A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: N11
“As the Scriptures say, ‘A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ ” Ephesians 5:31 (NLT) Many couples experienced isolation after their marriage. With God's help, as couples, we must work hard and find ways to keep our love fresh and stay connected. In this workshop we will identify some common problems couples need to avoid, and learn some positive steps to keep love fresh in marriage. This workshop will be presented in Mandarin.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: N10
According to many sociologists, by 2040, China will have more Christians believers than any other country in the world! We will look at its historical development and especially focus on its explosive growth starting in the 1980s. Being in the Bay Area, having one of the highest concentration of Chinese Americans in the United States, this workshop hopes to explore the possible roles we can play in this miraculous work of God that is taking place in this great nation.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: D6
A trained operator along with a properly programmed digital mixer can greatly improve the consistency and quality of your Worship mixes. We will show you the digital mixer features that you can use to accomplish this goal. Features such as complete mixer recall (EVERY knob and button), EQ and compression on every channel, storable libraries for different players, singers or Pastors, built-in digital recording (both stereo and multichannel), Virtual Soundcheck recordings allow new operators to practice with your actual Worship Team with being on-stage and MANY more. We’ll also have a couple of mixers for you to check out, too.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: Firehouse
Find the secret to asking good questions that get kids—and their leaders—talking. You’ll explore Jesus-style questions that deepen faith and build friendships. And you’ll find some answers, too! Discover how debrief conversations steer kids toward faith discoveries, and get tips for responding to kids’ answers. You’ll walk away with a REAL understanding of how to engage and grow closer to kids in your ministry.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: C7
Variety is the spice of life. Whether you’re flying solo or have some help, learn how to use different forms of puppetry and gospel magic to make your lessons, stories, Bible verses and beyond more dynamic!
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: C8
Have you ever had an awesome idea for Large Group time or an anecdote to captivate your small group? Did the idea fizzle out or were you able to craft it into a teachable story? Did your story end up fizzling out anyway? Come learn how Jesus told stories so you can transform your storytelling and impact children like never before.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: Heritage Room
Forgiving others is critical to the experience of the abundant life of Jesus Christ. And yet most Christians struggle deeply with forgiveness. Who should we forgive, when should we forgive, why should we forgive and most of all, how do we forgive.
In this workshop we will examine the six basic steps of forgiving someone of the penalty for their sins against us and the six principles of forgiving them of the consequences of their sins against us.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 200
This workshop will discuss what has become known as the Sandwich generation - those in their late 40's to early 60's who are taking care of both adult children and older parents. We will discover tools that will help minister to this generation.
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 - 11:15 AM Room: N13
This workshop explores the myths of money and the plain truth about this resource according to the Word of God. Money is one of many blessings given to us by the Almighty. This training is designed to help workers manage money in the right way to truly help you meet all of your financial needs regardless of income! It is recommended that you participate in Part One and Part Two classes so all knowledge can be acquired. A valuable money guide will be given to each individual at the end of the classes.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: D5
There was a recent study that came out stating that 65% of marriage disagreements are never resolved. That’s not good. As a licensed therapist for over 30 years I have had the privilege of finding out what most couples fight about, but more importantly I believe that God reveals in his word standards for communication that can heal and bring harmony to the marriage covenant. Learn: why fighting fair is important, how to determine when a fight is escalating, 3 parts to a good fight and God's plan for good conflict.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: A1
In this workshop we will cover several biblical principles for developing and creating an environment that helps to sustain a healthy and well balanced ministry to men of all ages and stages of life.
We will discuss material that will take into account the challenges, sizes, and culture of all types of churches and communities. In addition the workshop will provide several foundational components that are needed to begin the journey of building a strong ministry to men.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: D1
This workshop will address the practical need for self-care, support, and burnout prevention that is faced by many small church solo pastors. In addition, to help reduce the workload on these pastors, the topic of knowing when to refer someone for professional help and how to make a good referral will be covered.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: A3
Ministry can be tough. It can be full of discouragement, disappointment and frustration. It can make a person old before their time. Because of it, church volunteers, ministers and pastors need to be encouraged regularly! In this workshop Pastor Matty will strive to do just that – encourage those in attendance so that they can with joy return to work God has called them to.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 214
This workshop will focus on the vital role of discipleship in the growth of the church. We will examine who can be a discipler, how to get started, and practical tools to use during times together.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: N12
Acoustic Guitar in Worship
This empowering workshop for all Christian guitarists (intermediate through advanced) is designed to teach creative and expressive guitar playing techniques in a worship setting, combining the technical and fun aspects of guitar playing with spiritual passion. This workshop is a blend of participation, demonstration and teaching. Bring your guitar if you'd like. The majority of the workshop is hands-on where each person plays along with the techniques being demonstrated. Reggie inspires the correlation of dynamic faith in Jesus Christ with creative and expressive guitar playing. Reggie will cover:
- Expressive Techniques in Worship - Making Songs Flow (The Art of Transition) - Common Contemporary Chord Progressions - Scales and Contemporary Chords - Learning Technique through Songs - Gaining Confidence - Helpful Exercises
There are helpful materials available as downloads. Those who have attended either the Christian Guitar & Bass Conferences know how training from Reggie will give you a spirited “shot in the arm” to prepare you for ministry.
March 7, 2020 - 11:15 AM Room: WC 114
Millennials are those young parents and singles in your ministry! Learn how to connect with them and see them involved in your ministry.