A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 7-9, 2019
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 8, 2019 - 9:00 AM Room: D1
In this workshop we will discuss Evangelism in the Inner City from and in the Local Church.
We will discuss the State of the Inner City. The state of the Church in relationship to outreach and evangelism.
Last of all we will discuss integrating the Church into Community Programs that will assist the Church in its Outreach Ministry.
March 8, 2019 - 10:30 AM Room: D6
Hot dog cookouts and Easter Egg hunts are good. But you want more. You want to see those in your church mobilized like an army to go out and fulfill the Great Commission. THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU.
Equip yourself and those in your church to: 1. Understand the importance of personal evangelism. 2. See what's inhibiting them from stepping out in witnessing for Christ. 3. Overcome fear and become a mouthpiece for the gospel.
How would your church be revolutionized if every car salesmen shared his faith on his lunch break, every soccer mom shined her light on the side of the field, and every little old lady talked about Jesus when she was in the checkout line at the store? How would your neighborhood be changed? Learn the S.E.N.D. acronym to send your church out as fishers of men!
March 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM Room: N13
There is a dangerous myth which says it’s too late for teaching God’s Word to an Alzheimer's patient. Jim Hogsett begs to disagree because he has done it weekly at a care facility and will show participants how to vividly bring the Gospel to these precious individuals.
March 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM Room: D2
Maintaining honor and avoiding shame is the cultural world view of the majority of the world while in western countries most people view the world through guilt and innocence. Many people from honor shame cultures come to the US to study and work here so it is important for the church to learn how to minister to honor shame cultures. What does the Bible have to say about honor and shame? Did Jesus die on the cross just for our guilt or did he free us from our shame as well? Join me in learning how to share our faith with people from an honor shame culture.
March 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM Room: D6
Your heart starts pounding... your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak, your mouth is dry and your mind goes blank. Are these symptoms of a medical condition?
No! This is you when it's time to open your mouth and talk to your neighbor about Jesus. Sound familiar? It doesn't have to be.
In this workshop, you'll get some of the tools you need in your toolbox to overcome fear and talk about the work Jesus Christ has done in your life. It's time to do your part to fulfill the Great Commission! If you're a pastor or church leader, share this information with church members who want to share Christ, but say that for some reason they just can't.
You'll learn: 1. The source of your fear 2. How to overcome the fear 3. How to start when you open your mouth and there are no words 4. How to give a biblical
March 8, 2019 - 12:00 PM Room: D5
What role can the church play in helping its community members live abundant lives while overcoming and living with substance abuse disorders, mental health issues and co-occurring disorders? Should churches consider adopting evidence-based practices into their method of reaching and healing the community? Are there Biblically Based alternative methods to healing the sick? Absolutely – come explore some.
March 8, 2019 - 4:30 PM Room: D6
Have you found it hard to share your faith? Have you tried the methods that others use, and found that it's just not the right? This workshop will help you examine your evangelism personality, your calling, and help you consider next steps in more boldly proclaiming the gospel.
March 9, 2019 - 8:00 AM Room: N13
In our increasingly culturally-diverse community we need more tools in our evangelistic toolbox. Understanding worldviews, both ours and our neighbors, can help meet this need. 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 can 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 honor-shame cultures who are now living in our communities can react to these extremes with fear and isolation. Alternatively, extreme application of the honor-shame worldview can support “honor killings” and even terrorism. We must avoid judging by the extremes and see value in the core 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 9, 2019 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 114
Being a modern day witness and light for Christ can seem a little scary, even overwhelming. But Scripture calls us to share the Gospel message through our actions, and specifically with our words. Join me for this interactive session where we’ll look at what the Bible tells and shows us about spreading God’s message of love and salvation, examine and talk about what hinders us from embracing this charge, and then turn to some practical approaches that will equip you.
March 9, 2019 - 11:15 AM Room: N13
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).
March 9, 2019 - 11:15 AM Room: D5
Explore the countless opportunities of prison and jail ministry; from the outside in.
In this workshop we will address critical issues that begin the moment the incarcerated hits the gate and identify why.
March 9, 2019 - 12:45 PM Room: D5
Does our community – a desperate outreach and evangelism opportunity, require that we work together?
Do you desire to bring together faith, community and government partners to assess and address critical needs in the community?
What does unity in the body look like when strategically developing a person, or family-centered, continuum of coordinated care look and function like?
Come see a model created where multiple churches can complete rather than compete in meeting the needs of our communities. Learn how to create a coalition in your communtiy.
March 9, 2019 - 2:15 PM Room: D1
Our Youth Matter, Inc. has done several events to impact our community. Over the last 11 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 is 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 10-25 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.
March 9, 2019 - 3:45 PM Room: D5
Trauma surrounds our cities. It is in every home. How does it play a part in outreach and evangelism? In this workshop you will become trauma informed and learn why you may be getting frustrated or even frustrating successful transformations you desire to see! We’ll identify unique challenges in working with those who’ve experienced traumatic experiences. What is secondary trauma? Determine how effective you are in understanding and ministering to those with trauma – especially women & children.