment of society and your church. We will discuss the demographic impact of this generation, biblical principles, and strategies and opportunities for the Church as this crisis (danger and opportunity) roars upon us.
March 4, 2016 - 10:30 AM Room: N12
Due to the rapid changes in our culture's attitude concerning sexual ethics, and homosexuality in particular, Christians are under much pressure to either abandon what scripture says or to redefine it. It is from this milieu that we are now seeing a growing trend towards Biblical revisionism. This workshop will address some of the more common objections to scripture raised by this movement, and equip Christians to speak the truth in love to those who seek to redefine Biblical sexual ethics.
March 4, 2016 - 12:00 PM Room: C7
Are we teaching the remnant of Christianity in America’s children’s ministries? Is it possible that we’ve seen the last Christian generation? What do today’s churched kids really believe? How can we rescue the kids and raise Tomorrow’s Champions for the Gospel? 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
March 4, 2016 - 12:00 PM Room: WC 200
Survey the assets and challenges of leading a special needs ministry at different church sizes and stages. Receive encouragement and practical ideas.
March 4, 2016 - 1:30 PM Room: D8
Transgender issues can be confusing – especially for those in the church. What does it mean to be transgendered? Is it the same as being gay? Is it sinful to cross-dress? Can a Christian struggle with gender identify? Should we support sex-change procedures? These questions are not easy to answer or deal with yet as strangers in the Bay Area on mission for the Cross we must know what to do and say. In this class Pastor Matthew will be providing a biblical framework for loving others in this context.
March 4, 2016 - 1:30 PM Room: N12
We live in a day and age where debate is no longer settled through of persuasive argumentation, but rather through the use of clever slogans that are frequently and emphatically proclaimed. Perhaps there is no better example of this than in relation to the same-sex controversy. This session examines and responds to some of these cultural mantras that pertain to homosexuality. The workshop also places emphasis on developing a gospel-centered approach in dealing with this controversial issue.
March 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM Room: N9
Assertive communication is an important key to communicate clearly and create a framework for cooperation. In this workshop we will explore the essential elements of effective assertive communication and ways to empower ourselves and others to say what they want and get what they need.
March 4, 2016 - 3:00 PM Room: WC 215
We get to teach the same message as Jesus did! He demonstrated the power of God as He taught His Word. This session will help you discover and strengthen qualities for power-filled Bible teaching. This session will also help you identify and develop skills for leading a Bible study group for adults.
March 4, 2016 - 4:30 PM Room: N11
Four types of typical human behavior are examined. Participants are given the private opportunity to identify their own typical behavior, compare it to how Jesus would behave in the workplace, and examine the impact on interactions with difficult co-workers and managers.
March 4, 2016 - 4:30 PM Room: C7
Do you know that 40% of the women in your congregation have had an abortion in their past? The impact of abortion is far reaching and often goes unnoticed for many years. Healing Tears exists to help those who are hurting from a past abortion and for those who want to assist those living with the aftermath of abortion.
Healing Tears offers hope and freedom through post-abortion recovery groups. It also provides education through panel presentations and workshops to assist those who would like to learn how to help others with their post-abortion pain.
Healing Tears offers support and guidance to work through the grieving process in order to reach true acceptance and freedom. Our desire is to expand this ministry beyond pregnancy centers and into churches.
The body of Christ can break the stigma and shame surrounding abortion, so those in our midst can find the help they need. Healing Tears is about the power of the Cross.
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
March 4, 2016 - 4:30 PM Room: N13
There has been a shift in our culture as it relates to mating and these new patterns contradict God's plan. Where does this leave us and how can we move forward with God's calling. Culture does not triumph God's plan for your life. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
March 4, 2016 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 215
Examine the vital nature of prayer and ways to strengthen the focus by prayer warriors throughout the Sunday School. Learn how churches are strategically involving persons in prayer and seeing God at work. This session will teach ways to be a prayer warrior and to raise up more prayer warriors.
March 5, 2016 - 8:00 AM Room: B3
The relation between the brain and mind; their changes in state of health and illness; and with Christian spirituality used to be unexplored continent. No more. Advances in science have given us the tools, specially brain imaging such as MRI, to visualize the working of the brain and mind; gain insights into the changes in state of health and illness; and changes in brain circuity as in a belief in
March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: N11
It is a sad fact that so many young people grow up only to become wanderers in the wilderness. This workshop uses individual case studies to show how God has a purpose for every human’s life and how specific young people found their purpose for living and are now reaching out to others in so many ways!
March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: B3
The San Francisco bay area in the late 60's and early 70's was a hot spot for the occult. For social rebellion, the occult was the in thing to be involved in. Today, in ministry, we are finding children from these occult families, who are now adults, trying to cope with life. Especially, from the fracturing of their souls that they endured in occult rituals and inhumane captivity. Learn how to minister to members of the church body who persevere in their lives with dissociative identity disorder.
March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 215
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.
March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: A3
Based on over 26 years of experience in this field, I will discuss some practical tips for church finances. Topics include charitable contributions and setting a pastoral budget. This workshop is designed for treasurers, pastors and finance leaders. There will be time for questions and discussion.
March 5, 2016 - 11:15 AM Room: Heritage Room
What exactly are you walking into when you get into an argument with a non-Christian? We assume that all we need are convincing arguments, unaware of the fundamental conflict between belief and unbelief. We will discuss misguided notions of neutrality and bias, common ground/point of contact, and the necessity of maintaining a commitment to sound, Biblical orthodoxy.
March 5, 2016 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 215
God does not give us theories in Scripture. He tells us how to live in a dynamic and restful way (Matthew 11:28-30). The same is true when it comes to God’s Armor revealed in Ephesians 6:10-18, but so often we have missed what God was really saying. We get lost in an analysis of Roman military equipment. There is a subtle danger in associating too closely the spiritual armor with the Roman armor. We can believe that the spiritual weapon will act in the same way and with the same limitations as the Roman pieces of armor. But each of the spiritual pieces of armor is powerful way beyond any comparison to belts, shields, swords, and the like.
This book takes a different approach. We examine what the heroes of the faith (Job, David, Peter, Paul, Moses, etc., and most importantly Jesus) actually did when they encountered the Devil. What they did perfectly matches the pieces of God’s Armor but only after you look past the Roman military metaphor and see the actual spiritual weapon. The heroes of the faith challenged the strategies of the Devil with truth, righteous actions, strategies of peace, God-designed risk, daring ways of escape, whispers of God’s Word, specific prayers, and feedback-corrected actions. And they won over and over again with these simple but powerful spiritual weapons.
March 5, 2016 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 214
Anger and depression are most often symptoms of unresolved sin issues in our past. We need God's comfort for our pain and His validation in our anger in order to receive His healing. We will not find peace and rest in the deepest part of our being until we experience His comfort and validation. We also need to have our heart's cry for justice satisfied. Practicing authentic biblical forgiveness is how God heals the human soul and frees us from both anger and depression. This workshop will introduce you to the two side of forgiveness and how to put them into practice in your life.
March 5, 2016 - 2:15 PM Room: N11
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.
March 5, 2016 - 3:45 PM Room: D8
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.