State Evangelism Conference

Impacting Lostness through Disciple-Making
February 24, 2014
Providence Baptist Church
Raleigh, NC

“Creating a disciple-making culture where lives are transformed by the gospel of Jesus.”

What is it?

This year’s statewide evangelism conference focuses on the Convention’s new five-year strategy: “Impacting Lostness through Disciple-Making.” The strategy calls for churches to penetrate darkness by proclaiming the gospel to people throughout North Carolina and around the world. You will be inspired and encouraged by leaders God is using to impact their communities and beyond. Join with other leaders from across the state as we accept our Lord’s Great Commission to raise up disciples who will make disciples.

Break Out Sessions

Join us for a series of break outs during the afternoon session to learn practical ways of incorporating a disciple-making culture into your church, community and everyday life. You can see a list of all of the breakout sessions at the bottom of this page.


Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612


Bruce Ashford

Bruce Ashford

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bruce Riley Ashford received his B.A. in Communications from Campbell University and his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Philosophy from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He now serves as Provost and Dean of Faculty as well as Associate Professor of Theology and Culture for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Bruce is also a Fellow for the Bush Center for Faith and Culture. He and his wife Lauren have 3 children, Riley, Anna and John Paul.

Steve Corts

Steve Corts

Lead Pastor, Center Grove Baptist Church

Steve Corts is lead pastor of Center Grove Church in Clemmons-Winston-Salem, NC. He also serves as Director of the Tarheel Leadership Network, a cooperative venture with the Baptist Convention of North Carolina and ShareLife Ministries that mentors pastors across the state. Steve attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. He completed his Ph.D. in Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has done additional work at Oxford University.

Tom Wagoner

Tom Wagoner

Lead Pastor, Central Baptist Church

Tom Wagoner is lead pastor of Central Baptist Church in Dunn, NC. He began preaching at the age of 16. In 1984, God called him to pastor a small group of people who were forming a church in the small town of Dunn. Over the past 25 years, God has blessed Central Baptist Church under his leadership to reach more than 1,000 in regular attendance.

Stephen Wagoner

Stephen Wagoner

Church in the Triad

Stephen Wagoner is a church planting strategist for a church multiplication network. He is also a church planting elder at Church in the Triad in Greensboro, NC. Stephen has influenced churches in the area of making disciples through local missional communities. He and his wife, Brooke, have four children.

Derwin Gray

Derwin Gray

Pastor, Transformation Church

Derwin L. Gray is founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina. Gray has been married to Vicki for 21 years and they have two children. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts and one year with the Carolina Panthers. He then graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity.

James Emery White

James Emery White

Pastor, Mecklenburg Community Church

James Emery White is founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC. He is president of Serious Times, hosts, is a ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is the author of 19 books. He holds a B.S. degree in public relations and business, along with the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Seminary, where he was awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and Theology.

Break Out Sessions

The Gospel, Mentoring and Women

Ashley Allen

There is no doubt that women need Jesus and need to be taught the things of God and how to live every day in light of Him. But, how does one do this with the women of their church? In this break out we will learn what evangelism and discipleship are and are not, how the two mesh together and how to teach this to the women of our churches.

Day One Discipleship and Evangelism

Cheryl Markland

Parents are commanded throughout the Bible to teach and disciple their children in order to build an everlasting faith. In this break out we will explore the church’s responsibility for supporting and equipping parents as they disciple their children from day one of parenthood.

Church and Family...Why We Need Both to Build Real Households of Faith

Eddie Thompson

Much has been written about the decline of the family and how to go about understanding and fixing what's gone wrong. Could it be that the real solution has been there all along, hiding in plain sight? This break out will examine the five dimensions of a comprehensive family discipleship plan that combines the heart of the home and the power of the church to build real households of faith.

Could There Be More Than My Checklist Faith?

Merrie Johnson

Many teenagers believe that their faith is merely a checklist of do's and don'ts. Unfortunately, when they can no longer check one of the moral choices on their list they believe God no longer is interested in them. Real, authentic faith in Jesus Christ is so much more than a list meant for approval. Join us as we dig deeper into what a disciple-making culture looks like in youth ministry.

Deprogramming Discipleship: Mentoring Men for the Master

Bill Bennett

Men are desperate to learn how to become the spiritual leader in their homes and to incorporate the Word into their everyday lives. Come learn how to develop and mentor the men in your church to assume this God directed role of discipling their families.

Reaching and Discipling Hispanics for Kingdom Growth

Guillermo Soriano

In this break out we will learn how to become more effective in reaching and making disciples among the growing Hispanic population. Diverse Hispanic American realities will be explored for building Kingdom relationships. Practical options of engaging, reaching and disciple-making will be assessed within the context of different church models.

Moving from Gospel Presentation to Gospel Conversation

Rick Hughes

This break out will focus on sharing the Gospel in plain and simple ways that are Biblical and transitions into disciple-making. These are beginning steps for creating a disciple-making culture in any congregation. 

"Prime Time" for Making Disciples

Bud Russell

The motivation and accountability for discipleship and evangelism in the local church is best realized in the context of small groups. In most of our churches we are best positioned for growing disciples in "Prime Time" Sunday School. In this break out we will discuss ideas and consider strategies for using existing ministries to equip disciples and promote evangelism.

Strategic Focus: Discovering the Fields Around Us

Russ Conley & Mike Sowers

“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest,” John 4:35b.This break out is designed to equip us with tools and techniques for seeing, perhaps for the first time, the harvest field that is our community. We will leave with a plan for taking intentional first steps to “lift up our eyes and see” with greater clarity the people living around us.

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