March 6, 2015 - 9:00 AM Room: D6
The way we treat our guests on Sunday morning determines whether or not they'll return and become our next new members. The relations, or connections, we build with our guests become the Velcro that helps them stick around! The more relationships, the better they stick! This session provides practical and workable methods for creating
March 6, 2015 - 9:00 AM Room: N10
Modern science tells us that the earth and universe are billions of years old. Many creationists insist that the earth and universe can be no more than a few thousand years old. Are nature and Scripture in conflict on this issue? What do nature and Scripture really tell us about the age of God's creation? Is the record of nature consistent with a young earth? Is Scripture consistent with an old earth?
Serious, scholarly Christians have given much thought to these questions over the centuries. We will examine what Scripture tells us about the age of God's creation, summarizing the major interpretations held by Evangelicals. We will also examine what the record of nature tells us about the age of God's creation.
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM Room: D1
Tired of losing things, missing appointments, feeling anxious or stressed about what you need to do and not having the time to do what you would really like? Learn about your time organizing styles and space organizing styles, as well as how to maximize these styles to create a system that works for you. Use your God-given strengths to help you live a more fulfilled and effective life!
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM Room: N10
Abortion is not something new. Just as thousands of church-going men and women tragically choose every day, when King David was faced with an unplanned pregnancy, he resorted to murder to cover up his crimes. As we seek to address the reality of abortion in our churches, we first must acknowledge that abortion is not a political issue, a medical issue, or a women’s issue – but a spiritual issue. And because abortion hurts God’s people: men, women, and children - it is vital for us as ministers to address it. In this seminar, you will:
1. Gauge your church’s sanctity of life ‘temperature.’
2. Explore how the sin of abortion begins in the heart and dates back to biblical times.
3. Be equipped to translate God’s pardon of King David into a message of grace today.
4. Recognize that teaching sexual purity is not enough.
5. Gain practical sermon ideas, resources, and tips for teaching on sanctity of life with love and compassion.
6. Be prepared to handle a crisis pregnancy and to minister to those wounded by abortion
March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM Room: N13
When GOD called Abraham out of his fathers house, He promised him.....with blessings I will bless you and thou shalt be a blessing!
Keep reading the story you will find that GOD blessed him because of faith and that through Abraham we are all blessed today.
Similarly, we as Christians have been called out of darkness, given an anointing, authority, access and a assignment to serve and be a blessing to others as well.
This workshop helps all Christians to identify their gifts, stir them up, minister to mankind and be a blessing.
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 PM Room: N13
The success of any event, plan, program, or new ministry, requires effective strategic planning and implementation. In this conference you'll learn an unparalleled means of successful implementation for the results you desire.
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 PM Room: Heritage Room
Have you tried everything in ministering healing to yourself or others but are seeing limited results? We will discuss some obstacles that keep people from receiving either inner or physical healing.
March 6, 2015 - 1:30 PM Room: B3
Suffering, whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual, can put us over our head quickly. Since God does not waste pain, we must learn how to profit through suffering by seeking the sweet in the bittersweet of God’s refinement. Join Pastor Matty as he shares through personal experience and Biblical insight how to suffer well for God’s glory and the good of His people.
March 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM Room: N13
The body, soul, and spirit is an inseparable entity. Severe psychological stress that affects the mind likewise can affect the bodily and spiritual health. King Saul committing suicide during battle and the prophet Elijah praying for death after being threatened by Jezebel are two examples that illustrate this inter-relationship between the mind and the spirit. Recent psychological and medical findings have documented the effect of severe stress on the body. As the brain and the mind mediate the integration of internal and external stimuli that impinge on the body, it is critical that one learns how to effectively cope with severe stress that can cause deleterious effects on a person's total health.
This workshop will provide scientific data to show the critical role of stress on the body. By integrating psychological principles with Biblical insights, the workshop will provide you with guidelines to improve your mental and spiritual health.
