Disciple-Making Conference

Hear. Connect. Share.
February 23, 2015
Center Grove Baptist Church
8750 Lasater Rd, Clemmons, NC

Hear their stories. Connect your story. Share God's story.

As society drifts further away from a biblical understanding of God’s redemptive plan, many Christians are left wondering how they can share the gospel. The 2015 Disciple-Making Conference will prepare believers to connect with unbelievers in a modern context, and expanded equipping sessions will offer hands-on, practical steps that will equip Christ-followers to reach the lost in today’s world. The conference is offered at no charge.

Join us for a lunch conversation with Jon Erwin and Alvin Reid about engaging culture through the arts. Lunch will be available at $7 for those who preregister. Space is limited.

Equipping Sessions

Join us for a series of expanded equipping sessions and 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.

New Women's Track

New for 2015 is a special Women's track featuring Lori McDaniel the Global Mission Catalyst at the International Mission Board.


9:30 a.m. Hear Their Story
Ed Stetzer

10:40 a.m. Connect Your Story
Afshin Ziafat

11:50 a.m. Lunch*
*$7 per person for a Chick-fil-A box lunch; registration is required by Feb. 15.

1:00 p.m. Equipping Sessions*
*two one-hour sessions will be offered, including a Women's track.

3:20 p.m. "Jesus Revolution"
Jon Erwin

3:40 p.m. Share God's Story
Robby Gallaty

5:00 p.m. Dismiss 



Bruce Ashford

Afshin Ziafat

Pastor, Providence Church, Frisco, Texas

Afshin Ziafat is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Tex. He is also the founder of Afshin Ziafat Ministries and travels nationally and internationally proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, retreats, camps, conferences and missions. Ziafat helped launch Vertical Bible Study at Baylor University in Waco, Tex. He also partners with Elam Ministries and travels into the Middle East regularly to train Iranian pastors. Ziafat’s passion is to teach the Word of God as the authority and guide for life, to preach Jesus Christ as the only savior and redeemer of mankind, and to proclaim the love of Christ as the greatest treasure and hope in life. He and his wife, Meredith, currently reside in Frisco, Tex., along with their daughter, Elyse.

Steve Corts

Ed Stetzer

Pastor, Grace Church, Hendersonville, Tenn.


Ed Stetzer is the lead pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. and has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, as well as trained pastors and church planters, on six continents. He holds two master’s degrees and two doctorates and has written dozens of articles and books. Stetzer is the executive director of LifeWay Research, a contributing editor for Christianity Today, and a columnist for Outreach Magazine. He is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN, and is the executive editor of both The Gospel Project and Facts & Trends Magazine. Stetzer serves as visiting professor of research and missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and as visiting research professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also taught at many other colleges and seminaries.

Tom Wagoner

Robby Gallaty

Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Robby Gallaty is the senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Before coming to Brainerd, he pastored Immanuel Baptist Church in Morgan City, La. Gallaty was radically saved from a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002, and in 2008, he helped create Replicate Ministries to educate, equip and empower believers. He holds a master’s of divinity, a master’s of theology and a doctorate in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Gallaty is also the author of “Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples,” “Unashamed: Taking a Radical Stand for Christ” and “Creating an Atmosphere to HEAR God Speak.” He and his wife Kandi have been investing in believers for more than a decade and are the proud parents of two sons, Rig and Ryder.

Lori McDaniel

Lori McDaniel

Global Mission Catalyst, International Mission Board

Lori serves as Global Mission Catalyst with IMB, inspiring,equipping, and mobilzing a generation of women - no matter where they live or what they do - to make disciples of all nations.  She and her husband, Mike, and their 3 children lived as missionaries in Africa for 4 years before returning to the States and planting Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Arkansas where Mike is Sr. Pastor.  Lori pioneered a culture of discipleship from preschool to women's ministry in her church and initiated and led her church's mission partnership planting churches in West Africa.  You can find her blogging at NAMB's Flourish.me and also LoriMcDaniel.org.

Jon Erwin

Jon Erwin

Filmmaker, Erwin Brothers Entertainment


Jon Erwin, along with his brother Andrew, has written, produced and directed prominent faith-based films such as October Baby and Mom’s Night Out. The Erwin brothers are currently involved in a documentary film project on the “Jesus Movement,” a revival that spread across the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Prior their work in feature films, the Erwins experienced great success in the music industry, having received 11 total nominations for the GMA Dove Awards and winning Music Video of the Year three years in a row. They have also directed videos and produced concerts and television programs for platinum artists such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, Skillet, Montgomery Gentry and others. 

