Conference Leaders and Class Descriptions

Anderson, Tammy (Missions Consultant, Mississippi WMU)
By All Means: A Church-wide Approach to Missions Discipleship Participants will learn how to lead by example and guide church members to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God. WMU Directors will receive an overview of the new church year.  The Butterfly Effect: Navigating Change Participants will consider the stages of transformation for the butterfly and explore how to navigate change whether personally, as a staff, or as an organization.

Anthony, Clay (AMD, Lafayette County Association)
Praying the Bible All Christians know they should pray, but sometimes it is hard to know how— especially if the minutes start to drag and our minds start to wander. Attendees will learn to use God's Word as a tool to enhance their prayer lives, whether it be corporate or private. Praying the Bible will guarantee you will always have something to say in prayer.

Baker, Jim (Leadership & Management Coach, Sacred Structures)
Ministry Measures that Matter Learn how to count the right things and emphasize the things that really matter. Church and Ministry Prioritization Techniques Tools to help you determine good from best and which opportunities, programs and ministries to say “yes” to. Reaching and Discipling The Next Generation Hear insights into the beliefs and behaviors of the next generation that every church should know.

Beaty, Greg (Minister of Music, FBC Ripley)
Bringing New Life to Your Music Ministry In this session, we will discuss three of the most important elements of a successful music/choir program. Learn how recruitment builds width, rehearsals build strength, and relationships build depth in your ministry. Choir Worship and Leadership Panel In these sessions, we will have the opportunity to hear from an experienced panel of choir leaders to discuss the hot topics of this ministry in today’s churches. We will also have valuable time of Q&A. (**This topic will encompass all three Saturday morning sessions.)

Blythe, Rick (Director of Stewardship, MBCB)
Why Online Giving Is A Must For Churches Giving your members the option of donating online or on the go is a huge benefit to your church. The easier it is for people to give the more they will give! Online giving is the future of giving to the church and the future is now! Ethics: Safeguarding Church Assets Safeguarding the finances and assets of the church is often an ethical issue. Ethical decisions need to be made BEFORE a situation is encountered. Church leaders must keep in mind that the church is a non-profit organization recognized by both the state of Mississippi and the federal government. Consequently, the church must operate according to the laws of both.

Bowers, Michael (Pastor of Maturity, NorthStar Church)
Beginning a Small Group Ministry Small groups can be a great addition to an already existing Sunday School and Discipleship ministry. By moving off of the church campus, and with greater flexibility in meeting times, small groups provide additional opportunities for outreach and to help Believers connect with one another. This class will look at the Biblical basis of small groups and how to start a small group ministry.

Boydstun, Angie (Sunday School and Small Groups Preschool/Children's Consultant, MBCB)
Bringing New Life to Your Preschool Ministry Intentional Relationships with People in Your Kid's Ministry The content that we teach kids is only as strong as our relationships with them and those around them. Let’s explore some ways to build relationships that lead to both ministry and learning. The Intentional Teacher – Planning a Session for Kids Today’s kids need engaging bible study each week. This session will look at how to design a compelling bible study for them using a variety of learning styles and teaching techniques. Intentional Safety and Security for Preschool In today’s world, we must create a healthy and protected environment for preschoolers at church. Here is a look at practical ways to do that in your ministry.

Bragg, Bobby (Boomer & Care Pastor, Broadmoor Baptist Church)
Bringing New Life to Your Senior Adult Ministry How Do You Get Senior Adults & Boomers Involved in Volunteering at Church? Senior Adults and Boomers volunteer for different reason. Knowing the reason is the first step in getting them involved in ministry. Discover how to understand & involve these groups in ministry. How to Use Affinity Groups to Grow Your Senior Adult & Boomer Membership Small infinity group are being used in adult communities across the nation to involve adults in community. Discover the groups and how to use them to grow your adult groups. What are the Real Ministry Needs of Senior Adults & Boomers? Looking at the lifestyles and needs of the senior adults and boomers to discover the real ministry needs. Then discovering and developing ministries that meet the real life needs.

Crocker, Tom (Church Consultant, LifeWay Christian Resources)
Disciples Path: An Intentional Plan of Discipleship Disciples Path is a series of LifeWay resources founded on Jesus' model of discipleship. A discussion on how to use these resources to make disciples who make disciples. Developing a Culture of Leadership Development Does your church have all the leaders you need? Does it have a definitive system designed to develop and engage your church members as leaders? This is a global look at leadership development in the church and practical applications of implementation. The Journey of Being a Disciple-Maker as an Adult Teacher This conference is intended for adult teachers who want to discover the disciple- makers in their Small Groups/Sunday School using THE JOURNEY resource. This class is co-led with Steve Stone.

