A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM Room: N11
We are experiencing a major shift in Evangelical Christianity in our Country and the World at Large. There is a great attack on Fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity that is overt and threatening the effectiveness of Christian Leaders. Statistics reveal that many Christian Leaders are abandoning their first love because of this pressure. Churches are losing good Pastors and Leaders not knowing where to go and who to turn to.
This Workshop will examine the specific areas that challenge today's Christian Leaders. We will look at the spiritual pathological processes that happen in Leaders facing burnout and fatigue in Ministry. We will study Christian Workers who have been able to overcome burnout and what are the secrets of their success.
The goal of the Workshop is to identify the signs of burnout in Ministry. Once we understand these signs we then must develop a strategic Biblically based plan to overcome burnout, stress, depression, and fear. The end result is not to provide escape from the Ministry, but an effective use of the Armor of God in the Ministry!
March 6, 2020 - 9:00 AM Room: N9
This workshop will help you to equip not only yourselves, but also those in your church on what you believe in. Knowing the 5 essential doctrines is a key component to understanding how to effectively evangelize and do the work of apologetics. You must know what you believe and why you believe it to be equipped to evangelize a lost world for Christ.
March 6, 2020 - 10:30 AM Room: D2
If you desire to share your faith but hesitate due to a lack of confidence, or awkwardness... discover the ease and power of using simple hospitality. This workshop is repeated on Saturday @ 11:15.
March 6, 2020 - 10:30 AM Room: N9
Knowing what you believe and why you believe it, is critical to evangelism. Part of knowing what you believe is understanding the Trinity and how it applies to evangelism and apologetics. If you understand the Trinity, you will be able to effectively communicate that to other believers, non believers, and even those who are involved with false religions and cults.
March 6, 2020 - 12:00 PM Room: D2
Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 12 years we have held Vacation Bible School in the Park. We have supplied the community with backpacks, school supplies, hygiene kits, books and food bags with our largest event our Back 2 School Bash where 500-700 people are in attendance. We served hot meals, passed out goodie bags and warm items at our Thanksgiving in the Park event. We have given out Christian theme Easter baskets at a neighborhood Easter egg hunt. We have blessed families with toys at Christmas through our annual Toy Drive. Our holiday Adopt – A – Family is growing each year where we meet the needs of families and provide gifts from their wish list. We have offered youth the opportunity to attend Professional Sporting events. Each of these events was held outside of the church where we were able to bless many people having a positive impact on our community. Join us for this workshop to explore how YOU can reach out to make a positive impact on YOUR community. Learn how to receive money to fund your events.
March 6, 2020 - 12:00 PM Room: D7
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 points to the saving gospel. Also learn to sort doctrinal assertions into three categories: essential to salvation, essential to church identity and unity, and essential to individuality.
March 6, 2020 - 1:30 PM Room: C6
Café 4 opened its doors in 2012, operating with the vision of being an attractive and welcoming face for 3Crosses Church. The café leadership committed itself to high quality and healthy products and to a Disneyland-style friendliness in an attempt to reach a local community that had high standards for food, but few positive connections with a church body. In these last 7 years, our customer base has soared: we have over 180 chairs and it is often difficult to find a seat! Our baristas have story after story of people who found a place of refuge at Café 4, who went there to escape from a toxic work or home life, who opened a business on Café 4 wifi, who had their first date there, who were invited into a church service, who can point to Café 4 as a key step in how they became reconciled with the Lord. This café is serving quality coffee, packing people in seats, and encouraging people in their relationships with God. We want to share the vision and steps that God has given us; we want to share His successful ministry with other churches; we want to empower other church cafes and help with advice in their own contexts. This workshop will further a church’s knowledge in one way they can effectively engage with their community, becoming a space that is welcoming and attractive, and speaking true words into the lives of their community members. Attendees to this workshop will receive practical knowledge (including suggested priorities, mechanisms for spiritual encouragement, advice on the use of volunteers, and suggestions for cashflow) that is relevant to their current or prospective ministries, and ministry leaders will receive tips, tricks, and methods to streamline their work and let them focus on the spiritual side of this type of job. Presented by Kelly Kaufman, Café 4 Floor Manager and Lindsey Cavallero, Café 4 Ministry Director.
March 7, 2020 - 8:00 AM Room: N15
Constructive interaction with Muslims is now necessary in our democratic society because God has engineered circumstances that force diverse peoples together. Muslims, and people from many other cultures, are now nearby neighbors to the local church, not just foreign mission objects. God is not the author of confusion, so what is He up to in our generation? How can we cooperate with his Kingdom-of-God agenda to exalt Jesus among all tribes, tongues, peoples and nations?
