Disciple-Making Conference

February 27, 2017
8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Center Grove Baptist Church
Clemmons, NC

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." - Luke 19:10

Join N.C. Baptists for the 2017 Disciple-Making Conference. If you’ve been changed by Christ, it should lead to a life that’s marked by being a disciple who makes disciples. Equipping and main sessions will focus on the pillars of disciple-making: evangelism and discipleship. A featured women’s evangelism and discipleship equipping session will be led by Tabatha Frost of Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh.


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8:45 a.m. Worship

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:05 a.m. Session 1
D.A. Horton

10:00 a.m. Worship

10:10 a.m. Session 2
Ed Newton

11:00 a.m. Equipping Sessions

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Worship

1:05 p.m. Session 3
Micah Fries

2:00 p.m. Equipping Sessions

3:00 p.m. Q&A Panel Discussion
You're invited to submit a question here.

Q&A Panel Discussion

Micah Fries, Steve Corts & Andrew Hopper

Join us at 3pm during the afternoon session of the disciple-making conference for a special Q&A panel discussion featuring Micah Fries, Steve Corts and Andrew Hopper. This event will be streamed as a Facebook live event so be sure to follow NCBaptist on Facebook.

You may also submit any question you have about disciple-making by texting the word DiscipleNC to 313131 now or comment on Facebook during the event as well as live tweeting us @ncbaptist.



Micah Fries

Micah Fries

Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Micah Fries is the senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to serving at Brainerd, he served as the vice president of LifeWay Research in Nashville, Tennessee, and as a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. Micah has also served as a senior pastor in Missouri and an international church planter in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He is the author of a commentary volume on Haggai and Zephaniah in the “Christ-Centered Commentary” series. Micah and his wife Tracy are the parents to two girls, Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel, and they are in the process of adopting a child from the Kingdom of Lesotho.

D.A. Horton

D.A. Horton

Reach Fellowship, North Long Beach, Calif.


D.A. Horton serves as pastor of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in North Long Beach, California, and as chief evangelist for the Urban Youth Workers Institute. Prior to his current roles, D.A. served as an urban church planter and pastor in Kansas City, Missouri, a national coordinator of urban student ministries at the North American Mission Board, and the executive director at ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records. D.A. has authored three books, and he and he is co-authoring a book on marriage with his wife of 13 years, Elicia. The Hortons have two daughters, Izabelle and Lola, and one son, D.A. Jr., also known as Duce.

Ed Newton

Ed Newton

Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Tex.

Ed Newton is the lead pastor at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas. God has uniquely gifted Ed with an ability to connect with various age groups, personally and corporately. His communication style can be summarized as “passion with content” while seeking to inspire people to be passionate, dedicated followers of Christ. For 13 years, Ed was a full-time itinerant evangelist traveling across the United States and abroad preaching to students and adults. Ed is husband to his college sweetheart, Stephanie, and dad to London, Lola, Liv and Lawson.

Equipping Sessions

Racial and Cultural Reconciliation

D.A. Horton

Our nation is searching for answers to race relations and racial reconciliation. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the answer. Learn practical ways to apply the gospel to the racial, cultural and social issues of our day in a way that seeks to lead others to Christ and help them grow as disciples.

Community and Neighborhood Relations

Matt Capps

Do you view your community as a mission field? Try and imagine what it would be like to enter into a foreign culture and communicate the gospel. In other words, how would a missionary approach ministry in this cultural climate? What about your church? What does its posture, behavior, practices and activities communicate to the community where it’s located? Being a missional church means we must think strategically while taking the message into our communities, neighborhoods and workplaces.

A Call to Personal Evangelism: Telling Your Story

Dave Owen

Be equipped and learn to equip others with a powerful tool to share the gospel: your story of how God saved you. Many in our culture are open to hearing how the gospel transformed your life before they believe it can change their own. We will look at five aspects of telling your story in light of His story.

Intentional Disciple-Making in the Home

Mark Smith

When it comes to family discipleship, God has designed the church (Ephesians 4:12) and the home (Deuteronomy 6:7) to come together as a team. When both institutions are intentionally focused on God’s vision for the family, they will be able to accomplish extraordinary things for God’s kingdom in the church and in their community. Better understand God’s command to parents and grandparents to be learners of the Bible, doers of His commands and teachers of Scripture to their children and grandchildren.

Transformational Teaching for ALL Generations

Ken Coley

Every leader and teacher believes that there is diversity within their group, but most teachers’ style looks like they actually believe “one size fits all”. Don’t issue every group member an XL lesson plan! This interactive session will challenge you to reconsider how you can more effectively disciple each member of your group through differentiated approaches to teaching. Learn how to vary your environment, content, instructional methods and evaluation, so you can train your teachers to be transformational teachers when you return home.


Cheryl Markland & Merrie Johnson

Understanding disciple-making as one comprehensive ministry from infants through high school can yield greater impact in the lives of young people in your church. Learn how to develop a scorecard for planning discipleship together with parents, children's leaders and youth leaders that gives direction and momentum to your ministry.

Reach Them Here: Engaging the Nations in North Carolina

James Cooper

North Carolina Baptists love international missions and are some of the most committed to taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. In the past few decades, people from over 150 unreached people groups have made their homes in North Carolina. Now that the nations are coming here, learn how to better discover, engage and disciple our unreached neighbors.

Living Intentionally to Share Christ

Rick Hughes

We are simply walking on a journey through this world. As we walk, do we miss opportunities to look at people through the eyes and heart of Jesus? Discover practical ways to see people as created in the image of God and not projects to evangelize.

Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out

Alvin Reid

Sharing Christ can be unnerving, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to move from giving gospel presentations to having gospel conversations, and how to understand that the person God created you to be is the person God wants to use in His gospel work.

Preaching for Salvation and Formation

Andrew Hopper

In preaching, managing the tension between evangelism and discipleship is difficult but doable. It is also vital. We can’t think in terms of “either/or” when both are essential.

Impacting Lostness Among Immigrants and their Children

Sammy Joo

Immigrants have common issues between the parents and children for cultural transitions in the United States. Churches can reach the lost and raise leaders among immigrants and their children through meeting their need with the gospel of Christ. Discover how to identify the need and explore ways to meet the need with the gospel.

Women's Track: Disciple-making in the Daily Grind

Tabatha Frost

Carpools! Committees! Cooking! Careers! Juggling the many hats we wear as women can either crowd out or open doors for God’s mission. Let’s look to God’s Word for a fresh perspective and practical ways to create a culture of disciple-making in our homes, churches and beyond.