Davis, Jim (Executive Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Oxford)
Leading Church Mission Trips This session is designed to help a local church launch short term mission trips. The goal is to equip you how to design, organize, partner, fund, train and evaluate a short term mission trip. Membership Matters Do you want to grow a church the right way? Invest in its members. The Bible says that the job of church leaders is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. What does a healthy church look like? How can church leaders know and love their people. How should we handle tough membership issues? This session is designed to give a Biblical and practical look at church membership in the 21st century.

Digby, Kenny (Executive Director, Christian Action Commission)
Candle in the Wind – Salt and Light Do you sometimes feel like you are pouring a thimble of salt into a septic tank? Don’t join the crowd. Let your light shine—all the darkness in the world can’t put out one candle! Your personal outlook will determine your impact. Discipleship Diamond for Cultural Change There are 7 altars in the Discipleship Diamond you should teach your Timothy, Barnabas, or even Paul. These “altars” can “alter” our society and culture. Disciple is a verb—we can change our world one person at a time. You eat an elephant one bite at a time! Marriage and Sexual Purity We must strengthen the primary institution of our culture and society. What does the Bible say in Malachi, Matthew, or I Tim. 3 on this subject? NFD is hurting Kingdom Work—what can we do—what must we do?

Floyd, Andrea (Preschool Specialist, Mississippi WMU)
By All Means: Missions Discipleship for Preschoolers A strong biblical foundation is set during the preschool years as preschoolers begin praying for others, giving to help others, and showing care to others. Come find out how to organize and implement a Mission Friends program in your church. The basics of Mission Friends will be discussed and an update/overview for the new church year will be shared. Molly’s Adventures in Missions (for Preschoolers) Come explore projects that preschoolers can do with their parents and teachers. See how you can help preschoolers shift from a focus on self to a focus on others. Discover “helping others” activities that engage preschoolers in learning.

Gann, Don (Director, Men’s Ministry, MBCB)
Brining New Life to Your Men’s Ministry This session will explore ideas to revitalize Men’s Ministry in local churches. Included will be discussion of the balance of outreach and in-reach. Tips for Men’s Ministry Leaders This session will explore the nuts and bolts of how to have an effective Men’s Ministry. Where the Boys Are Ministry to guys of all ages in your church.

Hall, Steve (Director of Technology, Harrisburg BC)
Bringing New Life to Your Church Communications 

Jackson, Fred (Guest Host/Panelist, American Family Radio)
Adversity All Christians face adversity. In our three sessions we will look at the three sources of adversity. Some Christians may be surprised to learn that God's Word talks about good adversity and bad adversity and gives us the solutions on how to deal with both.

Jackson, Steve (AMD, Lincoln Baptist Association) WORD ALIVE: Keys to a Successful Children's Bible Drill Our church can have a successful Children’s Bible Drill! During this time, we will equip and encourage Bible Drill Leadership on the WHY of Bible Drill (Purpose), the WHEN of Bible Drill (Time/Place), the WHAT of Bible Drill (using provided materials to plan and implement Bible Drill practice sessions & Drills) & the WHO of Bible Drill (training/orientation for the Callers & Judging Teams). Each conferee will receive a "Top 20" Bible Drill Games/Activities" packet. This class is for both novice and experienced Bible Drill leaders. WORD ALIVE: Keys to a Successful Student Bible Drill Our church can have a successful Student Bible Drill! During this time, we will equip and encourage Bible Drill Leadership on the WHY of Bible Drill (Purpose), the WHEN of Bible Drill (Time/Place), the WHAT of Bible Drill (using provided materials to plan and implement Bible Drill practice sessions & Drills) & the WHO of Bible Drill (training/orientation for the Callers & Judging Teams). Each conferee will receive a "Top 20" Bible Drill Games/Activities" packet. This class is for both novice and experienced Bible Drill leaders.

