Pastors’ Conference Workshops

The Pastors’ Conference workshops have been completely revised for the 2017 conference. The Conference Team has worked closely with Moody's faculty to craft workshop tracks that will equip church leaders to face the unique challenges that arise in their church.


Tracks:

Communicating God's Word

 

We live in a postmodern, and post-Christian culture in the west. Still, our conviction is that biblical preaching is necessary and still matters. Our preaching track this year expresses this conviction but also takes into consideration the 21st-century preaching context. Thus, we will have workshops on preaching biblical poetry and preaching that speaks to millennial and generation z women, a workshop on how to move from text to sermon in 15 hours, and workshops on the use of application in biblical preaching and style and imagination in biblical preaching. The menu of selection should prove to be a help and blessing to preachers.

 

Counseling

 

There is an increasing awareness among church leaders of the reality of mental illness and the need for churches to be equipped to journey alongside those suffering from or impacted by mental illness. This track will focus on breaking the silence between mental illness and the church and providing pastors and care providers with a better understanding of mental illness in order to better serve those inside their congregation and within their communities affected in this way. 

 

Evangelism & Discipleship

 

Population growth is higher than church growth. Millennials are leaving the church. More and more people describe themselves as “Nones”. Christian seems to mean less and less and Evangelical has a lot of negative baggage.  Stop being afraid. Seize this Kairos moment. Get back to the basics. Represent Jesus and make disciples who love God and love their neighbor.

 

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Abuse

 

Though few issues today are as “distasteful’” as sexual abuse, the church desperately needs a competent response to this pandemic. Because abuse is common in all ethnic and economic communities, the need for instruction, policies, and resources is urgent and widespread. This track calls attention to the subtle presence of sexual abuse, as well as practical steps that the faith community can take to listen and minister to those wounded by this ancient evil. It's about caring, not curing.

 

Human Dignity

 

The Dignity of Bearing God’s image. From my observation, the topic of human dignity, the theology of the Imago Dei, and biblical anthropology are central to issues of racism, abortion, missions, human rights, assisted suicide, prejudice, discrimination, and misogyny. If pastors are equipped with a robust ethic of the dignity of both humanity and individual people, they will be able to lead Christians to better face many of the challenges facing the Church.

 

Ministry Communication & Media

 

As a pastor you must set the climate for what and how your community in communicating. Should your church community be investing in and creating media? What media matters for the mission of your community or organization? How can your community become better creators of media messages? Is your community thinking theologically about media use/creation? Engage these questions and more in this conference track

 

The Pastor's Marriage and Family

 

All pastors and wives feel the stress and pressure of ministry and they know that there is no greater strain than on their marriage and family.  Through the eyes and experiences of fellow pastors, this track will provide encouraging help and direction in leading your family and sustaining ministry.

 

Self-Care for People in Ministry

 

True ministry flows from the inner person (John 7:3–39), and genuine growth involves a strengthening of our spirits (Luke 1:80; Eph. 3:16). This track is designed to allow God to do a work in you that He may freely work through you in your ministry.

 

Small Church Leadership

 

This track is designed for the individual who is pastoring a small to medium-sized church and wants to develop additional skills and insights to pastor well. Most small churches operate with a limited budget, limited volunteers, and limited resources. Small church pastors are normally too busy to think about how to “do ministry” better. This track will help you develop a strategy that will do just that. 

 

Dirigiendo Tu Iglesia (Leading Your Church)

 

Una iglesia vibrante y eficaz es el sueño de todo pastor. ¿Pero cómo alcanzar este sueño con todas las demandas y retos diarios del ministerio? En los talleres de La Conferencia de Moody Para Pastores, usted aprenderá cómo fortalecer su ministerio de enseñanza, cómo alcanzar a futuras generaciones, y aun cómo ayudar a su congregación a navegar temas sociales claves como la inmigración. Regístrese ya y prepárese a obtener herramientas para un ministerio poderoso y eficaz. ¡No se lo pierda!

