Conference Leaders and Class Descriptions

Anderson, Tammy (MS WMU/WM Executive Director-Treasurer)
A Refugee Loss Simulation (Sessions 3 & 4)
Headline news reports showcase the worldwide refugee crisis daily. What should believers do in the face of such turmoil? How can we change caring for the issue into caring about the refugee? The Refugee Loss Simulation is an interactive experience designed to help believers better understand the plight of Refugees. This simulation can be used with teenagers and adults in both small and large group settings.

Anthony, Clay (AMS, Collaborative Missions Network)
Leading Deacons to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
“Leading Deacons to Grow Deeper in God’s Word” will explore the beauty and blessing of God’s design for church leadership. This class will discuss the importance of a leader’s faithful commitment to God’s Word in the service of God’s people.

Armstrong, Rob (Senior Pastor, Harrisburg Baptist Church)
How to Lead Your Church To Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
Using Preaching to Lead Others to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Sessions 2 & 3)

Blythe, Rick (Stewardship Director, MBCB)
Biblical Stewardship: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth. So? HELP ME GOD! (Session 2)
To help us understand that Biblical Stewardship is God giving us a part in what He is doing. Stewardship is not us helping God (like He needs any help at all!). It is an incredible opportunity, and a gift from Him, for us to be involved in something that matters beyond the material, beyond the financial.

Boydstun, Angie (Sunday School and Small Groups Preschool/Children's Consultant, MBCB)
Leading Preschoolers to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)

Brown, Donna (AOM, WOM, myMission)
Adult Missions: Answering His Call (Session 3)
In today’s world, adults are really busy and have difficulty finding balance. Through Adults on Mission, myMission and Women on Mission, adults learn how to answer His call by including missions as they do life. See how involving adults in missions can help them find balance, develop relationships and share their faith. Come learn the basics of these adult missions organizations and start leading your adults to Answer His Call to make disciples.

Missions is For Everyone: WMU in Your Church (Session 4)
Kick off the new year with confidence! Come learn how to develop a churchwide approach to missions. Explore how to use the new Missions Leader: WMU Planning Guide 2019-2020, an excellent tool for WMU Directors and Churchwide missions leaders. Receive help raising awareness of missions and mobilizing your church as you focus your plans for the new church year.

Carter, Micah (Senior Pastor, FBC Ripley)
Leading Deacons to Grow Deeper in God’s Word
“Leading Deacons to Grow Deeper in God’s Word” will explore the beauty and blessing of God’s design for church leadership. Deacon ministry is essential to the health of the Church, and this class will discuss the importance of a Deacon’s faithful commitment to God’s Word in the service of God’s people.”

Dean, Emily (Director of Women's Academic Programs and Organizations, NOBTS)
Leading Women to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Session 1)
Studying the Word is essential for spiritual growth. This session will explore how to study the Bible for personal growth and for teaching the Bible truthfully, passionately, and clearly to bring about life change.

Essentials of an Effective Women’s Ministry (Session 2)
Are you wanting to develop a dynamic women’s ministry? Are you looking for ways to enhance an existing ministry? Join Emily as she shares tools and resources that will help you start and refresh the women’s ministry in your church.

Table Talk for Women’s Ministry Leaders (Session 4)
Join Emily as she shares about current trends facing women today. Enjoy table talk with other women’s ministry leaders as you discuss these trends and how they affect women’s ministry in the church.

Dean, Jody (Associate Professor for Christian Education, NOBTS)
Leading Young Adults to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
Time Management

DeGeorge, Chris (Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo)
Growing Deeper by Applying God’s Word (Saturday, 2 & 4)
As followers of Jesus, we must not only study God’s Word, but we must apply it to our lives. This session will provide steps for discovering practical application for God’s Word in the life of the teacher, specifically, but for all believers.

Growing Deeper Through Scripture Memory (Session 4)
This session will explain why memorizing Scripture is important and give tips for how to memorize verses.

Gilbreath, Sammy (Evangelism Director, AL State Board of Missions)
How to Extend an Effective Evangelistic Invitation
Have you ever felt like your invitation went flat after you preached the great message that God laid on your heart? Have you ever felt like there are those people in the congregation that should make a decision, but they haven’t?

Greer, Sam (Senior Pastor, Red Bank Baptist Church, Chattanooga)
Leading Pastors to Grow Deeper in God’s Word

Hall, Steve (Director of Technology, Harrisburg Baptist Church, Tupelo)
Using Technology to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
Tech advances haven’t just made the world smaller—they’ve made it possible to go deeper than ever into Bible translation, interpretation, and even apologetics.

Holmes, Jason (Families Pastor, The Orchard Church, Collierville)
Growing Deeper Through Community (Session 3)
The Christian life is meant to be lived in community with other believers. This session will explain the importance of community and provide practical tips for finding living in community.