This workshop will deconstruct politically-correct jargon and provide biblical working definitions for terms such as: “diversity,” “unity,” “racism,” “ethnic,” “justice,” “Christianity,” “peace” and “submission.” Secular humanist, evolutionary-biased activists are trying to form alliances with Muslims on a pro-abortion, sexually-amorphous political agenda which is contrary to traditional Islamic values. Pro-life, sexual-purity-focused evangelical Christians have much more in common with the typical Muslim, but we must engage in a proactive way, not for short-term political gains but for the sake of advancing God’s Kingdom. We must be the “salt of the earth” and not lose our saltiness or keep it contained in stained-glass salt shakers. This workshop will better equip you for the culture war raging around us, with particular attention to loving our Muslim neighbors.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: D7
Why is there a disconnect in the way we Christians view 'the Church' and non-Christians view 'the Church, Bible, Christ, Christians'? This workshop in a FUN way which helps us to be relevant and effective witnesses in this world today.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: C6
We grew from a small basketball ministry in a church to a separate nonprofit organization (God First Sports) with over 150 players. There will be stories of evangelism and changed lives. We also welcome basketball players who are interested in joining our league.
Our workshop will include practical ideas and applications including the following: 1. Starting a basketball ministry 2. Forming a leadership team 3. Recruiting players 4. Reserving gyms 5. Developing fellowship materials for sports 6. Finding referees 7. Making a schedule 8. Posting videos of games 9. Incorporating as a nonprofit
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: N15
In this age of increasing cultural diversity we need to understand how others see reality. In other words, what is their worldview? Understanding worldviews, both ours and our neighbors, can help equip us to better advance God’s Kingdom. Most unreached people groups in the world, including Muslims, think according to an honor-shame worldview. Western Christianity, on the other hand, is steeped in the contrasting freedom-guilt worldview. Still other cultures have a dominant fear-power worldview. Debilitating blind spots often happen when only one worldview is considered. Such worldview blindness can erect barriers of suspicion instead of building bridges of trust. Since the Bible was largely written in an honor-shame context, Christians can distort the good news if we interpret the Bible using only freedom-guilt filters. The freedom-guilt worldview can produce “freedom-out-of-control” excesses in society such as gender-choice confusion, radical feminism and abortion-on-demand. People from a honor-shame worldview can react to these extremes with fear and isolation. Alternatively, extremes of the honor-shame worldview can support “honor killings” and even terrorism. We must avoid judging by the extremes and see value in other worldviews. In reaching Muslims, understanding honor-shame worldview is more important than understanding Islam. Our job is not to shame Muhammad but to honor Jesus. We can avoid religious debate as we seek to honor Jesus.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: N9
Jesus prayed all night regarding those whom He had chosen. What did He pray for? There were 7 principles that apply to His prayer in relationship to discipleship and evangelism. How do these 7 principles apply to us going out into our communities for Christ. These principles are vital if we are going to have effective outreach in evangelism.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: D2
If you desire to share your faith but hesitate due to a lack of confidence, or awkwardness... discover the ease and power of using simple hospitality. This workshop is repeated on Friday @ 10:30.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 215
We will look at the shrinking of the Gospel as good news for isolated individuals who can populate heaven, rather than embracing a full-orbed Gospel than allows us to work toward the kingdom of God on earth, which Jesus taught us to pray for. Are we preaching the Gospel in a way that segregates people or builds community? Are we more busy managing boundaries among us rather than enlarging the kingdom work we are called to share? What is the end goal of preaching the Gospel? Is it escape from the world or transformation of the world? Come lets deepen our mission by expanding our understanding of the Gospel.
March 7, 2020 - 2:15 PM Room: N15
When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; and we wonder why our message is not received as good news. Extracting a few trophy converts is not “good news” to the local Muslim community. Viewing individual Muslims as part of their extended family and community is important in building bridges of trust for meaningful two-way communication. Always ask the question: Will my words or actions build bridges or barriers? Barrier-building results in “Christianizing” and extraction. Bridge Building results in true evangelism, which means sharing the Injil (the Muslim name 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. Learn about such Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world, the first fruits of what God is doing today. The enemy is not Islam, it is radicalism. We want to respond to radical Islam with radical Love; we must learn “to be as shrewd as serpents, but as harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).