Kelley, Chuck (President, NOBTS)
Bringing New Life to Your Pastoral Ministry

Kelley, Rhonda (President’s Wife/Adjunct Professor, NOBTS)
Bringing New Life to Your Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife What a joy to serve the Lord alongside your husband! This session will encourage you to keep your relationship with the Lord and your husband fresh and growing. Renew your commitment to love and serve both of them daily! Biblical Womanhood in Today’s Culture God has a perfect design for women but the world has distorted His plan. This session will discuss the two different viewpoints of gender as it presents the Bible’s principles in contrast to the world’s practices. Learn how to live as a biblical woman. Teaching the Truth with Passion and Clarity The Bible is truth without any mixture of error. Therefore, it is essential for Christians to know and share it. This session will explore how to teach the Bible truthfully, passionately, and clearly to bring about life change. 

Kelly, Michael (Minister to Students, Harrisburg Baptist Church)
Bringing New Life to Your Student Ministry Understanding Generation Z Helping Parents Engage Their Teenager Land, Jeff (Publishing Team Leader, LifeWay Christian Resources) Bringing New Life to Your Children’s Ministry God created the church to be a living, vibrant organization; however, that organization can become stagnant over time. This session will look at ways you can bring new life and vitality to the Children’s Ministry of your church. Leading Children to Salvation Children's leaders will learn about how they can help lead the kids in their church to knowing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, as well as, developing a heart for discipleship. Creative Missions Projects for Kids Children's leaders will learn how to create a children's ministry which develops a child's heart toward missions and evangelism through creative projects and activities. Connecting the Dots: Bible Skills for Kids “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” Yet, many kids (and adults) are stumbling in darkness unable to find the lamp or locate the light God has provided. In order to make God’s Word a useful tool for kids, they must be taught how to use the Bible, why God made the Bible, and understand how to read the Bible. In this breakout, participants will “connect the dots” between LifeWay’s new Bible Skills for Kids and the importance of teaching kids age appropriate ways to use their Bibles “for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Lee, Michael (Director, Pastor/Leadership Development, MBCB)
Deacons as “Servant-Leaders” In too many ministries, “head tables” have replaced the “towel and wash-basin” as symbols of leadership! This breakout session is designed to explore leadership as modeled by Jesus: Leaders must be servants! Deacons and Ministry Through Teams The tribal system of ancient Israel…Jesus and the Twelve Disciples…Paul and Barnabas: Teams are the primary means through which God carries out Kingdom work. Discover the means through which God gifts and places His people to work together to accomplish more than could ever be done alone! Deacons and Conflict Management Conflict is inevitable, but not all conflict can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. Discover how deacons can help manage conflict in the local church through solid biblical principles and intentional interpersonal relationship skills.

McCrimon, Jodi (Communications Associate, Harrisburg Baptist Church)
“Quickstart” Your Social Media Churches have always been about personal connections and social interactions. Today, a smile and a handshake isn’t enough to connect others to your ministry – you need to be able to tap into social media and engage with them on an ongoing basis.

Meeks, Ronald (Professor, Blue Mountain College)
Bringing New Life to Your Pastoral Ministry This session will focus on identifying and improving the key tasks of pastoral ministry. Pastors will examine ways they can enhance their pastoral ministry to the church. Bringing New Life to Sermon Preparation This session will focus on the keys to effective sermon preparation. Preachers will be challenged to explore how they can best prepare for the preaching moment. Bringing New Life to Sermon Delivery This session will focus on the principles of effective sermon delivery. In a world where those who listen to sermons expect high quality messages, preachers will explore how they can deliver their messages more effectively.

Montague, Teresa (Children’s Specialist, Mississippi WMU)
By All Means: Missions Discipleship for Children Through missions discipleship, children learn they can be actively involved in God’s plan for the world. Come find out how to organize and implement Girls in Action and Children in Action programs in your church. The basics of GAs and CAs will be discussed along with an update/overview for the new church year. Mission: Hit the Road (for Children) Imagine the children of your church serving your community through acts of compassion, completing activities that expand their worldview and learning how to pray for others. This children missions “extras” conference will discuss the 2018 Children’s Missions Day emphasis and how to use badges to encourage missions learning and involvement.

Morris, Delayne (Bible Study and Missions Volunteer, Desoto Hills, Southaven)
Equipping People in Church: Preschool Leaders A look at a basic job description of a Preschool leader/teacher. We will focus on teaching skills, ministry responsibilities, and evangelism/outreach. Mullins, Andy (Family Pastor, McLaurin Heights Baptist Church, Pearl) Equipping People in Church: Student Leaders A look at a basic job description of a Student leader/teacher. We will focus on teaching skills, ministry responsibilities, and evangelism/outreach.