Keller, Heather (National WMU Consultant)
What Are Kids Up to in Missions This Year? (Session2)
Teaching kids to pursue God and his calling on their lives can be an exciting adventure! Find out more about this year’s theme and a few new badges as you get a sneak peek at the year ahead for Girls in Action and Children in Action.

Missions Journey: Students (Session 3)
Come learn how WMU’s new monthly resource for student groups will empower students to discover their own roles as disciples of Jesus who live on mission. This new curriculum is video-driven with each unit being a digital download. Acteens, Challengers and Youth on Mission groups will begin using this material in the new church year.

King, Claude (Discipleship and Church Health Specialist, LifeWay)
Using Prayer to Help People Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)

Growing Deeper in Love for God and One Another (Session 2)
Jesus gave us two great commandments. Learn practical actions you can take individually and as a church to deepen your love for God and others.

Growing Deeper in Christlikeness (Session 3)
God has predestined us to be conformed to the likeness of Christ. Learn how to submit to and receive God’s transforming work that He ultimately will complete in you and in the body of Christ.

Growing Deeper in Penetrating Lostness (Session 4)
Jesus gave us one final command to make disciples of all peoples. Learn to shine His light into the darkness and cast our nets for a great spiritual harvest.

Martin, Aubry (Minister of Education, Poplar Springs Dr.)
Leading Adults to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
Session 2, 3 & 4

Maze, Gary (Madison, MS)
Leading Students to Grow Deeper in God’s Word

McGivnney, Shane (Director, Men’s Ministry, MBCB)
Leading Men to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
Discipling Men, Nuts & Bolts of Men’s Ministry

Meeks, Ronald (Chair & Professor of Biblical Studies, Blue Mountain College)
Using Preaching to Help People to Grow Deeper in God’s Word

Murphy, Slater (Church Music Director, MBCB)
Using Worship to Help People Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday)
Growing Deeper in God’s Word will Lead You to Build Disciples Through Your Worship Ministry

7 Essentials Growing Deeper in God’s Word Will Foster Disciple-Making from the Overflow (Session 2)

Growing Deeper in God’s Word (Session 3)

Twenty-Five Game Changers for Today’s Senior Pastors and Worship Pastors, Part 1 Growing Deeper in God’s Word (Session 4)
Twenty-Five Game Changers for Today’s Senior Pastors and Worship Pastors, Part 2

Rakestraw, Johnny (Pastor, Wallerville FBC and CPA)
Church Tax Law & Legal Issues

Ritchie, Clint (Pastor, FBC Yazoo)
Leading Your Family to Grow Deeper in God’s Word (Friday & Session 3)
This session will share resources and techniques to equip parents to T.E.A.C.H. God’s Word within the family context. If you struggle with your role in your children’s discipleship, this session is for you.”

Smith, Joye
One Little Child: Can Share & Show God’s Love (Session 2)
Come learn how preschoolers can learn to share and show God’s love through Mission Friends. Learn how to use curriculum and resources to help preschoolers understand their place in God’s plan.

Families on Mission (Session 3)
Explore ways families can be involved in missions through praying, giving, and serving together. Families can be missions-minded as they lead their preschoolers and children to grow a missions heart.

Sylvest, Charles (Education Minister, Fairview Baptist Church)
Using Small Groups to Help People to Grow Deeper in God's Word (Sessions 2, 3)
Are small groups a fad or are they here to stay? Each church’s culture and climate is different but scripture is clear that we are to make disciples. Groups should be Missional, Accountable, Reproducible, Communal, and Scriptural. A small group fits the dynamic of Jesus’ ministry. Come and hear how it can help your church make disciples that make disciples.

Taylor, Allan (Author & Director of Sunday School & Church Education Ministry, Lifeway)
Discipleship & Sunday School (Friday)
Jesus told us to "make disciples." Sunday School is the largest ministry in our churches and must be utilized in doing what Jesus told us to do! This session will answer two questions. (1) What does a disciple look like? (2) How can Sunday School be used to produce disciples?

The Six Essentials for an Evangelistic Sunday School (Session 2)
If Sunday School is to be evangelistic it must put intentional disciplines into practices.
This session will look at six things that are vital in making your Sunday School evangelistic.

A Franchising Sunday School (Session 3)
Sunday Schools can learn from MacDonald's. We need to "franchise" classes and start new classes.
This session will demonstrate why, how, and when to start new groups.

Implementing and Utilizing Care Groups (Session 4)
Care Groups are an important strategy in keeping up and ministering to those on the class roll. This session will show you why you should employ a Care Group ministry, how to divide your class into Care Groups, and how to utilize Care Groups to minister to people.

Teel, Maria (Mississippi WMU/WM Staff)
Improving Your Cultural Intelligence (Sessions 2 & 4)
We live, work, and play in a multicultural environment. Join the discussion on improving your cultural intelligence to discover new ways to connect to the community around you.
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