 

 

Communicating God's Word

Style & Imagination in Biblical Preaching
Winfred Neely

This workshop will help biblical preachers move from exposition to application. They will learn how to use questions that generate concrete and detailed applications, helping listeners understand what the truth looks like in their contemporary lives.

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

Application in Preaching
Winfred Neely

This workshop will help biblical preachers move from exposition to application.  They will learn how to use questions that generate concrete and detailed applications, helping listeners understand what the truth looks like in their contemporary lives.

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Preaching the Poems of Scripture
Emanuel Padilla & Kerwin Rodriguez

Preaching beautifully often feels like a privilege and gift not afforded to us. Preparation time is limited and we aren't natural poets, so we neglect the poetry of Scripture. Join us as we explore biblical poetry, how it informs our preaching and is a gift to the Church. Together we will learn how to use the power of poetic preaching to move our hearts and form our spirits.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

From Passage to Pulpit in 12 Hours (or less)
David Geise

For preachers, Sunday comes every four days! This workshop helps you squeeze every drop of productivity out of every minute in your sermon preparation process. Harnessing the preaching calendar, budgeting your time in the journey from passage to the pulpit, scheduling your work week, and the benefits of preaching teams (as available) are four areas this workshop explores toward one end: stewarding time. Biblically deep and culturally relevant preaching can be done in 12 hours (or less). Come see how.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Preaching to the Post-Christian Woman
Bex Rowlands

Millennials and Generation Z make up over half of the US’ current population, and at least half of that population is female. We can't ignore it...today's young women carry incredible influence in our society. But what about in our churches? Does our preaching speak to this rising generation of women? How do we effectively communicate biblical truth to an increasingly post-Christian female demographic?

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Counseling

Healthy Relationships with Difficult People
Mike Milco 

Difficult people seem to show up everywhere in the landscape of life, especially in the church.  During this seminar, you will be given tools to help understand and respond to these types of people in Biblical and healthy relational ways.  Even if you are afraid of conflict, this seminar will help you feel more confident in approaching and dealing with difficult people.

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

Letters to The Church About Sex and Sexuality
Peonita Harris

Tools for addressing spiritual disconnect and unwanted sexual desires. These will equip Pastors and Church Leaders to adequately address issues of pornography and sexual addiction and when to refer to a mental health professional.

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Misunderstood: How Stress, Blame and a Lack of Curiosity Prevent Us from Knowing and Being Known
Stephan Gombis

People are storytellers, and, in the absence of factual information, we are inclined to make things up to explain why something happened, who is to blame, what caused what, etc. If stress, blame, or a lack of curiosity emerge first in a given situation, we are unlikely to wait for the facts which typically take time to surface. This scenario creates an environment in which misunderstandings commonly occur.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

Caring for the Caregivers
Deb Gorton

Whether you are working directly in the field of counseling or caring for an ailing family member, working on the mission field, or serving in the church, being a caregiver can be taxing emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. We will discuss the value of self-care for the caregiver and how to balance the duties of caregiving while also protecting the caregiver from experiencing compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and burnout.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Mental Health and the Church
Deb Gorton 

One in five individuals in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year. However, research indicates that the topic of mental health is rarely addressed in the church. Mental health needs are often multi-faceted and complex and there is a need to ensure that the church is well-informed on mental health and how best to serve congregation members suffering with or impacted by mental illness.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Evangelism & Discipleship

Count Conversations, not Presentations
Clive Craigen

Have leading questions, fake surveys, failed scripts and distorted drawings resulted in guilt and frustration and even more failure.  It’s time to flip the script, break the sound barrier and join with the Holy Spirit in introducing people to Jesus.   Come and learn how to make it about the man, not the plan by practicing authentic relational evangelism

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

Adopting an Ethnic Restaurant
Jay Bell

No plane fare, no inoculation shots, and no passport needed!  Accelerate the Great Commission right now and right where you live by adopting an ethnic restaurant as your personal mission field.  Be inspired to reach out to the nations living and working right around you.  Learn the practical steps needed to connect, build relationships and share the love of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Speaking Gospelese: Cross-Cultural Evangelism
Tim Sisk