The author is a board-certified psychiatrist, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, and the author of numerous articles and five books, including,
March 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM Room: N11
Apologetics is the application of a biblical worldview to the difficult issues and question all of us have - especially young people and non-believers. This workshop will discuss up to 9 of the questions that are commonly asked of Christians, and that are used to draw students away from our Faith in Christ. These will include: Hasn't science disproved Creation by God? Aren't all religions basically the same at the core? Aren't sexual morals just outdated opinions? There's no spiritual dimension, only the material universe. Open forum to follow.
March 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM Room: C2
Traditionally and culturally, the community looks to the local church for help in the event of a catastrophic event. Most church facilities can serve as mass shelters; church members can check on and transport shut-ins; they can provide counseling and care services. Congregations are strategically located to serve as a ready source of volunteer labor; they can feed and shelter homeless; and they can provide vital services to their immediate area.
March 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM Room: Heritage Room
The oldest Boomers have just turned 65, dragging a 20-year tail. We will discuss the demographics of this generation, biblical principles governing our personal caregiving, and strategies and opportunities for the Church.
March 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM Room: WC 114
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 6, 2015 - 4:30 PM Room: C7
Billions of copies have been sold, most people own one, many say they believe what it says, yet, excuses to live wrong compile as sinful behavior has now become societies' practice.
This workshop recalls every Christian back to GOD's standard which is holy, to HIS way which is truth and to HIS path which is narrow but right. It empowers attendees to live truth unashamedly and preach truth unapologetically.
Through scripture, participants look at biblical and worldly systems, in order to ask those who oppose themselves through the error of not knowing GOD's Word, If the Bible is Right What's Wrong!
March 7, 2015 - 8:00 AM Room: N10
This workshop hopes to give some context to the phenomena of “Emerging Adulthood”, in which the young adults of today seem to mature later by previous generations' standards. It will provide some practical recommendations for parents and young adult children on how to relate to one another in this context. Furthermore, the seminar hopes to start a conversation for churches in its discipleship and outreach to this generation of emerging adults.
March 7, 2015 - 8:00 AM Room: D1
We will look at how to determine our spiritual gifts. We will then look at some practical was to use this information in determining the priorities in our ice and how to use this in making major decisions as to how we spend our time.
March 7, 2015 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 215
“How can you believe in God if there’s so much suffering?” “There are a lot of good people who are not Christians.” “All religions lead to the same truth.” These three slogans represent the most common objections to Christianity, but how well-equipped is the average believer to respond to them? We will discuss the assumptions behind these questions and possible responses that would hopefully lead to more meaningful conversations.
March 7, 2015 - 12:45 PM Room: WC 215
Taking every thought captive includes our choice of entertainment. Far from being a passive, mindless activity, watching film and television allows us to see reality from different perspectives. There’s more to glean besides the “moral of the story”; we can learn how to appreciate the artistry that goes into storytelling as well as its ability to not only entertain but also expand our understanding of human experience.
March 7, 2015 - 2:15 PM Room: D5
Based on 25 years of experience in the field, I will cover the following topics. 1. Following best practices in clergy compensation 2. Setting up a fair and adequate pastoral budget 3. Providing comprehensive benefits for the staff 4. Navigating complex IRS regulations 5. Determining appropriate ministers' housing allowance
This workshop is designed for church treasurers, administrators, finance leaders, as well as pastors. Free and practical guides will be given.
March 7, 2015 - 2:15 PM Room: WC 114
Conflict is filled with power that can bring significant positive change. When managed well, conflict can be the catalyst to transform life circumstances and deepen relationships. In this workshop we will examine key issues of the conflict dynamic, evaluate various responses and identify ways to harness the positive power of conflict.
March 7, 2015 - 3:45 PM Room: C8
Do you have challenging people in your life? Dear people who have personal or behavioral problems that challenge both your grace and leadership skills? Let’s review some step-by-step tips for handling several types of challenging people, whether in your small group or caring ministry.