Neff, Sharon (Women’s Consultant, Mississippi WMU)
By All Means: Missions Discipleship for Adults Adults who are personally engaged in missions are investing in what they know matters most – their relationship with Christ and with others. Through missions discipleship, an expanded worldview compels adults to learn about and become involved in missions. Come learn how missions discipleship through Adults on Mission, myMission (younger women) and Women on Mission can help the adults in your church to be missional. The Care Effect: Unleashing the Power of Compassion Discover what happens when individuals and a church, corporately, begin to minister to their neighbor with intentionality, consistency, and passion. Be inspired to find a way to let your deeds of love be united with words of truth so you, too, manifest the gospel to your neighbor. This conference is based on this year’s WMU emphasis book authored by David Crosby, senior pastor of FBC New Orleans.

Orman, Roger (Team Leader for the Discipleship Development Center/Sunday School and Small Groups Specialist, MBCB) 
Bringing New Life to Your Sunday School 3-1-5-1 Challenge: Now and Beyond Moving from a ‘program’ to a ‘process,’ the 3-1-5-1 Challenge is designed to assist leaders in making disciples. Come learn how mobilizing your class with an accountable process will set the stage for a deeper walk with Christ and new growth.

Peagler, Marcus (Director, Discipleship & Family Ministry, MBCB)
Bringing New Life to Your Discipleship Ministry A fresh look at growing trends in Discipleship Training and small groups in making disciples. Conferees will receive suggestions on how to involve more people in Discipleship.  
Prestage, Melissa (Women’s Consultant, Mississippi WMU)
By All Means: Missions Discipleship for Students The teen years are a time of significant personal growth and self-discovery. Students who are involved in missions discipleship not only learn about biblical truths, they also have opportunities to put what they are learning into practice. Come find out how to organize and implement an Acteens and Youth on Mission program in your church. The basics of Acteens and Youth on Mission will be discussed and an update/overview for the new year will be shared. One Life Matters! Teens are looking for ways to make a difference! Come explore hands-on ways your students can impact their world for Christ – because what we do makes a difference!

Reynolds, Steve (Minister to Children and Families, Meadowood, Amory)
Equipping People in Church: Children’s Leaders A look at a basic job description of a Children’s leader/teacher. We will focus on teaching skills, ministry responsibilities, and evangelism/outreach.

Rutledge, Tim (Director of Training, RCTA/Broadmoor Baptist Church) Church Security and Safety With so many new potential physical threats and safety concerns, churches today must address issues unthinkable just a few years ago. This course will discuss security needs such as child abduction, theft, active shooters, terrorism threats, and other criminal threats. Discussions of safety issues, such as inclement weather, fire, and accidents on property will be included.

Stone, Steve (Associate Executive Director, MBCB)
The Journey of Being a Disciple-Maker as an Adult Teacher This conference is intended for adult teachers who want to discover the disciple- makers in their Small Groups/Sunday School using THE JOURNEY resource. This class is co-led with Tom Crocker. Impacting Culture Through Today’s Church This course is the basis for the 2018 MBCB theme centered on Acts 11:26, “And they were first called Christians in Antioch.” We will seek to answer four powerful questions: 1. Does culture matter to a Christian? 2. How can Christians read culture? 3. What tools are available for churches to impact culture? 4. How do you contextualize the Gospel in culture without compromising it?

Teel, Maria (Women’s Consultant, Mississippi WMU)
Think Like a Tourist Did you know one of the easiest ways to discover how to minister to internationals is by thinking like a tourist in your own town? Join us in this session for a discussion and idea swap on the best ways to reach out to internationals living in our communities. You will be amazed at how simple it is to reach out with a hand of hospitality and offer living hope to some who may have never had the opportunity to hear the Good News.

Townsend, Cindy (Executive Director-Treasurer & Women’s Ministries, MS WMU)
Bringing New Life to Your Women’s Ministry Women’s Ministry in Today’s Church Are you looking for fresh approaches to ministering to women in your community? Join this session for an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm ideas for working with women of all ages in a variety of settings. Women's ministry includes purposeful discipleship, involvement in missions, and intentional evangelism. Those ideas and more will be explored during this session. The AEIOU Challenge Who is my neighbor? Participants will explore ways to develop relationships and be encouraged to reach Up and Out to African Americans, Elderly Widows, Internationals, Orphans and Up & Coming Generations.

Young, Ricky (Associate Pastor of Growing, FBC Tupelo)
Equipping People in Church: Adult Leaders A look at a basic job description of an Adult leader/teacher. We will focus on teaching skills, ministry responsibilities, and evangelism/outreach.
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