For over two decades Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands has been a bestselling guidebook to proper international business protocol because those who do business cross-culturally understand the pitfalls that await those who naively seek to navigate such tempestuous waters.  This seminar will highlight some key components to consider as you seek to take the gospel across cultural boundaries

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

Preparing for the Future: Mentoring as a Pastoral Practice
Craig Hendrickson

As pastors, we are always looking for ways to help people in our churches grow. In this workshop, participants will learn principles of a lost pastoral practice that is still the most effective way to help people grow—mentoring. Jesus used mentoring to help people realize their potential, and ultimately, to unleash a movement. Learn how you too can unleash a powerful movement in your church through mentoring.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Millenials and the Church
Clive Craigen & John Shirt

Population growth is higher than church growth. Millennials are leaving the church. More and more people describe themselves as “Nones”. Christian seems to mean less and less and Evangelical has a lot of negative baggage. Stop being afraid. Seize this Kairos moment. Get back to the basics. Represent Jesus and make disciples who love God and love their neighbor.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and Abuse

The Battle for Freedom – Understanding and Overcoming Sexual Addiction and Pornography
Nancy Kane

In our time in which sexual addiction is occurring in endemic proportions in the church, this workshop will address not only the key underlining contributing factors that cause issues with sexual addiction but will also address the specific steps to finding freedom in Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

Co-laboring with Christ: Forming Whole and Holy Gender and Sexuality in an Era of Fracture
G. H. Behrens

The Church can and must collaborate with God and each other for the transformation of every aspect of our identity, including our gender and sexuality. None of us is born whole or holy. The complete holiness of Christ within and the work of the Spirit upon us can set us on a trajectory of hope, Truth, and change regardless of our starting point. In this workshop, we will walk through strategic concepts and interventions that have proven valuable among those experiencing same-sex attraction, gender fracture and/or the effects of abuse.

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Gender Dysphoria
Deb Gorton 

Gender dysphoria is the feeling of those who experience an internal conflict between their biological sex and their psychological and emotional experience of gender. As we continue to see a shift in the cultural tides related to gender and sexuality, it is vital for Christians and those providing pastoral care to be equipped with knowledge and understanding of these issues and how to best address them within the context of the church community.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

Identifying Abuse
Andrew Schmutzer

Sexual abuse has been called “internal terrorism,” and for good reason. While the damage to the person can be very extensive, it is not easy to identify just looking at someone. Especially when it comes to children, there are signs to look for and certain actions to be aware of. Because the trauma of sexual abuse is so devastating in the developmental years, we become more proactive about prevention.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

How Churches Can Wholistically Support the Abused
Andrew Schmutzer 

Did you know that up to 20% of a congregation may have experienced sexual abuse? Did you also know that men, in particular, delay admitting their abuse for around twenty years? We will be discussing some ways that the Body of Christ can minister to the embodied lives of church members. Beyond Support Groups, how can the minister help survivors through media, sermons, and networking? We will consider the matrix of Spiritual, Social, and Physical needs.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Human Dignity

Is God an American?: The Challenge of Confronting Ethnocentrism in the Church
Darrell Whiteman

Egocentric people are self-centered and focus on themselves.  In a similar way, ethnocentrism is where we believe our culture, our nation, our way of life is the very best, and we compare all other cultures on the basis of our own. Ethnocentrism has invaded our churches.  This workshop will help us discover the universal problem of ethnocentrism, it’s origin, and how as Followers of Jesus we can overcome it.

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

What is religious ethnocentrism and how do we protect against it?
David Beine

Christianity is universal. Yet as cultural beings, we appropriate, understand, and practice our faith within our particular cultural context. How do we keep our cultural understanding from developing into religious ethnocentrism? This session will examine the topic of religious ethnocentrism and address the implications that this can have upon our congregations.

