Select your 2017 Annual Meeting breakout sessions

by BSCNC Communications
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 26 days old

Those who attend Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions related to disciple-making and other areas of ministry. Sessions will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Koury Convention Center from 3:15-4 p.m. and 4:15-5 p.m.

Following is a list of some breakout sessions that focus on disciple-making, which coincides with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) goal of impacting lostness through disciple-making. For a complete list of breakout sessions, times and locations, click here.

A Biblical Perspective on Immigration (Offered in English and Spanish)
There has been much discussion and debate on the issue of immigration, but what does the Bible say? Amaury Santos, BSCNC’s Hispanic strategy coordinator, and Larry Phillips, BSCNC’s immigrant ministries specialist, will explore practical applications to immigration services and ministries from a biblical point of view.

Bridges Out of Poverty: Rediscovering God's Heart for the Poor
This session, led by BSCNC strategy coordinator Dan Collison, will introduce a comprehensive approach to understanding and alleviating poverty as part of a disciple-making strategy.

Changing Lives through Personal Involvement in Missions
Missions involvement not only changes the lives of your church members, but also the lives of people in your community and world. During this breakout led by N.C. Baptist Men and Baptists on Mission staff, discover numerous mission projects that your church can be involved in, such as disaster relief, medical missions, mission camps, and state, national and international partnerships.

Faith at Home in Every Ministry
Mark Smith, senior consultant for BSCNC Family Evangelism and Discipleship, will share how to strategically equip and encourage the parents and grandparents of your congregation to be disciple-makers in the homes. In this breakout, you will learn how to integrate the Faith at Home disciple-making culture into your preaching, Sunday School/small group, adult, senior adult, youth and children’s ministries. By the close of this session, you will have a renewed confidence and be better prepared to live out Deuteronomy 6:7 and Ephesians 4:12 in your church.

How to Keep Your Bible Study Group from Losing Its First Love
Sometimes in our Bible study groups, we get so busy doing good things that we abandon the best thing — love for Jesus. This session, led by Rick Hughes, the senior consultant of BSCNC Sunday School and Small Groups, will offer practical principles on returning to your first love.

Millennial Parents: Understanding, Equipping and Empowering Gen Y Parents
Millennial parents engage with life and the church in unique ways. Come and receive insights from senior consultant of BSCNC Childhood Evangelism and Discipleship, Cheryl Markland, into this generation that will help you and other church leaders engage in ministry with millennial parents in the local church.

Reaching College Students Lab
There are approximately 1.1 million college students in North Carolina who don't know Jesus. If you have a desire to change that reality but don't know where to start, this lab is for you. The Collegiate Partnerships Team will teach you the first steps in engaging a college campus with the gospel and then take you to a nearby university and walk with you as you practice these steps so you can return home and get started on a college campus near you. Note: This lab will take approximately 2.5 hours and require walking. A Chick-fil-A meal will be provided. (Limited to the first 30 participants.)

Revitalization Like You’ve Never Seen Before
Existing churches and new church plants need the same thing to impact their area for Christ — each other! Join this panel discussion facilitated by Lonnie Reynolds, senior consultant of BSCNC Church Health and Revitalization, to learn how seasoned pastors are partnering with church planters to change the face of revitalization in North Carolina.

Sending Churches
Any size church can become a “sending church.” Churches that partner with new churches are positively impacted by increases in attendance, tithes and offerings, and mission giving. Becoming a sending church is one of the most effective ways to impact lostness through disciple-making. In this session, Mark Gray, the leader of BSCNC Church Planting Team, will discuss steps to partnering with a new church to positively impact both the sending church and the new church in ways that many are won to Christ.

Speaking the Truth: Women Using Everyday Conversations to Share the Gospel
This breakout session will offer practical and hands-on ways to equip women to engage other women in gospel conversations that are natural for casual encounters or lengthy conversations. Whether it is a family member or someone you meet in the store, Ashley Allen, senior consultant for Embrace Women’s Evangelism and Discipleship, will help you learn ways to use everyday encounters to share nuggets of the gospel.

The Heart of Disciple-Making: How the Great Commandment Fuels the Great Commission
This session, led by Brian Upshaw, who leads the BSCNC Disciple-Making Team, will discuss how to overcome the hesitancy to engage in sharing the gospel and making disciples. You will explore and learn a practical way to help motivate disciples to make disciples by seeing how the Great Commandment fuels everything in the life of a disciple.

With: A Disciple-Making Relationship
Led by George Robinson, associate professor of missions and evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Josh Reed, senior consultant for BSCNC Adult Evangelism and Discipleship, this breakout is designed to give you a window into a current disciple-making relationship. You will learn four key principles of disciple-making (inspiration, equipping, training and mobilization) and hear examples of each in the context of a normal relationship. The goal of this breakout is for you to be inspired to be a disciple of Jesus and make disciples to the glory of God.