Equipping Sessions

Cross-Cultural Evangelism

Afshin Ziafat

In this breakout we will discuss how to bridge the gap between two cultures in order to share the Gospel effectively.

Disciple My Teenager? Are You Kidding?

Merrie Johnson

Our desire as Christian parents should be as 3 John 4 states, “I have no greater joy than to know that my children are walking in the truth.” This equipping session will assist parents with their role to impress on their teenagers the love and character of God.

What Role Does Discipleship Play in Spiritual Formation?

Nathan Finn

Discussions of discipleship and spiritual formation are two closely related concepts that are often discussed in isolation from one another. This session will look at the role that discipleship should play in spiritual formation and discuss strategies for more closely wedding these two emphases together in local churches.

Don't Light That Bomb! Ten explosive things that could go off and ruin your family (and what to do about them).

Eddie Thompson

Parents often overlook critical issues in their family and then wondered how such trouble could be happening to them. This honest, challenging session will help parents, marriages and families to know what to do long before trouble strikes.

Overview of the "Three Circles: Life Conversation Guide"

Rick Hughes

Brokenness leads us to search for a way to make life work. This conversation guide will help you turn conversations about problems into conversations about Jesus. People often willingly share heartaches regarding their marriages, children, finances, addictions, depression and more. Be prepared to give hurting people the hope they need.

Engaging the Fringe: Discipling Nones and Millennials

Dustin Conner

The "nones" compose one of the fastest growing religions in North America and the millennial generation (those born after 1980) is distancing itself more and more from the church. This session will look at how the church can intentionally engage these who are on the fringes of the pews with the gospel of Christ so that more disciples are made, churches are planted, and cities are restored.

Prayer's Role in Making Disciples

Chris Schofield

This session examines biblically and pragmatically how prayer is vital if disciples are going to follow Jesus and become fishers of men. Special attention is given to how Jesus taught and prayed for His followers.

Life on Life: Engaging Women in Disciple-Making

Lori McDaniel

Ordinary women have an extraordinary invitation to participate in God's story. Yet, we are often paralyzed by fear, chained to chaotic schedules, discount what we know, and end up settling for a smaller version of God’s story than He intended. Let’s unpack our unique lives as women, learn to live with intentionality, and leverage every part of our life to participate in God’s mission.

Revitalizing Your Church

Antonio Santos

According to some of the statistics released by the North American Mission Board and LifeWay, 75-90 percent of Southern Baptist churches in North America are either plateau or declining. This session will explore various options for revitalizing your congregation.

Discipling the Nations in Your Own Backyard

Cris Alley

With the nations are coming to North Carolina, NC Baptists with an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill Christ's Great Commission. Disciple-making efforts across the street have the potential to reach around the world. This session explores some of the biblical reasons for seizing this opportunity and outlines a simple New Testament process for getting started.

Worldview and Disciple-Making

Scott Thompson

Understanding the relationship between our Christian worldview and disciple-making is essential in the contemporary global context of competing worldviews. These breakout sessions will examine the simple Christian message as it relates to disciple-making in the context of diverse worldviews.

Making Disciple Multipliers among Hispanics for Kingdom Growth

Guillermo Soriano

Learn how to be more effective in building disciple-making relationships with the growing Hispanic population in your community. The Story, the Three Circles, ESL, soccer and other practical methods of a disciple-making lifestyle will be discussed. Various effective church models with Hispanic church ministries will be explored as examples of kingdom collaboration and revitalization.

Reaching & Discipling the Multi-ethnic Generation

Simon Touprong

Reaching and discipling young adults is challenging. As a church, what can we do to evangelize this lost generation and re-energize them with the gospel story? This breakout session will offer several helpful options for churches to minister to multi-ethic young adults in your community.

The Disciple-Making Pastor

John Mark Harrison

This breakout explores how to build true biblical community in an individualistic world by offering practical steps toward disciple-making in a congregation of comfortable people. 

More Information

Patti Cardwell  /  pcardwell@ncbaptist.org  /  (800) 395-5102 ext. 5635