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Using Anthropology to determine Christian orthodoxy
David Beine 

Given the realities and impact that inherent ethnocentrism can have upon us culture-bound Christians, how do we help our churches understand what is true Christian orthodoxy?  Anthropology and missiology can offer unique contributions toward this end.  In this session, we will discuss recent developments that may be useful for walking your congregation through this potential cultural minefield.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

How and When Should Christians take a Stand On Cultural Issues
Christa Tooley

As Christians, we are a part of a larger cultural context, and it can be challenging to think about how to relate to our own culture or other cultures around us. In this session, we discuss how to develop a cultural influence as Christians, rooted in both Scripture and awareness of the world around us.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Removing Cultural Lenses from Your Church
Miriam Adeny

D.L. Moody would have been amazed at the connections and resources we have at our fingertips. Yet sometimes our attempts to love backfire because we lack cultural sensitivity. How can we steward our opportunities better? How can an ordinary church love its neighbors appropriately? What are best practices at the grassroots level?  This session will explore dos and don'ts and many sound strategic suggestions, centered in Christ, rich in theology and culture, and sparkling with stories.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Ministry Communication and Media

Why Everything You Were Taught About Communications and Culture is Wrong
Brian Kammerzelt

How does communication “work”? How does it happen? Where from? You have a perspective. Have you ever given much thought to your perspective? Everyone has one and it is driving your ministry communications. Join the session to investigate a framework for ministry media. 

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

The Making of Meaning
Brian Kammerzelt

The gathering of your Sunday morning church service is a living ecosystem being experienced. Not a production or a performance. Every communications practice or technique should be justified through a localized liturgical grid. You can’t transmit the message of the Gospel, it must be something that is manifested by your congregation. Join this session to investigate how meaning gets into our message making and becomes culture creating. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Why Media Matters to You, the Leader
Jessica Fredricks 

Don’t let technology compromise your church’s mission. As a pastor, you must set the theological climate for what technology is being used in your church and why. Our true starting point for understanding technology is Jesus. Discarnate technology can be opposed to an incarnate Jesus. Join this session to learn how the incarnation can inform our understanding of the intersection of technology, culture, and faith.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

What Millenials Want You to Know About Technology/Media in the Church
Hadassah Carlson, Jessica Fredricks, Brian Kammerzelt, Drew Smith

Wondering what millennials think of your communications and media choices? Listen to them. This session will be led by a panel of millennial leaders who have wrestled with these issues themselves. They have discovered things they want you to hear. Join this session to hear a millennial's take on media in the church.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Why We Have All the Right Technology for All the Wrong Reasons
Drew Smith

Amplified music, digital projection, online streaming and video archives, social media, live stream, multi-site...and on and on. We have more technological tools for ministry than ever before. What media matters to the life of your community? Join this session to get practical about what media and technology choices you should be making.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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The Pastor's Marriage and Family

Strategies for Sustainable Ministry
Colin Smith

You have a life, a family, and a ministry.  Somehow you need to hold them together.  The demands are relentless, the responsibilities seem overwhelming, and your time is limited. Discover why balance is not the answer and why alignment is.  This workshop will offer practical help in managing your time, leading your family and sustaining your ministry.

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

Creating a Strong Family and a Strong Ministry Team
John Trent

It’s a challenge to balance our ministry needs with the crucial need to build a strong family. In this workshop, taught by award-winning author and Moody’s Gary Chapman Chair, Dr. John Trent, you’ll learn four keys to building closeness, stronger communication and even an “exit strategy” out of arguments. You’re already getting great spiritual and team training. Take one workshop to learn more about loving like Jesus at home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Dealing with the Stress on the Pastor’s Marriage
Melody Boyle, Mike Boyle

Ministry is filled with unending stress. The pastor’s marriage is one of emotional highs and lows. Both husbands and wives face the expectations of the congregation that can be both unreasonable and demanding. And the critics of the church may even post it on Facebook. The success of the pastor’s marriage is learning how to deal with this unending stress.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

Teen Year's for the Pastor's Kid
Tim Downey

To say that the teen years are turbulent is an understatement. With the stresses of emerging adulthood, our children desperately need our support more than ever, regardless of their actions. There are no simple solutions nor guarantees that our children will escape adolescence unscathed. However, understanding the unique stresses they face and practicing intentionality can make a significant difference in how our children navigate the teen years.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Log-rolling: The Precarious Balancing of Pastoral Life
Lee Eclov

Pastor and writer Lee Eclov draws on nearly 40 years of the often arm-flailing, frantic fast footwork of pastoral life to give perspective on ministry/life balance. Sometimes God himself gives us a bump to keep us off-balance. Why is managing our home the key to managing God’s household? And why is saying “Stop” rather than “Go” often the pastor’s hardest faith test?

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Self-Care for People in Ministry 

Ministry Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action
Mike Boyle

Ministry burnout is a special type of job stress.  It is a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing ministry burnout, what action can you take to face this problem before you are burned out?

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

How to Experience Spiritual Rest
Bill Thrasher

In our stress-filled culture, there is an immense thirst for true rest. This workshop will examine several key questions concerning spiritual rest. The aim of the workshop is to aid the participant in the experience of what Jesus called “rest for the soul.”

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

A Journey to Victorious Praying—Transforming Your Weakness into Refreshing Communion and Effective Intercession
Bill Thrasher

D.L. Moody said, “I had rather teach one person to pray than ten men to preach.” This workshop not only encourages one to pray but introduces one to a clear explanation of the Spiritual dynamics that lead one to develop and sustain a meaningful prayer life. Knowing the importance of prayer may only discourage you. This workshop explains how to get beyond this discouragement and get to victorious prayer. Sooner or later seeking to develop the discipline of prayer leads to failure. This failure leads to a lack of expectancy in prayer. This workshop gives hope and direction to transform this failure into victorious praying.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

Finishing Strong
Erwin Lutzer

In this workshop, we will begin by referring to leaders who did not finish strong (for example even Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land). Then we shall warn of pitfalls along the way and end with positive suggestions on “how to finish strong.” The goal of the workshop: we want to dedicate ourselves to a ministry of integrity, faithfulness and personal holiness. And, if possible, hear the words of our Master, “Well Done!”

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Keep Your Engine Running: Three Practices to Nourish Your Soul
Steven Lee

What ails you? Depression, loneliness, discouragement, anxiety, distraction, never ending to-do lists, fear of man, conflict, isolation, exhaustion or indifference? How can pastors—with demanding schedules and weighty burdens—care for their souls well? What practices can pastors cultivate to ensure a tender heart, a sensitive conscience and a deep awareness of the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit? Perhaps three simple, but increasingly uncommon, means of grace.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Small Church Leadership

Creating an Evangelistic Culture of Your Church
Gary Rohrmayer

This workshop will give pastors practical ideas to help them 'do the work of evangelists' in their churches. They discover how to be more effective in evangelism even if it is not the area of giftedness.  They will learn how to train their church to share the gospel with their neighbors and friends. They discover how to create evangelistic opportunities in the life of the church that work.

Tuesday, May 23, 9:45 A.M.

Organizing for Success
Eric Moore

This session will look at different systems that a small church can implement to help run the operations of the church smoothly. Many small churches struggle because the pastor refuses to accept the fact that the church is both an organism (the body of Christ) and an organization (a non-profit entity). This session will look at practical ways to organize and implement structures that will help with the efficiency of your ministry and free the pastor to focus on caring for his flock.

Tuesday, May 23, 2:00 P.M.

Developing Leaders, who Lead Others
Junias Venugopal

You are the pastor/leader with the responsibility of not only leading but of developing a cadre of leaders to lead the congregation/group. God has enabled you to be successful at times while you have experienced other groups go rudderless. This seminar is intended those of us who are humans with strengths and weaknesses and are looking to complement ourselves with others with capabilities that we lack.  Help develop leaders who’ll uniquely fill in the gaps in areas where you most need, as you seek to serve God in your arena.

Wednesday, May 24, 9:45 A.M.

Transitioning Style and Culture: The Challenge of the Over-Churched
Brian Tucker

Transitioning from a stagnant to a vibrant church culture can occur in a number of ways. This workshop introduces the idea of the over-churched as an example of a particularly challenging group within today’s smaller churches. It offers practical guidance for pastors in the area of personal transitioning styles and their role as bi-cultural mediators tasked with culture creation.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Leveraging a Small Youth Ministry in a "Super-Size Me" Culture
Tim Downey 

Have you ever noticed that every large church is doing its best to become smaller and every small church is trying to become larger? Imagine if Youth Ministries in small churches began flipping the model to begin leveraging limited numbers to make an unlimited impact. The approach discussed in this seminar has the potential to transform your approach and more importantly, your students.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Dirigiendo Tu Iglesia (Leading Your Church)

Predicación
Guillermo Serrano

Los predicadores de este tercer milenio debemos comenzar a sentar las bases de una predicación moderna que busque llegar a todo tipo de audiencia sobre la base de una buena hermenéutica y en una buena exposición homilética basada en la Biblia; es a partir de aquí que podemos proyectar una predicación dinámica, una predicación que alcance a las personas y que impacte realmente sus vidas. El ejemplo lo tenemos en el mismo Jesucristo.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Ministrando a la Nueva Generación de Jóvenes Latinos
Elizabeth Tamez

Deseamos ver a nuestra juventud crecer en su vida espiritual, sin embargo, ¿a quién le estamos ministrando? Juntos exploráremos aspectos teológicos, sociológicos, culturales, y de desarrollo humano, los cuales nos ayudarán a internarnos en la vida y necesidades de nuestra juventud Hispana en E.E.U.U. Estando al tanto de su forma de concebir la vida, encontraremos formas prácticas de ministrarles y ayudarles a conectar su fe con su diario vivir.

Thursday, May 25, 9:45 A.M.

Los Pastores Tambien son Ovejas
Paco Amador

El llamado a ser pastor no significa que dejaste de ser oveja. Esta bien si no tienes todas las respuestas o luchas con tentaciones como toda la gente en tu congregación. Aunque nos llamen "pastores" tu y yo tambien necesitamos ser ovejas del buen pastor.  Si buscas una conversación honesta y abierta que nos ayude a ser auténticos seguidores de Cristo te invitamos a este taller. Ven y brillemos luz al lado obscuro del pastorado.

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

La Biblia y la Inmigración
Daniel Carroll

¿Qué nos puede enseñar la Biblia, en particular el Antiguo Testamento, acerca de la migración y el inmigrante? Honestamente, ¡muchísimo! Este taller explora las narrativas y las leyes bíblicas para establecer una orientación que refleja el corazón de Dios para nuestros días tan inciertos. El tema de la migración y del inmigrante corre por toda la Biblia, desde Génesis a Apocalipsis. ¡Ven a descubrir lo que la Palabra de Dios ofrece a nuestra realidad hispana!

Thursday, May 25 2:00 P.M.

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Additional Workshops

Insights from Barna's 2017 Sate of Pastors Report
Mark Matlock

As pastors, we must proclaim the eternal truth in a changing world. Attaining this skill requires accurately understanding the cultural landscape and cultivating resilience while confidently standing on the foundation of our faith. Mark Matlock, who served as Special Analyst to Barna on this groundbreaking study of today's pastors, will share key insights from Barna’s landmark 2017 State of Pastors Report. You’ll get a snapshot of what pastors are facing today and how resilience can help us flourish without compromise.

Thursday, May 25 3:30 P.M.

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Sponsored Workshops 

Strangers No More
Wayne Hernandez

Building relationships in North American rural communities as a new missionary/pastor. How a new Pastor becomes a new friend to a rural town and church.

Tuesday, May 23, 3:30 P.M.

God's Givers: Inspire Giving in your Church
Will Stevens

Author, Will Stevens, shares an overview of the principles of biblical giving. The lesson walks through the account of Noah and his altar in Genesis 8 and then surveys a number of biblical principles reflected in the biblical narrative accounts. Join us and allow God’s principles to saturate your daily life and inspire your church’s community of faith through giving. Will can also provide exegetical outlines to guide pastor’s sermon preparations to inspire new stories of biblical giving.

Tuesday, May 23, 3:30 P.M.

Thriving in Crisis and Adversity
Wayne Stewart

How pastors and churches can thrive in the adversity of the opiate/heroin crisis in our communities.

Tuesday, May 23, 3:30 P.M.

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